How To Look Fabulous in Whatever Body Shape You’re In

Ever since my body shape drastically changed after giving birth, I really had a hard time finding the clothes that fit perfectly. Nothing from my old wardrobe seem to fit and those that actually do are never the same size I used to wear! I have to admit, I have grown bigger the last four years after giving birth to my little man. I have trouble coping with the weight gain most of the time and other times I am in denial, struggling to make some of my old clothes fit, but in vain. That is why I had this nagging feeling that I do not look as good as I used to. There are bulges and unsightly lumps everywhere and I am feeling more uncomfortable each day.

Now that I have been living with the saddlebags for a while, since I have not been successful in getting rid of them as much as I want to, I think I have also grown to accept that I have considerable grown in the last 4 years and I am starting to feel comfortable in my own skin again. Am trying to live and deal with the extra weight and all its physical manifestations, as well as trying to accept that I may never look and weigh the same way. The best thing I’ve ever done so far to ease the discomfort is to wear appropriately-sized underthings and I tell you they make a world of difference.

Here’s a fabulous infographic I recently came across that will guide you in choosing the right underwear to flatter whatever body shape you have and trust me, be wise enough to heed these nifty tips as they can really work magic in making you look and feel great. Of course, we can think about the work out and diet, afterwards!  :laugh:

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Going through menopause gracefully

women health, women issues, menopause
an elderly woman taking care of herself by doing yoga, something I’d like to be! 🙂

Low energy.  Difficulty sleeping.  Anxiety.  Mood swings.  Weight Gain.  Irritability.  What mom am I not describing? These might just be part of life as a mom—but if you are in your 40s or 50s, are having hot flashes and have missed your period, you might be going through menopause.  While menopause signals a rite of passage into a new season of your life, there are some great benefits:

  • No worries about contraception or pregnancy!
  • No more periods, cramps, or PMS!

Menopause is a natural process where women permanently stop menstruating.  During this process, your ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, as a result you will no longer be able to get pregnant.  Most women go through menopause sometime after they turn 40.

Menopause is a major biological change and can have significant impact on your health and well-being. It is an important time for you to listen to your body, take care of yourself and seek help from your primary care physician if necessary.

Here are some important ways to care for yourself:

Eat well—make healthy eating choices like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins like fish and chicken.  Be sure you are getting enough iron and calcium.  Weight gain is common for women going through menopause or who are post-menopausal, so avoid sugar and fatty foods.  Women’s risk of heart disease increases after menopause, so having fish twice a week is recommended.  Health magazine has some great diet recommendations here.

Exercise—exercise is a critical component of a healthy lifestyle.  The estrogen drop from menopause makes women more susceptible to heart disease and osteoporosis.  Exercise can help prevent these diseases.  Be sure to do both aerobic exercise and weight bearing exercises.  Exercise has a huge impact on your mood and can help alleviate depression.

Medical screenings and tests—during and after menopause continue with annual gynecological appointments for regular Pap smears.  Also, continue with breast self exams and get mammograms as recommended.  Your doctor may also recommend additional testing or give you a prescription to Buy Evista or other medications for post menopausal women to lower your chances of getting breast cancer and prevent osteoporosis.

When to see the doctor

Not all women require the care of a doctor when going through menopause, but it can be reassuring to discuss your symptoms with your doctor.  You should see your doctor if your symptoms are disrupting your life or making you very uncomfortable.  There are a number of natural treatments they may recommend including:

  • Practical solutions to hot flashes like wearing layers of clothing, avoiding certain foods and using a fan.
  • Using vaginal lubricants to help with vaginal dryness.
  • Being physically active to help with mood swings, weight gain and difficulty sleeping.

Your doctor may also recommend medications that will alleviate the symptoms of menopause and make you more comfortable.  These medications replace the hormones that are no longer being produced by your ovaries.  Be sure to discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor to make the decision that is right for you.

You, me—every woman—will go through menopause as they age. While there are some uncomfortable symptoms and increased health risks for women going through menopause, rest assured there are treatments that will help. Embrace this natural process as the start of a new and wonderful season for your life.

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Mum’s Hair Woes

women issues, hair loss, mum's thoughts

My hair has been naturally-wavy and all over the place ever since I can remember. I also remember having this love-hate relationship with it since I was a little girl. I have always sported long hair because that is the way my father liked it {yep, sounds archaic but so true!} and I have this recollection of how I hate waking up with my hair so disheveled and all messy! I simply do not like the idea of combing my long hair, navigating from one tangle after another. There are just too many and it was so darn frustrating! Good thing Mama is always there to save the day, lest I am sure I will be going to school looking all tacky and unkempt!

Now that I am all grown up, after a lone relaxing treatment ages ago and a considerable amount of shampoo and conditioner, I am back with my rather frustrating relationship with my hair. I am tired of it being long almost all my life and I wanted to have a new hairstyle. But on the other, I wanted something I can easily manage as I go about my  day-to-day activities, that I was undecided about a new short hairstyle, thinking a long one which I can easily tie into a ponytail, is always the most convenient hairstyle for a mum like me. I have actually cut a few inches off my hair on two occasions now and I am rather proud of my handiwork. This will be in preparation for my plans to have it cut really short later on.

Oh well, choosing human hair wigs sounds easier, if you ask me, and convenient, too. Can you believe that woman in the picture is wearing one? I bet wigs will look great all the time and there are less tangles and no falling hair to worry. Oh well, until I know exactly what to do with my hair, it will be perpetually tied in band. I do hope it won’t mind!

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