By Jen Gendron: Health & Wellness Coach
If you are like us, you may have found that changes have crept on so slowly that you wake up one morning asking yourself – how the heck did we get here?!?
Over the years, my energy levels have slowly been declining – I have gone from being a multi-tasking ball of energy to having trouble getting out of my own way! At first, I really didn’t notice as it was a gradual change, however, I have gotten to the point where I can’t help but notice! My body can’t keep up to my brain and I have had to slow down to the point where I am completely frustrated. Dan has experienced a lot of the same symptoms linked closely with his PTSD.
My weight gains were slow and steady as well and so were Dan’s. Maybe you can relate? In the past, the couple of pounds we would gain here or there when on vacation or during the summer would have melted off quickly when we returned to our regular routines & activities but lately – not so much! When you find yourself in this situation, it leads to a slow and steady weight gain and bam – now you find yourself carrying around an extra 10 or 20 pounds or sometime more. Sound familiar? So what causes these changes? Well as much as I hate to admit it, age definitely plays a big role. As we get older, there are natural shifts in our metabolism. What was once easy when we were younger, becomes more of a struggle as we age.
For women, fluctuating hormones and changes with life stages also plays a huge role – so here I find myself, a middle aged woman on the hormone roller coaster not only feeling it around my waist but also dealing with brain fog, mood swings and other fun issues – oh the joys of being a women!! This is one I see commonly with my clients – scratching their heads over why they are doing the same things they always did but getting different results and feeling like their bodies are letting them down.
And then of course, there is stress! Stress while unavoidable in some circumstances yet also often self-induced (for a go non-stop, Type-A personality like me definitely often self-induced!!) can really contribute to the weight loss battle as well as the depletion of energy. Stress contributes for many reasons. When we experience times of stress or tension, levels of “the stress hormone,” cortisol rise. This can cause us cravings and turn overeating into a habit. Because increased levels of the hormone also help cause higher insulin levels, your blood sugar drops and you crave sugary, fatty foods. Sound familiar? In addition to weight gain, chronic stress can affect all aspects of your life, including your emotions, behaviors, thinking ability, and physical health. It can leave you feeling exhausted both physically and mentally and feeling as though you just can’t get out of your way.
So, after a couple of years of ups and downs and riding an emotional roller coaster, here we are exhausted and heavier and just trying to get through our daily lives. I have experienced this myself and, over the last few years, have had many clients who are going through the exact same thing. If you can relate to any of this, know that you are not alone!
Beginning on September 1st, we will be sharing many of the changes we are going to be making personally in the hopes that some of you will join us for this journey to healthier living. Follow along with us HERE and feel free to share your own tips, tricks & strategies. If you would like help or guidance personally, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While fitness and physical activity have been my passions for the past 15 years, in more recent years, I have recognized that in order to truly live a healthy life, you also need to incorporate aspects of mental and spiritual health into the equation. I have spent the last two years studying stress management, meditation & mindfulness, health & wellness and nutrition and I am now ready to bring all of these practices together not only in my own life, but with my clients as well. Interested in learning more? Book a free consultation with me by clicking HERE (select the FREE option “Discovery Call”).
Follow along each week as Dan & I share the tips, tricks, accomplishments and setbacks that we will be using and experiencing in the weeks to come. And remember, a journey of a thousand miles begins with just a single step – are you ready to take it?