Often when us women reach our 50’s, and sometimes even sooner, we start to hear warning bells. They may sound like this:
These are all signs that your body is out of whack! It’s trying to tell you something and the trick is to ACTUALLY start listening.
Too many of us hear these warning bells and then ignore them. You may say things to yourself like “I’ll start doing something about that on Monday”, or “I don’t have time to worry about that now”.
The problem with these thoughts is that they are just delaying the inevitable, putting off what will happen if you don’t address these warning bells. And there are consequences when you ignore these signs. Let’s see what some of the consequences are:
Not having enough energy means that tasks feel hard and you will more likely not go out for that walk, or tidy that room, or play with your grandkids. You’ll sit on the side lines watching everything happen.
Feeling tired in the mornings is part of this, and linked to bad sleep, perhaps due to night sweats. A and particularly carb dense foods. If you do nothing, then you will spiral further into more of the same which causes the next few symptoms to happen really quickly.
An out of control body, and expanding waistline. Out of control roughly translates into a hormone “imbalance”. You arrive here after years of stress from yo-yo dieting, raising a family, work and career stress, relationship stress, moving house or countries and also losing people close to you. Without new strategies, how will you navigate growing older?
Finally, those stiff feelings in the mornings or after sitting for a while, and those sore joints are symptoms of either being overweight for a long time, or of being too inactive, or in most cases, both! The human body is meant to move, it thrives on movement. Chances are if you keep up with the inactivity, you body will eventually fall apart. You may end up in a nursing home walking with a frame, or even worse, just sitting in a chair all day, dependent on someone to look after you and taking all sorts of medication. Not my idea of fun!
So it’s no wonder you’re worried about your health, because who wants to be old, senile, and totally dependent on someone else?
Okay, so I am painting the worst-case scenario. But it can happen, and faster than you think. So what do you do about it? How can you put a new plan in place to help you reach a better outcome for yourself?
Here are some ideas for you:
If you’re not currently exercising, start NOW. Exercise keeps your body moving the way it is supposed to. It keeps your heart and lungs healthy. It keeps you flexible and your joints moving. It energises you and helps you sleep. Don’t overdo it though, especially if you’ve been doing nothing up until today. Start with 5 minutes, walk, go outside.
Drink more water! Seriously! And especially if you’re experiencing hot flushes and night sweats. You’ll need more if that’s you. Water also keeps the muscles and joints working properly, it’s like lubrication for them. Plus water helps with wrinkles! You’ll have smoother skin and who doesn’t want smoother skin! And… dehydration can actually cause hot flushes and sweats to be WORSE!
Start looking at your nutrition. The best way to do this is to keep a food diary for a week. Note down everything you eat and drink as a bare minimum. If you want to dive deeper, then note things like – hunger before and after eating, speed of eating, how you felt, stress levels, etc. By paying attention to these details you can start to find out where you may need to make changes.
Check out whether your sleep routine is helping or hindering you. Do you watch TV late at night? Are you on your device late at night? Do you sleep with your phone next to your bed? Those three things alone can interfere HUGELY with your sleep quality. At least 30 minutes before bed, STOP! Ideally more but start with 30 minutes.
If you start with ONE of those ideas today and stick with it for at least 2 weeks, you will begin to notice a difference. Change needs to happen slowly, especially if you’ve been operating the same way for years and years. So get comfortable with the new habit first, and then try another one.
I am sure you have noticed that what you used to do in your 20s and 30s does not work anymore. So what have you got to lose?
This is how I coach my clients, baby steps to lasting weight loss and a healthy lifestyle free from limitations. A lifestyle where they feel in control once more and are able to do the important things – run around with grandkids, go hiking up mountains, travel the world, run marathons…
So in a nutshell:
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