I’m very excited to introduce another guest to my new series:
Amazing over 50’s
I’m inviting and featuring ‘Mid-lifers’ who are enjoying life over 50 and who are proud to shout out about great health, fitness, lifestyles, work, achievements etc, but more importantly who are embracing this time of their lives with pride.
I’m so pleased to introduce Laura from craftingmyretirement.com as my second guest to this series.
Laura has been blogging for about a year, basing her blog around her retirement years and how she chooses to spend it. She certainly keeps active and busy.
I asked Laura to tell us a little about herself and her blog
I’ve been blogging for about a year and spent 2017 on a journey of rediscovery to find out how I wanted to spend my spare time in my retirement years.
I learned my interests are varied and many. I am now able to spend more time with family and friends, writing, hiking, taking pictures, volunteering, and, a surprise to me, cooking and being a homemaker. I also enjoy gardening, and another surprise, bird watching.
As an active 65-year-old woman, I have no intention of sitting on the porch swing watching the world go by. As I have stepped from one life into another, one thing I know for sure, I won’t be bored.
I’ve lived in California near Monterey Bay for 41 years. I love the water. I was still boogie boarding in my late 50’s and enjoy riding our jet ski. I also took up paddleboarding in my late 50’s. I’m not great at it, but it’s fun.
I have four children and four grandchildren. I am a retired flower grower, so gardening is something I enjoy.
Overall health is very important to me. I’ve always worked out or done some sport that has kept me healthy. And young! I’m a major foodie, but I have recently come off sugar, so goodbye desserts. I feel much better and that little belly is melting away
Laura, how do you stay fit and healthy?
It’s All About Passion
My affair started innocently enough, as affairs often do. A friend of mine encouraged me to join her for a spin class at the local gym. The instructor, her husband, was an avid mountain biker. He taught the class as though we were out riding on a trail, instructing us to come out of the saddle as we climbed an imaginary hill, then to sit to the back of the saddle as we flew down the hill we had just climbed, tightening, and loosening the tension knob accordingly. At the end of class, he gave me a gold medal. That was it. I was in love. I had been bitten by the mountain biking bug while riding a stationary bike in the gym. I went to every class available. I bought a pair of those funky padded biking shorts and a bright color shirt.
I got a mountain bike for my 49th birthday and never looked back. I lived and breathed riding. I don’t remember being so passionate about anything. When I wasn’t riding my bike, I was riding in the gym. My bike became a part of me. I kept it in the back of my Suburban taking it everywhere with me, as you would a beloved pet or your favorite set of golf clubs. Until the inevitable. I got hurt.
My back injury kept me off my bike. The adrenaline rush came to a screeching halt. I became depressed. I’m not sure how or when, but I finally realized I was lucky to be walking.
Through the rest of my 50’s and into my 60’s walking and hiking became my new passions. God only knows how many miles I’ve hiked.
My friends and I would get together, hike, and then go for pizza or Mexican food. (Food is another passion of mine). I’ve walked several half marathons, 10K’s and numerous 5K’s. After coming in first in my age group in a 5K, at age 58, I took up running for a few years, but then Arthritis in my ankle put a stop to that.
But time brings change. Most of my friends stopped walking or hiking. I have one wonderful friend I walk with every day. She has stuck with me through it all. My husband and I hike on the weekends. The back of my SUV now sports my grandson’s car seat and jogging stroller. For the past 15 years, my bike has been collecting dust in the rafters of our garage. Until… a couple of weeks ago.
After a few days in the shop for a much-needed tune up (for my bike, not me), I only had to wait for the rain to stop before my old friend and I could go for a ride. Today was the day. I am blessed to live near Fort Ord National Monument, where the best hiking and biking trails the state of California has to offer just happen to be. At 65, I’m no speed demon, but that didn’t stop some guy riding along side of me from challenging me to a race. Don’t worry, I declined the challenge.
I believe you just have to keep moving. Whatever it is that sparks your interest, go for it. Try new things.
I don’t think I’ll ever grow up.
Smiles are infectious; let’s start and epidemic
Thank you Laura for being my second guest in my series – Amazing over 50’s
You’re an inspiration when it comes to keeping going, especially after such an injury.
So glad you’re back on your bike 🙂
You can find Laura’s blog here at craftingmyretirement.com
Laura, Thank you again for being my guest and I look forward to following you further through your retirement journey 🙂
If you’re loving your ‘Mid Life’ and would like to be a guest in my ‘Amazing over 50’s’ series please contact me Here and help me ‘Shout Out for the over 50’s’ 🙂