Part 4

So while surviving the onslaught of mama-pause on a daily basis. I have now been hit by the dreaded weight gain, where it mainly attached itself to the middle area of my body because that’s attractive.    girl on weigh scales2 (2)

My wardrobe is also gradually shrinking, and my outfits which once complimented my figure, are now being tucked away, with the promise I will wear you again in the not so distant future.

I also started to suffer from achy joint, especially in my right knee, making walking uncomfortable, and also a lot of sleepless nights from the pain and discomfort.  I gave my GP a visit, who in turn referred me to a physio, after a couple of visits, I was assured it was wear and tear and sent on my way with a sheet of exercise to do. Which I dutifully did.

woman knee 2

 

 

 

Eventually, I decided to trade my home exercise, for the gym if I was going to work out, I may as well go all the way and do weights while helping my knee, I could tone up and possibly burn off some excess fat at the same time. I joined a gym and opted to do weights, instead of aerobics classes, it’s more of a personal preference really, and right now I just want to focus on certain areas, mainly hips, thighs, arms, and abs.girl in gym

After doing a little research I discovered that achy joints were part and parcel of the mama- pause attack would have been nice if my GP had shared that info with me originally. So I now take an extra supplement, my supplement of choice is seven seas, joint care suplex, Between the gym and the supplements my knee feels so much better, I know in fact walk 20min every day and still stay pain-free.

Sometimes we find going to the gym is a great idea particularly, in our heads, but literally going can sometimes be harder, especially at the end of a very busy workday, so I have given myself the 10min rule.  If my brain is tired and I’m just thinking of my bed, I say “just go for 10,15min, that’s going to be 15mins, of exercise  I wouldn’t have had otherwise.  But in fact, it normally ends up being 30 to 40mins, but that little push helps when I’m not particularly in the mood.  Of course, to keep the motivation going, its good to note your body changes, I’m not one to pull out the measuring tape, although I know many swear by it, especially when your toning up, and muscle weighs more than fat.

woman and weigh saclesI don’t like to weight myself on different weight scales because no two ever weight the same. So I treated myself to a “Weight Watchers” weight scales, which shows your weight, BMI, body fat, body water and bone mass. I’m looking forward to seeing a difference in the coming weeks, I’ll probably focus on the percentage of body fat that I’ll lose and get my BMI down to a healthy level.

Mama-pause is a trying and difficult time, but I would recommend everyone to keep active and do whichever form of experience that suits you, whether it’s swimming, running, or aerobics.

 

 

 

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