Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Stayin’ Alive!!

 Brace yourself – I’m about to use a four-letter word that may offend some of you. For the faint of heart, please hold on to your chair. Are you ready? ….. DIET.  OK, I said it.

 Most people think Diet means limiting what you eat to lose weight, but that's not its primary definition. Your diet is the sum total of everything you eat and drink. Being smart about your diet is the SAME as being smart about your health. DIET is the first component for Stayin’ Alive.

 A healthy diet is all about lifestyle. It means you're making sensible choices about what you consume. It doesn't mean you have to be restrictive or obsessive. You can follow the 80/20 rule: making smart choices the majority of the time and loosening up the reins the other 20 percent. It’s possible to eat well and enjoy yourself at the same time.

 I bet you already know what the second component of Stayin’ Alive is. YES, it’s EXERCISE. Physical activity is essential for maintaining good health and long-term independence. To make physical activity a routine habit, choose activities that are fun and interesting to you. If you can stick with an exercise routine for at least 6 months, it’s a good sign that you’re on your way to making it a regular habit. Choose activities that fit into your schedule, that are affordable and that include friends or family. Keep it positive; Set realistic goals; Check your progress; Celebrate your accomplishments.

 What can you expect to see from this kind of lifestyle?  Greater ease in doing daily tasks, more energy to do the things you love, improved health and a better outlook on life.

 How do you get started? There is a WEALTH of information online; Clearly, it is on everyone’s mind. You are not alone. There are free diet and exercise tracking apps.  My favorite is – it even syncs with my fitbit pedometer. There are also many free nutrition e-newsletters. I regularly read the NutritionAction Health Letter from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. There are plenty of support groups and healthy diet and lifestyle blogs out there for inspiration and information. As the official Red Hat Society Fabulous Fitness Facilitator, my online chapter is one big support group. We motivate and encourage each other to stay active. In June 2015, several of my Red Hat ladies joined me in a 30-Day Plank Challenge – to see how long we could hold a front plank. JUST picture 60 and 70 year olds ladies on their forearms doing planks!! It was a hoot!!
Here is Your challenge: Over the next three days, think about ONE lifestyle change you want to make – perhaps it’s ditching diet soda, doing 10 pushups/10 squats/20 jumping jacks before breakfast, eating leafy green vegetables every day, or walking 10,000 steps a day … whatever suits YOU. Write it down. Post it on your bathroom mirror so you will see it often.

You are about to embark on mission that is going to take you out of your comfort zone. BUT, as a Hatter, you already know how to step up to the plate. It’s how we grow and develop confidence. It takes EFFORT + DIRECTION to achieve MASTERY. In six months, you’ll have established a new lifestyle habit. Then it will be time to make another change. I can just hear you saying,
“Hello Healthy ... I am Stayin’ Alive!!”

Compliments of Queen Sunny, Florida
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Ban The Bead!!

Today I’m getting on my soapbox (no pun intended!) and talking about MICROBEADS! Those teeny, tiny bits of PLASTIC, smaller than a grain of sand. YES, they are everywhere. You may be swishing them around in your mouth or rubbing them in your face. Microbeads show up in lots of personal care products: face soaps, body wash, toothpaste, even age defying makeup. Companies put them in these products as exfoliates or just for texture. You may not even realize you’re using them unless you know what to look for: polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate.
The biggest problem with microbeads is that they’re designed to go down the drain. Most water treatment plants can’t capture them so BILLIONS of them end up in our waterways – our rivers, lakes, seas. Tiny bits of plastic from body washes and other products are polluting the Great Lakes. A California research group recently found more than 450,000 plastic particles per square kilometer in Lake Erie, DOUBLE what similar surveys have found in oceans. Comparable levels of plastic microbeads have also been found in samples from Lake Superior and Lake Huron. And even worse, these tiny bits of plastic act like sponges soaking up the toxics around them. A single microbead can wind up being a MILLION times more toxic than the water around it. Once in our waterways, they get eaten by fish and other animals. They could even make their way right back to you in your sushi. How’s that for the circle of life!
Why do companies put these plastic microbeads in their products? BECAUSE, plastic is cheaper than the natural exfoliates we used to use, like coca beans, sea salts, and sesame seeds. Plus, it’s an excuse to sell more stuff. Those natural exfoliates worked so well, you would only use them once a week. Microbeads are smooth enough to use every day. Which means you run out quicker and have to buy more of that product.

The good news is we ARE moving forward in Banning The Bead. Illinois became the first state to ban the manufacture and sale of products containing microbeads. The Body Shop, Johnson & Johnson, and L’OrĂ©al have pledged to phase out plastic microbeads from their products. Places around the world are considering outright bans. The Netherlands is the first country to announce its intent to be virtually free of microbeads in cosmetics by next year. 

No matter where you live you can Ban the Bead! Let’s get them out of our stuff, out of our waterways and out of our bodies.
by Queen Sunny, Florida, Fit 'n Fabulous Chapter of the Red Hat Society
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Guest Blogger - HATalk E-Magazine Special Competition

Wearing a hat is so much fun. With a hat on your head, you walk taller, smile bigger and feel so much more confident.
This month, HATalk e-magazine is holding a special competition inviting Members of the Red Hat Society to show off their hats to the world. Simply share a photo of yourself wearing a hat on the HATalk for Red Hatters Facebook Page by November 7, 2016 and you will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a 1-year subscription to HATalk e-magazine.

You can post as many photos as you like - for every photo you post, you will receive one entry into the prize draw. If you post a photo of a group of hat wearing friends, only the person who posted the photo will be entered.

We can’t wait to see your photos! The winner will be announced on November 11, 2016. If you have any questions, please email

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