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Fit and Fabulous at Forty

By Jackie O'Neal

All living things undergo the process of aging, but while it is true that the process of aging can be controlled, heredity often plays a dominant role as does the person’s state of health, and other factors such as nutrition and skin care.  The aging process varies from woman to woman, yet every woman has the ability to age gracefully and maintain her youthful appearance, if she observes a regimen of daily skin care, a well-balanced diet, vigorous exercise and other healthy habits- including self-acceptance.  

Self-acceptance teaches us to embrace all our internal and external flaws while remembering as Dick Olney wrote: “The great tragedy of being self-conscious is that no one is looking.”  

In order to understand the great secrets of how to stay fit and fabulous at forty, the Positively, Beautiful team, went into the field to speak to three fabulous women - who work hard at maintaining their youthful natural beauty and fitness level: Tina Allen of Treasures by Tina, Janice Taylor, certified hypnotist and weight loss coach, and Khrys Vaughan, founder of Her Startup.  

Khrys Vaughan, 40, is the founder of Her Startup (, a company providing Business development services to female entrepreneurs. She is married and the mother of four children ranging in ages from 3-18. We asked Khrys to describe her beauty, nutrition and physical fitness programs. Khrys believes in simplicity when it comes to all three areas. I am a vegetarian, but managed to gain weight after my last two pregnancies as a result of lack of exercise,€ she noted. After consistent exercise, she dropped from 168 to 134 pounds. Khrys is a fan of working out 4-5 times a week with Billy Blank’s Boot Camp series among others. Where diet is concerned, she avoids sugar.  "Monday-Thursday I eat no sugar, desserts, breads, or pastas.  Friday-Sundays, I eat what I want," she said.  She also simplifies her skin care and make-up routines." I use a complexion bar for my face, MAC Cosmetics, and Oil of Olay at night. I do wear blush daily, but mascara and other types of make-up are reserved for special occasions,"€ she said.  

New Yorker and forty-something, weight loss coach, Janice Taylor ( credits the New York City subway stairs and streets for keeping her in top shape. “I live in a walking city and log in at least 7,500 steps a day without much effort. When I add a tablespoon of effort, I walk the full 10,000 steps, or four miles. The New York City subway system provides plenty of "€œstair master" opportunity  up and down while carrying bags of groceries and sale items from Bloomies," she said. She offers philosophical advice for young women in their twenties - to ensure they age gracefully. "€œFor those women in their twenties, remember - you are the author of your life, master of your thoughts and controller of your actions. Take responsibility for what you say, do and eat.  Avoid bitterness, jealousy and anger. Truly, the inner beauty creates the outer beauty,"€ she said.  One of Janice‘€™s most important beauty secrets includes loads of smiles and laughter. She’s convinced it helps keep Botox injections at bay. "€œLove yourself, first and foremost and those laugh and smile lines will enhance your natural beauty. Be bitter or sour and your lines at the ends of your lips start to look as if they are pulling you down,"€ she noted.  

Tina Allen ( agrees wrinkles and some gray hair can actually enhance natural beauty. "How you take care of yourself will be reflected in your skin, as you age.  Lack of sun protection when you are young, not only can cause skin cancer, but wrinkles and age spots. On the other hand, a few wrinkles and graying are totally acceptable and nothing to be ashamed of. It simply means we have some experience under our belts,” she said. Tina is a great believer in drinking plenty of water for hydration and to keep dry skin under control. "€œI try to drink plenty of water and take vitamins,"€ she added.  

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