When I hit menopause I felt like my body spiraled out of control. Everything fit differently, I lost my waist, and the jeans I grabbed out of my closet wouldn’t even button.
Can you believe this happened to someone consistently eating the Trim Healthy plan and exercising?
So, you might ask, if it can happen to you is there any hope for me?
The answer is yes!
Midlife weight gain and its stubbornness have less to do with eating perfectly and exercising daily than you might think.
In fact, if you’re in your forties or above, there is a whole bunch of evidence pointing to your hormones being the root cause of extra fat around your belly than anything else.
Weight gain in midlife is not inevitable.
But what you’ve been doing to lose weight in your twenties and thirties won’t work anymore!
Today, let's dive into the amazing process of transformation, particularly in the context of menopause.
When you start on a transformation journey, whether it's a quest for weight loss, a newfound exercise routine, or the journey through menopause, our initial expectation often leans towards immediacy. We anticipate swift results, envisioning a rapid metamorphosis. However, real transformation is a patient artist, painting its masterpiece over time. It thrives on consistency, repetition, and the commitment to small, incremental improvements. This is where the magic lies and this is the long game we need to embrace.
What does that mean? Transformation isn't merely about shedding physical weight; it's a shift in...
The journey of midlife weight loss is often met with unique challenges. Women in this phase of life can find themselves facing extra weight, with the belief that weight loss is impossible. But, let's shift that thinking and instead start on a journey of transformation.
I've developed a five-step system that has proven effective for women navigating the complexities of midlife. The program breaks down how to lose weight, turn on your metabolism, and shrink belly fat. Each step plays a vital role in helping you achieve your weight loss goals.
Have you tried numerous weight loss methods without success? Even Trim Healthy Mama? You're not alone, but it...
Menopause and midlife bring a unique set of challenges, and one of the most common and frustrating among them is the issue of weight gain. You're not alone in this struggle; many women like you are experiencing the same thing. But the good news is, I’m here to debunk some of the myths and provide you with effective solutions to help you navigate this transformative phase of life.
One common misconception is that menopause happens suddenly. All of a sudden, everything changes, right? Well, not exactly. Menopause is more of a gradual process, stretching over several years. It typically begins with perimenopause, which can start as early as your late 30s. So, if you're thinking everything happened suddenly, think again.
Menopause is not...
It took me years to figure things out and can I just say, today’s way of dealing with menopause has not been very helpful to me.
My goal is to make walking through this midlife season accessible and helpful to you. Especially if you are trying to lose weight instead of gain and the menopause hormonal symptoms are taking over your life.
My desire is for you to show up well, be strong, and have hope.
Your midlife can be a new beginning.
Personal training and women’s health has been my passion for several years.
At first, when I started my Trim Healthy journey I wasn’t looking into hormones or anything like that. I just wanted to lose the last few pounds and stop the dieting roller coaster. I wanted to be healthy and feel better.
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Does anyone else feel the same?
This question came from a member of my Peri/Menopause Trim Healthy Mama Community.
No, I'm not going to tell you to start running, and I'm not going to encourage you to exercise more. Or eat less.
But there are multiple things that contribute to that spare tire/muffin top you are seeing. And a lot of it has to do with your age and your hormones.
Extra fat is frustrating and a health risk for women, especially in midlife.
The fat you see around your middle is most likely visceral...
Hitting menopause put me in a bad attitude.
I wasn't prepared.
I wasn't educated.
And I didn't care about mastering menopause since surviving this life change would be enough. Personally, I just wanted to cancel the whole thing.
I tend to always start things with a lousy attitude only to realize that it could be more helpful. And I miss all the good things in my challenging situation when I allow a bad mood.
All women experience hormonal shifts, and it's important to understand that what worked in your twenties, thirties, or forties won't be helpful to your lifestyle and eating plan as much now. This is due to a decline in key hormones.
You may notice this decline as hot flashes, night waking, and depression, or you might experience signs of hormone decline like decreased energy levels. Lower estrogen levels tend to...
Is exercise in midlife really all that important?
Would you rather be doing just about anything other than exercising?
After all, the extra time and an open schedule can be challenging.
I get it.
Getting older has loads of great benefits, but choosing not to include exercise and include daily movement in your schedule may set you up for health issues that are better avoided.
Exercise in midlife is necessary for longevity, health and will help you build strong muscles to maintain your independence as you age.
And as added benefit doing the proper exercise gets your body in metabolism-boosting & fat-burning mode fast.
I have great news for you and some myths to bust.
It's time to hang...
There are days the constant bombardment of questions has me ready to catch the next ride to crazy town.
I'm not talking about big, scary decisions but the daily ones. The decisions you need to make every single day.
What's for dinner? When should I exercise? How many meals should I eat? When am I going to walk? What should I eat for a snack? Is this enough protein? What trim healthy fuel should I eat next?
The level of panic that starts to set in makes me feel like Lucille Ball in "I Love Lucy" trying to deal with too much candy on the conveyor belt.
It's all too much!
When you live in this state of panic and constant decision-making, you are setting yourself up physiologically for increased cortisol levels. Those cortisol levels trigger your body to store fat at your waistline and create an uptick in inflammation.
By leaving multiple decisions...
Impossible goals are. the. worst.
And Anne felt like her health and weight loss goals were…impossible.
She couldn't stick to the Trim Healthy Mama plan long enough to get traction. So…how was she supposed to find success in health and weight loss?
Hopeless and feeling like she was shoveling snow in a blizzard (she would know, she lives in Canada) - Anne kept trying. Eating on plan but falling off as soon as "life" happened.
"I did not believe I would be able to find success for my health and weight loss. It seemed completely unmanageable." - Anne
One day, she reached out to me after a mutual friend recommended Feminine Freedom Path, my 6-month Coaching program.
Her hormone and weight loss struggles made her a great candidate for Feminine Freedom Path. Years of blaming and shaming her lack of commitment...