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How The Fine Line Was Born

Welcome to The Fine Line, a contemporary online magazine for women over 45 that conveys my vision of fitness, health, lifestyle, design, culture, and more. It’s not a blog but a beautiful platform for inspiration relevant to today’s older woman. I hope it inspires you to read and share.

Health and fitness have been huge parts of my life for as long as I can remember. My father was an athlete in Scotland, and from the age of about 5 or 6, I would jog behind him around our home and do push-ups as soon as we were finished.

In school, I competed in track and field, hurdles, the 100-meter sprint, diving, netball, and hockey. My father pushed me to attend a school that would prep me for the Olympic trials, but by the time I was in my mid-teens, I was burned out. There were troubles at home, and once teenage rebellion set in, the last thing I wanted to do was anything my father wanted me to do!

I took a break from all of that. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I was able to revisit fitness on my terms.

A lot happened between 16 and 25, and my approach to fitness became a life-saver. Jane Fonda was among my first inspirations. I loved her! I would watch her videos, read her books, and soak up everything she had to say. She really was a pioneer in women’s fitness.

Jane Fonda was among my first inspirations. I loved her!

Though I had returned to exercise, food and diet were not on my radar at that stage of my life. I consumed mammoth amounts of sugar in the way of candy and cookies. Never being a person motivated by food, meals were literally a way of fueling myself. If I could substitute milk chocolate and red twists for a nutritious meal, I was in heaven. It never occurred to me that I felt lousy because of the highs and lows brought about by eating tons of sugar.

At 26, after a couple of years of aerobics and swimming, I discovered long-distance running and signed up for my first marathon. The next few years were very tough for me emotionally. I was in and out of bad relationships and severely lonely. I had a lot of growing and evolving to do — and years ahead of me working through childhood trauma and pain.

Running was my escape. It saved my life.

I would run and run and run — 6 or 8 or 10 miles every day. I always felt better afterward. I was probably a little numb from the endorphins, but it was sweet relief from the loneliness and emotional pain I felt. Though I am not a very fast runner, I had stamina and determination. That determination saved my life as a child and was emerging to save me in the next phase of my life as well.

Running was my escape. It saved my life.

The more I immersed myself in a fitness regimen, the more information started to present itself in the way of diet and overall health. I realized that sugar was not going to sustain me, and it took many years for me to wean myself off it and embrace a new way of eating.

Changing the way I eat has been a slow process. Twenty-five years ago there wasn’t as much information about the impact of a healthy diet as there is today. The first book I read on my fitness journey was Sugar Busters!though it wasn’t until years later that I would actually stop consuming sugar, increase my protein intake, and pay more attention to portion size. However, once I stopped existing on sugar, I had much more energy and focus.

And then I hit 40. Then 45. And the big 5-0. I noticed changes in my body and face. I would walk by a mirror, catch a glance of myself, and stop dead in my tracks. Holy shit! Things were changing! And they were changing fast.

For the first time in my adult life, I grew a ring around my midsection and nothing I did made it go away. My energy levels started to fall, and I felt myself leaning into aging and becoming complacent. This lasted a couple of years.

I felt myself leaning into aging and becoming complacent.

I thought I could do the life-change thing naturally and be OK with it, but I couldn’t. I wasn’t myself, and I didn’t like the person I was becoming. I decided to fight what was happening and started researching and reading like crazy. That’s when I found Dr. David Allen, a pioneer in alternative and antiaging medicine. With his help, I started to feel like my old self again. My energy returned, my weight started to get back to normal, and I started to feel fantastic. He changed my life, and I am forever grateful.

And now here I am! I am 58 and in the best shape of my life.

Through this journey, the one thing that has been consistent is my passion for movement. Something happens to me when I get physical, when I get my heart rate up, when I lift weights, when I power through a grueling workout. It makes me feel strong, radiant, and alive like no other thing on thing on this earth. I feel beautiful, confident, and sexy.

Through this journey, I also realized that there was nothing out there speaking specifically to modern, fit, and healthy women over 45. Nothing! I searched for an online platform that was cool, contemporary, and spoke to me, to my aesthetic and creativity, and made me feel good when I read it. I came up empty-handed.

The Fine Line is for women over 45 who want to live authentically, healthfully, and stylishly.

And that’s how The Fine Line was born.

The first of its kind, The Fine Line is for women over 45 who want to live authentically, healthfully, and stylishly. It is a space for women of wisdom, means, and sophistication to explore all aspects of a healthful life. Never before has a site blended editorial-quality aesthetics with cutting-edge content tailored to a chic, savvy older woman. We are truly innovating the way women approach their own well-being in the digital age.

As we grow and evolve, I hope to hear from you. I want to hear your thoughts about and ideas for the site — and most of all I want to hear how you are living vibrantly and planning to stay fit, strong, and sexy into your 100s!

With love,

Photo: Marisa Quinn

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