As The Body Changes …

I had a mini-midlife crisis a few weeks ago.  My friend Shameeka, also known as The Broke Socialite, is kind enough to call these little trip-ups 1st world problems and she’s right.  But, when you’re in the middle of a crisis, no matter how ridiculous, it can take on monumental proportions.

My crisis arose when after 2 months of working out 4 to 5 times a week, I had not lost the weight I put on after being laid up for 3.5 months from a skiing accident.  Now normally, this wouldn’t be that big a deal, but none of my clothes were fitting properly.  Even worse, I was getting ready to take a great vacation to Hawaii (yes, I said at the outset this was a 1st world problem!) for a close friend’s black tie wedding.  I’d made progress, but to be honest I still have another 2 months or so at this pace to get back to where I was.  My friend Meghan kindly told me to stop beating myself up; she said, “Kalyn, you’re being too hard on yourself!  It took you 3.5 months to put the weight on and lose the toning, so it’d at least take that long to get back to where you were.”  Great logic.  I took her words to heart and let it go. Until.

Until, I got ready to start thinking about packing for my trip.  I’d bought a dress in Paris that I knew I’d need to slim down a bit for, but I just assumed my body would do what my mind wanted! Bad assumption, once you step one foot over that invisible line (age, pregnancy, illness, stress, happiness, injury, depression – there are all sorts of things that can cause weight gain or loss).  No big deal I thought, I have a number of black tie dresses, I’ll just shop in my closet!

So, I started shopping in my closet and trying dresses on the week before we left. None of my f@+#’ing dresses fit! Depressing. I was up until 4 am scouring the internet for dresses.  Although this is a dilemma I’ve often had the good fortune to help clients with, it’s not one I’ve ever found myself in before.  I’m not good in these situations.  So what did I do?  I called in a professional who guided me by the hand just the way I do with my own clients.  I’m not a last minute person, waiting until the last minute stresses me out; I’m usually very well planned out in advance (hence my purchase in Paris). The Stylist needed a Stylist?  Hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!  Needless to say, I found a beautiful dress, I felt like a million bucks in it and my husband loved it on me.

But, trust me there’s more to this story … Stay tuned for more As The Body Changes adventures.

Have you had an As The Body Changes adventure?  Do tell!

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8 Responses to “As The Body Changes …”

  • This just made me smile and chuckle a bit. Yes, I have an “As The Body Changes” on-going saga. Fibroids!! And something I call “fat foot” that has me wearing booties all the time instead of shoes. My feet are starting to look like my grandmother’s. Ugh!

  • Torn miniscus and ACL + baby + extreme work stress and travel + an unsympathetic husband + almost 40 yrs old = 20 lbs. Help??!!

  • It seems to be the going rate for me right now! I was getting dressed, and realized my favorite jeans no longer should be called my favorite. Its back to the gym for me!! This time last year I was melting the pounds away! It’s just Sad!!

  • Ugh! Dealing with this now. Having had a baby 10 months ago, it’s been a struggle to get the weight off. Damn those celebrity “Body after Baby” photos – lies! I gained about 45 pounds during my pregnancy and am just now peeling it off having joined weight watchers. I finally lost the baby weight but things have definitely not snapped back to where they were. I’ve discovered weight loss after 35 requires strategy – clean eating (lots of veggies, no alcohol, cut back on sugar and carbs, lots of water), and intense cardio combined with strength training and stretching.I combine this with my food diary. This is the only thing that seems to be working for me. All that said, I’m not going to let this keep me from enjoying life or my wonderful baby so after a certain point, meh. Work with what you’ve got.

  • This made me chuckle as well, because it seems like sonething we have all been through. I agree with the previous comment that we have to make so much more of an effort. Yikes no alochol!!!!

  • Last year on my birthday, I bought a dress in Canada that fit like it was made for me. I purchased it at the end of the summer and it was a fall dress, so I was looking forward to wearing it in a couple of months. Unfortunately, when fall came around the dress didn’t look as fab as it did in the store. I went through an array of affirmations/ questions, including: “I’m not going to stop eating Hagen Daz!” and “Could the designers have possibly made a dress that only looks good in Canada?”

    Needless to say, I put the dress in the back of my closet and forgot about it until this past weekend. A good friend was turning 40, so I shopped in my closet for the appropriate dress. The first dress I tried on was the forgotten dress, and this time it fit perfectly!

    So, the moral of this note is best expressed in one of my favorite Aaliyah songs– “If at first you don’t succeed, you can dust it off and try again.” And, that’s exactly what I did!

  • Here’s my advice to all the ladies that needs to lose weight fast and/or for an upcoming event or vacation to fit in that bikini and skin tight dress. MASTER CLEANSER 10 days to lose 10-12 pounds or second time I did it, I was on it 14 days and lost 21 pounds. Thereafter, I became a vegetarian and I’ve maintained with excercise, right portioned food. I highly recommend “The food lovers fat lose system” after cleansing so you know the correct portion and even more importantly what food to eat together in order to keep it off. Also, don’t forget the water. I drink 9 glasses a day and if you’re trying to lose weight MUST drink at least 12 glasses. Take it from someone who’s tried it all, read it all, and knows what truly works and has kept it off for 20 years from size 20 to size 4/5 since discovering Master Cleanser in 2006. Before that, after losing all the baby fat after my second I was a size 6 to 8. Good luck!

  • The author of “Formerly Hot: Dispatches From Just the Other Side of Young” calls it the “big metabolic f@$k you.” Its absolutely hilarious!

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