Unwanted Hair

Unwanted Hair

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Seriously… I have this to contend with now???

Let’s talk about hair.

And I’m not talking about long, flowing locks, or cute little pixie cuts. Nah, I’m talking about the hair found on the face, and to narrow it down even further – the unwanted hair found on the chin and neck.

While a boy may crave these things because they are a milestone towards manhood – a menopausal woman does not. Now, reaching menopause could be considered a milestone, the whole hair on the chin and neck experience, though, knocks it down quite a few notches on the list of “things I want when I am older”.

An electric SUV, a trip to Italy, and some damn good eye cream are what’s on my list of things I want in my mid-years. Not chin hairs.

But, here I am with chin hairs and one freaky neck hair.

I know my Greek and Italian readers are most likely shaking their heads at me because they remember their first chin hair, at age six, and I want you to know that I now feel your pain.

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What mystifies me, though, are the growth patterns. Because they are not on the same growth pattern as the rest of the hair on my body.

Back in the day (when I was at the young tender age of 42) it took me about 4 years to grow my hair from pixie cut to past my bra strap. I have no idea why I wanted long hair, it just seemed like a good idea at the time, and past the bra strap was a good yardstick that helped me know exactly when I reached my goal.

When the time arrived, I kept it long for a few months and then promptly cut it all off again. I know, I too have a hard time keeping up with what makes me tick.

Anyway, the point I was making was that it took a long time for my hair to grow. Growing hair is a slow process, if you’ve ever done it before you know where I’m coming from, and you’re probably nodding your head right now. Because it’s slow, and I see my hair in the mirror every day, I never really grasped how long it actually was getting until I would run into someone who hadn’t seen me in a while. When this happened this is how the conversation went, each and every single time:

Them: OMG PJ!! Your hair is soooooo long now.

Me: Yes, I can’t afford a haircut.

At which point they would giggle nervously, with eyes darting for a quick escape route in case I was destitute and it was contagious. I’d just smile and not say a word. Let’s just say I enjoy mind f*cking with people sometimes.

Now, one would assume that all hair on the body would have the same rate of growth. Slow and steady. I, however, have discovered that it does not.

I have a neck hair, a weird-ass neck hair (I briefly mentioned him earlier. Hmmm…. is it weird that I refer to my neck hair by using a pronoun? And a male one at that?).

This neck hair (yes, only one) does not follow the normal biology of hair growth. You see every night I do the same thing. I wash my face, brush my teeth and then I apply my lotions and potions to my face and neck. And every night everything is copacetic. Until it’s not.

There it is. My neck hair… and it’s about three feet long. Last night no neck hair, tonight I could braid the f*cker if it had a partner.

A completely opposite experience from when I was growing the hair on my head. As mentioned earlier I never really knew my hair was long until I was told it was, my neck hair I know the moment I see it because it skips the whole slow, steady growth phase.

It goes from 0 to 100 in less than 24 hours and it baffles me every time.

In fact, my confusion was so deep that I actually asked my doctor about it at my last check-up. And you know what he said… he doesn’t know. He then went on to tell me why I am seeing more unwanted hair (changing hormones, age, blah, blah, blah), but he had no answer as to why my neck hair acts like it’s pumped up on amphetamines.

As a bit of a joke, I offered him my neck hair, you know for science. I’m not sure he got the joke, though, because he looked at me strangely and then politely turned me down.

So, what can a menopausal woman do with the unwanted chin hairs and the odd freaky neck hair?

There are lots you can do, but this menopausal woman simply does a scan every so often then pulls out her trusty ol’ tweezers.

 

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Metabolic Workout for Calorie-Burn For Women Over 40

Metabolic Workout for Calorie-Burn For Women Over 40

Metabolic Workout for Calorie-Burn for Women Over 40

This total body metabolic workout is recommended for women over 40 who are looking for a serious calorie burn, in a short amount of time.

Using a pair of dumbbells I will lead you through a total body strength circuit, with a bodyweight Tabata to warm ourselves up with and to finish ourselves off with.

In addition, we work on our mobility and our core… and George makes a brief appearance too.

So, I’ve checked all the boxes for ya with this one 😉

TOOLS NEEDED

a chair, pair of moderate dumbbells

THE WORKOUT

1. High knee to hip opener
2. Other leg
8 x 20

3. Leg up 1 leg DL
4. Other leg
5. Bear taps
6. Chest press
7. I, Y, T
8. Curl to press
3 x 30sec

9. Star jumps (or sub given)
10. High knees
8 x 20sec

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Osteoporosis Exercises To Avoid

Osteoporosis Exercises To Avoid

Osteoporosis Exercises To Avoid for Women Over 40

Learn what exercises are best to help build bone and prevent osteoporosis and what exercises you should avoid if you have osteoporosis.

👉🏼 First, what is osteoporosis?
Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the loss of old bone.

This then causes the bones to become weak and brittle — and in worst-case scenarios so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture.

Most osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine.

Women are most likely to develop osteoporosis. And white and Asian women are at greater risk as well as those of us who are past menopause. If you are small framed you will also be at greater risk because you have less bone mass to draw on as you get older.

👉🏼 What can help?

The exercises I chat about in the video while avoiding the ones mentioned (which can be harmful if you have osteoporosis).

Instead, sub in the alternative exercises I demo whenever you come across the ones listed as a no-no in your workouts.

 

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30 Minute Cardio and Boxing Workout for Weight Loss

30 Minute Cardio and Boxing Workout for Weight Loss

30 Minute Low Impact Cardio and Boxing Workout for Weight Loss for Women Over 40

Join me in this fun and sweaty 30-minute low impact cardio and boxing workout for weight loss for women over 40. Perfect for all levels & super easy to follow.

Now… a heads up… one of the ways that we get those heart rates up is with a leg burner series.

And it is a burner 🔥! But you’ll be super proud of yourself when you’re done.

As for a list of the exercises and a timer – well I kinda went freestyle with this workout and I used a timer I had off-camera.

It’s not the usual way I teach, but it’s a fun way to keep the momentum going with workouts like this.

Have fun!
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Unwanted Hair

Bikini Competitions In Your 40’s

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Bikini Competitions and Other Stupid Stuff I Did

 

I’m in an industry that rewards beauty, youth and rock-hard abs. The fit, the gorgeous, and the barely dressed get the likes and clicks, and I know this firsthand – cause I was one of those when I turned 45 (minus the youth).

You see at 45 years of age, I decided to enter a fitness bikini competition and I got myself the abs, the long hair, and the fake tan and I plastered those bloody images all over social media with cute little hashtags like #absaremadeinthekitchen, and #bikinicompetitor.

Whenever I posted those photos (see below) my likes were at least 25% higher than any other previous post. Because like I said above the internet recognizes the barely dressed. 

I’m not very proud of this time in my life. I thought I would be, but the truth of the matter is after the competition was over (and after I finished filling my face with wonderful glorious carbs) I was embarrassed.

 

I was embarrassed that I spent so many months working towards the one goal of trying to look good in a stupidly small, ridiculously over-priced, glittery bikini.

The only thing that makes me smile with pride is when I think about the stripper heels I had to wear and how I conquered those without a sprained ankle insight.

“Yay PJ, bravo girlfriend.”

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However, this was not the legacy I wanted to leave.

So, at 45 years of age, I started to grow up.

LH was pretty happy with this too. I guess I was a tad “challenging” to live with while on a restrictive diet with a two-a-day workout routine.

I don’t think this growth would have happened, though, if I didn’t do the competition. So one good thing did come out of not eating carbs for three months.

I also believe this change in mindset happens as we get closer to milestone birthdays, like in my case 50.

Now, flash forward five years later.

Below is a post I recently put on my Instagram feed of what my stomach really looks like versus how you can make a stomach look good with the right angle and pose (making a point 
that not everything we see on social media is always what it appears).

And this post is currently my top post on Instagram… ever.

It has the most engagement and the most likes including a whopping 450% increase from the post above in my stupid bikini.

So, I believe I hit a nerve, and that the women who follow me on Instagram feel the same way I do. 

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I guess getting older isn’t that bad. While I hate not being able to read the small print and the fact that I move slower than I used to, I do love the personal growth that age has helped me find.

I am happy I am leaving the baggage of my younger years behind me and that I am now a-okay with posting a photo of my meno-pot belly on Instagram… and that you were a-okay with it as well.

Thanks for being you.

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