Introspective Adventurer

Aging on my terms - Daily musings in 500 words or so

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Love Over 50 – Friends First

Last week we started our new YouTube vlog, Love Over 50. We had a lot of fun with just a quick 3-minute intro about us. And, in the spirit of keeping it short, here is this week’s video:

Thank you for watching and also for your questions. We enjoyed receiving questions and feedback about us, and also the process of finding love in midlife.

Feel free to ask away, we aren’t shy.

Until next week…

We did it together

Today’s “Let’s do this together video” features My John, because it just so happens to be the 7th anniversary of the day we met. We were both on Match.com years ago, and John saw my profile and sent me a message.

He has a way with words, and his profile was very well written, so I decided to meet him for coffee. That, and his photos were pretty handsome too.    Continue reading

Get a rhythm

Do I dare jinx it and say things are going well?

Finding my rhythm in life and work has helped me put all of the pieces together.

It took me a long time to find a diet that I felt good on. I’m thankful my daughter in law suggested the AIP diet, which lead me to discover a dairy intolerance.

And I’ve created a good balance between work and exercise and play, which has helped tremendously.

Last week I pulled another piece of the puzzle together and made sure to create a beautiful physical space to work in and relax and rejuvenate my soul.

Finding my rhythm

After almost a year of writing this blog, I finally found a rhythm that is working for me. I used to try to write, edit, find photos, and post all in the same day. The pressure would get to me, and I’d feel like I had to hurry to get a post in.

Well, that wasn’t very smart!

Things are going pretty good…there, I said it. And, yeah, it won’t stay this way, because it never does. But that’s okay. I’ll go with the flow and enjoy the ride just the same.

Thanks for your support and doing this with me!

Well-being is more than just diet and exercise

Our well-being encompasses so much more than just diet and exercise.

I’ve shared my wellness journey with you here each week, and you’ve seen me try several different diets. I have talked about exercise and the importance of movement as well.

But one area I haven’t put enough attention on, is my mental well-being.

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Let’s do this together video – It’s all about movement

Are you getting enough movement in each day?

After a day of sitting at my computer, I’m more tired than when I started my day. You would think sitting all day wouldn’t be so tiring, but it is.

And more times than I care to admit, I end up sitting in front of the television at night. I mean, season two of Westworld is on! As well as The Handmaid’s Tale, and sure, you’re right, those should only take up a couple of hours, two nights a week right?

But the other night I saw a great older movie show up in the queue that I just had to see again. Have you seen Seabisquit? Such a great movie.

I’m finding all of this sitting is taking a toll on me. My back hurts and I am low energy. I’m not sleeping well either.  Continue reading

Let’s do this together video – Dairy woes

I decided to introduce dairy back into my diet after two weeks of being on the AIP diet.

It did not go well…

 

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Let’s do this together video – Farmer’s Market

Santa Barbara has a local Farmer’s Market every Tuesday and Saturday, year-round. How lucky am I to live where I can shop for local, organic, fresh produce?

Do you take advantage of your local Farmer's Markets?

Tuesday Farmer’s Market

Only I haven’t been doing it.

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Let’s do this together video – de-stress

What do you do when you are feeling stressed? Do you power through and keep going?

I used to do that, but now I stop and regroup. Today is my day to do just that.

I’m still in my pajamas but slowing getting things checked off my list! 

There are some stressful situations in life that I can not control….like whether my passport arrives in time. But, I can control how I react to anything thrown my way. Today, I chose to just take a deep breath and take some time to take care of me.

Well, and a bunch of other things too!

But getting some things checked off my list will help me in the long run. So, I hope you find some time to take care of YOU this week.

Let’s do this together video – Happy

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I had a great walk and talk today, chatting with my daughter-in-law, Amber. She lives a few hours away, so we chat on our phones while getting our steps in. We always have great conversations and she is such a wise women.

Do you eat when you are unhappy? Or are you like me and can’t seem to get food past your throat when you’re sad?

These last five years have been good for me. I am happy in my life right now, and it shows on the scale! Maybe I need to put a post-it note on the scale that says HAPPY and not worry about what the number says?

Let’s do this together – on the road

On the road again!

My husband, John ran the LA Marathon on Sunday and we decided to stay in the area together for his work week. I’ve tagged along to Big Bear and we are now in Long Beach, staying onboard The Queen Mary.

Have you ever stayed on the Queen Mary?

View from our window on The Queen Mary

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Let’s do this together video – Effort

Yesterday I posted that I am making some different food choices so I can still eat Italian food, but lose some unwanted fat also. I mentioned that I am trading zoodles for noodles and broccoli for bread.

I got a lot of good comments but my favorite came from Heike Yates of Pursue Your Spark. She said, eat whatever you want and exercise more.

As if it were that easy! Oh wait, it is that easy.

It’s all about effort. How much effort do you want to put into restricting your diet vs how much effort you put into exercise. I love to eat, so I better keep working out!

Thank you Heike, for the reminder.

Heike is a triathlete/IronMan competitor and practices what she preaches. Check out her FaceBook page, I think you’ll want to follow along!

Heike Yates – Pursue Your Spark

Let’s do this together video – Meeting new friends

Happy Valentine’s Day! What a perfect day to meet a new friend. 

I tagged along with my husband, John, this week for a few work days in Las Vegas. Not only do we get to spend time together, especially on Valentine’s Day, but I also got a chance to meet a new friend.

A wonderful thing about having this blog has been finding new connections along the way. I’ve cultivated friendships from people all over the world, thanks to the world wide web.

One of those friendships is a woman I met through her FaceBook page: Live Balanced Naturally. Patti Stevens lives in Las Vegas and her mission is:

“Helping women at a crossroad to bring their life into balance (body, mind and soul) so they can live radiantly ageless!”

“As an Ageless Lifestyle coach, Holy Fire Reiki Master, Pilates, Yoga and Qigong instructor and essential oil advocate, Patti uses all these modalities (plus some others) to help women be agelessly radiant!”

So, when in Vegas…

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Let’s do this together video – today

Today is all I have.

I’ve come to realize I can not follow a diet or exercise program, if it is not something I can do long term. What I mean by that is, if the diet or program is one that I follow for a certain period of time because it is not a realistic lifestyle, then it won’t become part of my life.

I need to get back to a lifestyle that fits me, and that requires today to be my best day. So each morning I am starting my day with these words:

“Today I will eat healthy whole foods. Today I will exercise for my health. Today I won’t drink any wine.”

What about you? Can you follow a strict diet/ exercise program for just long enough to get to your desired goal? And if so, how do you get back to a more normal lifestyle, without gaining the weight back?

 

Let’s do this together video – Christmas

I am missing my blog and writing, but I also know this time is so important to my granddaughters. Time together is the best gift of all. I hope you are busy with your family and friends as well. and enjoying the season.

I am looking forward to getting back on track with my blog, but for now….Merry Christmas, my friends!

Let’s do this together video – moving

Moving in December – Brrrrrr❄️ 

I remember as a kid, growing up in Michigan having frost on the inside of the windows of my bedroom.

And, oh man there were some serious cold days in Central Oregon. But after 10 years in California, this girl is just not used to cold weather anymore!

Happy Wednesday everyone, stay warm!

 

 

Let’s do this together – video – Holiday prep

It’s been a busy week preparing for Thanksgiving. Just a quick video to pop in and say hi and thank you, for encouraging me, supporting me, and cheering me on!

Thank You!!

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Let’s do this together – Week 5 video

I’ve been on vacation visiting family for the last week. I leave today, but will be back in six weeks! Yay.

Do you stick to your diet while on vacation? Or do you just go for it?

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