Over 50s Lifestyle

Living Well This Week – July 3 #WWWhimsy

July 3, 2024
My Week Living Well - #WWWhimsy June 5 Mizuno shoes

Dear Readers

Welcome to my weekly Living Well This Week letter where I share not only what I’ve been up to, but also ideas and information I’ve discovered during the week to help us all Live Well and Enjoy Life.

I’m enjoying writing my Living Well This Week letters to you and revisiting what I’ve done since my last letter.

Living Well This Week – July 3

Family Time – It’s school holiday time!

Fun with my grandsons during the school holidays. We played mini golf and baked some cupcakes.

Out and About

Mike and I enjoyed a spontaneous date day on Friday. We had no commitments so thought ‘why, not?’. We drove to Manly, on the Bay and enjoyed a lunch of fish and chips then a walk by the marina.

Health and Wellbeing

  • A visit to the physio on Monday as my back has been bothering me. Apparently, I have a joint injury which will require attention over 6 weekly visits. I felt great after the first session. I also was happy that the physiotherapist suggested I keep running, which is a great weight bearing exercise and to keep up my strength work as well. I felt validated in my approach to staying fit and active.
  • As usual I took a couple of sessions in the Strong Healthy Women Virtual studio as well as joining in with the ladies for a couple of Strength sessions myself and we completed the daily walking with my Daily Walking in June Facebook Group challenge. Everyone has been sharing photos of where they walk and getting involved which is great.
  • The Daily Walking group was well received and we decided to keep going. For July it will be all about 30 minutes of exercise daily. It can be any exercise of your choice and also includes a rest or active recovery day. Here is the link to the FB Group and I’d love you to join us. We can motivate and support each other to stay active and fit over 50. WLWA50 – DAILY EXERCISE CHALLENGE | Facebook.
Daily Exercise Challenge


This week’s Style Imitating Art Fashion Challenge was very patriotic for those living in the U.S.A. ‘Young Betsy Ross’ by Paul Stahr. I was inspired by the Red, White and Blue colours of the flag and also I found a photo of myself dressed in a ‘period’ ball gown taken about 35 years ago. This also fell within the brief. See if I nailed the brief in my post Style Imitating Art Fashion Challenge – “Young Betsy Ross’

Style Imitating Art

As Mike has lost 8kgs (well done, Mike!) I’ve been encouraging him to channel his ‘inner model’ and he has been a good sport allowing me to take photos of his #ootd and posting to Instagram. He thinks I’m a little crazy but he loves me so he goes along with the fun. I’m not sure how long his patience will last so I won’t push it.

I found this blouse that I had completely forgotten about in my wardrobe and love the neck-tie which I paired with my ever-faithful Ponte Pants from the Danni Minogue Petites range. All of our outfits were inexpensive but I think they came together well.

My poncho was a recent purchase when we were at our 3-night getaway to Stanthorpe & the Granite Belt. It is so cozy and warm and I love the red and black theme.

In the Kitchen – a dessert that looks and tastes delicious Plus it is healthy as well!

My son and family invited us over for dinner and I offered to bring the dessert. As Mike and I are trying to keep sugar and saturated fats down to a minimum I wanted something that tasted good but was on the healthy side. Everyone thought it tasted delicious and they didn’t realise it was a sugar free version.

Here is the link if you would like to try the recipe Noshu | Recipe – Low sugar choc hazelnut cheesecake

  • I didn’t add hazlenuts and just topped the ganach with chopped almonds.
  • I substituted low-fat cream cheese instead of the full cream
  • I subsituted low-fat cream instead of full cream
  • I used the Noshu 98% Chocolate Fudge Brownie mix for the base and used the Noshu Dark Chocolate baking chips for the chocolate ganache.

Reading, Watching and Listening

What have you been watching lately? We have been watching ‘This Town’ which has us hooked. It can be challenging at times but it is a powerful and raw series and I’m enjoying it. New drama This Town, from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, tells the story of an extended family fighting to choose their own paths amidst an iconic music scene in 80s Coventry and Birmingham. Michelle Docherty (Lady Mary from Downton Abbey) is fabulous playing a character the complete opposite to her Lady Mary role.

I started listening to ‘The Women’ by Kristin Hannah. Set during the Vietnam War, The Women is the story of one woman gone to war, but it shines a light on all women who put themselves in harm’s way and whose sacrifice and commitment to their country has too often been forgotten. A novel about deep friendships and bold patriotism, The Women is a richly drawn story with a memorable heroine whose idealism and courage under fire will come to define an era. I’ve heard great reviews and I always enjoy Kristin Hannah epics.

The Women Kristin Hannah

Reading – I was sent ‘The Chocolate Bar Life’ by Dannielle Colley. Danielle will be a guest on an upcoming episode of the WLWA50 Podcast. I absolutely love this book. Danielle’s style of writing is insightful interspersed with her humour which makes this book so easy to read. Packed with information o how we can have a ‘Chocolate Bar Life’ creating a delicious balance between work, rest and play. I highly recommend this book to you. It is due for publication 8th July.

This Chocolate Bar Life
This Chocolate Bar Life – Danielle Colley

This week on the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast my guest was myself! I decided to record an episode based on my blog post Why a mid-year review is important to Living Well Join me for #WBOYC?

In the podcast, I delved into each point in greater detail and hope you enjoy listening. I also included in the blog post the Action for Happiness Calendar for July – Jump Back Up in July which fits well with my mid-year review theme. Click on this link for the podcast and youtube links plus the calendar with prompts: Jump Back up In July Action for Happiness Calendar

So that was my week, over to you, what have you been up to this week? I’d love to hear from you…..

Have a lovely week!

Sue Loncaric
Wednesday Words and Whimsy

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Jo July 3, 2024 at 09:03

    Oooh I’ll have to have a listen to this week’s very special podcast guest! Well done to Mike – he’s doing so well and is quite the model. As an aside, I love that poncho!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 07:41

      Hi Jo, Mike is doing well and bi-weekly visits to the physio are reducing his pain which enables him to walk more regularly. The poncho is fabulous isn’t it and it wasn’t expensive but is so warm. x

  • Reply leannelc July 3, 2024 at 10:08

    Another lovely week Sue, full of all the things you enjoy – family, exercise, healthy food, the podcast, and more. You’re such a great example of living the second half of life well (which is what my post was about this week – such a challenge to finish the life race well!)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 08:10

      Hi Leanne, I’m so behind in replies to comments but thanks for your support and I enjoy writing my weekly ‘newsletter’. It is surprising what I’ve done but also what I find that may be of value to others. x

  • Reply Debbie July 3, 2024 at 11:18

    These are great snippets into your life Sue! Well done to Mike (and you) for losing 8kgs, he’s looking very happy as a model! Your outfits are always lovely and I’m so glad you are getting relief from the physio. Your facebook group for exercise is so much fun and keeps me accountable! Thanks for being an inspiration.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 08:09

      Thanks, Deb the FB group is going really well and it doesn’t put too much pressure on me. I’m glad you are part of it all. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections July 3, 2024 at 12:07

    Hi, Sue – I loved you being your own guest on your podcast!
    Congratulations to Mike. You are both excellent models and photographers!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 08:08

      Hi Donna, I hope you enjoyed my guest!! Thanks as always for your lovely comments and friendship x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones July 3, 2024 at 13:55

    Hi Sue, I can see you’ve had a great week. Well done to Mike on the weight loss. 8k off is a great result. My friend made the Noshu chocolate cake in the purple box. It was so good that my partner has been taking it to work. He doesn’t eat anything with no or low sugar, but he loves this. I’ve read The Women and loved it so much I listened to the audiobook as well. It’s a wonderful book about a story that I didn’t know a great deal about.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 08:07

      I love the Noshu brand of products, Jen. We can have our cake and eat it too! x

  • Reply Bernie July 3, 2024 at 17:00

    That book sounds really interesting. I am still behind in the podcasts but will catch up soon. Noshu — not a brand I have ever heard of but the dessert looks amazing! It’s great Mike has lost the weight and as always you are an inspiration with your fitness routine. Bernie

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 08:06

      Noshu has only recently started here and I think it might be an Australian Company. x

  • Reply Min Write of the Middle July 3, 2024 at 18:14

    Hi Sue, another great week for you! I admire your commitment to exercise and your fitness that far exceeds mine! I love the poncho you got when staying in the Stanthorpe region – how nice is it?! Did you know I’ve met Danielle Colley? Yep she’s a blogger from way back and I met her at a Problogger conference I went to once. Thanks so much for linking up with #WWWhimsy Sue. I hope the rest of this week goes well for you and that you have a fabulous weekend to follow! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 08:06

      Thanks, Min, I hope you are enjoying Stanthorpe area too. Denyse also knew Danielle, what a small world. x

  • Reply marsha57 July 4, 2024 at 05:05

    Congrats to Mike on his weight loss! You continue to inspire me to get stronger and healthier! We are watching Bodkin and can’t wait to see how it ends. I’m reading a couple of books whose names escape me…I’m so bad at remembering the titles of books! I can’t wait for that podcast. It sounds like it will be lots of fun!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 08:04

      Mike is doing so well, thanks Marsha. I couldn’t get into Bodkin for some reason but my daughter and her husband are enjoying it. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan July 4, 2024 at 11:04

    Great wrap up here Sue. Loved that you got Mike in the picture too. Well done on the news from the physio. I have known Danielle Colley since very early blogging days. So long ago and we even attended a talk way back with another blogging friend. Over the years I have lost touch due to social media changes etc so I wish her well with her book! Denyse x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 08:02

      Thanks, Denyse. Mike has been a very good sport re the photos but he has done so well. Min said she also knew Danielle so I’ll be interested to meet her next week. x

  • Reply Astrid July 5, 2024 at 03:31

    Your positive attitude is really contagious. I mean, instead of seeing the fact that you’ll need a few more physio appts as a negative, you focused on the fact that your physio agreed with you keeping up your fitness routine.

    I’ll definitely check out your podcast and the prompts.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 07:56

      Thank you, Astrid. It isn’t always easy to stay positive but we must. I hope you enjoy the podcast. Have a lovely week. x

  • Reply Janinr July 5, 2024 at 07:22

    I hope your injury isn’t too painful and you recover soon. Looks like you have had a wonderful week. I loved This Town – many memories of my teen years, thankfully mainly just the music 😂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 07:56

      Hi Janine, it is a joint injury but I felt great, even after the first session. This Town was confronting but yes the music was great! x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee July 5, 2024 at 07:49

    ooh, going to read that article as leg strength is about the only thing going for me atm!!
    Thanks for the tip on This town, we’re always struggling for stuff to watch recently…#WWWhimsy

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 07:54

      Hi Lydia, each week I’m hoping to include workouts I’ve found online which may help everyone. I think you would enjoy ‘This Town’ and would be interested to hear your thoughts if you do watch it. x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes July 6, 2024 at 04:57

    I always enjoy hearing what you’ve been up to, Sue, and seeing your photos. I’m glad you are getting physio for your back and that it won’t interfere with your running or strength work. It’s so hot here right now, my focus is on indoor activity and swimming laps outdoors. I am so grateful for our pool, as it allows me to spend time outdoors even when it is uncomfortably warm. I just finished reading The Women. There was a lot to absorb and some important takeaways.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 07:52

      Hi Christie, it has definitely been hot in the US. I’ve seen many commenting on social media about it. Luckily you have the pool. I’m halfway through The Women, and yes it must have been overwhelming for them all at the time. x

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