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

*

A beautiful memory

A face looking at her

Feeling nostalgic

oh dear how young we were

*

Her life of spectacular moments

Tells story upon her beautiful face

Softness, fine lines

Charming, full of grace

*

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

*

From light to dark

She will shine inside

It’s grey, Imperfect

Move effortlessly through to the other side

*

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.

Sit down and breathe

Menopause wellness coach

Three days ago I told you that I had to write a blog every day whilst I participate in this course. Well what did I just say? Three days have passed. Yikes. It’s like having kids, I had mine 2 years ago. Didn’t I?

In reality it was 21 and 23 years ago. Whatttt? How old am I? Menopausal old that’s what I am.

Life just gets in the way of the things I want to do. Between work, walking dogs, my mum, cooking, housework, my kids, maybe an all day music festival, then of course there is the beach, adopting dogs, spruiking about the benefits of adopting dogs to other people, housework. Is this a woman’s life? It appears so. Let’s breathe.

Sit down, close your eyes, forget about the world, relax, focus on breathing for one minute. Ahhhh

Back to my training, with everything I have just relayed to you of my past 3 days do you think I really had time to do my course? Well the answer is yes, just a little.

Are you wondering how close you are to menopause? Here are 14 common signs and symptoms that you are perimenopausal

Missed periods

Hot flashes/flushes

(I call it hot flushes, the Americans call it hot flashes, the plain and simple fact is you get damn hot. It is a feeling of intense heat accompanied by sweating and a maybe even rapid heartbeat. They can last from two minutes to 30 minutes and then just as quickly as they begin they can stop again.

Next is the most abhorred and the most worrisome for us women

Weight gain 🤨🤨🤨

Sleep deprivation

Vaginal dryness

Mood swings

Sore breasts

Chronic headaches

Decreased sex drive

(hey hang on just a minute, we have weight gain, sleep deprivation, vaginal dryness, sore boobs, migraines and somehow we are still supposed to feel like sex. My solution, fix those 5 and this problem may be solved too)

Incontinence

Night sweats ( different from hot flushes but you still feel like shit ) no you didn’t wet the bed, that is purely sweat.

Memory problems ( oh jeez where am I, who am I, where did 3 days go?)

Constant UTIs ( not nice)

Changes to skin and hair. The aging process itself, with loss of fatty tissue and collagen making your skin drier and thinner. Approaching menopause can contribute to these changes also. Lower levels of estrogen may cause hair to feel brittle, dry and maybe even fall out.

Many women think symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, itchiness, aches and pains are part of aging

A lot don’t even know what they are experiencing is symptoms of hormone imbalance

Most don’t even know it can be fixed

What are we going to do about it? That is where I help.

We are not a one size fits all program.

We have knowledge and understanding of what you are going through.

You get results.

We are there to help you and motivate you along the way

We are not going to give you a magic pill (there is no such thing)

We are not going to tell you to eat less and exercise more.

We will educate you.

Proper healthful diet, exercise that is suited to you specifically and healthy lifestyle are just one step away. Filling out one of our health evaluation forms is that step in the right direction to feeling better in yourself and about yourself.

Follow me on my journey towards helping women get themselves back.

Keep watching for tips and invaluable feeling better about your amazing self information

Chat soon beautiful woman ❤️❤️❤️❤️

I am middle aged. When did this happen?

The Menopause Coach

I am middle-aged, I am peri-menopausal, I am a women in her 50s and I am where a lot of women are today.

Did you know there were 477 million women suffering from menopause in 2005

Skip ahead to the year 2025, the World Health Organisation estimates that 1.1 billion women worldwide will be aged 50 or over and postmenopausal.

There are approximately 4 million women between the ages of 40 and 65 in Australia and over 1 million in New Zealand right now who are somewhere between pre and post menopause. One of the many symptoms is weight gain

No, menopause itself does not actually cause the weight gain, but a hormone imbalance can cause weight gain.

So here is what happens in the lead up to menopause.

Hormones, oestrogen and progesterone fluctuate, which influence the hormones insulin and cortisol, eventually leaving a woman insulin resistance and stress sensitive

The result is:

Belly fat and other menopausal symptoms

It will be my role as a coach and mentor to help you through this period with ease and help minimise weight gain.

The average age of menopause is 51 years old however it can range anywhere from the ages of 40 to 58 years old.

I have been a Pilates instructor/personal trainer for 20 years. A large part of my customer base have been athletes and very strong, frequent exercisers. Last year I looked around at my clientele and noticed a lot of the women are 40+ and they are fabulous.

Forever thinking myself young, when did I turn 50? I don’t feel 50, I don’t look 50, but, jeez this is me, this is my demographic. I am one of those statistics I mentioned above.

I had the knowledge to help myself, so, why not share it.

I needed to make some changes to my business and within myself. I had the knowledge to help this age group. I embarked on a new exercise system aimed to this fabulous but sometimes self neglected age group. I ran a 10 week course with much success that it spurred me on to see what else I could value add. With some extra education in understanding hormones and menopause from the wonderful Lynn Miller and Paul Newson of Menofitness, I’m on my way to becoming a menopause coach.

I am one month into my training, Soaking up every bit of extra information I can sink into my menopausal brain and loving it.

I will be ready in another 4 to 8 weeks to take my pilgrimage into the world of menopause makeovers. Will you join me on my new path. I am looking forward to meeting like-minded beautiful women on this new journey.

Todays blog idea came from another course that Paul recommended we do in one of his live feeds. How to launch your expert business in the next 30 days. Finding your voice is first, in order to share your knowledge. Makes sense. It suggested there were three types of people.

Writers

Talkers

And

those who like to be on camera.

I am the writer. Welcome to my first blog sharing my journey into hormone coaching. I will share what each new day brings as I take this new direction in business and in life. Wish me luck.

I’ll finish this by sharing a little humour with you, this is lovely and made me laugh because only women understand this !

If my body was a car, I would be trading it in for a newer model. I’ve got bumps, dents, scratches & my headlights are out of focus. My gearbox is seizing up & it takes me hours to reach maximum speed. I overheat for no reason and every time I sneeze, cough or laugh either my radiator leaks or my exhaust backfires!

Have a beautiful day ladies ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Watch this space for tips and invaluable information on how to feel better through Menopause.

Signing off

Janette xxx