I like to think that I am different. That the typical issues other people face are not a problem for me, like weight loss. I have been heavier than I wanted to be in the past, but as soon as I started paying attention and taking care of myself, eating right, exercising, sleeping well, the weight would come off.
Well not anymore. I hate to admit it. I am middle-aged, just turned 48. I still consider myself young, the same age someone in their thirties. But I’m not. Chemotherapy put me into menopause, and my body is not the same.
Maybe because it did not happen naturally – instead it was forced upon me – menopause has wreaked havoc on my metabolism. Or maybe it’s just age. One way or another two years ago, within a 3-4 month timeframe, I gained ten pounds while exercising every day, and without any significant change in my diet. I have yet to take it off.
No matter what I do.
I am stronger and fitter thanks to Crossfit, which is great, but I am also bigger, which is not so great. I don’t usually pay much attention to the number on a scale. I go more on how I feel and how my clothes fit, which is not well at the moment. Something needs to change.
But what? I eat healthy food; that is nutrient and fiber dense. I don’t eat a lot. I don’t eat sugar. I don’t eat processed food. I cook for myself. I try to eat slowly and enjoy my food. I even bake my own sourdough bread after grinding my own wheat and spelt berries. I know what your thinking – it’s the carbs, but I don’t even eat that many carbs. And I certainly don’t eat refined carbs.