Midlife fitness tarpit.
April 15, 2012 6:41 AM Subscribe
Current fitness and nutrition regime counterproductive - help. If you had this happen to you and have worked around it, I'd like to hear about it.
The Asks on this general subject are innumerable, so I'll try to make my question very specific. If anyone has gotten into the rut described below and gotten (and stayed) out of it successfully, I'd like to hear from you.
Female, mid-40's, no hot flashes or classic menopause symptoms yet. I have been working out with weights (some free, some machine) 1X a week for years. Sometimes I add a second session mid-week but getting to sleep and staying asleep can be a problem when I do that. (Sleep aids, muscle relaxants, etc. are not an option. Neither is morning or midday weight training during the work week.)
My weight (neighborhood of 150 lbs; I'm 5'7") has stayed the same but I am just about a size bigger than I was this time 2-3 years ago. The "creep" has been going on, slowly, for several years now. My leg muscles in particular have gotten weaker. Frankly, I'd rather gain weight on the scale than have this happen.
I go for a couple of 20-minute walks once or twice a week: walking would be the easiest thing for me to increase right now, but I've heard that steady-state aerobics can strip muscle.
My diet? I veer between overindulging on sweets and sugars, then cutting calories. I've done low-carb, high-protein before but I get tired and stay tired when I do that. Fatigue for days on end is also not an option. When I'm on "good behavior" I believe that I'm probably not getting more than 1500-1600 calories a day, sometimes probably less.
I have often wondered about the efficacy of my protein metabolism, especially now that I'm on a PPI.
I have gotten back into yoga recently but I have some of the stiffest hips this side of Victorian England. I have mid-back and knee issues as well. So unassisted programs like Starting Strength scare me - seems like everything is designed for the healthy 25-year-old. I have considered dropping the weight-training altogether and going for Vinyasa yoga or some such.
Finally, I don't have a big budget for a lot of sessions with a trainer. I see that Starting Strength has a couple of certified trainers in the Medford/Malden, MA area and I've considered a few sessions with them, although I'm not looking forward to the schlep down there.