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3/8/14 8:59 A

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emoticon You lost 3lbs. As for losing weight in menopause, I find that many people gain because they just don't need the calories that they needed before, nor the high carbs, because they don't burn them off. You can of course see a doctor to see if there are any medical problems but aside from that, perhaps you just don't need as many calories as the next person or a different ratio of fat-protein-carb distribution in your diet than the next person. We're just all a little different, there is no one size fits all diet.

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3/7/14 3:09 P

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First, thanks ladies! I am new to this site and to message boards in general. Your friendly words make it less scary.

Something that seems to help me is raising my metabolism by working out twice a day (keep reading! Nothing extreme!). If I walk 20 mins. in the morning and 20 mins again at the end of the day, I seem to get more out of it than if I jog and walk for a full hour on the treadmill all at one time. It's like each time I get moving, my metabolism cranks up.

The challenge is finding the time--or taking the time for ME--more than once a day.

Wishing you all good luck and health...

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3/1/14 9:40 A

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Yes, Goodwitch 333, you're right. With all the working out I'm doing.... as Tanjab4 and so many others are doing, we ARE fit. Between my jogging and strength training, I know I am in better cardiovascular shape than I have ever been. I think the 50 something woman of today looks very different than the 50 something woman of 1960. Oh, and, of course, beautiful!

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3/1/14 9:20 A

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Losing weight during menopause is like picking up the same bag of sand over and over again...eventually, the sand starts to shift, some like a hour glass, and the rest takes hours to lose... emoticon



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5/1/13 9:49 A

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I am in my pre menopause since 2009 or even earlier. But the last 2 years it really hit me with the weight . i went to the GYN for a check up and then i had to wait for 9 weeks to so me PCP. At that time i gained 10 pounds. i am getting frustrated because i am going to the
gym 4 times a week for 1 1/2 hours , and i m really confused with what i should eat and not eat. in the last 1/12 year i gained 45 pounds. That is crazy, i never was that heavy, not even during my pregnancy . I am really on my end and dont know what to do. But reading your guys story gives me some hope that i will loose that weight



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1/23/13 8:27 P

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It IS harder to loose weight after menopause. Just keep working at it and exercising. Ignore all those glossy magazine covers that spew silliness like " Loose ten pounds this week!" They are lies created to sell the magazine. It's hard to remember what healthy weight loss really is when you see so many promises everywhere. Sometimes the scale won't budge for a few weeks, so measure yourself and look for improvements. And remember, your body isn't burning calories like it used to, so you might need to cut back a bit on what you used to be able to eat. Lastly, don't expect to be the same weight that you were when you graduated or you will probably feel disappointed. Tell yourself every single day "I AM BEAUTIFUL AND FIT!"



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1/23/13 5:46 P

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I have been in menopause since 2007 when I had a total hysterectomy. I've struggled with my weight since then, but I've been fairly successful keeping my weight off. However, for the last couple of months I've been dealing with a host of other issues - pain, inflammation, and just general yuck. That's when I happened on a presentation on a PBS station by J.J. Virgin talking about the Virgin Diet. I bought her book and started her program on Dec. 24. It's about figuring out food sensitivities and how those play into our general health, inability to lose weight as well as gut issues, etc. since oftentimes inability to lose weight can be the result of food intolerances.

Here's how the plan goes - for the first 21 days you totally eliminate 7 foods - sugar and artificial sweeteners (including natural things like honey, molasses, maple syrup - you can use xylitol or stevia), soy, gluten, dairy, corn, peanuts, and eggs. Those 7 foods are the ones that cause the most intolerances in most people. It's only 21 days, but it's crucial to the success of the plan. At the end of my 21 days, I felt awesome - back pain I'd had for 2 months disappeared, digestive problems are gone, mood has improved, energy has improved, brain fog is better - suffice it to say, I feel so much better!!!

At the end of 21 days, you add one of four of those foods back in each week for 4 days and then pay attention the other 3 days to how you feel. The foods she has you add back in are soy, gluten, eggs, and dairy. The other 3 should only ever be eaten on occasion. Personally I never eat soy, so I did not add it back in - I started with gluten, which turned out to be a big problem for me, so I will be avoiding gluten as much as possible. This week I have added eggs back in and seem to be okay with them. Next week I will add dairy back in and see how I do with it, but past history tells me that it will likely be a problem as well.

If you are really at your wit's end, you might check this one out - I got her book - The Virgin Diet - off Amazon.

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1/23/13 12:54 P

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It's been one year for me and last period. I gained 30 lbs back. I went back to the gym recently and don't look at anyone smaller than me , lifting more or going faster. I am determined to get this weight off. I am tracking my food faithfully. Menopause is not going to take over my life anymore!



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1/22/13 10:24 P

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It's been almost 2 years since my last period and I have stopped gaining, but struggling with loosing what I gained perimenapausal. The kids all moved out about the time I started to go down this journy which added to my struggle. I still cooked for the 5 of us, so now there was seconds for me! I quit the gym a year after my son moved out (9 years ago) due to lack of motivation. He would say "mom, take me to the gym to play basketball?" I would do a class or work out while he played. I am keeping track of my food intake better and have started to exercise at home more consistant. 50 pounds snuck up on me over the past 10 years and I do not want to carry it around anymore! I have 5 wonderful grandkids that I want to be an active grandma for. I'm looking forward to the motivation shared here and wish all of you the best!

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Shari


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1/22/13 3:10 P

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That's the beauty of the SparkPeople program for me-- it's not about a "diet" where you don't eat certain foods or eat only certain foods or whatever. It's about a way of life; eating healthy and getting some exercise. Sure, wanting to lose weight brought me here. But wanting to be as healthy as possible, is what keeps me coming back. I've hit the age where things start to really catch up to you, and I want to avoid as many problems as I can.

I think maybe (and this is true for me) we've spent years not getting much exercise, and meanwhile we've been losing a bit of muscle every year. I would encourage everyone who is not already doing so, to get some cardio 3 to 5 times a week. You don't have to join a gym or take a class, although that's fine too if you want to. I've used walking (and I'm not talking a leisurely stroll here) plus some walk away the pounds videos (too cheap for a gym). AND do some strength training. They recommend working each body part (upper body, abs, lower body) at least twice a week. This can be as simple as using your own body weight, to start. There are tons of video's and demo's right here on Spark, so you don't even have to leave the house or buy any equipment. I hate doing sit-ups (crunches) so I never do them; there are lots of other abs exercises.

What gets the metabolism going, is those muscles working. I had been so inactive for so long, whatever muscle I had wasn't just "at rest", it was downright comatose. Which may be why I lost weight so slowly, to start-- I needed to get those muscles working, and build them up with some strength training. (It does NOT make you look like a body builder.)

Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone


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1/21/13 8:37 P

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Wow, I'm glad I found all of you. I'm so glad there is hope for us peri/post menopause people. It's not going to be easy is it?. If I could just stay strong for the long hall. I just don't seem to have the stick to it attitude I used to. I have lost weight so many times and I'm tired dieting and this is what happens. Gained a bunch of weight. I'm really trying to keep motivated and strong.
Thanks for all the encouragement sparkladies!



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1/21/13 7:53 P

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I was very glad to find this board. I am perimenapausal. Had a period n December or I could have said finally I was post menopausal. My weight skyrocketed once this phase of my life started. I am 5 foot 2 and my weight topped out at 180 lbs in February of 2011. I found rolls of fat where there should never be rolls. My husband and I are missionaries in the country of Haiti. The first three months here in 2011 I got done to 160 lbs. No fast foods, cooking everything from scratch and living in a second floor apartment with no elevator helped a lot. But I have been stuck at 160, actually fluctuating between 160-166. I know all the nutritional things (I am a nurse and have taken several nutrition courses). I just hate to exercise! But I know that is what it will take to get the weight off. A friend told me about SparkPeople so here I am! Trying to get motivated, trying to get healthy . I will do this through Christ who gives me strength!



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1/21/13 6:33 P

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You've got some good motivators going for ya . . . so I know you can do it.

Just remember, we've gotta MAKE changes in order to GET changes.
The reason we became what we are/were is because of what we were doing.
We just have to decide if we want it badly enough to really do something about it.

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1/21/13 9:55 A

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Thanks you two, I really needed to hear your encouraging words. I was so discouraged that I over ate and gained my lousy little 3 lbs back this weekend. I will get back to it today. I am hearing that I need to exercise more too. Well I will try harder. I just need to get into a better routine. I go to the gym twice a week and walk 30 min and then do strength training for 30 mins but maybe add another day. I will start my new linedance session next Monday.
I want to lose this weight so bad but it's so hard. Salt and carbs are my weakness and that's what I have to cut out. Plus I have hypertension so I shouldn't be eating that salt anyway.
I hit my low when I fell (twice) when I tried to get up from the floor. I just couldn't get the extra 30 lbs up. Then I started notice rolls where I shouldn't have rolls. Ugh. I never had that before.
Pictures don't lie. I saw one of me too and couldn't believe it was me. I want the old me back!!



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1/21/13 8:58 A

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Hang in there.... I will be 55 this year and started perimenopause in my early 40's and have been post menopausal now for 5 years. Even being post menopausal I have hot flashes that I have figured out are triggered by the food I eat. Salt, carbs and sweets (like cake) at my nephews birthday, my sister insisted I had to try the birthday cake, I took two small forkfuls and I immediately started turning red in my chest and neck - she finally believed me.
I also suffer from Graves Disease and they nuked my thyroid so I take replacement hormones and what a roller coaster it has been with getting my levels figured out during this time. I was on the same dose for 10 years, no problems until menopause started now I bounce between hypo and hyper thyroid symptoms.
The weight gain and not recognizing my body has been my issue. I had - had enough in 2009 when I saw pictures of myself at my son's 30th birthday party. I bought a Wii and Wii Fit, the EA Sports Active for the Wii and started using that and watching what I ate. From April to September of 2009, I went from 131 to 104.6 - from a size 12 jeans to a size 4. I am 4 foot 11 inches with a size 3 1/2 ring so I wasn't underweight I normally weighted about 100 pounds before menopause. It didn't last..... my thyroid levels went crazy, they started messing with my meds and well - I am at 124 pounds today and am starting all over as of yesterday.
On Saturday we found out we are going to be Grandparents for the first time, after a two year fertility struggle - what a blessing! Then it hit me....... I need to get back to feeling better and looking better. We live 1200 miles away from our DS and DIL and I will be flying in for visits to see the her progress, the baby shower and just wanting to be a fit and healthy Grandma.
Yesterday I did 26 minutes on EA Sports Active and 30 minutes on Wii Fit Plus, drank my green tea and watched what I ate. I was down 1.3 pounds today. I'm still in the overweight category on the Wii but hope to be in the high normal range this week. I changed Endocrinologist a few months back so I am hoping that even when I lose weight again, he will help keep my meds regulated.





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1/21/13 5:37 A

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Most of my weight loss was half a pound to maybe one pound a week. So your 3 pounds doesn't sound bad at all. Yes it's true that when I was younger, I could easily take off more weight per week. But did it ever STAY off? No.

One thing I found (and this is just my personal experience) is that the longer I stayed within my calorie ranges and exercised consistently, the faster the weight came off. I know a lot of people have the exact opposite experience, and have trouble with the last 5 pounds or so, but those actually came off faster for me than the ones in the beginning.

The bottom line is-- it's working (maybe not as fast as you'd like-- but as they say, we don't have problems, we have preferences). They also say that the slower the weight comes off, the greater our chances of actually keeping it off. I've been at maintenance for almost a year now. BTW, I am 57 and most definitely past menopause.

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1/21/13 12:14 A

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Thanks cat, I will hang in. Just so disapointed in my results so far. Trying to stay positive.



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1/20/13 11:56 P

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Yes, you can do it. Menopause is crazy, but if you keep on plan, track your nutrition and fitness, you will be ahead of the game, regardless what the scales say. I know my weight would fluctuate with water weight gain/loss sometimes more than 5 pounds a week. So the scales may frustrate you, but look for other "non-scale victories".

Tracking your food will help in more ways than one. When I went thru menopause, I found that some foods were triggers for mood swings, etc. So tracking how you're feeling, emotionally, (those hot flashes and temporary bouts of insanity!), everything, as well as what you're eating and drinking, just might help you pinpoint some of yours as well.

For example, I discovered one of the herbs in one of my OTC menopause health aids would send me over the moon.

Good luck!!!



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1/20/13 9:32 A

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I need some serious advice. I started going through menopause about 2 years ago. slowly started the weight gain. I gained 30 since that time. On Jan 1st I started back on my diet that has always worked for me. No sugar or white flour. I eat whole grains, fruits and veggies, lean meats. I went back to the gym twice a week for one hour. Hope to add another day soon. 8 glasses of water a day. I was very motivated until I weighed myself and I have only lost 3 lbs. Really!? I heard it was hard to lose weight during and after menopause but this is ridiculous. Can anyone who has lost weight during or after menopause give me some answers that might help me?



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