The biggest mistake I see women make over and over again is thinking that their body in midlife is the same as when they were 25.
They make assumptions like:
- losing weight is still as easy as a juice cleanse and a boot camp class
- multitasking and doing all “the things” is a useful way to spend their energy
- eliminating dairy, gluten, beans and nightshades (fill in the blank) will help them shed weight and feel great
- yo-yo dieting and losing/gaining the same 20 pounds for decades is just what their bodies do
- stress can get easily fixed with a glass of wine and a pint of ice cream
I wish I could tell you that there was a way to stay 25 forever, or there was a magical solution for weight loss during midlife.
The reality is that your body is not the same as when you were younger and how you lose weight and manage stress isn’t either. This may be confusing but it simply means that women in midlife need to shift their thinking and start acting their age.
Set aside what you think you know about weight loss. Whatever you thought you could get away with a few decades ago is suddenly starting to reveal itself. Harsh diets, detoxes, cleanses, starving for a few days to lose a couple of pounds, running yourself ragged, multitasking, an endless to do list, and overexercising aren’t working. Now, we have to contend with hormone fluctuations, stress and metabolism. As a women in midlife, you need a different way.
How do you shift your thinking about your body so you can finally lose weight in a sustainable, healthy way?
You first start by looking at WHY you want to lose weight in the first place. Your reasons have to be compelling. They have to have purpose. You get really clear on your purpose (read my story on my WHY and weight loss HERE) and you are more than likely to lose weight and not gain it back.
Next, you learn the real way to nourish yourself. Real food, without rules. You educate yourself this time. You lose the fad diet mentality, learn about the relationship of weight to age, hormones and exercise and stress.
Midlife can be a wake up call. It’s a time to put the mirror up, to your own face, and make peace with where you are. It’s a time to let go of all the ways you think were working for you. More important, it’s a time to start over and pivot your thinking.
My Healthy Spring Midlife Reset is starting on April 16th and I am so excited to guide a group of like minded women, just like you, on a healthy eating journey and a path to finally begin making peace with food and dieting. We will spend two weeks discussing weight, hormones, stress, all the things we midlife women have to contend with. The best part? Two weeks of delicious, nutritious recipes, meal plans, done for you grocery lists and a plan of action to get back to healthy eating. I hope you can join me, click the link HERE for all the information and to sign up!