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Enough is enough! How does one lose weight when entering menopause?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I daresay, enough is enough! Surely I get enough exercise. I walk the dog five days a week (off leash) over the river and through the woods for 35-40 minutes at a time. I swim laps three days a week. I go to the gym 5 days a week (three days of weight training and two days of pilates or tai chi and 15-25 minutes of elliptical each visit). So how in the world do I get rid of this Buddha belly? I have been tracking my food daily for almost three weeks. Yes, I sometimes exceed my calorie range of 1,200-1,500, but I have been within that range more often than not. My breakfast? Eggwhites and ezekiel toast. Snack is string cheese. Lunch is a homemade soup (healthy and low fat/low carb). Afternoon snack is grapefruit or apples and dinner is balanced and portioned. So crapola! Is it possible? Since I turned 51 last month, I seem to also have my period more often than not. No hot flashes. But sleep is something other people do in the darkness of their bedrooms. I daresay...enough is enough! What worked for you when your metabolism slowed down to a slug's pace? emoticon
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MJZHERE 11/3/2012 2:59PM

  I used the 17 day diet and it seemed to give me a boost to start losing weight (I am in same place as you with entering menopause and lost 30 lbs). Nothing worked until then though I had started eating out of boxes and bags which was packing the weight on. The only problem is that it led to undereating, eventually stalled weight loss and I had to eat more to get it moving again. There are exercises for the menopot which does not respond to situps, crunches, etc (need something different for this). I will blog within the next few days with link for those though I have to admit I have not done them yet due to injury.

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/3/2012 2:13PM

    How long has your weight loss been stalled? A couple weeks, a couple months, longer?

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/3/2012 2:13PM

    How long has your weight loss been stalled? A couple weeks, a couple months, longer?

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/3/2012 2:13PM

    How long has your weight loss been stalled? A couple weeks, a couple months, longer?

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/3/2012 2:13PM

    How long has your weight loss been stalled? A couple weeks, a couple months, longer?

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/3/2012 2:13PM

    How long has your weight loss been stalled? A couple weeks, a couple months, longer?

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/3/2012 2:12PM

    How long has your weight loss been stalled? A couple weeks, a couple months, longer?

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/3/2012 2:12PM

    How long has your weight loss been stalled? A couple weeks, a couple months, longer?

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/3/2012 2:12PM

    How long has your weight loss been stalled? A couple weeks, a couple months, longer?

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 11/3/2012 7:39AM

    I am 63 and had my last period about age 52. Like the previous commenter,
the transition time was the worst. I think you are doing everything right. I found that once my hormones stabilized and I was totally done with the periods, I felt better.
Since joining Spark in March, I have been able to get rid of much of my dreaded muffin top, and my waist has decreased by about 2 inches from 32". It seemed like the waist measurement moved when I increased strength training and ate a little more. My theory was that I needed to build muscle and that would burn fat.
I think that did work to a degree.

But that still didn't eliminate the cellulite on my tummy. I used to have what I'd call an hourglass figure and used to dress to show it off...but that gradually changed.
38-24-38 in high school.....38-26-38 in college.....38-28-38 after motherhood...
38-30-38 after menopause....38-32-38 after age 60. I am now about 38-30-38 after losing about 10 pounds. I think the most I can hope for is about another inch or the rest of me will be too skinny for my frame (wide shoulders, hip bones, bigger muscles). I have decided to emphasize different parts of my body that still look relatively better. I know of some very thin seniors that still have that little tummy.
I just think it goes with the territory of ageing. From what I have read, it is because of the decrease in estrogen. My personal theory is that maybe the decrease in estrogen and the relative increase in the testosterone portion would help me build muscle.
I actually think that has worked for me.

I wish I could be more positive. I know that we all like to think that anything is possible. It is a rare bird after menopause that has a taught tummy before they put on the Spanx. I have googled around and I did find one bodybuilder in her 70's that looked like a young woman with pronounced abs, even in a posing bikini.
I also saw one senior gymnast in her 80's in a leotard that looked great. If I figure it out, my fellow Sparkers will be the first to know.

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TOWHEE 1/27/2012 9:49PM

    Think of this as a maintenance period until your hormones get sorted out. It will take a year or more, but it will happen.

Have your physician check your thyroid levels. Those may be off and causing some issues.

Otherwise it's patience, patience, patience.

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NATPLUMMER 1/27/2012 10:07AM

    I wish I knew. I'm having the same problem.

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FENWAYGIRL18 1/26/2012 11:42PM

    my goodness, i think my metabolism just picked up from reading everything you do hahaha! maybe your just building muscle, i have no idea from all you said you should be a size 2... I'm exhausted just reading it all...
maybe your body is healthy at the weight your in now, maybe it's comfortable there , i have no answers for you, but god bless you for staying active like that! emoticon

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