Aging, Magazines

March Issue of Shape Magazine

I’ve been waiting patiently for it the March issue of Shape to arrive, as I’ve caught glimpses of it all week at local grocery stores. Finally it came. And I immediately opened it up to page 20, Sharon Stone’s story.

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I enjoyed reading the article written by Claire Connors and I liked reading about Ms. Stone’s workout. What I didn’t enjoy reading was the comments on Facebook.

There was a link to a video of behind the scenes of the photo shoot but before I headed over there I read through the comments about Ms. Stone’s article. The divide is clear about Sharon Stone on the cover of Shape magazine. Here’s a sampling:

“Secret? starting a the top, wig, botox, collagen injections, anorexia and a good dose of photo shop. I am so jealous, can’t you tell lolol”

“Obviously a face lift”

“She is awesome.”

“The secret?? Photoshop!!!!!!!!”

“Omg she looks amazing.”

“botox”

There was even a comment about how inappropriate it was for a 56 year old woman to be squatting in a bikini. Hell, when I’m 56 and still able to squat and wear a bikini you better believe I will. Inappropriate or not.

When I realized that I was getting irritated at the comments I did leave the page because I didn’t want to engage, believe me I was tempted. I simply thanked Shape for putting a woman over 40 on the cover. Photoshopped or not, I am happy with the cover.

I began to think about the average woman and the celebrity. Two different worlds, two different sets of priorities but one thing in common – we all want to feel beautiful. Several of the comments referred to the financial resources Ms. Stone has to stay fit and look youthful. Average women don’t have those resources but today’s average women have a lot more tools to help them from prematurely aging than their mothers did.

When my mother was in her late 40s she didn’t have all the products that are available to me just a click away on my computer.

My mom would have liked to have a personal microderm device that exfoliates and softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I love my and use it weekly.

My mom would have liked to have a at-home facial toner that improves facial contour and toning. I swear by mine, especially for my left brow which is a little lower than my other.

My mom would have liked to have a hand-held LED device that treats facial wrinkles from under the skin surface. This is new to me so I’m curious about the results.

Add the quality of skincare products now produced and you can see that what was once only available to a few is now available to many. We’ve moved the conversation of cosmetic procedures from whispers which always reminded me of confessing a deep, dark secret to lunch with the girls. Whether it’s injections, lunchtime treatments or home devices, we have a choice of how we age.

My mother’s generation and her mother’s generation saw contemporary actresses quietly retire or resign themselves to taking parts of mothers, grandmothers or spinsters. That’s not the case anymore. And I think that’s great. I also like the trickle-down theory of taking cosmetic enhancements that would cost thousands of dollars and making them affordable for an average gal like me.

Go Hollywood!

Aging is a process and lets celebrate it.

Go aging!

Ms. Stone shared some of her secrets and I fessed up some of mine, so what is your secret for looking & feeling more youthful?

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Aging, Magazines

Bare Yoga Anybody?

“I like to make decisions based on what my 80-year-old self would want me to do.” That was the opening sentence to an article titled Truth or Bare by Alice Oglethorpe in June’s issue of Fitness magazine about the writer accepting a assignment given to her by her editor. I was immediately drawn into the article because I have been thinking the past couple of years that I should be more open to trying new things. I mean, I’m still in good shape, I’m healthy (knock on wood) and I’m still young enough. But I’ve been thinking about things in the areas of camping (tent and all), zip-lining, snorkeling (my last attempt on our honeymoon in Hawaii wasn’t very successful). Bare yoga?

I don’t think so.

And not just any yoga class. A 90-minute, co-ed yoga class.

Definitely don’t think so.

I think bare yoga is a little too adventurous for me.

But it does have me thinking. I’ve let my short bucket list fall to the wayside and I probably should dust it off and add a few things to it. Life is about living and the way to live is to try new things. Right?

I haven’t had the opportunity to go camping, zip-lining or snorkeling recently but when I do come across those opportunities I will greet them with an open mind and no preconceived thoughts. I will be an empty slate willing to come from an place of “yes” (or craziness, depending upon the opportunity).

Hmmm, what else could I add?

I’d love to drive a race car.

I’d love to scuba dive. But I think I need to learn to swim. I think the problem with snorkeling was that I was going to drown, so that kinda sucked all the fun out of the adventure.

I’d like to travel Europe.

I’d love to swim with dolphins.

Okay, it looks like I do need to learn to swim. Add that to the list (this will also be a bonus for my 80 year old self, I could keep in shape by doing water aerobics).

I’m sure that my list will continue to grow and it better because I have many, many years to fill up with adventures and I want my 80 year old self grinning from ear to ear when she looks back at her 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

The writer of this article came out of the experience empowered, feeling beautiful and brave (she’s very brave!). She’d let go of her thoughts about the body’s flaw. That’s an awesome gift. However, I will need to find that gift someplace because I’m not going to be doing a downward facing dog pose in my birthday suit any time soon. But I did receive a gift from this article. The article got me thinking about what I’d like to try and accomplish in the years to come. How about you? What would you like for your 80 year-old-self to look back on and say, “Girl, I’m so glad that you tried that”?