When I was 20 I took a year off and went backpacking through Europe and part of the USA with my closest girlfriend. We had an amazing time. She’s gorgeous and could eat and drink anything and NEVER put on weight.
I however had been exercising my tush-off since a very young age. I’d always loved physical exercise. But for this one year away, I just did what she did! It was an “I’ll have what she’s having” scenario!
I asked myself many times during that year “WHY am I gaining weight”! My 20 year old brain just wasn’t putting two and two together!
To be honest, I was absolutely convinced I was pregnant when I returned home. I actually flew back to NZ wearing my sarong, as it’s the only thing that fit me!
I distinctly remember being shocked and gutted when I realized that I was just sort of fat!
I still remember that moment – the moment I realised I had a body that absolutely needed to be exercised – daily!
Yes there’s been many times over the years that I’ve felt like I got the short end of the straw. I’m sure many of you can relate to this.
I’ve always had to be aware of what I ate and ALWAYS had to exercise. It’s just lucky I’ve always loved working out.
Thank your Ma and Pa for your genetic make–up. I love that I got my Mums ‘enthusiasm for exercising’ genes. But not so happy with my Dads legs and bushy eyebrow genes!
It’s all about making the best of your assets and minimizing attention on your least favourite parts!
I’ve been friends with women through my 30’s and 40’s who could enjoy endless glasses of champagne and still look the same. For me however it’s always been instant bloat material. So unfair!
Accept your uniqueness though – yes some of it’s damn annoying but you can’t make changes by being annoyed and p…d off with your body. It’s all about acceptance of your genetic makeup and then putting the effort in to find out what’s going to work best for you.
Get Your Hormones Tested
In this age bracket – this is a ‘must-do’. You need a level playing field to make changes. And even if you don’t want to go down the hormone replacement path – at least you’ll be armed with the right information about YOUR unique body. And you can find alternative ways of getting the best out of it.
Why Am I Gaining Weight?
When your hormones are out of whack – weight gain is inevitable. No matter how hard you train or what crazy diets you go on.
You’ve Got To Put The Work In
Yes – annoying I know – but life is not over yet. You’ve got another good 30-40 years on this planet – if not more. So it’s not the time to just give up and give in.
Focus on making your body strong and fit first! The weight loss will come.
The fitter you are – the cleaner you’ll eat – the healthier you’ll be!
There’s No ONE Size Fits All!
Research, research your butt off!
Be curious, be interested, be a food and exercise detective!
It takes time and patience to find a way of eating and exercising that works wonderfully for YOU.
Not just physically but also mentally. Because you HAVE to feel good in your body AND mind.
If you’re in constant food denial and pushing your body to extremes – you’re not going to be happy and fulfilled.
So what’s the point!
But I Don’t Like Exercising!
Yes you may not like exercising BUT you’ll LOVE the benefits. So focus on those and how you want to feel and look over the next 30-40 years.
- In a body that’s letting you down, aching, sore and tired?
- Or in a body that’s energized and rearing to go?
Nothing Feels As Good As Fit Feels!
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