Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Growing Young Among Birds

A  L  O  H  A !

" You are never too old 
to set another goal or 
to dream a new dream. "
                                         C.S. Lewis 

" Whatever you are doing, 
love yourself for doing it. -

Young Canada Goose
Whatever you are feeling, 
love yourself for feeling it"
                           Thaddeus Golas

Linking to
Wild Bird Wednesday

We all know that exercising, 
eating a Mediterranean diet,
avoiding sitting for long periods,
and staying active & positive
can add quality and years
to your life.

But knowing and KNOWING
are actually quite different.
Leaving Hawaii after 30 years
was much more stressful
than normal moving -
even across the country.
A new climate, lifestyle,
new E V E R Y T H I N G!

A couple of weeks 
before the actual move,
I was knocked off my

Limping and battered,
I arrived in my first winter
in many years.

It was [to me] too cold
to go on brisk walks
many days.

I was too sedentary.
I ate the wrong
'Comfort Foods'
and I felt horrible.
My blood pressure rose.
I could not run across the street
without feeling very old.

Well I got a treadmill
and walk briskly 
30 minutes a day.
I also exercise my grip

I do not sit at the keyboard
long before up up and 
walking around.
[you can finish this post
and leave a comment too!]

I cut out 99% of sweets,
white bread, friend potatoes.

As my body has acclimatized
and Spring & Summer come,
as I feel more and more at home,
I find I'm dropping weight.

But that is the least of it!
I can run, I can walk the town.
I'm not exhausted all the time.
Mood has brightened.
Problems grow smaller.

I am younger
than I was before
in every way that
really matters.

So live what you "know."
Just knowing did not help me.
The fact that I had lived right
for years didn't exempt me.

This is my sharing gift
for You today!

Make it Play,
Rewards Will
Come Your Way!


                  Fondly, cloudia


Elephant's Child said...

Hugs. Always.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I am glad you found you way to grow young. Great post, images and inspiring words.

Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

Denise inVA said...

You are, and always will be, an inspiration :) And thank you for those sweet comments, appreciated them very much.

William Kendall said...

Thanks for sharing that, Cloudia!

Charles Gramlich said...

Lana is doing something similar.

Teresa said...

Glad you are adjusting to the new climate and getting healthier! Keep on truckin'!

RedPat said...

Thank you, Cloudia!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Love to see our Canadian Geese!!!! aloha

Cloudia said...

Each of your comments is a BIG smile <3

Much Appreciate. Each of You

Fireblossom said...

Yay on the birdies and on the admonition to love yourself and what you undertake!

Mike said...

I always have goals. It's getting around to starting them that's the hard part.

magiceye said...


Namaste /\ from Mumbai

Breathtaking said...

Hello Cloudia!:) I always feel you're such a positive person, and I'm glad you are now feeling younger and healthier. Caring for what God gave us is only right and proper. Good job!:) Thank you for sharing.

Marie C said...

What a wonderful testimony to healthful living! I am so glad you are feeling much better and now enjoying your life in your new home. I too will have to get used to a cold winter again when we move to Oregon right as it starts getting cold. We've lived in colder climates before, but it's been over five years since we last shivered in some serious, wet snow and wind. So, we will be taking your advice!