91 Year Old Completes a 5K

Can you think of the last excuse you used to sit on the couch instead of going for a run?

I can. It’s called Boardwalk Empire. I’m on season 2. It’s pretty good, I just close my eyes during the violent parts.

But what if your excuse to not run was that you lived in a retirement home, would need to fly across the country, train for 6 months, had just broken your back and, oh… you were 91 years old?

Barbara Maloy had all these excuses, (Except Boardwalk Empire, I don’t think she indulges in the series.) but did that stop her from completing the recent Bridge to Bridge 5K in San Francisco a few weeks ago?

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Nope. Not one bit. She completed the 5K with the support of her daughter, Marcy Maloy, and Granddaughter Alexandra.

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“I made up my mind that nothing would stop me! I trained for 6 months to do this race by walking 2 miles a day around the grounds of my retirement center. Last month I fell and broke 2 bones in my back, but I was determined to do it anyway. I asked if I could still do the race with a walker and I did it!” – Barbara Maloy, 91

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I don’t know about you, but this inspires me to get active. I love the idea of being 91 and still able to complete a 5K. I’ve known the Maloy family for some time and a key aspect of their family’s vitality is they stay very active. Barbara has been exercising daily for years. Her daughter Marcy performed the flying trapeze on her 60th birthday and then went on to compete in The Amazing Race TV series.

People who can inject life into living and overcome obstacles to achieving their goals make this human experience worth it.

Barbara Maloy 91 year old 5k racer

 

“If I can inspire others that makes me happy.”

Well Barbara, you have inspired me. Let me know the next race you will be doing so I can cheer and race along with you.

Please leave a comment letting Barbara know how her story may inspire you to accomplish something in your life.

Parenting One on One

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It’s wonderful when we are all together doing a fun family activity and everyone is happy and not whining (including Steve and I). I love spending time with everyone playing, eating dinner together or going to the park.

Every once in a while though, one on one time is really needed to be able to make a better connection with each girl separately. They are completely different from each other and   spending time just with one child allows me to fully communicate with them and do something that interests them while giving them my full attention.

It’s fun having three girls a different stages of development. Phoebe is satisfied to go out on a rainy morning for a walk to a bakery.

Ella wanted to play at the park and take turns timing each other running through the play structure.

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Chloe loved a night out of shopping, dining and a movie.

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The benefits I have seen is that it has given me a chance to check in with each child on how their life is going and resolve any problems or concerns they might be having. It’s hard to do that in a group setting.

What I am working on right now especially with the older two is making myself a safe person for them to talk to about their difficulties. With Chloe heading off to Middle School next year I  want her to know that she can be honest and open with me and I won’t freak out. There are no guarantees, but I’m hopeful she will feel like she can come to me.

Building relationships one on one and together as a family has proven to be both important and enjoyable.

Have you made a point to spend one on one time with your kids? What have your experiences, good or bad, been with it? I’d love to know.

//Let’s connect on Facebook because this parenting stuff is better together.//

Top photo by our dear friend Randy Wiederhold

No One Likes to Be Poor and Plump Come January

Do you know what happens to me over the Holiday Season? I end up just feeling inadequate. The house is not decorated quite enough. The girls’ costumes weren’t as elaborate as they could have been. I didn’t set the perfect Thanksgiving table or attack holiday shopping systematically so as to not over spend or cover everyone on our list. Oh, and how about getting that perfect family picture for your cards?

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Ugh… Sometimes the Holidays just bum me out, make me fat and empty my checkbook. No one likes to be poor and plump come January.

I decided last week that this year would be different. I wouldn’t let my expectations of how everything should be ruin my enjoyment of how they are. My life is not a Pinterest picture and I don’t have staff to do my dirty work. It’s just my family and I. We have a bunch of parties, decorating and shopping piled on top of our regular duties.

I don’t want to feel stressed the whole time thinking what I am doing is not good enough or feeling so overwhelmed that I can’t even enjoy the magic that does happen during the coming weeks with my family and community.

Do the holidays stress you out? How do you deal with the financial side of things and the workload?

I think I want to start an online support group for us. Ways to share tips and tricks to save money, time or effort over the next three months so we can come out the other end happy and alive. This can be everything from flash sales you know about, diet tricks, decorating shortcuts or simply a place to vent or ask for advice. On Instagram and Facebook let’s use the hashtag #StressLessHoliday. You can post right to the Our Urban Playground Facebook Page or share your pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #StressLessHoliday.

For my first #StressLessHoliday, here is what I did last week after I decided to not go overboard on my expectations and just chill out a bit.

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This is what my front entry was looking like. It had become a dumping ground, so I cleaned it, dusted and got things properly stored. I had bought a glittery owl at Ross Dress for Less for 7 bucks and a bag of mini pumpkins at Safeway. I collected some candles I had scattered around the house and put it all together.

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It’s not the most elaborate or beautiful set up and definitely not “Pinterest worthy”, but the girls loved it and honestly it wasn’t that much work putting it together.

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Stress Less Holiday

So will you guys do this with me? Let’s get through the Holidays without gaining 15 pounds, emptying our checking accounts or having overwhelmed freak-outs. Sound like a plan?

Cheers to a wonderful Holiday Season!

xo

Jen

P.S. You see, I don’t have a gorgeous San Francisco single-family home with a rad purple door and purple pumpkins. Does this make me feel bad or inadequate? No, it makes an epic Instagram shot.

Purple Perfection. #stresslessholiday

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Follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Remember to share your posts with the hashtag #StressLessHoliday and feel free to post as much as you like on Our Urban Playground’s Facebook Page.