No more waiting. I gotta run.

We aren’t waiting anymore! Before we dive into fitness, I have to tell you- we got the news that my husband got a brand new position and we will now be spending more time in the UK and Europe! Its all very exciting. Also I am petrified with about five million- billion unknown details…. but I am excited nonetheless. I am super proud of my husband. The man just never quits. 2017 is already shaping up to be anything but boring !

But this is why I have to run. Not for the health. Not even for weight loss. I have to run for my BRAIN. Fitness, Women over 40

Now- don’t get me wrong. I’m NOT a runner. No. Like…… not at all.

I’m just not the type. It’s not in my blood.

This is my brain: “OMG!!- NO- I don’t want to RACE you??!!… OMG!…..NO!”

But even with my ultra non-competitive spirit,  I find that even a 20 minute run in the middle of the day, can quite literally keep me sane. Not only is getting my blood pumping each day, healthy- but it helps keep my spirits up, it clears my head and its pretty much a major service to those that have to be around me on a daily basis. Fitness, Women over 40

I’m. Nice-r.

(And apparently, staying slightly drunk all the time is frowned upon.)

Here in Southern Colorado there is rarely a week that goes by that we don’t have ample sunshine and low humidity. Even in the winter. (Before I moved to Colorado- I was sure I’d be waist deep in snow with howling, bitter winters like Poor Pa was, in ” The Long Winter”, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Yeah..It’s not like that.) Anyway,  I don’t have much of a legitimate excuse not to get out there at least a few times each week. Oh-and I’ve noticed that, at 48, my body is beginning to challenge me in new and different ways. Thanks for that. Thats awesome. But in all honesty, my short runs and Yoga Every Damned Day seem to make the biggest difference for me. I attribute these two things the most, for preventing me from pulling a major, front page news- worthy, freak out over all of the aforementioned unknown, pretty BIG details. (OMG y’all…..the UK! )Fitness, Women over 40

I have the most beautiful area to run in right now, but I’ve logged my fair share on the treadmill over the years as well. I personally, don’t find that to be as refreshing and mind clearing as getting outdoors, but I know some people, from my personal training days, that seriously love and protect their treadmill time.

To be honest, I don’t think it matters much WHAT you do, just that you find something that you LIKE and that you can fit easily into your day. (Lets face it, most of us aren’t going to fight major traffic to get to the gym each day! Find what fits into YOUR day or week.)Fitness, Women Over 40

Run, walk, swim, bike….whatever.  Just do your thing. For cryin’ out loud- you’re over 40!  Be proud that you are putting forth the effort and enjoy those rewards!  You don’t have to run or work-out like ANYONE else.

Because after 40, my dear friends……….. we take no shiz.


I wonder if they think saying “shiz” is funny in the UK.

Leave me a comment and thanks so much for reading and following!




Melissa is an unrepentant shoe hoarder who is obsessed with travel, wine, good food and her family. (Not necessarily in that order!)

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  1. Melissa Dorsett
    December 15, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    Well I’m not 40 but I found found ur post hilarious and the fact that I know u laughed when u said shiz made me lol.

    Congrats to BA on his new position. UK sounds awesome!

    • melissa
      December 15, 2016 / 4:18 pm

      Thank you Melissa! For reading , commenting and for being a great friend. I will pass along your wishes to the BA. Its going to all be quite interesting!!!

    • melissa
      December 17, 2016 / 4:48 pm

      I think so too Laney! Thanks for the comment!!!

  2. Dy
    December 17, 2016 / 5:00 am

    WHOA! This is big stuff!

    Also, I love the pics, but I also kind of love that there aren’t any of you doing *that one hill behind your house* — the terrifying one disguised as a neat jaunt — because if you can run up and that still let people take your picture, I might cry.

    The rest is just a whole bunch of yes, yes, amen-to-that, and yes! Get out and do your thing! WOO! Love it!

    • melissa
      December 17, 2016 / 4:51 pm

      Yeah…..if she took a picture of me doing the hill, it would only be for black mail. My thing right now is to run TO the hill, climb it, touch the gate and then run down and back to the house. But- Pretty big news, right?? Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. December 17, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    I’m so excited for you. You should start practicing your British spelling.

    • melissa
      December 29, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      Amy- one of the funniest Brit sayings I’ve heard recently is the term “full fat”. As in: “Would you like a diet coke?” “no thanks, I’ll have full fat”. How funny is that??? I am totally using it here in the US every chance I get now.

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