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You know how sometimes when you are in the grocery store or out running errands at Target, you see a lady wearing grey sweatpants- the kind with the elastic band around the ankle that's flattering to no one? And her hair is pulled back in a ponytail and she is not wearing makeup….. and she looks like she's just trying to get through the day? I understand that woman. I sympathize with her. But I also look at her and think to myself- she's given up. She's decided that it's just not important anymore to care about how she looks. And I wonder- when did she decide to stop fighting the good fight? When did she give up on herself?
And then sometimes I wonder if I should just join her. Give up trying to achieve a flatter tummy- a specific number on a scale. A certain jean size. Don't deny myself the bowl of ice cream that I want to enjoy after dinner, the second helping of chicken with dinner. The Hershey's Drops (my major weakness) that are hidden in my husband's top drawer. Just stop living by the damn numbers- the calorie count, the # of fat grams, the number on the scale, the tag size in my jeans. Just give up the goal.
Is it a “slippery slope”? Do I start by ignoring the numbers and the next thing you know I am buying those unflattering grey sweatpants? Stop coloring my hair? Stop wearing makeup? Is that where I am headed?
No I am not. I'm not ready to settle yet. And I am not ready to give up on my goals…
Yes- it was a busy summer and a crazy few weeks getting the kids ready for back-to-school, and during all of this, I once again failed to prioritize myself. Now there's more of “me” around the middle, and my jeans don't feel comfortable anymore. I don't like the way I look in the mirror. I am annoyed with myself that I did this again.
And can we please talk about the fact that I am over the age of 45 (okay- I am 47 actually)? Where does that figure into this equation? My body certainly doesn't respond the same way that it used to when I adjusted my eating and added in a little exercise. Is there some element of….. dare I say it……menopause going on here? Because there is no doubt that something has changed with my metabolism. And if that helps to explain it….. well then-let's name it and deal with it. After all, September is Menopause Awareness Month. So I am making myself aware, with the help of Estroven and their Changing Ways website:
- During menopause, hormones fluctuate to prepare the body for consistently decreased levels after menopause
- One side effect of these hormone fluctuations is weight change
- Body chemistry completely changes during menopause, which calls for new weight management regimens to adapt to these new changes
Estroven offers a full line of naturally-sourced products (no synthetic estrogen!) to offer you relief from menopause symptoms, and helps to safely manage your weight. Which might just mean that weight loss after 45 is possible after all…..
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Estroven. The opinions and text are all mine.