50 & Holding

The trials, tribulations and unexpected joys of being 50+

Sometimes You Need More Than Exercise July 7, 2010

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You’ve been dieting faithfully. You go to gym five to six times a week, but still those love handles won’t go away. Does this sound like you? Well, it was definitely me! I’ve lost 40 pounds since last December – Yay!!!! But, there were still certain areas that were slow to respond to my counting calories and Sweatin’ to the Oldies on the treadmill. Thoughts of tummy tucks and liposuction danced in my head. I had even started to research the procedures and prices in the metro Detroit area. Then by chance or should I say pre-destination, I found a product that is changing my body as well as my finances.

The Ultimate Body Applicator by It Works! is a little miracle contained in a small body wrap. Infused with botanical ingredients, the Ultimate Body Applicator has taken 11.3 inches off my stomach since May 24, 2010. I know…it sounds unbelievable…but believe it! The wrap, featured in the 2009 Emmy and Oscar celebrity gift bags has been a little known secret. But now, folks like you and me can truly lose inches overnight. As a matter of fact, results are seen in as little as 45 minutes!

The Ultimate Body Applicator detoxifies, tightens, tones, and firms where it is applied to the skin. This is NOT water loss, but actual inch loss with results lasting anywhere from 2 to 6 months. Men and women are using it on their thighs, arms, buttocks and even attacking the dreaded “back fat” by placing the wrap on areas on the back.

Ironically, prior to finding It Works! and the Ultimate Body Applicator, I had told a friend that I did not want to be involved in any kind of MLM business. She was trying to get me involved with a product that once you finally get in it, it will squeeze the body down 2-3 sizes. I had been there with other MLM’s, done that and didn’t want to do it again. Or so I thought, when just two weeks later, I wrapped by stomach for the first time and lost an incredible 2.5 inches in 45 minutes! I was sold and immediately I wanted to know more about marketing this phenomenal product. I found that the It Works! opportunity truly is a ground floor opportunity. There are so many areas around the country, including Detroit that have not even heard of the product. To me this spells money. I am totally thrilled at this prospect and even more thrilled when I see people finally get the results they were promised.

The company is called It Works! because their products actually work. If this sounds intriguing to you, find out more information about the It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator, the health and wellness products, as well as the business opportunity at: http://itsallnthewrap.com


Control….Now I’m all Grown UP January 20, 2010

Filed under: aging,food,health,life,Uncategorized — assistingu1st @ 2:12 am
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Janet Jackson says that she is in control. So I started to ask myself – “Am I in control?” Far too many times I have left other things control me and what I ate – my job, my emotions, my family, Everything and everybody but me. I really started thinking about this control issue after I took a small quiz on Sparkpeople.com as to what type of eater I am. I don’t remember the exact wording, but it was basically that I’m the type of eater who likes a lot of food and will keep eating, even when full. Damn, that hurt – I sounded like a pig.  But alas, there are things I can do to put me in control and on the road to continued weight loss.

First thing I need to do is learn portion size – supersizing french fries is out.   Matter of fact french fries are out for now – period.  Secondly I need to use smaller plates.  Sometimes we have to play little mind games to psyche ourselves out and stay in control.  Lastly, but certainly not the least,  is to stop eating when I’m full.  You  know I came up in the time when your mom told you to eat everything on your plate ’cause there were starving kids in Africa.  So that mindset is still with me today.  But today is the day that I take back my control.  These three weight-loss strategies start today.   I am the one who has control.  I got my own mind, wanna make my own decisions. Ooh baby, now that I’m all grown up I’m in control!!


Betcha Can’t Eat Just One June 30, 2008

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I LOVE potato chips and anyone who really knows me, knows I love potato chips too! But lately they don’t love me. They are testament to my every burgeoning waistline. I’ve finally come to realize that at 50+, I can’t continue to eat like I did in my teens, 20’s, 30’s or even my 40’s .

As early as I can remember, I’ve had a love affair with the sweet/salty syndrome. You know, eat something salty and then eat something sweet or vice versa.  The other day I was talking to a girlfriend and I suddenly remembered that I always ate potato chips and then a candy bar or cupcake. I told her that when I was a little girl and my mother or father gave me 25 cents, I would go to the corner store and buy a bag of Lays potato chips and a candy bar – more often than not it would be a Mr. Goodbar, or an Old Henry and sometimes a Payday. You know, back in the day 25 cents bought a lot.  Anyway, it seems I even liked the sweet and the salt in my candy bar.

But now that I’ve gotten older some of my bad eating habits still persist and that ain’t necessarily good for me. Don’t get me wrong, I cook quite a bit from all of the food groups; going to the fruit market once a week to stock up on fresh fruits and vegtables. I love the Food Network – trying out a lot of the dishes. I really like the Barefoot Contessa, Everyday Italian, Paula Deen, etc, but I still have a thing for junk food – mainly potato chips. My favorite ones are Lays. When they came up with the “Betcha Can’t Eat Just One” slogan, they must have knew me by name. I absolutely love them! I keep telling myself that I need to grow up and eat like an adult, but damn, a day without a potato chips is like a day without sunshine! I don’t even take the bet, cause I can’t eat just one and don’t want to.