To all of my readers and followers:
After careful consideration and pondering the inevitable I have decided to end my Baby Boomer Way website. I believe after publishing 658 posts, over 75 recipes, countless exercise and hula-hoop entries, I have reached the max of my blogging days. On October 2, 2010 I wrote my first post which was aptly titled Joanie’s Weigh (A weight loss guide for baby boomers). It was my intent to guide others on a similar journey to live fit and healthy lifestyles. Who was I to force my beliefs on my peers? Well, it was suggested by family and friends to try my hand at writing and inspiring others if I was able. I figured that since I competently lost sixty pounds by changing my mindset and having a positive attitude, I was able to do anything, and therefore why not pay it forward. It worked for awhile but as I lived my life, events started to unravel, and all of the familiar routines became more of a chore for me. Ultimately, I was grasping at straws so to speak.
It just is not the same since I began almost three years ago, and unfortunately not as much fun. Pivotal events have occurred in my life that have forced me to take detours and a backseat to my desired behavior (and therefore I should not subject you to it). Frankly, annotating my personal photos for Funny Fridays, spewing out unfavorable comments regarding my beach house renters, trying fad diets, and not participating in exercise regimes has nothing to do with living fit and healthy lifestyles.
I will keep up the website for a short time but will not be posting anything further, I need to concentrate on other things in my life that hopefully will supplement my income or make life a little bit easier for our impending retirement. I don’t know how long my Social Media sites will be up (FaceBook, Twitter, Stumble Upon) and I will slowly be phasing those out as well. If you would like to contact me outside of Baby Boomer Way you may do so by e-mailing me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly respond to any comments, questions or just simple “keeping in touch” notes. I hope that everyone will be successful on their own journey and if there is anything I can do to help, you can certainly reach out to me if you would like (it’s not as if I’m moving to Bora-Bora although I wouldn’t mind ha-ha). Be well my friends I will miss you all and always remember to:
Keep healthy and fit by living your very own fit and healthy lifestyle!
High Point State Park 8/16/13
We can’t always get our way can we? Looks like another fantastic weather weekend. Keep healthy and fit by trying some gluten-free foods, they may just be what the doctor ordered!
For fourteen months I ran, trained, and competed in my all-purpose athletic shoes that were purchased on sale approximately three years ago. This is a no-no according to Web MD’s Clifford Jeng, MD who is a foot and ankle surgeon in Baltimore. Dr. Jeng claims an average pair of running shoes should be replaced after every 350-400 miles of use. Noticing that my distance and time were pretty much at a standstill and not progressing in the way I had hoped (I was adding distance and frequency). I weighed all of the elements involved in my running program. Could it be that my tires needed re-treading or perhaps a brand new set could enhance my performance? Envision the soles on your shoes and how much wear and tear they receive from all of the activity that you impose upon them. That should give you a hint of whether it’s time to make that important decision regarding your feet and their coverings. Is it time to recycle (yes, even your sneakers can be used for something else) your old footwear?
Trust me, owning at least two pairs of sport shoes can build self-confidence and determination. On the very first day of training, I was able to cut almost two minutes from my previous best running time; however, before you go out and purchase a new pair that would be suitable for you, please do a little research first by regarding which activity you will be using these for. Will you be participating in a Zumba class, riding a bike, playing tennis, or walking? Take into consideration durability, comfort, and wear before you go out and purchase that stylish pricey pair. After reading and deciding what would benefit me, I narrowed my choices to five. I carried my list of the different brands and styles; luckily the associate that assisted me was also a runner and helped with my final decision.
When you are ready, make sure you bring your socks that you will be wearing, try on many pairs, walk or even run around in the store, have enough room at the tip (about a thumbs length), and always strive for comfort. Good luck with your choice, have fun when breaking them in, and always remember what Cinderella once said, “The perfect shoes can change your life!”
1 1/4 Cup of ripe cantaloupe (frozen)
1 6 ounce container of plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbs of honey
1/4 cup fat free milk
Cut up 1 cup of cantaloupe and freeze for a few hours or overnight. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with cantaloupe wedges!
Rainy day sentiments from me to you! Keep healthy and fit by being creative on a foul weather day.
In the mood for a potato chip but want something healthy? Try baking some zucchini slices with just some added sea salt, black pepper and garlic powder. I did use a mandolin to slice these local beauties, however I would recommend using a good sharp knife and slice them in quarter size thickness if you can. Very easy to make and a great choice other than a greasy potato chip that has high fat and sodium contents. Keep healthy and fit by eating veggies, even baked on a cookie sheet!
1-3 Zucchinis (depending on how many you are serving, I used one)
Cooking spray (canola or olive)
Salt, pepper and garlic powder (or any spice you would like to add)
Preheat your oven to 250º. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (I used foil which kind of worked, but I would have preferred parchment). In a bowl add zucchini slices and spray with a few squirts of the cooking spray, making sure it’s not too much (you don’t want to saturate them). Add the spices that you desire and toss trying to coat all of the slices of zucchini. Place on the lined cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour in the 250º oven (bake until golden brown). The zucchini will shrink to half of the original size that was sliced so easy on the spices as well. These have tons of flavor, enjoy!
P.S. it is recommended to get rid of the moisture when the zucchini is sliced, perhaps let them air dry on a paper towel!
Are you the master of your house? Do you lay down the laws of the land? Keep healthy and fit by standing your ground and looking good in lycra!
At the beach, life is better don’t you think? I made a mad dash to the shore for a few nights forgoing everything at the moment. My daughter needed me, well she actually needs a ride back to her urban life, as her vacation week unfolds, and since I’m one to help out when I can (especially at the beach) I drove down to help out a stranded traveler. How could I let my child down, how could I pass up a chance to be in my beloved ocean town? So here I am realizing that my second home sucks me in, in every way, shape and form into her bosom and puts a hold on me that is so strong it’s difficult to break away. I am hooked as if I were a drug addict waiting for my next fix. I suppose it is the vastness of the ocean, the clean and salty air, the gentle breezes, the sense of community and just the easygoing lifestyle of this beautiful and peaceful island that lures me each and every day that I am here (I never want to leave).
Last night I found Xanadu while playing Trivial Pursuit drinking some red wine and enjoying the company of my loved ones. I hope that all of my family and friends could feel an awesome sense of calm and serenity in their lifetime, I definitely have found it here at the beach. So the next time you have an opportunity to visit a place where there is an ocean or sea take advantage of this invitation and view it in a different way that you had previously because the sand and surf does heal everything. Keep healthy and fit by finding your Shangi-La!
Exercising goes hand in hand with maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle. It’s quite apparent to step (pun intended) into the habit of jumping jacks, hula hooping, and running when your mind is set on a healthy fitness regime. What is not that easy on your proverbial climb is a positive mindset.
One might not think that forming positive thoughts would play an important role in keeping your entire body in maximum health; however, it really does. Studies by the Society of Nuclear Medicine revealed that depression is linked to a lower flow of blood to your brain, which diminishes your overall health. Simply thinking positive thoughts will increase and circulate healthy amounts of life sustaining blood to your brain.
There’s nothing wrong with imagining that the glass is half full (instead of empty), or that one day you (yes, little ole’ you) may change the world. These are all healthy thoughts and ideas that will keep your mind active with wonderful beliefs of success and joy. We certainly do not need stress in our lives; however, sometimes we just can’t evade or walk away from it. You can reverse negativity into positivity.
When I started my journey over two years ago, I was at the lowest point of my life. I had no self-esteem and thought of myself as worthless. Day after day, I would fool everyone, including myself, that I was living a happy and content life. I turned it around by picturing myself wearing a bathing suit (a one piece of course, after all I was 56 years old – there was no bikini on this body) on a pristine white sandy beach, sipping a Margarita.
Why not, why couldn’t I have this mirage come to light? I started thinking more happy and positive thoughts, and I would take a few moments in the morning before work to clear my mind of anything negative. My co-workers thought I was on a crusade, and actually I was (figuratively speaking) by forming an army of favorable notions to stave off the unfavorable ones.
So try as a mental exercise to clear your mind of anything adverse before your day begins, and make it a point to start the day off with a positive attitude; you will be amazed at the results. Begin your new day just as if you were living it as the first day of your life, which was unfettered and innocent. Remember, it takes more muscles to frown (which may lead to more wrinkles) than to smile! Keep healthy and fit by starting each new day with optimism!
This morning while showering and trying to shave one of my legs as I was balancing on the other, it occurred to me that perhaps there are other 60-year olds out there who do not have the agility and coordination that I possess. I’m not a self-proclaimed superwoman or anything like that, and It’s surely not an ego trip that I’m on, it’s just a friendly crusade to help educate Baby Boomers that the benefits of being active and exercising may just sharpen and adjust our balance. Working out will improve our endurance, symmetry and overall health. Of course like anything else, none of us are immune against having an accident, and there is always a risk of falling, however acknowledging and being aware of this is a big plus as we age. By merely challenging ourselves to better our physical limitations will surely get us on the path to staying fit and active for many years to come.
I have noticed that since I’ve been routinely exercising for three years now, my equilibrium has definitely kept me sure-footed and grounded so to speak. Undoubtedly, we must always be aware of our surroundings when we are faced with a balancing act in our everyday lives, and that would include juggling our daily practices. I picked up a hula-hoop after I had done a little research and read that waist hooping will strengthen your core, bones and muscles as well as prolonging your stamina. I started jogging after my daughter urged me to enter a race with her, and discovered that running also strengthens your bones and helps eliminate stress. Old-fashioned strength and Yoga exercises will also test our balance while practicing rowing squats, push-ups as well as tree and warrior poses. Having regular vision check-ups as well as visiting our physician is also recommended as we age so that we can clearly see any obstructions in our path and are cleared of any exercise regimens.
We have to face it, we are not getting any younger (only older and better!), but we can all make an effort to improve things as far as safeguarding against falls, that may ultimately end in hefty doctor, hospital and or therapy bills. By simply adding exercise into our daily routine, monitoring our medications and moving any obstacles or hazardous clutter may prevent and help us to avoid accidents. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) states that one in every three adults aged 65 or older falls, and 2 million are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries. Many of these mishaps will occur in our own homes. Of course there are some people who have a fear of falling and that is just one anxiety that they need to conquer. Some things are easily remedied to alleviate these issues and are readily available to us. Why not try to lessen these statistics by safeguarding and being aware of what may potentially be hazardous to our health and make an effort to enhance our lives altogether! Keep healthy and fit by being aware of your surroundings!