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6/21/17 7:39 P

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HEALTHYME1961 I'm right in there with you! Working on weight loss at 55 is a challenge. I am using crock pot meals at night. This helps because I have a meal prepared and can spend less time in the kitchen.
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6/15/17 3:42 P

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Have upped my protein - I don't think I was getting enough. Still no movement on the scale. I've added some other workout routines to the T-Tapp I've been doing. I look at all the great transformations here and get so discouraged. Not giving up, though. Thank you for your advice. I'm going to track my foods better to see if anything triggers hunger.

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6/2/17 6:26 P

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It seems we have a few things in common. I'm 55 and trying to get healthy. The kids are out of the house and my husband is retiring. Time for some positive changes for myself.

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You can do this! At least 80% of weight loss happens in the kitchen. If you cut back on flour, sugar and all refined foods, your cravings will go away within 2 weeks. Then you will find it easier to eat the right foods. For me, if I have any of those foods, it just sets me up to constantly crave them. I also do better not eating breakfast-that seems to set me up to be hungrier all day. But if you do eat breakfast, avoid cereals. (I can't even eat oatmeal-I am starving within an hour). Note how you feel after certain meals. It you have energy and aren't hungry, then that's what you should eat. You shouldn't feel hungry-if you do, then that wasn't the right type of food for you.



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5/27/17 7:05 P

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I have enjoyed reading all these messages, it gives me hope. I'll be in true menopause come the end of June and I too feel "lumpy". I seem to continually eat the wrong things and wonder why did I do that??? It just happens but I am not giving up. I'm 55 and working on the small steps to make better habits, to eat better, be more active....it's a constant battle, work in progress, one day at a time. Praying I can do better with every day.

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5/20/17 7:24 P

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We cut all that stuff out about a year ago. My husband has cancer so we follow a good, clean diet. No sugar, no white flour. I found I am a stress snacker - I never was before and if there are chips around, that's my go to and I know that's bad. Generally, I don't keep them here but when the kids come over, they bring them and leave them behind. I have been doing T-Tapp 4-5 days a week and drinking a lot of water (almost 1/2 of body weight). My doctor did blood work and everything came back normal and she said I need to move more. Heck, I don't sit down now - don't know how much more I can move... PS I totally agree with you about the carbs.

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5/20/17 7:21 P

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My downfall happens when I'm stressed - which has been a lot lately. So much stuff happening at one time - so my go-to is chips. I know how bad they are for you and I really don't even buy them. However, my daughter lives nearby and brings them over when her kids come and leaves the bag behind. There have been times when I throw them right in the garbage when she leaves. (She never brings them home). Lately, I just eat them. Bad.. Generally, we eat a very healthy diet - no processed foods, no white flour, no sugar. I only drink water. I don't get it. I have started to write down anything that goes into my mouth until the chips appear and then I know exactly where they went.. :(

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For me, cutting out all sugar and flour stopped my cravings. It took about 2 weeks, but I found I wasn't even interested in sweets. I have since cut down on carbs in general and increased my fats. I am less hungry and can therefore make better food choices. I have found that the more carbs I eat, the hungrier I am. You may be different but a lot f us do better with less carbs.



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I think the hardest thing for me after menopause is controlling my cravings. I used to have great self-control, but through the wild ride of peri-menopause I lost it, while at the same time struggled with some asthma problems. That is when I gained 40 pounds. I am down 5 pounds from my heaviest and have been able to resume my running program but controlling cravings is so much still a work in progress.



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5/18/17 10:21 P

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That's great that you lost weight through menopause. I'm just having a tough time. Lot of stress, no sleep, worry all the time. I'm sure that doesn't help. I'm joining a yoga class. I hope that helps with all of this. I'm going to check the DASH diet. I never heard of it. Thank you.

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5/18/17 3:19 P

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I have actually lost weight after going through menopause. I should explain that I didn't even realize that I had already gone through menopause since I had still been taking birth control pills and they were causing me to have what I thought was my period. Anyway, the doctor took me off the birth control pills and at the same time I started watching what I was eating because my blood pressure and cholesterol numbers were climbing. It has been a year now and after logging my foods, making sure to get in a walk at least once a day, and following the guidelines for the DASH Diet (with a few exceptions to make sure that everything I ate also was on the guidelines from the doctor for a low cholesterol diet I have lost weight. I will find out next week exactly how much weight, how my cholesterol and blood pressure are doing, but I can now fit into the same size jeans I was wearing 20 years ago.

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5/18/17 8:06 A

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May I ask what program you are following? I never went through menopause until age 61 when my doctor decided I needed to have D & C to get rid of my period which was regular right up until then. Up to that point I had no problem keeping my weight down. Since then I have steadily increased even with diet and exercise. I am desperate to get this weight off. Thank you for any advice you can give.

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I felt exactly the same-lumpy! I gained 20 lbs mostly around my waist. For me, decreasing the cardio I was doing, increasing the weight lifting and really tracking my food were th key answers to losing those 20 lbs. I have kept the weight off for a year. I have completed several weight-lifting programs and feel so much stronger. You can do this! Don't settle for lumpy!



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4/2/17 10:32 A

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So glad to have found this thread! I'm nodding my head in agreement with these posts! I am 51 and in menopause...which does have some benefits, but like others, I noticed a fast weight gain and lumpiness. I am also out of shape, which doesn't help with anything.

I do think portion control is key - our bodies really do not need the fuel that they once did. It's hard to get used to a smaller amount of food. And I'm not used to exercising daily, and that is something I'm changing.

So "change of life" means some good chances, and I'd like to see them that way instead of a negative way.



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Has anyone here lost weight on sparkpeople afterrr meno. ??? Im 73 and having a heck of a time losing! Hooe to get some replies!



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For all of you on here looking to lose that menopausal weight gain.....I will tell you what worked for me after 7 years of trying and getting nowhere. I always was able to maintain a good weight until I hit menopause. And then I gained 20 pounds almost overnight- mostly around my middle. I teach 7-9 Group X classes per week (mostly cardio based classes) and work full time but still couldn't lose weight. I turned 59 last November and really wanted to lose the weight before I turned 60. On December 1st I started 21 Day Fix. It's a workout program (30 minutes per day) and a portion control eating plan. I realized that as much as I taught classes I never really had my own workout program. So I liked that it was structured and I had a calendar to follow. I loved the workouts and was able to fit 30 minutes in somewhere. But the key-for me- was the portion control containers. I followed the plan EXACTLY and was amazed at how much mindless snacking I had been doing without realizing it. I think after menopause even an extra 200-300 calories per day makes a big difference. I lost 7 pounds in the month of December. I did 2 more rounds of 21 Day Fix before moving on to 21 Day Fix Extreme. By March I had lost 20 pounds. I moved on to other BeachBody programs and have kept the weight off. I am now working on building more muscle. I went from a size 10 to a size 4. Don't settle for the weight gain! You CAN lose the weight!



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10/25/16 9:23 A

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Hi i admire you, you were able to loose some pounds during this difficult stage of our lives. I been on this for the last 5 or 7 years, loosing and gaining weight, but everytime that i put some on is always more that what i lost. I would like to join the forum to see if i can find some friends and also to ride along together on this difficult transition. Thank you all of you.

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I am 52 and not yet in menopause but feeling changes that I associate with perimenopause.
I started Dukan Diet last month and the weight is coming off slowly. I will be following this blog for sure!



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10/9/16 2:44 A

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I'm interested, too! Losing weight was SOOO much easier before surgery and sudden menopause. Not that being over 55 might have anything to do with it, right? LOL! I'm hanging in there, but it's tough sometimes. Frustrating.

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Hi 405LOCUST, I'm not sure anyone is replying to this thread! If you would like, you can go to the Spark Page of the person whose post interested you, and get in touch that way. If you click the thumbnail of that person, it will take you to the Spark page.

Good luck to you, and all the best! Spark is great. You will love it here!

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That is fantastic! I am very interested to hear how you did lose those 20 pounds!
I have gained 20 pounds while menopausal; I'm 5'2 I look like an umpa lumpa! I have started and stopped diets and exercise programs when I would go longer than 60 days without losing 1 pd. So frustrating! What did it for you??


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Hi MARYMENOPAUSAL, if you are still on this discussion board. I hope things are better for you. You seem like an amazing, strong person, and I loved your spirit, bubbling up in everything you wrote. Yes, being judged for our weight gets less and less fun as time goes on. I love Reubens, too. Not many people know, but he was a diplomat, as well as painter, and he was a passionate believer in peace. One painting, commissioned by the king of England (Charles I) as a gift to the king of Spain, in hopes of heading off yet another war, is a lovely thing, with a soft, round woman, symbolizing peace, nurturing and protecting a group of children and animals, while a statuesque Athena in full armour is holding off Mars, the god of war, who threatens them. Reubens loved women, as we are. I sure wish we could love ourselves this way! Our soft, round bodies are the cradle of the human race, and our ability to stock up for hard times (read: collect and maintain fat) is the reason our kind still exists on this planet. After menopause, we don't need to do this anymore, but our bodies don't know this. Why are we blamed? It's not easy to lose the weight or keep it off. The world does not seem to understand, or to care, so it's a good thing we older woman have each other, as well as those wonderful, enlightened men who love us as we are.

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I'm going to keep posting, since many people read without replying--which is fine! My weigh-in day was today, but since I tried more challenging strength training last week, I am sore. The result is predictable: it shows a nearly two pound gain. I'm going to ignore this, chalk it up to my aching glutes and shoulders, and weigh myself in a few days. I stopped taking the herbal HRT I tried this summer, with the plant-based hormones, and have switched to black cohosh at night. Things are actually better! I am having a few fewer hot flashes than I did on the phytoestrogen/progesterone, and I am down to one night sweat at around 5:00am, rather than one at 2, one at 4:30 and another at 6-ish. Big improvement! Some people swear by herbal HRT, like Estroven, but this seems not to work well for my particular body. So, after ten days of my new plan, I am down two pounds and counting. This is slow progress, but it's going down, except for today's blip due to muscle soreness (I hope!) Is anyone else experiencing success or set-backs?

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Hi to all! I have just joined Spark People, one week ago, and I was wondering if anyone would like to revive this thread? I am 53, and have gained nearly 30 pounds during my last two years in the "flash zone". I have tried to get things on track periodically (no pun intended) but my old tried and true weight loss strategies are not working well for me. I keep trying new things, or modifying old things, but it does get discouraging. However, when I give up the fight, I immediately gain back what little I have lost, and each returning pound invites a friend or two to live on my body. I am back at my maximum weight, which I reached at 32, lost, and mostly kept off for nearly twenty years. If I gain more, I will be in real trouble, so it's now or never! Is anyone else out there in the same boat? I've been reading this thread, and there are some good tips, and lots of lovely, supportive women. I hope some of you are still on Spark People, and would like to share the hopes and fears of the transitional years?

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7/30/16 7:00 P

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Peri-menopause started for me in my mid 40s and the symptoms were pretty bad but I started running and I lost 50 pounds by my 50th birthday. Then I decided to go back to school and become a nurse and managed to gain 30 back while in school. I've lost it all now and working very hard at maintenance. But with all the years of dieting, losing, gaining, losing.......I seem to now have found what works for me. I think each person is unique and there is no cookie cutter weight management program for all. Tracking my food here works well for me and keeps me accountable. I also like wearing a fit bit and keeping track of my steps. My turning point was when my cholesterol went to 307 and I didn't want to take statins, At that time my weight was not bad and I was pretty happy with the way I looked and felt but I decided to revisit my diet and exercise and make some changes. I lost 17 pounds and lowered my cholesterol by 101 points. Now the goal is to never let those numbers go up again. Health scares can be pretty powerful motivators!



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7/29/16 8:33 A

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JMKCAK I read your post here and I'm interested in hearing more about how you were able to lose the 20. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you



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Weight gain during menopause - awful. I'm way past that stage but trying to remove weight now is extremely difficult. I've been on the work out/diet gerbil wheel for years and deprived myself of anything that tasted good. I now think I have found the perfect solution (for me) Primal Blueprint life style. This isn't as strict as Paleo but works just the same. I eat nice tasty full meals and have lost 5# so far. I feel good too and I don't count calories! I want to add some Barre classes too but with this current heat wave I just don't know if the studio will be cool enough - I have horrible issues with heat, to the point of breaking out in hives if I am overheated. :(

Any way back on point. Primal has me actually cooking, everything I eat is fresh, nothing boxed or sodium laden supposedly "diet" foods. I'm going to try and make double recipes (I'm living solo so most recipes are double for me) and freeze for the week. I have eliminated all wheat and dairy (no cheese is difficult) - no more bloated stomach Weeeee! I've made some great recipes and some huge fails but it is all part of it - learning to cook again with some non-conventional items.

I've even invested in an AllClad stainless steel pan that has it's own learning curve.

Good luck may you find your path to health.

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7/25/16 9:57 A

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I am retired and do have time to workout 30 min. or more a day. Please tell me your secret. I', 55 yrs. old. I had been going to a gym but stopped for the summer thinking I would walk everyday! Yeah right. That didn't last so it looks like I'm starting over. Please help!

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Mary do you have the time to workout for 30 minutes per day? A beginner to intermediate workout? If you do, reply to me. I have recently lost the 20 l gained when menopause hit at 52. It took me 7 years to figure it out. ( I will be 60 in the fall). I have been a group fitness instructor part time for the last 10 years and couldn't get the extra weight off no matter how many classes I taught per week or how many hours I personally worked out. I never had a waist before but all of a sudden my mid section just kept growing. I have gone from a size 10 to a size 4. From 145 lbs to 125 lbs. I want to help all the other post menopausal women out there who are as desperate as I was. I recently went to my doctor and he kept asking me questions about how I lost 20 lbs since my last visit in early December.



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wow this is the biggest i have ever been and i WILL NOT get any bigger since menopause started it has been very hard to lose weight no matter what i do it seems the weight will not come off but i know i can not give up so i will continue forward to lose one pound at a time



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Wow. This thread was started three years ago!

JMKCAK,
I went through menopause five years ago. It was a very easy actual transition. No flashes, etc.

Since then, I also have had my fat head to my middle and gotten thicker there. Yuck. I am so glad to read that you have had success loosing weight and getting it in check!

There is hope for me! :-)

"Blubber belly.....be gone" is my goal.



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Menopause hit me at age 52. I gained 20 LBS almost overnight. My waist disappeared and I felt "lumpy". I have been active my entire adult life and never before had a weight issue. I teach various fitness classes including Insanity and P90X and was embarrassed by the new rolls in my mid section. For 7 years, I tried to lose the weight and for 7 years, it stayed with me. When I turned 59 last November, I vowed to be fitter, thinner, stronger by the time my 60th birthday arrived. So on December 1st, I started a program. I am a letter carrier for the post office and December means 10 hour days/6 days per week. I was exhausted but determined. When I got home, I would do the 30 minute workout before I even sat down because I knew once I sat down, that was it! I also followed a simple food plan that actually left me full. I weighed myself December 1st and not again until January 1st. I made myself stay off the scale for a month to not make myself crazy! Well, on January 1st I had lost 7 LBS. I actually went through the holidays losing weight rather than gain my usual 5 LBS. I was thrilled to go into 2016 weighing less! I continued on that program for another cycle and then moved to the next one in the progression. By March, I had lost those stubborn 20 LBS and I have kept them off. My weight went from 145 LBS to 125 LBS. I went from a size 10 to a size 4-6. I have continued to progress in the program and am now starting to build muscle. I have osteopenia and my doctor says lifting weights will help prevent osteoporosis. I have 4 months before my 60 th birthday but I have already reached my goal! At my last doctor visit, he actually said " don't lose any more weight ". Say what?!!! I NEVER thought I would hear those words!
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Menopause hasn't changed much since it first hit me several years ago. The weight is much harder to come off. I think it's because the weight gain isn't in the same locations as before. Night sweats, hot flashes all day, but they are better for me if I cut back on the carbs.



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I had a complete hysterectomy when I was 27, took HRT for years, went off it last summer, was prescribed an anti-depressant to help with the emotional roller coaster, night sweats, and severe hot flashes. The anti-depressant had unpleasant side effects for me, so now I'm not taking any meds at all (worked w/my Dr. btw....did not go cold turkey!) and have gained 8 pds in a short amount of time. I'm trying to reboot my weight loss efforts and am looking for any advice from women with similar experiences as mine. I'm 50 now and am determined to reverse the weight gain and get back to feeling healthy again! Thanks!

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TSmith430 - The Best is yet to come. Enjoy the life that you've been given. Menopause is not that bad and it is really different for every woman even though we all have to go that route. Read up and do some things differently so it won't be as bad as you've heard.



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Hi Everyone I'm new to this board. I'm 47 and pretty sure I'm in pre menopause. Periods are very irregular. Spotted for like a week and a half then heavier for a week and a half. Some months only spot a little here and there. Oh boy I'm so not ready for all of this. Sometimes it makes me depressed a little to think I'm to that stage in my life. Then I just try and turn it around by telling myself my life is not over yet I still got a lot of life to live. But I'm kind of freaking out about my weight gain. I would love to lose 25 to 30 lbs. and so afraid menopause wont let me lose any. But after reading some of your post I have hope. I don't really eat the best foods all the time. I have a sit down office job and very little exercise so I'm looking forward to some changes in my life. My blood pressure has been elevated some so I really really want to become healthier. But even though I have this strong desire to become healthy I just eat wrong still. Then the guilt sets in after that. So looking forward to chatting with some friends that share similar struggles and just helping each other the best we can. Thanks



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I am 51 and began with not sleeping well and moods about 12 years ago.

Then my Dr. took me off Depo for birth control in 2008. I used an IUD for quite a while. I went from no periods to one about every 3 weeks. O.K. I can deal with that.

4 years ago I started having night sweats. started small and are now raging at least 3 nights a week. Hot flashes have been bad for at least 8 years.

18 months ago had the IUD out and started on the pill. Dr. said don't take the placebo and you won't have a period. GREAT!!! for about 3 months. then I started spotting, EVERYDAY!!! So she doubled my dose for 2 weeks. Spotting stopped. So I now take the placebos, and have periods. With raging cramps, headaches and heavy bleeding.

For the last 4 months I've had 2 periods a month.

When I went in yesterday she suggested something that involves a laser rollerball that scars the inside of the uterus and ends periods for "MOST" women. She also recommended that I lose weight. All I could think of was, "I'll take your advise when you don't outweigh me by 100 pounds."

How long does this s**t last? 12 years and I don't see anything letting up.

I've been working the program here for 6 weeks or so and have lost about 8 pounds. Not bad. I'm having a hard time getting into exercise, but doing a bit each day. I just keep on trying to do better each day. Hope it keeps getting better. And that my periods stop.

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MARYMENOPAUSAL - Love your name but not what you are going through. I am 61 and totally through menopause. However, my journey was filled with the same symptoms you are going through. I took HRT for less than a week due to a study that came out right after I picked up my prescription that scared the devil out of me. Perhaps there have been changes in medication since then.

What I did do is get a prescription for an antidepressant. I was not depressed but my moods were all over the place. I am still on the same antidepressant but in a different dosage because it allows me to concentrate, to think before I speak and to stay focused.

SKYTHELIMIT2230 - There was nothing I could do to alter or stop my night sweats. Menopause is a rite of passage, sad in many ways because it is irreversible, but isn't it amazing what our bodies can do and how really terrific they are.



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I have appreciated the comments on here, very much indeed, so thanks everyone!

Valspark, I wonder if that is part of my problem, because I've noticed that every month when my periods would've come, I'm bloated, cranky and that's when I'll get the odd hot flush even though I'm on HRT? Boy, it drives me INSANE, especially when my doctor would rather talk about my weight than what I'd gone there to discuss!!

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Once you get over to the other side, it will be great! I'm 54 and had a total hysterectomy 2 years ago, everything out, ovaries, cervix everything. Prior to the operation, my cycles would cause bloat and water retention, it was hard dieting with that stuff going on! This is the first time I have stuck to a diet not having to deal with that stuff, it's awesome! Even keeled constantly, no hormonal fluctuations, it's great!



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Thank you, I think I will pickup some black cohosh on the way home tonight


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You can talk to your gynecologist about HRT if that's an option for you. It wasn't for me because my mom had breast cancer. You can also try a black cohosh supplement and see if it works for you. Unfortunately we need to battle through this together.

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Hi you all. I'm new to the discussion. I've been in full force menopause for about 3 years. Normally watching my diet and exercise has helped. However the last 2 weeks I've suddenly getting night sweats really bad. How do I prevent them? I Drink only water at night and I don't eat spicy food anymore as it used to trigger them?
Also I am at a plateau with regards to my weight loss. I work in a office setting for a pharmacy and I try to walk at least 2 - 3 times daily at work here in Nashville depending upon the weather.

Any help I can get I would appreciate it.


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I understand totally. My GP nags me too but only because the added weight can cause us problems. I recently started going to the gym 5-6 days a week and found out I need to eat more during the day to aid my metabolism. This is hard to understand but try to eat 5-6 times a day now. I even eat something protein like cottage cheese at 9pm to keep my motor running! It seems to be working. I can't take HRT because my mom had breast cancer. Working out seems to help hot flashes too. Do something you like, even walking. Keep at it, it does get easier! Thinking of you!

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I confess to not reading every reply in this thread, but after my visit to my GP earlier today, I am feeling VERY irritated, almost to the point of being desperate.

To be as brief as I can, I started experiencing perimenopause in about 2012. Sometimes, the flow was so heavy I couldn't leave the house, or if I did due to work, etc., I had to go armed with a chemist shop full of pads or tampons.

During that phase, I started to put on a bit of weight. I work in a hospital, in the kitchen of all places, and was picking at the odd thing here and there all in the name of quality control (haha yeah right). I also love wine and have always had a few wines after work, plus I have a baaad penchant for chocolate.

In saying the above, I never really overdid any of it. Wind the clock forward to the end of 2014 when I saw the end of my periods. The hot flushes (I'm Australian) were in full swing by then, anxiety was starting to creep in, as was a level of depression and tiredness. By then, I was also a divorcee, having left my ex husband-rat-mongrel-abusive-pr*ck of 23 years four years previously.

Now I'm 53, I have a lovely partner who carries a bit of weight himself, but to me is GORGEOUS, and who doesn't care that I also carry a bit of weight. That's a positive, because all my life, my parents were on my back about my weight from as far back as I can remember, my ex too, and boy, have I got over being told to "get that weight off" or as my ex used to say "you look embarrassing".

I visited my GP today as I need time off work before I kill someone to put it bluntly. After chatting about that, he then paused and said "when are you going to lose weight?" I was floored. Devastated. And shocked and could only mumble something about "when I'm good and ready". He then tried to push Duromine my way, which I refused. I even refused to take a prescription with me.

I'm feeling very shamed, sad and frustrated, because it appears my weight is the focus of others all the time, yet I know I'm not happy where I am right now. I don't overeat through the day anymore, but of course, have my main meal of a night after a few wines and a nibble of chocolate (I know, I know).

In saying all of this, my job is incredibly active; I run from one end of the hospital to the other, rarely sit down on the job, and I find it so frustrating that I have put on so much weight (I'd say about 10 to 15kg) and can't shift it, no matter what I do. I've tried quitting wine, not eating chocolate, etc., but it just won't shift.

After suffering from incredible muscle aches and pain on the job, as well as those dreaded hot flushes, I went on HRT which seems to be helping, but has also contributed to some weight gain. I could screeeeeeeeeeam, and slap my doctor frankly!! I do not want to take Duromine because I've heard too much about its side effects, but his thoughts were that I'm menopausal, and it'll be nearly impossible to lose the weight if I let it go for too much longer. He did ask briefly if HRT was working; I said it was but that I could attribute at least 5kg of weight gain to it. He seemed only interested in pushing Duromine.

Ironically, after all that, I'm pretty healthy apart from arthritis and menopause.

So that's my story, which didn't end up as brief as I would've liked, sorry!

I don't know what to do. I'm worn out after work every damn day and love those wines to unwind and destress.

Sometimes, it's tough being a woman in this society we live in. I wish we could go back to the times when Rubenesque body shapes were sought after because I'd be PERFECT lol!

I guess I want to chat to people who feel the same way as I do about this. This "chat" to my doctor has brought back all that rubbish I thought I'd left way behind about weight, and as we speak, I'm suffering. I feel like curling up in a corner and eating a kilo of chocolate, whatever that is in pounds :(

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Hi, I am 54 and still haven't hit total menopause but I've been trying to eat better and have become a regular exerciser, enjoying it very much. I don't drink soda but rarely and then it's Sprite...maybe 6-8 oz once a month, if that much. I had lost 20 lbs previously ( I'm 5 ft tall) getting to 120 and I was pretty happy but about 3-4 months ago I put 10 lbs back on and despite watching calories and becoming an avid exerciser (at least for me) I can. not. lost. a single pound....a matter of fact after a particularly good day of eating good...I gained two more lbs!! It is somewhat annoying but I am feeling pretty good. I don't really have hotflashes (and I live in FL too ,lol) and I don't get depressed a lot although I do have my moments. I am using an all natural progesterone cream and using a company that has veggies and fruits in capsules (I don't know if I am allowed to mention the name) my only down side so far is that I can't seem to lose any weight. But i guess I am okay with it...but I won't stop trying and reading and of course exercising. I'd love to have a friend to go to the gym with...maybe some day. You all have been encouragement as I have read all your posts. Thank you



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You know, I am really fed up with menopausal symptoms. Hot flashes, weight gain, sleepless nights, depression, irritability, mood fluctuations, emotions coming out of nowhere. or so it seems. I have been experiencing those things since 2008. I was on a very low dose of Premarin for almost a year when my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. I stopped taking it. I tried so many OTC items in addition to home remedies to help alleviate symptoms all to no avail. I now receive acupuncture and have seen some results. I am making strides in making me better and healthier! So good to know that I am not alone in my journey and dealing with menopause.



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Losing weight in menopause can be tricky but not impossible for sure. My aunt is 56 and in the last couple of years she gained a lot. She tried to eat healthier but that wasn't enough. She took Phentermine 37.5mg (that she bought online from allgenericmedsnow.com) for three months and managed to drop all that extra kg. She is very happy about the changes so she recommends it to all her peers.

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THE SERVING SIZE IS 2 SOFTGELS AND IT SAYS 250MG. EACH SOFTGEL MUST BE 125MG. MAKE SURE ITS MAGNESIUM CITRATE.

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How many milligrams is that, MRUTHIE? I have begun giving magnesium to one of my kids who suffers from chronic migraines -- it is supposed to help with that -- but never knew it could help you sleep. I usually don't have trouble falling asleep, but wake up often during the night.



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Just make sure you get magnesium citrate, not just magnesium!

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Thanks MRUTHIE for the tip on sleeping. I will try that. You are the second person to recommend those soft gels. There must be something to that. emoticon

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THANKS, I WILL KEEP AT IT.

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