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If you are here, you must be struggling to lose weight and probably in the wonderful group of Women Over 40. If you haven’t realized it yet, if you follow my plan, you will soon begin to see that your 40s are the best time of your life!
For a time, I succumbed to being overweight. I thought that’s the way life was meant to be at 40+…until there was something I wanted to do that my body wasn’t allowing me to do. It was then I knew I needed to take control again.
Slowly, I began to change my lifestyle from junk food eating out no-activity, to healthy eating, workouts and getting out and REALLY enjoying life! I have taken back years and now feel as good as I did in my 20s!
You can too!
I invite you to read the posts below to get a foundational understanding and motivation prepare yourself to really start seeing a difference in your weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle. True, it is more difficult than it was 10+ years ago, but by applying these lessons I have learned, it will not be impossible!
You are invited to join our Fit Found Me Women Over 40 Losing Weight and Living Healthy group on Facebook where there are women chatting about struggles, accomplishments and sharing tips for losing weight.
Ready, Set, Get Moving & Losing!
Wondering how to be successful at losing weight and keep it off? Here are 4 steps to the best weight loss for women over 40 so you can begin losing weight today. These are the same tips I implemented into my life over 3 years ago when I lost over 30 lbs. Now I am fit and feel great like never before! When I started losing weight my dress size was 14, now I am a size 4, sometimes I can rock a 2! But more importantly than size of clothing is how I feel now that I have energy, strength and flexibility.
We have all started diets and failed too many times to count. When you implement the following 4 tips to lose weight into your life, you will create the momentum needed to be successful to start losing weight and be able to keep it off.
So, what’s the best way to lose weight? Start here…
About 4 years ago I made the decision to not be fat anymore. I had crept up to 175 lbs and a size 14. My life had taken a huge turn and there were things I wanted to do that would not work well with weighing 175 lbs. I made some necessary changes in my life, incorporating 7 habits that were the catalyst to where I am now – 35 lbs lighter, a size 2, so much stronger and feeling better than I could have ever hoped for.
Notice I didn’t say the best I have ever looked, although many say that about me – it wasn’t really my goal or reason for changing my lifestyle. Of course, it does work hand in hand, but looks is not the most important reason I choose to live the way I live.
It’s more about how I feel mentally and physically.
That’s the reason for living these 7 habits after 4 years with no plans to stop.
This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins but all opinions are my own.
Based on the response I got from my Loose Skin post, tightening loose skin for women over 40 is a big deal. Like you, I have been on the lookout for some miracle cream to restore my youthful facial skin. While the overall tightening of loose skin after I lost weight has shown improvement, time has had the opposite effect on my face.
Can you believe 2016 is right around the corner? I am sure I rolled my eyes growing up when I would hear adults talk about how fast the years go…but man, they were right! A new year means many of us are working on New Year’s Resolutions such as deciding to live a healthier life by starting a new weight loss program.
I have missed you this week. You may have noticed the reduction in my posts. We have grandkids and kids visiting for Christmas and so I know you understand when so much of my time is being spent having fun with them.
Meanwhile, I wanted to leave you with a few tips on getting prepared for the new weight loss program we are starting here Jan 4.
We have a couple of weeks before the program starts…is food a free for all right now? Not really. I have said it before too – my diet starts (fill in the day) and until then I am going to pig out.
Not a good idea and I will explain why.
Food is not just food anymore. Food is social, soothing and a boredom buster. To successfully achieve a healthier lifestyle, we have to put food in it’s rightful place. Food definitely has a place in our life and of course, we should enjoy it, however, if we choose to live a healthy lifestyle, food cannot be our addiction.
How is food an addiction?
Do you feel happier while snacking?
Do you need to snack when sitting down to watch TV?
When feeling down is your first thought of comfort to eat?
Just like any addiction, food will control our lives if we allow it.
It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. So true, but how do you change a lifestyle of 20, 30+ years? Staying active is key to staying fit because you body wants to be moving, muscles want to feel needed. haha I couldn’t help but throw a little muscle psychology in there. Seriously, now that you have committed to getting fit, there are a few things to think about. Such as, some new hobbies and activities. Believe me, as soon as you get over the, “Wow, this is really hard” phase, you will feel so good you will want to find some new hobbies and activities to do!
I have found a few new active hobbies to enjoy in the last few years and the discovery continues! If all goes well, I may be doing another first this weekend…hitting the slopes, albeit the bunny slopes, but still a first! Of course, if I can withstand riding on the lift! Warning: unless there’s a horse under me, I am a big chicken. Stay tuned for how it turns out!
There are times when a missed workout is unavoidable. Life is not over. We can prepare and plan as well as we can for success, but things happen. You don’t have to give up!
Ignore this voice…
“Today’s blown already, might as well have dessert!”
“I will just start next Monday.”
“I just can’t stick with this…”
We wear multiple hats in our everyday life. Wife, mom, grandma, career, chef, taxi driver, cheerleader, accountant, housekeeper, nurse, and that’s really only skimming the surface. It takes motivation to do our jobs and sometimes that motivation runs out when we get to ourselves.
When I was 40 my kids teenagers and older. I realized I was entering into a different era of my life with more time for myself. I eventually became more self-aware of my health and low physical activity. It was time for me to participate in my life rather than always putting others’ needs first. What I learned was something I could have used 10 years earlier.
10 Reasons to Workout Today – with Printable!
Sometimes we have days when the stars are not aligned in our universe and working out is not what we feel like doing. No matter what our fitness level, there will be days when motivation feels lost forever. On days like that, it’s great to be able to remind ourselves 10 reasons to workout today to give us that motivational bump.
Here in “sunny” St George, Utah, it is a cloudy, cold day. I just want to crawl back into bed. Probably not unlike most of you are feeling during these cold winter months. There are a lot of reasons we need to push through and get our workouts done, even when the weather outside is frightful.
Motivation is what we hold internally that drives us to do many things, some for ourselves, a lot for others. Often it is more difficult to make a sacrifice to do something for ourselves. As women, we generally are innately driven to sacrifice for those we care most about.
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