Health & Wellness Micro Mondays Over 50s Lifestyle

Learning from daily life to Live Well

June 7, 2021

Do you ever have times where you think something you regularly do is easy and then find that on some days it is much harder? How do you react when you fail to reach your expectations?

I had that experience on a Saturday a couple of weeks ago and it is the topic for today’s Micro Mondays over on the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast. Saturdays are my long run days with my Saturday Sisters as we train for events throughout the year. We have a half marathon coming up in two weeks and had decided to run 20km.

I was surprised at how tough it was considering we usually run 15km-18km each Saturday. I managed to finish and had to walk for a short time, but throughout the run my body was telling me it wasn’t happy. On reflection, I acknowledged that I’d had a very poor sleep the night before, in fact, I woke at 2am and never went back to sleep. I was also dehydrated and have not been drinking enough water over the last week.

Two important factors if you want to perform well – sleep and hydration and I didn’t have either.

I want to discuss how daily life is always a learning experience if you take the time to listen and reflect. I also want to share 3 learnings from my experience which I believe is the basis for handling many of our life experiences.

Learning from Daily Life to Live Well

1. Listen to your body – Treat your body and health with respect, love and care.

No matter how fit or healthy you may be, your body sometimes just needs nurturing, rest and balance. There might be something wrong which requires medical attention – don’t put it off. Listening to your body and what is needs will help you to Live Well and Age Well.

2. Make caring for your body, mind and spirit a daily priority

Put in place daily habits to maintain a healthy and holistic approach to life. This means daily movement, making healthier eating choices, drinking water to stay hydrated, quiet time for your mind, reflection for your spirit. Making appointments for regular health checks and screenings (click HERE for a checklist to help you plan).You and your body are your #1 priority

3. Stop being so hard on yourself

In the past, I would have looked at my poor run as some sort of failure. I would have felt I had let myself down. I’ve learned that just because I haven’t performed as well as expected, I’m still trying. Sure, it didn’t go my way but I’m learning that our expectations of ourselves can be so much higher than we place on others, that sometimes they are just unachievable.

We put unnecessary pressure on ourselves and the reasons are usually deep within us as a result of previous life experiences (that is huge topic for another discussion). Being kinder to ourselves, bringing the bar back to a realistic level will definitely help us to Live Well, happier and healthier. It is not a failure, it is a learning experience.

Don’t let one negative experience stop you from trying

This whole experience has taught me that with the right mindset, with preparation and a positive attitude we can overcome the difficulties we face in every day life. I took my own advice and applied the three learnings from my ‘poor run experience’ and moved on.

Yesterday, I ran in the Brisbane Half Marathon, the event the Saturday Sisters and I have been preparing for. I not only completed the run in a great time but I placed second in my age group 60-64 out of 15 participants. Crossing that finish line, feeling strong and elated with my result was the complete opposite to how I felt a few weeks ago when I felt I wouldn’t be able to participate.

Brisbane Half Marathon 2021
Feeling elated after overcoming my negative experience

I’d love to hear your thoughts and learnings from your experience so feel free to reply to this email.

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  • Reply Lydia C. Lee June 7, 2021 at 10:13

    Second! Good for you! Congratulations. And yes, I agree one less than successful or difficult attempt is never a reason to stop or give up. It’s not even a fail. Just is one of those things. Great post!!

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee June 7, 2021 at 10:14

    It’s saying ym comment went thru but it’s not there – not sure if it’s my end or not

  • Reply Christina Henry June 7, 2021 at 10:47

    Hi Sue, it’s interesting that your topic is this, as last week I was feeling very similar. Since I started back at work I have found that my workouts are very hard to get through at times. Last week my wrist was very sore and I had to do a completely different workout just to rest it. But I enjoyed a change! It’s so true – we have to be kind to ourselves sometimes and not give up just because we’re not performing at our best. Congratulations on your second place! Trainers say that having rest days are important, which is so true. Regards Christina

  • Reply Donna Connolly June 7, 2021 at 11:09

    Hi, Sue – Great minds think alike once again! 😀 I was reflecting on this topic just this morning. When I was doing my yoga today, there is no way, no how my body would get into, or stay in, tree pose. What? That’s my favourite pose. I can usually stay in there for as long as I like (okay maybe not, but for a fairly long time). I’m not sure what was off for me today. I had had a good sleep and I had drank plenty of water.
    I am very impressed by the long distances that you run. You are incredibly inspirational!

  • Reply Debbie Harris June 7, 2021 at 11:33

    Wow, what a timely post to read Sue! Thanks for your honest words and tips on not being too hard on ourselves. You are to be congratulated on your run results, well done!!

  • Reply Leanne | June 7, 2021 at 13:39

    Hi Sue – well done on pushing through your poor run day and achieving another half marathon. You seem to be going from strength to strength. I worried when I tore my calf muscle that it would set me back and turn me into a couch potato, but I made sure I was back to walking as soon as the physio gave me the go ahead, and it’s so good to look back on my progress from couch bound to pain-free walking again. I think we always feel a little bit of pride when we don’t let ourselves down.

  • Reply Deborah Cook June 7, 2021 at 14:03

    Well done on the half-marathon and you’re certainly right about not letting one negative experience taint things overall and I know that’s where I’m going wrong at the moment. I just can’t seem to climb out of the trench I’ve dug and everything feels too hard and too overwhelming. But I also know I can’t stay here.

  • Reply Jennifer Jones June 8, 2021 at 07:21

    Well done on your results Sue. It’s great how you turned your mindset around. It’s so easy to get stuck in a negative headspace which can lead to a downward spiral.

  • Reply Denyse Whelan June 9, 2021 at 19:12

    Love the ways in which you share so all of us can see that we have vulnerabilities and feel comfortable talking about them on line. It’s very freeing and helpful to many I see.

    Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. It’s a great community that I enjoy hosting and your posts help make this so! Next week the optional prompt is 24/51 Nourish. 14 June. See you then I hope. Denyse

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