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Wellness Wednesday Mid Year Review

June 11, 2019
Wellness Wednesday Mid Year Review

June is a good month to review our progress for the year. It is halfway through the year and the perfect time to reflect on the goals we may have set way back in January and determine how we are tracking or whether our goals have changed. I used to be so rigid in my goal setting, but I’ve come to realise that sometimes the goals we have set may not necessarily be what we really want. Life changes and so can our goals. I’m not suggesting that we give up but reviewing our goals is a must.

Each month I participate in Wellness Wednesday with Natalie and Leslie, writing around a set theme and you guessed it – this month is a Mid Year Review.

Wellness Wednesday Mid Year Review

The first six months of 2019 has been very busy for me and keeping fit and healthy in mind and body was a priority if I was to cope with all I had on my plate. I’m sharing with you my mid year review with what I’ve accomplished and what my plans are for the rest of the year to keep healthy and happy.


The major change in my life has been moving house. We had lived with my in-laws for the last 11 years, caring for them. In February we had to sell my MIL’s home to fund her aged care and we moved to our apartment on the Gold Coast. This was a stressful time as not only did we have to declutter and move our own possessions but also sort through my MIL’s possessions and I’m sure she had kept everything, including countless plastic bags!

My learning from this experience was not to have more than you need – live simply


Back in February I decided to introduce monthly themes to my blog. What has that got to do with Wellness you may ask? I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle physically, mentally and spiritually. I wanted to shift the focus each month and concentrate on sharing simple yet effective ways to bring this philosopy and passion into your life. I don’t have all the answers so I have also presented guest contributors for each month.

So far I’ve covered:






Will I continue for the rest of the year?

Living a Healthy Lifestyle

I’m passionate about positive aging and trying to be the best version of myself by keeping active and eating well. So far this year

  • My biggest achievement was decreasing my LDL (often referred to as the ‘bad’ cholesterol) cholesterol level from2.5 to 0.8 resulting in removing the need for blood pressure medication.

My reduced LDL reading was through a combination exercise, tweaking my diet and a very low dose medication

  • I trained for and run in several events with the Saturday Sisters. Including the International Women’s Day Run, my special traditional Mother’s Day Run with my daughter. (This year my two grandsons came to cheer for Mummy and Nan.) and on June 2nd the Brisbane Half Marathon. Having a running event to train for helps to keep us on track and motivated to run.
  • I joined the Online Strong Healthy Women program and workout three times a week with the videos that the program provides. My strength training has definitely improved.
  • I continue to do a regular free yoga practice with Yoga with Adriene which not only helps with my flexibility but also my mental health.
  • I have introduced some changes to my diet and have started using the Herbalife range. It isn’t all about weight loss which was my first impression. It is about good nutrition and keeping active. So far I’m feeling much more energy especially on my longer runs plus I now have overcome my bad habit of not eating breakfast.
  • I was delighted to be asked to participate as a Health Coach in the June Body Blitz. No it is isn’t all about losing weight it is all about making healthy lifestyle choices.


I believe that keeping our minds active and stimulated is part of a healthy lifestyle. This year I have completed:

  • A Life Coaching Certificate
  • A Health Coaching Certificate

What are my goals for the next half of 2019?


Continue with my monthly themes with the emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle and positive aging. If you have any theme suggestions I would love to hear them.

Healthy Lifestyle

  • Run the Gold Coast Half Marathon in July- 21.1kms
  • Run the ‘Gabba Stomp’ in July which is an annual event I always enter – 5,000 steps around the Gabba Stadium
  • Consider running in The Bloody Long Walk in August – 35kms
  • Consider running in the River Run Full Marathon 42.2km in September – I’m being realistic about this. I will train but if my body can’t do it I will be content with the Half Marathon.
  • Continue with my Strong Health Women workouts
  • Continue my yoga practice
  • Continue to improve my nutrition

Sharing My Knowledge

  • Start my Life Coaching and Health Coaching business. I have been working with two clients as part of my studies and have achieved great results. Their feedback is very positive and I just love coaching others to achieve their goals.
  • If I can inspire and motivate just one person to live a healthier lifestyle and achieve their goals then I feel fulfilled.

Here is some feedback from my two clients which valids my desire to help others. I can also acknowledge that I am good at coaching!

The most valuable part of our sessions is that you not only listen but also you really hear what I am saying and helping me to see why I may think/ feel these things.
The accountability is so very important to me, whilst not judging or taking me to task but encouraging me to keep moving on and stretching myself out of my comfort zone.

– Christine

I look forward to our sessions because I feel I can be totally open and honest with you and I appreciate your genuine concern and suggestions of ways of coping that I never thought of.

– Jil

Well that is my Mid Year Review, will you take the time to do one?

What healthier habits or goals can you introduce into your lifestyle?

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  • Reply Joanne Tracey June 12, 2019 at 08:21

    My check-in was not a good one. I’ve gone backwards this year rather than forwards. My wellness journey was reset last week & I’m struggling with the (small) changes, but as they say, small changes add up to big transformations.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2019 at 12:05

      You have had such a busy year Jo travelling back and forth to Sydney . It is difficult to keep up the momentum for a healthy lifestyle. Small changes are better than no changes and they do add up. You just need to give yourself some time. xx

  • Reply lorraine June 12, 2019 at 08:30

    You’ve got a fab mixture for keeping your mind and body healthy. I like your monthly themes it’s a good idea for motivating your writing too.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2019 at 12:06

      Hi Lorraine, yes I’ve found the monthly themes have provided the opportunity to also introduce some guests with their opinions and thoughts. It makes for interesting and informative reading. xx

  • Reply Theresa Muth June 12, 2019 at 08:57

    You never fail to amaze! I am so inspired by you. And I am going to check out a few of your links as well. Just wanted to let you know that I have been unsubscribing from emails because of your suggestion. Thank you! Can’t wait to hear about your next adventures

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2019 at 12:07

      Hi Theresa you are so lovely and thank you for the compliment. It is quite liberating unsubscribing from emails isn’t it? I’ve been doing that all month and deleting ones that I’ve read and don’t need. It certainly makes like easier. If I can inspire someone to be healthier and enjoy midlife then that makes me so happy and fulfilled. x

  • Reply Debbie Harris June 12, 2019 at 09:46

    This was a great recap of your first 6 months of the year Sue. You are honest and so amazing! I’m so glad to have met you and am looking forward to seeing you today in real life. Keep doing what you’re doing, it obviously agrees with you! #mlstl

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2019 at 12:08

      Hi Deb! I surprise myself sometimes and what I’ve done LOL:) Fabulous meeting you again IRL and one day I would love to visit your home. xx

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee June 12, 2019 at 11:07

    Good for you! You’ve certainly been very active! #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2019 at 12:09

      Keeps me out of mischief Lydia LOL:) Although a little mischief in life isn’t a bad thing. xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones June 12, 2019 at 12:31

    I enjoyed reading this summary of your first half of 2019 Sue. Sounds to me like it’s been a busy year for you so far. I’ve been enjoying your monthly themes. Have linked up a slightly older post. Thanks for this opportunity #MLSTL Sharing on SM

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2019 at 12:10

      thanks Jen it is great to look back and review what we have achieved isn’t it? An old post is a good post so don’t worry what you link up we just love having you at #MLSTL. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au June 12, 2019 at 12:38

    Wow Sue – you just inspire me more and more as time goes on! You are rocking the blogging, wellness, and now life coaching worlds! I’m quietly sitting back and treading water atm while you’re going full steam ahead! Good on you for pursuing your dreams and still finding time to be such a great friend and encourager (and #MLSTL buddy!) xx
    I’ve shared this on my SM xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2019 at 12:03

      Hi BBB, I can’t sit still, you know me! I’m not sure where or how to go with the life and health coaching but I’m passionate about helping others. It isn’t about the money but the satisfaction of seeing people grow. You are doing everything right for yourself at the moment. I’m so pleased to have you as my friend and would love another IRL catchup. I might just have to book one for early 2020 to visit you this time. xx

  • Reply Christine June 12, 2019 at 13:48

    Look out you go! Smashing out goals.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2019 at 12:01

      Thanks Christine I’m feeling pretty good at the moment. x

  • Reply Suzanne June 12, 2019 at 15:42

    Good luck with your new business Sue, #MSTL [apologies as I seem to forget to add that on previous comments on other blogs!]

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2019 at 12:01

      Hi Suzanne, I forget to add the hashtag myself sometimes and I’m the host LOL:) Thank you for your good wishes. xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan June 12, 2019 at 19:49

    Well-done Sue. What a half year of major achievements there. Congratulations on all you are doing to be healthy and well yourself and to share with others.

    Denyse #mlstl

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2019 at 12:00

      Thanks Denyse I was surprised when I took the time to reflect. I’m not sure where the year has gone but I’m looking forward to the second half of the year as we have a trip to Alaska and Canada booked. x

  • Reply Nancy Dobbins June 12, 2019 at 21:23

    Hi Sue,
    Your goals are inspirational but achievable. I like that you acknowledge that they can and do change and it does us no good to be rigid in our pursuit. Being realistic, like your goal of a full marathon (WOW!) is important, too.
    Loved reading this.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2019 at 10:41

      The key is to be realistic Nancy and realise that sometimes our plans need to be adjusted. Thank you for your kind words and we will see what happens in the next 6 months. xx

  • Reply Jennifer June 12, 2019 at 21:42

    Wow, you’ve accomplished a lot in the past six months. Big congrats on getting both a Life Coaching and Health Coaching certificate. I know you will be awesome at this new role!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2019 at 10:40

      Thanks Jennifer I just have to start now. I have the passion to help others and that goes such a long way. Thank you for your words of encouragement. xx

  • Reply Michele June 13, 2019 at 01:46

    Sue you continue to be an inspiration for what is possible in health and active lifestyle as we age! I don’t always meet my own fitness goals, but I have come a long way and am making slow but steady progress.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2019 at 10:40

      Hi Michele, I think we all have times when self-motivation is lacking – I know I do. However, steady progress is certainly the way to go and will ensure that you keep on track. xx

  • Reply Candi Randolph June 13, 2019 at 02:07

    You have accomplished so much thus far, Sue, with both personal and work related goals! You have so much to offer other women with life and health coaching, and I’m glad you’ve got that service underway. My mid year review list is a lot shorter, but it’s been a huge transition relocating and setting up a new home in the Midwest. My goal of spending regular time with my mom and family is continuing to be met and is very rewarding. My work goals are always changing but so far I am pretty happy with where the blog is heading. Enjoy the rest of your week! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2019 at 10:39

      Hi Candi, I was actually surprised at what I have accomplished in the last 6 months and hope to continue my progress. Sometimes it is hard to stay self motivated but I usually push through because I know it is all good for me. Have a great weekend. xx

  • Reply Pat June 13, 2019 at 02:28

    Sue, you are so inspiring! My most recent is adding in strength training to my weekly calendar. I’m hoping it becomes a habit! This past 3 weeks as we’ve been back to our Florida beach cottage, I’ve done yoga 3-4 times a week and really notice the difference. I have got to stick with this when back to Cincinnati, and will explore Adrienne on line again. I’m nowhere near your level of fitness (and never will be) but at least I can look back and say I’ve come a long way from my pre-retirement healthy living!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2019 at 10:37

      Thank you Pat although sometimes I feel like I need a coach or mentor to keep me going. It is definitely hard sometimes to motivate oneself. Great that you have added strength training because that is so important especially as we age. I love yoga as well. You and I are definitely alike in so many ways. I love Adrienne and I think you will too. Fitness is relative to the individual and our needs and we shouldn’t compare. As long as we are doing our best to stay health and active you can’t ask for more than that. xx

  • Reply Trisha Faye June 13, 2019 at 14:23

    Oh my goodness, are we halfway through the year already? When did that happen? Seems I was just putting away the Christmas goodies.
    You’ve accomplished a lot (and inspired us too!) and have some great goals ahead for the second half of the year. Kudos to you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2019 at 10:35

      I know what you mean about the Christmas goodies, Trisha. I can’t believe we have been in our new home for 3 months! Time flies but as long as we are having fun that is the main thing! xx

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan June 16, 2019 at 04:34

    Fabulous first half of the year!! You inspire so many, Sue. Your great work on you LDL inspired me to check my own levels. I seem to be comfortably in the middle with my numbers but there is always room for improvement. And we are eating so much better since starting Weight Watchers again a month ago.

    I am torn between wanting to keep all my little nick knacks and keepsakes and tossing them all! I don’t think most of them would mean much to anyone else so can’t really justify boxing them away to save for my girls or their girls. What did you do about those little types of things?

    Thank you for linking up for Wellness Wednesday!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 16, 2019 at 06:25

      Hi Leslie thank you for your kind words and good for you checking out your cholesterol level. It was a shock to me that even though mine would be considered healthy by normal standards, family history put me in the ‘risk’ category. As far as our precious momentos, it is hard. However, I’m married to a minimalist and over the years have stopped collecting. I gave most of my things away and kept a few personal items for my children in the future. They aren’t worth much in dollar terms but mainly as a reminder for them when I’m gone. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by it is lovely to hear from you. xx

  • Reply Miriam June 16, 2019 at 15:24

    I’m always so inspired by you Sue. A huge congratulations to you on achieving your two certificates, you have so much to offer women. Thank you for always being so open, motivating and encouraging. I love your monthly themes and look forward to seeing what you’ll achieve for the rest of the year. xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 17, 2019 at 06:08

      You are lovely Miriam and thank you for your supportive comment. I have so many ideas for the rest of the year that my mind is a little ‘full’ at the moment. I do love a challenge though and I also have a trip to Alaska/Canada to look forward to in September. 2019 has certainly become a very busy year! xx

      • Reply Miriam June 17, 2019 at 08:53

        Oh wow, Canada and Alaska has long been on my bucket list. Something wonderful to look forward to! xx ?

        • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2019 at 06:57

          Yes it has been on our list for a while, Miriam and the opportunity arose so we grabbed it! xx

          • Miriam June 19, 2019 at 07:25

            How wonderful! Enjoy. xx

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