10 Tips From A Woman Who Decided To Change Her Body After 40 – And Did It
By Holly Perkins
I had an incredible conversation recently about women and happiness with a prominent and gifted doctor who lives in Los Angeles. She says that, in her experience, roughly 90 percent of women are unhappy with the way that they look. WHAT?!?!?!?
This is a huge, problem and I want to do whatever I can to single-handedly change this sitch! It breaks my heart into a million pieces to know that so many women are out there feeling bummed about their appearance.
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If you’re anything like me, you might have responded by saying, “Well, nobody is perfectly happy with her appearance” as though it’s impossible.
I didn’t start feeling good about my appearance until I was 40. As the big birthday approached, I was so sick of myself because I had let many goals fade away. I got lazy and decided that my goals weren’t all that important. As 40 approached, I felt so ashamed for giving up on my goals. It made me sick to know that I was capable of more and better but that I wasn’t doing the work necessary to get there.
Even though I had been in the fitness industry for almost 20 years, I learned some interesting things about body transformation during my quest to get to a place I was happy with. Keep these things in mind if you get frustrated or discouraged in your fitness endeavors.
1. You must take massive action.
Your body is designed with homeostasis in mind. So in order to override your body’s desire to stay put, you have to train your brain to take new action that is clear and definitive. “Kinda watching your diet” won’t cut it if you want to lose 10 pounds. I realized that I had start taking definitive and consistent action every single day in order to create change. If I wasn’t fully “in,” I was fully “out.”
2. It requires consistency…and more consistency to convince your body that you are serious about these changes.
You know how it seems like it takes so much effort to get into shape, and then after a short vacation you feel like you’ve dropped a few fitness levels? Well, it’s actually true—and I had to confront this fact big time. In order to take my body to the next level, I had to get really consistent with the number of days I worked out and the intensity of those workouts. I needed to give my body just enough rest to recover, but not so much that I lost ground.
3. It takes a full 10 days to see the results from any new action in your program.
This applies to a new diet strategy or a new workout. While your body is resistant to change, it is also very good at adapting. If it receives the same stimulus over and over, it will eventually cooperate with you and adapt. If you are eager to try out a new strategy, say Paleo, one day on the program is not going to show you the full effects of the diet. You need to follow any plan for a full 10 days in order to see the beginnings of true results.
4. For women, visible change is 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise.
There is a saying, “You can’t outrun a bad diet,” and it’s true. I learned to be very strategic and conscious with my diet, and I’m now able to follow a specific macronutrient breakdown for 10 days and see dramatic changes in my body. If I eat a certain way, my abs will bust out loud and clear. If I eat a different way, I will see noticeable increases in muscle size. It all comes down to the percentages of protein, fat and carbs that I eat for a period of time.