Oprah turned 69 in January and once again she takes the lead on embracing age at every step.
“For me, it is such a reward to be turning 69 and to be strong and healthy,” she wrote on Oprah Daily. “This time last year, I was getting over a double knee operation, and now I have never felt better. As I turn 69, I choose not to focus on the number. For me, the number has always just been a marker. Instead, I choose to celebrate the time I’ve spent living, taking note of all the shifts, the wins, the accomplishments, how much I’ve grown over the past year and I look forward to all that is to come.”
We may not have what Oprah has had in her life - including her birthday party guests, such as Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian, but we can have her frame of mind.
I really hope that someone played back this interview that Oprah had with Deepak Chopra at her birthday to remind her why turning 70 is when middle age starts. BA50s you are going to love this interview, it is incredibly empowering.
Deepak says, "No one dies of old age - everyone dies of diseases. You can reverse the biological effects of aging -- you can improve hearing and eyesight and blood pressure.
Is aging normal? No it's not. People who are 40 act like 70 or and reverse is true.
You can do things with your food, stress level and your quality of life that will override your genes. In nature there are mechanisms that can respond so we can change our aging trajectory.
Deepak says 70 is the best time of your youth and it begins our middle age -- listen up here. ...
We all have role models. And, mine is my Nana Edith who lived In Style and with ageless confidence and a spring in her step into her 90's. When I catch a glimpse of myself eating cleanly, walking the stairs a few extra laps, listening with full intention and using my Ponds Cold Cream at night - I smile and thank my Nana Edith. I know I carry her with me everywhere for inspiration, strength and a sense of humor.
So, it's not the celebrities and actresses who are my role models but they add to my arsenal of aging power when they embrace their age publicly, which many more do now.
More and more celebs who are over 50 and 60 and beyond are now talking about their age on social media and many marvel that they are in their later decades and feel playful, wiser and sexy. How is that not good for we BA50's?
Recently I saw a photo of Alison Janney on her instagram in a red bathing suit and it made me smile. Forgive me that her IG post is a few years old, but I just found it. Janney, in her early 60's by now is as inspiring as ever.
So, many women hate the bathing shopping ordeal so I decided to fetch a few more for you all after seeing Allison Janney in her fabulous red one piece. Here's what a little surfing turned up -- pardon the pun!...
If you have fine hair and want it to look silky smooth, full or body and fresh you will want to watch this video and learn from Hairdresser Meika. She has worked on the Celebrities on Yellowstone, Disney Films, Diane Keaton, Sharon Stone and little ole me. She's got pearls for us girls.
Here's 9 products I learned about from Meika and how to use them.
This interview was so much fun and my friend Carlene filmed it - we both were amazed at how much we learned even at our age of incredible wisdom.... Here you go........
Don Lemon got slammed by his clueless comment about women in their prime on air and is now undergoing formal training. CNN’s chairman, Chris Licht, said … that [anchor Don Lemon] “has agreed to participate in formal training” after making on-air comments widely regarded as sexist. — New York Times, Feb. 20, 2023. What the hell is formal training?
Women in their 60's know that Don Lemon got it wrong by 2 decades. Yes we know that in our bones! But frankly we aren't going to worry about Don's insensitivity because that's how he feels and that may never change and we are tuning out...bye bye Don. You know why? ...
Everyone is guilty of asking....How old are you or How old is She? But why do we ask that question?
What are we really getting at when we ask that question? Is it a competition as younger is better? Maybe that's why we ask? But I've been thinking, I mean most of my friends are within 5 to 7 years of each other -- why are we so obsessed about how old we are?
What's strange is that question has always annoyed me because it makes me feel pigeon holed --- and that's because my real age casts me in a place that doesn't reflect how I really feel. Disclosing my real age strikes me as incorrect, that I need to rethink the number as there may be some miscalculation.
When I think about my real age, I think someone got it wrong. I mean how can I be in my 60's which feels perhaps too old to feel the way I feel . I am still doing pretty much everything I did in my 50's...
Yes....almost everything with modifications and some things I'm doing way better!...
Taking Hormones pre and post menopause when symptomatic is a discussion that every BA50 should have with their GYN. The HRT door was closed on most of us due to a 2002 WHI (Women's Health Initiative) study that has recently been revisited and determined to be flawed and therefore not the last word. See New York Times post by Susan Dominus Titled: Women Have Been Misled About Menopause.
So the question for women of whether to start HRT, meaning -- Estrogen, Testosterone and other hormone replacements in your 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's -- is front and center and back on the table thanks to Susan Dominus.
I was thrilled to talk to Dr. Susan Hardwick-Smith, Founder of the Complete Midlife Wellness Center in Houston, about HRT and the decision to start taking hormones even 10 years post menopause, in our 60's, for the first time. This is an important interview that every BA50 will want to listen to if they are interested in educating themselves about whether HRT is something they may want to talk to their Dr. about.
Dr. Susan deals with the benefits and risks to consider when making your decision and she is very encouraging.
This interview is a continuation of last week's discussion on BA50 about why Doctors are still making decisions for us about our hormone health based on a study that is more than 20 years old which has so many flaws?
Dr. Susan addresses the risks of HRT as it relates to blood clots, heart health, bone health and breast cancer and who is at risk and if you are over 60. Be sure to listen all the way through because we have many more options than we were previously told.
Dr. Susan believes everyone is a candidate for HRT as it addresses so many of our aging symptoms.
Question: "If we aren't in menopause and don't have hot flashes BUT have bone health, memory concerns, thinning skin, sleep, vaginal dryness, UTI issues etc....should we be taking Estrogen?"
Question: "What are the risks and can we take Estrogen long term?"
Click to listen this interview........
I shamed myself the other week when I invited my dear friends who are Vegan over for dinner and we started to discuss the menu.
"So I'm not sure what to make because I know you are Vegan," I said.
"Don't worry, we will bring a Vegan App and a Vegan Pizza."
"Wait, I invited you guys."
"It's ok don't bother."
I let them bring the pizza and the App.
"Really Felice.....this is so not OK," I chided myself.
"You should know better. You're smart and love to learn so you can do this...you can learn what to make for your Vegan friends.
More and more of my friends are becoming Vegan and rather than educate myself about what I can serve them when they come over, I keep asking the same dumb questions about whether this or that is ok. I should know better!
I mean what's so hard about this? Roast the veggies and don't use butter...use olive oil. No you can't have Cobb Salad with cheese and bacon. Do you know why...