Over 50s Lifestyle

Living Well this week – June 19 #WWWhimsy

June 19, 2024
My Week Living Well - #WWWhimsy June 5 Mizuno shoes

How has your week been? Mine has been busy but productive in my goal to live well by being an active participant in life. Here’s what I’ve been up to over the past week and I’m also sharing some ideas to help you live well that I’ve discovered online or whilst shopping.

Living Well this Week – June 19

Highlight of my week

When someone makes your day with kind and supportive words……..priceless

You don’t really know what impact or connection you have with others, do you? Usually people only make an effort to tell you when you’ve done something wrong or made a mistake.

I was thrilled to receive this beautiful email this morning from my guest, author Meredith Walters who I interviewed on the podcast last week. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Meredith and I’m looking forward to publishing the interview in the near future.

It certainly only takes a few moments to make someone’s day.

Out and About

We enjoyed another lunch date at our local leagues Club and it was lovely that the staff remembered us and what we ordered! This time, Mike selected the Fisherman’s Basket which was huge and I chose the Slow Cooked Lamb Shank. The meat just fell off the bone it was so, so tender.

Saturday I spent some time with my daughter and grandsons as I was running in The Bloody Long Walk on Sunday, so no Saturday run. It was a quick visit but always enjoyable. Ethan was trying to teach Elliot how to play chess and we planned what activities we will be doing in the upcoming school holidays. Despite the 4 year age gap and the usual sibling squabbles, I love how close they are.

Playing chess

Health and Wellbeing

  • I made time for my bone density scan and should get the results this week as well as my blood test results.
  • My running buddy and I participated in The Bloody Long Walk on Sunday. This is a 35km event which you can walk or run and raises funds to help find a cure for Mitocondrial disease. Mitochondrial diseases are a group of genetic conditions that affect how mitochondria in your cells produce energy. Mitochondria produce most of the energy your body needs. If you have a mitochondrial disease, your cells aren’t able to produce enough energy. There isn’t a cure, but treatment can prevent life-threatening complications.
  • We ran the whole distance of 35km! I haven’t run that distance for a couple of years so was pretty pumped. It was a picture perfect morning, cool at 12℃ as we set off from Sandgate – great conditions for a run. The event was well attended with many people walking or running in groups, staying fit and healthy whilst supporting a good cause.

Style Imitating Art

I wrote about this challenge a couple of weeks ago when I participated in my first Style Imitating Art challenge. This fortnight, Marsha from Marsha in the Middle was the curator and she chose ‘The Basket of Flowers’ by American impressionist artist, Frederick Carl Freiseke. You can see if I nailed the brief in my post: Style Imitating Art Fashion Challenge – “The Basket of Flowers”

the Basket of Flowers Style Imitating Art

Buys of the week – In the Kitchen

Mike has type-2 Diabetes so needs to watch what he eats. It’s difficult if you have a sweet tooth isn’t it? We found these 99% Sugar Free Fudge Brownies by Noshu in the baking aisle at Coles Supermarket. Less than 0.3gm sugar and 4.5gm Carbs. They are quick and easy to make and taste delicious! I made them on Saturday afternoon and had enough to eat for the week plus some to freeze.

Would you believe it has taken almost 67 years for me to try Tofu? I know, I’m very late to the party. Trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle for both Mike’s health needs and my own, we decided to give Tofu a try. I made a Ginger, Chilli and Garlic Tofu stirfry and it was delicious. We will definitely be putting it on the menu.

Watching and Listening

What have you been watching lately? As you know we are fans of British crime drama and Mike came across TrueLove a 6 part series which was on Binge. A stellar cast, the story revolves around a ‘pact’ made between friends in their 70s at the funeral of their dear friend. It’s a difficult topic – ‘Is it ever right to help end a life’. The first couple of episodes were okay but hang in there because episodes 5 & 6 have you on the edge of your seat and a twist you won’t see coming.

Last week I wrote about listening as I walk to an audiobook version of My Favourite Mistake by Irish author, Marianne Keyes, who also narrates the audiobook. This is book #7 in the Walsh Family series and last week I highly recommended it. However, the lesson is to wait until you have finished before making a comment. Whilst I enjoyed the book in most parts, it was way too long and towards the end I was losing interest. I read some reviews after I had finished and some agreed with me, whilst others, like my daughter thoroughly enjoyed it. Just goes to show, we all have different opinions and that’s okay. I’ll give it my rating later this week in the What’s On Bookshelf Link Up.

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 June 19, 2024 at 06:45

    Great wrap-up and so proud of your 35kms… I quite like tofu and we have it every so often – mostly in Asian style dishes or laksa. I haven’t watched True Love, although I did contemplate it the other day – the subject matter made me think it might not be the right thing to watch right now, but if there’s a twist…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 20, 2024 at 11:32

      Hi Jo, I would give True Love a miss for a while. The first couple of episodes were okay, then it dragged but the last two episodes it certainly picked up pace. The subject matter is a little disturbing but thought provoking for sure. x

  • Reply leannelc June 19, 2024 at 10:22

    Another busy week Sue – fantastic result with the run (you are a running machine!) and good that you could catch up with family and spend some time with Mike on your date lunch.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 20, 2024 at 11:33

      Hi Leanne, I surprise myself with what I do some weeks and that is why I thought I’d document it with a weekly post, so I don’t forget what I’ve done LOL 🙂 x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones June 19, 2024 at 10:25

    Congratulation on completing the Bloody Great Walk Sue. That’s an awesome effort, especially as you ran it and it’s a longer distance than you’ve done for a while. I am going for afternoon tea at my friends house today, and she has made one of the Noshu cakes.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 20, 2024 at 11:34

      Thank you, Jen. I did surprise myself because we haven’t put in the training required so I was pretty chuffed to finish it and also run it all. How did you enjoy the Noshu cakes? x

  • Reply Min Write of the Middle June 19, 2024 at 11:38

    Hi Sue, and it seems like you’ve had a wonderful week! Congratulations again for completing that 35 km run. I honestly don’t know how you do it. It would kill me. Even walking it would be a struggle! It’s nice that your grandsons are good friends as well as brothers. The odd squabble is normal! I must admit I haven’t ever cooked with tofu but I have tasted it. On it’s own it’s bland but the idea I think is what it is combined with and what flavours it absorbs. Your dinner pictures look yum! BTW I really enjoy Marianne Keyes books and to listen her via audio book would be a hoot. She’s quite funny! Thanks for linking up with #WWWhimsy and I hope this week is turning out to be another great week for you! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 20, 2024 at 11:35

      Hi Min, yes I was pretty proud to run it all despite not putting in enough training. There is still some life in my yet! The Tofu would be pretty bland on it’s own, as you say but in the stir fry with the spices it was very tasty. Enjoy your week, Min x

  • Reply marsha57 June 19, 2024 at 12:29

    Wow!! Congratulations on the 35 km run! You are proving what we women of a “certain age” can and should do! I have used tofu before, but it’s been years. No one was a fan. I should give it a try again, though.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 20, 2024 at 11:36

      Thanks so much, Marsha. I hadn’t put in the training this time but I still managed to run it all so was pretty pleased. It’s been a couple of years since I ran this distance. I agree with you, Tofu is pretty bland but the recipe I used it in was very tasty. x

  • Reply Janine June 19, 2024 at 15:08

    Many congratulations on your running achievement. You are always an inspiration to help me get moving, although I prefer a more sedate pace. I watched True Love and enjoyed it – great cast of actors.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 20, 2024 at 11:37

      Hi Janine, thanks so much for your kind words. I was pretty excited that I was able to run it all despite a lack of preparation. I’m not sure I will be running those distances in future but I do love running with my friend. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee June 19, 2024 at 16:23

    I am super impressed you ran the Bloody Long Walk – I’ve walked it and that was enough!! Wow. You must be so proud of yourself. (I know yu’ve done a marathon, but if you haven’t been training for one and did this, that’s a real feat!)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 20, 2024 at 11:38

      Hi Lydia yes it was tough but I felt pretty pleased with myself once I’d finished. I recovered very well too so overall I was happy with my performance. x

  • Reply Toni Pike June 19, 2024 at 17:39

    What a wonderful week, Sue. Those meals at the club look very tasty – what club was that?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 20, 2024 at 11:38

      Hi Toni, it is Carina Leagues Club which is at the end of the road where we now live. Very tasty meals, huge servings and not too expensive. x

  • Reply Anna June 19, 2024 at 20:33

    I can’t believe you ran for 35 km, I wouldn’t last more than 5, tops. You seem to find a perfect balance between staying fit, going out and being with your family. Sounds great . Anna

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 20, 2024 at 11:40

      Hi Anna, I have been running for a while now but when I started at 50 I couldn’t run between two lamp posts!! I do try to find balance in life so I can enjoy all the things life has to offer. Thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply Joanne June 20, 2024 at 03:50

    Congrats on running the whole 35K! That’s wonderful. It looks like you had a perfect weather day for it too.
    I am the only one in my family that will eat tofu but I try to make myself a stir-fry with it at least once a week (my favorite way to prepare it) and I just cook my tofu in one pan, their chicken or meat in another and the veggies in a 3rd. It’s a bit more work but worth it to me.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 20, 2024 at 11:41

      It was a perfect morning, Joanne. Cool but great for running. I’ve only made the tofu once and really only see recipes for stir frys. I think combined with sauces and vegetables it is a healthy alternative but I think it would be pretty bland on it’s own. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan June 20, 2024 at 10:42

    Congratulations on your big run and completing it. You have such an inner strength (as well as physical fitness) to enable you to challenge yourself like this. That is a great thing to have! Loved all the catching up. I sampled the book from Marian Keyes and glad I read your words. I am not going to listen…even though I can’t resist accents like hers. Love the pics of the boys, its a privilege to be part of our grandchildren’s lives. That lamb shank is drool worthy and I could even manage it!!
    Denyse x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 20, 2024 at 11:43

      Hi Denyse, having not trained adequately, I did have to call on my inner strength to overcome the mental side when I was about 3/4 way through. My recovery was great although I’m not sure I will be attempting these longer runs in the future. I did prove I’ve still got it though! x

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid June 21, 2024 at 17:50

    Congratulations on your Bloody Long Walk or should I say bloody long run! What an achievement! Tofu is my food nemesis but yours looks so delicious maybe it could turn me! I love Marian Keyes so will check out the new book – I must say, I have thought her last couple of books although fabulous could have been a bit shorter.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 23, 2024 at 07:29

      Thanks, Sammie! I wasn’t sure about the run and I knew I could always walk if I didn’t have a run in me. I enjoyed the Marian Keyes book but just found it went on too long with story lines that weren’t important to the whole story. x

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