Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lifestyle Changes

These legs?  They were never mine.


I love menopause. *snort*

The hot flashes, the issues with girl parts, the outrageously dry skin, the thinning hair...yep I love it all.  But what I love the most is the betrayal of my body.

I wrote about it a few years ago, but I can't find the post (when there are over a thousand of them on various blog incarnations, there is no real way to keep track), and I talked about how I used to be cute and now I wasn't anymore. 

And don't get me wrong, cute is good...but the older you get, the more important it is to stay HEALTHY.  (You know that a lot of these girls who are so cute aren't so healthy. "Heroin Chic," anyone?)

Like a lot of folks my age, my blood sugar is borderline.  My blood pressure is higher than it was.  My joints ache.  I don't really care about "cute" any more--I just want to be active. But there's no way I can go "no carbs" or "no caffeine" or "no alcohol"--especially that last one, since I teach high school English to non-readers.  Drinking is a job requirement.  So I couldn't jump on any bandwagon that eliminated everything from a certain group.

About six years ago, I joined Weight Watchers and lost a bunch of weight.  I felt great; I looked good.  But keeping track of points and going to meetings and all the rest was a hassle.  I kept the weight off for a few years and then, after menopause, it magically reappeared.  I looked into other diets, but I always found something problematic. 

THEN...I found a program that I thought I could at least attempt.  It's a program that focuses on real food simply prepared. (I'm a fan of simple.)  While I'm not necessarily interested in dramatic weight loss (though that would be a nice by-product), I am interested in getting healthier.  I would like to stick around to torment DL for a few more years.


12 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

wishing you all the best in this! for dl's sake.

Cheryl Thornton said...

I am having the same problems...would love to know what this new program is...

Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

Art and Sand said...

The only thing that works for me is to not eat processed flour or sugar. That is so difficult because I could live on delicious bread alone.

Becky Garrison said...

Same here! Menopause sucks! What is the new program?

Junkchiccottage said...

Kirby,
I so hear you!!!!! Lack of hormones, thyroid issues and aging are my worse enemies. It sucks to lose the "young girl" hormones, to have body parts and organs start to fail you and sugar and alcohol sometimes are your go to friend in life. So I get it. It is difficult. Glad you are just focusing on getting healthier and not so much the weight loss. I think the weight loss will follow the getting healthy. Good luck.
Kris

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

I'm right there with you Kirby! Now......do share what this new plan is!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I feel your pain! I have the pleasure of starting each new year with a new ailment! Maintaining the weight is a day by day, hour by hour task. I still count points!! I hope you will be revealing your new plan!

Feral Turtle said...

This post just made me hungry :(

Mrs. Tuna said...

The Big Tuna and I are trying to give up white bread, rice, and potatoes. He of course lost 14 pounds in two weeks and I haven't lost an ounce.

Bliss said...

Did I miss the part where you whisper in the wind... "Bliss, Blissssss, BLISSSSSSS, try this simple plan for post menopausal women. Your azz will slim down and you'll feel better". Share the secret potion please.

Andrea said...

I am enjoying perimenopause SO much that I just can't wait for the main event!!!!

andi filante said...

First of all, I LOVE the new banner on your blog! Nicely done. And those were never my legs either. But thanks so much for making me look forward to mentalpause....

-andi

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