April 9th, 2015 by Joan Maiden

Spring if finally here.  I’m excited to be able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air after a long winter. It’s a great time to start running! Ok, I know what you’re thinking “I can’t run.  I’m too old, I have joint problem.”  I used these same excuses for over 25 years. […]

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Don’t Exercise for Your Health

March 4th, 2015 by Joan Maiden

“(Do) not fall into the rut of “exercising for your health”.  Wallace Wattles wrote these words over 100 years ago.  In many ways he was way ahead of his time.  (His writings were the basis for “The Secret”.)  He goes on to say, “Everyone is the better for a little all round use of the […]

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Birthday Reflections

February 3rd, 2015 by Joan Maiden

  My birthday is always a time of reflection. Once again we had my annual birthday blizzard–February 1. This year I officially became a senior citizen, 62. Do I mind that milestone? Not really. I agree with Betty Friedan “Aging is not lost youth but a new state of opportunity and strength.” Looking back over […]

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I Resolve to Stop “Shoulding” all Over Myself

January 7th, 2015 by Joan Maiden

My New Year’s Resolution is to stop “shoulding” all over myself. This time of year we are inundated with a long list of shoulds.       I should lose weight I should exercise more I should eat healthier I should get out of debt I should be more organized I should meditate I should, […]

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December 1st, 2014 by Joan Maiden

I am offering the ebook version of “Overcoming Mediocrity” free this month. Read the inspiring stories of strong women.  Enjoy your free copy!          

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Gratitude or Guilt

November 26th, 2014 by Joan Maiden

This time of year we have a tendency to overindulge. You will read lots of hints of how to stay on your diet–eat only turkey and vegetables, etc, etc. How boring! I love stuffing and pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving without those treats would be depressing. You CAN enjoy the foods you love at Thanksgiving without blowing […]

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What’s Your Five Year Plan?

November 2nd, 2014 by Joan Maiden

“What’s your five year plan,” the doctor asked Helen. “What do you mean, my five year plan, I’m 80.” “Everyone needs a five year plan.  I think you need to start strength training.” “WHAT!  I’m 80!” “No excuses–let’s find you a trainer.” That’s how I came to do strength training with 80-year-old Helen.  Helen had […]

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Lifestyle Fitness

October 1st, 2014 by Joan Maiden

The streets of San Francisco make working out easy.  Visiting my daughter last week made me realize that where we live can have a huge impact on our fitness level. A few month ago I bought the BodyMedia Fitness Tracker.  It has been a great tool.  Researching the different trackers available, I opted for the […]

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Never Too Old

September 8th, 2014 by Joan Maiden

I’m often asked can frail elderly people really get strong again and how old is too old to start a strength training program.  A study* of people over the age of 90 who where put on a strength training program had the following results.  They:  replaced about four pounds of lean (muscle) weight reduced about […]

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7 Strategies to Breaking Free of Diet Addiction

August 6th, 2014 by Joan Maiden

Did you discover in the last blog that you are a diet-oholic?   There are strategies that we can implement to help us overcome the “Diet Addiction”. 1.  Eat mindfully.  Be aware of what you are eating and make each selection you “choice”.  Don’t beat yourself up if some days the selection is better than […]

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