Back in January I wrote about taking a break from any formal exercise, I'd had a very busy time and been struggling to get my hormones balanced with perimenopause so I was feeling rather overwhelmed and decided I needed to be a bit kinder to myself. It was just what I needed. It gave me time to catch up with other projects, time to allow the new HRT regime to start working and time to just relax a bit.
About eight weeks ago the time felt right to get back to some sort of structure with exercise and eating. We'd had a fun but full on alcohol and eating weekend away in Krakow. I looked in the diary and knew I had early holidays coming up - South of France and Turkey in June. I felt back to my normal self, I had more energy and more enthusiasm (see my HRT post here).
But one thing I really hate doing now is being 'on a plan' or 'on a diet' or having to refuse certain food groups etc etc. It really frustrates me when I read those words or hear someone say them. We can eat normally! Just make sure you have a calorie deficit, move more and don't be silly with things like alcohol, sugar etc (make your calories count). I tend to say now - is it worth it - is it worth using up my precious calories to eat a whole chocolate bar - usually the answer is no. But sometimes the answer is yes - like a glass of wine or two with a friend in the sunshine in London!
I had all my measurements done and the break hadn't done too much damage and I am now back to doing a couple of workouts per week, one in the gym and another one in my home gym. I mostly lift weights and then add in some walking.
Food wise I log my food on some days just to monitor portion sizes but mostly I know what I can have. For food logging I use the NutraCheck app (so much easier than My Fitness Pal). I eat the same meals as my family but with small adjustments like less carbs or extra veg and I make sure my portion sizes are right and I don't over eat. I make sure I keep my protein up and snack on protein balls if I need something. I don't drink much alcohol these days, I like to save that for when it is really enjoyable, like socialising with friends in the sunshine.
And a big mention for the effect stress has on our weight - I removed as much stress from my life as I could during these weeks off exercise, I didn't watch too much what I was eating and I drank alcohol - I should have gained weight / fat - but I didn't I stayed about the same. Too much stress is a big contributor to midlife weight gain and this was an interesting experiment for me. I reduced the stress and I felt healthier and slimmer without doing any formal diet or exercise.
Doing The Body Coach then the fantastic education with the 80/20 Lifestyle Plan has really helped me understand what I need to do - and it is not obsess over it or change my life dramatically. Okay I am small anyway but it does mean that when I gain a bit of weight I feel it straight away!
Finally, my other top tip! Get a spray tan, either at home (I use St Moriz) or at a salon and keep it up over the summer months. I feel so much more confident with a tan than I do if I am pasty white.
I'm excited about wearing my bikini's and my summer dresses on holiday in two weeks time - look out for my next post about my packing choices for two weeks in the sun!
You can read my previous post about my health and fitness here - I go into more detail about stress and share some useful weight loss tips!
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