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    Posted August 4, 2008 by
    elstondm
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    The new face of 50

    50 is the new 30......

     

    I turned 50 in May - here I am celebrating with my partner and my 72-year-old mother (I am on the right with glasses - yet another sign of being 50 ). I will admit - I was a little freaked out at first. But I feel great and I plan on fighting the aging process every step of the way. I have never smoked; I do yoga and I try to walk about 15 miles or more per week. Having never been an athlete in my youth, I am now in better shape due to the many miles I walk. My partner and I walk 13.1 mile half-marathons and I also completed a 26.2 marathon walk with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of my beloved father who died from non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1998.

     

    I no longer allow myself the luxury of laying in the sun which, I will admit, I miss more than anything. I use a lot of creams on my face and body and I am trying to drink a lot more water which is a battle.

     

     

    I have always been young at heart and I plan on never losing the tremendous energy which is my hallmark. Sadly, my brother died four years ago of a heart attack at 39. And trust me - if that isn't a wakeup call to live each day as if it were your last, nothing is!

     

     

    When all is said and done, I feel it boils down to two things - genes and attitude. Life has not been kind to my family in the last 10 years. My mother lost her mother, her husband and her son within the space of six years. Yet through all her sadness and grief, she has kept going both mentally and physically.

     

     

    What do I know for sure? It is imperative that you keep the mind and body active and moving! And with all the bitterness, hatred and negativity in the world, try to stay positive - and LAUGH!

     

     

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