I recently re-started my strength training program, which is something I regularly do…because I keep stopping it. I’ve found it relatively easy over the last 30 years to keep a walking program going, but consistent strength training has eluded me so far. Unless, that is, I work with a personal trainer. I found that was the best way to keep me doing the two sessions a week that is recommended.
This time I’ve noticed a difference, though. And it has to do with where I am with my body weight. After I went through menopause about 4 years ago, I gained a few pounds (about 10) that made me uncomfortable — clothes not fitting right, me not looking like me (or like I’ve looked most of my adult life — okay, so maybe the wrinkles make a difference, too!). Anyway, after going on an allergy elimination diet prescribed by my doctor, I lost those 10 pounds.
The point of this story is that I think much of my focus with strength training over the last four years has been to try to get rid of those extra 10 pounds. Although I constantly advise women to disconnect fitness from weight, I found it hard to follow my own advice. I guess I’m human.
What I’m getting at here is that my strength training efforts, when they are no longer connected in my mind with losing weight, seem to be much easier and much more palatable. I’m doing just what’s recommended, not feeling that I have to do more reps or heavier weights to try to…well, you know. I just want to do what’s necessary to keep me healthy and standing tall.
I know it’s not easy to disconnect fitness efforts from weight when fitness does play a big role in keeping us at healthy weights. But if you’re struggling to keep it going, I encourage you to try it. You just might find, like I did, that it makes all the difference.
I’ll check back with everyone on this subject in a few months to let you know if I’m still seeing the same success!