My new column on Spry Living!

As you know, my Better Than Before column appeared in Spry Living twelve times a year and attacked all our lifestyle concerns in twelve different directions. My columns will now be coming to devoted readers — three million a month, thank you very much — in a very different format: shorter posts, several times a week. So here’s what I will do on my site: Each time there’s a new post — brace yourself, there will be slews of them — I will give you the teaser here and then hyperclick you back to the new Spry Living site (it looks really great, by the way) so you can read the whole thing. Sound like a plan?
Okay, here’s the kick-off that introduces me. Spry Blogs – Jane Wilkens Michael.

My first post is Live Better Than Before…Learn from life’s Lessons and become a stronger person because of them! In it, I talk about how I first developed the concept of being Better Than Before. It was actually targeted it to cancer survivors. Even when their protocol was completed, many were still left with the disturbing question: What do I do now? They truly wanted to survive – not succumb. But they didn’t know what to do – or how to do it. So I used everything I learned writing about health, beauty and fitness for so long to teach them how to better handle their adversities so that they could move forward. To that end, The program that featured a visualization technique – a 12 rung ladder. Each rung represented a lifestyle discipline. The idea was for them to systematically grab onto each of the rungs each day and slowly see themselves climbing out of the rut that their cancer had left them in and onto a quality of life that was Better Than Before. Read the rest. Spry Blogs – Live Better Than Before!

I don’t know about you, but I’m not one of those people who wakes up early enough to salute the sunrise. In fact, when my alarm goes off, I’d just as soon go right back to sleep. My sister-in-law Wendy, however, rises at 5 a.m. and goes directly to the gym. It’s all I can do to work out at 5 pm! Who’s happier? Well, according to a new study from the University of Toronto, apparently, she is!! The study states that morning risers are in a better mood and have a more positive and upbeat outlook. The results, which entailed the habits of two groups—young adults and older adults—also identified the older populace as early birds and the younger ones as night owls. So for those late risers, young or old, looking to rise and shine with a sunnier, happier outlook/ What to know what to do so you can wake up happy, too? Read the rest…Spry Blogs – Wake Up Happy…ps: Just so you know, I still won’t be seeing you in the 6:00 am Spin Class.
Sniffles? Red eyes? Feeling choked up? Well, if you aren’t watching a tear-jerker on the Lifetime Movie Channel, perhaps you are getting sick. But since allergies are also rampant this time of year, is this the beginning of a cold or flu, or simply your body’s reaction to the fall foliage? In this post Spry Blogs – Fall Allergies or Falling Prey to a Cold? everyone, allergic or not, can benefit from the following six suggestions from Jennifer Collins, MD, Assistant Professor and physician specializing in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in the Department of Otolaryngology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Two posts are dedicated to breast cancer survivors. One is great advice from my friend, Dr. Julia H. Rowland, director of the office of cancer survivorship at the National Cancer Institute, to also give our readers words of encouragement. Apparently, she herself was inspired by her participation earlier this month in an amazing meeting, sponsored by the Global Breast Health Initiative, and held in Vienna. Over 150 representatives (clinicians, researchers, advocated, policy experts) from around the world (all the continents—except Antarctica—were represented!) gathered to try to figure out what the minimum standards of breast cancer care should be based on the resources of a given nation in the following categories—basic, limited, enhanced, and maximal. Read Dr Rowland’s words of inspiration: Spry Blogs – Voices of Breast Cancer Survivors
The Pink Elephant in the Room  is how some survivors view metastatic breast cancer cause for man, it’s just a bit too frightening to acknowledge. But if you truly want to be inspired, you have only to speak with MBC survivors themselves. After hearing some of their stories, I laughed, I cried (I checked for lumps). In addition, to doing your own self-exams, here are two quick and easy things you can do this month to educate yourself and help other women. Read the rest: Spry Blogs – Metastatic Breast Cancer
More to come each week. Stay tuned…