Welcome to “Raising the Bar”
Well here we go, I have been talking about writing a blog for such a long time and finally a chance meeting with Barbara, who I will tell you about later, finally made me just get on with it!
The blog is about the empowerment of women, encouraging them to try different things, to get strong and powerful, fit (not necessarily physically) and ready to face all sorts of challenges, and for us all to share our stories and experiences, tips and successes. There are so many things I want to talk about that have affected my life and some amazing people that have influenced me along the way.
I am also hoping to get lots of feedback from everyone reading it – men and women! I hope to reel in lots of experts to help us as well.
The subjects we will talk about include:
- Diet and nutrition
- Why there’s no way you can get away with saying “I can’t”
- Coping with injuries
- Coping with periods and menopause (the stuff men don’t want to talk about .. you know those hormone things!)
- Coping with work and family pressures
- Coping with negativity
- But most of all I want it to be about celebrating and enjoying the challenges we face
But, first I am going to tell you about Barbara, who epitomises what “Raising the Bar” is all about, and who I met just the other day on the playing field near us as I was walking my dogs.
She caught my eye, unsurprisingly, because it was a horrible day – dull, with a mix of snow and sleety rain, freezing cold and the ground was slushy and muddy, and there was Barbara, resplendent in a bright yellow running shirt and matching shorts – yes shorts. She was jogging on the field, slowing down only to pick her way through the really muddy bits.
Our paths crossed again after about 15 minutes and I had to congratulate her on her spirit and ability to be running in such horrible conditions. She was lovely; she told me she was 67 years old and had been running for years. When I commented on her shorts she laughed and told me she didn’t feel the cold on her legs. She went on to tell me that she had run a few marathons in her life, but running had taken on a new meaning for her when she had been diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago.
Whilst on a course of chemotherapy she went jogging and found that it really helped in terms of dealing with the illness and the treatment. She felt it had a lot to do with the good feeling from the endorphins she was generating. She now has a clean bill of health but continues to run as it continues to make her feel positive.
It was a chance meeting for me and only a 10 minute chat, and it made me realise that there are so many amazing people out there like Barbara, with amazing stories out there to be discovered.
According to Livestrong there are five great ways to boost endorphins which include;
- Daily exercise
- Drink a glass of wine every night
- Eat spicy foods
- Have sex regularly
- Meditate regularly
All sound good to me!
I am lucky to have met a lot of brilliant and inspiring women in my life and I want to know about all of you and anyone else you know who you think we all need to know about – so please let me know. In the meantime I’m off for a bit of endorphin boosting!