I know
many of us will be contemplating new goals for our diet and exercise programs,
so maybe, you will be as inspired by Olga as I was last Sunday… in this THIS PARADE MAGAZINE ARTICLE!
Author Bruce Grierson is set to release a book on January 14
titled, What Makes Olga Run?: The Mystery
of the 90-Something Track Star and What
She can Teach Us About Living Longer, Happier Lives. 
She is one of the so-called super seniors
catching the attention of researchers as they defy aging and remain sharp and
healthy deep into old age, according to Grierson.
Well, the Parade article alone resonated with me.  While I do not desire to preform competitive
long-jumping like Olga, I do hope to continue my weight training for a long,
long time.  I encourage you to read the
entire article, but one section which caught my attention was the importance
Olga places on cultivating a sense of progress.

Grierson writes, “We all need the feeling that in some small
ways we’re improving – or at least not backsliding – whether at the gym, at our
jobs, or in our relationships.  Without
periodic doses of what psychologist Teresa Amabile, Ph.D. calls, “small wins,”
our morale craters.  Trouble is, chalking
up wins is more difficult from midlife on, when it’s easy to feel like you’re
getting slower and weaker by the day.”

I do not think I would still be working out if it were not
for the small wins…feeling stronger, a garment fitting better, a difficult
exercise conquered…makes such a difference. 
Christa Bortingnon, 74, considers Olga a mentor.  She has set seven world records this past
year en route to the 2013m World Female Masters Athlete Award.

Please take time to read about Olga, HERE, and this may be a book
we can share with others for encouragement!

This is also part of a Midlife Boulevard blog hop

Happy Saturday everyone…hope you are warm and safe!

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