Teaching again Thursday

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Teaching again Thursday
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Thu, 01-16-2014 - 6:58am

I haven't taught in almost a month!  I had planned out a step routine but didn't have time to practice so I'm just doing interval training/lifting. LOL, having a puppy is time consuming.  Wink Not really but in the afternoon, she's quietly taking a nap and I can't resist lying down and taking one w/ her. And because she naps for a long time and I don't want to wake her, I stay there.  I can't complain.

I think I told you all that I did the three day Perricone diet w/ a friend early December, just to support her and I always find it gets me back on track.  And, last Oct some time I stopped drinking wine regularly (I had a glass or, on occasion, two, 2-4 times a week).  It wasn't the wine but the food I wasn't eating w/ the wine but between the wine, the diet and ski season (it's not the skiing as much as I don't have time to snack), I've not only lost the odd weight I put on over summer/fall, I'm at an all time low, except when I was training for the marathon.  I really don't get fixated on weight but this is unusual because I'm not nearly as strict on what I'm eating.  Anyway, what are you all up to?






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Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 01-17-2014 - 7:12am

Maybe it's the way iVillage threads but I missed your post yesterday, SJ. I wish there was a way to identify unread posts here. I know I'm missing a few.  Do you get to NYC often?  I used to travel there for business way back when I worked for NYNEX.  I felt so grown up taking a limo downtown.  So long ago...






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Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 01-17-2014 - 7:09am

I'm a month away from 50 and haven't had any symptoms yet, except for missing one period.  That was a godsend because it should have come when we were in Costa Rica last summer.  I know it's just wishful thinking but I'm hoping I escape the other symptoms!






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Registered: 06-16-1998
Fri, 01-17-2014 - 1:54am

Jean, when I was hard core I had been on HRT for a couple of years already; when I started the meds it eliminated the menopause symptoms.

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 01-16-2014 - 7:26pm

When you were doing the hard core fitness, did you reduce/eliminate the menopausal symptoms?  I'm hoping that working out helps.  I think the whole maintenance thing is about finding a healthy weight for us, and not trying to reach an ideal weight. As Nora Ephron said in her book, "My neck and other things I'm sorry about", it's about letting yourself be a size bigger and not stressing.






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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 01-16-2014 - 7:23pm

Congrats on the new job! Is it writing? Have you thought of getting a job in baking? I'd been looking but puppy got in the way.  

I hear you on the training burn out. I've been trying to phase myself out at work, too.  I have a similar client who is obessed about losing weight, at 18% body fat.  She looks great.  I can't help her reach her goals in a heatlhy way.  I want to work w/ people who want help to get healthy.  






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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 01-16-2014 - 7:19pm

LOL, the claim is that an anti-inflammatory diet might help you look younger but I didn't find that to be the case. The funny thing is there are pictures in the book of before and after and my niece and I couldn't tell the difference!






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Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 01-16-2014 - 6:17pm
Cath -YAY for yoga! I thought of you while doing hotel room abs last night! I went through menopause around 45, and had significant weight gain, but it wasn't the only factor in the weight. I 'found' fitness at 47, and lost a lot of weight, most of which style off, but my body will nev be what it was at 25... And here on the other side ( almost 58) I have to say, post menopause is awesome...no cramps, no wild mood swings, no crying for no reason..I had night sweats for a while but they stopped...karla, I have heard that the 'Target' emails could be another fraud attempt...I pretty much ignore unsolicited email although it never hurts to update passwords. I have never shopped at target...not sure why but I guess other places are more convenient...and in reality, I need nothing...except, Gymrat, I want purple hair...I once had a green streak for the celtics, and I think I did try purple but it was really more brown. One time, Christina Aguilera had pink in her braid and it was lovely. Jean, so nice of you to not wake the dog! Hi to everyone els! I am on my way to the airport...not much time for fun this trip but I did walk down Broadway for a few blocks...our office is near the World Trade Center and there is a huge amount of construction. I remembered this morning that in 1967. We took a family trip to NY and my mother told me that they would never be done building New York...guess she was right. Other than walking through the airport, no workout today for me.
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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 01-16-2014 - 5:33pm

Cath, I hear ya on the expanding waistline/menopause thing. I think the brain fog started around your age, I would have to look up what my weight was at that time but I think it was 10 lb more than now. The periods sort of stopped around 50 but then I would get one every 6 months for a couple of years so I don't even remember when I became "officially" post menopausal. I started HRT at about 53 and have been on it for almost 9 yrs. (My ob-gyn insists that the benefits outweigh the risks but of course everybody needs to evaluate their own situation). I don't remember losing weight when I started HRT but I do remember really feeling "younger" again---more energy, more clear-headed, sleeping better, no hot flashes or mood swings. Better living through chemistry!! At 55-56yo I commited to a hard core fitness regime for 6 months and got into probably the best shape of my life, and lost weight as a side effect because I was burning lots of calories and also started thinking of my body like a machine to be fueled. So it can be done post-menopause but...it required so much effort that I didn't keep it up. Five years later I've regained all of that weight and my fitness isn't that great these days either. I can tell you that by the 50s you need both diet and exercise to keep weight under control, and it just gets harder as we get older and lose muscle mass, so do as much as you can now. *sigh* So here I am trying to get inspired to get back to working out. As for the "meno-pot" belly, I don't know if I'll ever be able to get rid of it but I'll be happy if I can reduce it.

Sorry if I sound like Debby Downer Frown

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Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 01-16-2014 - 5:11pm

Didn't make it here again yesterday.  

To answer the questions from yesterday... Paranormal Activity 4 was good but you kind of have to like the franchise.  I bought tickets for Fallout Boy which is the same weekend as Justin Timberlake so we're having to have a weekend of concerts.  And yes, SJ, I have purple hair.  

Cath, good for you for doing it!  Sometimes its worth it to make yourself do stuff just for bragging rights.  

Karla, the Target mess sounds like a pain.  I haven't shopped there in a while so I don't know if I'm at risk or not.  

Jean, animals become FANTASTIC human-weights.  Wink  I cannot tell you how many times I've had to pee but held it because I had a napping feline in my lap.  

No workout today.  I had a massage this morning and she was able to work out some of the mess in my shoulders.  I got a job last night that I wanted so I'm excited about that.  It's editing and supplementing a book on how to become a personal trainer.  I've spent the afternoon working and chasing down things.  

If I had any doubts before, I do not now - I am officially burned out on training.  (For you new folks, I've been a personal trainer for the last ten years and have recently transitioned to freelance writing.  Health issues forced me to step back and I dropped all but one person.)  My remaining client, whom I adore, is absolutely obssessed with weight.  She loves to make derogatory comments about herself and I just don't have the energy to argue with her anymore.   

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 01-16-2014 - 4:20pm

Jean, I got a pretty generic email but it didn't say which one of my accounts I used so I have changed them all. I shopped in person one time this year and shopped online the week before Christmas. I did buy some things through Amazon.com that came from Target so just in case I changed that too. The people at the bank told me that the situation is growing so I want to be sure I am protected. 

And the Perricone diet helps prevent aging? lol Looking at myself in the mirror right now I think I definitely need to look into it. That and an good anti-static hair product. ;-)

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