Movies That Will Move You During the Lovingest Time of the Year

Christmas Confession: I’ve never seen a Hallmark movie I didn’t like, especially at holiday time. These are good stories about good people. Uplifting. Pure and Simple. Celebrating its 10th anniversary of holiday enchantment, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries are airing inspiring new selections as part of their Countdown to Christmas and Miracles of Christmas lineups.  

You can find them all on Frndly TV, the first live and on-demand streaming service for the American Family, offering 12 top-rated channels. It costs only $5.99 a month for the Basic Plan, which is super affordable for anyone who has cut the (cable) cord and is missing out on some of the programming you’ve long enjoyed.  

I can’t think of a single reason not to try family-Frndly TV, especially now that you can enjoy its wonderful shows for FREE for 7 days. And just in time for the holidays!  

I’ve put these nine movies on my must-watch list, but even if I miss a few I can always record them to watch in the new year.  Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow. 

 

Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays 
Saturday, November 23 
Hallmark Channel 

Got to admit I have a “cougar crush” on Andrian Grenier, even if he steals the heart of effervescent and charming Kaitlin Doubleday in their roles as wealthy widower and devoted nanny. Can’t wait to see if he gets her to return home to Memphis forever in another endearing Christmas movie filmed at the real Graceland.  

Our Christmas Love Song 
Sunday, November 24 
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

It never gets tired: Girl leaves hometown to pursue a music career and has great success. Returning home during a crisis, she finds what’s important in life right where she left it. Alicia Witt is country star Melody Jones and Brendan Hines is the boy she left behind. You absolutely can go home again.

Pampering Gifts for the Wonderful People in Your Life

Holli in her super soft, super cute nightshirt, which is included in one of her pampering packages.

Among my greatest pleasures  since launching FabOverFifty 10 years ago is meeting women who have “picked themselves up, dusted themselves off and started all over again”* after dreadful experiences.  

Meet Holli Rovenger, former nutritionist and marketing professional in the healthcare industry,  whose attorney husband lost all their money after 26 years of marriage. Not wanting to “just crumble” Holli has spent the last decade writing a financial self-help book, creating custom travel retreats for boomer women, and launching Edorai, a line of natural pampering products. Named after Holli’s mom Elaine, grandmother Dora, and daughter Dani-”who have empowered me to become my best”-Edorai is also a play on the words I Adore I.

As a professional nutritionist, Holli has always advocated healthy eating. What we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in them, she believes. With that in mind, Holli was determined to not only create safe and natural products, but to develop chemical-free products that work.  “It’s confusing to know which skin care products are effective. They’re either natural and don’t work or they work and they’re not natural,” Holli says.   

Tirelessly working with chemists and pharmacists over many months, Holli formulated Edorai Soft, Silky, Sensual Foot Cream to nourish, rejuvenate and revitalize dry, achy and calloused feet. “Whenever I  have professional pedicures, I’m asked what I’m doing to my feet because my once calloused soles have become soft and smooth,” Holli told me. 

A beautiful blend of restorative and nourishing essential oils, including apricot, grapeseed, jojoba, peppermint and eucalyptus, Edorai foot cream glides on like silk, hydrates and stimulates your muscles. Another key ingredient is arnica, a perennial herb from the mountains of Europe and Siberia that’s been shown in some studies to heal  bruising and reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis. 

Holly sent me her foot cream to try. The formula absorbs beautifully without leaving my feet feeling greasy. It smells delightful, and a little bit of cream is all I need to cover my entire foot. BTW, I have big feet. I like to apply it after I shower. 

Edorai “O, So Nice!” Soothing Cream, Holli’s hallmark product, is made with full-spectrum CBD, a compound extracted from the hemp plant.  Hemp is the non-intoxicating cousin of the medicinal marijuana plant, and its CBD can help reduce inflammation to relieve everything from sore back and neck muscles to aching hands and painful feet. Like the Edorai foot formula, this cream includes arnica, a perennial herb  that’s been shown in some studies to heal bruising and ease the symptoms of osteoarthritis. “Women rave about its light passion fruit aroma. No other CBD product has this combination of ingredients or smells so good,” Holli said. 

“A woman who came to the Edorai table at an event told me her arthritis was so bad that she couldn’t open a jar, but she was afraid to use CBD. She returned shortly after because she had decided to buy the Soothing Cream,” Holli recounted. And, the product changed her life. “She actually went bowling with her grandchildren. She’s thrilled, and has become my best ‘spokeswoman,’ Holli said.

“O, So Nice!” can be applied anywhere on the body and is sensationally soothing, even if you simply have sore muscles after exercising.  “It’s amazing. People tell me I should double my price, but I don’t want to,” Holli added. “I just want every woman to try it, feel good, and love the skin she’s in.” I know Holli means what she says. Taking care of yourself should be every woman’s priority. 

Edorai products would make quintessential pampering gifts that will be appreciated, not shoved in the closet for regifting. Check out Holli’s three exclusive pampering packages for FabOverFifty. You can purchase a set of her exceptional creams alone, or select a package featuring other (well-priced) indulgences. 

And, in the spirit of the holiday season, always-generous Holli is offering extra special pricing for women in the FabOverFifty community. Get the details now and start compiling your list of deserving friends and relatives.

*adapted from the Dorothy Field & Jerome Kern lyrics for Pick Yourself Up

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One of my friend Alice’s treasured Thanksgiving traditions is gathering around the TV with her daughter and daughter in law to watch a heart-warming movie after savoring her bountiful holiday dinner. The men are usually off in another room, eyes glued to a football game no doubt, and Alice’s grandchildren are occupied with new toys or games. But ever since she and her husband finally cut off their preposterously expensive cable service a few months ago, Alice has been searching for the perfect family oriented entertainment she can stream. She’s not getting what she wants on the channels she’s now streaming, and Thanksgiving is almost here! 

“Even when I’m alone, I adore curling up with a blanket and a mug of hot chocolate (or a glass of wine!) to see an uplifting love story or intriguing drama,” Alice told me.  Once in a while, she even convinces her hubby Jeff to cuddle with her to watch a chick flick! “I think I have the perfect streaming service for you,” I told Alice. I’ve been using something called Frndly TV for the past few weeks and have already seen a bunch of movies I know you’d love.” 

Programming for Your Big ‘Kids’ To Your Itsy Bitsy Grandchildren

When the folks at Frndly TV asked if I’d review their new service for my FabOverFifty friends, I was game. It’s always great to learn about new platforms, especially now that people all over the country are saying goodbye to cable and turning to streaming services for their viewing needs.  But after hearing about the low (really low) Frndly TV monthly fee, I wondered how it could possibly offer worthwhile shows for pals like Alice, whether they’re watching solo after a hectic day, or with their families at holiday time. 

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       Everyone’s favorite Golden Girls

I was completely sold after spending a week with Frndly TV. And I knew it had the perfect name. What could be more welcoming to the whole family than The Golden Girls, which I can watch for hours on end?  Wisecracking Sophia makes me laugh out loud at least twice during each episode, even if I’ve heard her dialogue many times before. My now-grown son has also loved the show since he was a little boy. Thinks it’s one of the best ever!

Alice and her daughters can chose their post-turkey entertainment from a rich selection of inspiring, entertaining and soul-stirring original movies. I highly recommend It Had To Be You with Corbin Bernsen (I had a crush on him when he was on LA Law!), who plays a high-powered ad exec competing with his renegade daughter who has launched her own agency.  Even little kids are welcomed into the Frndly TV family.  When Alice babysits for her two-year-old grandson on a rainy fall day, she can turn on the BabyFirst channel to help introduce him to colors, numbers, letters and animals.  

>>Start watching Frndly TV today!

Over 1,000 Titles Across 12 Top-Rated Channels

The first live and on-demand streaming service for the American Family, Frndly TV offers over 1,000 titles across 12 top-rated channels, including Hallmark Channel, Game Show Network, The Weather Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Outdoor and Sportsman Channels, PIxL, and QVC. It’s also designed using the familiar linear grid guide so it’s a breeze to browse shows. You can record your favorite shows and movies; go back 72 hours to view any programming that aired during the three days, and start a program from the beginning if you tuned in late. You can stream at home on Roku, Amazon, Chromecast, and soon Apple TV, or on-the-go with iOS and Android. I love crawling into bed and meeting up with Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia before I fall asleep. All pretty cool and worry free, right? 

There’s more cool: a $5.99 monthly fee for the core service. This super-affordable price makes Frndly TV the ideal add-on for people like Alice and Jeff, who have cut the cord and are missing out on some of the programming they’ve long enjoyed.  Subscribers also can customize their packages to include features like unlimited Cloud DVR that stores all recordings for 90 days, and streaming on four devices at the same time! 

I can’t think of a single reason not to try family-Frndly TV, especially now that you can enjoy its wonderful shows for FREE for 7 days. And just in time for the holidays! My friend Alice is excited.

Meditation Keeps Ted Danson In A Good Place

I meditated with 72-year-old Ted Danson a few weeks ago, thanks to an invitation from Cigna, which might seem like an unusual call from a health insurance company. “We see ourselves as a partner in our customers’ healthcare journeys, focusing on their mental and emotional well being, as well as on their physical health issues,” explained a Cigna spokeswoman. By reducing stress and promoting emotional health, meditation can benefit the body. 

Getting ready to meditate with Ted Danson. Photo: Slaven Vlasic / Stringer / Getty Images

Ted is an old hand at matters of the mind. Besides turning to Mary Steenburgen, his actress wife, Ted counts on his psychiatrist to help him let go of potentially disabling anger or fear, he revealed during the Cigna event. Meditation is another tool he uses to dispel confusing, conflicting and uncomfortable thoughts, and “to be more present in my body and less in my mind,” he said.  “If I don’t meditate, I need a big cry. Something to cleanse myself, to let everything go, which allows me to be real with my wife, with my granddaughters. To be loving. To be present.” 

Ted attended the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, and he’d start off every morning with yoga exercises, vocal exercises and meditation, he told us. “It felt very familiar when Mary introduced me to transcendental meditation around 1996. Having a mantra gets you out of your circular thinking, and it was something Mary and I could do together, so I enjoyed it,” Ted explained. Although he doesn’t find meditation as joyful and interesting today, and he doesn’t have the discipline to do it daily, Ted still relies on it often, “almost as a lifesaver.” 

MERRY WITH MARY 

After two divorces, Ted married Mary in 1995. “My marriage works because Mary doesn’t judge or indulge me when I’m in an angry, sad or anxious space. She helps me rise to my best self. The Big Ted. You want people who love you unconditionally. I trust that I can open up and share my stuff with her and she will share hers with me. Even when we fight, we can look at ourselves and what we bring to the problem. There’s something really magical about that,” Ted revealed. 

Ted’s arthritis or hip acts up whenever he starts or ends a job, he said, and Mary gets him to recognize that it’s his fear. “It’s all this stuff in my head, and as soon as she starts laughing at me, I can start laughing at myself and it takes me out of my fear.  When my back is really bad, Mary will point out that maybe I’m really angry at something. I don’t like being honest with my emotions, so I bury them. My body says, ‘you’re mad, so I’ll give you something to be mad about.’”

Ted Danson and Dr. Stuart Lustig from Cigna. Photo: Slaven Vlasic / Stringer / Getty Images

People in love are willing to sit with their partner and actually listen and hear them, Ted believes. “Get out of yourself and be more aware of them than of you. Listening is an amazing gift,” he counseled. And, when we’re in love “everything else works, including illness,” he added. “Mary insists we stay in love.” 

Has his approach to handling stress changed over the years, as big changes rocked the entertainment industry, Ted was asked. “I don’t know if the industry has changed, but my age has certainly changed. When I need to come down to earth, I think, ‘And then you die.’ Somehow that lightens me up,” Ted said philosophically. “Your body and gravity necessitate you having a sense of humor and taking yourself a little less seriously.”

Don’t let stress turn a small problem into a bigger problem, advised Ted and Dr. Stuart Lustig, Senior Medical Director, Behavioral Health at Cigna. Don’t feel like a victim or be a victim. See a doctor and take care of your body and your mind. It will empower you. “Doctors really can help. They really do care about you’re doing, physically and mentally, about your body and your mind,” Dr. Lustig emphasized. Start by taking the Cigna stress test. 

Yes, You Can Meet A New Man At Almost 80, But She’s Not Telling You How!

I know. I know. Every single woman is entitled to her own feelings, but I’m flabbergasted when a woman doesn’t want to share something lovely that’s happened in her life and that can inspire other women.  

First, meet the woman in question. I’ll call her Sharon. She’s in her late 70s, well educated, retired, and a grandmother. Her husband, who had been sick for years, died a number of years ago. She’s lived alone since then and is close to her grown children and grandchildren. She cares deeply about social issues.  Enjoys theatre, classical music, ballet. Not terribly interested in fashion or beauty. 

Sharon and I have known each other for decades, but have never been close.  We hadn’t communicated in about five years, but I got a message from her recently which included the news that she was “seeing a wonderful man.” She told me where he worked and said he was soon retiring.  Her Facebook page showed photos from a number of trips she’s taken with him during the last few months. She’s not an especially joyous or expressive woman, but she looked happy in the photos.

I texted Sharon about three weeks ago and asked how she was doing.  “Fine. Traveling in Asia with Ron (not his real name either). Life is good. You?” she responded.

I was thinking earlier this week that other older, widowed or divorced women would love to learn how Sharon  met Ron and how they’ve established a successful relationship. Although many older women are happy as larks living alone, many want the companionship of a man, but have a hard time meeting one.

So, I texted this to Sharon: “Hi Sharon, I’d love to interview you for an article on my website about establishing a new relationship in your 70s. I’d show you the article before I published it to make sure you were happy with it. I think it would be inspirational to divorced and widowed women who would like to meet someone. LMK if you’d be up for it.”

I forgot I had emailed Sharon until I saw this message from her yesterday: “Hi. I’m sorry but I have to say ‘no’ to this. I consider these things personal and private. And, I don’t think there’s much to be learned. What has happened for me is very unusual, and unlikely, at my age. Most of the women I know, widowed or divorced, would confirm that. I feel incredibly lucky. But he and I agree, it’s remarkable but it’s a fluke.”

HUH, I thought.  Exactly what does Sharon  consider “personal and private?” How she met this man?  What they have in common? What drew them to one another in their 70s? And yes, it may be “unusual” and “unlikely” to develop a meaningful relationship in your 70s, but that’s precisely why I wanted to write an article about a couple that has. I didn’t even have to use their names.  Who cares what their names are anyway? And even if Sharon and Ron’s partners had cheated on them, and they now found comfort in one another, why not share that fact? Or maybe they hadn’t had sex for years and they’ve reawakened each other’s sexuality. Wow. How great is that! Why not shout it from the rooftops. You don’t have to reveal what position you use. You don’t even have to say anything more than “we were instantly attracted to each other, a feeling neither of us thought we’d ever have again.” Or maybe they share a deep, dark secret about their lives that brought them together. They don’t have to divulge it. Sharon could simply say “we had common ground on some important issues.” For goodness sakes, you’re close to 80, not 18! 

I found Sharon’s response obnoxious and off-putting, if not a tad affected and foolish. I’ve interviewed a woman whose husband lived a double life, a woman whose daughter died from an opioid overdose, and a woman whose husband hid that he lost all their money, until he picked up and left her and their daughter, on Christmas Eve no less. Now, those things are “personal” and “private,” yet the women were anxious to share their experiences so they could help even one other woman to see the light. 

I wish Sharon and Ron years of health and happiness together, in their “remarkable but flukey” relationship. Flukes happen. 

Row, Row, Row Your Back

Nick Rizzo was determined to motivate his parents to “ditch their sedentary habits and get more active” when they entered their 60s. As director of Training & Fitness at RunRepeat.com, a popular athletic shoe review site, Nick wanted his folks to appreciate the innumerable health benefits of strength training as they aged. 

“Inactivity is extremely dangerous for the 80 percent of adults who shun the physical exercise they need to keep them in good shape,” Nick said. It increases risk for serious health conditions including high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, heart disease, stroke, obesity,  diabetes, metabolic issues, depression and death from any cause, he explained. Light walking isn’t good enough.

To confirm the importance of doing more strenuous exercise like strength training as we age, Nick spent hours researching and reading over 200 scientifically backed, peer-reviewed studies. Hopefully, his list of 78 benefits will convince you to stop being a dumbbell, and pick up a dumbbell instead.  

In the meantime, here are five key takeaways from Nick’s research:

Weightlifting is the most effective treatment to prevent, slow down, or partially reverse age-related muscle loss/sarcopenia.

 

Volunteers from 61 to 80 years old added 2.4 lbs of muscle from strength training and looked an average of five years younger.

 

 

Lifting weights helps aging populations reduce risk factors for falls, improve functional independence, functional capacity, and quality of life. 

 

Weight training has been shown repeatedly in studies to reduce a wide variety of general aches and pains associated with aging, as well as many disorder-specific pains.

 

 

Exercising only 20 minutes a day reduces the risk of early death by as much as 30 percent, and strength training twice a week reduces the risk of all-cause mortality by 46 percent. 

 

“Strength training exercises work your muscles by applying a resistance against which the muscles need to exert a force. 

We want the exercises to be functional movements so that the strength translates into our everyday lives and compound movements that help target the largest and most amount of muscle groups in a single movement,” Nick advised. 

A typical beginner’s strength training program involves 8 to 10 exercises that work the major muscle groups of the body. “You start with the basics and slowly work your way up to more advanced variations of an exercise. These exercises are usually performed two to three times every week,” Nick added. 

To help get you started on a strength-training program, I asked Nick to recommend the five most powerful exercises and guidance on doing them properly. We’ve covered squats and pushups. Today, we’re covering rows. 

ROWS: NUMBER THREE STRENGTH-TRAINING EXERCISE    

Seated and bent over rows are perfect for safely building a strong and stable back. They also help develop your biceps, lats, and core.

To do seated rows at home, Nick suggests investing in a resistance band. Gyms usually offer a variety of equipment to perform rows, but the movement is the same. This demonstration will help you perform this exercise safely and effectively.

The #1 Selling Anti-Aging Body Treatment For Dry, Crepey Skin Just Got Even Better*

Crepe Erase® compensated FabOverFifty with an advertising sponsorship to write this post. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe will help you. All insights and opinions are our own. —Geri Brin

I try to keep a reserve of the beauty products I love so I’m never caught empty handed. When I was about to reorder one of my favorite products, which makes the skin on my body the smoothest, firmest and most hydrated it’s felt in years, I noticed they’ve come out with an improved version. I love when a good thing gets even better, so I ordered right away.

Now, after using new Crepe Erase® Advanced for about six months, I’m more in love than ever!

Dry, delicate skin is common later in life, since our glands naturally produce less oil. And dry skin can crack, especially on our elbows and feet. What’s more, our skin loses its wonderful foundation of collagen and elastin as we age, making it loose and saggy on areas like our neck and chest, inner arms, even on our knees and hands. Looking almost like crepe paper, it’s called “crepey skin.” 

I first discovered Crepe Erase when I was invited to try it as the editor of a popular website. It jumped out at me because I remembered seeing the actress, Jane Seymour, talk about it on TV. She looks sensational, at 68, and has been using Crepe Erase for years, a fine endorsement right there! It’s also a big big seller on QVC, where they call it anti-aging for your body.”  That definitely got my attention.

Crepe Erase isn’t a glorified body lotion. Trust me, it feels like I’ve tried them ALL. The secret ingredient that powers Crepe Erase Advanced is TruFirm Complex, a powerful botanical blend specially formulated for dry, crepey, aging skin. Its three naturally derived extracts–apple, dill and sage–help reinforce our skin’s netting, so the skin can appear tighter and firmer, and look like it did when we were younger. Crepe Erase Advanced also contains nine Super Hydrators, including coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, beeswax, cassava and Vitamin E to deliver 48 hours of intense hydration. And, they absorb even faster and more effectively than the original formula to visibly smooth, firm and renew the skin.

A breakthrough in skin care science, TruFirm Complex is available exclusively in Crepe Erase! 

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The five-piece Deluxe Kit, Jane’s favorite, also treats your skin above the chin! 

Before stepping into the shower, I massage the luxurious and rejuvenating Refining Facial Scrub with TruFirm over my whole face, down to my neck.  It gently removes rough, dead skin cells to give me softer, smoother, firmer and brighter skin. Paraben free, too! 

In the shower, I grab my bottle of silky Body Smoothing Pre-Treatment with TruFirm and gentle exfoliators to lift away dead, rough surface cells and make my skin look smoother and more radiant. The lovely, fresh scent is a bonus! (By the way, don’t take long, hot showers because they’ll dry your skin even more!)  

After the shower, I massage the Advanced Body Repair Treatment with TruFirm into the crepey skin around my neck, chest, arms and legs. Just like its name says, this lightly whipped formula restores firmer, healthier-looking skin all over my body. Absorbs quickly and isn’t one bit greasy.

Even after a late night, I can count on my Flaw-Fix Eye Cream to instantly reduce the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles. It absorbs quickly and can be used at night and in the morning. Great as a hydrating mask, too. 

I never leave home without applying Restorative Facial Treatment, a  deluxe, ultra-hydrating formula with TruFirm and a blend of moisturizing oils. Along with its sister products, its plumps, smoothes and firms, and diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 

As I mentioned earlier, the skin on my body hasn’t felt this smooth and hydrated in many years. I’ve learned that the more consistently you use skincare products, the better the results.

Crepe Erase is so confident that you’ll love its products, it invites you to use them for 60 days, and, if you’re not satisfied, you can return the tubes–EVEN EMPTY–for a full refund, less s&h! This offer even gives me more confidence that these are quality beauty products. Plus, the line is incredibly reasonable in the first place!

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The #1 Selling Anti-Aging Body Treatment For Dry, Crepey Skin Just Got Even Better*

Crepe Erase® compensated FabOverFifty with an advertising sponsorship to write this post. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe will help you. All insights and opinions are our own. —Geri Brin

I try to keep a reserve of the beauty products I love so I’m never caught empty handed. When I was about to reorder one of my favorite products, which makes the skin on my body the smoothest and most hydrated it’s felt in years, I noticed they’ve come out with an improved version. I love when a good thing gets even better, so I ordered right away.

Now, after using new Crepe Erase® Advanced for about six months, I’m more in love than ever!

Dry, delicate skin is common later in life, since our glands naturally produce less oil. And dry skin can crack, especially on our elbows and feet. What’s more, our skin loses its wonderful foundation of collagen and elastin as we age, making it loose and saggy on areas like our neck and chest, inner arms, even on our knees and hands. Looking almost like crepe paper, it’s called “crepey skin.” 

I first discovered Crepe Erase when I was invited to try it as the editor of a popular website. It jumped out at me because I remembered seeing the actress, Jane Seymour, talk about it on TV. She looks sensational, at 68, and has been using Crepe Erase for years, a fine endorsement right there! It’s also a big big seller on QVC, where they call it “anti-aging for your body.”  That definitely got my attention.

Crepe Erase™ isn’t a glorified body lotion. Trust me, it feels like I’ve tried them ALL. The secret ingredient that powers Crepe Erase Advanced is TruFirm Complex, a powerful botanical blend specially formulated for dry, crepey, aging skin. Its three naturally derived extracts–apple, dill and sage–help reinforce our skin’s netting, so the skin can appear tighter and firmer.  Crepe Erase Advanced also contains nine Super Hydrators, including coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, beeswax, cassava and Vitamin E to deliver 48 hours of intense hydration. And, they absorb even faster and more effectively than the original formula to visibly smooth, firm and renew the skin.

A breakthrough in skin care science, TruFirm Complex is available exclusively in Crepe Erase! 

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Crepe Erase® is the #1 Selling Anti-Aging Body Treatment System for Dry, Crepey Skin*

(*Based on Crepe Erase® sales data & IRI & NPD sales data for 2017.)

The Essentials Kit includes only two simple steps:

When I shower, I grab my bottle of silky Body Smoothing Pre-Treatment with TruFirm and gentle exfoliators to lift away dead, rough surface cells and make my skin look smoother and more radiant. (By the way, don’t take long, hot showers because they’ll dry your skin even more!) After the shower, I massage the Advanced Body Repair Treatment with TruFirm into the crepey skin around my neck, chest, arms and legs. The Body Smoothing Pre-Treatment has a beautiful, fresh scent and the rich Body Repair Treatment absorbs quickly and isn’t one bit greasy.

As I mentioned earlier, the skin on my body hasn’t felt this smooth and hydrated in many years. I’ve learned that the more consistently you use skincare products, the better the results.

Crepe Erase is so confident that you’ll love its products, it invites you to use them for 60 days, and, if you’re not satisfied, you can return the tubes–EVEN EMPTY–for a full refund, less s&h! This offer even gives me more confidence that these are quality beauty products. Plus, the line is incredibly reasonable in the first place!

and save on Crepe Erase Advanced + get FREE SHIPPING today!

Consumed By Her Disease

Unless we’ve personally confronted a cancer diagnosis and experienced the challenges of treatment, none of us really know how we’d react to this horrible situation. I’d like to think that I’d be brave, hopeful, and realistic. I’d also like to think that I would most want to spend time with those I love, but not be a burden to them. Of course I’d be terrified.

seven people share the stories behind their scars on allure.com

I’ve been following the Facebook posts of a young woman (she’s in her late 40s) with advanced breast cancer. She’s had mastectomies, chemo, and much more. The cancer has metastasized to her brain. It appears to also have taken over her life. She defines itself by her illness. She takes countless selfies and videos of her “flat” chest; she rails against her relatives whom she dislikes because they think she’s using her cancer to get attention; she bemoans that she’s all alone in her challenging journey; she’s angry as hell at her cancer, which seems to make her angry in general. 

She shares her physical reactions to her treatment and to the spreading disease in startling detail. The headaches, the vomiting, the excruciating pain. She implores people to accompany her to treatments, to order meals for her, to buy beauty products she likes. 

Now here’s the thing: I abhor the idea of an illness becoming the single focus of my existence. I don’t want to live if I’m spending the majority of my time having my disease treated and then suffering from the side effects of that treatment, unable to work. I wouldn’t want to rely on anyone, especially my grown children, to help care for me because I could no longer do it alone. I would feel like I’m imposing, which has always made me uncomfortable. I wouldn’t want to be consumed with a disease that was literally consuming my body.

I don’t want others to feel sorry or pity for me or feel obligated to help me. I don’t want to whine about the cards I’ve been dealt. I am my mother’s daughter. That’s exactly how she felt, even after having hip surgery at 86 and developing a raging and painful infection throughout her body from diabetes. She’d repeatedly cry out “it hurts, it hurts”-in a state of delirium-but never once asked me or my sisters for help. Of course we tried to help. She died weeks after the surgery. And, I am my father’s daughter. After being diagnosed with metastasized melanoma in 1988, when doctors were the only people who’d heard of melanoma, he never complained and rued his fate. When I leaned down to kiss him in the hospital bed in his den, these were what would be his last words to me, “The one who’s having the hardest time coping with this is Gerilynn (that’s my legal name).” 

Dr. Paul Kalanithi and daughter Cady

I often think about Dr. Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon who died a month shy of his 38th birthday of advanced lung cancer, rare in someone so young. After getting the diagnosis at 36 years old, he didn’t spend the time left to him dying. He spent it learning how to die, and he chronicled what he learned in When Breath Becomes Air, a book that should be required reading for anyone over the age of 18. You ask yourself if you could possibly look at your own impending death as bravely as Paul looked at his, will yourself to do a job you loved, decide to have a child who would never know you. Could you evaluate the meaning of your own life, as it was about to end, as Paul so stunningly assesses his? 

I’ve often said I would end my own life if I knew I had Alzheimer’s. I would not want to wait until I was completely out of my mind and incapable of doing anything on my own, especially think. Cancer is another story, but if it or an equally dreadful disease dramatically changed my life, I don’t think it would be a life I’d want to live.

Mastering The Push-Up In Three Easy Steps

Nick Rizzo was determined to motivate his parents to “ditch their sedentary habits and get more active” when they entered their 60s. As director of Training & Fitness at RunRepeat.com, a popular athletic shoe review site, Nick wanted his folks to appreciate the innumerable health benefits of strength training as they aged. 

“Inactivity is extremely dangerous for the 80 percent of adults who shun the physical exercise they need to keep them in good shape,” Nick said. It increases risk for serious health conditions including high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, heart disease, stroke, obesity,  diabetes, metabolic issues, depression and death from any cause, he explained. Light walking isn’t good enough.

To confirm the importance of doing more strenuous exercise like strength training as we age, Nick spent hours researching and reading over 200 scientifically backed, peer-reviewed studies. Hopefully, his list of 78 benefits will convince you to stop being a dumbbell, and pick up a dumbbell instead.  

In the meantime, here are five key takeaways from Nick’s research:


Weightlifting is the most effective treatment to prevent, slow down, or partially reverse age-related muscle loss/sarcopenia.

 


Volunteers from 61 to 80 years old added 2.4 lbs of muscle from strength training and looked an average of five years younger.

 


Lifting weights helps aging populations reduce risk factors for falls, improve functional independence, functional capacity, and quality of life. 

 


Weight training has been shown repeatedly in studies to reduce a wide variety of general aches and pains associated with aging, as well as many disorder-specific pains.

 


Exercising only 20 minutes a day reduces the risk of early death by as much as 30 percent, and strength training twice a week reduces the risk of all-cause mortality by 46 percent. 

 

“Strength training exercises work your muscles by applying a resistance against which the muscles need to exert a force. 

We want the exercises to be functional movements so that the strength translates into our everyday lives and compound movements that help target the largest and most amount of muscle groups in a single movement,” Nick advised. 

A typical beginner’s strength training program involves 8 to 10 exercises that work the major muscle groups of the body. “You start with the basics and slowly work your way up to more advanced variations of an exercise. These exercises are usually performed two to three times every week,” Nick added. 

To help get you started on a strength-training program, I asked Nick to recommend the five most powerful exercises and guidance on doing them properly. We covered squats last week. Today, we’re covering pushups. 

THE PUSH-UP: NUMBER TWO STRENGTH-TRAINING EXERCISE 

While squats address your lower body, push-ups help improve the strength and muscle in your chest, core, shoulders, triceps and forearms. They are tried and true. They are simple, safe and effective.

(Step 1) Before attempting to do full fledged push-ups, take Nick’s advice and begin with wall push-ups, which will reduce the weight on your body. As you’ll see in this easy-to-follow video, you can start by standing straight up and progress by moving your feet further and further away from the wall. (STEP 2) After you’ve mastered wall push-ups, move on to knee push-ups. This well done Mayo Clinic video shows you perfect form. (STEP 3) And, once you’re comfortable with knee push-ups, think about graduating to the traditional full-body push-up. But please don’t overdo it. You surely don’t have to complete as many push-ups as the young woman recommends in this video.