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Fit, Fueled and 50: Training Mind, Body & Spirit for the Second Half of Life Paperback – February 22, 2014
About the Author
Author Monica Hagen loves her life as a writer, artist, teacher, and documentarian. She enjoys photography and other visual art and writes a monthly column for Women’s Voices Magazine online. The synchronicities that brought about her two documentaries still amaze her and she loves to share thoughts and images that inspire, guide and heal. Find out more about her work at Amazon.com.
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I never enjoy any kind of self-help book that generalizes and makes assumptions about people's opinions, based on their age, etc but right from chapter one, that is what this one did.
It begins with pages of statements that include for example:
"our generation loved actors our age such as Ron Howard, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks...." OK, I like Ron Howard, Julia is OK, dislike Tom Hanks
"nothing matched the thrill we felt when we saw Michael Jackson's Thriller...." Oh really? Can't agree with that either.
"Star Wars was our movie" ??? It was a good movie but it wasn't that great!
"we were the first generation to embrace blended families, same-sex couples and sex changes" Can't agree with that either.
A BIG turn-off to have someone dictate and make assumptions like this.
IF the author had said she personally felt this way about these people and topics...that would have been OK. But not when she decides for herself that this is how the majority of us over 50 feel.
I could not relate to this book AT ALL. Gave up after the first chapter and will be returning for a refund.
Monica's advice on the mind, body and spirit culminates with the realization that we can learn from the past and glance toward the future, but most importantly, live in the NOW. She solidifies this with some heartfelt aphorisms, my two favorite being "Time In"(relating to meditation or a morning cup of coffee) and, in relation to food choices, "If in doubt, leave it out".
Fifty is the target age mentioned but anyone 40-80 could benefit from the down-to-earth common sense and the teacher-like encouragement to get fit in a way that's customized to the individual.
I'm feeling more fueled already!