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Crafting in 2017

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.

4 thoughts on “Crafting in 2017”

  1. Your crochet reminds me of ones that my great grandmother made. I still have one that I use. They are amazing. I am trying to read more now that it is winter and I am forced inside. Grace is my crafter. She painted a winter scene yesterday. I enjoy watching her be creative.

    1. Thanks Jenn. I am reading more too, but I do like to crochet when I can. Grace does so many crafts, I love seeing her new creations. Winter is the best time to curl up with a good book.. 🙂

  2. I have been wanting to learn to crochet. If there is anything I wish I could learn in 2017, that would be it. I love what can be made out of crochet. My craft project that I am about to start is a t-shirt quilt for my son. Our Mennonite women’s group has a small group who have started doing them. I took Jaedyn to one of the meetings and got her started. Now I am thinking of doing it myself. I think that it will be possible. The woman leading the group is very talented and is a retired teacher who is very patient and I think it is going to be fun. I like that Jaedyn is learning to sew too! Maybe this woman also knows how to crochet and will help me out. I will ask her tomorrow.

    I just posted an update on Jae. I thought I’d mention it, since you seem to follow it :). https://apathnotchosen.blogspot.com/2017/01/scopes-and-pill-cam.html

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