Wednesday, February 27, 2013
There are some days I feel older than I am, especially in the winter -- but I have to say, after exercising regularly & consistently for the last 6 months, I can tell that I feel much younger than last winter. That's a great thing!!
I go to an all-women's gym and there are three ladies there who are "recycled teen-agers." Two of them are in their early- to mid-70s & the other one will be 90 in May.
Let me tell you something, those ladies can exercise CIRCLES around most of us in there AND they all look far younger than they truly are. If you had told me Ms. Pat was nearly 90, I would think you were telling me a super tall tale. Let me tell you, that woman can Zumba like nobody's business!!!
One of my gym buddies told me the other day that during morning Zumba class, Ms. Pat didn't think Ms. Emma (age 74) was working quite hard enough & Ms. Pat said, "Emma, did you come here to work out your body, or work out your jaw?" Ms. Emma, not to be out-done said, "Well, you can burn more calories if you work out both!" I am so sorry I missed that class, but I was at work. Those ladies are a trip!!
Lesson learned: Start working out now, while you're younger. You'll look younger, feel younger, act younger, add years to your life, and you can out-exercise a lot of those young whipper-snappers in the gym. I want to be like Ms. Pat, Ms. Emma & Ms. Manjit (she's the quiet one) when I grow up.
Blessings to you!!
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Life can be uncertain at times. We are never promised a tomorrow. One of my SparkFriends (A-New-Tara) passed away last Saturday, Feb. 16. She was a very vibrant lady. She was in the midst of writing 28 days of gratitude on her blogs. What are you thankful for today?
We never know what life will bring, so make sure you live for today.
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER
by Erma Bombeck (written after she found out she was dying from cancer).
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 the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
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 sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."
There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sore's."
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it, live it and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff.
Blessings to you!!
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