Welcome to Your Life is a wellness blog for women juggling midlife, self-care, and work/life balance. If this is our first time meeting, my name is Renee. As a Certified Health & Life Coach, I help women between the ages of 40-65 lose weight without dieting. Instead, we focus on healing mindsets, boosting self-confidence, and refocusing wellness goals. If you are ready to live the life you deserve you are in the right place.
When I start to work with a new client, one of the first things I like for them to identify is their support system. When you try to do something that you have never done before, you do not need to be pulled away from your focus by family and friends who do not support your vision for your life. When you change everything in your life has to change, the more you align your life with your goals the greater your chances of success.
That is not to say that they have to agree with you completely, but they should refrain from throwing water on your dreams by reminding you of all the times you didn’t quite hit the mark in the past. Sometimes, they might think they are helpful with comments like:
“You can lose the weight on your own.”
“Are you even trying? Try harder.”
“Just eat less and workout more.”
“Shouldn’t you be thinking of retiring instead of starting a new career?”.
“People your age don’t run marathons.”
“Is the pain that bad or is it in your head.”
“Your time has passed; it’s time to let the younger folks have a turn.”
These are just a few of my clients’ comments, and I have heard when we confided to our closest confidants about our plans to make changes in our lives. When they recall the comments, many clients break down in tears.
Whether it is losing weight, starting a new career path, or pursuing your purpose, and maybe your new career path is your purpose. You must create a support system that supports you unconditionally, holds you accountable when you don’t believe you can do it, and loves you no matter how many times you must start over.
Anyone who does not fall in step with your plans is dead weight, and you should eliminate them immediately. You do not have to cut them out of your life entirely if you do not want too, just do not let them into your inner circle.
Make a list of three people you can count on to support your journey towards a new you.
Like so many Americans, I found myself shouting and celebrating the election of Joe Biden as our new President-elect and Kamala Harris as our Vice President-elect. After the most intense election cycle I have ever experienced, I was glad to see it come to an end.
As each news outlet proclaimed the dynamic duo the winner, I watched interview after interview, parents of young children and young college students extolled what this historic election meant to them.
While I am ecstatic that my grandchildren will see someone who looks like them in the White House. I found myself thinking about what it would mean to have a woman in mid-life become the most powerful woman in our country, in the world. And I got even more excited. Not only did she shatter the glass ceiling, but she crushed all our excuses.
Too often in my coaching practice, I meet women in midlife who have given up on themselves and their dreams. They genuinely believe that the life they have is all they are entitled to; that simply is not the truth.
Kamala’s election proves to us that we can continue to dream and fight for ourselves after fifty. We still have a future. But many of us are so committed to living in our past that we end up living our lives backward. That must end.
I believe her election is a wake-up call for all us midlife women to reawaken to the possibility of creating the life we want. Will you answer the call? It is time to dust off those dreams and recalibrate them; they will be the foundation for your new future.
I must be honest with you, I had to check myself. I have found myself crossing off goals this year and labeling them as impossible to achieve. Mentally, I was drained and unresponsive. But this election result has re-ignited a fire in me, and I hope it does the same for you.
The world may have written off as obsolete, what they do not realize is that we are the classic models that never go out of style.
There is someone out there waiting for you to become the woman you were called to be; there are souls tied to our dreams; we may never meet them, but they will find us, and as our life changes, we will give them the power to change theirs. Look at Kamala; she did what no one in this country believed was possible. Let her be your beacon until you are strong enough to become your own.
You have the power to create the life you want to live. Our families, our communities, the world, is looking to us to be the light on the hill. I believe in you; I believe in us! It is time you stop focusing on your losses and start celebrating your wins. Kamala is calling, will you answer?
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With Love and Peace,
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So many of us are holding our breaths, waiting for the next failure, disappointment, or disaster to hit. Take a deep breath and know that whatever happens, you have the strength to get through it. Be proud of your battle scars!
Hey there! In 90 days, 2020 will be history. We may not have started well, but we can end it with a bang. But I want you to consider this, no one expects you to win. Your family and friends probably do not believe that you can really conquer your fears, lose weight, or fulfill your dreams. You have been talking about leaving your soul-sucking job for years; they do not even listen when you complain about it now.
They do not expect you to move out of the ordinary existence you have carved out for yourself. And while it may be a lovely place to hang out, it is not where you want to spend the rest of your life. You want to spread your wings and soar as high as you possibly can in this life.
The truth of the matter is that while your family and friends do not expect you to become extraordinary at this stage of your life, you might not think it is possible either. I could be writing this post for myself as much as for you, but I believe that if we band together and hold each other accountable, we could achieve some big goals in the last 90 days of 2020.
But where should we start? Start with one dream. You do not have to conquer your entire to-do list in 90 days; start with just one goal. In other words, start small. Pick one item off your list and go all in until it is completed, and then if you have time, choose another one. Surround yourself with other midlife women who will love you, support you, and give you a little kick in the bottom when you stall. (join our free midlife made easier group)
You might be a little timid to do something new; maybe you tried to move the needle towards greatness before and failed. So, what! Failure is learning. My 90-day goal is to write and publish the three tiny books I started and stopped writing at the beginning of the year. Literally, I got almost to the end of each one and just let everything else interfere with my writing time, including my own excuses. I want to give birth to these half-completed manuscripts and share their contents with the world.
You may think that it is impossible to do anything significant in just 90 days. Maybe you believe that you do not have the time between your job, community work, and the people you still have to care for, don’t get me started on caretaking; we are, after all, the caregiver generation. When I think about it, this is the first time in my life when I was not taking care of someone besides myself. Do not get me wrong, I am not suggesting that your family and friends are hoping you fail, but if you change, that could upset their worlds. And believe me, they do not want that to happen.
We are midlife women, most of the world has written us off, our contributions from here on out is to babysit the grandkids, go to church, or chase after our grown children and try to find out what is happening in their lives. Still, we were made for more than to live vicariously through our children and grandchildren, our life experience, the sacrifices we’ve made, and the hard-fought knowledge we have accumulated demands that we share our genius with the world.
No one in your current circle may expect you to become the extraordinary superstar you were created to be, but I believe in you. I believe in us. Now! Get to it.
In 90 days, you could:
Lose 12 pounds (just one pound per week)
Find a new career
Increase your savings account balance
Write a book
Get rid of the clutter and reorganize your home
Read three novels (just one per month)
Start a blog or a podcast (post once a week, that is 12 entries by 12.31)
Buy a new car
Take care of the dental work you have been putting off
These may not seem like life-altering activities, but you would be surprised at what one small shift in your “normal” routine can lead to; if you want some accountability, let us know in the comments what you are going to tackle in the last 90 days of 2020. We will be right there cheering you on.
Monitor your eating habits. Stop eating like a 25-year-old. While the milkshakes, burgers, and fries may not have wreaked havoc on our wellness journey when we were younger, a fast-food diet can derail the progress we have made. As we get older, our metabolism changes and our bodies no longer burn calories as quickly as it did when we were younger. Stop eating late at night. Eating and drinking late at night could cause reflux, weight gain, and interfere with our ability to get a good night’s sleep.
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Midlife can be hard on our self-confidence and self-esteem. If you have any contact with social media, you will have noticed how everyone is striving to be perfect. Suddenly you cannot post a selfie without at least one filter or go out for dinner without showing your curated plate of food. Even your dog must look perfect.
It is easy to get stuck in comparison mode, and if we are not careful, we will lose our joy.
What if you just decided to take a step away from all the competition? Leave all that clamoring for likes and hearts to others? What if you chose merely to enjoy your life without sharing it with the world? Here are four ways to reclaim your life and reenergize your joy.
You can decide right now to stop analyzing other people, looking for what is wrong with their face or their body or their life choices. Refocus your mindset so that you stop seeing differences as flaws, but as ways that make each of us unique.
Let go of the urge to criticize others, and you will notice that your negative self-talk will begin to diminish.
Accept your imperfection
Wanting to be the best version of you is not the same as being a perfectionist. A perfectionist is never happy with who they are, how they look, or how they are doing. There was a time when I would not post a video unless I was in full make-up. I can laugh now, but it seriously hampered how I was able to connect with you guys. I realize now that being my best means I work hard, and I do not give up. Stop blaming yourself when things are not perfect, learn from the setbacks and failures and recalibrate, and never take failure personally.
Relax and enjoy the process
Do you ponder every detail of your plan until you get nothing done? My coach is always telling me that “done is better than perfect”. Trying to wait to do something fantastic in your life until everything is perfect will only put your life and dreams on hold. When you embrace imperfection as a natural part of life, it frees you up to enjoy the ride.
Obstacles become challenges that make life more enjoyable. You can slow down and notice all the good things there are in your life.
Adopt imperfection as a way of life
Once you make peace with imperfection, you can be a lot more objective about your life. Your perspective changes, and what once seemed overwhelmingly important suddenly does not matter so much. All our experiences become just another aspect of a life lived richly. These experiences, no matter how jacked up, will help you to create the person who is continually evolving.
Imperfection stops being something to avoid at all costs. Think about it like this: perfection implies stasis, something you achieve and have to tend. It is fragile and vulnerable. It puts an end to growth. And then what? You do not want to stop learning and growing and developing, do you? Embracing imperfection means there is always an opportunity to learn and grow and become a better person.
Say it with me, from today forward I will enjoy my imperfect self.
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“Most women between the ages of 40 and 60 have at least one risk factor for heart disease. And, heart disease is still the leading cause of death for women in the United States strokes are number four. You can protect yourself by getting regular check-ups, incorporating daily physical activity (at least 150 minutes per week), including two weight training activities, and of course eating a healthy diet.
Your meals should center around healthy grains, fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins. Watch your weight and manage your blood sugar. I lost my grandmother, father, and younger brother to heart disease. Take care of your heart, your family will thank-you!
With Peace and Love,
Let me help you lose your next eight Join me for the next cohort of the Couch to 5K Walking and Clean Eating Challenge Training starts on October 4th -Race Day is October 31st each participant in the 5K program will receive a beautiful medal and bragging rights. Check out the Entire Program Here! See you at the starting line.