Welcome to the Happy Grandparents Week!

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Though I had planned to post a more pragmatic article of a stubborn health issue on belly fat most of us struggle with, it just came to my attention that The American Grandparents Association (AGA) announced Happy Grandparents Week! They celebrate the week of September 7, 2014, to the 12th as a Feel Grand week Week.

What a great theme: Feel Grand! Check it out! AGA will celebrate with daily Feel Grand newsletters filled with tips, giveaways, and games – everything is aimed at helping you stay happy, healthy, and fit for many years.

I love the daily topics for the next five days AGA will address this week. I thought it would be fun to follow along with maybe some extra thoughts. The topics are:

  1. Monday: Feel Wise – Explore strategies to keep our brain healthy and sharp.
  2. Tuesday: Feel Energized – Suggestions to feel our best.
  3. Wednesday: Feel Loved – Get inspired to love our heart and our whole self.
  4. Thursday: Feel Strong – Simple tips boosting our inner and outer strength.
  5. Friday: Feel Healthy – Learn to keep our hard-working body in tip-top shape.

The Feel Grand theme and daily topics so well address the philosophy of Fun, Fit and Healthy Grandma. We should have a fun week!
To get us into the mood, let’s start today with an upbeat attitude and think about the effects it will have within and around us.

An upbeat mindset helps trigger optimism. Negative events or issues inevitably come up. It’s how we react to them will make the difference. In fact we can rewire our brain to view life within a positive frame.

A friend told me (true story) that recently she and her husband were so frustrated with each other and quarreled back and forth. Suddenly, both burst out laughing when they sensed how ridiculous their issues were.

A fun tip to quickly shift your mood:

My favorite exercise with the grandchildren is to enter a laugh contest we make up like: who is the first to laugh; who has the funniest laugh; who laughs the loudest; who shows the first tears from laughter; and so on. Before we know it we all laugh heartily and have great fun.

Have a wonderful sunny day, even if it rains! Talk to you tomorrow.

To your best health!
Ute

Walking or Running for Meg: A Community Mourns!

crop 400x200Throughout the years we grandparents accumulate a rich repertoire of life experience: highest  joys and deepest sorrows; gains and losses.  We learn to deal with harsh realities in life that make us stronger, more resilient, and wiser.  But we never get used to tragic events that touch our core: FAMILY – families of our children and grandchildren. Such events force us to stop, reflect, and deal with emotions that overwhelm us.

A shock wave traveled fast through our small community in Virginia:  “Meg Cross Menzies was tragically killed by a drunk driver while out for her morning run on January 13, 2014. Meg was an avid runner, member of the Richmond Road Runners Club, and Boston marathoner, she was a member of the running family nationwide.” She was a mother of three young beautiful children. [Read more…]

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