Welcome back to a new edition of Carol's Corner. Sorry I just can't do as many as I used to, but when I do get a new issue up and running I hope it helps each of you in some way. My goal is always to do one or all of the following; to inspire to motivate, and whenever possible to educate. So get comfy and stay awhile.
I totally love this outfit. The top is one of my latest thrift store finds. I just adore the color's and I was able to find just the right beads in my inventory to make this awesome three piece jewelry set. Jo Ellen Jatczak dubbed this,”Perfect In Pastels”.
Just look at all the beautiful shades of color, from my bracelet, to my ring, to this awesome FitBit band.
As always, I wear a clasp cover on my FitBit band and this was the perfect choice.
So let's get started!
I'd like to talk about something tonight that I've begun to experience in my own life. And you can too if your willing to take risks and push yourself beyond what you ever thought possible. It can be in any aspect of your life and can happen for you at any age. I've really experienced it lately as it pertains to my physical abilities and exercise regimens. The past year I've had many challenges and managed to stay upbeat and use what life has thrown at me, to help motivate and inspire others. I've tried to rise above everything that has happened to me since that fateful night in September when I had an accident that should have killed me. Each subsequent event that followed has made me stronger than I ever thought was possible, both physically and emotionally. I've begun to push myself physically beyond what I ever thought I could. I haven't let age be a factor. In fact I've embraced it and set out to prove to myself that just because I was 65, didn't mean I couldn't challenge myself in that arena. Of course there are certain things my body can't do, but I've also learned that I am capable of a lot more than I realized. Take this last week as an example. I challenged myself in a couple different ways. First let me back track a little. After I finally recovered from my foot and ankle fractures that laid my up for two months, I pushed myself hard when it came to my walk workouts and my foot got better as time went on. In fact the swelling that my doctor told me could last for six months miraculously didn't happen and the pain lessened day by day. I truly think it was how hard I pushed myself that allowed my foot to start feeling normal again. I was afraid it never would. You have to know your limits but you also have to be willing to take risks and do what you didn't think was possible until you actually did it. So that brings me back to this last week. I was never much of an outdoor walker, but a week ago last Saturday I decided that I was going to give it a try and since then I've been out walking every day and loving it. I've walked anywhere from three to over six miles a day, even in 85° temperatures and up. I had an unfortunate occurance Sunday that ended up in a fall; banged up both knees and elbows and sprained my wrist. But I still haven't let that stop me and have been out walking both days since then. It's a long story why it happened,but I won't let that deter me and I haven't. I decided to step out of my comfort zone and it's paying off and given me a real sense of satisfaction. Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone and meet a new challenge in your life, whatever that might be? The other way I challenged myself was in the various challenges FitBit users can participate in. Right off the top I have to tell you I am a very competitive person and work as hard as I can to win them whenever possible. That week I participated in three “Workweek Hustles” which takes place from Monday through Friday. The object is to garner the most steps for that time period. Well two of them I was ahead by quite a bit, but in one of them I was always chasing or trying to catch up with one particular person. Whenever I thought I was doing well, right there she was going ahead of me again. I'd be ahead one minute and all of a sudden find out I was way behind again. Well Friday came. I did both indoor workouts and outdoor walking and dancing too. Friday night was our monthly Spagetti Dinner Dance. So on my outdoor walk I had my personal best and walked 6.45 miles. Boy was I psyched!!! After dancing I started working out about 20 of 11 thinking the challenge ended at midnight, and of course who I fondly called my nemesis, was right there at it again and we kept going back and forth, first one leading and then the other. Well I thought the challenge ended at midnight, but low and behold it was in a different time zone and didn't end till 1 AM. So I just continued working out till that time. Of course at least that started my step count for the next day. And amazingly I ended up over 5000 steps ahead and won the challenge. But that never would have happened if I hadn't pushed the envelope. In fact I had my personal best both in my outdoor walk AND my stepcount for that day. Here's what this 65 year young senior was able to accomplish, by stepping out my comfort zone and pushing myself beyond what I thought I was EVER able to do.
I am still amazed that I could put together such numbers. I now know I am capable of much more than I thought possible. It was the greatest feeling in the world and the satisfaction it gave me was incredible.
One thing I try to impress on people in my age category and beyond is don't give up on yourself. Reach for the stars and find out just what you are really capable of. This can apply to any part of your life. If there is something you always wanted to do, go for it. Don't let anything hold you back. Don't expect to fail, expect to succeed. I found my true calling in life at the age of 63. God gave me the ability to communicate through the written word and the ability to inspire and motivate people. If I had never taken that leap of faith and began my blog and then later my Facebook group, I would have deprived myself of one of the greatest and most rewarding experiences of my life. I thank God every day that I took that leap of faith. I love all the people that have become so important to me in so many ways because of the leap of faith that I took. Is there something you want to do, something you want to accomplish? Go for it, what do you have to lose?
Take these words to heart! What a beautiful thing this is when you actually do it. I took that step and found out I had dreams I never knew I had and talents I thought I possessed but never knew just how to use. By stepping out of the box, and by having faith in myself and where the Lord seemed to be leading me step by step, I actually did create the person I wanted and desired to become. Believe in yourself, no matter what stage of life you find yourself. The best is yet to come. Go for whatever you wish to accomplish with the rest of your life; whether it be your weight loss goals, your physical fitness goals, or something of a more personal nature, or just something you always wish you had done.
I'd like to close with this. You are capable of so much more than you think you are. Take your impossible and make it your reality! Till next time, God Bless.