Over 50s Lifestyle

My week living well #WWWhimsy June 5

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

It’s time for Wednesday Words & Whimsy and I’m delighted to be a guest co-hosting again this week with my good friend, Debbie Harris from Deb’s World. As you know, Min, from Write of the Middle, the regular host will be back next week after spending an wonderful time celebrating a milestone birthday at a Fijian resort.

How has your week been going? This week it’s all about Living Well and sharing what I’ve been up to. The idea is to hopefully encourage you to look outside your door and see what the world has to offer.

My week living well- #WWWhimsy June 5

As I’ve written several times, being an active participant in life is not just about exercising and healthy living although that is the foundation. If we aren’t moving our bodies daily and eating nutritious meals, then we won’t be able to do all the other wonderful things in life, will we?

Being an active participant is also about connection, trying new things, continual learning and doing things that you enjoy. I think I covered that over the last week and these posts have helped me see that at the moment I’m ticking the boxes in all areas of my life.

Two Challenges for June

I decided to take two challenges in June – a daily walk and following the daily prompts from the Joyful in June calendar produced by Action for Happiness. I’ve also taken a ‘one-off’ blogging challenge which you can read about further down in this post.

Daily walkingI’d love you to join in with me in the WLWA50 Daily Walking in June Challenge

I love my running as you know and will continue to do that once or twice a week as well as my strength workouts. I had seen somewhere a daily challenge to walk 100 miles in June and thought I would give it a try with my own spin on it. I have also purchased some new running/walking shoes and I feel like I’m walking on a cloud. Do you love the colour? I do!

I’m not worried about how many miles (or kilometers in my language) I walk. For me, it is about getting out for a daily walk be it for an hour or 15 minutes. I’m encouraging followers of WLWA50 on social media to join me and then post a photo or comment on my Instagram or in the specifically set up Facebook Group. By putting it out there, I will be held to account and this will inspire me to get that walk in each day!

WLWA50 Daily Walking Challenge

I’ll be sharing my progress, tips and inspiration in the group during the month of June.

It’s about getting active at your level. It’s a simple challenge – walk daily – that’s it. The distance and pace is up to you and if you are starting out remember to get medical advice before starting and take it slowly. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your fitness will improve and you will be walking at a brisk pace.

Tag some friends in the comments and they can join you and me as we walk our way to #beingactiveparticipantsinlife

Don’t want to join a group? That’s fine, post your progress on Instagram Sue Loncaric (@womenlivingwellafter50) using the hashtag #wlwa50dailywalkinginjune

This is where I walked on Sunday at near by Minnippi Parklands.

Joyful in June – I posted the Action for Happiness calendar a couple of days ago and if you missed it you can find it through this link Bring some Joy into your June – Action for Happiness


I’ve been ‘shopping my wardrobe’ over the last week and putting together some new looks. I’m using the project as a way to declutter. I wanting to see what I actually wear and what just hangs in the wardrobe waiting to be worn. If I haven’t worn it for a while I’m sure someone else would be able to use it. With the cost of living so high and rising, I’m looking at fashion and style on a budget and found a great buy at Big W with this &me Women’s Relaxed Knit Check Blazer – Multi jacket and a cute Bucket Bag from Target. Both $30 and they go well with quite a few outfits in my wardrobe.


After finishing ‘Darling Girls’ by Sally Hepworth I decided to read two books A Vintage Vacation by Maddie Please and The Vintage Village Bake Off by Judy Leigh which I thought would be light reading and entertaining. Both books fit the brief but they also had more depth and dimension to them so I would recommend them to you. They weren’t very long so I read each in a couple of days. I will be including my reviews in next month’s What’s On Your Bookshelf? post and link up.


Two interviews this week for the Women Living Well After 50 podcast. I interviewed Dr Jane Foster, author of ‘It’s in Your Hands’. We had a wonderful discussion about Emotional Resilience and on Tuesday, I interview Helen Baker, author of ‘Stop worrying about money’, Stay tuned to the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast for these two episodes.

Blogging – Participating in a new challenge

This week I’ve taken up the Style Imitating Art Fashion Challenge. I have seen this on Marsha in the Middle and it is a fortnightly challenge based around art and fashion. It’s a great way to be creative in your fashion thinking and learn about art and artists at the same time and I was introduced to some new bloggers. I finally found the inspiration to join in and you can read my take on the prompt and let me know if I was a ‘hit or miss’. Style Imitating Art Fashion Challenge – Women Living Well After 50 . The image below will give you a clue…..

Umbrella Fella Hamilton

Health and Wellbeing

  • Mike had a check up with the Endocrinologist mainly for his type 2 diabetes and received a good report. It certainly has been a learning curve, especially for him understanding, sugars, proteins, carbs, fats and what he can and can’t have. He had been having to prick his finger several times a day for readings but a few months ago changed over the Freestyle Libre 2 sensor and app. Have you heard of them? Do you use one? They are worn under the arm and last about two weeks before you need to apply a new one. It isn’t as accurate as a blood test but it does the job of showing any irregularities in his blood sugar levels and keeps him on track.
  • Mike and I had our COVID Booster on Monday and are now up to date again with all our vaccinations.
  • As usual I took a couple of sessions in the Strong Healthy Women Virtual studio and went for my usual Saturday run with my friend around the City and Southbank areas of Brisbane.
  • Can you get up and down off the floor easily especially if your knees hurt? It gets harder as we age, doesn’t it? This video might help with floor mobility……

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

Join us for Wednesday Words and Whimsy – #WWWhimsy June 5

You can find the link below and don’t be put off by the message that suggest it isn’t working that’s a glitch I didn’t want to bother Min with and we can work around it.

I’m looking forward to reading your posts and comments.

Have a lovely week!

Sue Loncaric

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  • Reply Lydia C. Lee June 5, 2024 at 07:33

    I like that life imitating art challenge. I don’t do it but I do pop in. Will look for you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 5, 2024 at 09:15

      It’s the first time I’ve participated and not sure I will do it regularly but I enjoyed reading about the artist. x

  • Reply leannelc June 5, 2024 at 10:38

    Hi Sue – a good week for you full of lots of variety. Good on you for encouraging people to walk. As you know, I love my morning walks and then Ross and I repeat the walk in the afternoon – it means I get about 5kms in each day – with no phone, just me and God and nature in the morning, and Ross and me in the second walk with the opportunity to chat about our day and anything going on in our world.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 5, 2024 at 17:01

      Oh your daily walks are perfect, Leanne. Love it! x

  • Reply Jo June 5, 2024 at 12:54

    I signed up this year (as I have for the last few years) for the walk 1000 miles challenge & let me tell you I’m so far behind. I’d cut it down in my 2024 to do list as Walk 100 miles, walk 100 miles more etc. This month my challenge is to walk 100 (boots on or intentional) kms.

  • Reply marsha57 June 5, 2024 at 13:22

    I have been out walking or mowing the yard (which is actually longer than the walk) every day for several days now and lifting weights every other day. I am committed to making a change this summer, and so far so good. Thanks for the inspiration, Sue! And, thanks for the link up! Can’t wait to see your post on SIA!


  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid June 5, 2024 at 15:48

    Love, love, love your trainers – I think I’d definitely exercise more if I had a pair like that! Love your bargain finds – the blazer and the bag both look great. Sounds like your two challenges will keep you busy (in a fun way) this month. Now I’m off to find out the no-knees way to get off the floor!

  • Reply Denyse Whelan June 5, 2024 at 16:20

    What a busy and varied post Sue. You are living your life, your way, to the full. Great news that Mike is well catered for with the blood sugar checks. It doesn’t change the fact that he has a serious medical condition which both of you work on together. Your outdoors is providing you with a lot of endorphins and great inner satisfaction too I imagine. Well done all round. Denyse ..thanks for your co-share of the link up with Debbie while Min was having her break.

  • Reply Jennifer Jones June 5, 2024 at 16:33

    I really love that you started the Walking FB page Sue. It was such a cold day today that I was almost going to pike it until I remembered that I had committed to walking each day and posting a photo. I love that KMart Jacket.

  • Reply Debbie June 5, 2024 at 21:04

    This is a great post Sue, full of interesting topics and useful information. I watched the getting up off the floor video and they explain it very well, although I’m still able to get up off the floor quite easily, it’s good to know some ideas. I’m glad Mike is getting things sorted with your help and your fashion bargains are fabulous – just shows you don’t have to spend a fortune! to look good. The walking group is just what I needed to get moving regularly and be accountable. I read the Village Bake Off a few weeks ago and enjoyed it too. Thanks so much for all you do for us and for being a great guest host while Min has been away.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2024 at 10:46

      Thanks Deb, I might try to do a recap each week but not always about me. I’m thinking of what I’ve maybe used or done that might help others live well. Maybe look for more whimsy and not just words. x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes June 6, 2024 at 07:26

    It sounds like you’ve had an active, productive week, Sue. I love your new running shoes! It’s so hot where I live right now, walking isn’t an option (even early in the morning), so I am relying on the gym and my stationary bike for daily activity and the swimming pool for outdoor activity. I’ve been feeling especially grateful that my husband talked me into putting the pool in our yard, since it allows me to be out in nature without suffering from the heat.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2024 at 10:54

      I love the colour of my running shoes, Christie and they were so comfortable on my first long run out. We have a pool in our complex and I really would like to use it in the Summer. You might need to inspire me. x

  • Reply Kirstin Troyer June 13, 2024 at 05:42

    Great update Sue. My goal is to get 70,000 steps a week. Most weeks I hit the mark, sometimes I go over and now and then I miss it. It’s always a good goal for me.

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