Over 50 Feeling 40 in ECCO Sneakers for Spring

Doesn’t every occasion call for new shoes?  Of course, this one does too…along with patience…and the willingness to make new adjustments in our lives with new attitudes.  Let’s take a walk through this idea of change.

I am a creature of habit. Not a fan of change. I have always discovered peace and better health in a programmed schedule that I held fast to…just ask Mr. B…I do not like changing up my schedule.

But in light of having a new life at home, I must make changes and hope I can encourage you willingly to make your changes along with me.

From Old Life to New

Grab coffee for news with Pamela Lutrell

Well, at least for the last two years since changing my day job.  My old life schedule during the week was

4:00 AM Rise ( some grooming, drink water and a small coffee, and make sure the blog post is live) Stretching exercises, prayer and devotion

5:00 AM. Arrive at the gym for either cardio or weight work

6:30-7:30. Somewhere in there depending on how long at the gym, I arrived at my day job.

4:30 Leave to go home and put on my blogger hat and work on the blog

8:00-8:30 In bed to try and sleep and get ready to do it again. 

For a few weeks, my department has been in crisis-mode and I am working beginning at 5 AM.  I have projects that must be completed by 9AM.

Notice what’s missing?  My workouts.  I know the gym is closed, but now I am struggling to get more MOVEMENT into my day.  Adjustments must be made.


Began a new schedule yesterday

Pamela Lutrell on Working Out 

Monday’s work adjustment meant that I could refrain from checking in until 6 AM.  So, I got up at the same time and did a little weight workout with stretching before I showered.  Swinging that kettle bell actually felt good!

Cardio is another challenge.  A typical workday since the first of the year had my FitBit at 5000 steps by 9AM.  Yesterday, by 9AM I had 710! So, after my first two hours of work, I walked down to the mailbox to mail some letters and that took me to 1943.  Then I went for an extended walk around noon and my steps went up to 6139.  My spring allergies also went wild at that time…there are advantages to a gym!

Sorry…..back to my new attitude of flexibility. 


Character traits that will lead to success 

The ones who come out of this doing the best will be people who are patient, optimistic, flexible, creative, hopeful and grateful. (POFCHG)  These six -character- traits will be critical for those of us who want to stay relevant and active in our careers …and I submit, joyful in life.  I know, I know…I just have something about adjectives holding meaning…but I think they do!

There are many restaurants who are now attempting to survive on curb service alone.  But, I believe the ones who have been more creative are the ones who will stay open and in the game.  There are several who have converted their dining space to become mini-markets. Others who are grilling outdoors to get the attention of any patrons driving by.  That is flexibility and creativity.

So, I now must change from being a creature of habit to becoming a creature of openness, patience and flexibility.  I can do it!


I didn’t forget the shoes, a little birdie told me they are special

Pamela Lutrell in ECCO Sneakers from ECCO 

Before all of this began, I heard from one of my favorite comfort brands, ECCO, available at one of my favorite stores, Dillard’s.  You may have noticed that the classic white sneaker is everywhere for spring and summer 2020.  Just the basics… and ECCO has a winner in this Women’s Soft 7 Runner Leather Lace Up Sneaker…but if you just aren’t into the white, then look at them in a different color in the slideshow. I will say this solid white look is so clean and refreshing.  The comfort is amazing (a large wonderful toe box) and will keep me moving when I want to go out and about….social distancing, of course.

Pamela Lutrell relaxes at home in white ECCO sneakers for Spring 2020

Didn’t forget the hair either 

Yesterday, Mari was the one who voiced what is on the minds of many ladies…what do I do about my hair?? Most salons are closed and we do not know when they will be back…so that skunk line is growing.  Years ago, a Soft Surroundings beauty expert introduced me to Joan Rivers products.  Joan Rivers was still alive then and really had exceptional beauty products.  The natural hair color and staying power really make this is one of the best powdered root touch-up products on the market.  Check out this slide show for a little help.  There may be more of us in scarves and hats than ever before…so I threw in some choices for those as well.

How is everyone holding up?  Is anyone else struggling with adjusting to new schedules like moi (I flipped my head like Miss Piggy when I wrote this)?  Please share any tips you have discovered. 

I hope you will enjoy all the slideshows today…….and also remember your smile is now your hughug often!  Stay safe and stay home!



By Pamela Lutrell


Disclaimer:  I was provided shoes to review and the words are my own.

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