Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A FIT HATTER IS A HEALTHY HAPPY HATTER



Greetings RHS Blogsters,

Queen/Ambassador Sunny Mathews, here. I am Queen of a local lunch-bunch chapter, The Glitterati, in Jacksonville, FL USA, and I do enjoy getting together with my Chapterettes each month. However, for many years, I felt I was missing something. I needed to connect with Hatters who share my values when it comes to fitness. When I asked Hatquarters if I could be Queen of two chapters, there was a resounding YES! Starting a spin-off Chapter and using social media as my meeting ground was the ticket. Thus, Fit ‘n Fabulous was born. Members of Fit ‘n Fabulous meet and greet in a private Facebook group. As administrator of the group site, I make sure all members are RHS Supporting Members.

Chartering Fit ‘n Fabulous was my way of moving fitness up the ranks in the mission statement of the RHS. Fun, friendship, fulfillment and freedom all fall into place when fitness comes first. Fit ‘n Fabulous was one of the first virtual, spin-off Chapters of the RHS. Who knew that connecting via Facebook would bond a group of Members interested in fitness. In 2012, there were 33 members from 18 states, Germany and Canada. Today, we are a group of over 400 members from almost every state and have added Japan and Australia to our international list. Members are finding the Facebook link to request to join the group in the Friday Broadcast and on the QMB forum, Fitness, Wellness Tips.

Fit ‘n Fabulous Pink and Red hatters make health and exercise a priority in their lives. The focus isn’t just on losing weight, though the pounds melting away is certainly a bonus. The focus is on being active and participating in life-supporting activities. The goal is to maintain functionality – being able to lift, push, pull, bend, sit, stand, reach, and balance with confidence and strength. I often say: “A fit Hatter is a healthy happy Hatter.”

Each morning, I post an Exercise of the Day, courtesy of SparkPeople.com, to give Members ideas for exercises and stretches they can do at home or at a gym. The Members also post fun and interesting ideas from other sources. Every so often, we engage in Fitness Challenges. Once we did a 30-day Fiber-challenge. We learned how to incorporate more fiber in our diet. We also did a very challenging Plank-challenge where we increased our plank holds in a variety of positions. One of our Canadian members led us through a couple of fun Beach-Body challenges. The Members give each other lots of encouragement and kudos for all their accomplishments … no matter how big or small. The Fit ‘n Fabulous girls participate in a wide range of activities: dancing (clogging and Zumba), water aerobics, tai chi, yoga, bicycling, running. Some workout in a gym and others take classes; some use exercise DVDs at home. Many share pictures from their walks. It’s as if we are walking together in such beautiful settings from around the world. The bottom line is everyone of us is Staying Active Every Day!


Check us out at www.facebook.com/groups/RHSfit.fabulous. If you have the desire, dedication and determination to put more activity in your daily life, then request to join Fit ‘n Fabulous. You will be glad that you did!

Not a member of the Red Hat Society? There's only one, join the fun!


You are invited to join your Red (and Pink) Hat Sisters for an experience of a lifetime, where joy, laughter and the electricity of fun and friendship reign supreme in the city that never sleeps!  Let this serve as your official invitation to the Red Hat Society's 2017 Hats in the City 
International Convention in New York, New York.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

There was a time in Recent history where dessert was not given its proper due and the world politely waited for their dessert - understanding that it was supposed to be done AFTER the meal!  It was a dull and dreary time in history until the women of The Red Hat Society came along!  There trail blazers lived for the joy in all aspects of life!  They knew the symbolism behind eating their dessert first.  Although the dessert was tasty, EATING DESSERT FIRST MEANT THAT THEY WERE LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST AND NOT WAITING TO ENJOY THE FUN IT HAD TO OFFER!



The merry band of Sisters vowed that they would never stop spreading the joy of Fun, Friendship, Freedom, Fulfillment and Fitness with women everywhere.  And thus, as a salute to their belief in the enjoyment of life they would rise and shout "Remember the a la mode!" and proudly partake of their favorite dessert.

At the International convention being held in San Antonio, Texas, we'll pay tribute to these Sisters and proudly eat our dessert first at each gathering.

Not a member of the Red Hat Society? There's only one, join the fun!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Queen Mary's Royal Transformation - Member Stories



In the Sisterhood we like to think there is a bit of magic in every hat that we place on our heads.  It's our ticket to enter a world of fun and friendship and play to our heart's content.  For some women, the simple act of wearing a hat transforms them from an everyday person, to something more than they ever imagined.

Queen Mother Mary of the Royal Razzle Dazzlers Chapter (Illinois, United States) has been Hatting for 10 years, and she is passionate about the Sisterhood.  "I don't know what I'd do without it," Queen Mary said.  "It has been the highlight of my 80 years of living!"

Mary discovered the Society through her daughter, Linda, who had joined a local Chapter in another state and told her that she thought it was something she should look into.  Mary then came across an article in the newspaper about a chapter in her hometown, and when she saw the vibrant red and purple regalia worn by the Members, she knew it was going to be a perfect fit for her.  "I love the color purple," Mary said.  From clothes to bed sheets and curtains, to a car, if Mary could own it in purple, she did!  "Some people even call me the Purple Lady," Mary added.  All she really needed was the hat to complete her regalia.

Not a member of the Red Hat Society? There's only one, join the fun!

You are invited to join your Red (and Pink) Hat Sisters for an experience of a lifetime, where joy, laughter and the electricity of fun and friendship reign supreme in the city that never sleeps!  Let this serve as your official invitation to the Red Hat Society's 2017 Hats in the City 
International Convention in New York, New York.