|Tide Pool selfie, La Jolla Shores, 2015|
Here's my state of the state at age 49
I turn 49 this month. No, it's not all rainbow-kitty-unicorns that have wings (it's particularly hard to watch friends and family members, classmates have diseases and die.)
But, I'm better off over all. I've been self efficient at reducing my own risks.
Have you read Dr. Berkeley's post about menopause and aging? I'd recommend reading that post and her suggestions.
The first thing I did after I lost 70 pounds was go through menopause. In a way, it forced me into an eating/exercise/sleep plan that was very clear and purposeful for the next few years.
Quick, get out the soap box!
If you are setting up sustainability in your life template, don't forget to change when your body does. Weight loss does not = weight maintenance. Ever. You'll have to change it up. Your age will change, your body will change. Change, then sustain that! Until your body/life changes. Again. Because it will. So can't get too comfy. Because that's life. Don't think that change management is not a part of it. Getting over not being 30 anymore is part of it. But it doesn't have to mean a sedentary, static life style.
Become a boss of your own life.Of your own change management. Less talk, more n=1, experiments, exploration. If I had chosen an old food template from my 30's, well, I would have regained my weight.
Yes, some things are genetic, or the result of things I did when I was the low fat, moderate all foods schemes. I can't ignore having had an auto-immune disease or being a binge eater in recovery. But, I can make choices every day that have me feeling young.
I choose this!
What's working now:
1. Eating from a low inflammatory, lower carb (40-50 grams/day) higher natural fat Paleo-ish food template
2. Getting support for being in recovery for binge eating/food addiction
3. Continued strength training (2x per week)and walking 5-6 miles per day, for bone health, stress, and weight management
4. Using food and some supplementation to take care of things like my skin, headaches, lid on binge eating.
5. Using stress techniques and change management to sleep well. Including practicing my photography.
6. Being mindful and being proactive at managing my prior chronic illnesses while being active about my normal age changes. So, so much is within my control. So much. Thoughts, food, actions, habits, beliefs. I'm as old as I think I am.
What life was like back then:
My weight in my early 30's combined with my thyroid disease (Hashimotos in 1997) had me feeling like I was age 80.
- My joint ached
- I was obese
- I fell down a lot while walking
- I had dry weird hair
My weight combined with of the binge eating. 2009 to early 2011.
- My joints ached
- I binged to numb out
- I stopped doing the things I loved to do like photography and hiking.
- I felt miserable on an hourly basis doing common things like driving, sitting, walking
- I took 300-500 ibuprofen a year to deal with aches, pains, migraines
- I bought a book "Diabetes for Dummies" because I was resolving to live well with what could have become pre-diabetes/diabetes. I was getting ready to "settle" with another chronic disease.
Dang. Some of it I did to myself. Eating cookies and cupcakes was just not sustainable. My cure is your disease. Not sorry. Some of it was genetics combined with my moderation mentality. Grains, Dairy, Sugars. Life is a whole lot better now. Now that I got the heck out of my own way.
Here's do knowing what we can change, knowing what we can't change and the courage to change management as we age.
Oh, yeah, the cool critters came out to play on my walk. Dolphins, an osprey, cool tide pool creatures. Weird beach historic structures.
My birthday celebration walk was as expected. Eh, putting away the soap box for a little while...
|La Jolla Shores, 2015|
|View under Scripps Pier,|
|Cool barnacle life under Scripps Peir|
|Always funny to see this structure on the beach.|
|Gliders, Scripps Pier, seagull and beach goers. Torrey Pines golf course in the upper left|
|The cats consider the possibility of rainbow-kitty-unicorns that have wings. Not buying it for one second ,Tortitude|