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  1. Do You Want To Drink Less Alcohol?

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    Article by Georgia Foster Many people decide to do a detox in January and often they plan to cut out alcohol to give their liver a break. They make great plans when February hits to drink less, however once back in the routine of drinking the old habits of drinking more than you plan to can creep in. But is the niggling worry in the back of your mind that you’re drinking too much getting ever-more insistent? Alternatively, perhaps you have a general concern that your tolerance to alcohol may creep up even further after the Christmas period because your tolerance to alcohol has increased, so planning to cut back or cut out alcohol for a period of time can be challenging. “There’s definitely more pressure on people to drink...
  2. 3 looks for one little black dress- just change your shoes and bags

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    Article by Fabafterfifty We’re approaching the Christmas party season which is great for socialising with colleagues and friends but causes a slight dilemma when you haven’t got time to go home and change your outfit.  Luckily we’ve come up with a solution and it only involves one dress!  Every woman has a classic black dress like this gorgeous one from Isabella Oliver: And we’ve searched the Jane Shilton website to find the perfect shoes and handbags that help to transform this dress into the right outfit for three different occasions. The Casual Daytime Look If you’re spending a day at the office, meeting up with friends for coffee or doing some last minute Christmas shopping then you can easily create a casual but smart look...
  3. Does being over 50 mean you are too old to start a new life?

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    Guest article by Edel O’Mahony The simple answer, ‘No!’ Let’s look at why so many people in our present societies seem to take half their lifetime to actually start to live a life they desire. We are all energy beings at our essence, living in an energetic Universe and having life experiences through these physical bodies. From birth into these bodies you are in total connection with your energy, everything is an experience of the moment; it is all about feeling through our senses. As you grow, generational and social conditioning sets in. You are told how you should think, feel or act, even down to what is a correct body size or what is the ‘in’ thing to wear. In taking in and believing these conditions, you alter your...
  4. Stephanie Beacham talks about her inspiration and life after 50

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Stephanie Beacham talks  about her life afer 50 and her plans for the future. How has your life and career progressed since turning 50? Ans:  I lost both parents and I became head of my family so I guess you can say the buck stops with me now.  I think that’s what they call being a grown-up.  As for my career, parts have turned more fascinating.  I’ve played Elizabeth I, Maria Callas, fashion tycoons and a couple of really nice people such as Martha in Coronation Street. Have you taken on any projects which have pushed you out of your comfort zone? Ans:  I would never take on a project that didn’t. What was it like stepping into the long established series Coronation Street? Ans:  ...
  5. Ian Waite from Strictly talks about How Zumba can Help Reshape our Midlife Bodies

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon As the Strictly competition progresses , we can all see the physical transformation of the female celebrity contestants.  They all get fitter. Their waists get smaller, arms and shoulders are more toned and legs look longer and leaner. If only we could all achieve the same! Dancer Ian Waite who has been played a part in so many of these transformations on Strictly says dance can help anyone get fitter – without needing a ballroom dance partner! Ian runs Zumba and his new ‘Ballroom Breakout’ classes ( an exercise routine based on ballroom moves). I asked Ian why Zumba offers such strong fitness benefits. Why is Zumba such good exercise? Zumba uses muscles most people don’t target with other forms of exercise. It has a lot of ‘hip action’ so is great for the...
  6. Lulu’s Golden Rules for Fitness and Getting Ready for Strictly and Brendan!

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    Article by Lulu I am often told I don’t look my age – and I certainly don’t feel it, which helps!  It seems that 60 is the new 50 . . . however, I must admit it’s not something that just happens (unless you are very lucky).  I am not obsessed, but I do put a bit of time and effort into looking and feeling my best – I consider it part of my job.  I work in a youth obsessed industry – and I want to go on singing and rocking and rolling as long as is humanly possible – so that means looking after both my looks and my health and energy levels.  I am a great believer in ‘use it or lose it’ and I do...
  7. How Do You Prepare to be an Emptynester?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty You know the day is fast approaching, when you have to say your goodbyes and wave your child off as they excitedly take that next step towards independence. But how do you feel? How should you react? I asked Susan McNally to share her thoughts and experience. As Susan prepares for her third and youngest daughter to leave for university, Susan offers her insights on emptynesting- third time round! It doesn’t get any easier Susan, does it get any easier seeing your younger children leave for university? It doesn’t get any easier. There is a realisation that the stage of your life where you are needed as a ‘hands on’ parent is coming to end. If you try to hold on to them too hard they’ll go. If you let them...
  8. How the London Riots have forced Gisella, 57, to Rebuild her Business. Can You Help?

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    Article by Julie Tempest When looters mindlessly wrecked a boutique during the London riots, they did more than destroy a few clothes – they laid waste to 20 years of fashion. Gisella Asante  57, and her daughter Jan established Gisella Boutique, a tailor-made clothing business in Peckham High Street, south east London, in 1991. They were told the terrible news that rioters had forced their way into the boutique when neighbours alerted them in the early hours of the morning. “The shop had been ransacked, with custom-made clothes stolen, including wedding dresses which were due to be collected by brides,” said Gisella. “All the boutique’s samples were taken leaving us with nothing – all of our best work created over the past 20 years went that night. “It...
  9. Looking for a Job in your 50s – Coping with Rejection

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Looking for a new role at any age, and not just in your 50s,  is not always straightforward. The first thing to remember is not to take rejection personally, but look constructively at why your job search has not been successful – yet!! If you have not been successful it is important to recognise at what stage in the jobsearch process things aren’t working, and work on putting things right. 1. Not enough job  opportunities Are you identifying enough opportunities for which your skills are marketable and in areas where these skills are in demand? If your pipeline of opportunities is too small, what do you need to revisit? 2. Were you rejected on the basis of your CV? Perhaps you have sent out hundreds of CVs...
  10. Suzanne Dando, on her Life at 50 and How Older is Wiser

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Former Olympic gymnast, TV presenter Suzanne Dando talks to Fabafterfifty about her life at 50. How did you feel approaching your 50th birthday? What struck me was how different I felt approaching 50 to how I felt when I approached my 40th birthday. In the latter part of my 40s I was aware that I was feeling different physically. My 40th didn’t bother me at all, but my 50th felt quite different. I started going through the menopause at the end of my 40s and had some debilitating days which I didn’t enjoy one bit and have to admit to feeling slightly depressed over. As a broadcaster, producers/bosses have in the past, inquired how old I am. It would be good for women to be judged...
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