I know I’m far from alone when it comes to the business of bellies. It’s one of the unfortunate things that “pop up” after menopause. Even thin women get bellies! When we post an article about belly fat, it invariably gets thousands and thousands of views.
Although I started a four-times-a-week cardio-and-weights regimen nine months ago, with my beloved LA trainer Vann Duke (over Skype), I knew that if I persistently attacked the baked goods that David continually buys, my belly wasn’t going anywhere. (BTW, I can’t blame the baked goods entirely. I’ve indulged in foods like pizza, ice cream, caloric frozen yogurt, far too long.)
So, two weeks ago I also began a simple and smart eating plan, and I’m determined to lose as much belly as possible, once and for all. At Vann’s urging, I also bought a Fitbit and attempt to walk the required 10,000 steps a day. Although it’s essentially impossible for exercise to reduce your belly totally, Vann explained, it will invariably get smaller when the rest of your body gets smaller.
I’m not planning to enter a FOF beauty contest or compete with, let’s say, Christie Brinkley in the belly department. But I’m sure that a smaller belly will make me feel better about my body image, and I can wear some of the “thinner” clothes I’m forever admiring in the shop windows.
That’s why I decided I’m going to post a new photo of my belly, and report my progress, every Thursday, starting today. I don’t want to preach about how you should eat, or what you should eat, since we’re all pretty savvy about which foods are good, and which are dreadful, for our individual bodies. I’ve personally cut out foods with added sugar, as well as carbs and meat, because I’ve learned that these are anathema to my body, especially my belly. I haven’t touched wine or liquor for years, so at least I didn’t have to worry about weaning myself off of those, too!
I’ll also share with you blissfully short videos of some of the exercises I’m doing with Vann, to help keep my heart and muscles strong, as well as to burn calories.
One of the last things I’m keen on doing is to show off my belly, in all its glory, but I’ve decided to embark on this plan for two reasons:
1. It will help me keep myself on track, if I know my FOFriends are watching.
2. It would make me feel good if I can inspire even one other woman to be a belly buster.
Will you join me in my
You don’t have to send me a photo, but I’d love to know how you feel about YOUR belly and whether you’d like to do something about making it smaller, and making you happier and healthier.
P.S. “The best ways to combat belly bulge are high-intensity exercise, muscle building with weights, along with proper diet,” Vann says. In the video below, I’m doing a kettlebell swing (15-pound kettlebell), which is an explosive exercise that challenges the core, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps and shoulders. Expect high-calorie burn.