I recently had my 58th birthday. Each year is a gift. There are also some changes that come with the territory…
Over the past few years* I’ve noticed that it takes less fuel to maintain my weight. I spent years feeling heavy and tired and I don’t want those feelings to creep back up on me.
A significant change I’ve noticed:
Processed food, refined foods and packaged treats put weight on my body faster than they used to.
As this realization began to dawn, it started a process. I did some experimenting with eating different amounts of these “fun foods”. Then, I had to acknowledge what I had learned – and grieve it. Then it was time to figure out some adjustments.
Here’s what’s working fairly well right now:
- I cook at home most of the time – and prepare mostly whole foods. Thankfully there’s no end to terrific, easy, fast recipes.
- When I enjoy an occasional sweet treat I usually plan to have it earlier in the day now – for breakfast or lunch, with some protein.
- If I’m out with friends and they order dessert to share I usually enjoy 3 or 4 deliciously savored bites. It’s a livable compromise.
- I have a rich piece of dark chocolate almost every day – if I want it. Lately I’ve been craving fruit more.
- If I want four donuts for my birthday breakfast I have them. I generally have a birthday once a year so it all works out. Interesting thing though – this year I didn’t want them. Seriously!
- I’m seeing how true it is that staying active helps keep our metabolism young. I’ve joined a gym close by for the first time ever – and I’m actually enjoying it (it took several months to be able to say that honestly)
And let’s end with the most important part – what goes on between our ears:
As we get older we can move toward being more deeply grateful for each delicious bite – rather than staying sad that we can’t eat as much as we once could. Certainly this takes some honest grieving at first, but after that – comes sweet freedom.
What changes are you noticing and what adjustments are you making these days?