I think all of us get the case of the blahs when it comes to our appearance. Though some might think it shallow, appearances DO account for a lot of first time impressions which can open the doors for further interactions.
I have seen how people interact with those who are overweight to obese, and dealing with older Americans……and it’s not pretty.
And as I approach 50 (3 years ack) and am slightly overweight (sigh) I feel like I’ve been dealt a double whammy.
Women seem to get hit on both ends when it comes to our age and appearance. A lot of us struggle to keep the weight off, look presentable (ladylike) and well put together. Society DOES judge us at face value, I don’t care where you come from.
And when I think about myself, what I need to do in order to get rid of these pounds, to embrace middle-age….feels like a daunting task.
I have spent a small fortune in trying to remake my look…fresh, well put together, friendly and inviting. Have scoured magazines directed toward women my age (cough…cough) and fitness mags created for women seeking to improve not only their health but overall appearance.
It’s scary, it’s hard…and it’s frustrating.
And yes I do bitch about my weight, my looks, my health because it’s my right.
With that being said, I also realize I need to take action so that these three areas are addressed and I can improve my overall outlook.
FEEL healthy, THINK healthy! BE healthy.
Goals! Goals! Goals!
Easier said than done ladies right?
The following article: Weight Loss After 40: Why It’s So Hard and What Works (click here) has several key points women of “our age” can use to help us in this journey. I pulled some tips which may help you as you continue on the right path towards a healthier, truer, “you.”
Time your eating to take advantage of your body’s natural rhythms.
Most experts agree on one thing: Snack (or eat dinner) after 8 p.m., and whatever you eat is more likely to go straight to your hips and stomach. Happily, the opposite is also true — what you eat in the mornings, when your metabolism is revved up to its optimum operating speed, is much more likely to be expended efficiently.
Don’t like to eat breakfast? Sorry, but there’s no way around this one; eating a good breakfast is one of the key habits experts have identified that keeps thin people thin. When members of the National Weight Control Registry (people who have maintained a weight loss of 30 pounds for between one and six years) were surveyed, 78 percent reported eating breakfast every day and almost 90 percent reported eating breakfast at least five days a week. This was one of the only factors researchers identified that those in the registry had in common!
I pray the latter half of this year brings about a new me. I can feel myself falling into this dreadful funk and it isn’t a pretty sight.
All talk and no action is akin to crying wolf. No one will take me seriously. I don’t know how many middle-aged women face what am currently going through. Not just with “the change” but with coming to the realization that their body…our body doesn’t react the same way it used to.
And with that realization it sharply pulls me into my current situation. I already received a hard dose of reality from my doctor.
With my health the way it is at present…..I need to suck it up, put on them big girl pants and create change….embrace a new me….new outlook….and ultimately a healthy solid attitude on life.