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How To Lose Weight During Midlife: One Pound At A Time

“She threw back her head with a laugh that made her chins ripple like little waves.” ~Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence 

As I forge ahead on the Jenny Craig program, I’ve become more mindful of what I eat, trying to keep my eye on the prize of feeling and looking better.

Eating Jenny Craig Midlife Weight

The phrase “lift and separate” takes on a whole new meaning during midlife.

In midlife it’s not as easy to lose weight as it used to be.  Our metabolism has changed, and being in menopause doesn’t help.  I can’t simply cut back on the calories and poof – the pounds magically disappear.

No, no, no.

Now that gravity has taken over, it’s not uncommon for my friends and I to discuss exactly what is, ungraciously, happening to our bodies.

Boobs somehow need to be picked up off the floor with wired four-hook contraptions that promise to lift and separate, while minimizing any “back fat.” (Ew)

Extra fat appears around our midriff, mimicking someone who’s had one too many beers.

You can no longer see your toes.

Today there are some not-so- lovely new names for extra fat that are enough to make you want to lose weight:

Jiggly fat, turkey twaddle, chubette, fattux, chunky, fatass.

You get the idea.

Every single pound – every single ounce – is a battle to  lose.

Smokey and Jenny Craig and Eating Weight

Who’s that sitting in my chair? Smokey is dreaming of Jenny Craig’s Chicken Fajitas!

I’d love to, once again, be able to get dressed without the need to check and re-check the mirror to decide whether or not I look good in an outfit.

I gave up trying to ask my husband what he thinks.  He’s learned over the years that answering my questions are a lose-lose battle.

“Honey, do I look alright in this outfit?  Do you think my butt looks too big?”

“No, your butt looks the same.”

“What is that supposed to mean?”

“Nothing.  I’m just answering your question.”

“I don’t think so.  You said my butt looks the same.  I saw the look in your eyes. I heard that inflection in your voice.  You think my butt is too big.”

“What are you talking about?”

Fade out. (It gets ugly.)

Losing weight takes more effort these days than it used to, so I’m reverting back to some old tricks I learned a long time ago.

  • I took out a few photos that I like of myself to remind me how I want to look again.
  • I’ve made a pact with myself not to buy new clothes until I feel more comfortable with my weight.
  • Every time I walk on the treadmill or outdoors I write it down, and tally up the miles I’ve walked at the end of the week. (I used to mark it on a map, making pretend I was walking down south.  I think I got as far as Baltimore..)
  • I remind myself that I’ll soon have my yearly physical, and how good I’ll feel when I don’t mind stepping on the scale.


I hope these tricks work for me, because feeling healthier is the ultimate goal.  In the new year, it’s the best gift I can give to myself.

Are you following any new healthy regimens this year?

*I received a free month on the Jenny Craig program and a discount on their food for this review.  There was no monetary compensation.  All opinions are solely my own.  NOTE: Clients following the Jenny Craig program lose, on average, 1 -2 lbs. per week.

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19 thoughts on “How To Lose Weight During Midlife: One Pound At A Time

    1. Post author

      Thanks for your wonderful support, Lisa. With that, how can I ever go wrong?

      I appreciate your sentiments.

      Take good care~

  1. Kelly Connor

    Goooo, Cathy!! I do my best to stay on top of my MS, too with exercise and diet…uuggh!-but just keep on doing! Your comments made me laugh, thanks!

    1. Post author

      I am so glad I made you laugh, Kelly. Do we burn up calories when we laugh? 🙂

      We’ll keep on trying to do some exercise and eat well. That is so much healthier for our MS, and for our overall health.

      Here’s to a healthy 2014!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kelly~

  2. Helene Cohen Bludman

    I hear ya, sister! It is so hard to shed even a pound these days, even when I’m being “good.” Remember when you could drop a few by just giving up dessert for a couple of days??

    1. Post author

      Oh, yes, I do remember simply “cutting back” to lose weight. Those were the days, my friend! Now, it’s ounce by ounce.

      Thanks for leaving your comments, Helene.

      Have a great day~

  3. Deb

    Improved health is the best gift anyone can give themselves! You will feel better and better as you continue your lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise.I know you can do it Cathy!! I have nothing but admiration and love for you my dear friend. xo

    1. Post author

      You have always taught me the importance of eating well and exercising, Deb, beginning in grade school. I should have kept up with you, because now (more than ever) I want to feel and look better. You were in my corner then, and you still are now. Hooray!

      Thanks for all of your support and your kind words.

      Love you~

  4. Maryanne

    Cathy — I’ve discovered that the ONLY way to lose weight at this age is to eat less. I am an exercise maniac, and I found I was gaining weight regardless. Now I just eat less, and the extra pounds are SLOWLY coming off. It’s kind of hateful, actually.

    1. Post author


      You are right about eating less. But exercise is not as easy for me,and you are lucky you have become “manic” about it. It helps keep the weight off, and I am sure you look and feel wonderful.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts~

  5. Kathy Radigan

    I so relate to this post!!!! It seems to be taking an act of God to get this weight off me, and my very stressful life does not help. I have gone back to three meals a day and one snack, I’m on day 20 and I do feel better but it’s one ounce at a time!! Thanks for the reminder that it’s all about feeling and getting healthier!!

    1. Post author


      It gets harder and harder and harder and harder to lose. Stress doesn’t help; you are so right.

      You are on a good path, Kathy. Please keep me posted!

      Have a great weekend~

    1. Post author

      Yes, commitment and motivation are always the key. I’m sticking with my diet. Exercise is another story, Walker.

      Thanks for sharing your story, and have a wonderful weekend~

  6. Karen D. Austin

    Keep up the good work. I can’t believe how few refined carbs I can eat before my waistline expands. I am just glad the holiday season is over. There are limits to my self-control when cookies and cakes are omnipresent!

    1. Post author

      That’s what will do it for me, Karen. Carbs, carbs and more carbs.

      We don’t celebrate Christmas, so I can’t imagine what kind of willpower you need with all of those cookies and cakes. Talk about willpower. Agh!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Karen.

      Have a great weekend~

    1. Post author

      Yes, water is supposed to fill you up. I try to drink a lot of it because of my kidney stones. But I still can get hungry! So far, so good.

      Thanks so much, Haralee!

      Have a great weekend~

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