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Bicycle Buyer’s Guide: What To Know When Buying a New Bike

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As I pointed out in my recent post about my ongoing garage makeover, we own several bicycles. Four, to be exact.

Even so, when it comes to training for and competing in my upcoming first triathlon, none of the four are up to the challenge. (Truthfully, there are days when I’m not sure I’m up the challenge either. Time will tell!)  Two of the four are youth bikes, one is way to big for me, and the fourth is my bike, a twenty-two year old women’s cruiser.

There’s really nothing wrong with it that a good tune up wouldn’t fix. But with only seven pretty clunky gears and a weight of fifty pounds plus, my cruiser wasn’t making the grade. I mean that almost literally.  Asking the old girl to climb hills was like asking my spaniel to do algebra – just way beyond her pay grade. I definitely needed a new bike. continue reading

How to Walk Off Weight After 50

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You’re female? And over fifty?

Then you don’t need me to tell you that losing weight and keeping it off is tougher now than it was when you were twenty, thirty, or forty.  In fact, every decade after age twenty, your body burns 150 fewer calories than it did the decade before.

I know. Oh bunny, believe me. I know.

But before you get so depressed you fling yourself headfirst into a box of Krispy Kremes, look at it this way. There are so many reasons that it’s great to be a woman over fifty; it’s only fair that there be a few downsides, right? continue reading

A Beginner’s Guide: The Best Way to Run a Mile After Age 50

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There was something inside me that just clicked when I hit my fifties. All of a sudden, I had an urge to try new things, to prove to myself that I could do something I’d never done before, to take risks. No, I wasn’t tempted to buy a flashy red sports car or go on an Eat-Pray-Love adventure, and no, I’m not going to call it a mid-crisis, because that’s simply not what it’s been for me. Turning fifty inspired me to do more and be more. It’s not a crisis, it’s a turning point, it’s a halftime pep talk, it’s a good thing. 

Just what I needed, in fact.  continue reading

One-Minute, Healthy Smoothie Recipes to Start Your Day

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Don’t get me wrong. Would I rather be having a buttery croissant or a bagel for breakfast? Probably. But when I’m on the road as much as I am with book tours or am on deadline for an upcoming book, I need a reset, a detox, and a chance to start each day with a healthy foundation. And that comes in the form of a smoothie.  continue reading

How to Improve Memory and Boost your Brain After Fifty, According to Science

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Our brains have been with us for the long-haul. Think of all they have been through! They’ve put up with a lot. They’ve worked really hard. And more importantly, they need to keep working for obvious reasons!

As women over fifty, we all find ourselves losing our glasses. Or our cars. Or our credit card (don’t tell my husband!).

I’ve got good news for you. There are things we can do to sharpen our minds. And no, it doesn’t involve magic.

Here’s how to improve memory and boost your brain, according to yours truly and science. continue reading

What To Eat for Brain Fog, Gut Health, and Mental Sharpness over Fifty

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I had a light bulb moment last week. Not a bright, electric flash of brilliance but more of a foggy, faint glow.

While I was rummaging around my purse looking for my reading glasses for the tenth time that day, I started thinking to myself. I normally blame my missing glasses or car keys or forgotten passwords on my husband, but I have been on book tour. That means he isn’t around to blame.

I gasped.

Maybe it’s me after all. Maybe it’s my brain. Or my age. continue reading

Health Over Fifty: 6 Tips on Eating Healthy for Women in their Fifties and Beyond 

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When my eldest son got married, not only did I add an exceptional daughter-in-love to my tribe, I also welcomed some wonderful in-laws that I am happy to call my friends! My daughter-in-law’s mother, Suzanne, is a woman who enthusiastically embraces this wonderful age we are in; she is a Master Gardener, a snappy dresser, and a registered dietitian!

In other words, she is fierce. Trust me, you’d like her.

I decided to pick her brain on what we can do as women in our fifties, sixties, seventies and beyond, to stay healthy when it comes to our diets.

After all, it’s no secret that our bodies are changing and the nutrients we need on a daily basis continue to shift with age.

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The Pants Fit! Now What? How to Keep Weight Off After Losing It.

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Guess what, guys! I reached my goal weight!  Yay, me!

As you can imagine, I was VERY excited when I stepped on that scale last week.

It was such a great feeling to reach my goal, after several months of training for my first marathon and being diligent about my diet on the Weight Watchers Freestyle plan!

But it wasn’t long before my ebullience was replace by anxiety. continue reading

WW Freestyle Review: A Dumb Question, A Smart Doctor, and Weight Loss After Fifty

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A few months back, my doctor asked me the world’s dumbest question.

“Have you ever thought about losing weight?”

After smacking myself on the forehead to signal the sheer genius of her revelation, I exclaimed, “Why, no! Until this moment, the thought had never crossed my mind. Thank you, Doctor! Thank you so much!  This changes EVERYTHING!”

Okay, okay.  I didn’t say that. But I wanted to.

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