Peace Be With You

It’s Tuesday afternoon and I’m just now sitting down to write my weekly recap from last week. Why, you ask? Well, the truth of the matter is that Sundays are just too hectic for us and I’m not organized enough to have it ready the Saturday before. Usually I will get it done on Monday mornings while sipping my coffee but I didn’t even take the time to write it yesterday ….I believe I have a severe case of Spring Fever and I’m loving it! It’s just too dang pretty outside to be cooped up inside on the computer. I hope you are having beautiful spring weather wherever you are and if not, I hope you see some soon!

I’m weeklywraplinking up with Tricia and Holly for their Weekly Wrap. Please stop by and visit them and all of the other incredible women that link up each week! I had a great week of workouts last week that looked something like this …

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Half marathon training is now in its second week and I’m taking it super easy, nothing fancy here. The name of this game is to just make it to Utah without aggravating my ankle and be able to actually complete 13.1 miles. And I’m good with that. Oh, I could go on and on about being frustrated that it’s taking so long for this injury to heal, that I’m not as fast as I used to be, that I’m a few pounds heavier than I was for my last half or I could even write an entire post about these dang orthotics …but I’m not. I have something else I’d like to share with you this week.

If you’ve been following me, you know that we recently moved to a new city in November. And like most runners would do, the first thing I did was to explore the neighborhood on foot …running, of course. On the edge of our neighborhood, there is a cul-de-sac which houses small businesses such as dentist, doctors, real estate offices. The first time I ran down that street I saw this in the cul-de-sac at the edge of the water….20170320_150713

…I noticed it and it struck me as an odd place for a funeral spray but didn’t have much more thought at the time. However, with each run I became more and more bothered by it and curious as to the circumstances behind it. I did happen to notice a small plaque on the ground with a name and dates engraved. It was a womans name and she was 35 years old at the time of her death. With every run, I would spend the remainder of the miles thinking about her, her family rather than my pace, tempo or niggles I may be feeling. I wondered did she leave children behind, a husband and parents. I would think how fortunate I was to be out there running, breathing in the crisp morning air, feeling my lungs fill with air and hearing the sound of my feet hit the pavement beneath me…fortunate to simply be alive. I would go home to my family and loved ones, I would be able to pick up the phone and call them to hear their voice and tell them that I love them. I would be able to kiss my husband when he walked through the door from work and I would be able to see my children. Blessings that I take for granted each day …blessings that we all take for granted each day. Many times we let anger, bitterness, discontentment and even jealousy cause strife between us and others. We refuse to forgive and offer grace to those that have wronged us and by doing so, we are only hurting ourselves and robbing ourselves of true contentment and peace. But sometimes, it’s ourselves that we are the hardest on, sometimes we just can’t forgive ourselves or let the past go and it sucks the joy of living right out of us. Let go of the past and reach for the future! Forgive yourself and forgive others, life is short and worth living to the fullest, free of anger and bitterness. One of my cousins wrote this the other day and I thought it was worth sharing….

We all lose our way at some point. Standing one minute, on the ground the next. We go from having options to flat being backed into a corner the next. One shoe after the other dropping….

The thing is, we dilute our potential when we fail to accept our past. Whatever it is. Good or bad.

That’s the beauty of the past… it’s over. Those who love you or who will come to love you will stand by you. So you’ve got a past, don’t we all bring things to the table? Don’t we all have demons we fight or have fought?

I’ve learned that if you love the heck out of people no matter what path they’ve walked, it drives people forward. And in turn drives you forward.

I don’t care about anyone’s past. I’ve got mine, you’ve got yours. Put those together and all I see is an ocean of wisdom.

Bring it, this world needs all our wisdom and love. Our younger generation needs to know that when everything goes south, that’s not the end. It just isn’t.

Turn the page of this old book called life. Torn pages, worn edges, broken spine. But such a good story.

G’night friends

– xoxo

As to the woman who lost her life at the edge of the water in my neighborhood, though I never knew her, I thank her for bringing perspective to my morning runs and I pray for continued peace for her family.

Peace be with you!

xoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one blessing at a time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Tips for a More Youthful Appearance

CORNER.pngAsk any woman of the age of 40 what she misses most about her 20’s and she will most likely say her youthful appearance. It’s not the late night parties, dates with immature and self absorbed guys, diets consisting of pizza, burgers, fries and alcohol or the fact that we thought we knew everything when in reality we were as naive and gullible as we think our own kids are that we miss the most. No, none of those would most likely top our list. The older we get, the more we miss that tight forehead, plump lips and cheeks all aglow.  Continue reading

Ultimate Coffee Date …cream or sugar?

Ahhhh yes, waking up to a beautiful chilly morning on this first Saturday in February can only mean one thing, right? If you guessed “saturday long run”, I’d say nope. But if you guessed “Ultimate Coffee Date”, I’d say yes! So grab your favorite coffee mug, pour yourself a cup of Joe and let’s catch up …after all, it’s been a month since we last had coffee together.

If we were having coffee….. 

I’d tell you that I met my monthly goal of 50 running miles per month for January. Finished out the month with 54.1 running miles and 68 cycling miles. February will be a few days short, so I’ll have to make up a few miles here and there. I know, I know …some of you girls are putting that much in a week, but that’s a huge success for me considering the I hardly did any significant running the last half of 2016. The ankle is still tender after runs and stiff every morning, but I think I’m on my way back!19273-Steve-Prefontaine-Quote-Success-isn-t-how-far-you-got-but-the.jpg

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I’d tell you that little bright idea I had to do a juice cleanse …well, it wasn’t so bright. I’ve already told you guys that I bought some of the juices at my local grocery store to have a little “juice tasting” if you will (for the record, a wine tasting would have been preferable). Well, out of the SIX bottles that I bought only two of them actually tasted good and two were moderately tolerable and the other two I couldn’t even get past the second swig. So, there you have it….no juice cleansing for me. But now, this chick    ———–> she just may be on to something!

If we were having coffee……

I’d tell you that the hubs and I are still trying to nail down our summer vacation plans and that those “summer” vacation plans may end up actually being fall vacation plans due to Uncle Sam requiring some extra training of his unit this summer. We are toying with three options …a West coast trip, an East coast trip or a tropical destination. All of these will be fabulous, of course, and two of them would include a half marathon in a new state! Win! Stay tuned…50dd66bc924ef2ba626d05b6cfc574b6

If we were having coffee….

I’d tell you (this may come as a surprise to some of you) that although I’m a small town city girl (because there is a difference between small town and big town city girls), I do love spending time in the country. I love riding horses, walking in the woods, wading through a creek and shooting guns. Every year in February we have the Dixie National Rodeo in town for a couple of weeks. Usually, Major Hubs and I would drive over for one night to catch the rodeo and a concert (usually an up and coming country music star). I’m super excited that we can take in as many nights as we want now that we live in the same city ….because sometimes a girl just needs to put on her cowboy boots, hop in her husbands pick up truck and go watch some real men ride some bulls. One thing is for sure ….you won’t be seeing any man buns, skinny jeans or saggy pants at the rodeo! Giddy Up!this-is-how-real-men-wear-teir-jeans

Yes, I’ll leave you ladies with this image to ponder …you’re welcome! And if by chance you happen to prefer men in skinny jeans or saggy pants, my apologies …it’s definitely a generational and/or cultural thing.

Thanks for joining me for coffee this morning …I’m off to get a workout in. I do hope you enjoy your weekend and please be sure to visit our wonderful hostesses Coco and Deborah for their Ultimate Coffee Date linkup.the-ultimate-coffee-date2-1-600x600

xoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one cup of coffee at a time!

January Runfessions

Wow! How can we already be at the end of the first month of the new year?!? Time sure flies when you’re having fun, desperately trying to stay fit, chasing down escaped dogs, buried in year-end taxes and bookkeeping and just loving life in general! As always, the last Friday of every month begs us to bear our sweaty souls with a myriad of confessions or “runfessions”, if you prefer. Thanks to Marcia for hosting this fabulous link up …because it does feel good to vent from time to time!runfessions

Without further adieu …I just have to get this one off my chest right away, and I know it is not run/fitness related but it did occur to me while I wan on a running hiatus due to my injury. While looking for a TV show to binge watch, I came to the very quick and definitive conclusion that I absolutely HATE  Gilmore Girls. There, I said it. I know it’s not popular and maybe not even politically correct to say, but it’s true. I HATE IT. Lorelai and Rory have got to be two of the most obnoxious, rude, sarcastic, narcissistic, self-absorbed and immature characters ever created. Their love of and pride in the ridiculous consumption of junk food is quite repulsive and their “we’re best friends” relationship is just so pathetically “junior-highish” ….oh and their voices, oh my gosh, those voices …like hamsters on crack! I could go on and tell you how I really feel, but I think you get the picture.Gilmore-Girls-is-Shit.png

Second …I must runfess that I have been extremely frustrated with the Spin instructor at my new gym. Yes, I admit that part of my frustration could be that it’s hard to be the student when you’re accustomed to being the teacher. But geez …this woman will not shut up! She yaps throughout the entire class and I don’t just mean instructing. That part is okay …but the incessant narrative about why every song she plays is important to her and has some special meaning that dates back to high school or college, that is just too much. I just want to scream “Shut up! I don’t care if that song reminds you of your first boyfriend, I just want to get lost in the music and the pounding of my lungs as my quads are on freaking fire here!”  Then there’s also this annoying little habit she has of changing songs mid way through …just when we are getting into the rhythm, she decides to change songs because she wants to get the entire playlist in before the class is over. Really? Why don’t you just shorten your playlist then??? Ugh. Yes, there are other instructors, but I really like the time slot of this class so I continue to endure the constant jabbering  …kind of like having Lorelai (see above) for a Spin instructor. Sigh….

Third ….20170127_083955if you follow me on IG, you know that I have been toying with the idea of doing a 3 day juice cleanse. I love the idea of completely detoxing my body and starting fresh; however, I do not like the idea of an all liquid diet for three days ..unless, of course, that is a coffee and wine diet! Anyway, I purchased a few juices at my local grocery store to run them past my taste buds before embarking on this challenge. So far I have loved them all …until today. Oh my goodness, this “Radiant Probiotic” drink is like drinking moldy grass with an abundance of pepper. Yuck, spit, sputter, gag …I managed to get half of it down before giving up …thought I was tougher than that, but I am woman enough to admit defeat. Guess I will just have to get my radiantly glowing skin from my beauty products rather than my probiotics!

 

Fourth ….another non-run related runfession here, but I have witnessed these many times in the gym and I just have to ask. Have you ever seen another woman’s eyebrows so jacked up that you just want to help the poor girl out by giving her your Estheticians name?

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When you have that surprised look all day, every day!

And my fifth and final runfession for the month ….I runfess that no matter how hard I tried, I just could not bring myself to wear the uber cool jacket I received from the Mississippi Blues half marathon that was canceled due to the ice storm. I have reached for it several times while heading to the gym or out for a run and had to put it back. The race did offer a virtual run option which I wasn’t going to do since I really wasn’t trained for this distance. But dang, that jacket …just hanging there teasing me with its perfectly placed zippered pockets and longer length for just the right amount of coverage! So yeah, I went out on Monday and ran 13.1 miles and it sucked. Well, the last few miles sucked …the first half felt great, the next few were challenging and last couple just plain sucked. But hey, I did it and I’ve been wearing the hell of that jacket ever since! #earnednotgiven

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Major Hubs was feeling the pressure and ran his last night …I think he really just wanted to wear his jacket too! 

And that’s a wrap on this month’s runfessions. Thanks for listening, I feel so much better! I’m also linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for their Friday Five 2.0 linkup so please drop by all of these great blogs to see what they’re up to. You’ll be inspired, motivated, encouraged and even entertained …I promise!frifive2

Have a great weekend everyone and Happy running!

xoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one runfession at a time!

2017 Goals: Ready, Set, Go!

With a brand new year upon us, everyone talks about those infamous resolutions. You know, those big promises we make to ourselves on January 1st and usually have broken all of them by the end of the month!

Today’s Tuesday on the Run topic is all about our 2017 goals and resolutions. Please be sure to stop by the hostesses, Marcia, Erika and Patty‘s, blogs and read all about their plans for the new year. Who knows, you just may be inspired to make a few resolutions and set some goals for yourself! I’m also linking up with the fabulous Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for their Friday Five 2.0 link where they’ll be talking about goals as well!

 

Not to sound pessimistic, but I did manage a gym and experience proved that gym memberships shot through the roof in January and took a nose dive in March. In order to understand why this happens, I think we need to differentiate between resolutions and goals. We often times use these terms interchangeably, but they are not the same. Continue reading

….all is calm, all is bright!

As Christmas 2016 draws to an end, I reflect back on the past few weeks and realize just how blessed I am. The passing of time and the circumstances of life have a way of slowly changing the holidays for us. As I look back on the years when my boys were little, the weeks leading up to Christmas was always hectic and chaotic yet filled with excitement and magic. The anticipation the children felt for Christmas morning filled the house as they counted down the days until Santa’s arrival. Our Christmas Eve traditions of attending church, baking cookies to leave for Santa and spreading “Reindeer food”, a very special blend of corn and glitter, around the front lawn was always something I looked forward to as much as my children. Just seeing that innocent, child-like belief that Santa’s reindeer would be feasting in their front yard while Santa was busy working inside always filled my heart with joy. As the boys grew older, the magic of Santa was replaced with the truth, hope and joy of fully understanding the true meaning of Christmas and I am grateful for that. If I’m honest, however; Continue reading

This Weeks Gallivantin’:Deck the Halls!

Another week down means another week closer to Christmas! Why do the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas seem to pass so much quicker with each passing year? This week was dedicated to getting the house decorated and planning the a 21st birthday celebration for the oldest boy. I always feel like if I don’t have my Christmas tree up by the 10th of the month, there’s no point in putting it up. With our recent move and with the hectic work schedule of the hubs, we were pushing this deadline and, to be honest, with all of my Christmas decorations still in the attic of our other house (1 1/2 hrs away), I just really wasn’t in the mood to go all out like usual. However, the more I decorated, the more I remembered how much the hubby loves how festive I’ve always made our home during the holidays; so I got in the “spirit” and decorated a little more than I had planned …. Continue reading