Barbara Hannah Grufferman



Yeah, you know . . . the new “new thing”. The latest and the greatest. The one new diet that’s really going to work (this time.)

The new anti-wrinkle cream, hair conditioner, makeup, way to lose weight, fastest route to getting toned. The magic bullets.

I’m feeling grumpy about this because I know, from very personal experience, that there are no magic bullets or magic wands or magic amulets.

There’s commitment, and willpower, and common sense, and just plain old “doing it.”

It means cutting back portions and eating good, clean, healthy food instead of processed junk loaded with sodium and sugar.

It means getting down and doing those 20 push-ups and 20 sit-ups and 20 squats and holding a plank for 60 seconds . . . every day.

It means putting on the sun screen.

It means walking those 10,000 steps (with some running added in, preferably) . . . every day.

It means stashing away a little money, and cutting back spending if you need to.

Every day of my life now is spent cheering women on, and reminding them of their own personal power to make their own happiness, health, and well-being. But, sometimes I see this: while one ear is listening . . . the other is listening out for that new “new thing” . . . just in case.

Best of everything,

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  1. Madeline says:

    You are right on target, as usual! However, if you do find that “new thing”, I am all ears……

  2. Geri says:

    My g-d are you right Barbara. We know there’s no magic bullet for us, but it’s definitely human nature to wish there were (was?). No matter how many squats you do. Wisdom is feeling that way, but not waiting around for it to happen, to continue with the slow and steady steps. (Btw, you do many more than i do, kudos.)

  3. Alison says:

    Barbara, thank you for this. It’s the honest truth and I appreciate hearing it.

  4. Thanks everyone for your comments. Geri, you are right that it is human nature to keep watching for that magic bullet . . . which is what keeps new diet books, women’s magazines, and exercise fads in business. But, that’s totally okay . . . as long as we’re doing something!