October 29, 2014
I wish someone would have told me when I was younger that losing weight as you get older is like going to war. Some wars you win and some you just don’t.
I am close to 40 and I’m not someone who has an issue with getting older (meaning the actual number) but I do have an issue with some of the things that just doesn’t happen as easy anymore as you get older, like losing weight.
I feel like I’ve gone from losing 1-2, sometimes 3LBS a week to losing that same amount or less in a month. I am really good with being honest with myself and self-assessing to make sure I’m eating right, I switch things up, etc but the weight loss is just not happening away the way it used to.
Getting older is all about trial and error and I’m learning that as I go and wanted to share some of the truths that I’ve learned that’s helping me deal with this “getting older” and weight loss phase of life.
- First and foremost you have to accept that you are getting older!! Yes, you really do.
- You have to stop being in denial about what worked in your 20’s as it just doesn’t work anymore. (I’m still learning and dealing with this phase)
- Be open to trying new things. I am learning this as I write this post. (I am dealing with some health issues that’s forcing me to change my workouts. I’m not happy about this but I am going to trust the process and keep an open mind.)
- You have to develop a “I don’t give a f$@k attitude“, meaning you can’t get caught up with what other people are doing or how other people look, etc. You have to accept where you are and do what works for you.
- Realize that feeling insecure sometimes about how you look or your size isn’t just a recurring feeling that happens when you’re younger. It happens a lot as you get older as well, they key is to not get stuck in that moment of insecurity. I find that when ever I have the slightest doubt, I quickly recover and give myself a pep talk and figure out a game plan.
- Weights Are Your Friends. I was never big on strength training until I learned the huge benefits and now it’s a significant part of my workouts.
- You have to be confident in yourself. If you’re not your biggest supporter as you get older, then you have a bigger issue to deal with.
I have a few more that I want to add but didn’t want to have a list of more then 7, but oh well!
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s ok to hire a trainer, nutritionist or what ever you think you need to help you through your weight loss. Why make it harder on yourself. If you have the means and you think you need the help, there are plenty of professionals out there.
- Lastly, don’t do it alone. No matter what you’re weight loss or overall healthy living goals are, most likely a friend or family member is going through the same thing and doing it together is a great way to support both of your goals. There are also so many amazing weight loss communities out there including Losing in the City (shameless plug) that you can join.
At the end of the day, just don’t give up!!
What else would you add to this list? I’d love to hear some of your stories of weight loss and getting older?