For most of us, weight loss and fitness, are not new topics of thought. At various times in our lives, they have been important considerations and we have given a significant amount of thought to the implications to our overall health. One such time comes to my mind...pregnancy. My first pregnancy was a time of discovery that my body really could radically change almost overnight. I read books and went to Lamaze classes and tried my best to eat, excercise and "be a good mum". When I think back on it, what really stands out is my motivation to succeed. I wasn't doing it for me, so much as I was doing it for us.
For most of the rest of my life, weight loss and fitness have been personal goals and I find I am not very motivated to do things for me!
Still, here I am in perimenopause (apparently). How do I know this? Well, the other day, I went for my yearly gyn visit. As the visit ended and the Dr was leaving the room, she gave me the parting statement of "...start taking calcium." Despite being a Registered Nurse with a pretty good understanding of the human body and how it ages, I found it took a second or two for it to sink in that she meant ME! It took another second for the alien word of perimenopause to solidify in my brain!
I know that somewhere in my years of formal education, I must have taken a class or two on nutrition/aging and menopause but darned if I can remember much. Then there is scientific progress to consider...I just bet current theory is different from what I learned twenty odd years ago in university.
So what is a girl to do? Off I went to my trusty lap top and engaged my friend google to help me out. I figured that I had educated myself on diet and fitness during pregnancy and that I should at least do the same for menopause.
Well an hour later I felt alittle fried. This was no nine month pregnancy. Perimenopause and menopause can last three to fifteen years! Now that is a substantial part of my lifespan. New terminology was starting to fizzle into my brain...bio equivalent hormones, adrenal fatigue, insulin resistance, food sensitivities, stress, osteoporosis.
At the end of this bout of research, I realise that I was not at the end but rather at the begining of a long journey of change. Change can be good, and I now realise that I MUST set the stage for weight loss and fitness during these years. If you are on this journey of change, I invite you to join me and we can learn, laugh, and support each other as we learn our body one more time...
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