Being an Active Participant in Life Challenge Over 50s Lifestyle

4 things I learned from the Being an Active Participant in Life Challenge

April 28, 2024

How did you fare Being an Active Participant in Life Challenge in Week 4?

We have almost completed the Being An Active Participant in Life Challenge with only two days remaining but you can ‘choose your own adventure’ for those two days. That isn’t the end though is it? Being An Active Participant in Life is a lifestyle and one I hope we can all maintain going forward.

4 things I learned from the Being an Active Participant in Life Challenge

1. We only get one chance at life!

  • Live life your way and not how others say you should.
  • Live life without looking back and saying ‘shoulda, woulda, coulda’.
  • Live life living being present in each day rather than focusing too much on the future.
  • Live life without comparing yourself to how others live their lives. It’s about being comfortable with who you are and what you want from life.

2. Sometimes you just have to say ‘Yes’ – it can be so easy to ‘retire from life’ and that isn’t healthy. Sure we need to find the balance between being active participants and taking time out but life is there to be lived and we only get one chance.

3. Sometimes you need to be flexible – the best laid plans can certainly be thrown out of kilter but that doesn’t mean we can’t still participate in life. We just need to have the resilience and flexibility to accept that plans may need to change, or we can’t fit a workout in or life changes happen which are more serious that require all our attention for a time.

4. Sometimes we need to rest – rest and relaxation are all part of a healthy lifestyle and just as important as getting out there and living life. Going 110% all the time will result in burnout and then affect our ability to live well and enjoy life.

Being an Active Participant in Life – Week 4 Recap

This week I was I was back to normal after last week’s shingle vaccine reaction.

  • I was back into my exercise routine and feeling so much better for it. I found a 15 minute stretch video on Get Healthy U TV which I’m loving and aim to do this several times a week to maintain flexibility and mobility.
  • Went to watch my grandson play soccer, I love seeing his enthusiasm and the joy on his face playing a team sport and being active.
  • I dressed up in Red and with the assistance of my darling husband completed another fashion shoot. I appreciate his support so much.
  • I made time to read (one of my favourite past times) and finished The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. It was out of my genre being Science Fiction but it was fascinating. I also read The Twist of A Knife by Anthony Horowitz in the Hawthorne & Horowitx series which I always enoy. I will review both books in next month’s What’s On Your Bookshelf?
  • I spent time being creative in the kitchen
  • I celebrate our grandson, Ethan’s 10th birthday. Where has the time gone? As is my custom I made him a birthday cake but at 10 it wasn’t a ‘kids cake design’.
  • I accompanied Mike to his cardioligist appointment and he has to have more tests so keeping our fingers crossed that it isn’t anything major.
  • I minded our granddog Wallis the Pooch
  • I started thinking about what to take for our short getaway next week to Stanthorpe
  • I took two sessions in the Strong Healthy Women studio taking group classes for Women Over 50.
  • I took time to remember the ANZACs and all personnel who have fought and worked to keep us safe.

I’d love to hear how you were being an active participant in life this week so tell me about it in the comments below.

Have a wonderful week!

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Retirement Reflections April 29, 2024 at 07:00

    These are great tips, Sue. Yes to saying yes when it’s right for us. Yes to flexibility. Yes to rest. And a HUGE YES to living life our own way with apology! <3

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:44

      Thanks, Donna. It isn’t rocket science but sometimes we just need to be reminded. x

  • Reply marsha57 April 29, 2024 at 13:10

    That first photo of yours is such an inspiration, Sue! I’ve got to start saying yes to getting healthy and being happy. Thanks for all the inspiration and tips!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:45

      Thank you so much Marsha for your lovely comment and glad you feel inspired. x

  • Reply Janine April 29, 2024 at 13:18

    I’ve loved seeing your suggestions this month for being an active participant in life and love the photos of you training. They certainly help inspire me to make positive life choices.
    I hope your husbands tests go well.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:46

      Hi Janine, thanks so much for your positive comment and I’m chuffed that you felt inspired with some of my ideas. x

  • Reply Debbie April 29, 2024 at 20:52

    I love your honesty here Sue, sometimes we just have to listen to our bodies despite our best intentions. That photo of you from the back is amazing, you are so muscly!! You’ve shown us some great tips during the month, so thanks again for inspiring us. I hope you enjoy your trip away and that Mike’s test results go well. x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:46

      Thanks, Deb. You’ve been pretty inspiring yourself lately. We inspire and encourage each other, don’t we? x

  • Reply Bernie April 30, 2024 at 06:01

    Flexibility is important but so is the commitment to pick it up back up after we’ve altered for whatever reason. Thanks again for the inspiration. So awesome about your run. Do hope your husband’s test come out with as stellar results.
    Enjoy your time away.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:47

      Hi Bernie, thanks for the good wishes re Mike. He received a great result so we are pretty relieved. x

  • Reply May 4, 2024 at 12:27

    Hoping that Mike’s tests just confirm there is nothing to worry about. Doctor appointments can be so troubling until you get to the bottom of whatever is going on and get some definitive answers. Hope we can finally put Paul’s cancer chapter behind us this month.
    Love that Mike encouraged you to dress in red and enjoy a photo shoot. PC is not encouraging about the picture taking at all. And he just snaps about a blue million pictures whether my hair is in place, my pants are zipped, my eyes are open!! Ha!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2024 at 08:32

      Hi Leslie, Mike is a very patient photographer and actually comes up with some ideas! I might have created a monster! LOL 🙂

  • Reply Olivia May 18, 2024 at 22:41

    The Active Life Participant Challenge sounds interesting. I think the toughest thing – and one of the most enjoyable when I master it – is being flexible. We spend most of our life working, and can’t be flexible. It’s a hard thing to unlearn.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 19, 2024 at 16:36

      What a great point, Olivia about being flexible. It certainly is a hard thing to unlearn.

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