This is Not About Weight Loss……

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Am I the only person who finds it challenging not to gain weight in the summer?  I much prefer exercising outdoors in cool, crisp and even cold weather.  So unless I exercise early morning in the summer, my activity level can take a dive when it’s hot and humid.  It also doesn’t help when I visit my Mom or Much Older Sis (both of whom I’ve recently visited). Why? Because they’re 2 of the bestest cooks known to humankind, and I overeat their cooking – that’s why!

Nor am I one of those all or nothing people.  When it’s not Mom or Val’s cooking, moderation works best for me. The mere thought of any kind of elimination diet automatically makes me want the food that’s being eliminated.  Even if it was the “lamb and salmon free diet,” I would probably crave both, and I can’t stand either.

Therefore, summer time is a time of weight maintenance for this gal. If that resonates with you, here are some things that help me stay on track:

** Keep Val and Mom visits to a minimum – HAAAA!

** I love the Vagabond Sandwich CompanyAviator Salad with their Fried Chicken on top.  The fried chicken is the treat, so no chips.

** I have one, maybe two, of these bite sized Sea Salt Caramel cookies after dinner.  I make a double batch and bake them in 2 pans, like brownies. Once cooled and cut into bite size pieces, I put them in a plastic bag and freeze them. Scrumptilicious!

** When it comes to exercise, one tool I can’t be without is my Garmin pedometer. I don’t care about the other bells and whistles, just the step tracker.  My goal is to get in at least 30 minutes of structured exercise (strength training and/or walk) and 10,000+ steps per day.  If no structured exercise happens to happen, then the 10,000 steps are a must. I was at 9,943 steps yesterday by 3:00 pm and ended up with over 13,000. Acceptable.

Do you have any gems of weight maintenance wisdom for those of us who choose moderation? If so, would love to hear them.

I’ll leave you with this extremely refreshing and sweet-tooth- satiating, fruit dish Much Older Sis made last weekend. Spritz bite sized pieces of chilled watermelon, pineapple and fresh mint with lime juice. Gently mix and serve in pretty bowl or on a platter. Simply delicious.

Evolved Youthful

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About a month ago, I was trying to come up with a term to describe some of the women in my life who seem to be ageless. Evolved Youthful (EY) was my answer. For me, EY represents beauty (internal/external), vitality, confidence, panache, and an inner knowledge of who we are. Truth be told, most of those things come with a little age and life experiences.

Val, Bev, Paula, Patricia, Glenna, and Suz personify EY. They get the fact that yes, we get older. But instead of fighting it, they go with it and ROCK it! Why? Because they’re Evolved and Youthful!


Val: top L – Loves Earthy Colors, Funky-Classic
Bev: top R – Casual, Bohemian, Sporty
Paula: middle row L – Funky-Trendy, Bold, Rocks Neutrals
Patricia: middle row R – Trendy, Eclectic, Artsy
Glenna: Bottom L – Girlie, Sporty, Bohemian
Suz: Bottom R – Sporty, Funky, Unique

40’s, 50’s and 60’s represented here. 😉

Rock Your Style…Even if it’s Not Rock!

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Do me a favor and think back to your teens. What kind of music did you listen to? Supposedly we’re most musically impressionable in our teens, and for me, that’s definitely true.  As I recently watched the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, I was struck by how great some of my musical heroes looked and sounded.  Justin Hayward and John Lodge of The Moody Blues, Jon Bon Jovi and The Cars (minus my beloved Benjamin Orr who passed in 2000) looked their ages in the best way. They weren’t trying too hard, but they were still rockin’ and making my heart go pitter patter! That got me thinking about how the important music from my past, has influenced my style through today.  And beware, I have proof.

If you watch any videos from the early inception of MTV, onesies were it – think Aldo Nova, Styx, the list goes on and on.  So naturally I was excited to wear mine on New Wave/Punk Rock day at my high school in 1983. Then we moved on to the “bigger hair” days of the mid 1980’s to early 1990’s. The Wilson sisters nor Kip Winger had anything on my hair. And how about the time I took a Keith Urban pic to my hairstylist because I wanted the same cut? I would say that’s influence….and a little weird.

Like the bands and artists that have so influenced my life, my style will always reflect a bit of eclectic edginess. Maybe it’s my way of paying tribute to the lifetime of enjoyment their music has brought me, but it’s definitely where I feel most authentic.  Rock on.

How has your favorite music influenced your life and/or style? Would love to know. 

Here are some of the bands/artists who’ve had a huge influence on me, and with the exception of The Cars video from 1985, the others are fairly recent.  Now this is how to age!

For the Love of the Underdog

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I’m a sucker for a good underdog story, especially when it comes to sports! And with the 2018 Winter Olympics upon us, cable has been airing tons of great sports movies.  From Seabiscuit, Miracle, Rocky, Rocky Balboa and Creed, to Hoosiers, Rudy and Invincible, I have a hard time looking away.  Why? Because who doesn’t love seeing the little guy/gal, or in Seabiscuit’s case, little horse, kick butt and take names?  But it’s never easy for them, as life in general is never easy, and who can’t relate to that? To this day, I still tear up at the original Rocky training scene, and don’t even get me started on the theme music. Win or lose, real or fictional, I find these stories extremely inspiring

Athletes (including horses) who play/perform for the sheer love of their sport will always be the most interesting and exciting to me. Let’s take my man, pro-golfer Phil Michelson.  I think he’s brilliant, while being very human.  Just yesterday he was playing great golf and in the mix at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.  Then he did a very “Phil-like” thing.  He hit a wayward shot and double bogeyed  the last hole.  I’m sure he was mad at himself, but that screw up is what I find so relatable! I know he’ll win again (fingers crossed for this year’s Masters), and when he does, it’ll be that much sweeter!

When I think about some of my own underdog moments, my high school tennis team and horse racing days come to mind.  Two memories stand out from the tennis team:  (1) when I hit my doubles partner in the head while serving, and (2) losing a quarterfinals match 0-6, 0-6. The former still makes me laugh and with the latter, I couldn’t wait to get off the court, but it was cool playing someone at a skill level miles beyond mine. No doubt I improved because of it…yeah….. let’s go with that.  Either way, I had fun and learned to not take myself too seriously. Anywho, I believe underdog stories are really about living life, not just playing a sport.

If you haven’t seen some of the movies I mentioned, check them out, especially Miracle since it’s about the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team and their true-life miracle on ice. Can’t wait to see the stories the Olympics bring this year.  Go TEAM USA!

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite sports movies scenes, Mr. Rocky Balboa dishing a bit of sage advice to his son.


What the Heck is Hygge?

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(hint – you’re gonna like it)

“Riding in your car reminds me of being at a spa,” this is what a friend recently told me.  I was secretly flattered and thankful she didn’t notice (or mention) the layer of dust on the dashboard or that every compartment was stuffed with gum, mints, essential oil, lotions, change, healing crystals and tissues. What she did notice is that we were “jamming out” to “Sacajawea” by Tingstad & Rumbel on my Sirius Spa channel….yep, Tingstad & Rumbel.  She also noticed the lovely essence of Cinnamon Leaf essential oil I had sprinkled on the floor mats. This same friend then asked me if I had ever heard of the Danish term Hygge.  I said, “Ha-what?” Hygge – it’s a Danish concept pronounced “hoo-ga,” and  according to Country Living, it can be translated to mean a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life.  What a perfect time of year to get a little Hygge going in your life.  I’ll share some of my hygge-ness with you now.

When I think about being cozy at home, flannel sheets immediately pop into my mind. I love them and they make getting out of bed most challenging.  I love our 3 non-real fireplaces, 2 are electric heaters and 1 burns cans of sterno.  As another friend often says, “Hey, throw some cans on the fire.”  He’s such a smarty pants (not sure if I can say smartass in a blog ).  Most often instead of throwing on a can, I light a bunch of candles and place them in the fireplace.  I love the soft glow they create.  When I’m working at my desk, my healing stone garden relaxes me. The gentle colors in the giant formations of Blue Calcite, Fluorite, Rose Quartz and Amethyst are soothing and comforting.  And what beats a wintry afternoon snuggled with a good read, hot tea and cookies? Not much, ok, maybe a Café Mocha and cookies.  Just sayin.’

When it comes to “going-out” cozy and comfy style, it’s hard not to love warm scarves, mittens, hats, low heeled boots, thick hiking socks and down jackets.  They scream hygge, but maybe they should just whisper, since this is all about being relaxed.

Sir Thomas loves to be surrounded by his tried and true buddies while he sits under the Christmas tree.  They sure seem to get this hygge thing.

So there you have it my friends. I hope you’re ready to nestle up with a warm blanket, a good book and a hot beverage for a cold-wintry day of hygge-ness.  Enjoy and I’ll be chatting with you next year!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and may the Hygge be with you!