Christmas and the holidays are over and life was supposed to get back to a normal routine.

However Mother Nature reared her ugly head and played havoc with that. When most parents were looking to send their kids back to school she blew in a winter lake effect storm that kept the kiddies home.snow

Then she repeated her act the next day so that schools were delayed two hours and then canceling after school activities. 

Oh it doesn't stop there, it wasn't the snow that kept them home again midweek, it was the temps. Temperatures dropping below freezing along with wind chill factor making it below zero, and it’s still only the first week in January. 

You might not have kids at home myself included, but the struggle to and from work on those days was very stressful, just ask me! 

So I’m ready to kick that stress to the curb, kick back and relax. Join Me?

Here's a couple of suggestions —  

A relaxing bath. Find your favorite essential oil and some Epsom salts, grab a couple of candles and lock the door . . . aaahhhhh

Hit the gym. Just kidding, I know it’s snowing, so dust off one of those exercise videos that is hanging around or find something on your TV or Roku. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed and just think of the extra calories you just burned!

A tip from John Tesh's Facebook page. If you’re a total stress ball, relax by baking some chocolate chip cookies.  British researchers say it works because the smell alters our brain wave patterns – triggering alpha brainwaves, which relax us and lift our mood.

Plus, a natural compound in chocolate boosts our brain’s production of stress-busting neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine. And that’s a combo that can ease tension, and increase relaxation in as little as 10 minutes. Or the length of time it takes to bake your first batch of cookies.  

Oh and one more . . .  a good book, that's a mini vacation in itself!

Feel free to make a suggestion or two below.

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Oppss, did I say 50?  Sounds better than fitness at 60+

 

With each passing year I ask myself, “What the heck are you doing to yourself?” Then I remind myself  . . . you need this, it’s not just about the fitness, it’s exercise and I need it, even if only to keep my sanity.  

Even with the exercise DVD’s I own and all the channels available on the TV, left to my own devices I find myself not working out at home as much as I should, so it’s off to a class I go, but some days it’s harder than others to get there.

 

Over the years I’ve enjoyed several types of classes, aerobics, kick boxing, ripped, Zumba. I’ve enjoyed them all, but lately I’ve noticed some changes . . .  think maybe it’s just me?

 

I’ve been enjoying black light Zumbablack light . . . where nobody seems to care what happens in the dark, but recently our class was moved to a new location , . . a very well lit, mirrored dance studio.

 

 Oh no . . . bright lights AND a mirror, that really messes up the image I’ve had in my head all this time. There’s a lot to be said about darkness. It feeds the ego . . . or should I say the image.

 

Standing under bright lights in front of a mirror is an eye opener to say the least.

In my mind’s eye I’m fit, trim and definitely younger. In reality . . . I’m a little over weight (according the doctor) and starting to show AND feel my age.

 

Those mirrors are pure evil. I mean did you see those “bat wings?” Now that’s downright scary. Oh, and seems I never outgrew those “knocked knees” (man that was torture as a kid, knocked kneed AND pigeon toed, I was doomed.)

 

I remember (vaguely) a body like “Miss Skinny” and I admire “Miss I’ve lost over 100 pounds,”   I’m so impressed by her. I love that the class has all shapes, sizes and ages.zumba

Oldest in class? Definitely! Ok, so what?

So I’m 60 something!  It’s not as bad as all that. Turns out most of us have a little jiggle . . . some just more than others.

 

 

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