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I started off my new year by reading Younger Next Year* for Women. It promises to help you live “strong, fit and sexy until you’re 80 and beyond. Having reached the age that 80 is far closer than I ever dreamed possible—and wanting to do everything I can to live to 80 and beyond—I was seduced by the premise.

Now I must say the authors, Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, MD are, well, men. And they do go on a bit about Darwinian theory, when I prefer Creationism. But, I did like that they boil down your choice to aging well or choosing to decay! Does anything sound less desirable than letting yourself decay? The process of staving off decay is pretty simple, but it does require an fair investment in time. The most time consuming is the requirement to work out 6 days a week for 45 minutes. The funny thing is that 20 years ago, I did do at least that much or more and most of the time for 7 days a week. Where did that dedication go?

I love the title of Chapter 6. Life is an Endurance Event: Train for it. And as I have gotten older, it definitely seems that way some days. So my goal for the rest of this month is 6 days of aerobic exercise a week. I only live a few blocks from the YMCA, so I don’t have far to go. I wish I could still just walk out the door and go running, but arthritis in one hip has put an end to running for me.

There are other parts to the program, but no use turning myself into some kind of fanatic just because it’s a new year. Better to start off slow, that way I won’t feel guilty for having a cocktail or two until sometime later in the year.

I did find some inspiration today for a bit of healthier eating, which I’m sure will work it’s way into my plans during the next few weeks. One of my favorite restaurants in Killarney, Ireland, Chapter 40, has started a new blog. Over the course of the year they will be writing about ways to eat healthier and they have promised recipes. I love the food there, so I know the recipes will be delicious. If you are interested in checking out their blog, you can find it here:http://chapter-40.blogspot.com/

If you want to read Younger Next Year* for Women, you can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Younger-Next-Year-Women-Strong/dp/0761147748/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325880441&sr=8-1.

And now the hardest part—waiting a year to find out if I’m younger.