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Women Over Fifty Can Be Skinny Too!

What does the wick and tallow business have to do with your figure? EASY: the more candles on the cake, the more handles you will make. Of course, I’m referring to those squishy love handles that plague so many of us. It’s a nasty trick of Mother Nature to make us feel so strong and confident on the inside, and then load up our outside with unwanted lumps and rolls. Yes, it seems there’s no way around it: the “freshman fifteen” is a drop in the bucket compared to the midlife spread.

But, just when I was about to give up all hope, I picked up a book with a feisty little title of its own, Skinny Bitch. Two svelte and savvy young women, Rory Freeman and Kim Barnouin, have pulled together a no-nonsense approach to eating light and eating right. No beating around the bush, they tell it like it is without sugar coating their points. And, speaking of sugar coating, you can wave “so long” to that gooey sweet substance—it’s got to go if you want to kiss your rolls goodbye.

Actually their book is well researched and offers great and healthy alternatives to the usual diet fare. “You don’t have to starve yourself to get skinny. You don’t need to spend all day at the gym to get skinny. You just need to smarten up and use your head.” And Rory and Kim don’t pull their punches: “You cannot keep shoveling the same crap into your mouth every day and expect to lose weight.” So be prepared for some frankly put, tongue-in-cheek talk.

These days I don’t care about skinny. I would just like to zip up my pants and not have to hold my breath until I grow faint when I do. I’ve decided to follow most of their suggestions (they advise making some pretty big changes but to take them slowly) and I’m already feeling a difference. So, if you’re like me and want you to deflate your spare tire, you might want to check out their book and find out how you can live slimly, and healthfully, ever after.

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16 Responses to “Women Over Fifty Can Be Skinny Too!”

  1. 1
    Guys Skinny Jeans:

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    Digital Dreamspace:

    Great find! Where was I when this was posted. OMG. I really need to get skinny. I should get myself a personal trainer just to get things done right.

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    From Pam Archers response: “I must make a point that medications, unbalanced hormones, pre-diabetes, and other medical conditions can rule out ever being thin, regardless of how much one exercises, or how healthy one eats. I’ve seen it happen over and over,people doing all the right things without desired results. It’s easy to get very discouraged. In these cases, I have to emphasize eating and exercising for health, instead of a size.’

    I was so glad to read Pam’s response. It’s hard having a chronic illness which means having to take advantage of days when you feel up to it and do some exercise. And it’s hard to eat all the right foods when you are fat from a med that not only makes you blow up like a puffer fish but also gives you an insatiable hunger but you try, regardless to eat on the ‘healthy side’ as much as you can.

    I spent 5 months battling to remove about 18 pounds (that’s all I could get off my body allthough I ‘need’ to lose a lot more) only to have it all pile back on in the past 2 months because I was just so darn hungry all the time during those 5 months and nothing could sustain my willpower in the face of that hunger. I just hope I’m not going to do what often happens and find that I continue to put on weight and end up heavier than I was before I started trying to get some of the extra weight off 7 months ago.

    I think just maybe, at age 53, I have finally come to realize that I just have to love myself as I am and try to exercise when I feel well enough and try to go for the healthier foods when I eat. As the more I try to get ‘thin’ the more I crave the wrong foods and due to my chronic illness I often can’t exercise to compensate for the calories in those fatty foods.

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    HOw did I miss this post?!?!? Oh, I know because I’m already skinny. Yeah, that’s it. NOT! THanks, Eileen!

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    Gregory Anne Cox:

    Glad to know this book has something going for it. I love the title but thought it might be a fluff piece so didn’t buy it. And me the one who is supposed to be in the know on this stuff for my peeps. Well I do come to you Ms E. to keep me there.
    Midlife weight gain, loss, managing–ugh, it’s a constant battle but the benefit to the vanity that keeps us working on it is the improved health of our hearts, bones, brains, etc. If it takes a muffin top to get women back into–or more vigorously into-exercise then I’m ordering one up for everyone.

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    Heidi Richards Mooney:

    Great Book, in fact we reviewed it in our Spring Issue of WE Magazine for Women.

    Glad to see others found it worth recommending to their followers!

    Heidi Richards Mooney, Publisher
    WE magazine for Women

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    Pam Archer:

    I’m a personal trainer and fitness pro of 20+ years, and even I couldn’t avoid the battle of the bulge. The frank, no punches, approach in this book might work for many women. It’s very true what you said and what they have advised, we can’t expect to be svelte if we stuff.

    I must make a point that medications, unbalanced hormones, pre-diabetes, and other medical conditions can rule out ever being thin, regardless of how much one exercises, or how healthy one eats. I’ve seen it happen over and over,people doing all the right things without desired results. It’s easy to get very discouraged. In these cases, I have to emphasize eating and exercising for health, instead of a size.

    Your posts are enlightening, and I love it when you write. I enjoy the interview, too, but I love it when you write!

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    Betty Lynch:

    Skinny…not for me. I just want to be healthy. So I concentrate on healthy food and beverages and smaller portions. This sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

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    Beverly Mahone:

    The title alone is worth the purchase! A couple of years ago, I attended a conference with a young woman who had a blog called “Skinny Jeans” and she talked about how she dropped more than 100 pounds in a year taking the same approach as described in the book–along with LOTS of encouragement from her blog readers. You know what I said to that twentysomething drop dead gorgeous girl? “Whatever!”

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    Debbie Stevens:

    Loved PopArt’s reply lol…..yes, the days when I could laugh in the ‘face of fat’,here to haunt AND taunt! lol
    With 4 weeks until my launch-off date [campaign],and much of this now focusing around music & dancing, thought i’d better shape-up! This book says it all! I’ve been sugar-coating my body…so apart from some daily-dance-exercise, think I’ll use their advice to speed the process along! lol Thanks Eileen, great read!

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    Kathie M. Thomas:

    I have been on that other side and found when I was skinny and underweight I was constantly ill. After kids and working at home I packed the weight on and have removed some of it but won’t ever get back to being skinny again – I don’t really want to. As long as I’m not unheathily overweight and get exercise then I’m happy to be as I am.

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    I used to say you can never be too rich, too thin or have too cool a car. But then I was younger in those days, lol.

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    Mary Cunningham:

    This book is for me! I’ve given up dieting, but am now trying to manage my weight. I eat smaller portions (was eating almost as much as my 6’3″ hubby!)and snacks are 1/3 what they used to be. I’m also drinking more tea instead of diet soda.

    Thanks, again, Eileen for the great post!



  14. 14

    Wanting to be thin is not the issue for me, I already am. However I still have ‘flubber’ round the belly. Soooo, I think it’s very important to exercise as well. Muscles loose there tone as we age and just demand more work to keep in shape.

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    Joyce Mason:

    I’ve already resigned myself to give up sugar for Leant–that is the rest of my life I’m “leant,” so I can’t wait to read the rest of the program. Thanks, as ever, Eileen, for being a fountain of fabulous resources!

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    Guess I’ll have to check it out…although, at my age…the ‘things’ going south do give me a visual ‘vertical’ line that is slimming:) My earlobes are even going south and flap in the breeze on a windy day…well….enough about me.

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