For most of my life I’ve been healthy, fit, full of energy and naturally lean (read on, before you decide you don’t like me…)
I exercised regularly, moderated my consumption of sweet and fatty foods and never carried extra weight around my midsection (except when I was pregnant, of course)
Somewhere in my early 40′s, that all changed (sound familiar?)
My usual exercise routine and nutrition plan was no longer working. I craved starchy carbs and found it nearly impossible to break free of my sugar addiction. I was tired and didn’t jump out of bed in the morning with my usual gusto. The number on the scales was slowly increasing. My favourite jeans didn’t flatter they way they used to. No longer could I enjoy a weekend of wine and restaurant meals without noticeable repercussions (you too?)
An innocent Instagram follower’s comment on a photo (“I didn’t know you were pregnant”) made me self-conscious about the thickening of my waistline. I monitored my daily calorie intake, increased my cardio time and lifted weights as often as I could. When none of that worked, I did what any trained academic does; I hit PubMed hard and started to do some research.
I discovered that my situation wasn’t at all unique. That many women my age also struggle with low energy, unhealthy food cravings and unwanted weight gain, despite their best attempts to eat well and exercise regularly. And while weight gain isn’t necessarily due to the changing hormones of menopause or peri-menopause, the fatigue, food cravings and tendency for fat to accumulate around the middle most definitely are.
I discovered that there are exercise, nutrition and lifestyle changes that can reduce the effects aging and mid-life hormones on weight gain, food cravings, low energy levels and body composition change.
I’ve been sharing this information with my blog readers (Hormones and Weight Gain After 40: The Biology of Aging and Why Nutrition Matters Even More Now) and using it with my personal training clients to help them reach their fitness goals faster and simultaneously manage their menopause and peri-menopause symptoms.
I’m even following my own advice and starting to see results.
I’d like to share what I’ve learned with YOU.
This fall, I’ll be offering the first round of a 10-week, online group training program specifically designed for women dealing with the challenges of mid-life hormonal change.
The program is appropriate for all fitness levels and for gym-goers and home exercisers alike.
If you’re pregnant, have osteoporosis or any injuries that prevent you from doing whole-body exercises, THIS IS NOT THE PROGRAM FOR YOU.
Included in the program are:
- bi-weekly, individually customizable workouts (including modifications for varying fitness levels and abilities)
- access to a participants-only video exercise demonstration library (so you can make sure you’re doing the exercises properly)
- membership in a private Facebook group (to get quick answers to questions and to provide accountability and a sense of community)
- goal setting, nutrition planning and fitness assessment tools (and other assorted homework)
- summaries of the latest scientific research about fitness, nutrition, lifestyle and hormonal change (translated into every day language )
- 24/7 e-support (or as close to it as I can manage given that one of the most important tools for dealing with hormonal issues is adequate sleep!)
- weekly prizes from a variety of incredibly generous health living sponsors (more about each of them in an upcoming post). Confirmed sponsors include the following; Lenny&Larry’s (Fit Cookies and Brownies); GNC Canada (Vitamins and Supplements); Handful (Sports Bras); Albion Fit (Women’s Athletic Wear and Swimsuits); and Heads Up Bands (Workout Head Bands).
Program Dates and Details:
- Cost: $70 for 10 weeks (significantly less than the cost of 2, one-on-one personal training session with me)
- Program dates: Sunday, September 8th through Saturday, November 16th, 2013
- Registration dates: Wednesday, August 14th through Friday, September 6th, 2013
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Questions about the program (equipment requirements, registration process, my certifications)? You can find answers to many FAQ’s here.
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