Diet and Exercise

Do You Kegel?

Do You Kegel?

 

When I was pregnant with my last child, I learned about an exercise in the Bradley Method child birthing class we were taking. They’re called “kegel exercises”, and they are something that I have continued to do for the past 27 years.

Kegel exercises strengthen the pubococcygeus or PC muscles, also known as the pelvic floor. The PC muscles are shaped like a sling and hold the bladder and uterus in place. Over the years, they can become weakened from many factors such as pregnancy and childbirth, being overweight, and of course just plain old aging.

If these muscles are allowed to become weak and out of shape, it can cause several potential problems like urinary incontinence, or prolapsed bladder and uterus. Mayo Clinic says, “The effects of pelvic organ prolapse range from uncomfortable pelvic pressure to leakage of urine. Pelvic organ prolapse isn’t inevitable, however. Kegel exercises can help delay or even prevent pelvic organ prolapse and the related symptoms.” Read On…

I Want My Old Metabolism Back

I Want My Old Metabolism Back

 

When I was younger my metabolism ran so fast that I couldn’t gain weight even though I wanted to. Not only that, I couldn’t relax at all, I was hyper all the time. Nowadays they call it ADHD! Whatever…it worked for me. Then somewhere around the age of thirty, it began to slow down. At first, I loved it. I was finally able to get above 100 pounds without being pregnant. I was finally getting a womanly figure. Before that, I looked like a boyish stick with a few very minor curves.

Unfortunately, as the years went on and forty then fifty arrived, I continued packing on the weight. And I wasn’t too happy about it either. I yearned for the return of my skinny body and high metabolism. I spent a lot of time reading about what could have caused this and kept coming up against walls called “middle age” and “menopause”. While many of these articles did offer a little help with ways to lose weight during this time of life, none of them were much help when it came to increasing metabolism, at least naturally. But I knew that without a faster metabolism I would have to either continue to eat less and less or continue gaining weight. Neither was an option that I wanted to accept. Was I really doomed to continue this downward spiral until the day I died?

Maybe not. Read On…

Get Your Curves On! – Review

Get Your Curves On! – Review

 

We all know about the importance of exercise, especially as we age. I know I come across the statistics numerous times each day. So I’m not going to reiterate them all here. The only things I’m going to say is that we need both resistance exercise to increase bone density and muscle mass, and aerobics to improve heart function, aid in weight control, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

If you’re anything like me, you really don’t like to HAVE to exercise. Besides, who has the time?

This is where Curves can help. I not only have worked out at Curves, off and on, for over ten years, but I was also a Circuit Coach for about three years. Read On…

Overcoming the Obstacles: Middle Age Spread

Overcoming the Obstacles: Middle Age Spread

 

Ok…ok…I’ll admit it, aging is not all sunshine and lollipops. And really, I may be an optimistic person, but I don’t wear rose colored glasses. I just like to look at the positives and work toward overcoming, or accepting if I have to, the negatives in life. (Though I’m really not the best at accepting things that I don’t want to accept. Just ask anyone who knows me.) Besides I truly believe there are always lessons that can make us stronger and better if we choose to learn from the obstacles in life.

My most recent obstacle, actually it’s been going on for a couple of years, has been the fact that I’ve gained what I consider to be a lot of weight. And no, I’m not saying how much.

It seems “one of the foremost menopause symptoms seems to be weight gain and a change in the overall shape of your body”, according to Epigee Women’s Health. And the main area where women gain the weight is the abdomen. Yeah, no kidding. I really only had to look in a mirror or try on a pair of jeans to figure that one out. Read On…

I Hate Breakfast

I Hate Breakfast

 

I cannot eat breakfast!

Believe me, I’ve tried, but my stomach just can’t handle food in the morning. I must wait at least an hour and have had at least one cup of coffee first.

But “they” say breakfast is the “most important meal of the day”, and it is even more important if you’re dieting to jump start the metabolism. So I do understand that I should be consuming something, hopefully healthy and low in calories, other than just coffee before noon.

So what I do is I drink my breakfast instead. Read On…

A Healthy Perspective on Aging

A Healthy Perspective on Aging

 

The other night my husband was watching Tina Turner in a televised concert she recently did. I was so impressed by the fact that this woman was still in her miniskirts and high heels (her legs looked amazing) kicking it up, dancing and singing like she was at most 40. At one point she was even dancing on some narrow scaffolding that was high above the crowd. But I was even more impressed….no, blown away….when I looked her up online and found out that she was 70 years old when she performed in that concert. Wow! I want to be like that at 70. Read On…

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Last week I made my first and second attempts at French bread. They were two different recipes and both turned out pretty good. One was from a blog called TheFrugalGirl, and another from a website that I am now in love with called KingArthurFlour. While perusing King Arthur Flour’s site, I got it into my head to start making our own bread. Read On…

Old Habits Die Harder

They say that research has proven that it takes 21 days to form a new habit.  Riiiiiiight!!!  I don’t think so.  At least not for me it doesn’t.  I say old habits die harder.
Read On…