Definitely get in to a good doc and get all of your hormone and vitamin levels checked - it's freaky what the effects can be of being low in iron, or folate, or Vitamin D. The suggestion of an endocrinologist is a very good one. I was extremely low in all of the 3 that I mentioned, and honestly had a hard time even staying awake most days.
I had a complete hysterectomy including ovaries 9 months ago, and am not on any hormones. It was really obvious that the hormone drop had an effect on me - about 4 months after the surgery I suddenly put on 20 lbs in 3 weeks, after my weight had been steady for over 10 years.
I can't say that I have had any issues with watching what I'm eating, but that's probably because I'm focusing more on the nutrients that I'm ingesting, and on learning to cook so as to make my nutritition as delicious as possible. This is a whole new adventure for me (yes, I really did make it to the age of 46 without learning to cook), so I'm seeing the fun side of "watching what I eat", and not seeing it as a chore.
I'm not setting any records for speed of weight loss (somewhere in the vicinity of 1 to 2 lbs per week), but that's perfectly fine with me. I'm definitely lazy, and have some medical restrictions on exercise, so that also is impacting how fast I'm losing.
You've got it right that the first order of business is to find out if there are any hormonal or other medical issues that are impacting you. Once you've got that straightened out, I think you'll have a much easier time in figuring out what will work best for you on the weight-loss front, although you may still find losing to be slower than what you were used to before menopause.
Hope all is well with you medically, and best wishes for figuring it all out!
Start weight: 240 lbs
Goal weight: 155 lbs (reached March 7, 2014)
Afraid of a colonoscopy? Believe me - they are much less frightening than surgery and chemotherapy.
Colonoscopies allow polyps to be removed before they can become cancer, or let cancers be found before they are too widespread. If you are 50 or older, or have any symptoms, please don't let fear stop you from covering your butt.
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