The first thing I’m focusing on as I am making a point to celebrate midlife is my health! Have you seen Phyllis? or what about Joan?
To get in my best shape, I need to make some major changes in my eating habits. I know what they are, I’ve eaten healthy most of my life. I’ve just let myself enjoy a little too much sugar and unhealthy fats after menopause. But, in reality, I know it’s not worth it. I become cranky, tired, gain weight and then that messes with my thoughts.
For me, the way to improve my eating habits is to start with exercise.
Once I find something I like and commit to that, the eating follows. I know myself very well. In order for me to commit to exercise, I need to get out of my house where I have everything I need to work out, but won’t. This extrovert needs the energy of other bodies around doing the same thing.
So, I recently joined Club Pilates and have gone every day that I was home. In my younger years, I did a lot of mat pilates, but always viewed that as an extra after I did my REAL exercise … weight lifting.
My, my…. how life has changed. Now, I appreciate that Pilates is gentle on my joints, is stretching my limbs, working my core which helps with lower back pain.
It’s a great workout because it engages my mind and body. I think of nothing else while there, but working that core group of muscles while listening to my teacher reminding me to pull in my navel, squeeze my glutes, breathe, concentrate on that muscle, go slow.
This is where I’m starting, but will add on from here, because I have a pretty lofty goal and I’m determined to meet it!
What I have learned about getting back in shape at midlife:
- It is true what I heard growing up, it really IS harder to lose weight the older you get. (why did I think that was a myth?)
- In order for it to become a habit, it has to be worked into my schedule, and for me first thing in the am
- It’s not about being thin, it’s about being healthy….the blood pressure, cholesterol, mental state, moods all need to be in check. So far they are, but I can see where I’m headed
- Put on my blinders, just like the horses do, and focus on the path in front of ME. Everyone has their own path.
- Meetups seem to be more centered around food and drink than they did in my younger years meeting at Moms Groups, a park, Mommy fitness classes, and I need to make better choices because I can’t skip the next meal and have it all work out in midlife.
Cheers to celebrating midlife, one good choice at a time!