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You are Beautiful

I wish you could see the person I do
the positive
the vibrant
the wonderful you


I wish you good health
& vitality in your life
energy
strength
without discomfort or (too much) sacrifice



I wish you confidence,
motivation
courage


I wish you determination
to be the you,
you want to be,
beautiful
& kind
the one with the twinkle in their eye



Because they are exactly who they want to be

The feminine mystique

A heart that whispers

I am ready to love

A body yearning

So fragile

delicate

but ready to touch

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Her spirit

Her essence

Her breath entwined

Thoughts that magic sprinkle

A mysterious mind

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A beauty alluring

Complex

unique

Compelling

Universal celebration

Looking within

The feminine mystique

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Photo by Sue Vincent

Menopause

Menopause is normal. The symptoms of menopause do not have to be a part of your life.

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Attempting to capture light hearted take on Menopause

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Please excuse me

I need to fan myself

I feel so goddam hot

But where is my fan, I need it now

it seems where i put it, I FORGOT

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Oh dear, I think my pants have shrunk in the wash

my goodness they feel so tight

a salad a day is all i eat

I am still so bloated despite

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My stress in high

my libido is low

my belly and chin hairs

continue to grow and grow

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i look in the mirror

Just as I feared

I resemble my 80 year old mother

I now own 3 chin hairs, it’s my very own a beard

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I no longer ovulate

My eggs have up and flown

My periods are heavy

I have low progesterone

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My estrogen is low

My lady bits are dry

Having sex is painful

I try to not to cry

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i get so weepy

I’m always sleepy

my family say I’m bitchy

My skin is itchy

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Who are these kids

Mine?

Ive forgotten their names

John

Joe, Jesse

Jimmy

oops I mean oh its James

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Why is this happening

what is the cause

My doctor says you are normal Dear

it is “ONLY” menopause

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YES it is normal. It is the natural advancement in a woman’s life.

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Do you have to experience and live with the symptoms of menopause

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No!

Transition

From her tippy toes to the top of her head

Warmth rising

Flushing her cheeks

To a glorious rosy red

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Giddiness, joy, elation

Her head did spin

Was it the champagne

Or daily life intoxication

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A beautiful memory

A face looking at her

Feeling nostalgic

oh dear how young we were

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Her life of spectacular moments

Tells story upon her beautiful face

Softness, fine lines

Charming, full of grace

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Youth lays behind

Only in time

Keep dreaming of that life

Passion keeps you in prime

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A turning point

A time of transition

A time in life

A new definition

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From light to dark

She will shine inside

It’s grey, Imperfect

Move effortlessly through to the other side

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Wisdom and experience

As she enters a new phase

Elegance, truth and love

She will continue to navigate life’s maze

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Welcome to middle age a time of transition. It doesn’t have to be a time of darkness. Stay in the light 💋💋💋

#thursday prompt Sue Vincent

Box a lates

What?

A box of what?

OK I’m officially laughing. Not a box of anything. Have I introduced myself?

I already have told you I am a mother of 2 boys and 2 female dogs. I write, poetry, short stories, children’s books and blogs. I’m am an animal lover, BUT I am also a Pilates instructor.

That’s my real job. How I earn my bread and butter, it pays my bills.

I can already hear some of you saying a what?

So What Is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength. This helps to improve general fitness and overall well-being.

Similar to Yoga, Pilates concentrates on posture, balance and flexibility. In Pilates the chance of injury is much lower than with other more strenuous forms of exercise.

Pilates also focuses on the mind-body connection.

While doing the various exercises your mind needs to be constantly aware of your breathing and the way your body moves.

I run a studio in my home town, on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, AUSTRALIA.

Please do visit, first class free is on me.

We run a varied disciplines to keep your body and mind healthy as we age. This exercise is ideal for everyone but I am emphasizing the importance to continue exercising as we age. My target audience today is over 40, over 50 and beyond. Apart from my awesome pilates sessions, we also run yoga, functional training, teacher training, personal training in our amazing little boutique studio.

We run group classes, small group specialized sessions, personal or one on one training.

The reason I had suggested my target audience today is Over 40 is because I have branched out into a new area, menopause coaching. I will be running programs to help women over 40 with their hormone health and fitness.

I have created my own brand of pilates, designing my own unique classes.

I run a unique blend of pilates based classes.

Pilates / Yoga Fusion

HIIT Pilates (high intensity pilates)

Circuit Pilates – This consists of approximately 14 to 18 stations, working upper body, lower body, the core and two or three cardio stations. We move from one station to another for a period of 45 seconds to one minute on each station. A great fat burning workout and suitable for all levels of fitness and injuries

321 UGI Ball pilates ( 3 minutes Ugi ball exercise, 2 minutes resistance exercises , 1 minute of core exercise.

Drum roll

Box -a – lates a combination of boxing circuits with pilates circuits. ( see pics of the fun my students had today)

This one is worth giving a go.

Exercise or physical activity can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing diseases like diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. It can have immediate and long-term health benefits more importantly it can improve your quality of life. 30 minutes a day can allow you to enjoy all of these benefits.

Some of the benefits of regular physical activity may be:

Reduce your risk of heart attack or disease

Manage your weight. Look better, feel better, more confidence

Lower your blood cholesterol levels

Lower your risk of diabetes

Can lower your blood pressure

Can help increase the strength of your bones muscles and joints therefore lowering the risk of osteoporosis

Lower your risk of falls

You recover better from injury or illness

You feel better, you have more energy, you are in a better mood, you are more relaxed and you sleep better.

Exercise can help with depression

It provides increased social contact if in a club or a group setting steps. Don’t be put off by feeling compelled to have to complete 10,000 steps or do 30 minutes of exercise. Start with 1000 steps start with five minutes of exercise. Build up. Little steps. This is the reason I’ve chose to specialize in women’s fitness over 40. You can get stronger, you can feel invigorated, you can be totally awesome. Let’s not grow old let’s be awesome.

Everyone in these photos are 50 and above With the exception of one 23-year-old and one 48 year-old. I had strict instructions to not put her in that 50 and I have a category. Your wish is my command. My crew are awesome.