I should have a road sign on my 40something forehead that says “I’m over 40. Adjustments are ahead“.
This is really how a lot of women over 40 feel. Changes. Adjustments. Acceptance and, sometimes, tears.
I’m an African-American woman over 40 and it’s a journey in self-exploration, acceptance and even lifestyle changes.
Did you read my last post? If so, you recall the myriad of changes I discussed since I joined the “big girl” club – one of which was the attack on my skin’s moisture levels.
Well. Let’s talk 40-something weight gain.
While researching this topic, my naïve, optimistic, frail hopes were swiftly dashed. No. They were absolutely, utterly and unquestionably demolished.
You see, I was hoping to land on a long scientific white paper about how the 40s massacred my metabolism and that’s why I’m gaining weight. But, as I said, my hopes were crushed to smithereens and you’ll never guess by whom!
It was the famous weight loss/health expert, Jillian Michaels. You remember her from ‘biggest loser shows, right?
When I visited her site, I should have known pity and compassion were not behind that hyperlink.
In fact, the minute I saw the page title, I knew I was in for it.
“Myth: It’s Hard to Lose Weight as You Age.”
Between you and me, I was a little tempted to click the “x” to close the page. But, I thought of you and didn’t.
You see, bringing you good information, a little laughter and lots of encouragement is my reason for creating this blog.
Blogger, Anne Campbell from http://www.mylearningtable.com/ left a comment that made me think.
Anna is so right. We don’t talk about the non-clinical issues of getting older. So, with you in mind, I pressed on …past my ”issues” to harvest wisdom from Jillian Michaels .
Initially, it felt like she was yelling at me through the screen. But, I think it’s partly due to her former pushy, unrelenting on-air persona. The other reason I felt “yelled at” was because she was saying all the things no lazy, self-indulgent person [like me] wants to hear about weight gain.
“The more we eat clean, live clean, and work out, the better our hormone balance will be — and the healthier our metabolisms will remain”.
Now, I don’t really wanna eat clean. I like Sour Patch Kids! I love Tootsie Rolls and I don’t really want to work out! Really I don’t. But, if I truly want to look and feel differently, it’s necessary to change my daily choices and quickly.
I’m literally shaking my head as I type this.
These are big changes that foster doubt. Still, I’m going to try. Even more importantly, I’m going to stick with it until my changes come. That’s a church song, isn’t it? Good, because if I’m going to lose weight in my mid-40s I will need all the Jesus I can get!
Back to Jillian Michaels’ tips like:
Tip 1: Eat more protein. Not too long ago Chris Powell, from the show “Extreme Weight Loss” recently tweeted the same thing. In fact, he said we should eat protein with every meal. I’ve actually been working on doing that since his tweet.
Consider following him at @RealChrisPowell and his wife @RealHeidiPowell on Twitter. They are more than television show hosts. There’s something very special about them. I think they are people of faith, because they exude such a love and caring that must be God-generated.
Anyhoo, on to the next tip.
Tip 2: Jillian says I should exercise and “amp up intensity”. Honestly, I’m not moving much now. My exercise routine was interrupted by a recent bout of bronchitis. Although, I’m essentially over it now, I still have sporadic coughing attacks, so I’m nervous pushing the oxygen envelope right now.
Tip 3: Michaels says we forty-somethings should eat clean. I’ll bet Chris and Heidi would say the same.
Jillian also offers a free weight loss plan on her site at http://www.jillianmichaels.com/fit/. I’m tempted to start it. Let me know if you’re want to start it too. We can be workout buddies on Twitter or here on the blog.
After visiting Jillian Michaels’ site, I bounced over to one of my fav sources – 40+Style.Com. I found a guest post written by the founder’s husband, Mike.
I like Mike’s straight-forward tips and easy-going writing style.
For example, the post title is “If you want to lose weight, don’t diet…. here are some simple rules that work!” The title hyped me a bit because, like most folks, I hate dieting.
My favorite point was his recommendation to assess your food/weight loss strengths and weaknesses. A strengths inventory works for me. That’s the way I think. I like to plan, compare and contrast data. It reminds me of how I manage projects and make decisions.
Of course, he hit on the carbs. Like Jillian Michaels he says I should ditch them along with the bad sugar. He mentions eating more salad. He’s not a big fan of salad; neither am I. But, like him, I noticed the more I eat it, the less I binge and the more weight I tend to lose.
The other tip he proposed was really (super-duper) helpful. I think a light bulb went off in my middle-aged brain. He said: “all packaged, processed food is unhealthy”. I really think that’s likely true.
Does that mean I need to cut down on my “Smart Ones frozen entrees? That might be a tough one.
Bottom line: We don’t “have” to gain weight just because I’m over 40. Secondly, We can approach weight loss like a project. Does any of this help you? It’ helped me.
What do you think of these suggestions?
Are they a bunch of hooey, or do you think it can be easily implemented?