Hey, hey there ladies!
Well one of my biggest complaints thus far with the whole menopause thing has been the weight gain!
I have always been a fairly fit, active woman. I used to go to the gym religiously, and was even part of a boot camp program for a few years.
You can read about my tips and tricks from my personal trainer here.
All of that fell to the wayside this past year and half, maybe 2 years. I had no ambition, no energy, no desire and simply a no give a shit attitude. Oh boy, that’s a really, really, really bad attitude. Please, do not let me be your role model.
I stopped weighing myself because I was simply in denial of gaining weight. In fact, one day a few weeks ago I felt a bit slimmer, and thought to myself “I wonder what I weigh”?
O M G! That is when the reality hit me smack in the face. I was the most I have ever weighed in my life except for when I was pregnant with the boys.
That very same day I went on Amazon and bought myself a fit bit. So far, that has been the best thing I have done for myself is hold myself accountable for moving, working out, walking and simply being aware when I am sitting on my fat ass too long!
I am officially down 3 lbs in two weeks. I am only going to weigh myself once a week and try hard not to be obsessed with the scale but feeling better, eating better, and overall being aware of everything that goes in my mouth.
I thought I would share my plan with you. It’s an easy one.
I considered those diet shakes, nutri systems, etc. However, truthfully imo, those are all temporary. We can’t live off shakes and boxed crappy food.
I have been working out 3-4 times a week, but in moderation. Either walking 4 miles, or doing a very light less intense work out class involving weights and cardio. I am a newbie all over again.
I am the weakest I have ever been in my life. To say I am disappointed is an understatement. I have no one to blame but myself.
In the morning before I do my work out routine I drink one high in protein shake with little sugar in it. I also have a banana with a little almond butter spread on it. That is extremely satisfying for breakfast and keeps me nice and full until lunch time.
(found at Walmart)
My plan is to change up the flavor of the shake each week, along with changing the fruit. Next week I will do an apple with the almond butter. Week after maybe do a hard boiled egg, along with the shake, etc. You get the gist. We must get a good start and fuel in our bodies each morning. Bagels and toast are probably the worst thing to have given all the carbs.
For lunch, I have been making a kick ass salad. I made it myself. I love “stuff” and crunch in my salads. I hate soggy lettuce and to me a traditional salad with tomatoes and cucumbers is simply boring. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!
I love a spring mix salad. I found a large container at our local grocery store. So far this has lasted me all week.
I use a Extra virgin olive oil and a white balsamic vinegar combined together to make my dressing.
Half an avocado
and a mix of sunflower, almond, and raisin mix. I found all those as well at our local grocer. A little pricey but they will last a long time.
Basically I just sprinkly less than a palm full of each on top of my greens. I am too lazy right now to measure.
Toss it all together, drizzle my olive oil and balsamic on lightly, add a little black pepper, and boy oh boy is this a darn good salad!
Again, I am full and happy until dinner time. If I feel the desire to snack in between, I have grabbed some carrot sticks or celery and dipped a few in hummus.
For Dinner I have cooked per usual and have been mindful of portion control. One portion of each, and absolutely no bread. If I do potatoes I do the mini red ones which are far better for you than the white.
I am not eating past 6:00pm. If I really feel the need to snack on something at night, I am grabbing an apple and spreading a little of the almond butter. Oh and I am drinking a lot more water. I am not a fan of water, so black unsweetened tea or a club soda flavored has worked for me getting in the extra fluids. I am peeing more, but whatevs, at least I am not peeing my pants yet.
It feels good to do all this the right way. No need to get sucked in all those diet plans and fads. Like I said, it’s a lifestyle change we need most. We shouldn’t deprive ourselves of food. It just doesn’t work peeps!
Try it, I promise you will love this salad. I will keep y’all informed of my progress. I figure if I share this as well here, I am once again held accountable for what I am doing and eating. Got go move it, move it, move it now. Oh, here’s something funny as well. If it at the end of the night I have not reached my 10K for the day, I start running around the house like a nut case. I only had to do that once so far.
Check out a fit bit for yourself if you don’t have one! It really is wonderful
Love ya guys.
On another side note. I have officially opened a new gift ware and home decor site. It is in the beginning stages but I would love for you to take a visit. I can customize just about anything if you tell me what you are looking for. I do have a lot listed so far.
Visit Debbie doo’s on cafe press HERE
If you are new here, WELCOME. I do lots of thrifty crafts and share home decor ideas on a friendly budget.
It looks very good and healthy!!!
Good luck Debbie! You can do this. One thing that I did was buy a little exercise bike that I use whenever I am sitting. Getting in my 10,000 steps a day is easy stuff because I am always moving – even when I am on the computer, watching tv, etc. I love it and it has become a habit. They are under $50 and totally worth it. Jane
Oh I will have to look into that! Thanks Jane.
WTG, Debbie! That salad looks delicious with lots of variety and crunch. And your store s amazing! What a surprise!
Have a great weekend!
you go girl! a few tips from the been there done that file?
1) don’t get discouraged, it takes way longer to come off after 50 than it did before
2) don’t be so hard on yourself, no one ever thinks you look as bad as you think you do. In fact they think you look pretty good, so listen to them!
3) after 50 it’s ass or face. Women of a certain age look better with a few extra pounds. If you’re ass looks awesome your face looks drawn and old. if your face looks full and smooth your ass looks big and lumpy. You chose!
It’s a catch 22 for sure Kathi! Thanks..I am working it.
Great progress, Debbie! Your salad looks great! Keep on moving. I wander my house at night, too, if I need to get to my 10,000 steps. Sort of funny, but important!
hey from NJ!!! good luck with this new eating regime. I love salads, and love the stuff that you can put into it!!! I wonder what you have for dinner….chicken? we eat alot of chicken in this house…I can make it alot of different ways!!! keep up the good work and I’m gonna take a peek at your newest venture!!!
Angela from NJ
Hi Angela, yes we eat a ton of chicken here too. I cook a nice square meal that the entire family enjoys. They have two servings, I have one. Thanks for visiting.
I can’t thank you enough for the recipes and tips!!
Scruptuous looking Salad! I think you have a healthy living plan going there. Thanks for the ideas.
Good for you. Keep up the good fight.
Wow….good job Debbie! Looks like you have a great plan and you will succeed!!! You’re gonna have SO MUCH energy and feel SO GOOD. I’m so happy for you. Have fun!!
Ditto. Just ditto to it all.
I’m coming in a bit after you wrote this blog. I hope you’ve continued to see great progress. I gained some weight from menopause, too. It’s been a year and a half since I began doing Classical Stretch and I’m happy to say that I’ve lost 19 pounds. Things aren’t perfect, but I’m more toned and my clothes are fitting a lot better. I haven’t gone on a diet, but I have learned what is a portion and have opted for healthier choices. I found Classical Stretch on my local PBS channel and I highly recommend it because it’s also helped me so much with joint pains that were slowly creeping up on me….for the most part I am now pain free.
I am going to check that out! Never heard of classical stretch.