Updated: Nov 17, 2019
This is a blog post about lacking motivation and not sticking to a routine and how these have led to me gaining a boat load of weight.
Now I have never been a size 0, but in my younger years there was definitely a lot less of me. When I had 2 kids in quick succession, I gained A LOT of weight. Over time I lost it and my weight was maintained for quite a few years.
Over the past few months I have gained a big chunk of weight. Not sure how much, but I really feel it. In the way my clothes fit, the way my body moves, the new aches and pains. All the weight is around my middle. Proper middle-aged spread. Mother Nature please take note - If you could redistribute some of it to the boobs I'd be a bit happier.
Anyhoo. Tempting as it is to blame the weight gain on hormones and insomnia, I know that it comes down to the fact that I need to make some significant changes. For example - physical activity isn't really my thing. Back in school I loved basketball and hockey (field not ice), netball was a total mystery and I only ran 800 metres on sports day because I didn't volunteer quickly enough for anything else. In the last few years I have found that I actually quite enjoy running so long as the ambient temperature is reasonably cool, if it's damp that's even better. I'm not a summer runner - tbh I'm not a winter runner either most days. I have however discovered a love of yoga. I try to go 2-3 times a week, which is huge for me.
The other thing is I love to eat. I love to cook and bake and sometimes I like to eat the results. You can see where this is going can't you? Basically I absolutely know what I need to do. From experience I often lack energy, motivation and persistance. But I know that has to change. I don't want to carry this midlife weight, so I need to acknowledge there is a problem and find a solution. So that's what I'm going to do.
This isn't coming from a place of strict diet and exercise. It's not about being thin. It's about being healthy and comfortable as I age. Potentially I've got a lot more years, I want to be able to enjoy them.
If you want to hear more about weight in midlife - take a listen to the Taming Crazy Podcast - Views from Midlife. Listen to Alicya, Deb and I as we share our experiences, thoughts and laughs about midlife in general!