Wednesday, August 31, 2011

An interview!

 Tracey at Notes from A Cottage Industry has a great post up about being a woman over 50! She is such an amazing person and a true inspiration!  She looks fabulous over 50!!!  

She also interviewed me...I'm so honored!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Healthy Dining Finder

I just found a great website: Healthy Dining Finder.  It allows you to find healthy dining options in your area!  I was a little shocked when I put in my zip code and up popped Jack in the Box and McDonald's along with other options but once I clicked on them I realized that they tell you what the healthy options are at these places and they give you the nutritional value of each item.  This is great because sometimes I find myself eating somewhere that would not have been my first choice! Now I can at least make a healthy choice!

They need to have an iPhone app for this!  I would use that a lot!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Product I LOVE

I recently started using Suzanne Somers' skin care products and I really like them! My favorite is this Peach Exfoliating Cleanser!  It smells so good!  The first time I used it, I was amazed at how my skin felt. It felt like I had just had a facial! My skin was smooth and felt very hydrated!  This is perfect for older skin because it really want to get rid of those dead skin cells that are sitting on top of your skin and dulling your complexion!

It's always nice to find products that are natural and work!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Baked Kale Chips

 I know Kale Chips don't sound like they would taste very good but trust me on this one, they are really good! They sort of melt in your mouth as you eat them.

They are really easy to make...

Preheat the oven at 325. Rinse a big bunch of kale and dry it in a salad spinner. If you don't have a salad spinner you can dry it with paper towels.

Then you will cut the center vein out and discard it and cut the leaves into bite-size pieces. You can use a knife, kitchen shears or just tear it. I found tearing to be the fastest!

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the kale in a single layer. You may have to do a couple batches if it doesn't all fit on the baking sheet.

Drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil over the kale and sprinkle with a little kosher salt or sea salt.

 Bake at 325 degrees for about 10 minutes...check it often after 10 want it to be dry and just starting to brown on the tips but not burnt.  I think mine took about 13 minutes but it all depends on your oven.

They tastes best right out of the oven. I made the mistake of putting leftovers in a Tupperware dish and they went limp which made them really too hard to chew and they didn't taste as good. Next time I'm going to try storing them in a brown bag and see if that works better!

Give them a try! Kale is super healthy. It is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin and reasonably rich in calcium.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hiking - A workout with a view!

Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail (you can see the sea covered with fog on the horizon)
Last January, when I decided this was going to be the year that I really got serious about working out, I joined a hiking group.  I went to and found a hiking group in my area.  There are tons of hiking groups around here. It's the thing to do in California! I went to my first hike shortly after the new year and met another couple that runs their own hiking group and I've now been hiking with them almost every Saturday morning. 

I chose to move over to their group because they do long hikes...usually 8-13 miles at a faster pace than the other group!  It was really hard for me at first but after a couple months I could keep up with the more experienced hikers and it felt really good!  I went every Saturday morning and never missed one until about June! 

Due to scheduling conflicts, I haven't been hiking for the past 3 weeks but I was finally able to go last Saturday. Wow.....It was almost like starting all over again!  I did well until about the 8th mile...we still had 2 more miles to go at that point and it was mostly all up hill!  The thing with don't have a choice, you have to keep going...we were out in the middle of nowhere!  I just wanted someone to carry me out of there at that point! haha! I made it though but am I ever sore!  I learned my lesson...I  need to keep up on my hiking! It is a great workout!

I've found that it's better to work out with a group or at least another person because if you are like me, you just don't push yourself on your own!

Friday, August 12, 2011

A Great Source for Healthy Recipes!

Have you been to  I get an email every day from them with fabulous recipes, many of which are from Cooking Light this Summer Corn and White Bean Soup recipe! 

I love that they have reviews so you can really see if it something worth making or not! They also have the Nutritional information for each recipe so you can see exactly how many calories, fiber and fat (my 3 top things I look for ) it has per serving.

I think I may have to try this soup recipe. It looks really good!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Workout Music

When I work out at the gym I like to take my iPhone so I can put in my ear buds and rock out to the music. Running on the treadmill is so much easier when you have upbeat  music to listen to!  Here is some of the tunes I have on my play list:

Wham: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
George Michael - I want your sex
The Whispers - Rock Steady (which also happens to be one of my favorite songs to dance to)
Nickleback - Rockstar
Nickleback - This Afternoon
Nelly - Just a Dream
Madona - Material Girl
Lady Gaga - Telephone
Lady Gaga - Just Dance
Lady Gaga - BoysBoysBoys
Katy Perry - California Girls
Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl
Enrique Iglesias - I Like It
Don Henley - All She Wants to Do is Dance
Daughtry - Life After You
Black Eyed Peas - Let's Get it Started
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl (another favorite song to dance to)

Now I want to know what is on your workout play list because I need to add some new songs to mine!!  Please leave your favorites in the comments section below! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Anti Aging Hair Products

There is a great article on the Good Housekeeping website about anti-aging hair products! They tested 73 products on 579 volunteers to come up with their list.

Some of the products are rather pricey....Pureology Nanoworks Shampoo & Conditioner ($53 each, salons).  I hate to pay more than $10 for shampoo or conditioner but I guess if it made an amazing difference I may splurge and then use it very frugally.
One of the biggest surprises was the permanent hair color category...Revlon ColorSilk With UV Defense ($3.69). I've never tried this product but I'm going to try it soon now!  I pay twice that much for my haircolor and it dries my hair out! I usually stay away from the lesser expensive hair colors because I believed they wouldn't be as good. I guess I was wrong!  I can't wait to give this a try.

You can check out all the anti-aging hair products that Good Housekeeping tested on their website: Good Housekeeping Best Anti-Aging Hair Products


Thanks to Tracie Truran-Rouette for bringing this study to my attention!  If any of you see any beauty or fitness information that you would like me to share please email me at

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


On September 24, 2010 I turned 50 years old!  It was a great day! I embraced turning 50 and it has been an amazing year for me!

Just a year earlier it was a different story...turning 49 was very hard! I knew it was my last year in my 40s and it felt very depressing. I was overweight, tired, and didn't have very much self confidence. My forties were gone and there was no way to get them back! I felt so old and depressed!

It sometimes take getting to that low point to bring about change. I knew I had made bad choices by eating too many fattening foods and not getting enough exercise. I decided that I was the only person that could change me!

...and change I did! I started hiking, and working out at the gym. I joined Weight Watchers. Over the year I lost about 50 lbs. I'm a work in progress...I still need to lose some more weight and tone up but I'm enjoying the journey I'm on. With every pound I lose and every workout I do, I'm feeling better and better!

I posted photos of the new me on my other blog "My Romantic Home" and on Facebook and I received so many emails from other woman telling me that I had inspired them to lose weight which is why I decided to start this blog.

I am not a diet, fitness or beauty no means, but I am a woman in my 50s that is a little obsessed with all of that now. It's amazing how much can change in a year!

I hope that you join me on my journey through this blog! I plan to share healthy recipes, and beauty & exercise tips...I'm sure there will much more too! We can all inspire each other!

Here are some "Before" and "After" photos.  The "After" should be titled "Under Construction" because I still haven't reached my goal yet but I know I'm on my way!