Middle Age

Me wearing my favorite Lululemon vinyasa scarf, which looks very sporty on my daughters and very middle aged and “author-y” on me.

Me wearing my favorite Lululemon vinyasa scarf, which looks very sporty on my daughters and very middle aged and “author-y” on me.

This blog post contains adult content. Read at your own risk.

I figured out why it’s called middle age. The rest of your body basically stay the same but your core (your middle) ages and it’s not great. If you were athletic and active most of your life, your arms and legs stay reasonably strong into middle age, but if you are not careful, your center gets a bit soft. The dreaded jelly belly.

I read an article that says according to Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society, most women will gain about five pounds during the menopause transition. Women who do not gain weight may notice that fat is being repositioned around their midsections.

Well that’s just terrific. I can’t wait.

I have a friend whose husband had an affair. Know how she found out? He started doing planks. Yup. Dead giveaway. Planks.

I’m doing planks now too, not because I’m planning on having an affair, but because I’m trying to avoid my trunk getting so soft that it collapses. I’m already so short that I can’t afford to lose my torso. I’ll only be 4 feet tall if that happens.

If you have any good core exercises, please let me know. I really hate planks.

Warmly,

Empty Nest Obsessed 🐾

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The Middle Kingdom

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In the west, we call this East Asian country “China.” Apparently the word "China" has Persian or possibly Sanskrit origins and was first used by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century.

The Chinese have many names for China, but I’m pretty sure the official name is Zhōnghuá, which means Middle Kingdom. Since I am a total Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones nerd, this name appeals to me.

When I get home, I’m strongly considering telling people that “I was visiting the Middle Kingdom,” if they ask where I’ve been. Too pretentious?

We hiked the Mùtiányù section of the Great Wall of China yesterday. According to the Apple Watch, we got 15,000 steps - all vertical.

This is my second trip to Mùtiányù. You can walk or you can take a toboggan, cable car, or chairlift down. I decided to take the chairlift down this time because there was a team of very energetic guys (soccer players, probably, based on their amazing hair) on the toboggans, and they were going dangerously fast. My kids would have enjoyed this, but I was happy to watch from above.

We’ve also visited the Bādálǐng section of the wall in years past. Both Mùtiányù and Bādálǐng are great, but if you are traveling with kids, I would recommend Mùtiányù. It sounds sort of cheesy because of the toboggans, but it’s actually amazing.

Anyway, you simply must visit the Middle Kingdom, and if you go, please send pics from the Great Wall!

Warmly,

Empty Nest Obsessed 🐾

Disclaimer: I love to try new products. I’m particularly interested in eco-friendly household cleaning products and I’m obsessed with anti-aging skin and hair care products. If I find something that works for me, I’ll let you know! Please note that I am not being paid (yet!) for any of my product recommendations. It that changes, I’ll certainly let you know.

Comments Policy: Empty Nest Obsessed is a lifestyle blog meant to encourage, inspire, and support you as you navigate your own empty nest. In order to keep the tone positive, I reserve the right to moderate, edit, or delete any comments on Empty Nest Obsessed’s website or social media accounts that are negative, abusive, off-topic, or for any other reason.