When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 34 – almost 24 years ago – a diagnosis in someone that young was certainly an anomaly. And although physicians were informed about my treatment options, that’s where the knowledge began – and ended. No one paid heed to my lifestyle. I was young, after all, had two little ones, needed the energy to run after them, was not resigned to sitting on the … [Read more...] about One Easy Thing You Can Do to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk
Okay, I need to get this off my chest at the risk of sounding old. And a little cranky. But hear me out. I think it's just a bit strange...no, not strange...maybe a better word is sad...that the younger generation (Oh, I hate sounding like this! But what else can I call them??) can't make a simple phone call when they want to ask someone out. I was recently having a conversation with a … [Read more...] about I Don’t Get This Whole Texting Thing
Well, someone must have been listening. Just when my feet gave up the idea of being comfortable in just about anything BUT sneakers, a lovely email arrived in my inbox, offering to send me a pair of shoes from Dr. Scholl's new line of comfort footwear. It was tough to pick from the choices of adorable athletic shoes, boots and loafers, and after going back and forth, insisting to myself I needed … [Read more...] about Giveaway Alert: Win a Pair of Women’s Shoes from Dr. Scholl’s Shoes! And they’re super-comfy, too.
I have friends of all ages, ranging in age from 20-somethings to 80-somethings. I enjoy them all; time together is always time well spent. When I'm with the younger ones, I feel like the wise old(er) woman, experienced enough to impart some of my hard-won wisdom upon them. (I never volunteer unless asked. I hate the thought of coming off as pushy or as a know-it-all. That makes me shudder. But … [Read more...] about Valuable Lessons Learned from Aging
My first reaction when I heard the recent story of the bullying of a 16-year-old high school girl from a small town in Michigan was thank-goodness-I'm-too-old-for-this-kind-of-thing. But then, on second thought, I realized that bullying, though many times associated with middle and high school years, can go on way into adulthood, with actions like sexual harassment, manipulation, shaming, verbal … [Read more...] about Bullies, Be Warned! (There is Kindness in This World).
After visiting Miami's Pritikin Longevity Center a while back, I'm happy to say many of the lessons I learned still resonate with me. Instead of using salad dressing, I drizzle my salad with the best balsamic glaze I can afford. I've cut my protein portions from eight ounces to about four, and find that it's just enough, since most of my plate is loaded up with salad and veggies. While some … [Read more...] about It’s Never Too Late to Make Healthy Choices
Ever wonder why experts urge us to lift weights? Strength training gets so much more important as we age because we lose muscle. The loss begins as early as in our late 30s or early 40s; after age 40 the average woman starts losing about ½ pound of muscle per year - even more if she does not actively use her muscles. So what's the big deal? A lot. If you don't replace the muscle you lose, you'll … [Read more...] about How Exercise Can Help Preserve Your Muscles (and Much More)
I once knew a woman who told me she took away her son’s cell phone to punish him – and then ended up having to buy a new one because she couldn’t remember where she hid it. I thought it odd at the time; after all, how could you possibly misplace something as valuable and important as a phone? Until I did it myself. I lost my cell phone and didn’t find it until…well, it’s kind of embarrassing, … [Read more...] about The Freezer That Rang (and other tales of memory loss)
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always heard that exercise revs up our metabolism, keeping it like a fat-burning furnace for up to 24 hours after a workout. But like all science, opinions sway back and forth, and then back again until you lose track of what the “latest” really is. Well, I’m sticking to my original version of the story. All I know is that after a workout, my body feels revved up … [Read more...] about Exercise and Metbolism: What’s the Deal?
When did it become such a chore? I love shoes. My closet can attest to that. And I'm not alone: ShopSmart magazine conducted a poll of 1,009 women in the U.S. age 18 and older and found that they own an average of 17 pairs of shoes. As reported by PR Newswire: Over half of women (51%) own more than 10 pairs and 13 percent have over 30 pairs (not including athletic shoes). "Shoes never make … [Read more...] about Shopping For Shoes Used to be Fun.