over50feeling40: Chicos+Pedicure+Rosemary…..That Did It!!
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Feb 21, 2012

Chicos+Pedicure+Rosemary…..That Did It!!

I have to confess that I woke up yesterday on my day off in a pretty deep funk. There were three big stress factors hanging over my head…(one being my weight)…and I was finally letting them all get to me….after a couple of weeks of buildup. Now, I usually don’t allow things to get me down, but when there are several big ones with me in their sights….it is hard not to be affected. So, I understand when we all occasionally get that way.

I am sure this audience has a variety of things that you will do first. But, the only way I, personally, can ward off a serious funk (the kind which keeps a woman in bed or parked on a couch in front of the television) is to pray. After I cried out to God for a time and then prayed over my family, I felt like going out into the day. Little did I know that a few precious gifts waited for me outside my door.

First, I really needed to go shopping though I really did not want to. In two weeks, I will be standing in front of the attendees to the Texas Style Council’s Blogger’s Conference in Austin. I am going to moderate a panel discussion about blogging and journalism. Guests in the panel with me are

Ann of  Cult of Pretty

Caroline of Lucky Magazine

Jessica of Refinery 29

These Texas Style Council Ladies know how to have fun!!
I need to look and feel my best. Chances are pretty good that I will be the oldest at this conference, so I want to look stylish, fun, youthful, and chic…all at the same time. Ines de la Fressange has been in my mind for the type of look I want. The picture I carry around is posted here. Two big problems loomed over this decision: My slight weight gain and serious funds for shopping!! After looking over some of my usual haunts, I made my way to Chico’s. That put a smile on my face. Their sale items were wonderful and abundant! Though I have gained back some of the weight I lost, I am still down a size at Chico’s….for years I was a 3 and 3.5. Now, I am a 2!! Other smile-factors included a beautiful, attractive store; very helpful salespeople; a new large dressing room with a three way mirror inside and I got to use it! I also think I have found the perfect look!! With my Passport membership and the coupon from the mailed catalog, I left there laughing over how reasonable the jacket and top totaled. You will have to wait a couple of weeks to see what I wear to the conference, because, of course I will blog about it.

My inspiration shot of Ines de la Fressange

Since, I felt much better….I decided to stop and get a pedicure with a gift certificate my son gave me. Being in a better mood, I decided to live on the wild side and selected an army green color by OPI that I have never tried before. Saying good bye to callouses and the massage chair, just made me even happier.

Then, I went home to walk the neighborhood. Part of my weight gain over the holidays came from eating lots of sugar and flour, and not exercising at all. But, I have now walked 6 days out of the last two weeks…so I am back to it…and hoping to get back to weight loss. On my walk, a neighbor I did not know came up to me and said, “Would you like a handful of rosemary for your kitchen? I just trimmed my bushes and I hate to throw it away.” SCORE! Another unexpected blessing!

Now, I realize this is a long post. But the morale of this story is….get out! If you are in a funk and feeling down, just go out into the world…you never know what blessings and precious gifts you will discover!! Yes, those pesky big problems are still there, I just can face them better today!

So, how do you get out of a funk??


  1. It is ok to get into a funk, but as you say, don´t stay there for long. It solves nothing and makes you feel and see the wrong side of things. About your weight gain, it is normal, and you might have to come to terms with not being the size you dream, and love it.
    Mos of the time is a lot of genetic involve.
    Above all: every second count, so be as happy and glad to be alive as you can.
    Mil besos.

  2. such a nice inspirational post. I usually buy a magazine or take a swower and pretty up myself.I sometimes drink a glass of wine and listen to music while smoking.

  3. Oh Pam! So sorry you were in a funk! I hate when I have those days, though I try to keep them to minutes and not hours (often not successfully!). I can't wait to see what you got a Chico's! I've put on a bit of weight myself and I find my body changing as I'm entering menopausal territory. It just does no good to fret about it....in fact, the more I angst about my weight, I swear the more I gain. So I'm really trying just to let it all go and do my best to live healthy. And what could be healthier than low stress?!? Hugs! ~Serene

  4. I agree! Get up and get out. Even if it's just taking a walk, I think fresh air and movement works wonders on one's mood. So happy you scored big at Chico's! Can hardly wait to see what you found!!!

  5. You took good care of yourself, dear Pam - up and out, and focusing on all the positives. I have had many a day like you described too, I think we all have. But you took action and things started changing!

  6. Hi Pam,

    I've been reading your blog for a while; enjoy your positive outlook and your determination to find joy and pleasure in life at any age. I'm 55. Love this post, and I so agree with you that the thing to do when one finds oneself in a funk is to get out. Walking, of course, is great, but sometimes I can't bring myself to do that when I'm feeling low. But if I get out to a store, buy a little something for myself, inevitably my mood begins to shift.


  7. Pam, you are just the best! I reread many of your posts for inspiration and today's post will be one of those. Your positive attitude is a balm for my soul. Philippians 4:13 fits the bill, don't you think?

  8. I get into funks too...in fact I am in a little one right now because I am confused about some decisions I have to make soon and worrying how those decisions will impact other people and me.

    I find getting out, breathing some fresh air, getting your pulse up and taking in the sunshine for 30 minutes or so is the very best medicine. And volunteering always helps to put things in perspective, at least for me it does.

    A lovely and thoughtful post, Pam. I like how honest your voice is. I feel like I really know you.
    xo, Adrienne

  9. LOVE the toenails!! You started out right by laying at God's feet. He's got you covered!!
    Awesome on the chico's purchases--can't wait to see the outfit! I know you will represent all of us "seasoned" bloggers fantastically!

  10. Oh my gosh I LOVE it that you admitted to being in a funk! You have just inspired me to do exactly what I need to do right now .... Thank you, thank you.

  11. Hello, just found your blog and so happy I did!
    Yesterday was a funk day for me for sure. And there's nothing a good brisk and visually stimulating walk can withstand. But sometimes I end up staring out the window, not wanting to leave my warm nest. I do get much visual stimulation from following blogs I love but sometimes we do need to GET OUT!
    Dressing up sure helps a positive outlook, at least it does for me. Today I'm back on top and ready to bust out! I think a pedicure is on the horizon!

  12. I can tell you know your priorities because you put daily prayer first.
    How about moving exercise up to #2? I'm sometimes in a funk after I've had my walk or workout at the "Y", but it's always a happier funk than the one I started off with.

  13. So glad you remained positive and turned the day into a special one for you!
    Yesterday is a memory
    Tomorrow is imagined
    Today is who I am

    I love the photo of Ina on her cookbook looking through your gifed rosemary. (was she the one who gave you the rosemary....????) She is my favorite on the Food Network; I am so impressed with her style.

  14. a pedicure always makes you feel better
    i have been stuck in the house for almost 2 weeks with this stupid pulmonary infection
    i am so ready to get out and get back to real life!!

  15. I'm loving your nailpolish. What a great color.


  16. these are excellent ways to get out of a funk! i love to grab a drink or even just coffee with a friend.

    love the green polish.

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  17. You'll look lovely at the blogger conference--I am certain of it. I have yet to have a pedicure and you make it look very enticing. I could bury my face in that bouquet of rosemary. Our prayers are heard...

  18. Pam, you would look chic, stylish, and youthful no matter what you wore. You carry that off with your attitude and lovely smile. Chico's does have excellent sales, especially when they have that "extra" off of the sale items. They change merchandise so often that there is usually something on sale all the time. I've been trying to stay out of Chico's because I always find something there. When the SA's tell you that you are one of their best customers, you know you are in there way too much.
    A pedicure can go a long way to elevate one's mood.

  19. Pam, what a positive way to get out of that mood we all get in once in awhile. When I'm there, I usually cook a meal for someone else that could really use a break. Or I try to do something nice for someone. It takes my focus off of me and puts it toward someone else. Works everytime! Have a good day and I can't wait to see your outfit for the conference.

  20. Well...shopping always helps! My funk is usually caused by work related stress...exercise, good food and more shopping helps a lot! :)
    I can't wait to see your purchase from Chico's!


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