5 Summer Motivators For Grandmas That Choose To Stay Fit and Active

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My big fear with being a grandma is that my grandkids will forget me someday. I’m currently a constant presence in their lives. However, we just never know when that privilege could be taken away. I’m still going strong today, but we just don’t know when our number is up in this life, do we? 😉

This grandmother is working out daily and doing her best to stay (active) with her grandchildren. When she says (active), she means ANY activity that her grandchildren may be doing. It doesn’t always have to be sport related or a (moving) activity.

10 Examples

* A Simple Game of Catch
* Running
* Board Games
* Word Games — Such as; I Spy With My Little Eye Game….a FAVORITE with the grandkids. <3
* Reading
* Walking
* Drawing
* 4 Wheeler Riding
* Spelling B
* Baking – My Sweet Granddaughter LOVES to Bake!

So, the mind needs to be just as active. — I think you get my drift… =)

I sometimes get a little lazy and choose to not workout on a particular day…or even do my work online. Yes! It happens sometimes. =( lol

So, let’s kick it into high gear…

The Following Motivators Help Keep Me On My Toes – (most times). lol

1) Include Variety In Working Out

I workout daily…however, there are lots of other things to do that would add a considerable amount of variety. This includes speed walking, aerobics, strength training, crunches, lunges, etc…

2) Remain Social

This includes doing things with friends and family, and (for me), staying active with my YouTube content creating, and on social networks.

3) Keep The Brain Active

There are so many things we can do to keep our brain (and body) ACTIVE!!!
You can find quite a few of my ideas on doing just that below…

Good Tips On Keeping Your Brain Alive and Active At Any Age

4) Keep a Good Schedule With Household Chores

Now, just like ANYONE; I get unmotivated and kind of (not in the mood) for cleaning from time to time. But, for the most part, I usually keep my chores done up by tackling them BEFORE heading to my computer.

However, I need just a little bit of discipline (sometimes) in keeping my house good and clean. We all do sometimes, right?! YES, we do! =)

5) Eat Right

Consuming a proper diet is key to many, many things with remaining healthy; both physical and emotional/spiritual. There is actually a good article to read that shares some nice tips on this…as well as other topics. Stress is one of those. <3

Be Good to Your Spirit, Mind and Body During Stress – One Dozen Tips Plus

You may also find the article below interesting to go along with this topic.

Outdoor Summer Time Fun With Grandkids and Work Outs For Grandma

Happy Grandparenting and Stay Fit and Active Whatever You Do With Your Grandchildren! <3 <3

My Experience With Bullying in the 60’s and 70’s

I thought so many things on July 27th, as I sat down to write this blog post…

Yes! I took a (brief) detour while writing it! Well…I had a lot of thoughts to process. 😉 Lol

First of all, what I have to say in this post is all genuine; as I have no reason at all to lie about any of it. All true to life. Believe me….I sure wish it wasn’t! (I’ll also, add, I don’t want any pity…Nuff said)!

The MOST important perspective of my complex, inner, ramblings this morning was that my son thrived as an adult (without) any mental damage from bullying. Thank The Good Lord! =) That was my greatest fear! He was bullied briefly on the school bus; however, my son didn’t have room for bullying in his young school days/throughout his life; and still doesn’t! =)

The main point for this post is to provide some experienced facts about myself just so you can know and understand me a little better (as a person just trying, STILL… to find my way in this UGLY world).

But first, let me take a trip down (memory lane)…from VERY EARLY in life. 🙁

Unfortunately, I DON’T remember my early days in school (as happy). There was a particular incident that took place that snowballed ……into what ???! 😮

As I analyze my thoughts to try and remember the occurrence that started it all; my mind goes back to what (should have been) a favorable learning experience and a happy occasion.

I was excited about dance class. I’m not quite sure what grade we were in. 1st or 2nd grade?? I also am not sure exactly (what kind of dance class) it was. Although, I do remember wearing leotards; black ones. At least, that’s what they were called back then. LOL

I bet you can’t guess what took place?? Hmm, well; maybe you can, I don’t know.

This (little girl) left a big puddle in the gym. UGH!! 😮

Please, let me explain…

I remember… (not too far) into the class, I realized I had to go to the restroom.

Ahh, well, alrighty…now you know. The cats out of the bag; or should I say BLADDER! 😮

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I tried very hard to let that teacher know of my predicament many, many times, with a wave and a little dance of my own. But did she listen? This woman wasn’t giving me any relief ANYTIME SOON!

NADA! NO! SHE DID NOT LET ME GO!

Hello!! Was she plotting my (unlucky) future?? lmao!

The next thing I remember was the warm, wet feeling trickling down my legs that made me look down at the ever increasing puddle on the floor. It was only then that I actually realized what I’d done.

I know, gross, but keeping it real!

Well, that dance teacher was very much in the wrong! Just getting that out there! 😮

After that ordeal was over, I recall the long walk to the restroom to change clothes. The teacher had another student…(I think) she was much older? Not sure. I’m 56; my memory seems to be fading! Lol —- walk me there. How’s that for a run-on sentence?

I’ll just briefly go over a couple more occasions that I’d like to forever forget.

1) Now, I don’t recall how the conversation started or even what it was truly about. I just remembered the long walk home.

The girl that seemed to be the head of the bullies said to me, “You’re nothing but a pile of s***!”

The following one has a little more guts to it.. lol

2) In math class, don’t remember the grade. However, that’s not what’s important. I remember bits and pieces of this…

During what (should have been a well-constructed classroom), most of my class mates were throwing spit balls, and other things (that I can’t remember) toward me. Maybe some laughing in the midst.

Now was it (really) the entire classroom? More than likely not. Although, it sure felt as much.

Let’s put it this way…it was definitely enough to cause a ruckus while strolling the halls of the school, for sure.

More Importantly…

The (substitute) teacher didn’t have anything to say; nor did she DO anything. She just gave me a smirky smile as I looked at her with, (please help) tattooed on my forehead. lol — I do remember the class was Mr. Greenwald’s. He was the funniest teacher I’ve ever known. He made the whole school laugh; and that was his mission…other than teaching math class, that is. lol – That in itself was an awesome memory! I did a quick search and found a photo of him. However, don’t feel at liberty to share due to copyright. 😉

3) Not to mention (and in general), being made fun of for not making all the hits, catches, reps; or whatever while in gym class and on the playground That’s the true reason why I don’t like to participate in sports…(other than power walking and aerobics) 😉 lol

The latter is so common; I know. However, it didn’t make it any easier! Furthermore, it all stacked up to how I’ve felt about (myself) for most of my life.

I dreadfully recall these memories of bullying as; humbling, ugly, disgraceful, abusive, slanderous, degrading, disrespectful, painful, hurtful, and quite life-changing.

I truly could go on and on; however, I won’t bore you with more. I think you get the picture! LOL

You know…way, way back in my mind (for many, many years), I would always question myself how I could let the world know how bullying truly affected me. Go into detail, like in this post. Did I want (or NEED) to go as far as actually naming names? Naah!! That minor detail is rather pointless.

I wrote this blog post as if I were THE ONLY person on the face of the earth that was mindlessly bullied. Well, let me fill you in on something….that’s exactly what it felt like. The pain was real, and it scarred me for life.

In hindsight, I’m somewhat grateful for having gone through it; (only due) to the fact that it helped mold me (somehow) into the person that I am. I also, realize this post may be pointless to a lot of people. I honestly needed to write it; if not for anything else but, for some sort of therapy. Aka; focus on internal daemons for clarity and peace.

Thank God for the wisdom from my years of living…that I truly understand the (real) reason behind children, (or adults), that feel the need to bully others.

I’ll just leave it at that…

Thank you for reading! =) <3

Be Good To Your Spirit, Mind, and Body During Stress – One Dozen Tips Plus

heart My very first tip (#1 Tip) is getting to spend time with my grandchildren. This Grandma gets to distress often; as the kids come over quite a lot. They live close by…which is awesome!!!! =)

LOVE Spending Time With My Grands!! <3 >3 (a heart for each one of them) Excellent stress reliever for ME!!

Stress can be down right deadly, if you don’t know how to deal with it. If you’re a negative thinker, then stress can be a nightmare for you.

Read the following tips with an open mind. We are all unique, and we are creatures of habit…(well, most of us) – The following stress relievers below may be just what you need if you’re going through grieving, depression, bad marriage, or relatively anything that is currently stressing you !

Make a List Of Your Own If You Have To

Here is mine…

1) Spending time with my grandchildren…LOVE, LOVE them with all my heart and could NOT imagine living my life without them. <3 Oh wait, I’ve already said that! ~ Well, it’s worth repeating!!

2) Don’t dwell on things that stress you. This can be truly hard sometimes. I know; as I’ve been there. When you’re not your best, make it YOUR mission to always try to do something out of the ordinary to efficiently distract you from your worries and stresses.

3) Workout – Exercise has helped immensely with my mood swings, depression, and stress. It gets my blood pumping; thus, making more oxygen flow to the brain and the rest of my body. Working out just makes me feel better in EVERY way. I think better, I get around better, and it also boosts my self confidence. I LOVE how I feel after a good sweat! =)

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4) Pray – Prayer is ALWAYS an excellent option to everything that we do, and everything we are going through. God consistently answers prayer. However, we may not like the time frame, or we may not like the answer received. The Good Lord knows what our needs (and wants) are before we even ask. For me, praying DOES relieve stress, although I need to spend more time doing it. =)

5) Eat right – Eating right is being very kind to your body, mind, and spirit. When eating the proper nutrients, you will be more productive, your mood swings will most likely level out. In addition, vitamins and minerals found in healthy foods help to lift depression. Eating healthy is essentially good for you in many ways, including stress.

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Side Note: I personally have found that eating bananas helps with my mood swings.

6) Live in an organized environment – If you’re like me, organization is an ever-growing process. That’s right, it never ends! lol 😉 Although, I try every day. It makes logical sense that having everything in its place at all times will undoubtedly relieve LOTS of stress!

7) Walk and breath in, then breath out….slowly. Rinse, repeat! Enough said 😉 lol

8) Spend time with your favorite hobby. If you don’t have one, FIND ONE! I find jigsaw puzzles relax me. However, it seems that the only time I mess with them are on New Year’ s Eve. lol I also enjoy coloring. Have you noticed all the new coloring books (for adults, meaning not cartoonish) that are displayed in stores now? Well, I bought 3 of them. These are hobbies of mine. I also thoroughly enjoy my iPad time every evening. That in its self, is a huge way to get rid of stress for myself.

9) Start a blog; there are free ones on the web. If you have emotions, anger, or no confidence inside of you, writing about them can help you tremendously!!!! Or you can also buy a good-sized journal and just spend time writing. Gets you thinking outside the box. 😉


10) Spend quality time with your spouse – If you are having marriage problems, and (who doesn’t, I mean, all couples go through their sets of problems from time to time). If you’ve never had a disagreement with your spouse, or gotten angry; you are among the very small population that (say) that their marriage is perfect. What’s my point? Start taking extra time to do things you haven’t done in a long time. Maybe it’s going to the show, amusement park, VACATION!!!? I like that last one; and who doesn’t love vacation? <3 Whatever the case may be, do it!

11) Move furniture around, or redecorate to change your environment. I’ve always been like that; in fact, I move furniture around (at least) once every 6 months or so. Just like my (built in) desk. I’m always wishing I could place it on the opposite side of the room. lol

I love change! <3

12) If funds allow, go on a vacation. Or at the very least, go out with a friend or relative and have a good time. It doesn’t have to be expensive to have a good time. If a vacation is NOT an option, go play cards with a couple, take a long Sunday drive, have friends over for dinner. Anything that gets you unfocused on your stresses.

Stress can do horrible things. Often times, it’s silent killer that can bring on a stroke, heart attack, or anything else that can result in death. Stress CAN do a colossal of things. Stress affects people in different ways. YOU just have to find your way around your fight or flight process responses, then go with the flow. Don’t let stress get to you!! Do something special for someone. This could be an elderly, your parents, brother, sister, or anyone that has certain needs.

Lifestyle Change

Sometimes, just changing your lifestyle can be a good stress reliever. If you’re not happy about something, change it. If your job is stressing you out, change that too! In fact, there are tons of jobs that can be performed at home. In the amount of time I’ve been working from home, I’ve come to the realization that work at home writing jobs are the easiest to find. Also, you can turn your hobby into cash by starting a business. There are some home businesses that doesn’t require a high start up fee; if at all.

One last thought…Go Shopping? However, don’t over do it and end up with 6 maxed-out credit cards! — Well, that’s a little over the top there! lol Shopping helps! 🙂

Read through my tips above objectively. Open your mind and let things happen naturally.

What ways do YOU relieve stress?

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