As a woman in her 50th year, I’ve experienced that inevitable shift and change in my body. It starts when you hit your 30’s and if you don’t watch out for it, that gain in weight, lack of flexibility, and loss of energy soon creeps in. Today I’m proud to say I feel fitter and stronger than I did throughout the whole decade of my 40’s. Since December I’ve lost 1.5 stones, dropped 25 inches, dropped a dress size (which is already nearly 2 dress sizes), and smashed my August goals already.
Here’s what I did and what you can do too.
In December 2019 I decided it was finally time to focus down and shift the 2 stone I’d gradually put on over the years, since my mid 30’s, and although I’d improved my diet and popped in lots of flex type exercise; yoga and tai chi, I had ignored the cardio and resistance work to keep my body burning fat and toned up.
Being in the ‘mind’ business, I knew how to get motivated and the mind hacks to get my brain on board for a lifestyle shift that would get me the results I was looking for. With the help of my (now) business partner and nutritional therapist, Nicky Sainty, I was able to put a diet programme together that worked for me, and understand where I’d been tripping myself up.
You don’t think it will happen to you…
As an energetic ‘tigger’ type slender and toned youth, I’d never given my weight and how I felt much consideration; that was until I hit 30. The shift was subtle around this time but I definitely noticed a dip in my energy levels. In reality I’d stopped lots of things that were giving me a good physical workout and was definitely spending longer sat at a desk at work, studying and developing my practice. Fast forward a couple of years and you can add to that night after night sat on the sofa (as a then single mum with a 5 year old tucked up in bed). Up to that point I’d enjoyed aerobics, step, cycling, dancing, the gym, pilates and yoga, and somehow bit by bit it had all stopped. What added to the issue was my diet. Often tired and lacking motivation to cook up something nutritionally good, I’d opt for a take out or a quick fix meal.
I vividly remember one Friday morning getting ready to go on a walk with my dad, and I could hardly bend low enough to fasten my shoe laces; I mean it was a real struggle to get down there. I hadn’t realised until that point that I’d started sitting on the bottom stair to fasten my shoes, and it suddenly hit me that I’d lost my flexibility. I was amazed. I’d always been super flexible, and spent much of my youth bouncing around doing gymnastics. What was more scary was the thought that I was, at that time, only in my 40’s. What would it be like when I was in my 50’s, 60’s and beyond!
MoGaChi is born
At that time I started adding yoga into my daily routine. My desk job and long car journeys started to play havoc with my lower back, hips, neck and shoulders. I was stiff and achey, and all too often in quite a bit of pain. That put a temporary stop to exercising, but that was a mistake. After a few months of pain I got fed up, and decided it was time to create my own hatha yoga routine that focused on a full body workout that I could do in a morning before work. After only a few weeks the difference was amazing. Wanting to also calm my mind, being at the latter end of a Masters degree, and having started a new job, I added meditation to my morning routine. A few months later I added Tai Chi and energy movement to increase blood flow and vitality. This was a huge turning point for my mental and physical wellbeing, and I’ve never looked back. The routine I called MoGaChi (body movement inspired by yoga and Tia Chi and QiGong), and I will be sharing this in some of the online health and wellbeing courses that Nicky and I offer. I’ve written a little about what MoGaChi is further down.
Stepping it up for real results
This was all fantastic, it was helping mind and body and my flexibility was much improved, but I wasn’t quite there. My energy levels were still dipping in the afternoon, my mood swings had increased with the onset of peri menopause, and my middle section was increasing year on year (another wonderful side effect of the menopause, exacerbated by eating the wrong things at the wrong time). I set new fitness goals, a triathlon in August 2020 gave me something to work towards and 3 fitness regimes to slot into my week. The final piece of the puzzle was Nicky’s expert input into my nutrition and eating routine. For the first time in 14 years I’d started to feel lighter, motivated, and energised!
You can have this too
When lockdown hit, many people found themselves snacking and overeating through boredom and the temptation of the ever present fridge. Nicky and I knew right then and there that our expertise and experience both in our practice and our own lives, meant we were well placed to help other people so that they didn’t have to feel sluggish and unhappy. Here was born our online health course ‘Detoxify your body and Declutter your mind‘. Using a combination of nutritional therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, neurolinguistic programming, mindfulness and a whole host of top intelligence across mind and body, this course aims to support you to get the results that I got for myself.
What is MoGaChi?
Our bodies are a beautiful piece of engineering and we often take them for granted. Without a full range of regular movement, and particularly as we move beyond 40, muscles and tendons will start to tighten, lose flexibility and eventually cause us physical issues, such as back or shoulder pain or shortened tendons. After 50 our ability to build muscle lessens dramatically, so it’s important to build and maintain our muscle strength.
MoGaChi promotes deep breathing and posture mindfulness throughout; with a movement sequence inspired by yoga (to both open up each of the seven chakras and to flex, tone, lengthen and strengthen); Tia Chi (to promote controlled movement and breathing that works with the energy around your body); Qigong and subtle Energy Medicine moves (to promote controlled movement that works with key acupressure points and the meridians (energy) within your body).
What are the Benefits of MoGaChi?
- Gain and maintain flexibility
- Lengthen, strengthen and tone muscles
- Improves posture
- Balances your energy system and meridians
- Promotes relaxation and a calm mind
- Improves balance
- Stimulates the lymphatic system which aids blood flow and digestion
- Stimulates the immune system
- Helps the body’s metabolism
- Promotes clarity of mind
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