Since moving home and changing gyms I’ve switched from weights sessions at the gym to Zumba and other dance classes.
I do love dancing, but its not building muscle.
So, I’m back to weights. And back to sessions with Emma, Personal Trainer. Emma understands my body niggles and with recent mishaps she has put a programme together that suits me. I don’t have arthritis but with my knee injury, doing exercises to focus on joint problems will mean I stay safe.
I love weight training and being strong.
But many people don’t. Especially women, they get frightened they would bulk up too much very unlikely.
Yesterday I posted a blog post the stress of a break up. I wrote it a few months ago when feelings were raw. Reading it now so much has changed. I can barely recognise the person I was then.
The change happened about a couple of months ago. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d cried. I had gone through a period of crying a lot. I was fine with clients, but when I was alone with my thoughts it got tough.
I was spending a lot of time with my family, but as my social life has developed I’ve focused more on my new life, rather than revisiting the past.
I’ve come to terms with the decision and I’m happy that it was the right thing to do.
I’m focusing more on the road ahead rather than where I’ve been.
A break-up or divorce can be highly stressful, add in a move of home and the stress increases.
Although I expected this, the experience was more difficult than I expected.
I’ve reflected on the break up of my first marriage. That was stressful, and I was over 20 years younger and there were issues regarding the children that I hadn’t anticipated.
With this being a mutual decision with a plan to have it as an amicable split I expected to almost sail through it. But …
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At 48 I went back to work in the corporate world. It was scary.
Too many companies, especially the tech ones focus on recruiting millennials. FaceBook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once said young people are smarter!
Research shows Gen Xers being recruited 33% times less, and baby boomers 60% less than millennials.
In this article by Kelly Palmer, for Market Watch she writes about the benefits of hiring older workers. On recruiting an editor in chief and how productive he was. He could make an impact based on his knowledge and skills.
When you are no longer a couple you need to adjust and take on some of the things that your partner used to do. Its a time to learn new things and for personal growth.
In many relationships we divide up the tasks and get better at different things. Its a bit like as our children grow up; if we continue to do their ironing they will never learn.
Back when I turned 50 I got into travel. I had 3 big holidays, and these were a major change from the standard all inclusive beach holidays to proper adventures. The Christmas before and after my birthday I went on small group back packing holidays with Intrepid to Northern India (Slowly down the Ganges) and Southern India. For my birthday I went on a camping safari in Namibia. These were low cost holidays, they needed to be, to do 3 big holidays in a year and exactly what I wanted. More about experiencing the new than luxury and drinking.
I spoke with a journalist last week and I’ve had good media coverage in Waitrose Weekend. My comments relate to Madonna Turning 60.
We tend to review life at these major birthdays as we transition from one decade to another, and ideally it is a time to look back and see how far we have come, to celebrate our successes and make positive plans for the future.
It’s not great to know you will get 40k of state pension less than you expected. Many women had planned to leave their job at 60 or perhaps a few years older, especially if they could receive their occupational pension, BUT most do not realise that you still need to contribute to your state pension.
If you don’t continue to make these payments you will not get your full state pension.