Welcome to the first of what I hope will be a regular monthly post and hashtag #beingfiftyandfab! The idea behind this regular post is to tell you what I have been up to be BE fifty and fab ... and for you to share with me what you have been doing. Comment below, I'd love to hear from you. Or use the #beingfiftyandfab hashtag on Instagram!
I will be posting about day to day life, ups and downs, what I am doing, what I am reading and where I have been. Just every day bits that encourage me to be fab, to include self-care in my life, to be the best I can be, for me! There might be exercise hints and tips, nutrition ideas, recipes, it will evolve!
And I want to inspire you to do the same! Put a bit of time aside for you. I will include ideas and recommendations, suggestions for what I find helpful and I hope that you will share with me - maybe there is something I can share on my blog that we can all try.
This month I have been ...
Exercising - umm not a lot at all! I got really involved in some technical bits for my blog and a few networking events plus the ongoing miserable weather seems to have sapped my energy and enthusiasm. I like to be real! And I am real, I really do hate exercise, I do it because I have to if I want to keep fit and healthy and stay slim and lean. My PT was away for a week but she is back on Thursday so I will be trying to get back into it.
Reading - I have been trying really hard to read more, to put the iPhone down an hour or so before bed and read a book. I must say I feel better for it and I do sleep better. This month I read a book that was a bit different to my usual. I joined in the book club on the Facebook support group Fifty Fit and Fabulous and read The Wonder by Emma Donoghue - it is set in Ireland and tells the story of Anna whose deeply religious upbringing is threatening her life and Lib the nurse who comes to care for her. I also read Paris for One and Other Stories by Jo Jo Moyles - this is a collection of short stories and includes a preview of Still Me (third book in the Me Before You and After You trilogy).
Wearing - I have been desperate to shed my winter woolies and start wearing some spring colours. I have had a wardrobe sort out but it is still cold and despite trying very hard to remain positive it is affecting my mood. I was gifted two new scarves from Sweet-Bea and swapping from a black base colour to navy and adding in some coral did help a bit! Don't forget that I have a 20% discount for all my followers at the moment - pop over to the Sweet-Bea website and use the code FAB20 at checkout!
Above - Hobbs Pink Jumper, French Connection Breton and Hush Blouse (similar here) - scarves from Sweet Bea
Doing - I attended another fantastic cookery workshop with Fearless in the Kitchen this month. I will write a separate blog post on this as it is so good and too much to tell you here. Look out for it. I baked some delicious healthy treats for the Easter weekend.
We have just had the long Easter weekend and this year we were at home. Some years we might be away skiing but we went earlier this year - although those skiing later this season will be very lucky - the snow has been amazing and it is proving to be a very late season.
Good Friday I had my niece and my sister-in-law here for dinner. I made a salmon recipe from my new cookbook - Sheet Pan Cooking: 101 recipes for simple and nutritious meals straight from the oven by Jenny Tschiesche - this is a really fabulous cookbook - easy, one pan meals - I definitely recommend it! We then sat down to watch the film Wonder (not the same as the book - just a coincidence)!
Easter Sunday I just couldn't get my happy head on. I just felt a bit deflated by another grey day. Despite knowing that I should look on the bright side, I just couldn't seem to snap out of it. I spent the morning cooking a chilli to take to lunch at my parents on Monday then in the afternoon my daughter got some driving practice in and we visited Thame Country Show - it was an outing and it didn't rain! I came home and snuggled down to watch another film!
Easter Monday we had lunch at my parents and looked through old photos then we came home and watched Goodbye Christopher Robin - this is a must watch! Interesting and sad but also cute.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the Instagram Giveaway over the Easter weekend - I had lots of new followers and comments on the post. The scarf was won by Lyn from London and she chose the navy pom pom scarf - it is on it's way to her as I write.
I will be back at the beginning of May with another #beingfiftyandfab round up! Until then I'd love you to join my mailing list, I promise I won't bombard you with junk - just an email to let you know when I have a new post up and any special offers just for my mailing list.
Hobbs Rhian Striped Jumper with Sweet Bea Navy scarf and Boden navy jeans
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