Ballofoil: I sure like what you say about not dwelling on the past. Those mistakes are done, but we can learn from them. Every day is a new chance to do better than yesterday, to try new things that might work better than the old things. I've gotten a lot healthier last year and it feels . Just a small accomplishment can help to propel me forward . It feels great and I want more of that.
Cheryll3: You're in the 'Perimenopause to Menopause what should you expect' group, aren't you? I thought your name looked familiar. Howdy, neighbor! . I live in Seaside, near Monterey. I like what you said about the never-ending vacation. I noticed that when I indulge all the time, it no longer is "special" . So, I've cut back on the "vacation" treats. And hormones are a bitch, they can sure slow down your progress. But . Great goals!
I guess my goals are to keep making changes for the good; embrace change. I know that change sure helps with respect to exercise; your body gets used to the same thing; change will surprise your body into losing weight even with those changing hormone levels.
I do have some goals, even though I no longer focus on losing weight. One thing has been decided, which is that we are permanently here, not temporarily. So, I can stop camping out and going on 'vacation' rules, where regular nutrition and exercise aren't so important.
I've gone back to my regular eating plan, after about a year and a half of sampling all sorts of fun things that I haven't eaten for more than 20 years. Exercise has been mostly walking a few miles every day, a lot of walking, but no weight training since we got rid of my Total Gym before we moved here. So, goal number two is to go back to strength and stretching.
My weight is unchanged for five years now, except for that disaster last spring where I tried cutting calories for 3 weeks, and actually gained 8 pounds on 1250 cal/day. When I went back to eating my regular amount of about 2000, the 8 pounds went away in a couple weeks. Best explanation I have is that cutting calories suddenly sends starvation signals to menopausal women's bodies, which immediately go into hibernation mode, slow down metabolism and put every calorie possible into fat. Especially when you're too groggy and tired to want to exercise!
Third goal is to get back to riding our bikes, even though we have hills here. That set of goals should keep me busy, LOL.
I hope everyone is having a great New Year so far! Let's not dwell on last year and look forward to our future goals. I know I sure have to! We can all change something to make ourselves healthier this year. Remember, every little bit helps.
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