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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

The Gallery : Youth

Occasionally there is a Gallery prompt that makes me revisit my past rather than post a picture up from recent times.  This week, Tara's theme of "Youth" has given me the opportunity to share yet more images that have, until now, been banished to the family photo albums, only seeing the light of day to embarrass friends and family at (in)opportune moments.

Firstly, you can see how I was a social media trailblazer.  I went to a primary school in St Annes called Our Lady Star of the Sea so when we entered sports events our name was shortened to "OL".  However, as the team line up you can clearly see us spelling out "LOL"!  I wonder who else was laughing at us that day?

primary school sports event

Next,  a shot of a particularly amazing hair style and fashionable shirt.  I can't remember where we'd been but we'd obviously enjoyed ourselves.  No, I'm not smashed, that's my sultry look.  Isn't my husband (not on the picture) a lucky man? 

living in the 80s

And finally, the money shot!  Me in a bikini, on a boat in Ibiza somewhere.  I wish I'd flaunted this body a bit more as it's only now that I appreciate it.  I should have looked after it and honed it instead of presuming that I'd always look like this (with or without the dodgy perm).

on a boat in a bikini

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You can also see all the other entries for this week's theme on the same link.