I thought it was time for a little midlife fitness inspiration on the fitness road. Weight and body image are two significant considerations for women over 40. During a time rife with transition and change, these factors present physical reminders that life really is a series of changes and transitions.
Here’s the thing to remember, to internalize…changes in our bodies, yes even extra pounds are natural results of aging. It’s OK to adjust your clothing size and expectations to make room for this reality.
Chasing a size instead of health can set you up for an endless emotional and physical struggle. As I wrote in an earlier blog, Seek Health Instead Of A Clothing Size,
The problem with chasing the size is that many people set up size expectations that can only be achieved with a strict deprivation diet. Reaching a particular size may bring a sense of accomplishment in the short run, but these feelings will be short-lived if you can’t maintain your new weight for the long haul.
What’s more, our body changes at different stages of our lives, which may necessitate a shift in sizing.
I know it can take a while for us to wrap our heads around change and sometimes we have to keep repeating something before we can internalize it. So, I created a printable of the quote above. Print it off and stick it somewhere you’ll see it.
Acceptance comes as our expectations change. It’s time to shake off who you were, so you can be free to become who you are, hips and all!
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I just found your website and I love, I totally can relate, I am post menopausal and I feel like I am always chasing the ideal size for my height.
Hi Nicole, I’m so glad you found me.
Great post and thanks so much for linking up last week to Fitness Friday! You were the most clicked on link and will be featured tomorrow. I hope to see what you have to share tomorrow. Have a great week!
Woohoo, thanks Miranda!
Hehe nice post!! I have some jeans I have been waiting to get into for 8 years. I am going to have to get rid soon!!
Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays
Ok Claire, here is your excuse to just let ’em go 😉
I laughed at the 16 yr old quote. I’m glad she doesn’t exist anymore, she didn’t have any curves, lol. This is great wisdom. We should always accept who we are now as we age.
Hehe, you are definitely right that the more womanly silhouette can just, if not more, appealing! Thanks for stopping by.
This is just what I needed to read. I am struggling to accept that I no longer have the body shape of my youth. I need to be the best I can be now, not the best I was 20 years ago #pocolo
Hi Louisa, it doesn’t have to mean our “woman” shape is worse than the one of our youth, it’s just more womanly 😉 I think it helps to embrace that and then figure out how to flatter and accentuate the body you have instead of the one you had. I am so glad you took the time to stop by!!!
“Chasing a size instead of health” — love this! Sums up perfectly what NOT to do, and why it’s to important to focus on what’s real in the here and now. Thanks for this great reminder.
Yes, Roxanne…the here and now is what we have to live here and now! Always striving for what’s just out of reach is deflating and saps our joy.
I LOVE this (and pinned it) because it is such an affirmation to those of us whose bodies have changed and thickened a little with midlife – I’m tired of beating myself up over it – so thanks for the positive vibes Shellie! 🙂
You are so welcome, Leanne. There’s serious freedom that comes with adjusting our expectations to meet a reasonable reality. It doesn’t mean we don’t keep working to stay physically fit, but we adjust what we expect fit to look like!
Great words of inspiration. I know my body is changing, but I am welcoming change!
Good for you, Freda!!