What’s Happening?

I love to sit on the floor, and I’m not sure why–it’s just a habit.  If I’m not on the floor then I am in my favorite chair reclining just a little.  Getting off the floor is not a problem, in fact it is easy.  I credit this to the fact that I have always tried to do some form of exercise.

Recently thought I went to get up out of my favorite chair, and something happened.  It was something that caught me by surprise.  It seemed that my hip had a catch in it.  I’m not really sure how to explain it, not a pain, but a catch.

After a couple of steps it was okay, and I didn’t really think that much about it.  There had been other signs that something was happening tthat I had noticed, but kind of put out of my mind.  The first thing that I noticed was that I don’t like jumping exercises, and I haven’t liked them for some time.  It feels like something is loose inside, and it feels funny.  I still do them sometimes, but I have found other exercises instead of jumping jacks that give the same results.

Years ago the doctor told me I had a torn meniscus, and that he didn’t suggest surgery, just therapy.  That knee is not the same.  It doesn’t hurt, it is just not the same as it was before. Since the doctor said that I could have torn it years earlier, I told my husband it was from my tomboy days as a child playing sports with boys.

But back to the hip, what is the problem?  I finally found out–nothing.  It is just one of the signs of aging.  It’s sort of like your house when things still work, but not as good as when you first got them.  It may take the water heater a little longer to heat the water, but it still heats.  It may take the television a little longer to switch stations (you channel surf), but you get there.

I wondered how I would feel if I didn’t exercise or if I didn’t stretch every morning.  It didn’t take me long to realize that it would be a lot worse.  All of these things are happening as we age.  Take a look at a baby lying on the floor.  The baby can put his toes in his mouth.  Can you, and why would you want to? This is just to say that flexibility is something that we all must continue to work on.  Exercise may need to be fine tuned, and some things may need to be added and/or deleted.

So I have decided that I will continue to exercise and do the stretches.  The trainer has even changed how she trains us as we have matured–she has matured too.

The hip, the knee, the insides, the torn meniscus and everything else reminds me of a car.  If you keep up the maintenance, it may not run as it did when it was driven off the showroom, but it still keeps going with only a few hiccups that are called aging.

So what is happening?  It’s call aging, but we can age like fine wine.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

 

Nighty Night–8 Tips For A Better Sleep By Arianna Huffington

I am one of those people who leaves the card on my bed at the hotel because I want the linen changed each day (give me a discount, and I might not).  As I reached for the card at my last hotel stay, I read something that made a lot of sense. It was Arianna Huffington’s  8 Tips For A Better Sleep.

As I have matured sleep has become more important.  At one time I could function very well on 4 to 5 hours of sleep, but as I have matured I need more.  As women of a certain age sometimes our sleeping patterns can go into some craziness because of the dreaded menopause.  You know, you just can’t get to sleep, or you wake up and then you are just up for the rest of the night.

Will her 8 tips work?  I’m not sure, but I do agree with trying them.  There are some things that I probably won’t do.  I can drink coffee at 10 PM and then go to bed, and it does not bother me.

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Take a look at the list and hopefully you will get some idea(s) on helping you get a good nights sleep–it’s worth a try.  Sleep does make you feel better and even look better. Ms. Huffington has written a book about the importance of sleep in our everyday life–The Sleep Revolution. It sounds like an interesting read.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear“.  Have a good nights sleep.  Sweet dreams!  In the comment section, tell us some of the things you do to get a good nights sleep.

You May Be The Same Size, But…

I love it when people say they are the same size they were way back when. At this stage of life I am probably about the same size I was before l had children. Even saying that the weight is distributed differently, you know not sitting like it use to unless of course you have visited your local cosmetic guru to have some work done, then it is probably sitting higher.

As we have become women of a certain age, we don’t want to look like our mothers and Lord forgive us surely not like our grandmothers when they were our age. Sadly though for most of us we can’t look the way our daughters and granddaughters look. Seriously Beyonce and her mom may be about the same size, but there is almost a 30 year age difference. One is Blue Ivy’s mom and the other is her grandmother.
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Remember when you go shopping the sales lady is nice, but her job is to sell. She may tell you that you can pull something off, and you want to believe you can, but please look in the mirror. As we mature unless we are a dancer, have good genes or have always exercised and even then we may not avoid the inevitable–we sometimes just have to let some outfits go. Hey it may be time to try something new.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Same size or not, check the mirror before you leave home.

Holiday Weight And Exercise

I love those people who say eat this instead of this for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas and even New Year’s. You know those people who say eat one cracker, a carrot, a lot of celery and drink sparkling water and you will be fine.  We’ve waited the entire year for this food, and we know the consequences of overeating and under exercising. It’s the holiday season which means it’s the no exercise and way too much food season. I mean good food, you know cakes and pies with specialty alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks to help the food go down. The holiday season probably started with Halloween when we ate the left over candy that we had.

wine and food trayThere is cheese other than American or Cheddar with a sprinkle of carrots and celery for show. There is Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving Day for gifts, for more food and drink and much more. There is so little time and so much to do so who has the time to exercise? What’s a girl to do? As we have matured our metabolism has gone down, and hips, bellies and everything else seems to get bigger doing the holiday season when they say we will gain 6 to 10 pounds in less than a month.

Let’s try to figure out what we can do to get our exercise in, and control our eating habits. I love the people who say eat before you leave home. Sounds good, but not feasible—it’s holiday food, not regular old food. There is someone bringing Christmas Cookies (I love that song by George Strait) everyday to work, and besides it is the holiday season.  Have a cookie or two; who eats one Christmas cookie if they are good? Go to the Christmas parties at work, eat the “good” cheese, another cookie, drink the punch and have fun. Don’t beat yourself up when you think about it. After the party grab your coworker and walk for 20 minutes, too cold outside then do it inside. If you have someone to walk with you, it will go fast. Walk at a brisk pace, but walk. You had your Christmas goodies and exercise too. Walk as much as you can atStarbucks-red-holiday-cups work during the holiday season. The party was at night then go home and put on old disco music, you know when you were in college the kind that lasted 15 to 20 minutes and dance like you did back then. If you want a special coffee drink, and there is a coffee stand close by—yes walk to it. Sit there and drink it and walk back to home or work. Take your marker with you so that you can draw your own Christmas design on the red cup.

You’ve got 2 or 3 parties in one weekend and you want to attend them all. What are you going to do?  A friend of mine says to wear the that body hugging outfit—the one that you can get away with. She says that since you are a woman of a certain age, and you can still rock it, you will not eat too much because it would spoil the effect. Sounds good to me. Food or fashion?

Another friend says never go in eating, wait for a while, talk with the people at the party. Find someone interesting even if it is just the hostess or the person you came with. Don’t sit for a while, stand and walk. Finally get food and drink, yep get them both. It’s kind of hard to eat a lot when you have two items to hold. Remember how hard it will be to take the weight off after the holidays. If nothing else, decide on which party you think will have the best food and drink. Be polite at the other parties eating a small amount. Save your calories for the good stuff.

Still running to the mall and shopping center to buy gifts. Make it an exercise day too. If you don’t have to go back to your car after buying your gifts, go back to the first store and walk the entire property once or twice as fast as possible in the Christmas rush. Don’t stop to look at something else, just walk.

You can start your walking routine during the Thanksgiving holiday. A lot of places have Turkey Trots featuring 5K and FB_IMG_144762941666510K races the morning of Thanksgiving. Make it an exercise tradition to do one of these walks. I am not a Black Friday shopper, but just to get some exercise go to the mall—leaving your credit/debit cards at home. Just walk.

Do not bring food home with you—leave it there no matter how good it is–not even Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Dream about it for the next holiday, but leave it there. Why do you think they are giving it to you?

Have to bake something for the Christmas season, bake your least favorite cake, pie or cookie, one that you rarely if ever eat. Make sure what you bake is tasty, just not what you like. The ones you like taste even better warm. Skip the cleaning lady, and deep clean your house after the holiday season, mop, vacuum, dust and more–it’s a great workout.

Do other things instead of just eating for the holidays, see what is going on in your area because who is going to eat carrots and celery for the holiday season?  Not me cause George and I sure do like those Christmas cookies.  Eat, enjoy and exercise.  Remember thisisyourbestyear”.

Getting Up After The Fall

There was a great article in the Star-Telegram written by Marty Sabota concerning falls in people of a certain age.  You can read the article at this link:  http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article36208161.html.

Fals 1In the article there are several tips to cut the risk of falls.  As we mature, we need to do more balancing exercising.  Recently talk show host Wendy Williams talked about a fall she took while wearing athletic footwear–not her trademark heels.  She even laughed at herself.  As Wendy stated, she did fall, but she was able to get up easily, and she was not sore the next morning–she exercises.  You have to keep moving.

Just try sitting on the floor and getting up without assistance, if you find that you can’t or it’s hard, then you need to get to work on getting in shape. Believe it or not yoga can assist in working on balance.  There are many forms of yoga to fit your age and your ability. Don’t think you will ever fall, maybe not, but will you be able to help someone up if they fall?

Remember “thisisyourbestyear“.  Most of us will fall, but how many of us will be able to get up?

TEDxSMUWomen 2015–Talking And Listening

TED  Heather Hankamer, DirectorSouthern Methodist University, plus TED Talk, plus outstanding women equals an outstanding day–it is TEDxSMUWomen 2015.  This day is a local, self-organized event that brings people together to share in a TED-like experience with both live presentations along with simulcast.  The SMU event was presented by the Dallas Women’s Foundation.  The director of TEDxSMU is Ms. Heather Hankamer who is very passionate about inspiring the next generation of thinkers and leaders.

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The day started with the live presentations which were given by women from all walks of life and varied professions.  There was Ms. Michelle Adams who talked on being true to self which is something that seems to be hard for women to do. She told the audience of her journey.

TEDxSMUWOMEN Jasmin RohmanThere was Ms. Jasmin Rohman who then gave her approach to career success.  I was particularly interested in this presentation when I heard her talk of networking which is one of the things I tell my students.  I am constantly telling them that “you never know who you are going to meet–be prepared”.

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It was amazing that I just started to follow Ms. Lisa Fey of “Atta Girl” LLC, and she was one of the presenters.  She talked on the power of persistence, and how one phone call changed her life.

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Ms. Ann Ransom talked on the importance of legacy.  This is so important because we are always thinking of what we should have asked or said to someone when we remember them–how we wish we knew more about them now that they are no longer here.

SMUDuring the break we ran into the mistress of ceremony, *Dr. Rochelle Carr and another young lady, professional  speaker/writer, Ms.Shanterra McBride, and the conversation soon turned to East Texas among other things.  It seems everyone in Texas knows someone from East Texas, and it’s always a good way to start a conversation. It was an awesome event that bought together women and men to listen and learn valuable information.

I always remember that my mom would say “If you just sit there and be quiet, you might just learn something”, and at TEXxSMUWomen 2015 we all learned something.

*Dr. Rochelle Carr, the mistress of ceremony has a TEDxSMU presentation that is absolutely wonderful, and most women of a certain age can identify with it.  Sit back and enjoy.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

You Said It, Not Me! (You Were Going To Get In Shape This Year)

Yes, you did.  You made that resolution to get fit for the New Year, but you hate the gym.  You even thought about walking, but then the weather is either too cold or too hot, and it gets dark too early.  So then you decided to buy a video or just watch one on your local cable network, but when you get tired you quit.  So you are in the same place you were last year.  You are dreading that cousin’s wedding because you are not in shape, and your hubby doesn’t dance so all you have to look forward to is “good” wedding cake (seriously, if your cake is bad, I am mad at you).

I have found a solution to both of your problems.  While getting ready for work one morning, I turned the television to Good Morning Texas and heard about 410 Line Dancers,  The hosts of the show were talking about high energy dancing for exercising.  They mentioned the “Wobble” which is one of the 2 dances that I do know, but I never thought of it as a workout.  Then I saw Isha Hutchinson and members of his class take to the floor.  Yes, it was the “Wobble” that I know, but he took it to a new level–one that does give you a work out. It was the “Wobble” that you do at that wedding and/or that class reunion with more intensity.  I was able to locate a video of Mr. Hutchinson teaching one of his classes.  Take a look below at Mr. Hutchinson teaching the “Wobble” and the “Chuck Baby” which is a new one for me.  At the 410 Line Dancers classes you can learn as many as 70 different line dances. 

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Isha Hutchinson, owner/instructor 410 Line Dancers

Mr. Hutchinson has been dancing for a little over 10 years, but has been in the entertainment field for most of his life.  Even though  female participants are in the majority of classes, he encourages  males to attend.  Make it a date night.  He has held private events for anniversary parties and other private events.

Classes are held at The Sandunga Dance Studio located at  2155 Marsh Lane Carrollton, TX 75006.  You can read more about the classes which go from beginner to advanced at their website at:  http://www.410linedancers.com/. You can also see Mr. Hutchinson teaching on Good Morning Texas on the site.

By attending these classes you can get fit and learn to dance.  You will be able to get into the right dress for that class reunion, and dance in it too. Line dancers come in all sizes and ages.  You put as much as you want into it to get the results that “you” want.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear” so why not learn something new while getting fit.  Bring your significant other or your best girlfriends for a fun night out.

Women Of A Certain Age–Dance Like David

Ms. CortezGuest blogger, Ms. Theresa Cortez is “a woman of a certain age” attending Tarrant County College where she is majoring in business administration.  She has attended Texas Woman’s University and The Potter’s House School of Ministry.  She is a licensed minister, an ordained elder and a Stephens Crisis Minister with All Saints Episcopal Church.  Ms. Cortez is the founder of Wealth and Riches–God’s Plan for Men, and the Dance Like David Studios for Women of a Certain Age.

In this post Ms. Cortez is talking about the Dance Like David Studio, and it’s benefits for “women of a certain age”. Contact Ms. Cortez about gift certificates for Christmas.

Women of a Certain Age

To those girls blessed enough to have turned 50

This is a new lease on life

What we must first realize is that the world does not define us!  God’s word does. We will not sit down until we have been called up.

We shall teach, exhort and instruct our young daughters, through this charge –

Titus 2:3-5

We are vibrant, as they shall be, resilient, exuberant, happy, and wealthy in God’s resources, rich in His Glory, wise in His knowledge and yes we still dance!

Daughters of Zion.

Women there is work to do! Get fit! Get active!

Dance! And get out there!

Women of a Certain Age

Come and Dance like David, this studio is tailor-made for you.

1623 B N. Crowley Rd.

Crowley, TX 76036

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50 and Over

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Praise God Get Fit!

Dance like David Studios 1623 (B) N. Crowley Rd. Crowley, TX 76036

Contact Theresa Cortez @ 817-247-0518

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Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

 

Thanksgiving Traditions

Everybody has a holiday tradition that they do.  Some involve rituals, some it’s the food they eat on that particular day.

Every Thanksgiving for the last say 15 years, my friends, sister, husband—whoever doesn’t go out of town—we do the Turkey Trot without fail.  We get up, sometimes we have to bundle up, sometimes it’s so warm we strip down (smile).

We’ve done the 10K, but for the most part we do the 5K.  It’s a lot of fun with all the people out and about.

After we finish the race, we’re off for another tradition—our stop at the neighborhood Starbucks for coffee and conversation.

Getting up doing the race seems to get us going.  We make it home before 10:30, and in time for some of the parades that are on television.

What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions?  Share them with us!

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.   Looking forward to hearing your traditions!

And So It Goes

It’s been a wild and crazy ride with the ladies of So Fit.  We’ve exercised our way around North Texas. We’ve gotten up before dawn, gone on weekend retreats, done boot camps, yoga, Pilates, walked in every walk there was and more. It’s been just about 15 years for me, and longer for some of the ladies.  We’ve lost and gained members, but we always continued.

As a group of friends we’ve been together through births, deaths, marriages, graduations, many different hair styles and colors and everything in between.  Three of us even completed the Austin Marathon.

As women of a certain age, we all know that exercise and proper nutrition are so important as we mature.  I know that we all will remember that ‘thisisyour(our)bestyear” as we find other avenues to continue on our journey to fitness at any age.