Many of my over 60 friends have been commiserating about their thicker mid sections and those persnickety "wobbly bits." Several of my friends who work out regularly at the gym have complained about their "muffin tops" and "back fat."
It would appear that these areas become problematic as we advance in age...
Our bodies change...
we must graciously accept these changes and press on.
Making the best of what we have
accepting our limitations
working at maintaining our health
mindful of the foods that we eat to fuel our bodies
enjoying meals that are attractive, colourful and full of nutritious elements.
I guess what I am trying to say is that we need to opt for a happy balance.
While we are focusing on slimming down...
we might need to reassess our clothing choices.
Dressing in flattering clothes definitely makes us feel better about ourselves.
Consider looking at "camouflage dressing" to disguise our figure flaws.
We may wear a bright scarf at the neck to draw the eye upward...
or wear the same colour separates on both the top and bottom for a longer line.
It is important to choose clothing that is not too sheer, too tight and does not cling. Opting for heavier fabrics with more "body."
I prefer denim, bamboo and crisp cottons and linens in styles that follow the curves of my figure but are not too tight or too baggy.
Light cottons, sheer knits and some silks are not that forgiving as they tend to be on the clingy side
Make sure to buy the size that fits and flatters...
ignore the tag...
if you get all hung up on whether you think that you should be wearing a certain size you might be choosing a garment that is going to reveal more of those wobbly bits than you would like.
Check in the mirror...and do not forget to look at the front and the back views.
We cannot expect that our bodies will stay the same as they were when we were in our youth and we need to gracefully embrace the changes that come with age...
Keeping active is important for many reasons...
bone density and heart health,
lower blood pressure and warding off adult onset diabetes.
Weight gain is inevitable when our metabolism slows if we keep eating as we did prior to menopause we will naturally put on weight.
I read somewhere that estrogen is stored in fat cells
and that is why nature adds the fat to protect our hearts...
I cannot remember what publication this was or even if it is backed by scientific evidence...perhaps one of your readers knows more about this and can comment.
We must be proactive if we want to keep those extra pounds from piling up.
Mother who is 89, eats smaller portions and avoids cakes and pastries and walks for 20 minutes each afternoon.
My hypothyroid condition that results in a sluggish metabolism is an issue that affects my weight and a constant reminder that I need to take charge of my eating and exercise habits.
Weight has crept up on me while I was turning a blind eye...
I was much more successful when I was actively attending Weight Watcher meetings and counting my points.
So I am back to tracking my daily WW point allowance and amping up the walking. Many of you are joining me on this journey and I hope that you are starting this process with a positive realistic and optimistic attitude.
We can succeed if we put the effort into the project.
My goal is to lose about 1 pound each week...the first week we may see more weight loss but it usually slows a bit after the initial phase.
My morning indulgence is a cafe creme.
Espresso coffee and foamed skimmed milk.
1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese and a cup of berries
Lunch is a salad with about 3 ounces of protein and a light dressing.
3 ounces of lean protein and lots and lots of vegetables.
Daily brisk walks of about 45 minutes to an hour along the seafront
provide me with plenty of fresh air and movement.
The scenery is quite lovely
so while I walk I soak in all the beauty and as a result I feel joyful.
If you are following along on this journey to improved health please feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts.
How is your week going?
Have you had cravings?
Are you walking or working out?
Do you have any tips for the group?
My journey may be very different from yours...
happiness and contentment within each of us is very personal
what works for one may not work for another.
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~