Listen up! I have the hard core facts about smoking. If you smoke you need to really consider quitting. I am never one to encourage anyone to be a quitter, however this month (as mentioned in last week’s post about November being Lung Health Awareness) may cause you to reconsider as Thursday, November 20 is the Great American Smoke Out.
Now is the time to be a quitter.
The Great American SmokeOut is an annual event held on the third Thursday of November by the American Cancer Society. It encourages people to stop smoking cigarettes for 24 hours. This year marks thirty-seven years of attempting to encourage smokers to quit.
Got lungs? Of course you have lungs, we all have lungs. It’s November and time to spotlight Lung Health. Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related death in both men and women.
It is a known fact that as we age, our lung function declines. What is not know widely realized is that both men and women don’t escape the staggering statistics for lung cancer. Worth noting is that women fair even worse than men. The month of November is an excellent time to examine the incidence of lung cancer, it is strongly correlated with cigarette smoking, with about 90% of lung cancers arising as a result of tobacco use.
Wearing last Fall Lafayette 148 wool jacket with piped leather trim and Lafayette 148 dress, Stella and Dot gold tone lariat, Kate Spade New York Licorice camel suede pumps. Nail polish Illamasqua Jo’Mina.
Lung cancer is referred to as the deadliest cancer. Why? First, note there are two general types of lung cancer: small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer, which accounts for approximately 87% of lung cancers. Small cell lung cancer grows very rapidly and has a tendency to spread early to other parts of the body. This type of lung cancer is commonly found in smoker’s.
Does anyone know what time it is? Does anyone even care?
It is time to fall back and examine a few things about time. Goodbye, Daylight Savings Time!
For those reading this and not familiar with the American rock band, The Chicago Transit Authority, (later know as just Chicago) the opening quote is from a song written and sung by a member of the group in 1969. The group formed in 1967 in Chicago. The band is no longer together but the song lives on for me as a kid growing up in the 70s.
Wearing old wool Colette Mordo sweater coat, Piperlime’s Tindley Road black faux leather peplum top, random knit black skirt, old Air Georgina Cole Hall Tall Black Boots and my pink FitBit.
Can I tell you something personal? Would that be okay? As I am going through menopause, declining estrogen levels have contributed greatly to a stunt in my metabolism. Along with the slow go with the metabolism, it takes a greater effort for me to lose weight quickly.
Right now, I am up about 8-pounds! Nevertheless, I have learned how to drop 5—-drop 5 pounds quickly. Today, I would like to share with you how I am able to clean out impurities in my system as well as lose a few pounds with a great feeling of well being.
Fall into good health this season. During the summer warmer months, it’s easy to stay motivated to walk, run or exercise outside. As the days grow shorter and the grey months arrive–perhaps it’s the lack of sunlight--one may lose the motivation to stay focused on fitness and weight management.
Earlier this year, I invested in a FitBit wrist band to help me stay on track not just during the summer months but all year long. I use the FitBit to track steps taken, distance covered, and calories burned during the day – plus track my sleep cycle at night. We all tend to hibernate during the colder months, but we must set up ourselves up for success by planning ahead to exercise and eat healthy.
By now we have all seen or heard the play by play of the leaked elevator footage showing Janay Palmer Rice being punched and knocked unconscious by her then fiancé, now husband, NFL Baltimore Ravens running back, Ray Rice.
October is highly recognized with the power of pink for Breast Cancer Awareness but that isn’t the only cause worth your attention this month. October claims another yet another national awareness yet worthy cause for the color purple, for Domestic Violence Awareness month.
The video was released by TMZ on September 8. Ray Rice’s NFL contract was terminated by the Ravens on the same date following the release of an additional video of the incident. He is suspended indefinitely from the National Football League.
In the time since the footage leaked, many discussions are happening: how should the NFL handle domestic violence? Why is Janay Rice standing by her man?
For the last nine years, you know when it’s October in Harrisburg. That’s when the power of pink is used to raise health and awareness for breast cancer at the State Capital complex.
Wearing Calvin Klein knit dress, with Kate Spade New York pink graduated jumbo necklace, J.Crew Everly suede pump with metallic gold heel with pink FitBit band, Tiffany and David Yurman bracelets.
The Capital’s East Wing Fountain water is tinted pink to mark National Breast Cancer Awareness month.
East Wing Fountain at State Capital Complex in Harrisburg, Breast Cancer Awareness
In last week’s post, Another Meetup, I shared one advantage to social media was the opportunity to create a venue for like minds to meet and forge new friendships. Instagram has afforded me yet another option to meet, get to know, and feature a Women of Grace: Lesley Wolman.
The explore page of Instagram allows one to peruse the endless photo stream in hashtag heaven.
One of the goals of the Age of Grace is to meet and feature other women of a certain age that are living and looking fabulous as they age. Enter in Lesley Wolman.
Upon further inspection from Instagram, I learned of Lesley’s blog, so appropriately named, Fabulesley.com. The blog caught my eye with her classic style and fabulous (pun intended) photos. You may recollect other Women of Grace features where I highlighted blogger Jeannie of Gracefully 50, Lady Liz (who turned her health around by adjusting her diet and exercise regiment), and 2chicdesign bag designer/blogger, Cynthia.
The world of social media has many disadvantages regarding privacy but there is one advantage. It is a way to bring together women from different backgrounds and ages for the opportunity to network, socialize, and forge friendships. Four different women did this very thing at another meetup, this Polyvore Meetup in King of Prussia.
In May I shared with you my adventure to New York City not only to see my daughter but to attend a Polyvore Meetup. I was inspired to organize my own meetup, this time locally. I decided on King of Prussia Mall, the destination shopping mall to host the event.
My family and friends all agree that I love to plan events. I thoroughly enjoy getting involved in the intimate details of crossing every “T” and dotting every “I.” After a few months of planning, Saturday, September 19, was the date I selected for the Polyvore Meetup at the King of Prussia Mall.
With over 400 retail stores to choose from, I settled on contacting J. Crew, bareMinerals, and Spanx. All three stores welcomed the opportunity to bring in a small group to share the new styles for the fall. J. Crew welcomed the ladies with a continental breakfast and stylists were available to show us the latest and greatest that the retailer had to offer for fall.
The recent death of comedienne Joan Rivers brings to mind not just her death but her catchphrase, “Can we talk?” Most people including myself do not routinely talk about suicide. What you normally get is silence when one hears about a suicidal incident. In 1987, Rivers second husband, Edgar Rosenberg committed suicide, earlier this year, the 6ft 3in fashion designer L’Wren Scott committed suicide and of most recently comedian/actor Robin Williams committed suicide.
Can we talk? Perhaps that’s the problem with suicide, we don’t want to talk when it happens to someone we know and love. We know celebrities aren’t immune to the pressures of life. Suicide. Why? What happened? Depression? Mental illness? Money problems? Health issues? What contributed to the suicide? Then we want to dissect why that celebrity would have committed suicide and may never know or understand the personal trauma they may have experienced.
Wearing old Carmen Marc Valvo Taffeta plaid dress with Suzi Roher belt, J.Crew vintage denim jacket, J. Crew blue necklace, Mui Mui gold metallic pumps, my collection of Tiffany charm bracelet, Tiffany bead bracelet, David Yurman bracelet and my ever present FitBit Band.
Just a reminder that the focus of this blog is to address women of certain age, their health, wellness and staying fit while aging gracefully. We all realize the importance of exercise and eating properly to maintain a healthy lifestyle especially as we age. Which brings to mind data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control show that suicide death has risen nationally not just among those men “in the middle” of the lives (35 to 64 years of age), but among women as well.
Historically, the bulk of suicide risk has been on the ends of the age spectrum, younger and elderly people, but recent data from 1999-2010 show that suicide has risen 28% among this cohort of Americans. As a result, suicide has moved up the ranking for cause of death among American 35-64 years of age from the 10th leading cause of death in 1999 to the fourth leading cause of death.