Moving our Bodies Makes Travel More Accessible

It’s Movement Monday

At least that’s the original plan. To blog about moving our bodies, not our belongings.

One problem with this Pantzer planning, is she often goes off on tangents.  I joined the Ultimate Blog Challenge this month and they often offer suggestions for blog posts. The suggestions, which are great and I sometimes go with them, seldom coincide with my blogging agenda.

Today however, the ideas almost mesh. My current schedule (when I follow it) is to blog about moving our bodies, otherwise known as exercise. The UBC suggestion is to blog about travel. There are a myriad of ways to incorporate travel into a blog. I’m going to combine travel and getting our bodies in motion.

Traveling to other places means we need to be in decent shape to fully enjoy the experience. A couple of years ago my family and I went to Silver Dollar City in Branson. I felt confident I could enjoy the outing.

Oops, no. I started walking, but soon realized a scooter was necessary to avoid a trip to the hospital. Not a good way to have an enjoyable time, for me or my family. So, I used the scooter, but was mortified of its necessity. Not a cool scooter like this either, an “old people scooter.” There is nothing wrong with those scooters and rides. They allow people to do many things they would otherwise miss out on. However, I felt like I was too young, and should be too healthy to use one of those scooters from need. Time to move my body and get in healthy shape if I wanted enjoy more of the outings with my family.


Clear indication I needed to exercise and get in some sort of shape. Which I started doing.

I started walking. At first less than a quarter of a mile. Don’t even ask how long it took to walk that short distance. Now, after several months of walking, I’m up to 2 1/2 miles in an hour and fifteen minutes. Not lightening speed, but it is an improvement.


Since I have plans to do more traveling, having a fit and healthy body will allow me to enjoy the full experience of wherever I go.

Now I have walked a couple of 5Ks, but that’s another post.

Do you do any exercise?
Where would you like to travel?
What is your favorite exercise when on the go?


Sometimes We Just Have to Start Over

Starting over. Again.

That seems to be something I’m good at, starting over. How about you? have you tried something. Attempted to  implement a plan only to find yourself faltering after a few hours, days, weeks, maybe months?

No fear. Simply start again. Don’t worry about where, when, or why you stopped. Start again.

I don’t always restart a project. Sometimes after I get into it, I realize it isn’t the right project. Maybe it isn’t right for now or for the reason it was started. Why isn’t really important, knowing it isn’t what I should be currently working on. It’s a project that needs to be put away, or handed off to someone else.

This blog is not one of those projects. I believe in it, and believe it has value. That hasn’t kept it from being abandoned. In fact, it has been restarted so many times I can’t even count. It’s had different hosts. It’s had different names and focus. Even now, with the focus to help widows, and others find and pursue their dreams to create their diamond life I’ve struggled with what and when to post.

Back in July, during the last Ultimate Blog Challenge, the planned posts were about decluttering and what was leaving the house that day. The decluttering lasted all month, the posting didn’t. Then, I never got back to posting and this poor blog was left, abandoned.

This month I’m starting, again. Once again, I’m also using the Ultimate Blog Challenge to kick-start my posts and keep me going all month and into next month. That’s the plan. I also have a posting plan, a list of themes or ideas of what to write and post about each day. Now there’s a scary thought, a pantzer (someone who does things by the seat of her pants) attempting to plan. We will see how it goes.

The current “plan” is to post on different themes or ideas each day of the week:

Sunday – Tea Time – With any luck this will be a video, also posted on Facebook. Today’s: New Foods:

Monday – Moving our bodies and exercise

Tuesday – Virtual travel, come and travel around Oklahoma with me.

Wednesday – Prompts and ideas for writing your story.

Thursday – Quotes

Friday – Food, yes, I know I talked about food today on Tea Time, but these will be posts about easy, inexpensive, foods we can prepare

Saturday – Leisure Time, What do you do on your day “off”? Ideas, suggestions, and hopefully some interaction.

There you have it. My restart and plan for the month. See you tomorrow and we’ll discuss exercise an eight-letter word that usually means “yuck.”

Do you have a project you’ve restarted, or are planning to restart?

What helps  you restart a project you believe in?

Have you abandoned a project because it wasn’t the right time, or the right activity for the time?

I look forward to hearing from you. Please leave a comment.











Dance/Exercise Video adding to Clutter

I’ve been on the go these last few days which left little time for decluttering. Still, a deal is a deal and one thing a day must leave this house.

Today’s item is small, with a big impact. Okay, maybe not, the possibility for a big payoff existed. IF the product had actually been used. It was opened. That’s it, opened. I bought a dance video last year (or earlier) thinking, “this could work.” After all, it was a dance video, dancing is fun, dancing is exercise, I like dancing, dancing would help move pounds off my body.


There were several problems with this dance video, never mind the fact it featured Dancing with the Stars champion, Julianne Hough. No, the problem wasn’t the instructor.

I take that back, it was a little about the instructor, but not her skills, or ability to dance or teach dance. No, my issue is the same for her as most other exercise teachers.

• They are lean machines. There is not an ounce of fat on these people. How in the world can they relate to me, who has many, many ounces of fat?
• Their bodies are sculpted. Mine is plush.
• Their muscles are ripped and ready to roar. Mine are sitting on a lounger watching others move.
• They easily bend, stretch, and reach for the sky. I creak, crackle and groan when exerting.
• They do moves I’ve never seen, much less done.
• There is almost always someone doing the “modified” version. Noooooo, the modified is maybe 10 seconds slower and two inches easier than the featured move.

Exercise videos are designed, in addition to making money for the star of the video, to help a person drop pounds and get healthier. That only works if the video is put in the player, and the actions followed.

Since I’ve never managed to put my body in motion, even a little like Julianne, or any other exercise instructor, I might (might, I say) have watched it, but never actually did the moves there is no reason to keep it. I will keep walking outside. That seems to be the one exercise I do on a regular basis.

Have you ever kept something you bought for a specific purpose, only to find you didn’t like it?

Do you have an exercise video you like?

What is your favorite exercise?

Joining Ultimate Blog Challenge. Check them out for some interesting bloggers posting on a variety of subjects.


Fitness Friday


Ever since I “won” a trip to the city, in an ambulance, because my heart wanted to do its own dance, I have worked on eating healthier and moving more.


Too bad my body has been more stubborn than me and has held on to the fat and excess weight.

Enough already. I bought a generic step counter to measure my walking. It is surprising how few steps I take in a day. Moving hands across the keyboard, or sewing, doesn’t count.

If you need, or just want, to add more moving and exercise to your life I hope my struggles will encourage you. My current exercise regimen includes, walking, with or without company, yoga once a week, and modified pushups. Come along and exercise with me.


I will post my successes (or failures) here each Friday. If the weight ever drops, I’ll let you know that too.

Although, even with the weight clinging on, I have noticed that the extra movement has helped my breathing.

Funny, turns out that breathing aspect is super important.

Also, I am able to do more things now. So the exercise is helping, I just wish it would carve the weight off faster.

This week’s report:

Friday (9/30/) – 1 mile walk (more or less)

Saturday (10/1) – 6000 steps

Sunday (10/2) – 1 mile walk

Monday (10/3) – 1 mile walk, 20 modified push-ups

Tuesday (10/4) –1 mile at the Allen walking track, after a writing class, and lunch with a friend.

I thought 3000 steps was a mile. However, when I walked the 1 mile track I was short several steps. When I got home, I remeasured what I thought was my one mile route.

Next time I walk the track, I’ll see how many steps exactly (or more or less) makes up a mile.


Wednesday (10/5)- 6000 steps. Most of it at the fair with lots of rest stops. Also about a half hour of yoga. Class is an hour long, but I have a hernia which was giving me problems. Still, some yoga is better than no yoga.

Thursday (10/6) – 3000 steps, bad day. At least I got one mile in. Thank goodness for the ladies at Toastmaster. After the meeting we went for a walk which helped me get my steps in.


Do you have an exercise routine?

What is your favorite way to exercise?

What helps motivate you to exercise?


Day 7 of the UBC (ultimate blog challenge)



Yoga Benefits

At first I planned to do inspirational (I hope) or entertaining memes for Wednesday. However, tomorrow seems like a much better day for that. Who knows, I may change it again.

In the meantime, what to write about and post on Wednesday? Hmmmm.

How about a mismatch of topics? Call it Wandering Wednesday, who knows where I will wander off to?

Today it’s yoga.

Our library offers free yoga classes, with a certified instructor (unless he’s hurt) every Wednesday. I started several weeks ago.


Five Facts I did not know about yoga:

  1. It’s not all about getting into weird positions my body has NEVER done. Not even when I was young, thinner, and sort of agile.
  2. Yoga is hard work. Who knew I’d sweat so much in a yoga class?
  3.  There are modifications for every pose. Do what I can and improve to doing more.
  4.  Yoga is (or can be) a great way to meet people from all walks of life and ages. It helps me be more social. Who knew?
  5. I enjoy yoga. I look forward to it every week and am bummed when I can’t attend for whatever reason.

Plus, there are these health benefits to yoga I didn’t know about:

  1. Improves circulation. Especially in hands and feet. This can lead to a decrease in heart attacks and strokes. This is great for me since I won a trip to the City with AFib a couple of years ago. Improving circulation improves my heart which is all good.
  2. Yoga helps the body protect the spine. Since so many people over a certain age have back problems, and I had them at a young age, protecting my back is crucial.
  3. Yoga lowers blood sugar. I don’t have diabetes although my A1C was higher than the doctor liked a couple of years ago. Yoga can help lower it? Great!
  4. It also reduces the LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and boosts HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Although my overall cholesterol level is within range, the LDL was higher than the HDL. It will be interesting to see if that has reversed in a few months after doing yoga.
  5. It encourages self-care. I have noticed since attending the yoga classes I eat better (ie: healthier) and exercise more. Although I was working on eating healthier and exercising more, since yoga it’s easier to follow my new eating/moving plan.

Bonus points for yoga: It’s fun. I like to make it more fun by wearing mis-matched socks. I’m not sure anyone notices but me. It’s okay, they make me smile.



Have you ever tried yoga?

If it was available for you would you try it?

What is your favorite way to relax?

Be Nice to You Day

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Today is, “You Matter To Me day.” A great idea, to let others know how much they matter to us. And of course, it’s always good to hear how much we matter to others.

Part of showing ourselves how much we matter to us is by taking care of our emotions and our body.

After all, we only get one body and some of the parts are hard to come by not to mention expensive.

Eating, and exercise are both good ways to take care of our bodies. But what about our feelings? How do we take care of them?

One way is to take nurturing actions for our emotions. Have you had a massage? They aren’t just for the rich and famous you know. Letting someone give you a back rub, and massaging the knots out of your shoulders and legs not only makes the body feel good, it’s good for the spirit too.

Go ahead, be nice to yourself. Show yourself you matter to you. Schedule a massage, relax and enjoy.

Comments are always welcome.

Have you ever had a massage?

If you’ve never had a massage why not?

Does the idea of a massage sound relaxing to you?

Join me on Facebook , and twitter.  This post is a part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

30 Days of Declutter Update

A couple of weeks ago I posted about joining a new challenge, here. I promised to let you know how it went. So far, so good. It is amazing to me how decluttering (even a little) my mind and house can pull weight off.

While I haven’t weighed, since I don’t own any scales, there is no number of pounds proof of weight reduction. However, I have a pair of jeans that I wasn’t able to wear unless I laid on the bed to snap them. Two days ago I wore the jeans, snapped, and zipped them standing up.  That’s got to mean some pounds went somewhere.

So what were the daily challenges and how did I accomplish them? The first week we were to:

Day 1.  Post a selfie of ourselves on the Facebook page and write a list of things we liked about our body.

Day 2.  Purge a closet

Day 3.  Wear our nice jewelry, even with jeans and around the house.

Day 4.  Spruce up our favorite place, make it an oasis for us.

Day 5.  Buy flowers for ourselves.

Day 6.  Reorganize a drawer.

Day 7.  Take a bubble bath.

How did I do each day?

1.  The selfie was a challenge and took me most of the day to figure out a way to make it work. Long story on my computer issues, but I did it.The list of things I liked about my body was short, but I did find a couple of things.

2.  Purge the closet was interesting since I don’t keep clothes I don’t wear, just don’t like them in my way. However, I did have a closet, filled and  cluttered with boxes, making my walk-in closet a reach-in. I went through the boxes, found new homes for some of them and eliminated the others, moving their contents to charity, the trash, or their proper home.

3.  I don’t wear jewelry, nice or otherwise. Didn’t see a point in buying jewelry just to wear for one day. Instead I took the time to wear make-up. Had to reapply it because I went swimming, but I wore make-up all day, just at home.

4.  Sprucing up my favorite place was a no-brainer. I love the little patio area by the pool  Except, it had car parts (I’m serious here, two doors, a fender and a steering wheel.) It took me most of the morning, but the parts got moved away, a lawn chair placed in the area, the cushion added to the swing, and moved a cabinet to the area to hold pool supplies. Now, I can either recline in the lawn chair, or swing and think if I’m not in the pool. Great idea to take one day and make a place special for me. Not sure where my special place will be when it’s too cold for the pool or patio.

5.  Buying myself flowers was a challenge. I forgot to stop at the store that day, the next time I was in town, I couldn’t find a store that sold flowers. No, I didn’t go to a florist, they were closed. Not that long ago my local grocery stores sold flowers, no longer, at least not the ones near me. I know I could have gone to that big store where everyone shops, but I avoid it whenever possible. Ended up cutting me some sunflowers from my pasture. They still brightened the room and made me smile.

6.  Reorganize a drawer. Another easy, no brainer one for me. I have a dresser that I’ve been wanting to move out, only half the drawers had anything in them. I took this day to clean out the other drawers and now the dresser is empty, waiting to be moved to it’s new home.

7.  Taking a bubble bath was another challenge. I don’t take baths. I’m a shower kind of person. What if I take a bath, then can’t get out of the tub? Huh? What then? Instead of a relaxing bath, which would have been the exact opposite for me, I went out and took a moonlit swim. Lucky for me it was warm enough to be in the pool after dark. If you’ve never done it, and have the opportunity, I highly recommend just floating in the pool looking up at the stars.

There you have it, one week into the challenge and I’m enjoying it so much.  Try doing some, or all of the challenges yourself. It’s not too late to join, here, there’s still two weeks of challenges left.

Last week’s challenges were also simple and fun:

Friday – Plan a girl’s day out

Saturday – Create a positive statement

Sunday – Create a nightly ritual

Monday – Walk barefoot in the grass

Tuesday – Write a list of gratitudes

Wednesday – Finish a project

Thursday – Ban criticizing for one day.

I’ll give you an update on those successes throughout the coming week.  In the meantime, the challenges for this week are:

Friday – meditate

Saturday – exercise

Sunday – go for a nature walk

Monday – Go for a swim

Tuesday – Dance party for one

Wednesday – Go for a walk with someone

Thursday – frolic

Have you tried any of these challenges recently?

Do you do any of these challenges on a regular basis?

What is your favorite challenge listed so far?

Widows, like all women, thrive on support and encouragement. Whether we participate in a challenge to improve our outlook, other aspect of our life, join a group that offers support, or read a book with suggestions and examples of others in our situation, we need support from others.

Check out my book, Beyond the Grief: A Widow’s Survival Guide. It offers ideas on ways to handle different issues as well as stories of how other widows dealt with particular problems.