Great article about exercising as we age

There was a time when exercise was how humans survived. Early men and women (and kids) needed to run, lift, carry, throw, balance, jump, and, in general, maneuver their bodies to survive predators. Not to mention walk miles and miles every day to hunt or forage for food. 

The link below will take you to the article the paragraph above came from.

Fitness For Life

Do your best . . .

“I sometimes fell short of being the best, but I never fell short of giving it my best.” William McRaven

My best is better when I am healthy as opposed to being sick.

If Erma Bombeck had her life to live over . . .

It’s been said that Erma Bombeck wrote this after she found out she was dying from cancer.

Someone asked me the other day if I had my life to live over would I change anything.

My answer was no, but then I thought about it and changed my mind.

If I had my life to live over again I would have waxed less and listened more.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet, I’d have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.

I would have eaten popcorn in the “good” living room and worried less about the dirt when you lit the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have burnt the pink candle that was sculptured like a rose before it melted while being stored.

I would have sat cross-legged on the lawn with my children and never worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television … and more while watching real life.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband which I took for granted.

I would have eaten less cottage cheese and more ice cream.

I would have gone to bed when I was sick, instead of pretending the Earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for a day.

I would never have bought ANYTHING just because it was practical/wouldn’t show soil/ guaranteed to last a lifetime.

When my child kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now, go get washed up for dinner.”

There would have been more I love yous … more I’m sorrys … more I’m listenings … but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute of it … look at it and really see it … try it on … live it … exhaust it … and never give that minute back until there was nothing left of it.

Admiral William McCraven

 “It is easy to blame your lot in life on some outside force, to stop trying because you believe fate is against you. It is easy to think that where you were raised, how your parents treated you, or what school you went to is all that determines your future. Nothing could be further from the truth. The common people and the great men and women are all defined by how they deal with life’s unfairness.”

I’ve been doing quite a bit of reminiscing lately and sharing some of my thoughts on this blog.

Today’s is from a trip to the Mojave National Preserve in 2015.

This photograph was taken near Goffs, California.

The Mojave Desert! Many times those words entered my ears and my soul begged to go.

Finding a place to park was easy. As a matter of fact, while there, these eyes did not see anyone.

My run was approximately five miles in and five miles out.

Whatcha gonna do with your time tomorrow?

Sometimes that question reaches out and snatches me by the collar. Time doesn’t stop and we can’t get any of it back. We can let stuff happen or we can try and make stuff happen.

Being 70 years old has not stopped me, not even close, from thinking about undertaking magnificent tasks.

Those journeys must come to fruition in the mind first and then started by taking steps, even little ones.

It’s time for me to dream again.

Maybe this picture is a representation of my story right not. But it’s never to late to dream another dream.

We make our own good times

. . . The bad stuff we all go through in life seems unending at times.The fight in us seems to build a coalition among the ones who are competitive. Our spirit rises to the occasion. We encourage and we are encouraged. When we think we may have taken on too much, we take on a little more. We Keep Moving and we make our own good times.

They’re gonna help find a cure for Alzheimer’s

For over eight years we’ve been involved in raising awareness and raising money concerning a horrible disease. My dad first battled prostate cancer and later died with Alzheimer’s. His last couple of years were tough on everyone involved, especially my, now deceased brother, and his wife.

Four years and six months of my life were spent caregiving for my mom. That was tough duty.

The link below will take you to their website. Please take a look, see what you think and, with a donation, become part of the team.

I’ve taken it upon myself to tell as many people as possible about the focus and energy these folks have.

The Georgia Alzheimer’s Foundation website states this as their mission.

To support innovative research and community services for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. 

His definition of an athlete

“When I label one an athlete, it speaks more to the whole person. One’s intestional fortitude, staying power, and grace under pressure mean every bit as much as there 5k time in a race. For me, the embodiment of a true athlete is clear cut: one doing the very best they can under particular circumstances, especially those in which adversity plays a part. When we’re backed against the wall, only then can we truly show others, and ourselves most importantly, what we’re made of.” Mark Bravo

I met Mark, on the right, in 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Some words I like

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverancethe race marked out for us” ~ Hebrews 12:1

“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.
Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.” ~ Proverbs 4:25-26

“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” ~ Isaiah 40:31
“In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best” ~ Eric Liddell