Letter by FIFTY GIRL

Dear Diary,

YES, girl is a good title for this entry, because I don’t completely feel like anything else in this writing right now. Today marks number 5-1! Half a century and 1! I’ve gone through my 5oth year. It sucked, I’ll say. I say that from the perspective of health. While my health was not one of a terminal or yet chronic condition that I know of right now, but it was definitely an eye opening year. My hip, thigh and leg were seriously irritable this year. They spent a good portion of the year reminding me that I’m 50! Please rest assure, this is completely from my perspective. I realize we all have different experiences but I always looked upon aging as just a passing thing. Didn’t really worry about it. But we really have to pay attention to our health. The earlier the better.

On an emergency tour to my orthopedic doctor, he gives me the wonderful news (my sarcastic thinking voice) that my X-rays look fine, my blood work has no sign of arthritis.😐 However, blood work was not looking for diabetes, etc. but there’s no severe arthritis.😐 Then why have I been feeling like crap! (Thinking to myself) While I had some minor signs of arthritis visible, it is early and further damage can be stopped. How? Loose weight! 😬Now, I have heard this before. I see how it can really mess up your health now, if you don’t take care of yourself! As always I learn this, really learn this,  in the moment! Well, at least I know I can’t or SHOULDN’T get bigger!

The problem is, it’s hard! For me, it’s time. I just have to manage my time right and stick to it. Well, I know I have to do something, or else!

On the lighter side, my 50th started me on a ride to a new job. New district! It’s a nice change but it’s very demanding and more clerical work, and physically demanding too. I feel I won’t last long there. I may go back to prior district after a couple of years here. But, to new colleagues, new PRINCIPAL, which I could deal with for another 5 years till retirement.

So there’s my last trimester plan. Sounds weird putting life into pieces but I guess you start thinking of that when you get in the fifties.

While my kids are a very special part of my life, I know they will have lives of their own. They will not be thinking of me all the time. As much as I want them to at least REMENBER me, but I don’t want them to make their life worrying about me. Life is too precious for that. The Lord knows I’ve lived my life in abundance in many ways. I’m blessed I’m still here. Seriously, kiddos, think of me on holidays, birthdays, and when I miss you, call me. 😊

I’ll end this entry on a strong and blessed note, my partner in life. I seriously cannot imagine going on this journey without him by my side. Even in my fifties, I look forward to fun times, retirement, trips with my love. Through sickness and health, I know he will love and care for me as I will for him.

But it’ll be better, if I loose weight! 😉❤️😄💜😊 That’s my plan. I’m a good planner BTW, carrying them out is another story, or entry!

Sincerely,
Fifty Girl

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Hello Blogging World

It’s 2016! A new beginning and new resolutions after much evaluating of the prior year. One being coming into blogging world more often.  I’ve been away awhile.  Tonight ends my winter break and I’ve had a chance to recharge and refuel! It was wonderful!

My day ends with a daily devotion of PRAISE.  Praise can be song, words, dance, writing, poems, stories, testimony!  I will begin my year with words and songs of praise. As I write in my journal which I’ve finished tonight, and ready to begin a new one, my spirit rejoices when I meditate on what praise means. It means to fill with joy for tomorrow, for work, for the weak and the struggling– to be strong for them. To be the light of the world they need, we need, our town needs, our country, our world needs! We need it, cannot be without it, it’s a gift, it’s amazing!

So let’s write a story, a poem, a song, and hug a friend. It’s a great way to begin the new year! It will be great!

Today is Quiet

What a day it has been. We are well past our first month into the summer and it’s been pretty….quiet. We are awaiting our California trip in a week. I am excited but a little nervous. I have had some “aches and pains” but I’m working on taking care of that with sweet massages and adjustments so I’ll be ready and painless! So I am excited. ✈️

I have been trying to keep my kiddos busy with camps and reading…but they want to rest. I don’t blame them! I still feel like being a “rebel” and not lift a book (academically), I mean, and just have FUN‼️ My professional side steps in and gives me a ✋…”snap out of it!” Your kids need to read…so we do homework everyday too. Well, almost every day.

I’m learning to be QUIET this week. It needs to be like that right now. I’m not sure for how long. Sometimes when you don’t know what to do, maybe being quiet is it. It’s totally contrast to my “rebel” side which at times comes out and blurts things…and, oops, maybe I shouldn’t have said that. Or my Rizzo-side says, “what’s it to ya?!” and says a little too much.

But it’s all good for now. Sometimes the Rizzo’s in us need to be quiet!

See ya later, alligator!

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Sports Mom

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Day 25

Today I wore the basketball mom shirt.  My kids participate in all the sports but this summer it has been basketball.  At school time, it will be flag football and volleyball…with an ounce of dance mom.  But that’s a different story, without all the dance mom drama that we speculate goes on from T.V.   The team was in a tournament today.  We didn’t come out on top like we are USED to like in regular basketball season, but lots of lessons were learned.  Lessons on determination, positive attitude, working as a team, helping other teammates, winning is not all, and skills.  Some if not all of these lessons can be applied to us adults too.

In this sports filled summer, we have put more attention on our own health and habits as parents.   We are committing to a healthier lifestyle by “squeezing” exercise into our already very busy lives.  We already have a plan of how we are going to do this.  We also realized that too much of our time is wasted anyways, so why not use it constructively and in a very positive way for our health.  A friend clarified today that it is so much more rewarding and satisfying to go to the gym after a day at work, to sit by the poolside and listen to the sweet music of Bob McFerrin’s, “Don’t Worry Be Happy”.  As I reflected on that statement, I thought, absolutely–yes!  Our plan is on!

So how can I be a Sports Mom, and not be sporty?  Well, I am definitely going to try and apply some of those lessons that we as coaches and parents drill and teach our kids during sports.  We too need to…Just Do It!

SUMMER FITNESS

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Day 21

Now that I’ve overcome the initial embarrassment of it all…the gym (previous post), I’m well on my way to better health!  I hope!  My hubby and I have embarked on a new outlook on food, exercise and family.  Hopefully it will stick.  Summer time is always a beginning and refreshment of life and family for me.  Health and fitness is one of those things.  In summer break, I begin a healthier routine for myself and my family, then it dwindles once school starts.  I am an elementary school teacher so work and time commitments consumes me during the school year.  Literally, consumes me!  My free time is limited and very precious.  This year I will be more prepared and hopefully it will stick around longer.  I understand the connections between exercise, stress, energy level are very important.

My hubby and I will be working out together the rest of the summer.  One of our goals will be to begin playing racquetball, and maybe golf.  A sport and hobby we can do together once we become  empty nesters or take into retirement.  It will be awhile yet until those things but why wait!  Racquetball has always been a sport I have wanted to play as a girl.  I took tennis lessons as a teenager but only for a short while.  Once school begins, we may have to get our workout done separately, and come together once or twice a week.  A new challenge is before us so let’s see how it goes.  Pray for us!

Our ultimate goal is to feel better for our family and ourselves despite what some trainers may say or expect.  I was shocked to hear a trainer at another gym say, “Some people have been coming here for awhile, but they LOOK the same.”  My impression of that remark was, “What an idiot!”  He obviously sees things differently, and doesn’t have a very global point of view.  Which is a shame for gym-goers like myself.  At any rate, looking better is not the ultimate goal, but it wouldn’t hurt to fit in shirts and shorts not so snug around the waist.

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While I will never look like this, Mr. Trainer-guy.  A little too skinny for my body type. <—–

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My goal may be something like this, a little more curvy!  😉  I can dream, and it’ll be awhile yet!  —–>

Why I Don’t Like Gyms…

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Tell me about yourself…

…Really?

How’s your diet?

What are your goals?

When was the last time you worked out?

…Really?

You can’t eat breads.

You can’t eat dairy.

Stop drinking those sodas,

and sweetie things.

Like I didn’t know already.

Is why I’m here.

Don’t forget, I’m here to help.

Tell me what you need.

Don’t hesitate to ask.

While I sit here as healthy as can be…

And you’re not!

Ugh!  I hate gyms!

Day 17