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You can really see that I love my food in this photo, w/ my hubby, White Sox game, Spring 2008.





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Updated November 7, 2011

"Plant seeds of expectation in your mind; cultivate thoughts that anticipate achievement. Believe in yourself as being capable of overcoming all obstacles and weaknesses."
-- Norman Vincent Peale

After some trial and error, I've changed my nutrition strategy a bit. Being menopausal, I found myself gaining weight despite the fact that I was walking around very hungry in between meals and completely avoiding all food after 8 PM.
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Updated November 7, 2011

"Plant seeds of expectation in your mind; cultivate thoughts that anticipate achievement. Believe in yourself as being capable of overcoming all obstacles and weaknesses."
-- Norman Vincent Peale

After some trial and error, I've changed my nutrition strategy a bit. Being menopausal, I found myself gaining weight despite the fact that I was walking around very hungry in between meals and completely avoiding all food after 8 PM.

I talked to my doctor and she cautioned that I might actually be putting my body into "starvation" mode. I knew from tracking that I was eating what seemed to be enough calories...what was going wrong?

I discovered a book called "Menopause Reset" which advises not allowing yourself to get as hungry as I was allowing myself to get between meals and, of course, regular cardio, strength, and stretching exercises.

So now I eat very small, healthy snacks between meals and may even have a small apple or a few almonds after 8 pm if I am genuinely hungry. These very small snacks are staving off starvation mode, seeming to balance out my blood sugar, and keeping me from feeling frustrated with my menopausal body. I'm back comfortably in my size 10 clothing. Prior to my new strategy, they were getting tighter and tighter.

Will I get back into my 8s? I'm still trying to decide if it really matters....

Bottom line: Throughout life we have to keep learning and relearning how to take care of ourselves, I've found. Our bodies' needs don't stay the same so what worked previously may totally backfire today. I'm glad I found a new approach. It's making menopause not so bad.
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Member Since: 1/27/2007

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My Goals:
Updated January 27, 2012

I want to weigh 125 by April 1, 2012.

This is the weight I feel my best. The journey is on!

My Program:
Ongoing Basis:
-- Measure portions
-- Weigh-in weekly
-- Eat mindfully
-- Cardio 4x week
-- Strength 2x week
-- 8 glasses water/day
-- Multivitamin
-- Calcium and Vitamin D
-- Omega3s
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CLOUDYKITTY2
6/2/2012 11:11:39 AM

I love what you said on your bottom line comments.. it is very true and I hope that You reach your goals.. btw might I ask what part of Illinois you are from??
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LUCYLU22
5/3/2012 11:33:43 PM

Just stopping by to say hello!! Hope you had a great week, and that you will have an even better weekend!! I hope today was better for those workouts LOL!

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LUCYLU22
4/6/2012 10:45:20 AM

Have a great weekend!!! Thanks for the happy face goodie!!



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4/5/2012 10:50:24 AM

Thanks for the goodie. It's so nice to hear encouraging words and to tell someone have an awesome day. Thanks. Congrats on being close to your goal. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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LUCYLU22
3/30/2012 12:40:42 AM

I hope you are having a fabulous week, and getting ready to have a very enjoyable weekend!!



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