Recently, I had coffee after an exercise class with a middle-age friend. We got onto the topic of the changes we were experiencing during this time period, including the weight gain, aches and pains. When my friend bemoaned that she is having tremendous trouble losing weight now, I shared my recent a-ha moment.
So before I tell you about the a-ha moment, let me give you a little bit of background that helped me reach this moment. Throughout my life, I always have been able to do whatever I wanted to, whether it was playing tennis for years, working a huge number of hours or eating whatever I craved. However, as I went through perimenopause, I found that all of that changed. I started having severe acid reflux after eating fried food. I was hobbled for several months after straining my plantar fasciitis (a tendon that runs from the bottom of the foot through the heel). While hiking with a friend, I edged my way down a steep hill by grasping tree limbs. Afterwards, my shoulder was locked up something fierce for several months. I started having weird skin rashes emerge periodically. My weight increased and I looked and felt bloated. I was often stressed and frustrated with myself when I couldn’t accomplish the things on my to-do list (even though I was also caregiving for an elderly parent with fragile health, finishing a doctorate and working to earn income).