Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Thanks so much for those of you who commented on my blog from yesterday. I appreciate the early birthday wishes, support and encouragement.
I did want to address a concern that some of you had regarding my caloric intake. I'm one of those people who does not lose any weight at all if I consume too many calories, even though I'm fairly active. I lose best between 1200 and 1350 per day. I can gain on 1500, even though SP tells me it's the top of my range. When I have super active days, if I'm hungry, I will take in more calories than the 1200 - 1350. If I'm not terribly active, I keep it to the lower end of the range. Too many years of yo-yo dieting messed up my metabolism, big time! So this works for me. I can't recommend it for anyone else. I'm a petite (5 1-1/2) smaller boned post menopausal woman. It is what it is. I appreciate the concern though.
Gym Etiquette is a mystery to me. Sometimes people spend a great deal of time sitting on a machine, not working out, and talking to people on other machines who are also not working out. Now I do understand that after doing a set you need time to recover. But to sit and chat when others are waiting? Not cool at all. If I see someone waiting, I don't dawdle. I can't deal with people who talk all the way through a class either. One night at Zumba, this younger woman and her boyfriend were talking throughout the class. Between that, the loud pulsing music, and several new routines, I found myself stressed out. I finally asked her to keep it down. And got a death glare for my trouble. Sheesh.
Lately there is a new trend in the locker room in my club. Several of the younger women prance around the locker room stark naked. One had her leg propped up on the counter near the makeup mirror while she lotioned her body. My eye was drawn to her like a train wreck. I felt like a pervert. And part of my envied her lack of caring what anyone thought. But it made me very uncomfortable. There have been another couple of young ladies who have done the same recently. Is this a new trend? Is modesty a thing of the past?
And for the rest of it? You are all so right. Age is truly just a state of mind...unless you're faced with perfect young naked bodies in the locker room and you realize that age is also a state of body (sigh)! But I hope to be a role model for an awesome fit and strong middle aged woman who went through two natural child births and has lived in her skin.