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Shared from my site https://janettebendle.com because I know us fabulous over 40, over 50s and beyond gals will get it.

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My weekend, can I please start again?

I am fit, I am strong, my fabulous day job is a “Pilates instructor” and I love it.

Very rarely do I experience muscle soreness from the group classes that I instruct and consequently demonstrate the exercises.

DOMS Have you heard of this? Delayed onset muscle soreness. I very rarely feel muscle soreness. Have I said that already? yes, because it’s true. Except for today, the day after.

We did a lot of hamstrings (back of the thighs) yesterday. My Saturday mornings are very busy and it’s predominantly athletes, runners, swimmers, cyclists, triathletes, I even have some martial art black belts attend weekly. Thus we do very strong sessions and due to the large numbers I run two sessions back to back.

Now to add to this mix, today anyway, occasionally I help out a local catering company.

The events they cater for are amazing and when I say amazing, I mean out of this world amazing. So I get paid to work, (on my feet for a further 6 hours) plus have fun, socialise and save money, due to not spending somewhere else. Win win

So my day started at 7am, Finishing at the studio at 11:15 am I dashed straight over to the festival I was waitressing at. Home at 6pm to cook a roast veggie dish for a dinner party,

With sore feet and an exhausted body, veggies ready, I pulled my tray out the oven. Oh no, my exhausted arms could not hold on, I dropped it all over my new kitchen mat which I bought two days prior. Tears almost welled in my eyes.

I did see the funny side, took a photo and sent it to my dinner party crew. What next, yes okay that’s it, I decided to chop up a watermelon, yes a whole watermelon, popping it on to a plate, I carried out from the kitchen bench to another in preparation for move to the car. Guess what? Yesssss, I did, a whole sweet delicious watermelon smashed all over the floor.

Breadstick yes, what can I do to that? Bite the end off in hunger? Only I know the answer to that one. I say with a wink 😉

Leaving my house, better close the blinds, seriously? they fell down.

Scream 😱 I arrived at my dinner party bottle of red wine and a breadstick. Everyone decided everything comes in threes so my run of bad luck was over. Do you think so?

Get to bed around midnight after a lovely evening and a couple of glasses of my lovely red wine, exhausted, one of my kids is pocket dialing me at 5 am. No no no no this cannot be happening.

I did lay in bed for a little bit longer, of course my bladder wants to throw a spanned in the works, up I go to the toilet, only then I felt the soreness.

DOMS.

Back of my thighs so sore. Anyone who exercises and experiences that day after soreness will know what it’s like to go to the toilet. Sitting down and standing up. Who relates?

A walk, that will loosen me up. Grabbing a coffee to go, I take my three dogs in the car to head to the park. Now I know that’s not ideal to carry your coffee in hand and drive, that statement proved to be correct when a car pulled out in front of me, I slammed on the brake my little foxy terrier Ella went flying, my coffee went flying all over the windscreen and my legs, my American bulldog Gloria’s big boof head ended up between the two front seats.

All 3 of us survived, we continued on our journey. The park was busy, I was walking with a few girls I knew, between us about 10 dogs.

My 3 rescue pups & loves in my life

Our local dog park is amazing it’s full of bush and trees and creeks and with path which is also full of roots and branches sticking out of the ground so you do have to watch your step.

Gloria big white American bulldog gentle giant disappeared, she can’t see very well consequently she she ended up with another group of people.

Unaware, she followed them about 300 m in the opposite direction. I took off after her. I ran, I tripped, over a branch, landing hard flat on my face and cracking my rib cage on a large root . Winding myself, gasping for breath, pain on breathing and pride hurt. Oblivious to all the other aches and pain‘s I was going to feel in about two hours time.

I try very hard not to be a victim, however I was feeling a little sorry for myself at this stage. We get home without any further ado, and I make myself a smoothie bowl for my breakfast. Blended fruits topped with muesli and more fruit. Are you thinking what I know happened? Yes I wore it. Off to the shower I went for a cleanup. Take two. I enjoyed my breakfast.

As the day went on I started to look like someone who was about 100 years old. My usual perfect posture slightly bent over, a limp, I couldn’t use my hands, my rib cage hurts, I have a bruised right hand, a swollen middle finger on my left hand, my right knee is bruised and causing a limp. My right big toe is sore.

Can it get any Worse ha ha ha

My puffy swollen exhausted body is looking for a new day. A new weekend in fact.

Contract:

I the non-victim and definitely a dreamer, hereby requires a new weekend. Starting afresh where everything will run smoothly and as planned. Money is no object, therefore not requiring her to work a second job. The caterer that she worked for in her parallel life is so amazing that he prepared her roast vegetable dish, freshly sliced watermelon packed into containers and placed in her drivers car to be chauffeured to the dinner party. She arrives home to a clean house, (always) where her three dogs do not play in the dirt resulting in floors that remain clean. (Always) lack of sleep and overwork are no longer a problem, the tired induced clumsiness in no problem.No bruises, no sore limbs, no wounded pride.

I will however accept my sore hamstrings. I know I earned them with a great workout and I will wear that pain with pride. I love a good workout.

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Who am I kidding I’m a realist. It’s Sunday night, tomorrow is Monday and it will all be but a memory as my new week begins. I wonder what I’ll fall over, drop, smash, spill next weekend. Ahh at least I’m laughing at myself.

A repost

http://janettebendle.com/2019/04/08/sign-here/

What was I looking for?

We women pride ourselves on our ability to multitask.

Do you agree?

Well this mornings multitasking effort consisted of only two jobs.

One was having a conversation on the phone whilst on it was on speaker, the other was drinking my cup of coffee.

As I finish my cup of coffee I walked to the sink, put my phone down on the bench, and continued to chat into my empty coffee cup as I walked out of the kitchen. Hmmmm I wondered why they did not answer me.

Hello brain fog, ovary brain, menopausal brain.

Do you experience forgetful moments? Well you are not alone.

So in the last two blogs we’ve talked about the symptoms of menopause.

As I have mentioned the symptoms menopause are different for each and every woman and can include anything from night sweats, to weight gain to thinning hair, but as I’ve gone through today, many women also report feeling forgetful or having a general brain fog that makes it hard for them to concentrate.

Example number two. I’m sharing just to let you know you’re not the only one. This happened a couple weeks ago. I just FORGOT to share ha ha

Starting work at 6.30am (yes seriously) until 9.30am. At 9:45am I hop in my car to head home, this is all of 5 minutes away. At 10am I’m still happily driving, but where?

I found myself about 5 km past my scheduled destination, driving along the stunning Mornington Peninsula esplanade to an unknown destination.

Bingo…

Another case of brain fog and as I said it’s quite common amongst us peri menopausal girls. Researchers say that some 60% of middle age women report difficulty concentrating and other issues with cognition. This can tend to spike a little bit more for women who are perimenopausal. I will add that my personal opinion is , we are mums with busy lifestyles, you possibly work, you probably have Children, you’re doing housework, you’re thinking about what to have for dinner tonight, you have to make time to get to the shops, it’s grandma’s birthday on the weekend, with all that’s going on in our brains is it any wonder that we get a bit foggy at times. My personal though opinion ha ha. Back to the real story menopausal brain fog

What causes the foggy thinking, it’s to do with hormone changes.

Your sleep quality may add to the brain fog and sleep problems is one of the symptoms of menopause or hormonal imbalance

Did you know one of the most common underlying denominators with all women and hormone imbalance is stress so take some time out relax.

Have you ever tried meditation?

Take 5 to 30 minutes a day and sit outside in the sunshine (Vit D is so good for you ) close your eyes and just listen to what is going on around you. Try not to think about anything and just RELAX & BREATHE

Try a Yoga or Pilates class. Did you know these modes of exercise also train your brain as well as your body? It improves your memory, makes you smarter, and if you bring along the boys maybe they can learn to multitask. 😂😂😂

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