A surprising mum who “feels fabulous” after kick-starting her fifties by shedding practically 4 stone is now inspiring others by her discussion board offering optimistic signposts taking ladies by midlife and past.
Perimenopausal in her forties, 5ft 4in Katie Taylor, 51, felt dumpy and sluggish, as her weight crept up from her regular 9st 7lb to 13st, taking her physique mass index (BMI) used to gauge a wholesome weight to 33.5 – effectively above the 18.5 to 24.9 NHS beneficial vary, making her overweight.
Turning 50 in 2019 was a wake-up name for the businesswoman of north west London, who has 4 youngsters, graduate Ellie, 23, and college students Josh, 22, Sam, 19, and Joe, 17, along with her enterprise proprietor husband Hugh, 55.
She stated: “I out of the blue realised life actually isn’t a costume rehearsal.
“In January, after turning 50 in April 2019, I lastly felt bodily and mentally ready to deal with my weight and health.
“I’d by no means caught to a New 12 months’s decision earlier than, however I truly did this time.”
She added: “I needed to be fab in my fifties, so I began consuming more healthy meals, utilizing the Slimming World app and exercising commonly.
“Since then, I’ve been shedding a pound per week.”
With a background in PR, advertising, occasion organising and fundraising, Katie additionally grew to become keen about serving to different ladies like her, launching The Latte Lounge – a discussion board serving to ladies by center age and past – which grew from a Fb group she began in 2016.
When Katie’s regular vitality for all times was always sapped, as she struggled by her mid-forties – experiencing mind fog, coronary heart palpitations and nervousness – it took 4 years earlier than she found the trigger to be the perimenopause, the stage when a girl’s physique transitions into the menopause.
In her early forties she had been match and wholesome – having fun with operating and aerobics lessons – and, at 9st 7lb, sporting a dimension 10, however her waistline started to develop till she reached 13st and was sporting a dimension 16.
She stated: “After I was 43, I began feeling low, teary and had this mind fog.”
“I used to be forgetting phrases, feeling anxious and having coronary heart palpitations,” she stated.
“I couldn’t discover any pleasure in life. I’m a bubbly particular person and I normally coped effectively with working and elevating 4 youngsters.
“All of a sudden, I felt like I used to be always strolling by treacle. I might barely put fish fingers within the oven. I’d get again from the college run and simply lie on the couch and wish to sleep all day.”
Over the subsequent 4 years, Katie went backwards and forwards to docs. She was identified with melancholy and finally began taking anti-depressants – earlier than resorting to coronary heart specialists and psychiatrists, none of whom discovered something amiss.
She stated: “I gained 4 stone, partly as a result of I had no vitality and didn’t transfer all day, so turned to consolation consuming to really feel higher.
“I used to be having excessive carb, excessive sugar, excessive fats meals. I didn’t plan my meals, I simply ate leftovers.”
She added: “I finished caring about how I seemed and the way I dressed.
“I finished exercising as a result of I had no vitality, no inclination and my joints and bones have been aching.
“I simply felt previous and a waste of house.”
It was her father, a breast most cancers professor, who recommended in 2016 that her signs is perhaps hormonal.
Recommending a gynaecologist, who specialised within the menopause, she instantly acquired a analysis.
“I used to be solely 47, nonetheless having intervals and never having any sizzling flushes – none of what you’ll class as the everyday signs,” she stated.
She continued: “However, inside half an hour of session, she stated I had basic perimenopausal signs and put me on hormone substitute remedy (HRT).
“Inside three weeks, I used to be like a brand new particular person. It was like somebody had rewound the clock by 10 years.”
Describing it as her “lightbulb second” Katie was so relieved by her analysis that, on the identical day, she began a Fb group for ladies over 40 – realising there have been hundreds of individuals in the identical boat.
“Our physique is roofed in oestrogen receptors and my low temper and low vitality was brought on by an oestrogen deficiency,” she defined.
“Numerous ladies placed on weight due to it, however blame themselves – pondering they’re grasping or lazy, or accepting that it’s midlife.
“After I was identified, I turned to Fb and there have been no teams coping with midlife. It was all mums’ teams, so I began one for ladies over 40 and I had about 2,000 new members in 24 hours.”
Then in 2018, Katie expanded her Fb group – launching The Latte Lounge web site – a digital espresso store which helps ladies with perimenopausal and menopausal signs and supplies useful data.
“We’re the sandwich era, juggling youngsters, ageing dad and mom and our personal well being issues,” she stated.
“We wish to shed extra pounds, get match, really feel fabulous, work and have a great relationship with our companions, as a result of we live longer.”
She added: “No one ought to stroll round feeling crap.”
Regardless of her positivity after her analysis, Katie skilled just a few setbacks, as heavy perimenopausal bleeding led to a hysterectomy in 2018 and he or she had her gallbladder eliminated in 2019 – saying the surgical procedure knocked her off her toes.
So, it was not till January that she discovered the vitality to deal with her weight – utilizing the Slimming World app.
“It doesn’t really feel like weight-reduction plan, as you don’t limit what you’re consuming,” she defined.
“I’ve misplaced a pound per week for 10 months and I nonetheless appear to eat a lot.
“You get numerous sins for the day, that are treats, and every thing else you possibly can eat, so long as you restrict the quantities of meals like cereal and bread, however you don’t really feel disadvantaged.”
“My daughter launched me to Halo tub ice lotions, that are scrumptious, however solely 5 sins, so that will be my afternoon deal with,” she stated.
“Slimming world even have these chocolate bars that I’d have with a mint tea within the night. I might have these treats however they have been decrease sugar.”
Katie additionally began exercising extra, going for walks along with her Cavachon canine, Bobbie, and becoming a member of a neighborhood well being centre, the place she attended health lessons 3 times per week.
When lockdown kicked in, Katie was nervous she would fall into dangerous habits, however she didn’t.
She stated: “The previous me would have consolation ate and watched Netflix, however I had this psychological phrase with myself and stated, ‘You wish to roll out of right here like a hedgehog in spring.’
“My daughter is a wholesome eater, so she helped and my son supplied me £100 if I might shed extra pounds by October.”
She stated: “I balanced my eating regimen and loved the train.
“It was a mixture of strolling the canine, an train video each different day and consuming healthily. All of it got here collectively.
“I arrange actually good habits. Lockdown gave me the chance to get up, do train, stroll the canine and have a late breakfast, so I might solely want a small meal at 2pm and dinner at 6pm.”
She added: “I ended up not consuming as a lot by shifting the instances after I ate.”
After shedding three and a half stone, she now weighs 9st 7lb once more and is again in a slinky dimension 10.
“Round my 51st birthday in April, I felt so a lot better and by August I used to be wanting like my previous self from 10 years in the past,” she stated.
She added: “I advised myself I might not purchase garments till I reached my goal weight, so would put on t-shirts and tracksuits round the home. Fortunately, we weren’t going out a lot!
“Final month I handled myself to some new garments, which simply feels nice. All people feedback on my weight reduction – particularly as they haven’t seen me for months.
“I really feel a lot better. I simply wish to get out of lockdown, dress up and exit someplace now!”
Katie is hoping that her story will now present her on-line group what they will obtain.
“In case you’re going by the menopause and perimenopause, I might advise you see a specialist, as a result of if that is the reason for you feeling garbage, you received’t interact with weight reduction,” she stated.
“Discover a wise weight reduction routine that works for you and your life, that you just received’t become bored with and doesn’t lower out any meals teams.”
“Strive to not go for 2 days with out doing a little kind of train, both strolling the canine or discovering a web-based video,” she concluded.
“Maintain a rhythm going, the place it simply turns into a part of life and also you get pleasure from it.
“I need individuals to see that if I can do it, anybody can. I assumed it could not be attainable to be a dimension 10 once more and it’s.”