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Getting healthy when going through menopause

Friday, January 18, 2013

I am 47 years old. I am a grandmother, mother of 4 children and wife of 28 years. I am very happy except for the fact that I have high cholesterol and I am obese. I cannot express the anxiety it causes to think of that. I always thought I was pleasantly plump. Isn't that what gramma's are supposed to be? Well once I went to the doctor and he told me I was not only obese but severely obese; I was devastated! I needed to change my whole outlook on how I see my body. I started watching my food intake. I started walking! I initially lost 29 pounds the first 6 months! Then I stopped loosing weight! Again, I was devastated! I am still walking and running 3-5 miles 4 times a week and I work out an hour 6 days a week. I apparently still eat too much because I lost 4 pounds only since starting in November. I started tracking my food intake through SP and I said WHAT? I am overeating still! So now that I am back on track I know I will be extending very good news soon!!! The doctor also told me that maybe my body is just made to be large....I am obviously working out enough....maybe because I am going through menopause....I didn't like that answer. So I am more motivated to keep working out and eating right so I can prove him wrong!!! I am the captain of my own destiny!!
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    Thank you soooo much!!! I am not very good with checking all the different things on Sparkpeople; they offer so much encouragment like you said Sandy. I am learning a lot about my health through SP!! My doctor is trying to help me; he is very encouraging when I do lose weight atleast. But I like you, Sandy, feel that I am learning more from the resources in SP!! I do appreciate the words of encouragment from Livinglifetoday! I am excited to do a manathon!!! My daughter and myself did an 8K run last summer and I am excited to do another one! My wonderful doctor also told me that I should not run and should only walk. I ofcourse do not listen!!! I LOVE the way I feel when I work out!!! Thanks for the kind words!!! emoticon I would also like to say that eating is my main issue!! I am an emotional eater. I have had a lot of issues this past week and have been eatting NOT healthy emoticon but seeing this blog has really made me feel good!! Thanks again!! emoticon
    1816 days ago
    I love your attitude! I am just beginning my weight loss journey with Sparkspeople. I previously lost about 15lbs with Weight Watchers and then started training for a half marathon. I slacked off WW and thought I was doing ok on my own with the running. Well I GAINED 3lbs while training!! Who does that?! Me apparently! It's all in what I am eating. It adds up way too fast. And as we get older, our bodies require less (totally sucks). Unless we up the exercise. So I, like you, am hoping that tracking what I eat and working out a lot it will all equal weight loss and better fitness
    . Keep up the blogging. I loved reading your post!
    1849 days ago
    I never heard of a body made to be large. There are different size body frames. I just blogged this week about an issue with my doctor (PA). She basically said that it was the medication that was helping my diabetes. They never give credit or even suggest to exercise. I have learned more from Spark friends and other resources than from a doctor. Keep up the good work, and do not worry about the doctor.

    1857 days ago
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