Getting Older, Shrinking Pants and Blogging


Interesting title right?  Don’t worry, it all begins to make sense…

This past Saturday, we went on an adventure.

A very cold adventure, hiking through the woods, hunting for maple trees (what, you don’t do that?).

And it was about 10 degrees out.


And the first part of the trek, was a very steep, slippery incline.

And I was very aware that I was struggling up the hillside and that I was out of breath pretty quickly.

In fact, Peanut found me a walking stick to help me get up.


And it really bothered me.

I used to work out all the time.  I had little problem staying motivated.  If I got off track, I got back on.

I would almost say that I loved working out.

It was my therapy, my “me-time”.  I liked feeling strong.  I liked the sense of accomplishment.

Our local YMCA had childcare for children 4 months and up.  I think I showed up almost to the day of when my youngest was 4 months old.  I was really just looking for a way to get out of the house.  And then I started to make friends there, I felt comfortable with the childcare.  It was easy to make it a priority.

And then I found yoga and I really fell in love.  I was never more in shape then when I was doing yoga – and I felt so strong.  The flexibility part came easily to me, but the strength building was so hard and I loved the challenge of it.


I loved how there was measurable improvement, goals to be met – and then new ones to set.

And somewhere along the way, I lost it all.

I stopped going to the Y, I stopped doing yoga.  I still work out somewhat regularly, but based on my inability to easily make it up that hill – it is obviously not enough.

And the fact is, I am now 42.

And my pants seem to keep shrinking in the dryer – especially after the holidays.

If I don’t get my act together now, it is only going to get harder.


I don’t want to miss out on adventures with these two because I “can’t” or I am too tired or I am too old.


I don’t want to look back from a bad health diagnosis and wonder if would have made a difference if I had been in better shape.


And then, I had an epiphany.

The reason I got off track with working out – is that I replaced it.

My new love – blogging – has taken its place.


Blogging is now my therapy.

Blogging is where I set goals and try to meet them.

My love for this, and my desire to create a successful business has become all encompassing.


I have been beating myself up because I have not been able to understand why I have been so off track – for about 2 years now.  Now that I have a better understanding of why – somehow, it helps.

It also has made me realize that my interests have become somewhat flat.  I am so focused on work and decorating, that it seems to be what I read or participate in even in my down time.

I need to give myself permission to be more.

I need to spread my wings a bit in other directions, round out my interests a bit more.

And that should make me even better at my job.

And by getting myself back in shape, I will be better at life.


I am not saying I have come up with the magic formula or that I even have a specific plan.

This is not a new year resolution.

What I do know is that I hated the way it felt for it to be so hard up that hill.

I know that tying together the goals of working out with work goals somehow works better in my head.

I may fail miserably and I know it is not going to be easy.

But I know if I don’t try it is just going to keep getting harder.

I know that I want to be there for this crew – all there, in mind, body and spirit.


How about you?  Are you taking care of yourself?

I am not talking about a diet of killing yourself at the gym.  I am talking about just living a healthy life.

Life is really short and I want you to live it to the full.

Wishing you a beautiful day and thanks for reading.

Oh, and Bailey Rose wishes you a great day too!



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27 thoughts on “Getting Older, Shrinking Pants and Blogging”


  1. I loved this post for the beautiful photos of your family enjoying nature in the winter and for your honesty. And, honestly speaking, I have fallen into the same blogging/not exercising trap for the past 3 years. I sit for hours at the computer (with breaks every 15 minutes or so to move around) but I have noticed the weight pile on in that time too. I am 63 and at your age I was downhill skiing, walking, going to aerobics classes etc. I was moving and felt good. I guess my advice to you is to listen to your heart and improve your lifestyle now, while you’re young (you are YOUNG!) and find the balance you need in your life to be healthy. Some days I think it’s too late for me but I have 2 grandsons that we see a couple of times a year and I need to be able to enjoy them and have fun, so I’m trying to get moving more. Blessings to you! You can do it. Pamela

  2. You are preaching to the choir here! What is it about blogging that sucks us in and the whole world stops. I never thought that would be me! I’m now 51 and have not been regularly exercising. I’ve gained a few pounds, not much but enough that I know I need to make a change. This year I’m doing Made to Crave online and I’m excited about replacing the craving for food with God. My goal is just to eat healthier and move more. But I still need to give blogging its rightful place in my life and that will require changes. I live, eat and breathe it. How did that happen?

    Thanks for the transparency and your family is beautiful!

  3. Love your honesty, Laura. Your pics are just beautiful and always enjoy everything you share through your blog. Family is important but take time for yourself. If you get the chance I’d love to know the type camera/lens you use. Maybe you’ve posted already about that. Thanks!

  4. Discovering the root of the issue is the first step to finding the solution… is so beneficial to review where we are and where we’ve been Thanks for the reminder, beautiful post. Good luck!

  5. I’m feeling your pain. At 41, my pants are beginning to shrink also. 🙂 I have been going to a personal trainer with my husband for the past 4 years, but this year he seemed to be there alone MOST of the time. I too love to feel strong and fit, but have let blogging and decorating take over…Thanks for the encouragement! Life to the full! Melissa

  6. Laura, I know exactly what you’re talking about. I’m looking at turning FIFTY in just a few months, and I know I have to do something! Thanks for this post! It’s true – it’s not that we’re not doing anything, it’s just that we’ve replaced taking care of ourselves with other STUFF!

  7. I’m with you with the exercise part and being frustrated at not being able to keep up with my family on short hikes and other adventures as well as the feeling of having become more one-dimensional. At 46 with 10 and 11 year old girls I wonder if perhaps this is a phase of life that hits everyone that, once recognized, presents a crossroad to choose from… I’m trying to choose shrinking the waist, getting physically active, and taking more time to engage in different interests. Wish us all luck! 🙂

  8. Beautiful photos. I’m making an effort this year too. I’ve found a program that works for me (love that it only takes 15-20 minutes a day) but even then if I take a day off, it’s that much harder for me to do it again.

  9. Laura,

    I’ve been blogging for 5 years and it didn’t take long to realize that a lot of the things I used to do fell by the wayside once I made a regular habit of spending a few hours a day at my computer. I was exercising my brain, but that was about it! First I had to reclaim my family priorities and now I’m working on getting in shape. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who realizes the scales are tipped. Thanks for a great post. The pictures are lovely!


  10. Amen, to this! I too have spent all my spare time doing everything related to blogging. I love it and it is a passion and I found myself letting my yoga class go because I did not have time. I too continue to workout but stopped the yoga, it is my new goal to start doing my yoga class twice a week. Yoga made me so much more strong and I felt great when I was doing yoga on a regular basis. We all need to remember if our body’s and Minds are not healthy than we will not be blogging either.

  11. I know exactly what you mean. I will be 44 next month and I am hating the way I feel now. A little over a year ago, I was walking and hour a day for 6 days a week. I am no skinny chick, but I wanted to be healthier and in good shape. And I was until I developed cyst on my spine and walking, even standing was excruciating. So I gave into the pain and didn’t do anything. I have since gained back all the weight I lost and in horrible shape. I get out of breath going to the mailbox. I have decided to get back into moving again. It will be painful, but I think it will be worth it. The drs. told me I may not have near the pain if I lose some weight. Glad to know that I am not alone in wanting to be stronger.

  12. We had a big wakeup call here recently about the need to take better care of the bodies we have. A friend had a heart attack, out of the blue, no warning. She is doing well now after surgery, but it could have been worse.

  13. I TOTALLY get this! After my first baby was born i joined Stroller Strides. Exercising and being with those other moms with babies was my therapy. It lasted until my second baby was 2…almost 4 years. The last two years I have been obsessed with making our house a home (it was a blank slate for the 4 years of babies and exercise…and i was an interior designer before kiddos). Thrifting, decorating, DIY, and blogging about it! I kept running, but did not do the other classes…including yoga. Recently, my husband, who was not working out all that time I was exercising, has gotten into really good shape working with a personal trainer and watching what he eats. So, I’m motivated.
    Our house is a home, now I will make my body a temple…or at least a stronger, healthier one.

  14. That dog! What a cutie! I, too, have been trying to figure out how to quit sitting in front of the computer so much. The time just seems to fly by when I’m reading all these wonderful decorating blogs and absorbing all these wonderful, creative ideas. We’re not couch potatoes, we’re blog potatoes. And I’m solo, so I don’t have those three wonderful incentives you do. If you figure it out, keep us posted.

  15. Oh my friend I relate to every.single.word of this!! And I honestly don’t have much to say other than Amen and it’s nice to know I’m not alone in feeling those same feelings. Thank you for being so open and real. Love your heart!

  16. I can totally relate to this. I was spending most of my free time doing blog-related things. This past summer I started jogging and now I love it. I teach at an alternate school and find running to be a great way to work out the stress of the job and plan how I’m going to deal with certain students and situations. With the running I realized I needed to start fuelling my body properly and, for the last few months, I have been focusing on eating to nourish instead of for enjoyment. I feel better – physically, emotionally, and mentally. With that said, now that I’m dedicating so much time to running and meal planning, I’m struggling to find the balance. Thank you for sharing, as it’s nice to know I’m not the only one.

  17. Laura,
    Getting old isn’t easy. But I have 10 years on you and apparently the same dryer that not only shrinks my pants but also the shirts.
    For me walking has always been the solution. Clears the mind and inproves the body.
    Best of luck on your Journey.

    ps Dana’s beard looks great, If I let it mine grows in rusty and gray 🙁

  18. Laura, I just adore all of your precious family photos!! And yes you are so smart to get a handle on your health and fitness now. I’m 52 and can tell you that it doesn’t get any easier, but it’s soooo worth it. The thing I have hated most about aging is the decline in energy, and being fit certainly helps a LOT. You’re about to have the busiest, most fabulously fun time of your life with your girls in middle and high school! I know you will love being there for them as much as I did with my daughter. It’s so incredibly important to take care of yourself too. Happy New Year, and thanks for sharing your heart with us 🙂
    xoxoxo Andrea

  19. so many fine lines between building a successful business in blogging and taking care of your heart and soul and all that matters the most. right?!

    praying you listen to that still, small voice inside of you. bet you won’t regret it!

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  21. I just discovered your blog recently and and now check in regularly. Your post today rings true for me, as it apparently has for many others. As I approach 40, I struggle to find the balance between being a mother, wife and employee, let alone fitting myself into that equation! I LOVE crafting and have recently started learning to play the fiddle, something I’ve always wanted to do. These are the things I do for relaxation. I need to exercise, but how the heck do I find the time to do that! Still trying to figure that out!!

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