What's Age Got to Do with It?: Living Your Happiest and Healthiest Life

What's Age Got to Do with It?: Living Your Happiest and Healthiest Life

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by Robin McGraw
     
 

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  • "I'm 42-years-old, but feel like I'm 62."
  • "I have lost my glow."
  • "I miss the woman I used to be."
  • "I'm so afraid of getting older."
  • "I want to feel healthy and alive again"

If you've had these or similar thoughts, you're not alone. Robin McGraw, wife of television talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw, receives

Overview

  • "I'm 42-years-old, but feel like I'm 62."
  • "I have lost my glow."
  • "I miss the woman I used to be."
  • "I'm so afraid of getting older."
  • "I want to feel healthy and alive again"

If you've had these or similar thoughts, you're not alone. Robin McGraw, wife of television talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw, receives thousands of emails from women asking her what she does to look and feel so vibrant, energetic and healthy at the age of 55. It all started back in Robin's twenties and thirties when pivotal moments in her life made her realize that if she did not put her health and well-being first, no one else would. One such moment came in her early thirties when Robin experienced the sudden death of her mother, a wonderful woman who put the needs of her family above her own and, as a result, didn't know that her health was ailing. This tragedy made Robin realize that in order to be the best wife, mother and woman possible, she had to take care of herself as if her life depended on it.

In What's Age Got To Do With It, Robin urges you to do the same and shows you that it's not selfish to take care of yourself. Robin says, "I wrote this book, not only to answer questions about what I do to stay healthy and in shape, but to remind women that it's time to move yourself to the top of your list of priorities. If you can't do it for you, then do it for your family.  Because my precious mother never did that, she missed out on so many wonderful years and experiences. I realized that it doesn't make you a better wife or parent if you're sacrificing everything -including your health, soul and spirit -for your family.  I refuse to perpetuate that legacy and I want you to join me and get excited about living your life in a passionate, happy and healthy way. It's never too early to start taking care of yourself, but it's also never, ever too late."

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Altoonian ("Dear Ageless" column, AP Wire Service) and McGraw (Inside My Heart: Choosing To Live with Passion and Purpose and wife of Dr. Phil) offer aging tips for boomers in a slightly different fashion. McGraw gears her book toward women, enlisting specialists in such areas as gynecology, fashion, and anti-aging medicine; Altoonian also references medical and technical research but speaks to an older, mixed-gender crowd and covers issues like preparing for retirement and caregiving for older parents. While McGraw tends to address a higher-income group, her suggestions for makeup, skin care, and fitness training apply to most women. Both books are recommended; where budgets are tight, Living Agelessly is preferred.


—Deborah Bigelow

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616877194
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
12/30/2008
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Robin McGraw, wife of best-selling author and television talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw, has made "family first" a priority in her life. Married for more than thirty years to Dr. Phil, Robin has made her marriage and raising their two sons, Jay (29) and Jordan (21), her priority in life. A constant presence on the Dr. Phil show since the very first episode, viewers worldwide have embraced Robin--whether she's discussing her experiences as a mother and wife or dealing with issues that women face in the many phases of their lives.

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What's Age Got to Do with It? 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
robinrocks More than 1 year ago
I love love love this book!!
everyone should have it young, or old..
I learned so much from this book :)
an_angels_mommie More than 1 year ago
Title: What¿s AGE got to do with it?
Author: Robin McGraw
Classification: Self-help
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Hardcover: 240 pages
ISBN: 1400202140

I must admit I ordered this book for review because I was intrigued about how a woman of 55 can look so good. Hair, skin, nails, clothes, even shoes everyday, and all day. For those of us who don¿t have an unlimited budget to work with, taking care of your health as well as we would like doesn¿t happen for the most part. Looking our best may be being swamped in the middle of 6 children at one time, homeschooling, 2-3 loads of dishes in the dishwasher and 2-3 loads of clothes. Fixing 3 nutritious meals everyday, cleaning and all while trying to maintain some balance in the world of being a pastors wife.

After reading the first part of this book I realized that this book is really about Robin, not about the rest of us. I got out of it that she was more excited about telling us about herself than she was about how to stay healthy and look good so we would BE healthy and feel good. I think that by the time a woman has reached her 50¿s, none of the things that Robin has talked about doing will make much of a difference. Most of the things had to have been focused on during their 20¿s, 30¿s and 40¿s to make a difference. If they are looking for a quick fix to look like Robin McGraw, they aren¿t going to find it in this book. This book was a huge disappointment for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed reading this book.it is full of great information that i can use starting tomorrow!! i have always felt like robin could be my friend. she has the ability to make me feel like i deserve to take better care of myself. she seems very real and down to earth. it is obvious she started taking care of herself long before she moved to hollywood. i will buy this book for my daughter and my friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am sure Ms. McGraw is very healthy and very happy--and I am glad for her. She has been working at it for a long time and I applaud her for that...but if you are already in your 40's or 50's, and you are looking for a book with the inspiration to help you to turn the 'aging' mistakes of your youth around, you will not find it here. Ms. McGraw, blessed with a high metabolism in her early years, enough monetary security to remain a homemaker to young children, able to hire personal trainers and to live in Beverly Hills does not typify the woman who would think to pick up this book based on its title or premise. Instead of using the time to read it, we would all be doing ourselves a favor by simply spending a couple hours walking around the block.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this book by Robin McGraw, but I bought and read her book "Inside My Heart. It sounds like both books contain some similar things. I wasn't real impressed with her first book, because it basically promotes her life style. It sounds like this one does too. After reading Inside My Heart I emailed her and told her that I don't know anybody that can afford to do the things that she does. Not everybody can afford to eat healthy foods and take medicines other than the ones that are exactly necessary to live. Inside My Heart was interesting reading, mainly because of the way it is written, but for most women, it isn't a realistic life style. To me it also sounded like that until she and Dr. Phil established an actual relationship she kind of was stalking him. She made a statement something to the effect that shortly after she met him she decided that was who she was going to marry. It wasn't even long enough to determine if she loved him.
VSliker More than 1 year ago
I was less than halfway through this book when I reached my conclusion: Fifty-five year old Robin McGraw needs to get a life. She sounds like she¿s a twenty year old who believes her value lies solely in her appearance. Obviously, there¿s money in looking good so perhaps for a select few, McGraw included, it is a profitable career. For the rest of us, this book contains a lot of nonsense. My house payment is less than what McGraw spends monthly on facial treatments and beauty products.

Barring all that, there is some benefit to reading the book. Besides hair, makeup, fashion and skin care advice, Mrs. McGraw offers chapters on fitness, nutrition, hormones and faith, each chapter including advice from experts. Along with her high-end recommendations, she also suggests home remedies and home workout plans so everyone can get started living healthier, regardless your budget.

¿No matter how old you are, today is the first day of the rest of your life; so why not start on a healthy foot?¿ McGraw challenges the reader. Her proactive attitude is motivational while her step-by-step instructions are written with clarity, providing hundreds of ways for you to be healthier. Her chapter on hormones is especially detailed.

There is no doubt if you want to improve yourself, this book can show you how. I¿d wager most of us don¿t have the time or money to do much of what is recommended, but more importantly: Why would we? Good health is one thing, but self-indulgence and self-adoration seem a little too focused on¿. well¿ self.
Book_Lover_Lisa More than 1 year ago
In What¿s Age Got TO Do With It? Robin McGraw, wife to Dr. Phil, shares what she has learned and uses to stay looking and feeling young. Chapters include topics such as fitness, nutrition, skin care, hormones, hair, makeup and fashion. The book is largely about her and what she does, but there is a good deal of helpful¿though basic and non-groundbreaking¿information. In her chapter on fitness she provides ideas on how to stay fit without the personal trainer who she now has access to, and how she did it at home with little to no equipment when she had little kids and little money. In the chapter on nutrition she includes a twelve day sample menu of a healthy diet. I found the skin care chapter especially useful because it is something that I know little about, and as I approach my 30th birthday in the fall, and am seeing those fine lines start to appear, I appreciate the basic information, including recipes for simple food based scrubs and products, and exercises to firm the neck and jaw.

Though there is not really any new information in the book, and the subjects are not studied in depth, I found this book to be a good base on taking care of your body, and also found it interesting to read about the life of Robin. I appreciate her encouragement of women to take care of themselves, and stop thinking of everyone else first.
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GrannyAnnie39 More than 1 year ago
I am very pleased with this book by Robin McGraw. I have the books she has written and never fail to enjoy them. She is down to earth and gives information that anyone can follow at home.
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omahogg More than 1 year ago
It makes for feel good reading and some good info but as soon as you put down the book reality sets in, fantasy is over for most of us who have'nt been independently wealthy and stress free for the last 25+ years.
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While I found the book to be interesting and inspiring, I found that I already knew most of the information provided. If a person has read any health magazines or researched any medical information, they probably already knew most of what was covered in the book. I enjoyed reading about Robin's childhood and home life, and was impressed with her ability to put herself first right from the start. That's something I have never been able to do. The information about hormones was new information to me; I didn't know that you could have your levels checked so frequently. Her makeup routine is way more than I will ever do, and her experience at makeup counters has been far different from mine--I'm not so sure a lot of stores are willing to help you out as much as they did her. Her thoughts on style was interesting and I envy her ability to instinctively know what looks good on her. Overall, the book was a good read, but not a lot of information I didn't already know.
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drivel
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I admit I'm still reading through this book. It's got alot of information to go through, but what I've read is interesting and informative. Here is a woman who really knows how to take care of her body and her looks! Some of the stuff that she buys to help herself look good are pricey and not everyone can afford it (me included). I'm not annoyed by that, after all, it is Robin's story and I can take it or leave it. I also like reading up on the advice by the experts that she knows. That makes the book really worth it to me. The book has a very friendly tone, which I appreciate and I feel that she does not talk down to women. It is now going to be in my permanant library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Presents a personal, informed remedy for midlife confusion. Well worth the time and money.