Barbara Hannah Grufferman

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Recently, I went to a lecture about women, aging and self-esteem. It was disconcerting.
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My husband and I met in the sweltering summer of 1992 and started rocking and rolling immediately. But from the moment we got married a year later, we were either 1) thinking about getting pregnant, 2) in a state of pregnancy, 3) recovering from pregnancy or 4) enjoying (and coping with) the results of pregnancy: babies, toddlers and, now, two teenagers. It wasn't exactly conducive to swinging from chandeliers.
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A not-so-quiet revolution has been picking up massive steam on the Internet ... and I'm proud to be a part of it.
5 24 2011 Oprah's Last show...
An article in the New York Times about Oprah Winfrey and the declining readership of  O, The Oprah Magazine, her 12-year old publication, stopped me in my tracks.  Here's the paragraph that leapt off the page and gave me my own "Aha!" (but not in a good way) moment:
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Do women embrace aging better than men? Are we happier with our lives and better equipped to handle the myriad changes that life often throws our way? Are we better at digging deeper to our very core to pull out our inner resources for what we truly need as we get older?
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Almost six years ago I turned 50, and had no idea what I was getting myself into.
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Here's a simple message to those who have not yet turned 50:   it's never too early to start taking control of your health and life.
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When I turned 50 a few years ago, I was very confused about almost everything. Wanting to be healthy, fit, vital, and stylish for many years to come, I sought the advice from some of the best experts around, used their programs, and put it all together in an easy-to-use book, The Best of Everything After 50.
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We all need to move our bodies every day. Period. Running, walking, spinning, biking, Zumba ... whatever your choice is, just get out and do it. You'll keep your weight down and maintain your health-check numbers where they need to be.  Plus, it just feels good. But sometimes we need that little extra reason to get us out there.
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Who said reading glasses had to be frumpy?
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