“They” say once you hit the age of 35 it’s all down hill from there. I’m writing this email with 7 extra pounds on a “beautiful me”. Thank you 35! If you have been allowing those extra pounds to creep up year after year it’s imperative for our health we lose the weight and or maintain a healthy one. Yes, our bodies are not meant to have the same exact shape as we did in our 20’s but we can maintain as we gracefully age to decrease our risk for diabetes, heart disease, and the emotional stress of gaining weight.  



According to Livestrong.com ” No matter what your age, you’ll need to eat fewer calories than you burn to lose weight. However, since your metabolism generally slows down as you get older, your calorie needs change as you age, and the calorie intake that prompted weight loss accordingly might not work after age 35.”. 

Well for me this is the slowing of the metabolism is the culprit. I religiously continued to work out 5-6 days a week. My exercises included a walk with my husband, yoga video, weight lifting class at the gym or a 45 minute sitting on the recumbent bike. Needless to say, never really pushing myself and doing whatever I felt like doing. 

Whatever, current state you’re in, getting inspired to maintain or transform into a healthy body is key to making a change. If you have the leisure of having a personal trainer come to your home, a private chef to cook for you or a delivery service ship meals to you then good for you! If you’re on a budget I got you too! 

Here are 3 ways to shake up your workout without breaking the bank:

  1. Buy New Workout Clothes: Ross Dress For Less, Target and Nordstrom Rack have an assortment of stylish goodies for cheap. If you look cute, you’re going to want to work out more. Trust me! A ratty t-shirt and old sweatpants are not going to do the trick. If you need a list of what to buy, read Chapter 9 in my book Ultimate Guide to Style: From Drab to Fab!. 
  2. Read About Others Conquering Their Weight Loss Goals: When you are aware of other people’s stories, paths, and accomplishments you’re more likely to do it yourself. If they can do it so can you! Check out my dear friend’s, Jeanette Ortega’s new fitness book; The Little Black Book of Fitness. It’s filled with heart-filled stories of incredible fab and fitness journeys. I went to the book signing and was tearing up like a little baby! The author’s experiences are so inspiring. You will get ideas of new ways to improve you! 

    The author of Little Black Book of Fitness, Jeanette Ortega and stylist Rayne Parvis in Pasadena, CA.
  3. Join an Online Personal Fitness Program: I have been participating in SajeCoxFitness.com monthly challenges for the last two months. You get to know a plethora of other ladies on this journey who hold you accountable. Saje’s fresh videos are posted 5 times a week. It’s like having a personal trainer in your home for less than a dollar a day. Did I mention how sweet and down-to-earth she is? Please check out http://www.SajeCoxFitness.com for details. She says, “These workouts are for EVERYONE: ladies who have never exercised, ladies who don’t go to the gym, ladies who go to the gym but want an extra push- literally ALL women can benefit from these.” If you join, let me know I’ll be one of your accountability partners. PS. For the first time in my life, I have arm definition! 

Additionally, grab a walking buddy, join a Meetup.com hiking group, support group and download free healthy recipes from the internet to mix it up. If you implement these tips you will be happier and healthier. 

NOTE: I am not receiving any financial compensation from mentioning any company in this blog post. I have bought new gym clothes, my girl’s fitness book and am participating in the online fitness program. Before starting any program please consult your doctor first! 

Let me know what inspires you to bump-up your routine! My progress has been slow and steady. I’ve lost 3 pounds and am gaining muscle definition. Woo-hoo!!!  Understand, I don’t think I am “fat” nor do I obsess about weight or numbers. However, 7 pounds is 7 pounds and my pants and bras were getting really tight. I didn’t want 7 to turn into 107. As long as you’re healthy and happy then you are good!  

Rayne Parvis is Northridge, CA in Sunsets Separates swimsuit and fedora by Target.




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