Diet

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…

Overcoming Obstacles: Honey, I Shrunk

Overcoming Obstacles: Honey, I Shrunk

 

I know I’ve been saying how I wanted to lose weight—get smaller—but I didn’t mean in stature. And until a couple of days ago, I didn’t even know that I had lost height. Ok, I’ll admit it was only a quarter of an inch, but still. And maybe I was just having a down day. Or maybe it was because I had just finished working out. All that weight lifting can make you shorter, right?

I was so happy too…at first. I got on the scale to weigh myself, and I lost six pounds. Whoo Hoo! I should have stopped there. But nooooo. I decided to check my height too. No idea why…it wasn’t like I thought maybe I had grown at the young age of fifty-two. So I lifted the scale’s height rod a little a little higher than I figured I needed, stepped back on the scale, and brought it down to my head. And when I looked up I couldn’t believe it. So I tried to stand as tall as humanly possible, but to no avail. I couldn’t stand tall enough to reach 5’ 4 ¼”. And you laugh.

That was my wake-up call. And that is the last millimeter that I intend to lose–vertically anyway. 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…

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…

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…

Under Construction

Ok, enough procrastinating.  I am going to get my butt moving on starting up this blog. 

Part of the problem has been that I have no idea how you do all this stuff. But I’m learning. So pardon my dust, so to speak, as I fumble my way through this new mode of communication. I know, I know, it’s not really all that new. So I’m behind a bit.  But I’m trying to catch on and catch up. Read On…

Ode to 50

This is sort of a poem that I wrote about a month before I turned 50. It summarizes, but doesn’t completely encompass, how I feel about turning 50. Which I did, a couple of weeks ago. Read On…