Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Day 2406 - When it's time to get back on the bike

The curse of the middle-aged spread.




If you read my post of yesterday you'll know that I was a little disturbed by what I found at H&M on Sunday.  Their four way mirrors in the change rooms revealed a dirty little secret.

Somehow over the last few months I've managed to grow myself a fairly significant muffin top.

And who knew backs could carry that much excess baggage?




It seems that with my choice for a more loose fitting wardrobe I may have lulled myself into a false sense of security.  The absence of form fitting clothes has meant all my usual checks and balances are no longer in play.

Look, I knew my thighs were starting to take on a life of their own but I kind of figured it was the lack of daily walks that might be turning my toned pins a little mushy.

You see, with all this travel over the last two months my usual 20km+ a week of targeted exercise with the added 10km+ of just-living-my-life-in-a-hectic-way exercise has turned into a measly 5km a week bout of incidental shuffling.

Add to that the fact I've started eating my old foe bread like it's the last thing I'll ever eat, plus a big dose of cookies, cake, ice-cream and chocolate washed down with copious amounts of chai latte, and we definitely have a potential problem on our hands.

The thing about gaining extra kilos in middle age is that it's seriously hard to shift it.  Particularly as we enter the menopausal zone.

It's a hell of a lot easier to eat healthy, do plenty of exercise and be mindful of our decisions than it is to then have to shed at the other end.

According to a 2012 article in The Daily Mail (By Lucy Cavendish) we can potentially gain 30 pounds a year if we eat the same in our middle age as we did in our 30s.    

Apparently once we turn 40 (that magical age that comes with a neon sign pointing at our heads and flashing "middle age") our metabolic rate drops. Which means we lose our ability to burn calories like we used to.

It is possible for us to get back on track though.  It's all about portion sizes, ensuring we do make time for exercise, recognising what causes any stress eating and keeping an eye on what time of day we consume the most food.  Afternoons are a naughty no-go zone! That's because that's when our stress hormone cortisol plummets and we're more likely to feed our faces. Oh yeah, and it's also important that we don't drink too much alcohol.

So today I declare I am back on the "fit and fabulous in my forties" train.  

As soon as I press publish on this post I'm off for a dawn walk with my daughter (yes, even in the frost and fog), I officially declare myself bread-free, I'm going to eat more fruit and other quality snacks as per yesterday's post, I'll up the vegetable intake, get back to drinking more green tea, I'll say goodbye to the cocktails (for now) and most of all I'll be mindful of the fact that this vessel I'm living in deserves to be nurtured as I age.

We all deserve to be in the best body we can manage in order to age positively.

Obviously that won't be the body we had when we were 20, but that doesn't mean we have to trade ourselves in for a dodgy model either.

It's time for me to get back on track.

Who's with me?

Anybody else feeling the need to make some changes?

When was the last time you caught yourself in a four way mirror?

Been baking muffins? 




30 comments :

  1. Oh yes, me too. I'm trying to drop some weight but I just hate exercise!

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    1. I dislike exercise too. But I do love walking so I guess that works in my favour. But as for cardio or weights or running or anything that makes me sweat ... forget it.

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  2. Good on you for making the effort early. Keep us posted on your progress!

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    1. My staying bread free lasted two days. Sigh. Let's start again ...

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  3. Yes!! My metabolism has just changed and I really need to kick start the exercise....

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    1. Exercise is so important. Yet for many of us it's the lowest item on our to-do list.

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  4. I totally agree "We all deserve to be in the best body we can manage in order to age positively". Thanks for the timely reminder! I'll be looking to your posts for extra motivation and inspiration!

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    1. I'd better start getting myself sorted then! All this travel makes it a bit tricky. Although I have to say I am loving the McDonalds Create Your Taste menu for creating bunless burgers and big bowls of chicken salad as a fast food alternative to the normal burger and chips.

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  5. I've been slowly chipping away at my weight this year. I'm not placing any expectations on myself and that seems to be helping keep me focused. We went to the Gold Coast last weekend and the apartment we stayed in had a lot of mirrors. In the bathroom there was an almost 360 view. It was an eye opener!

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    1. That 360 degree vision is definitely an eye opener. The real and the metaphorical!

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  6. I'm with you! I need to get up early and walk more and lay off the bread (my weakness!)

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    1. That damn bread. Has brought many a woman undone ...

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  7. Yeh for you - Leanne - being right with you in the demographic. My weakness is wine, which has to go with cheese too. I'm on a mission leading up to holiday in Fiji in 6 weeks. I've lost 1kg - ideally 3 or 4 more to go before hols. And don't forget to stretch and build your joint mobility - yoga and yin yoga anyone!

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  8. Eeeeekkkkk I just turned 45! I am ok with where my weight is hovering at the moment because I know that my clothes are actually fitting better. You know that moment when you pull on that new bra and when you bought it, it was slightly too tight but the sales assistant assured you that it was the right size so you accepted that. And you drag it out of the drawer because you can't find anything else to put on and just like that across the back it doesn't feel as tight. I have been trying to move more the eat less thing is an issue for me especially the eating less in the afternoon.

    Good for you Leanne for starting to move more! You will get back on track.

    Oh and thanks for the heads up on the H & M mirrors I am not heading there anytime soon.

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    1. That afternoon snacking I think is the evil one. Keep any snacking to the morning when you're body is still energetic enough to process it.

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  9. The weather is starting to chill and I tried to fit into last seasons jeans the other day. Lets just say I don't own scales and didn't realise I had gotten a little 'comfier' lately haha! #IBOT

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    1. Jeans have a habit of being the bearer of bad news

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  10. I'm watching what I eat and hitting the treadmill at the moment, slow and steady, let's see if I can keep it up. Oh and four way mirrors - no one ever needs those!

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    1. Happy treadmilling! I've got one on the balcony. I look at it often ...

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  11. I've never really been on track, but as usual, I'm trying.

    It's so unfair that just when we have time and money to enjoy the good life, it all goes literally pear shaped. x

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  12. I am in the same boat, I realised earlier this year that now my son has turned two, I can't use the "Baby excuse" anymore. It's definitely harder to shift the weight once you turn 30. But I figure it has taken me years to get to this stage, so even if it takes years to get back to my prebaby weight, it's going to happen.

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    1. My youngest was five when I finally stopped using baby weight as an excuse .... all those years ago ... so you're three years ahead of what I was!

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  13. I haven't been exercising as much as usual and it shows - definitely. I used to have the world's fastest metabolism but that seems to have disappeared along with my tolerance for wine-fuelled evenings. Perhaps related?

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  14. I put on weight just looking at food, I'm sure! If only losing weight was as easy as putting it on!

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    1. I know right. Life would be so much simpler.

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  15. Oh I hear you and I'm most definitely with you. I really need to be more mindful of what I put into my mouth. Good luck! #teamIBOT

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    1. Mindful. That's the word we all need! Mindful eating is definitely the key.

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