2023 Reboot: Tackle the Issues That Are Holding You Back

Empty Nest Blessed by Suzy Mighell
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Hello, my friends, and Happy New Year! I’ve spent the past ten days mostly in bed recovering from bronchitis — it was the sickest I’ve been in a very long time! If you’ve had bronchitis, you know that full recovery can be slow, and I’m still getting working on getting my energy back. 🥴 

Getting on social media this morning was kind of a shock to the system — seeing everyone all excited about their word for the year, their Bible verse for the year, or their New Year’s resolution! Since I’ve been so out of it, I felt a little bit like I’m late to the game! It’s like the train left the station, and I wasn’t on it!

If for whatever reason, you’re feeling like that too, I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone, and it’s okay! I think it’s important to remember that anyone can start strong — and pretty much everyone does — but not everyone finishes strong. I think it’s more important to be faithful than to start strong. If you’re trying to grow, what you’re after is perseverance, fortitude, and faithfulness! I’d rather start slow, continue with faithfulness and perseverance, and finish strong!

So know that I’m right there with you today, and we’re gonna be okay! That said, I wanted to share a few quick things I do every year about this time to kind of “reboot” the system. Nothing too taxing, don’t worry! 😂

BTW, my friends at Joy Creative Shop have created a darling FREE 2022 Reflection Printable! It’s a great way to take stock of 2022 (as I did in THIS post) and a tool to help you as you look forward as well. You can download it HERE.

2023 Reboot: Quick Things I Do Every Year

  • Whiten my teeth. – It’s an easy way to look younger almost instantly! Lots of people swear by Crest 3D Whitestrips, but I find that they cause sensitivity, and I don’t love the chemicals. This is the teeth whitener I use. (I buy the value pack so I can use them again mid-year!)
  • Stand up straighter. Poor posture can make you look so much older than your true age. If you’re really serious about this, you might try this posture trainer I’ve used. (Note to self: Pull that back out of the drawer!) It’s a discrete, effective reminder to stand up straight. I resolve to wear mine more in 2023!
  • Focus on smiling more! Smiling releases endorphins and serotonin. It’s proven to improve your mood, give others a better first impression of you, and take years off your face! It’s like an instant facelift and an instant mood lifter. 😁

2023 Reboot: What I Hear From You

These are the things you’ve told me are a concern for you!

Weight Issues

It’s no secret that it’s more challenging to maintain a healthy weight in midlife. It’s also no secret that the weight that we gain in midlife can have serious health implications. Whether you’re still working off the “Quarantine 15” or the post-menopausal weight has crept on slowly, you know you need to address it. Simply put, it can damage your health and shorten your life. And we don’t want that!

Exercise is essential, but all the exercise in the world won’t help you lose weight if you don’t tackle your nutrition. If you’re a person who’ve tried diets in the past and failed, you may need more help. That’s okay! It’s great that you’ve learned that. It makes you normal!

Last year, I discovered Mighty Health. It’s the first exercise, nutrition, and wellness app designed specifically for people over 50. Backed by prominent investors, including AARPNFL Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana, the owners of the Sacramento Kings, and Y Combinator, the app is the first of its kind! It’s an evidence-backed platform developed in conjunction with a research team of physicians from Columbia, UCSD, and more.

Their results are impressive too. In their first three months on the program, average members lose 15 lbs and triple their exercise activity Wow! To read my honest review of Mighty Health, check out THIS post, and to learn more about the program, click HERE. Mighty Health offers a Free 7-Day Trial. There is no long-term commitment, and you can cancel anytime.

Mighty Health also offers highly-discounted annual plans, which are ideal if you’re serious about making a commitment to your long-term health and wellness. They have generously offered Empty Nest Blessed followers a 60% discount on an annual membershipTo take advantage of this offer or to learn more about Mighty Health, Click HERE and use code ENB60 at checkout. More details HERE.

Health, Wellness & Fitness

Did you know that Bob and I have a gym in our house? (It’s really just a converted bedroom, but we feel super-fancy when we call it a “gym!”) We have a treadmill, an elliptical, a recumbent bike, and a weight machine, along with a tiny bit of floor space so I can do some Pilates every day. Bob and I both hate working out, so we do it together in order to feel like someone else is sharing our misery! 😂

Hear me when I say this: We hate it, but we do it anyway. As I said, above, if you’re trying to grow, what you should focus on is perseverance, fortitude, and faithfulness! The key is not to stop moving! Just keep going. Make it as “fun” as possible and seek variety.

When Bob and I get sick of the “gym” and want to change it up, we opt for either a brisk walk or bike ride in our neighborhood, one of the Mighty Health workouts, or one of these two free low-impact bodyweight workout programs.

Body Project

Team Body Project is run by Daniel & Alexandra, the cutest married couple from the UK! They have lots of FREE low-impact workouts available on their website when you sign up for an account. If you want to try a few of their workouts before signing up, you can head to Body Project’s YouTube page and do a couple of their free workouts there.

AARP Fitness

Check out the FREE fitness videos by fellow empty nester Denise Austin at AARP.com/fitness. You’ll find everything from easy stretches to relieve back pain to expert tips on walking for fitness. She’s also got great tips on things like how to improve your walking technique and how to ease back pain. You can check them out HERE.

Spiritual & Mental Health

I believe the key to spiritual wellness is a personal relationship with God. Just like any other relationship in your life, you need to spend time together in order to know each other better and grow in intimacy. Here are the daily devotionals I’ve used and recommend.

If you’ve got mental health issues like depression, anxiety that won’t abate, marital problems, addiction, or other significant mental health issues, I’m pretty sure you know who you are. It’s nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about! Please seek help from a professional.

If, on the other hand, you just need to tweak your thinking on a few issues, here are some resources I recommend:

What are you focused on this year? I’d love to know if you’re rebooting in some area of your life. We’re all in it together! Please consider encouraging our little empty nester community by sharing your 2023 reboot in the comments, okay?

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  1. I follow for your inspiration, and I am recently widowed so now more than ever I am looking for that key to spiritual awareness and comfort. Thanks for your posts, always.

    1. Patsy,

      Bless you, sweet girl. Thank you for sharing your heart. I aim for a balance of everything from fashion and beauty to relationships and health, so I hope I can deliver for you! My heart is that Empty Nest Blessed would reflect our lives as women — focused on what really matters while still caring about the latest cute shoe styles or what we can do to stay strong and healthy.

      Thank you so much for sharing your heart with me. Praying for you as you adjust to this new season in life.


  2. Stand up straight and smile is such good advice for all ages! We teach it in cotillion and I remind myself of it all the time.

    Thanks for all your heart-felt advice, Suzy.

    1. Cherie,

      We all need the reminder from time to time to stand up and smile!

      I love cotillion, and all of my kids attended! In fact, my boys both worked as instructors for a time! Thanks for all you are doing to train the thoughtfulness of others and proper etiquette into the next generation, Cherie!


  3. I won a 3 month gym membership in a holiday raffle. Great!-except it began December 1. Not great timing and it has been slow going. But I’m loving the Pilates and stretching classes so I really appreciate your “slow start, strong finish” advice.

    1. Jeanell,

      To use a related example, I think fitness is more of a marathon, not a sprint! Stay with it, girl! Anything you’re doing is better than nothing!

      After being sick with bronchitis and unable to work out for the last two weeks, this morning I walked (at 4.2 mph – so slow!) on my treadmill for a big 15 minutes and did pilates for 15 more minutes. I barely broke a sweat! BUT IT WAS SOMETHING, and I was grateful to be able to move my body again!

      Stick with it! Slow and steady wins the race! Thank you for sharing!


  4. I’m so grateful for this post, Suzy. You’ve provided such good ideas. I’m seeing a therapist and actively trying to better myself and striving to live my best life as an empty nester (60 years old). I really appreciate you advocating for people to seek counseling if needed. It can be so helpful and Christians can be resistant to trying it. I actually heard someone say the other day, “as Christians, we shouldn’t need counseling”. To that person, I replied, “it can be so helpful…in fact, I’m seeing my therapist today!”

    1. Susan,

      I’ve heard people say that too, and it drives me crazy! The Lord called those experts to help us as needed, and I, for one, and grateful! If my car were making a weird noise, I wouldn’t try to fix it myself, and if a pipe were leaking, I would definitely call a plumber!

      You go, girl! I’m super proud of you. Counseling can be hard work, but it’s so worth it to build a toolbox of tools that will help you learn to thrive (not just survive) in life!

      Thank you for sharing!


  5. So much info in this post this morning! I plan on setting aside some time to come back to this later today (after my workout) to read more of this info.

    1. Juliet,

      I’m so glad you find it worthy of that!

      I just added another resource at the top of the list of resources I recommend to help us tweak our thinking in 2023! I hope you check it out.

      Thank you for your comment!


  6. Hi Suzy!

    I love how you said that no amount of exercise is going to help you lose weight if you aren’t eating right. My family is from the South, so sweet tea is practically a food group with us!😆😆 About 10 years ago I noticed that I was starting to look chuncky.😳 I stopped drinking sweet tea and lost 20 POUNDS! I didn’t change anything else, and always tried to eat healthy before.

    Now as I’m older (58), I have to be really careful about what I eat, and just eat raw whole foods. I splurge once a week when I go on a date with my husband.😃 But eating like this helped me lose close to another 10 pounds! It’s amazing how much food can affect us.

    What’s even cooler is the fact that the Lord was involved in all of this and has guided me the whole way! He would help me tweek my Menu (I don’t call it a Diet!😆) so that I found the healthy foods that were packed with nutrition and that wouldn’t make me sick! I love how intimate He is!

    Thank you so much for this inspirational post! I will think of you while I’m going through my journey this year!


    1. Debbie,

      Oh, my word, thank you for sharing this! Sugar is scary!!!! As someone who suffers from a systemic autoimmune disease (I have lupus.), I can tell you that it’s definitely an inflammatory substance, and I don’t feel my best when I indulge. I’m so proud of you and so grateful to you for sharing your story with us!

      I know it will be an encouragement to others!


  7. Hi Susan
    Its 251am where I am, searching on ‘how to parent 20 somethings’, led me to your incredible page. I have been reading for 2 hours! So much resonates and so much advice, I wish Ihad known earlier….but, its never too late to start.! I am a pilates instructer and made the
    tough choice of closing for a bitthus Jan 2023, .. in order to fill my cup and recharge my batteries from a very action packed 2022!
    I had a full nest for the holidays and wish I had found your website earlier!
    Thanks so much!

    1. Well, welcome, Preeya! I’m so glad you’re here.

      You are so right! When it comes to our adult kids, I truly think it’s never too late! If something happened over the holidays that you regret, consider humbling yourself, asking forgiveness, and telling your kids that you’re working hard to make changes! (It will mean so much to them!)

      Here at Empty Nest Blessed, I write about everything that is important in the lives of empty nesters – and that means fashion, beauty, travel, parenting, marriage, and more! Please let me know if there is something specific that you’d like me to address, and I will do my very best!

      I’m thrilled that you’re here! Hugs to you!


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