Everywhere I turn these days, I am noticing advertisements giving advice on how to lose unwanted pounds, on what to eat and what not to eat, on exercise, this diet plan vs. that diet plan and on being healthy. I am sure I need to take note of this information but it is beginning to be just a bit much.
Being a woman in her 40’s and constantly reminded of what to eat, what not to eat and make sure you exercise is not what I want to hear all the time but unfortunately it has become my way of life.
Of course I understand the importance of being healthy especially at this stage in my life while at the same time I don’t want to be stressed about deciding what to eat and what not to eat.
There was a time when I did not have to worry about what I ate because I was a petite young person. Okay I can say it, I was skinny. I could eat whatever I wanted without cause. But oh how things changed; I turned 30 and it seemed as if I inhaled too much I would gain 10lbs just in breathing. I went from 110 to 130 very quickly. I did not mind it so much because I went from a size 3 to a size 8. A size 8 was fine with me. I really did not like being skinny anyway so I was okay with the weight gain, but it did not stop there.
When I turned 35, I gained even more weight, but I was still in my size 8. I knew something was going on. I began watching what I ate and working out. Working out mind you was a little difficult at first because remember I was the girl that really did not need to work out for weight loss. So my workout was minimal at best. It consisted mainly of walking and a little cardio.
Okay I hit 40. Man did I hit 40. Not only did I gain more weight but other changes came as well. Yes you guessed it, the “hot flashes” started along with “night sweats” and “restlessness”. I called my mom to inquire about the “hot flashes” and she told me I had to be pre menopause if not menopausal. I wasn’t ready.
Now that I am over 40 and the weight is still a concern, I am still very much involved in choosing healthier choices for meals.
I have included more fiber, fruits and vegetables in my diet. I am snacking on nuts instead of chips and I have switched the sodas for green tea. I have purchased a workout video and I have a membership to a local gym. I even purchased the Food Lover’s weight loss program to teach me how to cook and pair certain foods together to increase metabolism. I have decreased the bread, pastas and potatoes from my weekly food choices to once a week instead of daily.
I love doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, garlic bread, yeast rolls, and muffins and I have all but eliminated these items from my diet. But I must say when I have a craving, I must satisfy that craving or it will drive me insane and I will ultimately eat more that I originally planned.
I am now more aware of my food choices since the weight gain is now a part of my life.
I can no longer just go out to eat at a restaurant and pick my favorite food choice without considering the number of calories. I think twice before ordering the pasta dish from the menu when I go out and opt for a less caloric meal.
The constant battle of what to eat and what not to eat during menopause can be daunting at best; but I realize if I stay diligent I am able to decrease my weight and improve my overall health at the same time. The constant watching what you eat can be like a second job. A second job that can pay off huge dividends if properly monitored.