I think menopause does cause your hormones to be messed up for awhile as your body adjusts to the changes but I also believe that if I had been able to be active and watched what I ate I'd not have gained the weight I gained during menopause. It's easy to blame menopause because it takes some of the guilt away but truthfully I'm overweight because of bad habits, not menopause.
I had a total hysterectomy when I was 47, I have never recovered from it....feel worse than I did before when I was soaking overnight pads every hour for 2-3 weeks or more. The Dr said this (the hysterectomy) would make me feel wonderful again! ...HA...male Dr of course!! I had pain so bad that I could only wear elastic top pants, no zippers. I put on 50lbs! I can a little more than before now, but its been 10 years and I am still in pain and constantly tired! And JUDY1260, you are NOT post menopause, you have to go 1 full year without a period at all to be in menopause. I suggest you see another doctor! Seriously!!
I lost the weight after I'd already been in menopause for about a year. Before the cycles finally quit entirely, I must've gone through maybe 10 years of perimenopause.... hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods yada yada yada. It was such a relief to finally be done.
It IS true that as we age, we do not require as many calories as when we were younger. If you did absolutely nothing different and ate the same way at 60 that you ate at 30, the weight would slowly creep up. And I think it's true too that with hormone changes etc, what used to work when we were younger, to drop a few pounds pretty quick... well it just doesn't work like that any more.
I've seen all those commercials that say how hard it is to lose weight in menopause. But the commercials are trying to sell you something. "It's not your fault, it's too hard, buy these pills." When I finally decided to make a lifestyle change and get serious about my eating and exercise-- I decided I'd just ignore all that crap and use the tools provided here on Spark... and see what happened. And what happened was, I lost weight. I did not lose it fast. Frankly, it just wouldn't come off very fast at all. But my main goal wasn't weight loss; it was being healthy. Weight loss was just part of it. (ok fine, to be honest it was a big part. But just a part.)
For me, the number one most helpful tool is the Nutrition Tracker. I may *think* I'm making good choices or I'm not eating *that much*-- but it's another thing entirely to actually SEE it all in black and white.
I noticed that no matter what I ate, how much I exercised, after 50, the weight just started creeping up. I think it had a lot to do with hormones. I've gained 15 pounds over the 5 years. Not happy, at all!! In the past 2 months, I've lost 10 pounds using Isagenix. Lots of energy too--more than I've ever had. I'm too young to have the extra fat on my body.
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I had a blood test done back in April because of female issues. It came back saying I'm post-menopause even though I still get a period a few times a year. I'm 52. My doctor said the test result is just one indicator of menopause and the fact that I still get periods is not something to be concerned about.
I've put on about 10 lbs over the past couple of years. I mostly blame myself because I reverted back to old bad eating habits at the same time my body was going through hormonal changes. Even though I was Zumba-ing twice a week, all the crap I was eating packed on the pounds. I'm trying to reverse things now by eating healthier and going for a brisk walk everyday. I had to stop taking Zumba classes for a year and I lost my cardio stamina. My instructor is resuming classes this fall and I intend to be there!
Don't have any problems with it yet. But then again, I don't know if I've even started menopause. I am 56 years old. I had a partial hysterectomy at 52 and they said at that time I hadn't started yet. No signs at all so I don't know if I have started and have been blessed with an easy transition, or if I just haven't started yet. My mom never had a hot flash, so I may be the same way. Weight comes off of me easily... when I put the effort in.
What I have noticed, (and I started going through menopause around the age of thirty - no kidding) is that now at age 55, I just don’t have the energy I used to have, (or at least that’s what I have talked myself into believing). I can’t seem to bring any firmness back like I used to be able to do. I see that you are still moving and that is a good thing. If I could just jump-start myself back into dancing for at least one hour when I get home from work, I could start to improve – I just know it but…..
And then they have all of these commercials now, that help to pump into our brains that when we reach a certain age, this will happen and that will happen,… and in my case, I’m seeing it manifest – I cushion it with, “well I’m at that age and it happens to everyone else sooo”. I think that if this is true, we need to come up with ways to counteract what they say is inevitable. Since you are still active, maybe adding another daily glass of water, or dropping a food and replacing it with a salad or an extra veggie one time per week?
Just returning to SparkPeople these past few weeks has encouraged me to get close to vegetables. My boss said yesterday, “It looks like you are losing weight”. Hooah! I actually lifted my water bottles as weights this morning – hey, something is better than nothing, which is exactly what I have been doing – nothing!
I'm 55 and hopefully have stopped my cycles. I was no the Depo shot for years and stopped in Feb. No cycle since. But I've put on a few pounds and I was wondering if that's due to menopause? I walk 2 miles a day, bike 7-10 miles 3 days a week. I try and watch my diet. Last year I lost about 20 lbs. Now I'm putting on a few again, with no difference in habits. Thanks
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