Does Your Changing Body Depress You?
Do you believe it’s too late for your changing body to lose those stubborn kilos or gain flexibility and strength?
If your changing body is make you feel hopeless, it sounds like you could be in the middle of a midlife crisis. A MLC tends to creep up on you and then one day, you realise you don’t like your reality and you are confronted with a decision.
There’s a choice now to be made. How badly do you want change? What won’t happen? It’s simple. It won’t improve without a decision to create change.
Your transition starts with you.
Whatever you believe, you’re right. Your desire for change and applied action will make it happen. No action = no change.
You don’t have to take big steps, just regular baby ones to take you in the right direction.
As you take one step at a time, and with consistency, you will grow in confidence and you will get there.
Take a bigger leap?
Is doable, but requires a great commitment of effort, time and money, and then will the change stick?
There is no right or wrong. It’s just a decision how quickly you want the change, or if you want gradual and easier-to-sustain transformation. There are many more factors which may affect the pace of your transformation.
If you are in your Second 50 and beyond it’s about longevity right now.
We work the same industries, live the same lifestyle, and do the same things, and have the same stress, but as we gain years, our bodies just don’t withstand the demands we put on it. We can become more exposed to media about different diet, whether we should go vegan or change anything, but we have to use the science and use the research. Above everything else, we have to be active, and find what that looks like for each of us.
There are a lot of things we can do. Just get started, and have some goals. Get realistic, and work with your own body weight.
From your fifth decade your bodies can break down more easily than they did when you were younger.
If we are in a miserable marriage, we tend to believe we are too old to change anything about that as well. It’s all in the same bucket with our health and our fitness. But it’s not true.
It’s the state of mind and the belief we can do it, if we want to.
How do you break that mindset?
You have to start somewhere. What do you want to do about your changing body? Are you really happy with carrying that weight or that emotional burden around? How do you want to feel?
Celebrate little milestones with a new hair colour, a glam-over, learning how to look younger, slimmer, anything that gives you a sense of achievement along the way. It’s a launch pad to the destination.
We need to feel it’s really realistic, and the best way to start is to just start.
Routine can be helpful.
Find a routine in your daily rituals: when you get out of bed, so something for yourself before anyone else. Put yourself first, with a walk, some stretching, some floor work, loosen up, do some affirmations, or meditate, all before you look at your phone.
A lifetime of habits is hard to break but little things over time doing it over and over again you will start to see the benefits.
There is no secret to weight loss and well-being. It’s eating better, sleeping better, detox your environment, minimise media, eat less, do more. It’s what you read, who you listen to, then there’s the negative media out there especially about COVID-19, and there’s very little out there about what you can do about prevention, repair, protection and immunity, the food you can put into your body, reducing your comorbidity risk.
Get hooked on doing something each day.
Just do something, anything.
Maybe it’s less running and more swimming, do your research and listen to your body. Yes, you can get into better shape after 50 or 60 or even 80. You can still take care of yourself and there’s a lot of steps you can take. You can pick and choose what you eat, what you drink, and watching what you watch. What are you really going to get out of it?
Detox your friends, your fridge, your wardrobe, how you spend your time. Instead of it being boring, do it for a short few minute, bit by bit, step by step, day by day.
Start with just taking a walk or make a change to the order you do things.
Change Your Thinking and Change Your Life
Don’t let anyone diminish nor invalidate you just because they think you’re too old. With good management and healthy practices, they too will reach middle age and beyond. It’s an achievement to live to a healthy, happy old age and something of which to be proud and respected.
What can you do to get started? Get a Changing Body Buddy who is someone who shares the same desires to be healthier, wiser, more stylish, fitter, happier. It’s easier to be discouraged especially if you are doing the transformation on your own as it may be tempting to revert to former habits if the steps are not consolidated and “in the muscle”.