0 In Fitness/ Health/ Loosing Weight

Starting a Beginners Senior Exercise Program!

If I was going to start a beginners senior exercise program, undeniably I’d be concerned about safety from injury.  That only makes sense doesn’t it?   I don’t know if you’ve noticed it, but things are definitely not working like they once did.  Your shoulders probably make slightly unpleasant grinding noises when you’re putting that box back up on the top shelf of the closet.  Your knee has started clicking and twinging periodically and your back seems to be out, more than it’s in!  Those are some of the major annoyances that you might one day share with your doctor.  Doesn’t even take into account the half dozen other little complaints that have changed in your life and none of them for the better.  You may even feel like you’re fighting the losing ‘Battle of the Bulge’ and that’s got you completely demoralized.

Do you remember that I mentioned in my About page, that I started paying attention to fitness a few years back?  We’d decided to buy a couple of ‘back-yard’ horses for our kids.  Realizing that their care was going to be up to me, and aware of the size implications, I knew that I’d have to be strong.  After all, there’d be massive amounts of manure to deal with, hay bales to move around and horses to hang on to.  No ‘wimping out’ allowed at all!  So I started a long time ago.


Why Wait for Spring…..

But you know, just off the top of my head, I can think of three sayings that apply to the idea of you starting a beginners senior exercise program even at this age.  ‘There’s no time like the present’!  ‘Better late than never’, or how about, ‘Why wait for spring, do it now!  That isn’t just applicable to yard work by the way and it does apply to everyone. 

No matter your age or your infirmities, you can start to do something, any time you want to.  You just have to want to and you have to do it sensibly!  Making the decision to start a beginners senior exercise plan is the first step and probably the hardest.  It’s scary to make a commitment like that because damn!  that rut that you’ve been ‘resting’ in has gotten awfully comfortable hasn’t it!  And don’t we all hate leaving our comfort zones?

So what does that mean, ‘doing it sensibly’?


  • Check with your doctor before you start and especially if you have any health considerations to keep in mind.
  • Decide what your goals are going to be and be reasonable about them.  Goals are good because they help you appreciate your progress even as they give you something to aim for.  If you can do 10 bicep curls with an 8 pound weight, then it wouldn’t be unreasonable to aim for 15 repetitions by the end of the month!  Or having a goal of getting to the gym twice a week is more reasonable and more likely to happen in the beginning, than telling yourself that you’re going to go to the gym five days a week for the next year.  That just sounds overwhelming and overwhelmingly unpleasant!  So be realistic and be reasonable.  Aim for twice a week and see how you feel after three or four weeks like that.  Or maybe to start, your goal is to simply be able to walk around the block without getting winded.
  • Start a  journal about your fitness plans and goals as you’re getting started on your beginners senior exercise program.  Sometimes putting things down in writing helps to keep on you on track and to keep going.  You could start with a little note about what you are able to do today, how fit and healthy you actually are.  You could maybe include your most recent blood pressure numbers, your weight, etc.  Then write down what your goals are.  Put a date to that, and then get on with it.  Keep track of your progress as you gradually add repetitions or the number of blocks walked or how many laps you managed to swim!  Just being able to see your improving numbers will help keep you motivated.


  • Remember to include a warmup before you get busy.  Just five minutes of brisk walking while you swing your arms or 10 minutes on a stepper, anything that gets your heart rate up and your blood flowing!  Hey, maybe if you love to dance, put on some music and get revved up to sounds you love!  Mental benefits as well as the purely physical! 
  • Pick an activity that you think you might like or that you think may accommodate your level of fitness best.  Try it out for a while but if it just doesn’t excite you or you truly hate it, then switch to some other activity.  See which one works best for you.  Just make sure you don’t quit because the first choice didn’t pan out.  Eventually you’ll find the ones that you enjoy doing the most and then you’re off and running (maybe literally!).


Shelves of assorted sizes weights, woman walking away, stocks of rolled up mats-Beginners senior exercise equipment


I Have to Spend How Much Time On This???

The Centre for Disease Control suggests a total of 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise.  They also suggest that two days each week you should be focusing on weight training to strengthen your muscles. That’s the equivelant of roughly 20 minutes per day!  Not that much right?   And there’s so many activities  to chose from!  The only criteria is that you’re moving at moderate intensity.  So walking, dancing, biking, hiking, raking the leaves off the lawn entirely, going to the gym or shovelling snow on the front walk!  It all counts.  And it doesn’t have to be all at the same time!  It could be 10 or 15 minute increments with the only criteria being that you’re moving at a moderate intensity, which includes your heart rate raised at least a little bit.  Although, ‘the MORE the merrier’ would apply here, so slow and leisurely is not allowed!

Dress comfortably and wear slip proof shoes no matter what you choose to do.  beginners senior exercise shoes

In the beginning, while you’re learning, either sign up with a fitness coach or join a class at the gym.  A good teacher can help you avoid injury and learn the right way to use the equipment or weights.  And if you decide that the gym scene isn’t for you, then you still benefit by knowing how to use the small assortment of free weights that you’re going to buy to use conscientiously at home…..(I’m trying to plant a subliminal thought in your head here, did you catch it?).

Small steps in the beginning and as you become fitter, you can begin to push yourself a little harder.



Give yourself more time to recover from your workouts or whatever form your exercise takes.  As you get older, muscles take a little longer to recuperate than when we were in our 20’s.  Sad but true.

Include some very careful, light stretching as part of your recovery process.  After a workout that has me feeling a little ‘ouchy’ and kinked up,  I find that it helps if I make a point of doing a little stretching each day.  I think it invigorate the blood flow to those tired and achy muscles which in turn speeds healing.  Just a couple minutes of bending forward, stretching up, to the sides…..just move slowly and with awareness of how you’re feeling so that you can stop before you go too far.

Also, over time, our tendons and ligaments shorten and get tighter so stretching very carefully and gently will help loosen things up.  With more elastic tendons and such, you’re less prone to injury.  Just remember, cold muscles can be injured by abrupt movements, so slow and careful and stopping just before the pain starts.  Actually on all aspects of a beginner senior exercise plan, slow and careful is the Prime Directive isn’t it, whether warming up or working out?


exercise equipment on shelves-for Starting a Beginners Senior Exercise programSo far, we’ve talked about the main points to remember when you’ve finally decided to start your new lifestyle, but I think it’s good to be reminded now and then, of ‘why’ we should be doing this.  You’re going to climb out of your rut because of the:


  • Maintains bone mass – Due to hormonal and lifestyle changes, osteoporosis is always an issue to work against.
  • Maintains muscle mass – makes lifting things easier and makes your body look healthier and more attractive.
  • Prevents falls
  • Makes daily activities easier (climbing the stairs, carrying groceries, picking up the grandchildren….), all of which improve your quality of life.
  • Increases muscle elasticity
  • Brings nutrients to muscle tissue.
  • Strengthens your tendons and ligaments which makes it easier to hold yourself upright.
  • Reverses the aging process and you can read more about that here.https://agelessatsixty.com/reverse-aging/


Changing the Labels

Once you’ve read about the benefits of exercise and have decided to start a beginners senior exercise program it’ll probably help you keep going if you try to change the way you think about it.  Firstly, there’s no deadline for this change in your life.  This isn’t about a crash course in fitness so that you can cross your first and only 5K run off your bucket list and then retire to your armchair!  This is about a new active lifestyle for you.

And if you’re serious about spending this last third of your life feeling as good as is humanly possible, then you should be changing how you think about other things too.  Instead of ‘going to your beginners senior exercise class twice a week FOREVER’, start thinking about it as part of your new ‘healthy and active lifestyle’! Just like once a week you take out the garbage, now being active is just what you do a couple times a week.  Part of the weeks ‘scenery’ you know?  You can even apply that ‘thinking adjustment’ to how you eat can’t you?  Instead of just ‘I’m eating dinner in a while’, start thinking in terms of you’re providing the ‘highest octane fuel’ for this machine that you’re restoring!  I guess that metaphor would work better if I was primarily writing to men wouldn’t it?  But I’m sure that you all get my meaning.  It’s all about the perspective that you decide to look at anything, that determines how difficult mentally, it will be for you to make it part of your routine.  Words change attitudes change actions!


  • SQUATTING – increases hip flexibility, improves your ability to walk or stand up from a seated position.  It improves your balance.  And you can perform this exercise free standing or you can use a chair back or a counter edge for support.  Just remember to keep your back straight and as you ‘sit’ down, your knees shouldn’t pass your toes.
  • BICEP CURLS – strengthens your bicep muscle in the front of your upper arms.  Use weights appropriate to your ability and move up as you get stronger.   If you’re going to buy a set of weights to start with at home, I’d recommend the foam wrapped kind.  You can buy in weights from 2 to 15 pounds and the foam exterior means they don’t get slippery if your hands are a little sweaty in warm weather.
  • TRICEP EXERCISES – this is the one to focus on to tighten up those ‘bat wings’ ladies!  The tricep muscle is at the back of your arm and when those muscles shrink from lack of use, you wind up with those dreaded bat wings!
  • DUMBELL SHOULDER PRESS – works the front of your shoulder the most, but also works the rest of the shoulder muscles to an extent.  As well, your back muscles are called on to work to stabilize your torso.  And all of this working together, serves to protect your rotator cuff muscles and prevent debilitating shoulder injuries.
  • UPRIGHT ROWS – will tone your upper arms and chest muscles and back muscles.  They also improve your ability to move your shoulders.
  • THE PLANK – will strengthen your back, abs, shoulders, upper arms and improve your balance.  All while it works your hamstrings and your butt muscles.   

Do I Go On, Or……

Now I was going to continue on and provide some guidelines on how to do the exercise’s listed above but you know, it’s getting a little long here so I think maybe I’ll get that ready for next week.  How does that sound?  In the meantime, you could read here to find out how exercise actually can reverse aging!  Or you could spend some time reading about some of the great reasons to up your plant intake significantly.


Love to you all and have a great day, wherever you are!



As always, I remind you that while I’ve spent the last 20 years focusing on and learning to ‘grow’ my own health, I’m not a medical doctor.  What I’m sharing here is based on my own experiences and the things that I’ve learned from the real experts!  Those are the researchers and doctors who’ve seen the actual patients, worked in the labs and write the medical reports that are sprinkled throughout these posts.

My goal is to motivate and help you find your best way to live a healthier and more peaceful life.  I and Ageless at Sixty cannot be held liable for any resulting injury or adverse change in health status.

I also advise that any changes that might affect your health status be checked with your accredited physician.  This would include changes to your exercise routines and any medications you might be taking or other supplements.

As well, this blog and each post may contain affiliate links.  That means that if you buy something through them, I’ll receive a commission, at no extra cost to you.

6 In Food/ Health

Leftover Mashed Potatoes? Potato Dream Pie Anyone?

illustrations of cooking utensils, Recipes For Success!

Every time you open the fridge, the container of leftover mashed potatoes is sitting there, daring you to get inspired.  Maybe a little hard to do considering your challenger right?  Lumpy, pale, no appealing sauces to remind you of how good it tasted last night, just plain ole potatoes.  Pretty blah!  But I’ve come up with a wonderful idea to make use of them as well as to get a pretty substantial kick at the ‘nutritional’ can!

Also it’s actually a good recipe to follow the day before you go grocery shopping because it uses up the last bits of produce from the last shopping excursion as well as the leftover mashed potatoes!  That way when you come home tomorrow, bags loaded with all those lovely fresh veggies, you’ve got room in the fridge for them.   While we’re on the topic of grocery shopping, if you want a little more information on the benefits of trying an all plant way of eating, there’s some great information here.

Another benefit is that it’s pretty easy and if you’re going to be tight for time on the day that you want to serve this dish, you could always prep the night before.  So here goes and hope that you enjoy this as much as we do!


Food preparation sequence, leftover mashed potatoes becomes potato dream pie.


Ingredients That’ll Put Some Pizzazz in Leftover Mashed Potatoes.

1 19 oz. can     Navy Beans

1 cube              veggie soup cube

2 sticks            chopped celery

1/2 cup            sliced carrots

3 large             white mushrooms, chopped into bite sized chunks

1/2 cup            chopped onion

1/2 cup            chopped peppers

1.5 Tbsp.         Braggs Liquid Soy Seasoning

1/3 tsp.            black pepper

1/2 tsp.            turmeric

1/3 tsp.            chili pepper flakes

2/3 tsp.            onion powder

1 tsp                 dry parsley

1/6 tsp.            dried oregano

1 Tbsp.             corn starch

3/4 cup            cold water


Note on Ingredients:

I’ve listed the veggies that I included this time in my ‘Potato Dream Pie’ but you can throw any bits and pieces in there.  Half a sweet potato, one left over carrot, even the tiny bit of fennel bulb that you have left!  It’s all good.  Also, while I’ve listed a can of navy beans in the ingredients, if you want to save a little money on your cooking, you can always use dry beans that you’ve soaked and cooked previously.  I like to soak, cook and freeze a bunch ahead of time in individual containers.  That way they’re always there when I need them instead of opting for the canned version.


Method for Using Up Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Open the can of navy beans, drain and rinse them and set aside.

Heat a large frying pan with a 1/4 cup of your water and break down your soup cube so that it begins to soften more quicly.

Starting with the hardest veggies, water saute them for a couple minutes.  Continue adding your veggies with the tenderest being the last.  The goal is to get them almost ‘mouth tender’ but not overcooked.casserole topped with left over mashed potatoes

Add the drained and rinsed navy beans.  Mix in well.

Time For the Seasonings (plus a hint to make it that cornstarch mix better!)

Add your assorted spices, including the corn starch and cold water.  Add your Braggs Liquid Soy Seasoning.   Stir your mixture carefully and watch it as it begins to heat and thicken.  [TIP:  Here’s a tip which helps keep your corn starch from wanting to be little lumps in the liquid.  In a small container, add all your dry spices AND the corn starch.  If you mix this all together while it’s dry, when you add it to your veggies with water, the corn starch is already evenly distributed in amongst the dry spices.  So no little lumps and bits that defy stirring in!]

Once your veggie mixtures gravy is nicely thickened, pour into a 9 x 9 casserole dish.  Carefully spoon your cold left over mashed potatoes on the top of your vegetables.  Cover with a lid and place in the oven for about 20 minutes.  While my guideline is 20 minutes, it’s a good idea to check on it from time to time.  Because part of it is already starting out hot, it may take a little less time (or it may take a little more depending on how good your oven is).  So keep an eye on it and when you can see the gravy bubbling around the edges, a little poke in the middle will tell you if it’s hot all the way through, and ready for serving.

And that’s all there is to using your leftover mashed potatoes!

I hope you enjoy this super simple, ‘uber’ nutritional, one dish meal that covers all the bases.  And when you do try it, please, come back and tell us all about it.

Love to you all and have a great day, wherever you are!



As always, I remind you that while I’ve spent the last 20 years focusing on and learning to ‘grow’ my own health, I’m not a medical doctor.  What I’m sharing here is based on my own experiences and the things that I’ve learned from the real experts!  Those are the researchers and doctors who’ve seen the actual patients, worked in the labs and write the medical reports that are sprinkled throughout these posts.

My goal is to motivate and help you find your best way to live a healthier and more peaceful life.  I and Ageless at Sixty cannot be held liable for any resulting injury or adverse change in health status.

I also advise that any changes that might affect your health status be checked with your accredited physician.  This would include changes to your exercise routines and any medications you might be taking or other supplements.

As well, this blog and each post may contain affiliate links.  That means that if you buy something through them, I’ll receive a commission, at no extra cost to you.

2 In Fitness/ Health/ Loosing Weight

Reverse Aging Through Exercise!

The possibility of being able to reverse aging through exercise is now a studied fact.  Just the same as the saying, ‘you are what you eat’.   But what we know and what we do are often completely different.  At some level, we know we should be doing better than we are.  But at the same time, it’s so hard to get going.  After all isn’t that what broken New Year’s Resolutions are all about?

A long time ago, I lived down the street from a little mall that was surrounded by apartments. Lot of seniors living in them.   Whenever I went to that shopping centre, I was always struck by the number of old people who were forced to make use of some kind of mobility aid.  Walkers, canes, electric carts, wheelchairs…  Don’t get me wrong, they needed their aids legitimately.  That was pretty obvious.  But watching them in the years that we lived there, made me determined not to ‘settle back in my rocker on the porch’ when I got older.

Equally, based on my current age and how I feel, I’m likewise determined to encourage anyone who asks,  to get moving because their life depends on it!  And we’re not just talking how many years a person lives, but how well you live them!  The time for you to reverse aging through exercise is right now.

Each one of the many benefits of exercise, by itself is a reason for getting out and going for a walk.  But when you put them all together!   What do you think their value is then?  How about ‘priceless’?  You know what they say, “you haven’t got anything if you don’t have your health!’.

Reverse Aging -Learn 10 Reasons to Exercise, woman in gym exercising

10 Wonderful Ways You Reverse Aging Through Exercise

Remember, all of your body systems and functions will slowly wind down and quit working as well as they did when you were a 20-something, unless you get involved!   So exercise:

  • Will help you lose or maintain your weight.
  • Strengthens your immune and digestive system.
  • Gives you healthier blood pressure levels.
  • Improves your bone density
  • Lowers the risk of many of the frightening spectres of old age:  Alzheimers, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis and apparently, some kinds of cancers.
  • Enhances your flexibility and your balance so there’s less likelihood that you’ll fall and break a hip!
  • Reduces the pain of some illnesses like arthritis.
  • Helps you sleep better (and you know how good you feed when you sleep like a baby!)
  • You feel more optimistic and happier when you feel good physically.
  • Helps to slow down not only physical but also cognitive decline.


Exercise Slows Down the Aging Process

There are actually studies that show that any amount of exercise slows the aging process!  This supports the idea that you can be chronologically old (according to your calendar) but biologically young.  So you feel younger and stronger than you actually are.  It means that the breakdown of your cells and DNA has slowed.

One of the reasons that I enjoy writing these posts is that I have to do some research to make sure my ideas have support, so I read lots of interesting things.  Well okay, they’re interesting to me and I hope to you!  I’d hate to think I was boring your to death….  Anyway, I didn’t know that our DNA actually changes too as we get older.  Depending on your lifestyle choices and food choices, and the resulting health implications, that rate of change can be either slowed down or speeded up.  For example, athletes have healthier DNA than sedentary people.

Reverse aging through exercise, bicycling, weights, walking

Every type of exercise is beneficial.

What the Researchers Found!

Researchers at the University of Mississippi and the University of California did a study with 6500 volunteers ranging from 20 to 84 years.  They broke them down into four groups based on their exercise habits.  Each volunteer was asked each which of four types of exercise they’d participated in in the past month.  The activities were:

  1. moderate exercise like walking
  2. moderate exercise like weight training
  3. vigorous exercise like running
  4. vigorous exercise like riding a bike or walking to work or school
  5. Four categories, various intensities.


Each choice got one point.  If they only walked, they got one point.  But if they did two types of workout in that week, they got two points.  If three…. and so on.  The next thing they did was a second blood test and they checked the DNA in each sample.  They were looking to see if they could detect signs that it is possible to reverse aging through exercise.  


Reverse Aging Through Exercise

Even your DNA gets old, unless you exercise!

What’s My DNA Got To Do With Exercise?

Now for the sake of clarification about the next bit,  you’re probably familiar with what a strand of DNA looks like right?  It’s that little bit of a spirally ladder looking thing that is in each cell of our bodies.  It’s the instruction code for ‘us’.

Well those little ‘rungs’ on our little spirally DNA ‘ladder’ are called telomeres.  And as we age, our telomeres get frayed at the ends.  When they’re frayed enough, they crumble and break off.   So our DNA ‘spiral’ starts separating.  Which I imagine means, we don’t heal as well or as quickly, our immune system starts to get weaker and all sorts of other really neat things to look forward to!


Your Telomeres Tell the Story of You

So a young person has strong, healthy telomeres and ours are fraying and breaking and shorter!  But then those researchers did that study mentioned above.  And they found that the people who did only one of those exercises had about a 3% less likelihood of having shortened telomeres.  But the group that did a second type of exercise, their risk of shortened telomeres was about 24% less likely.  The third group was a bit healthier than that with 29% less chance of shortened telomeres.  And the volunteers who probably run marathons and train all the time, well their telomeres were 59% less likely to have shortened telomeres.   Whether they know it or not, they reverse aging through exercise by being so dedicated.

The study was beautiful in it’s simplicity.  It showed that if you exercise and the more time you spend doing it and the more varied your activities, not only are you going to feel better and look better, but even down at the cellular level, you’re able to reverse aging through exercise.  In fact, according to one analysis  vigorous exercise was equated with seven additional years if you did it for two and a half or three and a half hours in total each week.  Well if you are feeling good, why not right!


Reverse Aging and Your Backside is the Proof, Read more here to find the Fountain of Youth!

Bums and Exercise?  Makes Perfect Sense!

Another study was done to find out if exercise is good for your skin.  It wasn’t a big one, but the findings were still interesting.  Again, the 29 male and female volunteers ranged in age from 20 to 84 years.  Half of them did at least three hours of moderate or vigorous exercise every week.  The other group were mostly sedentary or did less than an hour a week.

Because skin is affected by the sun, researchers decided to take the needed samples from the volunteers bums which stayed covered even when they were out walking in the warm weather.   Under a microscope, they compared the pairs of samples.  What they found was that the people who exercised vigorously had visibly younger looking skin.  More like a 20 or 30 year olds even if they were over 65!  Isn’t that the coolest thing?  I just wish the words ‘vigorous exercise’ wasn’t attached to the concept.


Reverse Aging Through Exercise and Your Bottom Will Look Great!

They decided to continue the experiment with the sedentary group who happened to mostly be over 65.  They started exercising every week for three months and at the end of it, their skin samples were checked.  Lo and behold!  Their skin actually looked younger too.  So there you go, the evidence that at both the cellular level and the surface level, you can reverse aging through exercise.

The one grey cloud in this silver lining, is that unfortunately,  exercise won’t reverse the wrinkling that you already have showing on your face and hands.  Whatever the years of sun and environmental toxins have done to you, well that’s yours to keep.   In this case, all you can do is look to good skin care programs  to protect what you have.


Do We Have to ‘Decline’ As We Get Older?

So yes, we’re all going to get old and short of some kind of miracle breakthrough which may or may not be a good thing, it’s going to happen to everyone.  But the word ‘decline’ doesn’t have to be the prefix to who we are or how we are.  We can reverse aging through exercise. We can feel good and last longer in that good feeling.

 It’s hard deciding to get fit!  Most of us are adept at thinking up excuses for anything that is outside of our routines.  And if part of the routine includes not bothering to exercise, well how much easier is it to find a reason to avoid it?

Reverse Aging, couples dancing

An evening of dancing provides both exercise and fun!

I’m not even picking on just you here! 

I’ve already admitted to not liking exercise for the sake of exercising,  so I’m regularly ‘guilting’ myself into making sure I do something.  Or maybe it’s my husband nagging at me to get up off the couch, leave Facebook alone and come out for a walk with him.  I know he’s right and I know that I’ll feel good about being outside by the time we’ve walked a block.  But still, making the decision to do it, can be a struggle sometimes.

You’ve made the decision to reverse aging through exercise!  Congratulations!  But now you need to  also be realistic about your goals, your current condition.  This would be the right time for some of you, to talk to your doctor about any health issues and your new  intentions about taking control of your health.

Considerations to Keep in Mind

Choose an exercise plan that works for your age and your abilities.

Start with small but frequent efforts.  Building on those slowly and gradually.

Allow yourself recovery time if you feel a little sore the next day.  It’s just a fact that you’ll recover slower now then you did when you were 23!   

Vary your activities.  Try one of the following:

lift weights

go for daily walks



take a class with a friend

take up swimming

go to the gym

dance classes

New Habits Help Reverse Aging Through Exercise

Develop a new habit in this quest for health!  A hint to help you keep going while you’re trying to build up a new habit, just commit to 3 times a week for 20 minutes each time, doing something.   Because I find it real easy to put off doing things lately,  I’ve also found that if I break a chore down into smaller bits, it becomes easier to get started in the first place.  So 20 minutes sounds and feels a lot more doable than, ‘I have to exercise for the rest of my life’!  From where you might be sitting on your so comfortable couch, exercising for the rest of your life…..doesn’t necessarily sound all that appealing.  So 20 minutes, start there!


Eat Like an Athlete

The other hint that I’m going to give you is, start eating more like an athlete eats.  In other words, improving your fitness goes hand in hand with improving your diet.  If you have weight to lose, but you keep eating the same way, then it’s that much harder.  And some of your health issues will remain.  But if you want to reverse aging through exercising, that’s easy to do.  If you stoke your ‘fire’ with the right kind of fuel.

Reverse Aging with Healthy Food

Healthy Food should always be part of your routine for Health.

 I’m not much of a class taker, more of an ‘I Can Do It Myself’ kind of person, but I did once take a fitness class in a Continuing Ed program.  Not once was food mentioned.  Even though the ladies who were there were obviously hoping to lose a few pounds and get a little healthier.  So I’m not going to leave you hanging, like that instructor did.  You have to eat differently as well as get moving if it’s your goal to reverse aging through exercising (and eating healthy).


Eating Healthy Brings It’s Own Benefits!

Do you remember when we chatted in another post about eating healthy and the changes that result from it?  Well if you look at the listed benefits, there are actually a couple that run parallel to the benefits from getting more physical exercise!  Helping you lose or maintain your weight, lowering your blood pressure, preventing diabetes or obesity….that’s three of them.   That’s gotta mean a double ‘bang for your buck’ in my opinion!

If you decided to read this and hung in til now, then there’s some part of you that wants to feel better than you do, to feel good and strong and healthy.   Over the next few months, I’m planning on sharing more posts and information about other aspects of fitness, health and this stage of life.  And if you have any questions, we can talk about them together.  Or you can share your success stories!  Those are definitely the best kind and I can’t wait to hear from you.

Love to you all and have a great day, wherever you are!


As always, I remind you that while I’ve spent the last 20 years focusing on and learning to ‘grow’ my own health, I’m not a medical doctor.  What I’m sharing here is based on my own experiences and the things that I’ve learned from the real experts!  Those are the researchers and doctors who’ve seen the actual patients, worked in the labs and write the medical reports that are sprinkled throughout these posts.

My goal is to motivate and help you find your best way to live a healthier and more peaceful life.  I and Ageless at Sixty cannot be held liable for any resulting injury or adverse change in health status.

I also advise that any changes that might affect your health status be checked with your accredited physician.  This would include changes to your exercise routines and any medications you might be taking or other supplements.

As well, this blog and each post may contain affiliate links.  That means that if you buy something through them, I’ll receive a commission, at no extra cost to you.



2 In Meditation

You’re Having Difficulty Meditating? 3 Tips to Get You Past That!

Woman meditating in temple

I’ve  been meditating for a few years now, maybe ten, and I still find myself having difficulty meditating sometimes.  Not every day, but some.  I’m one of those people who isn’t naturally relaxed so the benefits of meditation are right up my alley you know.  Sometimes, like some of you,  I have a hard time concentrating….a hard time relaxing….an even harder time making the thoughts stop.  And after all, aren’t all those things supposed to be our goals?

Meditation has been around like, forever!  Well, maybe not forever….but apparently there are cave paintings that are as much as 5,000 years old that depict people in typical meditation poses.  And 3000 year old Indian Vedic scriptures that describe meditation techniques, so it’s been around for a very long time.


2 monkeys in a tree-Are You Having Difficulty Meditating?

‘Monkey mind’ disruptions in your practise?

And much as we might be having difficulty meditating, don’t you think those people long ago had the same problems with restless minds?  They must have!  It’s said that the Buddha coined the phrase  ‘monkey mind’ over two thousand years ago when he explained how our thinking goes.  He is said to have commented, “just as a monkey swinging through the trees grabs one branch and lets it go only to seize another, so too, that which is called thought, mind or consciousness arises and disappears continually both day and night.”  So I’m guessing, yeah, they had the same problem.  We’re in good company.



While there are all manner of official methods, they kind of boil down to six main styles, including chanting, focused, mindfulness, etc.  You can read more about them here.     Variations in application is kind of the main difference and beyond that, pretty much the same results.  You feel better in all kinds of ways.  You’re more relaxed, your blood pressure goes down, you develop a better understanding of yourself, etc.  Wonderful things like that!  That same post explains 15 other wonderful benefits of meditation that could be yours if you decided to make this a part of your daily routine.  

Anyway, in reality, I think every day is different and you’re going to be making use of several of those methods, depending on the circumstances and your mood.  Some days you’re going to be having difficulty meditating, and some days you’re going settle into it  ‘like you’re coming home’!  Yes, once in a while it can be that good!  The important thing when you’re  dealing with that silly ‘monkey mind’,   is to  really focus on how you feel physically.

Are you having difficulty meditating? Try these 3 tips to help yourself relax and find your inner quiet place!


Here’s how I think of the problem.  When the average meditator sits down to their practise, the impulse and focus is towards  ‘emptying the mind’.  We work on that with each practise.  But the problem is, whatever we focus on, we make stronger. By paying attention to emptying our mind, we’re essentially turning our focus on that busy brain that we’re trying to tame!  What you focus on…you make stronger.

I think  if you quit working on emptying your mind and just began to notice how you feel,  moments of ‘quiet-monkey mind’ come easier and stretch out longer as time goes by.


Are You Having Difficulty Meditating? Illustrated monkey sitting on a yoga mat

Here’s an example.  Sometimes when I sit really still and its quiet, I try to home in on only the feelings in my skin. I feel the temperature around me.  Is it warm and comfortable or do I feel cool air on it….?  I feel how my clothes touch it, the textures, the tightness or it’s looseness.  And it’s like, after a minute or two of having that in my mind, I can almost feel the multitude of tiny electrical impulses that are happening at the cellular level.  Sure it’s just millions of nerves tingling like they do all the time, but the difference is, this time I’m noticing it.   And while I’m paying attention to only the physical Me, my brain or my mind gets to take a pause.  And voila!  You’re not having difficulty meditating anymore!

You know, from a strictly learning standpoint too, it’s giving you a taste of the experience you’re aiming for.  And when we know how it feels, somehow it’s easier to aim for next time!


……. because of that ‘monkey mind’ problem, you could try this little technique for ‘settling’ yourself right when you start.  How you ask?  Well let me tell you…

First of all let me say this, I’m trying to get in the habit of starting off with a little 10 minute meditation before I get down to writing.  I’m hoping that the brain ‘rest’ will give me a head start on pouring out an abundance of fascinating and seriously great words!  I haven’t been doing it long so I have no interesting successes to point to, but I’m hopeful.

woman meditating, text over: Calm that monkey mind! 3 Easy Tips When You're Having Difficulty Meditating!


Once you’ve settled and you’re ready, try the following:

  • Take a very deep, steady breath.  Notice how  your body is feeling.   When  you comfortably can’t inhale anymore, take a slight pause….then in a quick, full exhalation, push it out. 
  • Now, for as long as you are comfortable, pause for a few moments.  Just wait for several seconds before the next breathe.  Your next inhalation breathe should be gentle and steady.   Fill your lungs, gradually, deeply.
  • Take a tiny pause and then a quick, full exhalation again.  Repeat this four or five times and always think about and feel the process and how it’s affecting your body.


Let me share another example with you.  When I sat down to first meditate for a few minutes before I started writing this post, I was feeling pretty scattered as far as ideas were concerned.  I felt hurried and restless.  I also felt the pressure of everything that I needed to do later and more importantly, that I wanted to write something worthwhile now but  didn’t have any  good ideas!   Not the right frame of mind for writing at all and I was definitely having difficulty meditating.  So it was a lose/lose situation right from the start.

But I did the above exercise and it got easier to move from there into just breathing and focusing on how my skin felt.   And from there, more easily into some moments of a real sense of peace and quiet in my brain.


I think the reason this works is it’s like the exclamation mark at the end of a sentence or the sound of a crash.  That forceful exhalation pulls your focus in.  It’s probably some kind of primeval physiological response, i.e., ‘pay attention to sudden changes because survival depends on it’ kind of thing you know.

Furthermore, I think it works on a principal of making gradual adjustments in where you’re placing your attention.  Instead of attempting to go  from chaotic mind to quiet, you advance to each level of focus by degrees.  At least this is my theory of why it works for me.   Probably there are as many reasons for having difficulty meditating and fixes for it, as there are people who are meditating.   But because I’ve had such good results with this easy-peasy little technique, I thought I’d pass it on.  I think it’s worth a try for anyone who finds themselves struggling to just settle down.


The other thing that I always include in every meditation is the right music.  I live in an apartment and while we’ve got great neighbours, there are always little sounds from next door or upstairs that can distract you.  While your choice of music can change from time to time, right now I’m making use of two Youtube videos that just do it for me!  I like to start off with excerpts from an address that Jim Carrey  made to a graduating college class a couple years ago.  I think it’s the coolest thing!  Who knew a funny man could have such inspiring thoughts!   

And when that’s done, I move over to this wonderful video of Tibetan Bowl music that’s going to give you enough music to keep you going for six hours!  Not that I’ve ever heard the entire piece.  Like which one of us can manage that right?  After all, there’s the laundry!   But, the point is, it takes your mind off the sounds around you for however long you do give over to meditating.



Whenever you see photos of people meditating, they’re always deep in contemplation, seated on their mats in some lovely ashram.  They don’t look like they’re having difficulty meditating.  Just looking at the photo inspires you!  Makes you want to plop yourself down and begin having all sorts of wonderful personal spiritual experiences!

Yessiree, with their eyes closed, a smile on their faces and their legs casually crossed in the lotus position, they look so peaceful and so relaxed!   And for many of us, so impossible to emulate.   Every time you try, it isn’t long and your knees are aching and your back is killing you!  All you can think of is trying not to think of all the parts that hurt. Forget becoming aware of your deep and quiet inner spiritual life!  That’s just not happening!

Did you ever read that wonderful book, ‘Eat, Pray, Love‘?   Remember the part where Elizabeth Gilbert describes trying to meditate while ignoring the ravening hordes of mosquito’s who were treating her like the days feast?   While there’s certainly merit in working towards achieving that depth of focus, most of us are a long way from that.

 3 lotus blossoms, wave You're Having Difficulty Meditating?


I’ve been blessed with a pretty crooked body so sitting unsupported for meditating, is a no-go for me.  What does work though, is my cushion laying on the floor right at the wall.  By sitting on it with my back jammed up against the wall, I’m finally comfortable.  I could sit there for an hour without any problems.  Not that I’ve ever done that because… there is that pile of laundry!  But the back support makes all the difference.  Problems with your knees?  Just swap out that cushion on the floor for a chair with good back support.  The main thing is to get comfortable so that pain isn’t what you’re thinking about.

So just to pull the 3 tips together:

  • Try the short breathing exercise, gradual breathe in, tiny pause, quick breathe out with a longer pause and do it 5 times.
  • Make use of your favourite ‘meditation flavoured music’ to drown out the world!
  • Find the most comfortable place to sit (where you won’t fall asleep because you’re too comfortable).


I hope that you’ve found this helpful.  If you’re only thinking about giving it a try or you’re just starting out and are having difficulty meditating because of ‘monkey-mind’, or if you’ve been doing it for a while now, I’d love to hear your experiences!  Who knows, maybe you could pass on another little ‘hack’ that would be useful to us.  Don’t be afraid to comment, we’re here to learn from each other after all!

Love to you all and have a great day, wherever you are!



As always, I remind you that while I’ve spent the last 20 years focusing on and learning to ‘grow’ my own health, I’m not a medical doctor.  What I’m sharing here is based on my own experiences and the things that I’ve learned from the real experts!  Those are the researchers and doctors who’ve seen the actual patients, worked in the labs and write the medical reports that are sprinkled throughout these posts.

My goal is to motivate and help you find your best way to live a healthier and more peaceful life.  I and Ageless at Sixty cannot be held liable for any resulting injury or adverse change in health status.

I also advise that any changes that might affect your health status be checked with your accredited physician.  This would include changes to your exercise routines and any medications you might be taking or other supplements.

As well, this blog and each post may contain affiliate links.  That means that if you buy something through them, I’ll receive a commission, at no extra cost to you.

6 In Health/ Meditation

15+ Benefits of Meditation That Could Be Yours.

Three meditation images, a golden candle sitting upon some leaves on a table, a lady meditating on the beauty of a flower and a small stone Buddha statue with a purple flower


The health and spiritual benefits of meditation are so many and so varied, there’s bound to  be something helpful here for everyone.  Maybe stress is eating away at your peace of mind, leaving you feeling as tightly wound as a spring.   Or you’re feeling confused and unfocused about where you are and where you want to be in life?  Or are you searching for something to up your spiritual game?  If any of that sounds vaguely like you, then you’ve come to the right place to find out how to help yourself in any or all of those areas.

Our physical health is really the basic starting point of everything that follows in our lives.  So  I thought I’d take a look at how the benefits of meditation equate with your day to day sense of wellness.  In both in the short term and long.  So let’s get started!

There are six types of meditation.  The aims of each type are different, but in some instances, maybe many, they share common health benefits.  Keep in mind, that the greater the span of months that you include it in your routine, the greater the effect of the benefits of meditation.


  1. Reduces stress  and studies suggest that the ability to regulate emotions is permanent.
  2. Improves your concentration.  I once read someone commenting that “it’s like weight lifting for your attention span.  So the  more you do it, the stronger your ‘concentrating muscle’ becomes”. I thought that was a pretty good word picture when I read it.  And like everything else, the more you exercise this ‘muscle’, the easier it kicks into action automatically and the more capable it becomes as well.
  3. Improves your creativity…..because you’ve learned to focus and to ignore distractions.
  4. Encourages a healthier lifestyle.  You’ll be more likely to eat choose healthier foods, give up some bad habits, etc.
  5. Helps us learn to slow down mentally which makes changes in our bodies at the molecular level.
  6. Increases our brains desire and ability to look for good things in life.  Studies have shown that in meditation, there’s more activity on the left prefrontal cortex of your brain and that’s where the feel good feelings come from.  In contrast, the right side which is where the reactions from negative emotions occur, sees a slowing and reduction in it’s activity.  This benefit could be included in a discussion on the spiritual benefits of meditation couldn’t it?
  7. Studies have shown that your ability to remember things is improved.  And it’s even been shown to help some people with dementia as they struggle to hold onto their memories longer.  In addition, it should be mentioned that it can help people who are caring for a family member with dementia, as they deal with the stress that comes in that kind of life situation.


….8 More Benefits of Meditation For You!


  1. Helps you learn to lower your blood pressure.  High blood pressure can contribute to heart disease and strokes but it was found in a study of 996 volunteers, that when they meditated by simply focusing on a silent mantra, that their blood pressure dropped  by five points.  Furthermore, in my experience, the peacefulness of heart (lowered blood pressure?) after your practise is something that you take with you into the rest of your day.  Thus a long term benefit of meditation as well as immediate!
  2. Slows aging!  I should have opened with that shouldn’t I?   Because that’s exactly what we’re all looking for!  A way to slow this whole process of getting old!  Just like blueberries, pecans and dark chocolate are antioxidants, one of the benefits of meditation is it’s antioxidant effect  Who knew eh!
  3. There’s a bunch of things that cause free radicals in our bodies.  Things like fried foods, alcohol, smoking, pesticides, etc.  And while we may love some of those things (like the fried foods, the barbecue, or the drink after work)  those free radicals that result, are busy doing some serious damage to our cells, our cell membranes and our DNA . This in turn impacts our health in unseen ways to begin with.  But eventually that damage begins to show up in the growing crop of wrinkles, hardened arteries and eventually illnesses.  One of the benefits of meditation is that it reduces inflammation that is the result of stress.  Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol which causes inflammation and is the basis of not only all kinds of diseases but accelerates aging.  When you meditate and learn to guide your own reactions to the stresses of life, you condition your body to not release cortisol.  Without cortisol, there’s a reduction in inflammation and thus, less likelihood of disease.
  4. Appears to improve your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep because it boosts the level of melatonin (the ‘sleep hormone’) which your body makes. 
  5. Increases the amount of brain matter even though you’re aging!  A common feature of aging is that we lose grey matter.  Just a fact of life so to speak!  But using magnetic resonance imaging, researchers were able to see that long time meditators had thicker brain tissue.  There was more of it.  So instead of loosing important brain cells, you can actually add to them!  How cool is that!
  6. Lowers your cholesterol.
  7. Blesses you with an improvement in mood or anxiety disorders!
  8. Decrease in hospitalization costs and lost work income due to improvements in so many aspects of health.Pink Pinterest Pin, Buddha in an oval frame and overlaid with a stylized lotus flower, 15 Health Benefits Of Meditation



As I wrote that heading, I was thinking of the potential impact it might have to people of any of the recognized faith’s, as well as those who have differing belief systems or even espouse none.   So I’m going to let you know my take on this.  I think we are all spiritual beings in the sense that there is an energy that we cannot see that ’causes’ life and thought to happen in these physical bodies of ours.   Some people chose to personalize that energy, give the credit to Creator  and others don’t.  But we all have that life force or energy (or you wouldn’t be reading this or doing much of anything for that matter!)  There is this visible, physical aspect of us, as well as a spiritual side to each of us.

And I think the life that we each decide to lead is our expression of that spiritual aspect of ourselves.  As such, meditation is an opportunity for the believer and the non-believer to connect with either your Deity or Higher Power or to get in touch with a better understanding of your own emotions and actions.  The goal in either case is the same, to live a happier, more authentic life.  I guess you could say that meditation is simply the act of taking time to focus on that which is the most important to you.


  1. One of the benefits of meditation is that it helps us clarify our understanding of who we are.  We understand more how we are all connected and how we all benefit from working or living in harmony.

  2. It encourages a greater self awareness.   We get  so tied up in the chaos of day to day living and tend to become a little insular and focused on self.  Meditating gives us an opportunity to ‘know’ ourselves  and to recognize the really small part that we play on a big planet and in a huge universe.  At the same time, we tend to develop a better concept of how important each one of us is, to the smooth running of society.  You are significant, I am significant…All for One and One for All kind of thinking!

  3. It’s an opportunity to connect with the Source of our humanity, our strength, our love.

  4. We can experience growth in our desire to be kind.   We find it easier to accept others.

  5. It trains or conditions our brains to look for the good news stories in life.  Studies have shown that when you meditate, the left side of your brain is more active.  The beauty of that is that the left side is the home of your ‘feel good centre’.  This is where your happy emotions come from.  So ‘meditation = happy’!  As we’re all pleasure seekers, if you strengthen that side of the brain, you’ll be more inclined to look for more of what makes you feel good.  You can see how the benefits of meditation could see you becoming an enabler of your own happiness?

Black and white stylized lotus on blue background.

The lotus, symbol of purity of mind & body, even while rooted in the world.



I Googled ‘types of meditation’ and the search brought up anywhere from 5 to 23 different types.   While the actual practises of some of these types, may differ, they do share many common benefits of meditation.  The secret is to find which suits you personally and then make a habit of implementing one of them every day.  Give yourself permission too, to try a number of them.  What you enjoy today may not work tomorrow.  Like everything else in life, variety is the spice of life!  Well, maybe that’s true unless……. you’re like me and your routines are immutable!  Yep, love my routines I do!

 Spiritual Meditation

Now if you choose a Spiritual focus, you’ll be following in ancient and well worn footsteps of other cultures.  Practises of  centuries old Buddhism or Hinduism, but also relevant even to some Western Christian traditions as well.  This type of meditation  is often characterized by it’s elements of prayer and self reflection.  And while the religious person may be seeking a closer unity with a Higher Deity, the Buddhists goal (for example) is to become the best person you can be.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation has become very popular in our Western cultures.  Having few prerequisites beyond a quiet place to focus and a comfortable sitting position, the basic method is to focus on your breathing and have that as your starting point.  Furthermore, when you notice that your thoughts have strayed, just letting that thought pass by while you begin listening again and noticing the sounds and movements of your breathe, in and then out, in and then out.

As you become more comfortable with this practise you’ll go to it automatically. Standing in the checkout line at the supermarket, waiting for your doctor, steeling yourself to deal with a difficult situation.  When you feel stress piling on, that moment to focus on your breathe. Take a couple of deep, slow breathes and regroup mentally.  In a matter of moments, you’ll feel a now familiar calm returning to your mind and body.

Movement Meditation

While I’ve been a yoga practitioner for years now, I’ve never really thought about it as a form of meditation.  Having said that, the benefits of meditation in combination with the body discipline of yoga are pretty clear.  Any physical practise like yoga, or Tai Chi or Quigong are going to require a certain comfort with those practises in order to get the best effects.  I would think that when you’ve gotten past the need for active thinking about what your next movement is going to be, the more possible it is to let go of the process, in order to allow your mind to experience the flow of the movement and synchronicity of mind and body.  Therein is the meditation.

Focused Meditation

Actually every ‘method’ of meditation is  ‘focused’.   The real principal here is that whatever you are doing, you’re giving it your full attention.  In our modern world with a thousand distractions and what feels like an endless list of responsibilities, we’ve convinced ourselves that we can not only be fully functional multi-taskers, but that we get more and ‘better’ done, by engaging in it.

Making use of focused meditation in your daily life means, when you eat, you eat.  You savour the taste, the texture, the process.  When you read a book, the tv is off and you see the words, feel the words, understand the words.  When you wash the dishes, you do only that and experience everything about it, from the heat of the water, the texture of the suds, to the satisfaction of seeing the counter cleared and cleaned and ready for the next day.  Each activity has the potential for you to experience the benefits of meditation in these reflective moments.

Visualization Meditation

This kind of meditation will make use of mental images of ‘your happy place’.  A beautiful lake, some place you love to go, maybe a peaceful woodland or an isolated beach.  Some who want to take this kind of practise a little deeper, often enlist the guidance of teachers. Guides who may help them make use of symbolic mandela’s or guided imagery.  Emblems  that have the potential to take our focus off our own chaotic, busy thoughts.

Chanting Meditation


Mantra’s are often ‘given’ by a teacher or a guru. But you can also chose a word or sound that has personal meaning to you.  It’s not so much the word itself that has power, but the rhythm and repetition of it in the quietness that gives you a focus for your attention.  Buddhism, Hinduism, Catholicism, each make use of this tradition.  The words used are different, one isn’t better than the other.  But the result is ostensibly the same.  Focusing the mind.  Leading to opening up to a greater awareness of one’s place in the grand scheme of things.   Not to mention, a sense of peace in the here and now.


Pink Pinterest pin with woman seated and meditating outside-15 Benefits of Meditation That Could Be Yours


You know, the older I get, the more I appreciate the many Mysteries of the Universe.  This is one of them.  Just think, people of a thousand years or more ago, were engaging in a practise, that today science is discovering is sooo good for us in so many ways!  It’s really quite amazing isn’t it?  How did they know?   Anyway, I hope you enjoyed learning about this stuff.  And if you have any comments or thoughts on any of it, I’d sure love to hear from you.  Or hey, if you’ve recently  decided to try meditation, I’d love to hear about that especially!

Love to you all and have a great day, wherever you are!



As always, I remind you that while I’ve spent the last 20 years focusing on and learning to ‘grow’ my own health, I’m not a medical doctor.  What I’m sharing here is based on my own experiences and the things that I’ve learned from the real experts!  Those are the researchers and doctors who’ve seen the actual patients, worked in the labs and write the medical reports that are sprinkled throughout these posts.

My goal is to motivate and help you find your best way to live a healthier and more peaceful life.  I and Ageless at Sixty cannot be held liable for any resulting injury or adverse change in health status.

I also advise that any changes that might affect your health status be checked with your accredited physician.  This would include changes to your exercise routines and any medications you might be taking or other supplements.

As well, this blog and each post may contain affiliate links.  That means that if you buy something through them, I’ll receive a commission, at no extra cost to you.

2 In Food/ Reviews

My Vitamix Blender is an Oldie, But Still a Goodie!

My Vitamix blender arrived in my kitchen back in 1992.   Always being the sort of guy on the look out for ‘bigger, better whatever’, my husband came home with it.  Heavy, solid, having both a wet container and a dry grains container, it hummed like a high powered dynamo, and reduced everything to either the smoothest of liquids or the finest of powders.  I was impressed!  Until he told me how much he paid for it.

It’s awful hard to remember what happened 20+  years ago or how much you paid for something, but it seems to me that our Vitamix cost us somewhere in the vicinity of $600.00.  Twenty years ago, that was a shocking price for a home blender!  But you know what?   I’m still using it and it’s never shown any sign of slowing down.  The white plastic housing has gotten yellow over time, and the inside of the containers have scratches and staining that just won’t come out, but it operates like the day my extravagant husband brought it home.  Am I pleased with my Vitamix blender?  You betcha!


So How Much Do They Cost?

Nowadays the price has come down a bit and you can buy one through the Vitamix website for between $249.95 US for a basic Legacy Series or Personal Series.  Or you can go as high as $619.95  for the Ascent version which is a programmable machine.  Ours is from the Legacy series that currently sells for around $449.95.

Not only can you make the creamiest smoothies, with every scrap of fruit or vegetable and including seeds, completely pulverized, but guess what?  You can even make a hot soup with them because the blades of the Vitamix blender rotate so fast that they create enough friction to heat up your ingredients to soup bowl ready!  How cool is that?  Oh, wrong word, okay, how hot is that?

It’s powerful enough to have a list of uses.  I’ve already mentioned the smoothies and hot soups, but add to that, baby food, nut butters, frozen desserts, batters, sauces, non-dairy milks, dips and spreads.

Designed for home use, our Vitamix Blender Model 5200 Standard has the following specs:

  • Dimensions: 20.5 x 8.75 x7.25
  • Blades:  Laser-cut, stainless steel that are 3” across
  • HP: 2 HP
  • Blade rotation:  39,000 RPM
  • Weight: 10 lbs. 9 oz.
  • Cord: 6 feet long

The Vitamix blender also comes with a tamper tool.  It fits through the opening in the top of the rubber lid.  This makes it easy to push break up blockages.    To be honest though, before I lost mine in one of our many moves, I don’t think I really used it all that much.  The rotation is so fast that it creates quite a draw that pulls everything down to the blades with relative ease.  As well, the tall, fluted sides of the container help to keep things moving around smoothly and efficiently.

Vitamix Blender can grind whole grains like wheat and coffee beans

And What About The Dry Grains Container?    

The dry grains container has slightly different shaped blades in it, that do a great job of moving the grains. That different shape keeps the grains bouncing around.  Not an engineer but that’s my guess.  Anyway, because I’ve never been overly interested in baking, this container wasn’t one that got much use in our home although I did experiment with it a few times.  I can see where someone might find it very useful if you were a fan of using different grains that might be unavailable as a flour.

Additional Design Features of the Vitamix Blender Are…..

It’s a heavy machine, but the rubber feet, in combination with the weight, help to keep it from moving across the counter.  On the top there is a sort of molded rubber pad that fits around the part that makes the blades inside the container spin. I guess you could call it a sort of gasket.  It’s purpose would be to cushion the hard plastic container and prevent rattling when it’s in use.  The beauty of that pad is that you can easily pull it off for washing.  Also easy  to clean up any bits or spills that happen when you’re using it.  And Putting it back on, very easy!

The Vitamix Warranty

The warranty on a Vitamix blender is seven years.   But we’ve had ours for 25 and never had any problems with it.  So yes, this is a dependable and durable machine that you’ll be happy to own.

Pre-Chopping Foods and Vitamix Blenders

Another thing that’s great about it is that you don’t have to waste time chopping things quite fine.  If you don’t mind listening to the clunking for a few seconds, it easily reduces 1” chunks of carrots to pulp or equally, reduces your soaked almonds when you’re making almond milk, to a wet slurry in a minute at high speed.   I would say too, that the noise the motor makes is not too bad, all things considered and the sound of any hard veggies hitting the sides of the container at the beginning is probably the worst of it.  Considering too, that it will be turned on for only a minute or two at the most, unless you’re making a pureed soup which would take about 6 minutes, the noise level is quite acceptable.

Vitamix Blender with assortment of fruits for smoothies

Is The Vitamix Easy to Clean?

Cleaning is also pretty simple.  After you’ve poured your smoothies or soup out, just add a drop of dishwashing liquid and some hot water, put it back on the base and give it a spin at top speed for about 15 seconds and voila, you’ve cleaned off any oils  or bits that might have adhered to the sides.  Then a thorough rinse in the sink and you’re done!  My only complaint is that the standard containers have never fit in any of my dishwashers even though they are dishwasher safe.  Just a little bit too tall to stand upright so that the jets got up in it.  But cleaning is so easy, that has never been an issue really.

And How Does the Vitamix Stack Up Against Other Blenders?

A website called Raw Food Life did a comparison review between the Vitamix Blender and another machine, both of which are used and loved by professional cooks, cook book authors and in retail ‘smoothie’ establishments, and the outcome was that they are equally matched  and terrific appliances.  As the 20 year owner of a Vitamix, I’m happy to tell you, that I’ve never regretted our purchase and if you decide that it’s time to grace your kitchen with a brand spanking new Vitamix that come in black, white or red (depending on which model you buy), you will never be dissatisfied.

Vitamix Blender use assorted colourful fruits and vegetables to make smoothies

An assortment of delicious fruits and veggies to choose from for your next smoothie health adventure!





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But I promise too, that I will only be endorsing products, services or merchants that I’ve personally used or tested.  Also I promise that they’ll only be great products or great people to do business with.  Any information given or opinions shared on any pages of this website are my personal views.  I would always encourage you to do additional personal research should you plan on making a purchase, etc.

4 In Health/ Looking Beautiful

What Can Facial Massage Do For Your Aging Skin?

When I was younger, facial massage wasn’t even a blip on my personal radar.    ThenI realized that I could see the wrinkles without getting up close and personal with my mirror.  It was time for a change in my philosophy of doing nothing.  And that meant figuring out what I needed to do.

So let’s talk now.  We’ll talk about the benefits of facial massage and we’ll talk about skin.  It’s structure, it’s function and how it changes as we age.

 The natural followup to that  is what kinds of products are the most useful.  With the goal being to support a glowing, lovely texture that we can present to the world.   That’s an interesting topic though that I’ve covered here .

Your Skin and All Its Layers

Your skin is made up of three layers.  They are:    

  1. The outer stratum corneum or the epidermis.  It’s a protective layer of fat, oils and aging or dead skin cells that help keep moisture in your body and specifically in your skin.  It protects you from infection and from trauma to the living skin cells deeper down.  It’s comprised to of about 30% water, which accounts for the suppleness.  And the application of moisturizers prevents the evaporation of that important fluid.  And just as you don’t want the paint on your car to get cracked or chipped to protect the structure underneath,  it’s important to prevent cracks and fissures in your skin.  Facial massage helps you do that!
  2. Below the outer epidermis, there’s another layer called the dermis.  This is where you have blood vessels, nerves, hair follicles and oil glands.  This is the layer that feeds your epidermis and keeps it healthy looking.
  3. The bottom layer below the dermis is the sub-cutaneous layer.  Here you have sweat glands, more hair follicles, blood vessels and fat.

Each layer contains connective tissue that give it support.  They are the collagen and elastin fibres that provide flexibility and strength.


Changes in Your Aging Skin

As we age, there are a lot of changes that happen to our skin that impact not only our looks but also our health in extreme situations.  I’ve listed some of those changes and if you can’t see any of them yet in yourself, I’m sure that you’ll remember an old aunt or uncle to whom many of these apply.

  • The outer layer gets thinner and your skin looks more translucent.  This means the blood veins below the surface become visible.  You may develop dark shadows beneath your eyes where you never had them before.  That’s suddenly become a noticeable issue for me by the way.  Remember my post where I was complaining about my ‘hungry, desperate racoon look’? 
    Ageless at Sixty: Facial Massage can help.

    Shadows under your eyes just like a little racoon? Start with the right skin care and go from there…


  • Pigmented cells decrease in number and the remaining ones become more stretched out.  What you’re left with are various kinds of age spots that begin to show up.  And even those darker areas will look translucent.
  • Connective tissue changes occur.  They begin to clump together but are more brittle so those bonds break easier, thus allowing your skin to sag.  And if you’ve been someone who spent a lot of time outdoors, your skin might have a stiffer, almost leathery look.

    Ageless at Sixty, Facial Massage

    Facial massage and moisturizers are good no matter where you live.

  • Blood vessels become thinner also, meaning they’re more fragile so you’ll bruise easier.  Therefore you need to go lightly.
  • Skin becomes drier and less oily, so it’s not uncommon to feel itchy frequently.
  • The subcutaneous fat layer thins also, which means less padding and insulation.  You get cold easier and it’s easier to injure your skin.  That’s why seniors who are chair bound or bed ridden frequently get pressure sores and invariably are cranking up the heat in their apartment!
  • This one was new to me and I’ll bet you never thought much of this either!  If you are taking any sort of medications or a vitamin that is fat soluble, the thinning fat layer means you won’t absorb them as well.  Obviously then, the benefit of them will change.  Thus your doctor needs to check your levels of those sorts of medicines as you get older.
  • Sweat glands begin to sweat less, so you can overheat more easily.
  • Healing slows down as you get older.


Dangers To Your Skin!

Aging, sun exposure, smoking, nutrient deficiencies and the expected drop in your estrogen levels all have an impact.  While some things can’t be undone, you can be proactive going forward.   I’ve talked about the different effects of two types of really useful products in another post  (Make link here)   but for today let’s just focus on the way to apply those wonderful products shall we!


Why Massage Your Face and How to Do It.

So how do you perform facial massage to support your skin health?   Massaging your face 3 minutes a day after you’ve cleansed it, improves circulation which in turn brings nutrients to your skin and helps to flush toxins and cellular debris.  It also helps remove dead skin cells believe it or not.  Some types of creams help to soften the bonds that hold those cells together so that when you exfoliate, it’s easier to get rid of the old to make way for the new!

While I love the feeling of a good  vigorous facial massage, I’ve actually made adjustments in how I work my creams or lotions in.  I’ve lightened up a lot on the touch.  And where the skin is especially delicate like around my eyes and where there are areas threatening to turn to wrinkle city, I’ve adopted a different approach.    Facial massage soothes and brings nutrients to your skin.

In a regular body massage, a process  called percussion or tapatoment is often used.  It’s purpose is to increase blood circulation and to help tone muscle and can be rather aggressive.  The reason that I’ve started using this method instead of rubbing on my face, is because of the structural changes that occur. The collagen and elastin fibres under the surface are becoming more brittle.  Your skin is also thinning.  Thinking of it logically, if gravity has the potential to stretch my face skin and create wrinkles, then how much more can the daily stretching that happens if I’m rubbing and pulling on my skin when I give myself a facial massage?

So instead, I gently tap with my fingertips.  That way the skin isn’t stretching even while fresh, nutrient filled blood is being drawn into the area more energetically.  It basically works the same way as giving your cheeks a little pinch when you don’t have time to pull out your blusher but still want to enhance a rosy look in that moment.

Method for Facial Massage, Step 1

With my hair pinned back, an application of a moisturizing cream is first on my forehead.  Being very careful not to stretch the skin, I usually focus some attention to the wrinkled areas, putting a little more pressure there and particularly at the bridge of my nose.  Remember to always do your strokes with the wrinkle lines rather than against.  You don’t want to be accidentally wrinkling that skin more than it already is.  Percussion or tapping isn’t really appropriate here because the bone is just under the surface throughout.

Facial Massage Step 2

Moving down your face and starting at the inner corner of the eyes and my nose,  smooth your cream on very gently a couple times, moving outward to the ear and then down along the jaw bone. This also follows the locations of some of the lymphatic glands in the face.  When everything has a nice even application, I do the tapping thing very gently at the fleshy areas and always outwards, from your eyes, to just in front of your ears and down the jaw.Ageless at Sixty - What Can Facial Massage Do For Your Skin?

Facial Massage Step 3

The next area you’re going to address will be under your nose and around your mouth.  Apply your cream evenly, then begin your gentle tapping with the fingertips of both your hands.  Start just under your nose and move outward, across the bottom of your cheeks and to the corners of your jawbone and down into your neck just a bit.

The last area to address is under your bottom lip.  Starting at the centre, move outwards to the corner of the jaw bone again. End by stroking lightly into the upper neck area.

Facial Massage Step 4

Finally you’ll finish off by generously applying moisturizer to your  neck and then with both hands, begin sweeping the cream repeatedly up from the collar bones to your jaw.  Always work up because again, you’re trying to prevent your skin from sagging and slumping and giving you that dreaded ‘old lady neck’!  So work it up ladies, work it up!

I hope this has given you some new ideas on how to take care of your face and a new commitment to pamper yourself daily with a little, quick facial massage.   If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d sure love to chat with you so take a moment and share please!

Love to you all and have a great day, wherever you are!


While I’ve spent the last 20 years focusing on  my own health, I’m not a medical doctor.  What I’m sharing here is based on my own experiences and the things that I’ve learned from the real experts!  Those are the researchers and doctors who’ve seen the actual patients, worked in the labs and write the medical reports and whose reports I’ve read.

My goal is to motivate and help you find your best way to live a healthier and more peaceful life.  I and Ageless at Sixty cannot be held liable for any resulting injury or adverse change in health status.

 You should check with your doctor when you change anything that affects your health status. This would include changes to exercise routines and any medications you might be taking or other supplements.

As well, this blog and each post may contain affiliate links.  That means that if you buy something through them, I’ll receive a commission, at no extra cost to you.

4 In Health/ Looking Beautiful

Moisturizers For Dry Skin and Why They Work For You!

Ageless at Sixty: Moisturizers for Dry Skin and Why They Work For You

There are many moisturizers for dry skin that have been produced and perfected over many years by the cosmetics industry.  And all with a view to helping you meet the needs of changing skin on your face and neck, hands and arms.  And doubtless, we’ve all heard the list of skin ‘dangers’ that we’re up against.  Aging, the sun, smoking, eating badly and the icing on the cake, a reduction in our estrogen levels.  Our skin is up against a lot wouldn’t you say?

We’ve chatted elsewhere too about the changes that happen in our skin as we get older. In addition, I’ve also shared what I think is a useful variation on facial massage.  So now, I thought that I’d talk here just a little bit about why you should pick two specific types of moisturizers for dry skin.  Consider them your tools in the fight against wrinkles.  And as any expert tradesperson knows, it’s always a good thing to know your tools.  So yes, learning about the ‘tools’ and who should use them!  Good focus right?

Knowing Which Facial Moisturizers For Dry Skin Are Best….

First of all, everyone who has skin should be using them.  Even if you have oily skin, this recommendation applies to you!  Cosmetic companies with excellent marketing programs have convinced us all that the place to start is the use of various soaps and astringents and alcohol based goodies.  They do the trick of cleaning that nasty oil slick off your face and for a short while, your makeup looks fabulous and stays right where you put it.

The problem is that using that stuff over time, makes your skin respond by producing much more oil to make up for what you continually strip away.  So it isn’t long before that lovely, fresh look that you spent time on achieving is starting to glisten again anyway.  Glistening is not the look you were hoping for though is it?  And while the clean effect might be only temporary, using harsh chemicals on your face can lead to damage on your skin. In addition, as we get older and our skin becomes more delicate , that damage can last longer and be harder to correct.

So for anyone who is still young enough to be dealing with oily skin, you should clean your face with a natural product.  I’ve written a little piece that you can access here, to find out how I clean mine.  Completely safe, 100% natural and available this minute in your kitchen!  What could be better eh?  Sorry, no hints on what it is, you’re going to have to check it out but you won’t be disappointed, I guarantee!  

Finally, now that you’ve cleaned your skin, you can use a moisturizer and I’m going to suggest you chose a water based or gel moisturizer if you have oily skin or dry.  And if you’ve finally moved past the ‘oily skin’ phase of life, I’d suggest the same water based moisturizer for dry skin to start with and then topping it off with something a little heavier and creamier to create a barrier against evaporation.

What are the components of moisturizers for dry skin that we should be using and why they do what they do?

The first thing you should know about are humectants and what their role in skin care products is.  You’ve probably met up with humectants in other areas of your day to day.  For example, if you buy a tub of protein powder, you’ll find the little packet inside that absorbs the moisture from the air, keeping your food product dry and safe to use.  Or maybe you’ve recently bought a new camera and have noticed a little packet tucked in the box, also with the express purpose of keeping humidity away from your new toy.  Those are little packages of a ‘humectant’.

Some Natural Humectants Are……Ageless at Sixty, Aloe Vera in pot.

While an emollient cream will soothe and soften your skin and prevent water loss, there are several products in the ‘humectant’ line.  Sorbitol, glycerin, urea, aloe vera…variously used in lotions and creams for this one reason.  Humectants are tiny molecules that draw moisture to themselves and are ideal in moisturizers for dry skin.

Consequently when you smooth them on, they’re absorbed where they begin to attract moisture from both the atmosphere and from the deep down layers of your skin, all of which is going to make your outer, visible skin very happy.  It may even ‘glow’ in response to your kindness and isn’t that what we’re all looking for?  No glisten, just glow!

In addition to  moisturizers for dry skin, humectants are used in other products including hair conditioners, body cleansers, eye and lip care products.  An example of  natural humectants that are derived from plants would be aloe vera or glycerine.

An Example of The Benefits of One Natural Humectant…

Glycerine’s many benefits for example, include:

  • Maintaining water levels in your  skin, keeping it soft and supple and preventing that scaly looking, dry skin that might make you feel sometimes, like you’re all costumed up for a remake of Godzilla and itchy everywhere!
  • It also helps protect your skin’s collagen levels and enhances the healing process.
  • Anti-aging effect because it protects the collagen in your skin (which helps to keep your aging skin from sagging)
  • It’s a natural exfoliant that encourages the breakdown of the dead skin cells at the surface.
  • Absorbs water from the air, to further support your skin’s moisture levels.  This of course, justifies it’s use in various types of moisturizers for dry skin.
  • Helps fight some skin conditions like psoriasis by causing those problem areas to slow down in the aging process of the cells that results in the development of thickened and scaly skin plaques.


Ageless at Sixty: Moisturizers for Dry Skin And Why They Work For You!



Then there’s another item that I’m sure you’ve heard advertised,  called Hyaluronic acid.  This compound is a natural humectant product that actually occurs in your own body and in many fruits and other plants.  You might even have heard of expensive cosmetic brands advertising this as one of their key ingredients.  And one more natural compound that’s also found in various plant foods is alpha hydroxy acid.  That too, is something you’ll see being advertised in cosmetics.

While there are synthetic products available, I always think that it’s best to stay as natural as possible. Go plant based when it comes to anything that you’re going to slather on your skin. Look for moisturizers for dry skin that contain glycerine, sorbitol, urea, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid or alpha hydroxy acid.

A Good Source for Info….

The Well Blog is a great site to search out which products contain any of the aforementioned goodies.  Just click on one of the items and its page will open up.  There you can read about them, including some of their key ingredients.  This is a website that I highly recommend.  If I can’t find things I need in the store, it’s often available at The Well.  I’ve also found their delivery time is excellent.  You can even send little parcels as gifts to a friend and for a fee, they’ll wrap it as a gift with a little message from you.

There is some thinking that in a very dry environment, humectants can actually pull too much moisture from the deep layers of your skin.  To get around that issue, making use of a heavier cream moisturizer, called an occlusive, on top can be a barrier to outside evaporation.  Thus the humectant pulls the abundant moisture of the lower layers up to the surface where you’ll  see the benefits.  Some products apparently contain both a humectant as well as the protective cream product which makes them very easy to use.  Examples of an straight occlusive might be petroleum jelly, mineral oil, shea butter, coconut oil or olive oil.


In conclusion…

So there you have it, the Moisturizers for Dry Skin 101!  Humectants to draw moisture into the skin on your face and occlusives to keep it there.  I hope that you found this as interesting as I did.  It seems not a day goes by that I’m not marvelling at some new tidbit of information.  Most noteworthy today has been getting to understand my own skin just a little more!    And if you’ve found it interesting too, or have something  to add, I would love to hear from you!  So don’t be afraid to comment okay?

Love to you all and have a great day, wherever you are!


While I’ve spent the last 20 years focusing on and learning to ‘grow’ my own health, I’m not a medical doctor.  What I’m sharing here is based on my own experiences and the things that I’ve learned from the real experts!  Those are the researchers and doctors who’ve seen the actual patients, worked in the labs and write the medical reports that I’ve come across and read.

My goal is to motivate and help you find your best way to live a healthier and more peaceful life.  I and Ageless at Sixty cannot be held liable for any resulting injury or adverse change in health status.

I also advise that any changes that might affect your health status be checked with your doctor.  This would include changes to your exercise routines and any medications you might be taking or other supplements.

And lastly, this blog and each post may contain affiliate links.  That means that if you buy something through them, I’ll receive a commission, at no extra cost to you.

0 In Relationships

Getting Along With Others?  One Change That Makes It Possible!

Ageless at Sixty - Getting Along With Others? One Change Makes It Possible.

Generally speaking, getting along with others is just about the hardest thing you’ll ever try to do.  And it’s never ending!  Sure, there’s bound to be the odd ‘kindred spirit’ who comes along and thank God for them right!  But the rest of the world can tax the patience of a saint.  The problem is, none of us are saints.  We are moms and dads, kids and grandparents, friends, cashiers at stores……..  and nary a saint in the whole crowd!

What if I told you that there is one thing you could do that would make it possible?  One change you could make that will  smooth away many of the potholes and pitfalls in much of your life journey.  Would you be interested?  Now that’s not to say that it’s going to be easy!  No sirree!  Getting along with people can sometimes have a price and in this case, one that kind of goes against some of our most basic instincts.

I’ve been thinking about this for a while lately and I’ve come to some conclusions about getting along with others.

Getting along with folks isn’t any easier just because we’re all older.   In fact the ‘rules’  seem more complicated, the results are often less satisfying and it’s infinitely more exhausting at times.  Maybe that’s one of the reasons why, the older we get, the fewer close acquaintances and even real friends we have.  We just start feeling like we don’t want to be bothered.

Psychologists, who make a very good living by helping us figure out how to get along,  listen to us moan and whine about the people we know and love.  They make suggestions that prod us into ever deepening self analysis of our own responses.

And if we’re paying attention, we begin to see and understand our own patterns of reactions.    They teach us things like, what is passive aggressive, how not to speak over each other, how to acknowledge others ideas.   We even learn to really listen to other peoples words, instead of being busy planning our defence for the next break in their flow of opinions. The rules and guidelines of getting along you know.  Most importantly, if we’re really paying attention, they help us see that the different opinion isn’t a threat, only a different opinion.

Are you feeling like you need to control everything, including the other guy?

I think it’s a natural part of human nature to feel that we have to have control.  It’s Ageless at Sixty: Getting Along With Others? One Change That Makes It Possible!probably some kind of inherent life saving function!  Control your environment and you live.  Lose control and you die.  At a primitive, instinctive level, that’s pretty simple and pretty darn motivating for sure!  So where does getting along with others fall?

The problem is that on a day to day level, having someone disagree with you feels like sort of an attack or a threat to your ideas or plans, so most of us instantly get defensive!  And the best defence is an offence right?   A bit of attitude, the rolling eyes, a touch of sarcasm in a reply maybe.    One more bruise, one more bloody nose to our ego’s.  Or to theirs.

And while there are rules about getting along that can help us do better when it comes to our relationships, more often than not, we either forget or ignore them entirely.  Things like building up the other guys’ sense of importance, giving sincere appreciation and hey,  avoiding trying to openly reform people!  Those are three really obvious ideas out of many.  I would say the single great philosophy at the heart of all the rules, is a goal of respecting the next guy.  But how do we do that?  What one single thing can we do, that shows our respect for them, for their right to be who they are?

Most People Just Want Some Inner Peace!     

Ageless at Sixty-Getting Along With Others? One Change That Will Make It Possible?                  I think it’s fair to say that most of us are looking for some sort of inner peace or contentment.  There are a lot of things that you can control in your life that’ll give you that.  Controlling the mess in your house, achieve some degree of inner peace.  And you can control the number of times you agree to do things for others, some more inner peace.  Then there’s controlling what kind of work you’ll do, what kind of career you’ll pursue and if all goes well, inner peace sort of.  You have that level of control in some parts of your life.

But there’s one way for sure, that you won’t have control and most of the time you just have to let the chips fall where they may.  That one area, where it’s 50% out of your hands is in getting along with the people you know or meet.   We don’t want to be alone so they’re going to be there, but at the same time, ‘they’ insist on being different than us.

In Book 3 of  the series, Conversations With God,  Neale Donald Walsch writes:

“Love has no requirements.  That’s what makes it Love.  If your love for another is laden with requirements, then it is not Love at all, but some counterfeit version”. 

In a journal that I was keeping at the time, I wrote that down and underneath it I wrote “Shelve your expectations (requirements)  for your kids and instead let your love be filled with hope for them.  Out of that loving hopefulness, they will find courage and the room they need to explore and achieve the highest level that completes them”.

Ageless at Sixty: Offer them love, not expectations.

I wrote that as I was thinking about my adult kids, remembering them as children.  It’s easy to think like that when they are little and learning and sorting things out in their minds.  It gets tougher though when they grow up.  You begin to look at them differently.  ‘He’s an adult, he should know better’, or ‘I never taught her that, how could she not do it the right way, the way I showed her’!  Or ‘his parents raised him like that?  Oh my Gosh!’

What I’ve realized though is that even as our kids grow up and become adults with different goals and ways of doing things in life, the same can be said of every person we know, including ourselves.  Friends, family, everyone else.  We’re all just exploring the lives that we’ve chosen, different and varied as they are!

Wouldn’t You Rather Just Celebrate  Life Bonus’s?


Ageless at Sixty: Getting Along With Everyone? One Change That Makes It Possible!

So here’s the thing.  In most instances, the opinion’s that we have about the inconsequential things of life won’t change anything.  They  won’t change because you disagree with how that person dresses or what kind of music they like or the type of books they read.  But the relationship itself will change.  What harms us all is the expectations that we have of one another.

I think when we expect people to act or be a certain way, and then they don’t, somewhere deep down we take it it’s like a tiny, deliberate snub!  Here’s the thing though, …..you can learn …… to quit ……. having  …..expectations! 


That’s right, I said quit having expectations of each other! 


If you make the decision to learn to do that and  you quit expecting certain ways of living or dressing or having fun from people, you’re disappointed less often.  And if you’re not trying to manage your disappointment or irritation, then it’s a sure bet that getting along becomes a lot easier.  The beauty of that idea too, is that when somebody happens to do something that’s pretty much in line with what you would do or think, then it’s like a major life bonus!

There Are Differences in the Non-negotiables of Life and the Things That Aren’t Your Business.

Now I’m not talking about the important expectations okay?  Things to do with getting a job and taking care of responsibilities, paying the bills, dog to the vet, that sort of thing.  Those are non-negotiable.  What is negotiable is all the other stuff.  The music thing, how people dress, what kinds of movies they see….even I think, what religion they follow or who they vote for.  Those are actually beyond non-negotiable.  They are simply none of our business.  But if we make it our business, there’s a good chance that the feel-good feeling we all love to have, will never show up or will fizzle fast.

I started thinking like this a couple years ago.  And it’s been a process.  Sometimes easier than others.  But the fact is, most of the time, people don’t want to hurt your feelings.  Most of the time, people are pretty considerate.  Getting along is as important to everyone else as it is to you.


Ageless at Sixty: Getting Along With Everyone? One Small Change Makes It Possible!

So when those moments happen that they think something different than you,  so what?  Do those occasional differences fall into the category of non-negotiable?  If not, then forget about it!  You’ll have nothing to feel disappointed about and you get to avoid the crushing pain of disappointment or at the very least, uncomfortable feelings of irritation.  And that’s always a good thing right?

Control the Things You Can and Let Everything Else Go!

I can’t control anyone else, but I have the power to control how often my feelings get hurt.  Getting along with others is easier if you don’t expect them to live up to standards that just aren’t them.  We all get to do this life our own way and the sooner we recognize that, the sooner we can begin to know the inner peace that comes from accepting everyone just as they are.

Shelving our expectations of each other is how we start that process.  The next step is just getting on with our own lives and doing the best we can in the things we do.

Don’t forget to leave a comment and share your experiences and wisdom on getting along with the people in your life. We’d love to hear about what’s worked for you.

As always, I remind you that while I’ve spent the last 20 years focusing on and learning to ‘grow’ my own health, I’m not a medical doctor.  What I’m sharing here is based on my own experiences and the things that I’ve learned from the real experts!  Those are the researchers and doctors who’ve seen the actual patients, worked in the labs and write the medical reports.

My goal is to motivate and help you find your best way to live a healthier and more peaceful life.  I and Ageless at Sixty cannot be held liable for any resulting injury or adverse change in health status.

As well, this blog and each post may contain affiliate links.  That means that if you buy something through them, I will receive a commission, at no extra cost to you.

0 In Looking Beautiful

Is a Simple Skin Care Routine On Your Radar?

Ageless at Sixty low rolling hills of desert

Skin care routine on your mind?   We all have one you know.  Anything ranging  from just water, to soap and water to an amazing assortment of products.  And every one of those products promises to not only clean your skin but reduce acne, brighten your complexion and smooth and soften (and make invisible???) the  craggy wrinkles that inevitably mar our youthful features, turning us into clones of our moms.

And then there’s menopause!  Just like it contributed to our mothers looking like ‘old women’, it’s going to have an effect on our skin. It’ll thin, loose its elasticity and become drier.  Sometimes it seems like there are parts of my body that suck the lotions in like the Mojave desert absorbs the rain!  If I listen carefully, I think I can almost hear a ‘slurping’ noise as I slather them on.


dry aging skin needs your help. Skin care should include exfoliation, cleaning, protecting


At the same time, as the deep tissue produces new skin cells which migrate to the surface, the outer layer is dying off. Hopefully the old cells are shedding.  But the older we get, the more uneven the whole process is.  This results in rough, dry patches and general dullness in our complexions.  And it’s the reason we might need to include regular exfoliation in our skin care program.

A good skin care routine works to smooth, clean and protect your skin.  Now soap might take care of the cleaning part, but why not resort to something that does all three?


So as the oils in your skin reach the surface, they collect the dust that’s drifting in the air.  It begins to clog and harden in your pores.  And that can lead to black heads, inflammation and ultimately bacterial infections resulting in pimples.  Taking all these factors into consideration, you really do need a skin care routine that goes beyond water or especially, soap and water.

Of course, it also depends on your skin type.  Dermatologists will tell you to select a type of exfoliation practise and product that suits you.  If your skin is thicker or oilier, they might suggest a more aggressive program which could include chemical peels, etc.  But if it’s very dry and sensitive as it is for some of us, than even a washcloth can provide enough of an effect.  If you’re not certain, get some professional advice as to which system of skin care would be best for your complexion.

Ageless at Sixty: Are You Looking For a Simple Skin Care Routine


While you’ve already gotten some expert advice about purchasing a good, basic assortment of makeup, I’m going to suggest something that is as close as your kitchen, to use even before you get to the makeup!

There are lots of things I like to keep uncomplicated and my skin care routine is one of them.  The only thing I use to remove makeup, clean my skin and smooth away the rough stuff, is a combination of olive oil, baking soda and my favourite essential oil, which happens to be cinnamon oil.  The essential oil is included because they’ve been shown to have amazing antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral benefits.  

Now strangely enough, olive oil is amazing for it’s ability to soften and clean away things like tree pitch, tar.  It will even get glues and gums out of your hair!  So it can fit in wonderfully as part of your skin care program.  It softens the dirty little plugs of old oil in your pores, making it easier to wash it away as well as getting any makeup and especially mascara off your face.



Ageless at Sixty: skin care oil cleansing

Coloured glass jars to store carrier and essential oils away from sunlight is very important.

Recipe for Super Simple DIY Facial Scrub

1/8 cup of olive oil

1/2 tablespoon of baking soda

2-5 drops of your favourite essential oil

1 glass container to hold your DIY product

Combine your ingredients in a clean glass container.  Put the jar’s lid on, give it a good shake and you’re all set.   Store this container in a drawer or the medicine cabinet of your bathroom.


How to Use This Super Simple DIY Facial Scrub

So start by dipping your fingertips in the oil and begin working it around your eyes and eyelashes.  Your skin there, is very delicate so light touch eh?

After you’ve finished gently massaging this area, dig a little deeper in the container so that you pick up a bit of the baking soda from the bottom.  Alternately, you could give the closed container a vigorous shake and before it has time to settle, dip your massaging fingers in again to just barely catch some of the floating baking soda.  This will give you a much lighter application.  I was thinking about it too, after all the reading that I’ve done on the topic, that it would probably be a good idea to do a ‘heavier’ cleanse about once a week and just make use of the lighter cleansing the rest of the time.

I’ll spend a few minutes spreading it around my whole face.  If you try this you’ll notice the abrasive feeling that is taking the rough, dead skin away.  You’ll also feel your face warming just a little bit from the improved circulation.

Another little tip, as you’re massaging your face, tense up your facial muscles.  That holds your skin a little tauter so that you aren’t stretching it overly much.  Pulling and stretching might be good during your yoga practise, but when it comes to your face, it can cause puffiness, broken blood vessels and yes!  More wrinkles!  And that’s the last thing we need right!

Follow all of that up by rinsing, rinsing, rinsing with very warm, fresh water.  Keep repeating until the majority of the oil is gone and  finish by patting your face dry.  You’ll notice a slight residual oiliness, but your skin will absorb it pretty quickly.

Again, exfoliating isn’t something that I’d do every day.  Once a week is more than enough because sometimes ‘less is more’.  You don’t want to cause problems on your face by over indulging even in good things right?


There Are Other DIY Home Facial Scrub Recipes, but….

There are other types of DIY recipes for Home Facial Scrubs.  But I like this one because it’s just about the simplest to make.  All you have to do is mix three  ingredients and you’ve made a product that is safe and effective to use in your skin care routine.  It not only removes your old makeup gently, but it can exfoliate and then moisturize and provide a protective barrier against drying and airborne bacteria.


Ageless at Sixty: Skin Care Routine On Your Mind?


You might also want to have a favourite product on hand as well, for the days when you just feel like something different!  I’ve always liked the derma brand of skin care products and their Microdermabrasion Scrub is perfect for as a stand in for those days when you want a little extra pampering.    Love it!  They make so many nice creams and lotions.

I hope you found this informative and helpful.  And if you decide to give it a try, or you have your own favourite DIY Facial Scrub recipe, I would love to hear about it. With all the wonderful aromatic plants and essential oils out there, I’m pretty sure there are other favourite combinations.  So by all means, share with us!



Keep in mind that the FDA hasn’t so far evaluated these statements. But researchers have studied the various benefits of essential oils.  These products and ingredients are not intended to diagnose or treat or prevent any disease.

As always, I remind you that while I’ve spent the last 20 years focusing on and learning to ‘grow’ my own health, I’m not a medical doctor.  What I’m sharing here is based on my own experiences and the things that I’ve learned from the real experts!  Those are the researchers and doctors who’ve seen the actual patients, worked in the labs and clinics and written the medical reports.

My goal is to motivate and help you find your best way to live a healthier and more peaceful life.  I and Ageless at Sixty cannot be held liable for any resulting injury or adverse change in health status.  You are always encouraged to work closely with your own doctor in addressing specific health issues.

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Ageless at Sixty-skin care using essential oils

7 Anti-bacterial Essential Oils to Use on Your Skin

Cinnamon– potentially one of the best essential oils to combat bacterial pathogens

Eucalyptus-great antiseptic properties for treating abrasions and wounds,

Peppermint – has a cooling effect and is useful for it’s antiviral and antibact. and anti fungal

Lavender-a soothing fragrance and also a powerful agent against bacteria and infection and inflammation

Tea Tree Oil– safe enough to apply directly to your skin, it’s also a powerful agent against fungus, bacteria and virus’s but shouldn’t be taken internally.

Bergamot– With it’s sunny citrus smell, it is very effective at fighting many types of bacteria and various infectious agents.

Lemongrass– gentler than lemon juice, it is a powerful antibacterial antiseptic and anti fungal.

Oregano – This essential oil offers immune support and is extremely effective at bacterial control

(Note:  It’s always a good idea to do a little patch test with any new essential oil that you decide to try.  Just rub a tiny spot in some unseen area and watch for 24 hours in case you have any type of sensitivity.  Some people do and I’m sure you’d like to have that rash under your sleeve rather than all across your face.  So test first.  More information on these essential oils can be found here.)

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