Skating Uphill - September 2021

Living a Healthy Lifestyle


You’re Not the Boss of Me. I am!” 
– The Uphill Skater –

I love the theme of this issue: #GirlBoss.

Women have made huge strides in so many areas. We, and pioneers before us, have opened doors, windows and chasms for others to succeed. The definition of success has also been changed, and this is the most important achievement of all. 

A girl boss is not necessarily a girl, or woman, who is the boss of others. She is first and foremost the boss of herself. She is someone who makes choices, controls her own destiny and looks after herself. She is also kind, generous and thoughtful. In other words, she is quite a package. 

How might we live this out? Well, controlling your health is a big part of controlling your destiny and staying strong. We have access to information on healthy foods and practices, and we also have access to women doctors should we choose to want this kind of health care. Care of our own bodies includes information about exercise and mental health, as well. I go to a gym that has female personal coaches who are trained  to understand the special needs of women of all ages. My trainer has a client who is 14 years old and was injured in an accident. Her oldest client is 90 and has recently suffered a heart attack and is in cardiac rehab. She is a real dynamo, too! Check this out when you join a gym.  

Look for opportunities. Always be on the alert for those out-of-the-box moments that may enable you to better your self. Take a class. Join a book club. Look at a job change if you are not satisfied in your current position. Get on a healthy eating plan. Sure, even if you are not overweight or in poor health, you can and will benefit by eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in fat and artificially produced food products.

Love your self! I mean both your emotional self and your physical self. We constantly hear people telling us to “love our body,” and I totally agree with that. If you can afford it, get a pedicure, manicure, massage and a hair color change. But don’t ever forget that you are a total package. Your mental and emotional self may need a spa day tune up, as well. Soak in a bath tub with a good book. Share your troubles with a close friend, but be sure he/she is a trusted close friend first, of course. Read a self-help book and list five things you will honestly try to do. Seek professional help if you need to do that. All of these things can help the #GirlBoss within you grow and thrive. 

My last girl boss tip is for those who are not yet used to being the boss. We perhaps are girl boss types in training, looking for an opportunity to arise. So try this: Many, and I do mean many, groups of volunteers are out there. Join a group, church, or whatever, and look for the chance to chair a committee. Pick something in your comfort zone, or just a bit above, and be sure you are committed and interested in the cause, and step up. Just say, “Sure, I can do that.” Be a leader even if you are starting small. 

Many women are in charge of big corporations, manage tons of money and enjoy fame and fortune. Others are only in charge of one person—themselves. Start where you are and grow where you are planted. Before you know it, you will be in full bloom.

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Judith Lawrenson is a former Hilton Head Island resident who has a huge heart and is loved by all who meet her. She has served and volunteered with numerous charitable organizations while living in the Lowcontry making an impact wherever she went. She and her husband recently moved to the wild hills of West Virginia to be closer to grandchildren. Judith is an avid sailor, a retired reading resource specialist, and a children's TV host whose local show originated from the Boys and girls Club. Judith is also a long time seeker of healthy, happy living and a lifestyle dedicated to service to others balanced with love of God and love of self. Check out her BLOG for fun info, recipes and nutrition ideas, current updates on nearly everything in the world, and lots of comments and opinions.


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