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This Inspiring 83-Year-Old Woman Just Finished Her 1,200th Workout at a Local Gym

This Inspiring 83-Year-Old Woman Just Finished Her 1,200th Workout at a Local Gym

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Her story will convince you to drag your friends to the gym.

Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of hearing the story of Jessica Slaughter, an 86-year-old St. Louis native who lost a whopping 120 pounds after starting a fitness routine that couldn't be simpler. And we're continuing to be inspired by real-life stories of how fitness can impact us at any age: as is the case for one California resident, who recently just completed her 1,200th workout session at a local Curves gym since she signed up for a membership… at the age of 83.

Pat Shebert is inspiring others in Natomas, California, with her commitment to exercise and sticking to a workout routine despite her age—but Shebert says her inspiration actually came from her best friend.

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"I have to give that credit to someone else who got me off the couch and into the gym," Shebert told local NBC affiliate KCRA 3. That person is Mary Petrow, 77, who began recruiting other friends to work out with her at a Curves gym in Natomas, just outside of Sacramento.

While Shebert has experienced serious health issues before, including a cardiovascular scare when she experienced a blockage in a primary artery, she didn't consider heading to the gym until Petrow pushed her to do so.

Shebert says a majority of her health issues have since improved after she adopted a regular fitness routine—including the quality and quantity of her sleep. But most importantly? She feels more confident than ever.

"You are just more comfortable in your own skin," Shebert says on camera, smack in the middle of the Curves gym.

Petrow is also extremely inspiring: she's completed 800 workout since joining Curves, and tells KRCA 3 that she's never had more energy than now. "I've got muscles, my body fat is perfect. And it's a lot of fun!"

Kim Gardner is the owner of the Natomas Curves franchise, and she says that there's even more clients like Shebert and Petrow. Women in their 70s and 80s, she says, often complete 30-minute workouts consisting of simple cardio and basic strength training. They manage to burn an average of 300 calories each time they come in.

"I've seen miracles happen in here," Gardner says, sharing that some women start their fitness journey with canes—and then start coming in without them.

These women have inspired those in Natomas, and they're a great example of how physical activity—even if it's just 30 minutes or less—can be crucial to overall health, especially as we age.

I Decided To Finally Get In Shape In My 50s&mdashHere's How I Did It

As women, so much of what we do revolves around taking care of others. We strive to keep our kids healthy, our bosses happy, and our homes running like well-oiled machines. It wasn't until I retired three years ago, at the age of 50, that I realized that in all of that craziness, I had missed out on one essential thing: taking care of myself.

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For most of my life, I was never what you'd call "unhealthy," but apart from participating in an office-run 5K every year (which I walked and slowly jogged), I never did much for my wellbeing. My husband and I were involved with our church, and we had three kids, all of whom are seven years apart. This meant I was involved with carpool and school activities for a good two decades. Plus, as a special agent for the federal government, I often found myself up at odd hours of the night serving warrants, and as my career advanced, dealing with progressively more stress, which eventually took its toll on my body.

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A few years before my 50th birthday, I was put on medication to control my cholesterol, which had topped out at 310. (Less than 200 is optimal for good health.) And shortly before I retired, I was diagnosed with a perforated colon, a condition that can be caused by a variety of illnesses, including ulcers and appendicitis. It was so severe that I had to wear a colostomy bag for three months. To attach the bag, my doctors opened my abdominal cavity, cut my intestines, pulled them out from an incision in my side, and sewed the end to a bag that hung outside my stomach, collecting my stool. When I was healthy enough that I no longer needed the bag, I had another surgery to reconnect my intestines.

Sure, that was all pretty awful. But to me, the scar from the colostomy operations was the worst part. Marking up my stomach and sides, the scar was like a bull's eye on my body's "trouble spots." I had always carried extra pounds around my waist. But now, with core muscles that were damaged and atrophied, my post-surgery stomach drove me crazy. My doctor said to give it a year, and then we could consider a second surgery to address the scarring and excess weight that puckered around it.

But I was dead-set on not going under the knife again. I knew I could find a way to fix this on my own.

Enter The Onnit 6 Challenge

Spain, age 47, who is also a licensed massage therapist, had the same daily routine for years: go to work, and go to the gym. But when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, she suddenly couldn’t go anywhere. In late April 2020, she was on Facebook and saw a meme poking fun at the idea of a “quarantine 15”—the amount of weight you’re (supposedly) apt to gain during a lockdown. Curious to see where she stood, Spain got on the scale, and was mortified to find she had gained seven pounds since the closures began in mid March.

Spain’s husband uses Onnit’s MCT Oil, so the two of them were already on the company’s email list. Spain was checking her messages and saw one with a subject line that read, “Last chance to sign up for the Onnit 6 Challenge.”

Spain: “So I said, ‘Thank you, Universe,’ you heard my call!”

The Onnit 6 (O6) Challenge is a fitness contest where participants adopt an Onnit 6 workout program for six weeks. Users can choose from routines for bodyweight, kettlebells, the barbell, steel club, steel mace, and Durability (a mobility/prehab course). All workouts feature video instruction, and are streamed online, allowing you to train at home. To win the challenge, you need to demonstrate that training with Onnit helped you not only change your body but also improve your life, and that you’ve adopted healthy habits that you can maintain going forward. Grand prize winners are rewarded with free Onnit products, access to all Onnit 6 programs, and $6000 in cash.

Spain didn’t have any exercise equipment at home, so she took on the Bodyweight O6 Challenge. She fell in love with the training right away, but even more so with the entire Onnit community.

A major feature of the O6 Challenge is the Onnit Tribe—the Facebook group that challengers join to motivate and support one another. “It’s the best thing on Facebook, as far as I’m concerned,” says Spain. “Everybody goes on every day and posts about their workouts, but also personal stuff. We all try to better ourselves so we can be better for ourselves and our families. There’s zero talk of politics and religion or anything controversial.”

Spain lost a few pounds and was so active in the Tribe that she was ultimately selected as a semi-finalist. At that point, another Onnit 6 Challenge was about to begin, this time focused on the steel mace. Spain signed right up. “I’m going to win this one,” she told her husband, and O6 Steel Mace began July 21.

World’s Fittest Grandma Body Builder Just Celebrated Her 80th Birthday

Ever felt like you&rsquore too old to do something? Well, you&rsquore not. And Ernestine Shepherd is proof of that. She&rsquos the world&rsquos oldest female bodybuilder, and believe it or not, the iron-pumping grandma recently turned 80.

The octogenarian Baltimorean was born on June 16th, 1936. She didn&rsquot start exercising until she was 56 years old but since then she&rsquos gone on to win two female bodybuilding titles. From 2010 to 2011 Shepherd was even declared to be the oldest competitive bodybuilder in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records!

So what&rsquos this 80-year-old bodybuilder&rsquos secret? Discipline, determination, and good old fashioned hard work! She wakes up at 3 am, she runs about 80 miles (130km) per week, and she lives off a calorie-controlled diet of boiled egg whites, chicken, vegetables, and plenty of water. However, the true secret to her success is simple: she never gives up. So remember that next time you&rsquore procrastinating about going to the gym.


‘People are always amazed when I say yes, I can do the splits, but it’s not difficult if you’re supple.

‘I have no plans to stop my classes or exercising, though I have warned my ladies they must tell me if I start going senile. Keeping fit gives you purpose, keeps you young and ensures balance, posture, stamina and strength are as good as they can be. I really don’t want a fractured hip – I’ve seen the devastation it can cause.

‘If you’ve never been to a class before, don’t be put off by the lingo on your first visit. If you choose a beginners’ group, you’ll soon pick up the moves.’


Retired school inspector Pamela Craven, 71, leads at least seven high-energy fitness classes each week

Retired school inspector Pamela Craven, 71, lives in Berkshire with her retired husband Alan, 72, and leads at least seven high-energy fitness classes each week at Les Mills health clubs. Pamela, who has one son, says: ‘I truly believe that being fit was what helped me get through chemotherapy after I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in 2014.

‘My body was strong, so that when my system was zapped, I could still function. I didn’t suffer with fatigue once and even taught Bodyattack, a high-energy aerobics class with moves inspired by sport and athletics, during my treatment.

‘I first became a fitness instructor at 45, alongside being a school inspector. I’d been very active at school but then life got in the way, and I’d done no exercise for about 20 years.

‘My job involved visiting schools, and I was always on my feet but never felt like I had much energy. I decided that I needed a hobby, if anything something to do when I retired that would keep me off the sofa. I lost weight and toned up but it wasn’t really the goal.

‘I did my first Bodyattack class when I was in my early 60s, after I’d retired. The tutors said to me, “You have to be bloody fit to do this.” I looked at them straight in the eyes and said, “I am bloody fit!”

‘It was hard but I like a challenge and it’s got me into the best shape I’ve ever been in. After a while I thought, why don’t I teach this, too?

‘It has become harder the older I’ve got and I’ve found it difficult to regain the strength I lost during cancer treatment. It’s the social side of fitness that keeps me going, really. The people in my classes have become my friends.’


Eddy Diget, 73, has trained in Chinese martial arts for 53 years

Eddy Diget, 73, from Oxford, has trained in Chinese martial arts for 53 years, weight-trained for 35 years, has been a personal trainer for eight years – and is still teaching for 51 hours a week at DW Fitness in Milton Keynes. He is also a qualified rehabilitation specialist, enabling him to train people with severe medical conditions.

Eddie, who is married to Jill, 72, an opera singer, says: ‘Will I ever retire? Only when I need a guide dog, a white stick and a Zimmer frame to get into the gym.

‘I’d say 70 per cent of my clients are over 60, which is proof it’s the new middle age. My oldest client, Bob, is 82 and has no plans to stop – so nor have I. I know when people see me, they see a grey-haired old man. But having trained in martial arts, I can still look after myself.

‘I’m not as fast or strong as I was, but I’ve got no arthritis or aches and pains. I don’t take any supplements, I just eat properly. I suppose I’m fortunate, and have good genes.

‘And I’ve never had any injuries. I have always taken the approach of building up slowly rather than jumping in at the deep end.

‘I caught the fitness bug when I was ten years old. My sports master challenged my class to swim ten yards underwater at the local swimming baths – and the first person across the line would get sixpence. I won it and I haven’t stopped racing around since.

‘I do think being an older personal trainer makes me more approachable. I go up and talk to people, try and make them feel at ease and suggest where they can improve their workout without being patronising. One of my clients complains he has shirts older than most personal trainers in the gym.

‘Is there anything I can’t do so well now? Running for the bus leaves me knackered these days, but that’s why I have a car.’


Martine Howard-Burnett, 61, is a Zumba instructor from Denham, Buckinghamshire, who teaches at least six classes a week. The mother-of-one and grandmother-of-two, married to Michael, 45, a relocation manager, says: ‘I was one of the first people in Britain trained to teach Zumba, at the grand age of 54, although I do have a background in dance and music.

‘In the 1970s I was dancer with the Young Generation dance troupe and went on to sing with Guys N Dolls pop group before working in film for a number of years while my daughter, Danielle, was growing up.

Tuesday Tangents + an ultrasound + CONFIDENCE (after an injury or after a bad race).

A nice combination of running and walking did the trick! When I was pregnant with Brooke I didn’t really take walking breaks at this point. This time around, more and more walking is happening in these later weeks which I am more than okay with. I just love getting to be outside and moving each morning.

Brooke and Knox said goodbye to each other for the next 8 days. I’m sure glad they are on the same schedule as one another with what holidays they are with us but it sure makes it hard (on us and them) when they are gone for longer chunks of time.

After Brooke’s school we went to the doctor’s for a check-up.

We ended up waiting for a while but these two kept things interesting.

The doctor checked everything out (1 cm dilated and 50% effaced) and he wasn’t sure if our baby was head down or not so he did a quick ultrasound. LUCKILY, she is in the right position and it was so fun to see her little face because we haven’t had an ultrasound in a while. The doctor said she has some chunky cheeks already on her.

We came home and we were more than ready for lunch. I am guessing we are going to be eating Thanksgiving foods for about 75% of our meals this week. Andrew is happy about that and I am as long as I have 1 cup of fresh cranberry sauce to go along with each plate.

We did our ‘Monday Clean the Whole House’ thing along with school, work etc and then the only thing on the planet that sounded good for dinner was cereal.

After dinner we played a little jenga. I am amazed at her skills with this game.

She finished off her night with part of The Grinch. Andrew and I watched our shows and did a little more Christmas prep:)

Time for a few Tuesday Tangents!!

*We saw the set-up for Black Friday over at Target yesterday! I have never actually done the early morning Black Friday thing (or really shopped at all on Black Friday… unless online)! But it sure looks like a party:)

*WHO HAS A TURKEY TROT. Andrew and I did a half-marathon together last year and had a blast (although, it was one of the coldest experiences of my life)! We will probably just do a little run at his parents’ house this year but maybe I will make us medals or something and we can eat pumpkin pie at the end. I love a good turkey trot.

*Andrew teared up when Brooke showed us her drawing of Harry Potter. He was very proud.

*I really like pie. And eating it in bed at 8:30 at night is pretty great.

*I’m going to miss this, this week:

*Brooke chose some slippers at Target. They even light up. I think I passed on my need for slippers in the house at all times down to her.

*I hope you hugged a runner yesterday for Hug A Runner Day and if you didn’t, you can make up for it today:) PS I GET TO SEE BANGS FRIEND TODAY! I cannot wait.

Lys asked the other day—> “Do you have any advice on how to get your running confidence back after injury? I had a stress fracture, probably related to changing to a more mid-foot strike. Now I’m so paranoid about how my foot is striking, whether I’m making my hip hurt, whether my old plantar fasciitis is coming back… I’m over analyzing everything. ”

This is a TOUGH question and so I would love your opinions too to help Lys out in the comments. It’s tough because obviously paying close attention to what your body is telling you after an injury is very important because we want to do what is best for our body… BUT—> worrying/obsessing/overthinking every little thing with our running/form/cadence sure takes the fun out of running!

I get it though Lys, I have been in this position a lot over the years. The above picture was from a time my sis and I were injured at the same time. iPhone cameras have sure come a long way (or maybe I am just better at cleaning my lens) It’s so hard not to experience phantom pains or think that every little thing we are feeling means we are going to be back in the same boat we were just in—> TIME OFF FROM RUNNING due to injury.

I have a few things that I do to help with my confidence after an injury:

1. If you have a doctor/pt/chiropractor/coach that really knows what is going on with your injury and they are very well trained in working with athletes—> Trust them. Follow what they tell you to do (if they tell you to run slow, or only 2 times a week or to stick to a mile at a time for a while—> listen to them!). Trust them and let that help you to overcome your fears of running again after an injury. My doctor (that I loved!!) that helped me after my stress fractures warned me that I might feel a slight ache in the place where my stress fracture happened. He told me that if I felt pain, that was different—> stop, right away. But that the dull ache was normal and I was still able to run on it. I trusted him. LISTEN to the things they warn you of and ask as many questions as you need to build up some confidence in returning to running.

2. If you are so worried/stressed/overanalyzing everything, what’s the harm in taking a few more weeks off and start once you really feel ready to run again. There is no rush to come back and maybe a few more days/weeks will help you to build up your confidence again before trying to run again. Re-injuring yourself does happen so if your gut is telling you to back off for a bit longer, do it.

3. I think (ps I’m not a doctor or anything remotely close to that) for me… that it is normal to feel some randomness in your body after coming back from an injury. You haven’t been running for days/weeks/months now and it is just going to take some time for your body to adjust to running again, it’s normal.

4. Start small. Why not just do less than you think for a bit until your confidence starts building back. Try a run/walk method (hey, I’ll come join you) and in this case… less might be more! You won’t worry as much (because you won’t feel like you are overdoing anything) and it is a smart way to come back after an injury. There is NO rush to come back fast and I find it much easier to trust the process by taking small steps back to running rather than jumping right back into things.

5. Trust yourself. Have your body’s best interest in mind and go from there. The more I run, the more I understand the difference between an injury/re-injuring myself and normal aches that come with running. Trust yourself to be a good judge of when to stop, how to recover and what you should/should not run through! Really pay attention to your thoughts and whether you are feeling phantom pains from worrying too much about it all or if you really need to back off.

6. It just takes time and patience. Like everything hard in life… I swear patience is the lesson I am supposed to learn 5948 times a year. The confidence will come again. You will feel comfortable running again and you will get back to your normal paces/times. Sometimes we just have to wait it out and work for that confidence to build back up again. It’s definitely not going to happen overnight but with some time and investments in your training, it will come back.

This next part doesn’t have a ton to do with the question from Lys but what about building up your running confidence again after having a bad race? I’ve been thinking about this a lot and have had plenty of races where I did not preform how I was hoping and wanted to feel confidence in myself again afterwards!

For this, I think the number one thing to letting go of the fear of trying again is to remember—> WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN!? You don’t finish, you don’t hit your times, you don’t get your goal… who cares!? Your family and the people in your world will still love you and you are even more relatable to the rest of us runners now:) If you have had a bad race, you survived the experience so who cares if it happens again. And from my personal experience, good races have always followed the really awful ones. Don’t let that fear of failing hold you back from doing another race because you’ve survived a bad race before and odds are (according to my brain) that your next one is going to be a great one anyway! You can choose whether to not have confidence and let that race really bring you down OR you have the choice to realize it was just one race and you have all of the potential in the world to have a great race again.

PS if you need some help with injury stuff—> THIS POST should help you out!

Who loves Black Friday shopping? Going this year? Ever gone in the past?

Have a turkey trot this year? Do you do one yearly or once in a while?

How do you help yourself to gain confidence with your running after an injury or bad race/workout?


Even youngsters need to check their fitness! You should be at your physical peak in your twenties - but be warned, the ageing process kicks in at 25, as you start to lose muscle mass at up to 1 per cent a year.

Download the Bleep Test app on your mobile phone

This involves running between two points, getting faster as you progress. The aim is to keep going for as long as possible. This is a widely accepted test of cardiovascular fitness. Download the Bleep Test app on your mobile phone (it's free), then set two markers exactly 20 m apart. Start the app and jog gently to the first marker, jog back when you hear the bleep, then back to the first marker, aiming to arrive at each marker in time for the bleep. The test starts comfortably slowly, but with each minute, the bleeps get closer together.

When you can no longer reach the marker before you hear the bleep, stop and check your score. A good score is level 10-11, excellent is 12‑13. If you can reach only level 5 (or less), you could certainly benefit from getting regular exercise into your life.

Your exercise aim: 'This is a crucial decade for building good exercise habits, muscle mass and bone density - which fall away in later life - while you have time and optimal health,' says physiotherapist Sammy Margo.

She recommends experimenting with a range of sports and exercise classes: 'Aim for at least five 40-minute sessions, mixing cardiovascular work with strength training.

Repeat the test every three months, with the aim of improving your result each time.

For many women, this decade is dominated by pregnancy and young motherhood, and hormonal changes can throw up problems. 'I see an increasing number of pregnancy-related back pain problems from women who have lived sedentary lives,' warns physiotherapist Sammy Margo.

However, men and women who are active could be at risk of over-use injuries in this decade, says Dr Mark Hamer, an exercise physiologist at University College London. This includes damage to the cartilage which cushions the joints.

Try to run a mile in nine minutes for a woman, eight for a man this puts you well into the top 50 per cent for your age group.

A study by the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas, showed that the speed you can run a mile by the age of 40 could become a spooky prediction of your risk of heart disease years later. If you take longer than ten minutes (12 minutes for women), you have a 30 per cent greater risk of developing and dying from heart disease in 30 years' time.

Your exercise aim: Keeping fit now means working harder than in your 20s. Take time to find a sport or activity you enjoy and which you can fit around the other demands on your time (cycle to work book an exercise class three evenings a week).

Make activity part of your life - stand instead of sitting, take stairs not lifts, never stand still on an escalator and pay attention to your posture.

As well as doing at least two-and-a-half hours exercise a week, Sammy Margo recommends speeding up your mile: start by walking fast, break into jogging intervals as your fitness increases, then run when you can.

Try to run a mile in nine minutes for a woman, eight for a man, while in your thirties

This is the decade of the triple whammy: hormonal decline, gravity pulling everything south and as the reduction in muscle mass accelerates, your metabolism slows - because muscle burns more fat as fuel. As a result, we put on weight.

This is a step-up exercise - you will need a high step that's 12 in above the ground. Warm up for ten minutes by marching on the spot swinging your arms, then start a stopwatch and simply step up on to the step and off again, one foot at a time, for three minutes.

It's an easy rhythm to get into, but you may find it a help to do it with a metronome or a mobile app that provides bleeps at set times - try Interval Timer or Seconds Timer, both free from iTunes, set to 24 bleeps per minute (one step up, one down, per bleep.)

For a less high-tech alternative, you could count the seconds in your head saying: 'One elephant (up), two elephant (down),' for example.

At the end of the three minutes, measure your heart-rate by counting the pulse in your wrist. In your 40s to 60s, men's should be 90 to 95 or less per minute and women's 95 to 100 or less. 'This test seems simple, but it is a great measure of fitness, balance, agility and rhythm,' says Sammy Margo.

Your exercise aim: 'This is a challenging decade as most people are torn between the demands of young children and ageing parents,' says Sammy Margo, 'but it is important to integrate activity into every opportunity throughout the day to hold back the effects of ageing.'

She recommends including stretching and flexibility exercises in your regimen, too.

A study last month, in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found that men in their 40s who do 30 minutes of physical activity - irrespective of its intensity - six days a week, have a 40 per cent lower risk of dying from any cause before 70.

The researchers found that boosting physical activity levels in this decade is as good for your health as giving up smoking. Strength training (working with weights, or performing exercises such as squats and lunges) is also increasingly important now.

'The only way to boost your metabolic rate is to prevent muscle depletion by strength training,' says Dr Miriam Nelson, professor of nutrition and a specialist in physical activity at Tufts University, Massachusetts, who conducted a study of 40 post-menopausal women, encouraging them to follow a programme of strength training twice a week for 30 minutes.

'After a year their bodies had become 15 to 20 years younger,' she says, 'and all the participants regained bone density instead of losing it, as women normally do at that age.'

Find a good strength and conditioning exercise class (circuit training or kettlebells for instance), or DVD such as Davina: Fit In 15 (£5 from Tesco).

@greeneyedlady wrote:

I love your idea of seeing Wonder Woman. I don't have a MIL but my Mom is 81 and I hope we can go see that together. She loves jigsaw puzzles too, I don't have the patience to do them with her but sometimes I add a piece or two.

Does she like books? We go to the local library together, they have a good collection of large print books and my Mom has a Nook. It's a nice place just to sit and relax.

Yes, she does read but not as avid as me or her son. I usually keep magazines around, esp. if I know we'll be having visitors, such as bird magazines and Mature Living.

Holiday gifts for parkies

If you’re looking for a gift for someone with Parkinson’s or looking for something for yourself, here are few helpful and gorgeous gifts. And don’t forget to order early as shipping might be spotty on some things this holiday season.

Yes they are slip on shoes! Finally stylish shoes for people with Parkinson’s.

Super stylish medical bracelets and necklaces for both men and women. Talk about style and function.

MJF’s newest book being released today.

Great for chopping veg and herbs and much easier than a knife.

Modern look & made of premium aluminum and wood for at home or on the go.

Ceramic mug with wide bottom keeps it steadier than a regular mug.

Made of memory foam and contoured eye pockets for comfort.

Toeless sock help retain a barefoot sensation with silicone gel strips for anti-slip and stability.

E-readers are great if you have difficulty turning pages or keeping your book still.

What are you doing to distract yourself?

Last week, frequent commenter D. Morgendorffer mentioned that she thought it might be a good idea to start a comment thread on this topic, and I agree. Please share what you’re doing to keep from going stir crazy—or just plain crazy—in the comments. I have been doing a lot of binge-watching, and the best thing I’ve seen is the new season of Better Things on FX (you can also watch it on Hulu). Pamela Adlon’s semi-autobiographical show about a working actress of a certain age and her three daughters is as good a depiction of middle-aged femaleness I’ve seen on TV. And it’s really, really funny.

I discovered This Way Up on Hulu. It’s a British show with just one season (and only six episodes) but it is, like Better Things, just so good and smart and funny. It follows the travails of two sisters, one of whom has recently been discharged from a facility following a breakdown, and it will both amuse and touch you, I promise.

I loved High Fidelity the book by Nick Hornby, and enjoyed the movie version starring John Cusack as an unlucky-in-love record store owner too. I must admit I was skeptical when I saw High Fidelity the TV show, starring Zoe Kravitz in the John Cusack role, but it is actually surprisingly good and well-written, and makes me super-nostalgic for my indie rock chick days.

I just started reading—and am very much liking—This is Big: How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World—and Me, by my friend Marisa Meltzer. It’s the cleverly told story of both Jean Nidetch, founder of Weight Watchers, and Meltzer’s own lifelong battle with her body and her weight. It doesn’t hit stores until April 14, but can be preordered now. My heart really goes out to all the writers who slaved away on their books, only to have readings and appearances cancelled due to current events. Let’s do try to support them, no? OK, ladies, your turn: what is keeping you occupied?


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