I consider myself a work in progress. I thought that since I always worked out and lived a relatively healthy lifestyle throughout my 20s and 30s that when I had a baby at 41 years old I would lose the weight rather quickly. I knew what it took to lose the weight and I only had 15 lbs to lose to get to my preferred weight of 145lbs after I gave birth. What I didn’t know was that it was a whole different ball game trying to lose weight after 40. I was in for a rude awakening and a journey that would teach me a lot about proper nutrition, the difference between fat loss versus weight loss while building lean muscle. So I started doing workouts like P90X, Insanity, Les Mills Pump, ChaLEAN Extreme and Insanity: The Asylum.
Here I am 3 years later and I’m still not at my goal weight of 145lbs but I have seen a dramatic improvement from where I began. Everything I’ve learned has been based on trial and error. I had to find what worked for me and not compare myself to others because
we’re all different and lose weight at different rates. So my advice to any woman who is struggling to lose weight after 40 and feel like throwing in the towel is to reevaluate your goals, write them down, focus on achieving milestones and start practicing positive affirmations.
I know it sounds corny but when we let negative energy take over and control our thoughts we become what we think. For example, I used to look in the mirror and complain about what I saw and that I didn’t have my six pack or I still had a muffin top. Instead I should have been looking in the mirror and congratulating myself on how far I’ve come and how I can almost see my six pack and that my muffin top has started to disappear. When I started to see myself like this I really began to notice the results I had achieved instead of focusing on what I hadn’t achieved.
Goal setting is important to achieving success in any aspect of your life. Start today by writing down your goals and dissecting those goals into smaller goals and place them somewhere so that you can see them every day. This will help you to stay focused and you’re more likely to reach them. Losing weight after 40 requires a lot of patience and hard work. There are no quick fixes or short cuts. You have to put in the work in order to see results. Use your goals as a way to help you stay the course and remind you what you’re working towards. Always reward yourself when you successfully reach a milestone.