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A crafty post

I’m into my 51st year on this earth, having turned 50 last August. I’ve never been one to be stressed by my age. I was never a, ‘O man, I’m almost 30’ type of person. So it was a surprise to me when I struggled a bit with turning 50. Entreprenuer

It was a hard year personally, as we had a life altering diagnosis of one of our family members that year. But even though that, I’ve never felt old. My age was and is just a a number. I still think of myself as younger, though the mirror may say differently. :)

But at times knowing I’m middle age does hit me hard. Through the sterss of the last 5 years I haven’t always taken caree of myself, especially in regards to the amount of food i was eating. I’m a firm believer in trying to eat as much real food as possible, eating when hungry and stopping when full. I don’t follow the clock, on it’s 9am I should eat. I try verey hard to listen to my body and give it the fuel it needs.

That works well for me for the most part, until I get stressed or overwhelmed. I am a huge stress eater. :( That hsa added more weight to my body than I would like. And for a while it slowed me down. What would I look like biking or walking? Is it even worth the time to go out?

But you know what? It doesn’t matter what people think. I don’t care who notices me. My husband tells me how beatuiful I am, and that I’m his sexy bride. We’ve been married for 25 years. :) He’s the only opinion I should care about.

So I am mmaking it my aim to be alive and active while I’m middle aged. So what if I’ve over eaten and put on some weight, that doesn’t mean I can’t be active and have fun in live. I love to bike, and try to ride at least a few times a week. I put in my earbuds, pick a good podcast or music to listen to, start my cycling app and enjoy my ride. I want to do that more often.

If I can’t bike, I try to go for a walk, lots of time Paul joins me. His weird retail schedule does have some perks. ;) But I’ve been dealing with some planter ficitis pain, so I haven’t been able to walk like I would like to. It’s a slow healing process, but I think I can start up again soon.

If I don’t want to, or can’t do those, I have a pilates DVD I do. The point being I try to keep my body moving and stretching. I’ve noticed in this season of life my obdy tends to feel a bit more ‘creaky’ when I’m not staying active. It doesn’t have to be a big hour ‘workout’ where I’m sweaty, sometimes it’s just a nice walk around the neighborhood, or walking the dog.

I think we need to keep moving, even if it’s not ‘much’. If you work in a sedentary business as I do, we need to take special care of moving more, and we need to be intentional about it.

I purchased a standing desk riser and anti-fatigue mat a year ago. I haven’t used it like I should, btu I am making an effort from this point on to use it regularly. At least 2 -3 days a week, taking turns standing and sitting at my desk.

I’ve also started to be more intentional with my eating too. Not putting a lot of guilt on myself, but knowing everything I eat is a choice. I’m working on my cravings, and trying to get through the afternoon crave session without eating too much. lol

I’ll update in about a month or two and let you know how I’m doing. What about you? Do you need to move around more? How do you keep yourself active while running your business and taking care of your family needs? I would love to hear from you.

9 thoughts on “A crafty post”

  1. love the look of the pillow pattern. I’ll have to get that. I will get that thread to you soon but glad you have something to work on till then. I’ve never crocheted a pillow. good for you. Good beginning of it. Love

  2. Inspiring! Wish I had time to get back into crocheting; I find it so relaxing. Maybe once the snow flies! You’ll have to post a picture of your pillow when it’s done.

  3. Love your cross stitch piece! I can’t wait to see the inished product. Post more of your crocheting too. I wish there was more time in the day so I could learn to crochet…I know the very basics (how to make a chain), but I can’t read a pattern. Another reason why I wish we all lived closer together.

  4. That looks like a good stitch for a pillow. I knit one once, but the stitch was too loose and it lost it’s form. A bit lumpy. But it was for my daughter and just scraps while I was teaching a knitting class.

  5. Well, you know me and I am not so crafty, so nothing to report on that front. I love all the yarn you have. It looks so promising. I wish you well with your projects and look forward to seeing them completed.

  6. Oh, I love the colors of your yarn basket. And the embroidery is very cheerful.

    I used to crochet all the time, especially doilies and fillet crochet panels. (That may be a Dutch thing). Someday I hope to finish a 1 meter table doily I was making out of super-thin thread, and the two embroideries that are still waiting for me….

    In the meantime, I enjoy ‘crafting’ with words. 🙂

  7. Hi JoAnn, your cross stitch is very pretty, I like the saying. Looks like you are having fun with your crochet work too. I haven’t been on here too much lately, but looking forward to catching up with everyone. We’ll be starting school in a couple of weeks and to be honest, I’m looking forward to it and getting back into our routine. Take care. Heather

  8. Love the cross-stitch, JoAnn! I can’t wait to see it finished! You’re making me itch to ditch unpacking and cleaning and laundry and park myself with my yarn and hooks…. must resist! lol I’m going to set a time limit, though… give myself a full-on work load until 2p., then I’m hopping in the shower and devoting time to YARN – yay! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your pillow finished, too. Good for you! 🙂

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