Aging and Weight Gain... What’s a "SmartGirl" To Do? July 21, 2015 15:03

So you’re a “SmartGirl” and do everything right. You exercise regularly and watch what you eat. In your 20’s, you’d be losing weight. But now in your 40’s and 50’s, you find your waistline expanding, your belly protruding and the number on the scale moving up. Frustrating? You bet! The experts will say it’s all about calories in calories out. If that’s the case, why do we find weight gain on 1200 calories a day? What was the ideal number to drop 5 pounds at age 25 in a heartbeat, is now our daily “maintenance” calorie allotment. Wow, who knew? The things they don’t tell you when you’re young about aging. With the hormones fluctuating, the body is in storage mode. It’s getting softer, rounder and bouncier. Uggh.

So what can we do? Are we out of hope? There are four approaches to this aging phenomenon. Unfortunately none are a magic cure, but with some strategizing, you may find peace and contentment.

  • Maintain a positive attitude. It’s easy to get discouraged. Your attitude will determine if you stay consistent at trying and achieving health. As soon as you throw in the towel and break open that bag of chips, you are increasing the battle’s intensity. Accept that the playing field has changed. You’re not in your 20’s anymore and it will take a different approach to see results. But find that inner strength. You can do it if you set your mind to it. Stay positive that you can consistently approach daily tactics to keep healthy and strong.
  • Change your approach to exercise. As I took an Insanity workout class the other day that kicked my butt (!), I was speaking with another older middle aged woman – who by the way had an excellent figure – that of a 20 something. She shared that this was her 2nd exercise class of the day and that she had a similarly vigorous class that morning. I asked her if taking two classes a day was her normal – she said that she takes two classes (2 hours total) a day and does weights 2-3 times a week. Wow!? two classes? I thought I was doing well with this one class that had just kicked my bootie. I asked her why – she said, “If I want to keep my figure at this age, I have to work twice as hard”. Okay ladies, I am the bearer of bad news – but it may just take double workouts to see the results we saw at half our age. Dare I say double up? I know, you’re thinking what I am thinking….how in the world will I find time for that? The bottom line – we must make time to increase exercise if we want to see more results at this age. Maybe it’s an extra walk in the morning, or an extra DVD routine. Something is better than nothing. Secondly, we can change the type of exercise we do. Perhaps adding more Interval training (a topic I’ll write about at a later time) is a way to shock your body. Or add a different type of exercise class --variety to shake things up. Drastic times take drastic measures.
  • Accept your new body as is – if you are living in good health – doing what you’re “supposed” to do, accept your new softer rounder body for the healthy person you still are. There are so many people out there that are suffering and in bad health. They cannot do the healthy routines we are doing. If you’re doing the best you can to be healthy (eating right, exercising), pat yourself on the back, keep doing it, and accept that this new rounder look just might be okay for the new era.
  • Treat yourself – As you continue to achieve milestones – whether it’s exercising longer, harder or more often or choosing something healthy over something not, treat yourself to something – a pedicure, a new SmartGirl Bag for the gym, or a new outfit. Stop beating yourself up and celebrate your successes!