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2 Numbers That Matter Most After 50
Posted By Barbara Hannah Grufferman On August 12, 2013 @ 10:05 am In Be Your Best | Comments Disabled
Age, for example, is a measurement of life of which I make note of and celebrate (with joy!) each year. However, it does not define me, as it once did. It didn’t stop me from taking up running , and I gave no thought to my age when I decided to embark on a new career as a writer and advocate for positive aging. Age, as the saying goes, is just a number.
Another is weight. As I approached 50 I had gained more than what was considered reasonable for a woman who had been at “normal weight” for most of her life. After going through menopause and not making the necessary changes to what I ate or how I moved my body, not surprisingly, I gained 15 pounds. After taking control  and losing all of it (which took six months), I threw out my scale. I have no idea exactly how much I weigh, but I do keep an eye on how my favorite jeans fit.
What’s important is that we feel good, fit and healthy. It’s less about how we look and more about how we feel. And it has everything to do with being comfortable with who we are now.
There are, however, two numbers tied to good health and well-being that I do pay attention to:
What’s on your measurement stick? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. The more we share, the more we learn.
And remember this: We can’t control getting older, but we can control how we do it.
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 running: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y701tu-JkF8
 After taking control: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/info-07-2013/fitness-options-after-50.html
 walking: http://www.aarp.org/health/fitness/info-09-2010/martina_easiest_exercise_walking.html
 pedometer: http://bestofeverythingafter50.com/fitness/best-of-everything-after-50-back-to-basics-the-pedometer/
 gentle running to your routine: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/05/21/tips-for-running-after-50-best-exercise-for-50-adults-jogging/
 THE BEST OF EVERYTHING WITH BARBARA HANNAH GRUFFERMAN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWSXe7HWRgI
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 Striving Onward: http://strivingonward.com/2013/05/24/enough-is-enough-throwing-away-the-scale/
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