I spent the long weekend in New York City at Blogher 12 with some pretty amazing women. I had the opportunity to workout with the US Army and learn about how they’ve changed their exercise routines to mimic real situations that soldiers face. I was also reminded that I am so not coordinated and that it doesn’t matter as long as you’re sweating. I ran a 5km fun run in Central Park with a complete stranger, who was a friend by the end. I also participated in a workout with the Bowflex Core Reformer; my reaction to this apparatus, in a word, is “covet”. Overall, I loved that there were opportunities to be fit as part of the conference.
The food was a challenge. I tweeted that I thought I was developing scurvy because there were so few vegetables and fruit on offer. I probably exaggerated. Maybe. My plan to eat hors d’oeuvres at parties instead of supper to save money was not a good one – in terms of nutrition or tastiness. Overall, I made the best of what was offered and have recognized what an important role healthy foods play in my life. It wasn’t a splurge not to see them, it made me miss them.
I attended a Laugh Out Loud with Poise at the Hot Flash Road Show. I didn’t mention it to many people – but we’re just chatting, you and I – and so I can tell you. There was an all-woman improv comedy troupe that had us laughing about life situations – caring for our children and our parents, coming to terms with our changing bodies, and (of course) hot flashes.
At the end of the performance, Dr Vivian Diller, a psychologist and aging expert, spoke about menopause. She said that discussions about menstruation used to be clandestine, embarrassing, and/or non-existent. In recent years, we’ve normalized the experience but we have yet to do that with the “2nd talk” – that is, menopause. I sat in the audience and nodded. We’ll all experience menopause at some point and yet we don’t discuss it.
Since I’m focused on weight loss, I asked if there was a link between menopause and weight gain. Or maybe I was hoping for a “get out of jail free” card. Dr Diller’s answer offered hope or killed it. She said that there is no evidence that menopause leads to weight gain but that menopausal women have greater trouble compensating for their bad habits.
So, I’m opening this conversation – or 2nd talk – with my Losing It friends. Do you have questions, you want answered? Are there rumours you’d like investigated? Any advice to share?