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.

Pilates Reformer

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!

18 Comments on Getting Fit at Midlife

  1. Mel,
    First of all good for you to want to take better care of yourself.
    I love group exercises like Pilates or weight training because they are both really good for us as we get older.
    Losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise so look at it as staying healthy and not about how much weight you need to lose.
    Taking care of your heart and mental health is the key to living your best life now!

    Hugs,
    Robin

  2. Good job, Melanie!!

    It has always been easy for me to exercise, as I love to ride my bike and walk. However, I was still gaining weight and struggling the last 5 years.

    I just discovered Dr. Eric Berg and have been following his plan. I really like that he says, “You don’t lose weight to get healthy, you get healthy to lose weight.”

  3. This is a great goal for any woman in midlife! I really need to improve my strength. So far, I haven’t been motivated like you are – bravo to you!

    • Thank you Julie! We all have different limits to what we will accept in our life. Hugs and thank you for stopping by!
      Melanie

  4. I agree, it isn’t being being thin, it is about being healthy! Just keep moving! A food journal helps me sometimes where I record what I eat and write a word to describe the emotion I feel while eating. Not calories, just the emotion or feeling. No judgement. I used to attend group exercise classes but tend t do things on my own now. I love your advice about wearing blinkers in order to focus on yourself instead of others!

    • Ohhhh that’s such a good idea about the food journal with how I feel afterward.
      Thanks for stopping by Barbie!

  5. Thanks for the encouragement! Focusing on emotional, physical, and spiritual health these days….

    I always that that was a “myth” too! Go figure! 🙂

  6. Mel, I thought I remembered seeing somewhere that you had written about fitness. I came back to your web site poking around for this article, and it was exactly the motivation I needed. I look fit enough (my opinion). But I don’t ***feel*** good. Time for me to crack down on a healthier diet!

    • Hi Suzaane: You’re so sweet! You absolutely look fit enough!! And, I totally understand not feeling good. Glad you’re joining me on a healthier diet.
      Xx…Melanie

  7. Congrats to you for finding something you enjoy and your commitment to good health! I’m looking into a new Pilates studio nearby and can’t wait to give it a try! xo

    • Hey Juliet! Thank you for stopping by. I love Pilates classes. Hope you like the one by your new home!
      Hugs, Melanie

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