• Diana Fletcher

Who wants their “love handles” held, anyway?

Updated: Sep 27, 2018

I am really annoyed about the love handle area. You know what that is... the area right around the waist and back that is so cutely called, love handles.

I hate that name.

Ok, maybe the problem is, I have them. I think, to be honest, that's why I hate the name that has been given to this troublesome area of the body.

I didn't always have them. But, as I near my mid-fifties, and menopause is upon me full force, there you have it: love handles.

Quick Note: I usually blame anything that I don't want to take responsibility for as the fault of menopause, or my mother. (If it's not one thing, it's a mother!) :)

Now, here's the thing. I'm not overweight. I am not fat. I exercise every day and do some really tough work outs. I eat right.

So, it's the damndest thing and it really has me annoyed.

Wait, I just realized that now my secret is out. Should I stop writing to prevent everyone from scrutinizing my waistline the next time I am out in the world? Will all my creative dressing be for naught?

Too late. Maybe this is progress of some sort that I don't care if people know.

It's easy to say, "I will embrace aging," when you are in your thirties, and maybe...okay I am stretching it a little, your forties. But when the reality of aging hits, you have to have a serious talk with yourself about what is important in this life and what isn't.

It is really, really hard to face the facts of aging. There is the internal stuff that is hard to take as in when you feel brain fog (menopause) or say things that you know instantly make you sound old. (My mother)

But the outside changes are rough.

How do I hide wrinkles?

Can I hide wrinkles?

Aren't I supposed to be proud of my wrinkles?

Should I get an eye/face/everything lift?

Should I keep dying my hair?

If I do, should I go lighter?

What color of clothes look best?

What is the right hemline?

Can I still wear shorts?

How long?

How short?


I teach "letting go." I write about self care and self love. I know what is important and what isn't. Maybe if they weren't called that....I don't know. Would it make a difference?

(By the way: I am not giving up I found these really good exercises. I am trying these and I can feel that they hit the right area!

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