Amazing over 50’s – Guest post

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.

 A Guest Post – The Amazing over 50’s
 
 

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.

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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.

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It looks like Laura entered quite a few competitions

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.
Laura, do you have any words of wisdom for people reaching their midlife?

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

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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’ 🙂

 

 

 

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44 thoughts on “Amazing over 50’s – Guest post

    1. Yes I’m enjoying learning more about people especially because they don’t let age get in the way. Thank you x

    2. Hello Suzanne

      Midlife is wonderful. Life becomes more freeing as we get older. There’s so much to do. I’m intrigued by your global house sitting lifestyle, so I will definitely be checking out your blog. Thanks for commenting.

      Lovely meeting you too.
      Laura

  1. Hi Sam lovely to meet you and Laura! I’m 60 and loving life. I have an ageless attitude to life and like Laura I enjoy keeping fit and active. I love running with my friends and we call ourselves the Saturday Sisters. I enjoy yoga and working out. I’m always happy to meet other women who are taking life head on and making the most of it.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

    1. Hi Sue thank you for popping over to read & follow 😊 it’s great to meet you!! Wow you sound like an amazing Midlifer. I love the ‘ageless attitude!’ Lovely to be in touch 🌸

    2. Hello Sue

      Running, biking, and walking with friends is awesome. We really do become like sisters. Conversation is lively and face to face connection is key these days.

      Enjoy your Saturday Sisters
      Laura

  2. Thank you! I’m pushing 50, & my doctor ordered me to lose weight (b.p & cholesterol), and it’s been a struggle thanks to some old injuries. This is inspirational, and I can’t thank you and Laura enough😙😙

    1. Thank you!! This is exactly what I wanted this ‘Amazing over 50’s’ to do. I’m so pleased it may have helped you in some way. 😘xx

    2. Hello Cynthia

      I am so happy to have inspired you! Old injuries are a real pain, but I am convinced that movement not only reduces further injury it also reduces the aches and pains we all get as we get older. Coming back from an injury takes time. Slow and easy, while still making progress gets the job done. I recently saw a woman in the gym with a boot style cast on her leg, she was focusing her workout on her upper body. She became my inspiration.

      Thanks for your comment.
      Laura

      1. Absolutely right Laura, I’ve had two knee operations which knocked me back, but time & hard work & I’m back on my mountain bike & snowboard 😊 keep going & don’t give up is my theory 👏

  3. Another great article, Sam and Laura – I keep reading about people hiking, and am determined to get this knee better so I can stride out again – this has given me another push!!

    1. Hi Terry

      I love hiking. Getting out in nature, is so soothing. Sorry to hear you have a bum knee. I hope you’ll have a fast recovery so you can get back at it.

      Watch out for the downhills, they are tough on the knees.

      Thank you for your comments.
      Laura

    1. Hi!

      First, Thank you for following me. I appreciate your encouragement.

      It’s wonderful to see enthusiasm in people over 50 staying active and vital. The older we get the more important staying active will become. I want to be that 80 year old that can’t be stopped.

      Thanks again
      Laura

  4. Thank you, Sam, for this wonderful introduction. I appreciated this opportunity to be a guest on your blog. It’s great to meet so many others the same wavelength. Even though we may be dealing with some past injuries (physical, emotional, and otherwise), it’s good to see women in their 50’s and older not allowing limitations to hold them back. The post is awesome.
    I look forward to meeting your future guests
    Laura

    1. You’re welcome Laura. Thank you for being my guest & you are clearly one who can inspire others 🙂 I look forward to reading more from your blog 😊

  5. I love the community of happy, healthy, retired (or semi-retired) women and men who have taken up residence in our special corner of the blogosphere. I have met the nicest people over my four plus years of blogging and I think we all have found inspiration from each other. I came to your blog, Sam, via Laura’s and I look forward to reading more!

    1. Hi there & thank you for stopping by. Yes I have really enjoyed finding all these amazing people who live life to the full 😊 I’ll certainly pop over to your blog to say hi 👋

    2. Hello Janis
      I’ve found this community not only inspirational, but the encouragement given by all of the women and men I’ve met through my blog is amazing. And so many varied lifestyles. It’s truly wonderful and I feel blessed to have found my way into this particular blogosphere.

      Thanks for dropping by to meet Sam. She’s amazing.
      Laura

  6. Go Laura! (aka MOM)
    You are already unstoppable and have always been our family’s fitness and nutrition inspiration. We have always followed your lead and base our own active lifestyles, health and fitness on your early teachings and example. You are so blessed to live where you do with all of the hiking, biking, and sea to keep you busy. There is always something for you to do and see, I love it! We are very proud of you and enjoy your blog. I already can’t wait to read and hear about your next adventure! My thanks to Sam for highlighting and celebrating such an incredible woman!

    I love you,
    Darlynn

    1. Aww Darlynn that’s such a wonderful testament to your mom 😊 thank you, I’m sure you’re really proud of her

    2. Thanks Darlynn (aka Daughter #2)

      Yes, we’ve had many great adventures and memories as a family and also some pretty cool one on one experiences that have brought us close together. A parents dream come true.

      Summer’s coming!!! I can hardly wait.

      I love you too,
      Mom

    1. That’s wonderful thank you & I hope you do get out there, I’m sure you’ll feel great 😊

    2. I’m glad I could be of help. Believe me, it’s not always easy for me to get out the door. Maybe it’s cold or windy or too hot.That’s what’s nice about having a friend you can each rely on to get moving. When I find myself procrastinating she’s there to give me the push I need to get going. And vice versa

      Thanks for touching base and coming over to Sam’s blog.
      Laura

  7. I love your passion and I agree keep moving! I love riding, more sedate than mountain biking, walking and running too. I’m not fast or pretty but I get out there whenever I can. Great read!!

    1. Hello Debbie

      Thank you for your comments. Several years ago, while hiking, I reached the summit of the hill we hike on a regular basis. There’s a bench at the top and while resting a group of mountain bikers from the other side of the hill, reached the summit a few moments after me. They were all over 60. The rider who hit the top of the mountain first was a woman about 65 years old. She looked invigorated and happy. I thought, ‘Wow, this is who I want to be. I want to be the woman who just keeps moving.’

      Keep getting out there.
      Laura

  8. Laura, I had to smile reading your story of your first visit to a spinning class. Mark and I very recently bought bikes online and needed to get something adjusted at the bike shop here in Santa Fe. The employee, who, surprisingly was a Belgian as well, told us about the spinning class he teaches, and how he put on the French tours on TV during class, making everyone imagine they are on that track in the mountains. 🙂 What a motivator. I’m so glad you are still active after your injuries! Thanks for sharing the passions in your life, and… keep them up, I would say!

  9. I just discovered your site through Donna at Retirement Reflections and Laura’s comment there. I’m always really pleased to meet people who are promoting Midlife and choosing to celebrate it. I’m not as keen on excercise as Laura but I can certainly relate to enjoying being outside and walking and keeping fit. It was lovely discovering this series and I’ll be back for more.

    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au

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