At birth, I weighed a whopping 10 lbs., 3 oz. (Sorry, mom. Poor thing was only 5'3") and my brother and I both topped ten pounds.
Anyway, I've been weight-obsessed ever since.
My journey likely includes every diet that has ever been. In a need to simplify, I stopped focusing on weight and started to focus on my health.
I committed to a Whole-Food, Plant Based Diet (WFPB) over ten years ago. It takes effort to be committed to healthy eating but it's well worth it.
Find some way to keep moving -- NO MATTER WHAT. No excuses -- we have all had them. Move past that now to accountability.
Find something, anything that works
with your body and your schedule.
Get out there and do it!!
Every single day. No matter what.
After selling professional skincare to dermatologists and plastic surgeons, my ex-husband and I opened a cosmetic practice offering laser hair removal, Botox, permanent makeup and other minimally-invasive procedures.
This experience enables me to offer insight into the many cosmetic options available today.
So, yea. I get discounts on treatments but I promise to share the inside scoop. In fact, I show before and afters, tell you whether it hurts and how much I (hopefully!) love the results.
After a long and successful career in healthcare sales and marketing; I started as a drug rep with parts of Colorado and Wyoming as my territory, attempting to share a few minutes with prescribing doctors while extolling the virtues of a nasal spray for allergic rhinitis.
My healthcare career spanned from marketing physician practices to promoting an IT application in hospital ORs. One of the most fun jobs was when I worked for an aesthetic division of J&J's Ortho Dermatological, calling on Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons. After the division sold, I opened Evergreen, Colorado's first laser skin spa with my now ex-husband, a primary care physician. He was excellent with Botox.
After completing the requirements for my master’s in Healthcare Leadership, I soon realized that my passions lay elsewhere. I needed a refresh, to start over and build a sustainable business instead of trading time for money in soul-sucking corporate America.
Fast forward 15 years and I'm happily remarried to Dave, my husband and best friend. We've been through hell and back together!! We're so happily married it amazes me sometimes.
The blog was originally named Margie’s Mountain View, as my original intention was to show a glimpse of what it's like to live in a small mountain town. The blog morphed into HappyHealthyOver50.com after I confused too many Floridians who decided to check out what I was doing.
Since jumping off the corporate gerbil wheel, I have led tours at the historic Argo Mill & Tunnel in Idaho Springs, Colorado, became an Airbnb Superhost for the Colorado vacation rental property and I work part-time at clinic here in Sarasota named Hydr8 | CryoXL. At CryoXL, we provide whole-body cryotherapy, as well as fat reduction and skin rejuvenation.
A devotee of yoga and other wellness principles, I enjoy writing about our new lifestyle here in Sarasota, Florida.. Everything is so fun! I never thought I'd say it but I'm a beach person. At least for now.
Happy~Healthy Over 50 is about my favorite things – health & wellness, vacation rentals, beach living, travel and photography. I am committed to fighting the aging process as much as I can for as long as I can. If that means a nip or a tuck, I’ll share the inside tips on medical aesthetic procedures and how well they did or didn't work.
In October of 2016, a blog was just a glimmer in my eye. I remember the time-frame distinctly; it was right after I was thrown from a horse and suffered a fractured pelvis.
Living as we did at 9800’ altitude, you have to sell when you see the chance. This picture below was one of the MLS photos of our home of 20 years in Conifer, Colorado. That month, we found an awesome listing agent in Evergreen, and by February of 2017, our home of 20 years was sold for $18k over asking price on the first weekend it was listed.
The original name of the blog was Margie's Mountain View; it was intended to provide a window into living in a beautiful mountain town, Evergreen, Colorado. Our new home was only 11 miles away from the house we sold in Conifer, but we were soon to be thrown a curve ball.
By the time I finally sent out my first newsletter, we had up and moved to Sarasota, Florida from our new home in Evergreen, Colorado, only 16 months later. In the interim, we started a successful Airbnb and I launched the blog. And we moved and moved and moved again.
This time, to Sarasota, Florida, a known center of healing energy. Coincidentally, I had some healing to do. Margie's Mountain View soon became Happy Healthy Over 50.
I’m originally from Connecticut but I moved to Boulder, Colorado when I was 18. Dave and I have been married for close to 15 years, and we’re the proud grandparents of Kailani, who is the daughter of Dave's son, Chris from a previous marriage. Our fur babies are Wilbur, a 12 year old black pug, and Winnie, who is still a puppy at the time of this writing.
At 57, I find myself in Sarasota, Florida, happily, yet completely unexpectedly. So, I often blog about starting over, getting off the corporate gerbil wheel, alternative health and wellness options and building a solid marriage.
My healthcare background is evident throughout my blog posts, as I refer to peer-reviewed journals as references. My background in Derm and Plastics comes in handy as I try my hand at aesthetic procedures and healing techniques in and around Sarasota.
I don't claim to have all the answers and I still have a lot to learn, but I'm happy to share what I've learned in the hopes it might help someone else.