SparkPeople Menopause and Losing Team Messageboard Menopause and determined to lose weight . The right way - with friends on the same ship. SparkPeople Menopause and Losing Team Messageboard new member Hi! My name is Jessie and I am 36. I unexpectedly needed a radical hysterectomy during bladder removal surgery in 2015 (due to past bladder surgeries, my bladder was literally stuck to my reproductive organs by scar tissue and adhesions). During my surgery recovery, I developed a severe blood clot in my lung, so I am unable to take HRT for surgical menopause. <BR> <BR> I am having so much trouble losing weight since that surgery, no matter what I have done. Its like my weight wants to st... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:32:52 EST March stop in and say hello just a quick hello or emoticon Wed, 28 Feb 2018 23:30:41 EST Feb stop in and say hello just a quick hello or EMOTICON Thu, 1 Feb 2018 00:23:30 EST Happy January 2018 Happy January <BR> <BR> Happy New Year, new Month New Day and to new beginnings to all Sun, 31 Dec 2017 21:08:34 EST Happy December just a quick hello and emoticon Sat, 2 Dec 2017 00:19:06 EST When is your weigh in day? I started my weigh ins on a Saturday night but I'm thinking of changing days. <BR> I know it shouldn't matter but weighing in at night, just seems like naturally you'd weigh more than first thing in morning... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 16:13:22 EST Hot Flashes frequency and drinking water Don't know if anyone else has noticed this, but on the days I don't drink water, the hot flashes come back as compared to the days I do drink 8 glasses water I don't notice hot flashes during the day. Sat, 11 Nov 2017 16:10:45 EST Happy November happy Novemeber please stop by and say hello or use an emoticon Tue, 31 Oct 2017 23:02:35 EST What's your short term goal - here's mine I have a party to attend one week from tonight. <BR> My short term goal is to be able to wear that dress. <BR> It appears that I will need to be shopping this weekend however at least I got the dress on so progress has been made! <BR> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 17:19:34 EST Weighing your food really helps with the portions For breakfast I was eyeballing my cheerios, then decided I better weigh it. <BR> I would have had almost 3 servings instead of 1, this could explain how I gained some of this weight! Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:49:53 EST How /what features do u Use of Spark People? I see there are so many forums and teams, but I like this team forum since everyone here gets me that going through the change puts on pounds and hot flashes! What are spark pages? What is the team wall? <BR> I've been back on SP a week and I use nutrition tracker the most. <BR> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 08:40:52 EST New to Sparkpeople and team I am new today - 55 yrs old - retired and relocated to Nevada a year ago - developed alot of bad habits and gained 40 lbs in a year. UGH!!!!!! Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:12:02 EST 58 and still not done Hi, I've been peri-menopausal for 13 years now. Doc and I finally decided it was time for a hysterectomy. I am going to try to lose some before then, and strengthen the core muscles before surgery. Weigh 155, should be >120 [only 4'11"], but don't expect I'll make it. Would be very happy with 125. Hints for helping lose? Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:22:26 EST Restarting on SP/ now postmenopausal Hello Everyone! <BR> Finally weighed myself tonight. I am up 25 pds since I was last on SP. <BR> This is most I've ever weighted. Going through the hot flashes, I gave up eating well/exercising. But I realize I've got to get back on it. <BR> I logged my food for today, no surprise I was over count. <BR> Hoping I can get back in to exercising! Sat, 7 Oct 2017 22:18:58 EST Happy October please use a emoticon <em>275</em> Sun, 1 Oct 2017 23:39:07 EST September chat Hello everyone hope you had a good summer Sun, 27 Aug 2017 22:40:15 EST new to the team and the thermostat is broken First I have to say. Finally a place where I feel comfortable stating what is going on with my body. <BR> <BR> I abruptly started menopause and simply the thermostat is broken. During the day - up to 6 hot flashes an hour. Muscle mass is rapidly turning to fat. I am not a candidate for hormone replacement therapy. <BR> <BR> At night I am either freezing or boiling. There is no happy medium. I am hoping to converse with others who are going through this stage of life. <BR> <BR> Joy Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:07:58 EST August Team goodies hello all another month gone have a great August Mon, 31 Jul 2017 23:43:07 EST Help for under-eye puffiness?? HELP! HELP! You know, it's funny; you stare at the same ol' mug in the mirror every day and don't realize how much you're ageing until something happens to give you a reality check. Well, I got a rude awakening yesterday when looking at a picture that my husband had just snapped. MAN, did I look BAD!! I have SUITCASE-sized bags under my eyes, and the creases run practically all the way down to my jaws! They make me look 10 years older than my actual age. I do use a moisturizing and firming eye cream... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:29:55 EST Hello from Steamy Texas! In Need of a Re-Set From 2009 - 2010 I lost 100 lbs going to the gym and eating healthier/smarter. Then I hit my 40s. Hysterectomy in 2014 and have slowly gained majority of that weight back. Not only gained weight, but recently diagnosed with diverticulitis and hiatal hernia. Kinda feel like my 86 yr old mother!! I've half-heartedly tried to get back on track, but nothing seems to work. This site seems like a great place to try again. Hoping to get motivated and somehow find my willpower again. Thu, 6 Jul 2017 15:08:11 EST July Chat Hello everyone come say hello and or leave an emoticon Sat, 1 Jul 2017 23:57:55 EST Chat for June hello everyone come say hello or leave a emoticon Fri, 2 Jun 2017 23:40:50 EST May Chat Hello everyone today team goodies went out and hope everyone has a great month ahead Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:21:26 EST April Chat Hello all just a quick hello hope everyone is well Sun, 2 Apr 2017 23:23:24 EST March Team Goodies say hello or emoticon or a hi Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:23:15 EST Hi Because I'm brilliant, I finally figured out that the drastic mood swings, hot flashes and erratic periods are all a sign of going into menopause, and not signs of total insanity. About an hour ago, I was worried for my sanity. Now, I figure this is normal, and everyone who lives with me will have to watch out for their sanity. I feel bad and relieved at the same time. I'm going to be in this group often, hoping for tips on navigating this time of my life. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:07:44 EST Winter Goodie TIme Jan hello everyone and Happy NEw YEar to all <BR> just a hello or emoticon Sun, 1 Jan 2017 21:18:15 EST goodies OOOPS so sorry was mulit tasking and hit send and no message with the goodie.. Happy New year my friends Wed, 28 Dec 2016 23:56:05 EST Happy Holidays goodie time give a hello or an emoticon Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:31:40 EST November goodie time just a quick hello or emoticon Mon, 31 Oct 2016 23:22:20 EST HELP! I am new to this group. I am in tears. Hot flashes are horrible, and I CANNOT sleep. I have a fan on me all night long and I wake up so many times sweating. I am currently taking borage oil, which did help in the beginning, but not now. Any advice would be appreciated. I finished treatments for breast cancer, so taking hormone replacements are not an option for me. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:39:19 EST October Goodies just a friendly hello or emoticon Sat, 1 Oct 2016 22:49:05 EST September Goodie s please post a hello or an emoticon Mon, 5 Sep 2016 22:22:03 EST Fitness trackers Hi, anyone using a fitness tracker? My toss up is Fitbit HR or a Garmin HR. Not sure what kind to purchase. Some people say the Fitbit HR is not accurate; others love it. Great reviews for Garmin; but not be as user friendly with app. Love some feed back. I walk, bike ride, yoga and want to know HR. Lots of these trackers out there, so I am not sure which one to get. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 11:37:54 EST AUGUST Goodies Please post a hello or a emoticon <BR> <BR> hope everyone has a great day Wed, 3 Aug 2016 23:12:42 EST July Post for goodies just a littke Hello or Emoticon hope everyone is having a good day <BR> <BR> sorry I am late but my dad is sick at this time Thu, 7 Jul 2016 23:58:23 EST Mood swings, glooms and bananas Any advice on/experience of mood swings? Is it true that cutting out sugar helps? Any advice gratefully received! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:02:54 EST Mood swings? Uugh... Been feeling more gloomy than normal for months and just realised it might be mood swings and/or menopause causing it. So here I am in the menopause team! 52, from England, married, no children or pets, about 50 pounds (3.5 stone) to lose. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 02:53:04 EST This menopause thing has thrown me for a loop! Am I pleasantly happy that I found this team?! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> This menopause thing has thrown me for a loop! <em>198</em> I turned 45 years old a year and a half ago and, with it, came an additional 10 lbs (pretty much retained to my mid-section and hips), a belly and a rapid decline in energy. <em>15</em> <em>33</em> <em>198</em> I have been active all my life, eat a vegetarian diet (since my teenage years) / vegan diet (for the past 6 years) and have never had ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:16:34 EST June Goodies Hello team please stop by say hello or use an emoticon .. Hope everyone has a great month Fri, 27 May 2016 23:17:31 EST New to the team and ready to lose! A little back history - had a complete hysterectomy when I was 27, was on HRT for 22 years, went off it last summer, took an antidepressant to help with the severe menopausal symptoms, went off the antidepressant, and NOW I'm 50 years old and the weight is creeping back on....I'm trying hard to fight back and looking for all the support I can get. Looking forward to learning and sharing with all of you! <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 13 May 2016 22:43:19 EST Happy May and post here for team goodies just a quick hello and or emoticon .. thanks for your support Sun, 1 May 2016 22:34:24 EST Post for team goodie April New month new post.. just a hello or emoticon will do ,, if you need help or to chat we can start one .. hugs Dee Tue, 29 Mar 2016 23:13:53 EST Post for team Goodies MARCH <em>441</em> <em>440</em> <em>439</em> <em>137</em> <em>438</em> <em>441</em> <em>440</em> <em>439</em> <em>137</em> <em>438</em> <BR> <BR> Post a hello or an emoticon say hi Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:27:41 EST Am I being realistic? Currently, I am about 38-33-40, I'd like to get down to 36-28(at least)-38. If I can get a 26 inch waist, even better! I'm in my early 40s and I have menopaused early becoz of health problems. I am on regular dialysis. <BR> <BR> I'm so ashamed because I don't fit into my old shorts. I did buy 3 nice new ones but I'd like to be able to wear my old ones again! Wed, 17 Feb 2016 05:32:13 EST Hello! Hey everyone, I hope it's ok to join you. I was recently forced into menopause with medication as part of my breast cancer treatment. It's been quite a roller coaster. I should have been getting there soon anyway, but the quick transition has thrown me for a loop! Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:24:49 EST Post for team Goodies February Hello team goodies are sent out .. and new posting too <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you for supporting this team and wishing you good luck in all your goals <BR> <BR> .. I know some of us its winter and PLEASE stay safe and well and dress warmly thank you again for making this team a good team Fri, 29 Jan 2016 22:10:56 EST Post for team Goodie Happy January and happy NEW YEAR post a hello or emoticon enjoy and have fun Fri, 1 Jan 2016 23:43:55 EST Hello I'm new to your team and menopause as well Hi! It's nice to meet you and I look forward to getting to know you all. I'm 51 and as of last week I wasn't in menopause according to my lab work. Christmas day changed all that. I had to go to the emergency room on Christmas eve. I had gone to the ER the day before that and told them the pain was exactly like the pain I had ten years earlier when I had a twisted ovary that ruptured. They assured me I was just constipated. I went home and laid curled up in bed for 24 hours and then when I co... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:11:33 EST New here Hi everyone my name is Janet ! Thankful to be active again after a long bout of fatigue and weight gain... menopause can have some dampening effects. Glad to be here though. <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:09:29 EST Newbie to the team! Ahhhh that M word! Well, here I am. It IS part of my life. It does effect my weight loss efforts. My grandma always called it "the change". So here I am trying to change during the change! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all better! Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:55:34 EST Menopaused and not liking the changes! I just keep gaining and gaining! I menopaused at 40 and I haven't had a period for 3 years. My waist used to be 28inches, now it's more like 33. My arms look bigger too! And my shorts are getting tight. <BR> <BR> I am also on dialysis. So I really need to watch my water weight. I have reached an all time high of 5kg water weight gain this weekend and I am frantic! There is no running away from it, I am getting fat! <BR> <BR> I know what I have to do and I keep trying but nothing seems to be... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 15:49:25 EST Post for team Goodies November Just a quick hello or emoticon please <BR> <BR> Enjoy stay well and have a great November Tue, 27 Oct 2015 23:03:16 EST Post for Team Goodies October Post for Team Goodies .. Sept goodies are already out .. please post here for team goodies thank you <BR> <BR> just a quick hello or a emoticon will do Thu, 24 Sep 2015 23:51:34 EST Post for Team Goodie AUGUST Hello all would like to say team goodies are out .. if you post within 30 days you get a team goodie.. and have a spark page .. <BR> <BR> just a hello or emoticon is welcome here .. Please stop by and say hello Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:25:17 EST Peri-Menopausal & Feeling Awful! I'm 49yrs old and experiencing peri-menopause (pre-menopause). My monthly cycle is irregular, my flow is extremely heavy; and, on the average, my cycle lasts about two (2) to three (3) weeks. I spoke w/ my doctor and she prescribed NORETHINDRONE ACETATE 5MG to help stop my prolonged periods. <BR> <BR> Currently, I have been experiencing menstrual cramps that are intense & extremely uncomfortable. I take Pamprin to help ease the pain & other symptoms; however, being peri-menopausal is draini... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 19:59:53 EST Early Menopause but that's ok HI everyone I'm 24 and have been experiencing menopause for the past year. I recently went to a friend's birthday party and his mother spent the night talking to me because I was the only one there who knew what she was going through. <BR> I'm experiencing early menopause because of my hysterectomy that I had due to cancer (just making it clear that it wasn't my choice) <BR> Any advice is very welcome :) Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:59:20 EST Post for team Goodie JULY Hello all a new month and a new posting just a quick hello or emoticon Thu, 2 Jul 2015 00:38:07 EST Post for Team Goodie-June! <em>30</em> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:15:47 EST Post for Team Goodie--May! <em>213</em> Sat, 2 May 2015 09:24:38 EST The North American Menopause Society Informative website with lots of articles on the latest findings in menopause studies. <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:35:07 EST Post for Team Goodie April Hello team team goodies was given Please post here for team goodies Just a hello or emoticon Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:59:05 EST New here..thoughts on Bioidentica vs synthetic HRT Just curious..(I'm 50y/o)... I'm not on any HRT and and besides the weight gain, I have very few, if any symptoms as of yet (I have always been hot natured and a sweaty mess). I know I should talk to my GYN about my questions, and I will when I am having more problems, but I thought you all might have some enlightening info.I I do have a family history of both breast and ovarian cancer. The more I read about this topic, the more confused I am. Thanks! <BR> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 18:06:16 EST 20 Most Weight Loss Friendly Foods on The Planet Excellent article <link> </link> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 23:27:33 EST Soy Milk I'm not sure if this has been touched on before, but here goes and I apologise if it has. <BR> <BR> After trying all kinds of prescribed meds and also Black Cohosh to try and get my hot flashes under control, a friend in the UK recommended I try soy milk, or soy in some form. I'm all for trying things that mean I'm not throwing chemicals into my body, so I thought 'what the hell, I'll give it a go'. <BR> <BR> I'm pleased to report back that after drinking 2 cups of soy milk everyday for th... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:14:39 EST My Introduction to the Menopause & Losing Team... Hi everyone, my name is Jan and I'm from Washington, DC. I've been a member of the team since February 2014; and, so far, have lost 15lbs. My weight has gone up and down since being a member and I am working to become more active within the community. Thanks, Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:47:22 EST Anyone else have this issue?? I've noticed that the skin on my jawline and neck is becoming extremely dry and flaky. I've tried a lot of things to moisturize, but these leave my face looking and feeling greasy. I'm on all the usual stuff the GP hands out, but I'd much rather go a natural route, so if anyone has suggestions to either of my plights, I'd love to hear them. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 16:12:50 EST New here Hi all, at last a group of ladies I can relate to. I've 42 lbs to lose, hoping rid myself of that stubborn belly, and try not to go crazy doing it. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 16:09:27 EST Team **** Post for goodies OOOPS thought I did one for the month of November <BR> <BR> <BR> have a great month Thu, 6 Nov 2014 00:16:48 EST Changes,- bloating and gaining stomach fat Does the change of life mean bloating, tiredness, lack of energy and great layers of fat depositing on stomach and legs, where there has never been fat before,seems like everything is going to the pack. I need some get up and go from somewhere. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:44:35 EST Team Goodie OCTOBER Hello all .. Team goodies were given out ,,, thanks for supporting the team and hope everyone has a great OCTOBER Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:01:54 EST Introducing myself <em>334</em> Hi! I am Donna and nearly 68yo now. Getting ready to finally retire from fulltime work. Seems like I fight a losing battle on my weight. Between joint pain, back pain, long hours at work and trouble sticking with just veggies and fruits, I am not losing weight like I need to. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:16:41 EST September Team Goodie hello all please post a hello or a hi or an emoticon Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:09:59 EST CHANGES TO SPARKPEOPLE & OF HELP TO YOU! You may have seen a few changes here at Sparks today and, the reason being, they are always working on ways to make the site more convenient and easier for the members to find info, use the trackers and so much more! That's why this is such a remarkable site! They really do care! <BR> <BR> I'm adding a link to a video that shows and explains the changes, so to see the same and better understand what those changes mean to you and how they can be help, please click on the link below and it... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:32:31 EST Feeling very down Hi, I'm 54, going through the menopause and weigh 175lbs. I'm so very sad with my body, it is now affecting my life. I have refused to attend social outings because of it, I feel so not me. I catch my reflection in a shop window and I so hate what I see, it disgust me, the person there is not me. Because of a medical problem my list of foods are limited, so dieting is not a choice for me. I have to avoid fruit and brown bread, etc white bread is my safe food. I am now walking on my treadmill ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:12:03 EST August Team Goodies <em>30</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:37:29 EST July Team Goodies Hello everyone team goodies are given out ,,,, in order to get a team goodie you have to post on the team ,,, if you havent posted on the team the new way sparks has it sent you can not receive one <BR> <BR> Please continue to support us thank you Tue, 1 Jul 2014 22:20:21 EST new to team -anyone else having anxiety attacks? Hi. I am new to the team. I am 53 and have about 50 lb. to lose. Had a few hot flashes about a year ago but weren't severe and soon stopped. About a month ago I had terrible flashes while driving to work. They started at my feet, rolled up my body and exited out my hands and head. This went on for at least 30 minutes then off and on the rest of the day. I was so shaken up that I went to the doctor only to be told it was just hot flashes. Since then, I get panic attacks while driving... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:23:19 EST June Goodie! <em>30</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 12:12:25 EST Howdy from Reba Good morning everyone (or at least its still morning here in Alberta) <BR> <BR> I think I've finally jumped into menopause with both feet and holy overwhelming. I have a couple other health conditions that make it a bit difficult to discern which is causing what but whichever way I break it down, I need to take control and value myself enough to get fully well again. <BR> <BR> During my meditation yesterday though I finally came to realization, everything else aside I have to put fitness as... Wed, 21 May 2014 12:09:18 EST May Goodie Hello everyone hope today is a good day New Month and a new beginning for all Thu, 1 May 2014 21:55:12 EST Hi all I am Vicki I started some pre-menopausal stuff 3-4 years ago. But then had surgery and hit it full force a year and a half ago and have been gaining weight ever since. Thought I would join to see how everyone else is losing. Get some ideas and encouragement. I have a ways to go. Please friend me Thu, 1 May 2014 13:33:51 EST SPARKS TEAM PAGE REDESIGN COMING SOON! Just a heads up--Sparks will be redesigning the Team pages in the coming days. I've added a link to the Utube video that explains the changes, so feel free to click below and check it out. I'll be curious to see how our Team page will look--but from what I see, we'll keep posting and sharing our friendships, tracking and more as we have been--so, here's to a new and exciting Sparks' change! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thanks everyone!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:37:41 EST April Team Goodie Hello Team Goodies are out and hope March was a good month and April a better one hope everyone has a great month Sun, 30 Mar 2014 22:12:20 EST Black Cohosh I think it is causing me to have weight gain! The last supplement I took for hot flashes has this as an ingredient. The hot flashes weren't slowing, and I could feel myself bloating and bulking up. Does anyone else have a similar experience? Thanks! Sat, 1 Mar 2014 12:10:10 EST Activity Tracker I've noticed that a few people have ordered the activity tracker. Just looking for feedback, thoughts, etc. Is it really any different than wearing a pedometer and then just keying in the step count at the end of the day? Is it worth (at min) $60?? Thanks!!! Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:25:49 EST Post for monthy Goodies March team goodies are given out please post here to get a team goodie and its great to get the team spirit going Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:16:31 EST HI! I'm new. HI. It's been a long time since I have been on spark. I use to have a team, but it fizzled out. That was a few years ago. I'm not sure what picture is going to pop up, but since then (actually between Jan and March of 2013) I gained 30 pounds. YIKES! I already thought I was too big at 180!...In Jan my tom stopped and the hot flashes were crazy. I am also on a lot of meds. I recently went to the dr. and explained my concerns, and he changed my blood pressure med, I lost over 10 pounds in less ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 06:11:39 EST New here and sleep deprived Hello, I would rather be going through PMS than the hell that is sleep deprivation. I had planned on a nice walk during lunch today and got such a lousy night's sleep last night that I am too beat today. Tomorrow we've got nice weather predicted here so I'm going to pray to the Goddess of Sleep that I get at least 9 hours so I can get at least 12,000 steps in. <BR> <BR> I am getting ready to start taking a new type of calcium at night to see if that helps with the tossing and turning. <... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:51:56 EST TEAM GOODIES FOR February Hello all team goodies are giving out for the month ...Pllease stop by and say hello .. I am sorry I am a bit late but , I have been very sick and also taking care of my Father ... <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day and enjoy ...Dee Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:27:02 EST Early Menopause (and hating it!) Hi - I'm 42 and in full! My doctor put me on meds as I am young for it - but I still gained 30 pounds in one year (and I wasn't skinny to start with!). Now I need to lose 80 pounds with a metabolism that feels like it came to a total halt. Glad I found this group - you all seem so encouraging to each other! Wed, 8 Jan 2014 21:38:47 EST feeling so so <em>39</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:50:04 EST GOODIES MONTH OF JANUARY NEW MONTH , NEW DAY , NEW BEGINNING AND A NEW YEAR.. <BR> <BR> ITS TIME TO GET A NEW START THIS MONTH AND HOPING YOU HAD A GREAT DECEMEBER .... SEE YOU IN THE POSTINGS <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:47:50 EST New to the team and pretty miserable! Morning! I have been in menopause for about 7 years. Not 50 yet and have gained about 40 pounds. I usually have pretty good attitude, but do not feel very happy.... I have been trying to work out with my kids, but an old knee injury keeps sidelining me. Surgery is likely, which freaks me out. I don't do surgery! I feel very stuck. I do not want to be this weight. I do not want to feel like this, Oh, and I had been on medication to curb my menopause symptoms, but went off of the medic... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:09:47 EST Calm Feeling calm & relaxed today, away from my normal life for a week & back in New England. Yay! <em>102</em> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:48:36 EST Hello Ladies I am so glad to be a new edition to your team. I am 50 years young and dealing with menopause. It has become a struggle to stay away from sugar. Has anyone else dealt with this? If so do you have any advice. I kicked the sugar habit 2 years ago and lost 60pds. But have recently put on 20. Not happy! I welcome any and all advice from you ladies. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:37:40 EST menopause bringing me down Hi I am Whitney & going through menopause at an early age. I am living far away from family, falling out of love with the person I moved down here to be with & just feel awful about life. My memory is awful & I just don't know what to do to feel better about me... Help... <em>46</em> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 18:53:16 EST December Team Goodies another month is passing us ,, where has this year gone .... Post here for a team goodie at the end of the month ,., Have a great new month Fri, 29 Nov 2013 23:55:29 EST New to the team but not SP Good morning everyone! My name is Grace, I live in Cleveland, OH, married, no kids and a dog. I just turned 50 in June. I'm a 6 year thyroid cancer survivor, had a partial hysterectomy in 2009 and just found out that my one little, lonely overy has decided that it's had enough and even though I no longer have my monthly, I'm officially in menopause....Yippee (no not really). So since 2007, when I had my thyroid removed, I've struggled with my weight. I'm about 20 pounds overweight and no matt... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:39:36 EST Nice to be here I'm so glad to have found this team. I turned 50 this year and am going through the toughest weight-loss plateau of my life. I'm eating 1500 or so cals a day, walking off 250 and my weight hasn't changed in weeks. This is so weird because I'd normally be dropping weight like crazy. Is it hormones? I'm going through lots of menstrual changes these past months so I suspect this. Any suggestions for beating this plateau? My motivation has taken a beating. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:42:40 EST How does this work? <em>41</em> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:47:32 EST Surgical Menopause Hi Y'all! I had a partial hysterectomy 7 years ago, and then they completed it about 2 years ago. I thought that would fix the problems I've had most of my adult life which it did help, but being forced into menopause has not been a bowl full of cherries. I have gained so much weight with this and some other health issues that I don't even feel like myself anymore. <BR> I joined SP before but never really used but plan on finding my way with it now. I look forward to getting to know y'a... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 10:20:14 EST 48 and 50 pounds to loose I have struggled with my weight all my life but have always kept it to with-in 20 lbs of normal but every since I have been in my 40's I have struggled even worse. I have never had a fat stomach(always hips and butt) but now I have all this flab around my tummy area. I know that I have fell off the band wagon and have picked up bad eating habits. I do go to the gym about 4 days a week but have a sedentary lifestyle other wise(sit at a desk all day long). I really want to be healthy and not... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:42:39 EST November Team Goodies!! <em>249</em> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 07:29:41 EST New & Perimenopausal Hi, My name is Kellie and I'm from the Canadian east coast in New Brunswick. I'm 44 and the past few months I've started having menopause symptoms. It's actually one of my main motivators for returning to SparkPeople. Based on all the reading I've been doing I knew I needed some help to eat a more healthy balanced diet and get exercise to help me feel better. Losing weight in the process is an awesome bonus, but my main goal is to feel good and be healthy. This seems like an active team and t... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:07:51 EST Hello! I'm New Around Here! I am not new to SparkPeople, but am new to this team and to Menopause! I'm technically in peri-menopause but am already finding it much more difficult to continue to lose weight. I've started increasing my exercise and am now trying to find time daily rather than a few times a week. I'm adding fiber and decreasing calories. Anything else anyone here recommends? I'd love to learn from your experience! Thanks, everybody! Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:57:20 EST What do you do for water retention? My right foot felt so swollen at zumba tonight that I had to loosen my shoelaces. I drink a lot of water all day. The only thing I can think of is that I had frozen Chinese food last night. What do you guys do for water retention? Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:11:51 EST Nails-changes during menopause? Just curious......trying to figure out all the strange things happening to my body during this phase of life. I have always had beautiful, strong fingernails. Always getting comments on how nice they are, not fake?, etc. I keep them long and well manicured. Within the past couple of months, they have started cracking and peeling. I can't stand it. Anyone else experience this kind of thing? Thanks! Sat, 12 Oct 2013 09:51:44 EST Hello! I am so glad to be part of this team. I have been going thru menopause for over 6 yrs now. The doctor says its different for everybody. I just want it to be over soon. I think its driving me crazy sometimes like today I have been so moody. <BR> <em>198</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 23:36:58 EST October Team Goodies Hello team I always make this team the last for goodies we have over 7,000 women on the team ..In order to be fair YOU Must post in order to get a team GOODIE.. SO PLEASE POST <BR> <BR> Just drop in and say hello or use an emoticon ,, and have fun with our journey <BR> <BR> Hugs Dee Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:57:03 EST Hi there :) Hello all, <BR> My name is Jeannie. I had a full hysterectomy last May & am 53 years old. <BR> I am trying so hard to lose 40 pounds!! I follow a vegan (plant based) diet. I RARELY eat out because I want to know exactly what I am eating! I drink plenty of water & exercise at least an hour 6 days a week. Usually pretty hard cardio, either Zumba or doing a 5 k on my elliptical. <BR> My problem is that I am not losing weight....Not 1 ounce!!!!!!!!! I've have racked my brain trying to figu... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:32:45 EST Update on Leptin Resistance Well since 21 Jul 13 I've lost close to 6 pds. This has been quite an accomplishment for me. I'm so glad that I've learned that Leptin Resistance was one of the areas that was really messing with my hormones and resulting stagnant weight loss. I went from a size 25 to a size 16 in two years. I was on a roll...and then my weight loss just STOPPED. I tried everything...cut the calories, worked out 7 days a week...nothing worked for 8 months. I then joined Spark and researched the availabl... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 11:44:10 EST Menopause Before Expected My name is Lisa. I have been a part of Spark since '09. I had great success in the first year and then life happened. I started have medical issues a couple of years ago that resulted in a full hysterectomy this past January and put me into menopause at age 43. It has been a very hard trip mentally the last few months. I am finally starting to come around and feeling better each day. I'm hoping to connect with others who have had similar experiences and when this weight loss battle once and f... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 22:45:06 EST POST FOR TEAM GOODIES MONTH OF SEPT Hello team goodies are given out to a lot of people.... Please post by and say hello and say how you are it would be nice to know how you are doing .. you could just say hello or emoticon would work too <BR> <BR> have a great end of the month and a great Sept enjoy Thu, 29 Aug 2013 23:06:59 EST I hate strength training--HELP I can do cardio and stay within my calorie range like a pro! But I hate strength training! Any words of wisdom? Any suggestions? Any false affirmation that strength training isn't necessary? Lies. Anything to make me feel better about this! ha ha Mon, 26 Aug 2013 08:43:27 EST Follow Up on Leptin Resistance Good news on the leptin resistance. It's working so stomach is going down but the weight loss is slow. I can see big changes in my body. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 19:31:55 EST Yoco! Yoco! Hello!, my name is Cherokeesong & I am new here. I am in that change of life stage & it is hard to loose weight & even when I do I do not feel like I did still feel blotted & cant fit my clothes that I want to get into again... do not understand that. could anyone help me understand why. I mean when I do loose weight why don't I look & feel like I did & can not still wear what I want to get into? <em>46</em> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:07:08 EST Hello to everyone Hi! I'm new to this team. I've been dealing with perimenopause for a few years, but it's really getting worse lately. My energy level is generally low, although I'm faithful with my cardio exercises. My depression is back (gotta be lack of hormones!) and I believe it's what is robbing me of energy. <BR> I'm struggling with keeping up with strength training. I know it's really important and I want to do it, but I have always hated it! Now with this lack of energy, it's very easy to ski... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:44:05 EST It's working Good news all. I lost 2 pds and beating Leptin resistance is working. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:00:36 EST R U Kidding me! OMG, there is so much crap on this site, between the advertisements & people giving different advice that does not work my head is spinning! Drink 8 glasses of water a day! Like this is going to get rid of menopause weight or maybe the one about exercise, yea ok. You have to do nothing but exercise all day seven days a week to get rid of this fat. What a bunch of crap, crap & more crap! Every time you come on this site you have to navigate your way around all of these advertisements, God for... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 08:00:49 EST Leptin Resistance I've been doing a lot of research on menopause. I recently ran across some articles on Leptin resistance. Perhaps my hormonal imbalance might be related to my master hormone not working correctly. I've only been with SparkPeople a week and I weighed in a week ago. Today I reweighed in and lost half a pound, which is not a lot but I'll take it! Menopause definitely changes your body and mind. I'm going to make the best of this by thinking this experience as an opportunity to grow and lear... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 11:51:13 EST Post for Team Goodies August Hello team .... Team goodies are done for the month of July and we will now work on August ... <BR> <BR> Did you know we have over 7.535 members on this team .. yes some people do not have a spark page so they can not receive a team goodie .. We have a set amount of team points to a team.. since our team is so Large I dont have enough to give everyone a team goodie .. I would need a real lot .. so this is the fair was I know to give out team goodi... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:46:17 EST New 2 Spark & dealing with hormone imbalance Hi all, <BR> <BR> I joined Spark about a week ago. I went through menopause about 2 years ago and lost weight-went from size 25 to size 16. Unfortunately I stopped at size 16 about 8 months ago. I've tried everything to lose the weight to no avail. I cut my calories, increased my workout...nothing worked! I just researched menopause today and will try some new things. I purchased flaxseed, zinc, more veges, lowfat dairy, and lean meat (turkey and chicken). I hope this works! I only ha... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 20:07:38 EST Hello, I am new to the team Hello all, I am a 40 y/o, I had a total hysterectomy last June. The last few months I've started having hot flashes and night sweats. Gaining weight in areas that weren't there before, I joined Sparks people about a week and half ago help me (hopefully) lost the weight that I have gained along with the weight I had before I started menopause. UGH!!!!! <em>46</em> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:01:23 EST Hi all. Another newbie! Hi everybody. My name is Gretchen, I'm 49 years old and in the throes of menopause. Egads! I really need support. I've got 25 lbs to lose. I'm married for the second time this past April and have two grown sons. I live in Tennessee. Nice to meet cha! Sat, 13 Jul 2013 16:10:51 EST Pulling out the big guns OK, I've been in menopause for about 3 years. Since the beginning of perimenopause, 8+ years ago (I'm 60) I have piled on an average of 5 pounds a year. That now adds up to nearly 40 lb. over my ideal weight: right now, 180 on a 70" frame. I started HRT this week and am eagerly awaiting positive results. My estrogen and progesterone were virtually nil, and the doc says that contributed greatly to the gain; worst of all I have fat rolls around my middle, where once I had a rather small waist. ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:26:39 EST POST FOR GOODIES JULY Hello everyone all goodies are given out for the month of June and now we will work on July's hope everyone had a great day and a good month enjoy Sat, 29 Jun 2013 00:07:22 EST Just joined! Hi, I'm glad to find this group! I'm looking forward to getting motivated from the positive attitudes of others here! I'm fighting the "bloating blues" but SP is fun! Sun, 9 Jun 2013 19:18:53 EST Post for June Goodies hello all Goodies was sent out today and we will now start posting for June goodies <BR> <BR> <BR> just a hello or hi or <em>43</em> Thu, 30 May 2013 22:26:39 EST Does this team have a monthly streak? I just joined this month Thu, 30 May 2013 12:13:11 EST A sheepish hello.... I have been here (at Spark, not this team) more than once and it does get embarrassing to say "it's me again!" but I need to be here and I can't pretend I'm new. I would slip up somehow! <BR> <BR> I lost 30 pounds the first time and left still needing to lose 30, now it's 35! I have a couple of health problems, but two years ago depression hit and it's by far the hardest thing I have had to fight and to that add menopause...I'm a barrel of fun! At it's worse I tend to pull away from everyon... Sun, 26 May 2013 14:49:00 EST Need to lose weight - Menopause @ 41 Hello. I had a hystorectomy in 1998 and my ovaries removed 5 years ago. I have tried hormone replacement (creams, pills, even compounding pharmacy custom) and felt horrible the entire time. I stopped taking any kind of hormone about 2.5 yrs ago and feel better...except I have gained over 50 lbs. <BR> <BR> I need to lose weight! I feel it in every joint, and I am so tired of feeling tired and out of breath because of this extra weight. <BR> <BR> I have been told that it is next to impos... Sun, 26 May 2013 12:10:03 EST Belly fat challenge! Seems this is the toughest area to lose at this stage of the game. Who would like to join in with their current belly measurement and see how many inches we can lose by the end of the year? Send tips on how you are winning the belly battle, etc. <BR> <BR> My current belly measurement is: 39.5" <em>15</em> Fri, 24 May 2013 11:11:05 EST Question Anyone else still have regular TOM at 58? Tue, 21 May 2013 13:52:00 EST New here At the Drs last fall I had the "surprise" you have entered menopause results on my blood work. Seriously! <BR> No hot flashes (yet?)- but I am irritated, dead tired, unhappy and I want hormone replacement NOW, and this is just the beginning. waaaaaah! <BR> Sorry but that's how I feel. <BR> I've had health issues my entire life and menopause is just is not helping. <BR> Happy to be her! :o) Tue, 21 May 2013 00:33:12 EST Hi Team! Eating healthier than I have in years and finding even with exercise the weight is very slow to come off. Gets difficult at times but am taking it one day at a time. Looking for any tips to help me stay motivated. Sun, 19 May 2013 14:58:35 EST NEW TO TEAM I have 97 lbs to lose and could use some support along the way. Since reaching my 50's it's been a real challenge to get any weight off. But I know with hard work and determination, I will lose all I need to lose to get back the body I know I have under all this fat. <BR> Sun, 19 May 2013 12:01:05 EST Let's Dance use a dance emoticon under fitness Thu, 2 May 2013 23:09:06 EST POST FOR MAY GOODIES! Please post here for a Team goodie at the end of the month! Thu, 2 May 2013 17:45:25 EST Hello Hi...I am 45 and had a hysterectomy 2 years ago. I kept my ovaries because they were still functioning at that time. I have just recently had to start wearing the hormome patch. Talk about weight gain. I am hopeful this site will be an additional inspiration to get this weight off along side the problems that go along with hormonal problems. Wed, 1 May 2013 09:28:41 EST newbie Hello team, im Becky 51 glad I found u! Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:47:39 EST newbie Hello team, im Becky 51 glad I found u! Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:36:09 EST POST FOR GOODIES IN APRIL Goodies was given in March and now we start a new month <BR> <BR> Please post here for team goodie at the end of the month Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:21:25 EST Hi new to this site username is SAharley78 Hello I'm new to this site and am hoping to loose 20lbs in which I have gained in a very short time frame. I just found out I'm starting menopause and that could be the culprit. I've also had neck surgery in the past year and am disabled so haven't been very active. I just joined my local gym and hope this helps. To be honest I'm very lucky and have never been on a diet and always have been able to eat whatever I wanted and this is going to be very hard for me especially the calorie counting ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 19:29:01 EST Hello team! Hello! <BR> My name is Kathy and I just joined Sparkpeople yesterday. I am 50 years old and even though I have been trying to lose weight my whole life, menopause hasn't helped!!! At my recent doctors visit the doctor told me he would like to see me get down to 200 lbs. So... I have 56 lbs. to lose! I usually use Weight Watchers Online, but the price is a little too high for me right now. I found this site and HERE WE GO AGAIN! So far, so good! Hello to everyone! Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:47:38 EST LOOKING FOR HELP Hello team as we all know one of our leaders is not with us .. We need help I know Momma48 Cheryl is busy and so am I .. Right now I need to spend more time off line my dad is now sick .. As many of you remember I lost my mother Last Mother;s Day and now my father is sick .. I need to take care of him and spend as much time with him .. If any one can help Us out we would appreciate it .. Please leave a message here or with ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 22:52:40 EST POST FOR TEAM GOODIES MARCH Hello all Team goodies are given out Please post here for a team GOODIE <BR> thanks Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:56:27 EST Newbie to the Group Hi Everyone. My name is Nancy and I am new to this group. I have been trying to loose weight since last August. I started out at 178 and am now down to 155. My first goal was to be down to 145 by my sons wedding in July. Unfortunately I have been stuck at this weight since Christmas and it doesn't want to budge regardless of what I do. I have tried adding more calories, lowering calories by some, exercising more, exercising less all to no avail. Presently I eat around 1400 calories and... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 08:20:30 EST New Member-Feeling fat Hello to this site and love reading about others feeling the same way I do!!! Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:02:42 EST Good morning! I am new to this group. I just found this group. I'm happy to have found you all! I had a hysterectomy 6 months ago and was not prepared for surgical menopause! I had been having night sweats for a couple of years but that was nothing compared to what followed my surgery! It was so bad I slept with icepacks and wore an icepack around my neck during the day. I finally got on HRT and that has helped. What has helped the most is WATER. Since I started SP Dec 31st and started drinking 8 plus glasses a day my hot ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 08:56:24 EST Post for Team Goodie for February Hello all <BR> <BR> GOODIES have been given out and a new month is starting ..Hope everyone has a good month .. <BR> <BR> Post here for a team goodie Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:53:11 EST NEWBIE LOOKING FOR FRIENDS Hi my name is Jean and I am 58 years young, will be 59 in April. Time sure flies. My 40th high school reunion just passed last year. Ugh. Anyway, I am married, never had children but have had cats. Right now I have 2 Ipod and Snickers. Ipod is 3 and we just got Snickers to go along with Ipod because he has been alone for a year. I live in Wisconsin and need to lose at least 50 pounds. Hoping to make friends and hoping to lose this weight. It sure is harder now than it used to be. Funny how yo... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:00:33 EST GRATITUDE JOURNAL-What are you grateful for today? having the house to myself all day today. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:27:30 EST New to the group Hi I'm Vickie and just joined this group today -- and boy am I glad I found you! : ) I've been going thru menopause for about 2 years now and have been floored by all the changes to my body and mind as a result of it. The muffin top belly, hot flashes, insomnia, forgetfulness -- sometimes I feel like I woke up one day in a completely new body that I don't know how to control and its driving me nuts! <BR> I joined Spark Team as part of my weight loss goal for this year, I am going to lose t... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:36:44 EST Happy Healthy New Year 2013 Hi Everyone I am new to Spark People and new to this group. Can I start by wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2013 and all the best for achieving your goals. I have over 20lbs to lose. I understand that for many that will seem like nothing but for me it seems like a big mountain to climb. I have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight for a long time and I gave up smoking last year and although I would never smoke again this really has made the weight problem worse. Since the menopause I f... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 06:42:57 EST Education the Hard Way Hello everyone <BR> <BR> I am 56 soon to be 57 and thought I was fairly knowledgeable about most things. All my life I thought menopause was freedom from periods and if unlucky suffering through severe hot flashes. Now I am learning the extremely hard way that I was totally dumb about menopause. <BR> <BR> After being peri-men for years during which my weight gradually increased, all of the symptoms hit me big time during the last year. Previously I had the irregularity in my periods... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 08:24:21 EST hi, I'm new here Good afternoon, <BR> <BR> I recently joined the team. I am 32 years old, and had TAH a year ago. I have traded one set of problems for another. I can deal with dry skin, hot flashes, and mood swings, but I can not deal with this weight gain. I am hoping you ladies can give me some insight and motivation. Please help. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:46:56 EST Post for team Goodies month of January Hello Everyone so sorry for not leaving a message with the goodies but I am so press for times in giving Goodies to all my teams .. with the hustle of the season and with all I had to do I forgot to give out team goodies so sorry I am late <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 22:30:54 EST Hi Hot flashes, mood swings, lack of sleep and weight gain.. this is the new normal for me after having to have surgery this year.. I know it was needed and thus has become a part of my life but unless you go thru this people just don't understand. I'm 46 and I refuse to accept that menopause means I can't lose weight..I'm looking for some sister hood of the traveling heat support and on some days just to help me off the ledge LOL... <BR> <BR> B Sat, 29 Dec 2012 16:13:34 EST New to the group Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to this group but not new to SP. I've been on and off with SP since around 2008. Here I am back again making another attempt to lose weight, get some exercise and live a healthier lifestyle. This is not a New Year's resolution, this is me yet again attempting to get on track. Only this time I believe I am also entering "menopause" YIKES!!! I'm concerned that it will be harder to lose the weight being in menopause so I am doing something different this time..... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:26:13 EST Greetings! I call myself Mary menopause... I have had all the highs and lows of this natural event and I'm in a good place, with one weight. My appetite is ferocious, and my middle is expanding. I begged my Dr. to put me on HRT's because my emotions were crazy. She said, "Just drink soy milk". Well, two years past soy milk, I finally took the plunge to get on bio-identical hormones. I am so thankful I did. I feel like a human being again, but I need to shed pounds. I hope to chat ... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 21:41:27 EST Weight Gain and Menopause.. grrrr Well, Im new to this... was on another discussion board.. Looking for some ideas on how to cope with my body changing,, and the weight gain no matter what I try to do,, nothing works. What is everyone else doing ? Sat, 8 Dec 2012 21:13:27 EST POST FOR TEAM GOODIE MONTH OF DECEMBER Hello everyone goodies are giving out and now we start a new month WIshing everyone have a great day and a great new month <BR> <BR> Hope last month was a good for all <BR> <BR> Please post a hello or emoticon <em>43</em> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:52:18 EST I need help I was wondering, I have been thinking I am in menopause or starting it for a bit. I am 45 and I do take some pain meds for my back. What I can I try to treat herbally. Does anyone else take supplements? I would love an email if you do I think I may be overdoing it or something just is not right. Thu, 22 Nov 2012 13:51:49 EST Hi Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm 51 and am just starting menopause (I think). I haven't skipped a period yet, but they are getting irregular. Over the past 6 months my moods have been getting gloomier and gloomier. To the point that I talked to my doctor about it. We decided to give a low dose birth control pill a try. 25 years ago, I was on the pill for 5 years until I couldn't tolerate it any longer. It was causing depression. But the doses were much higher back then. It's only been abo... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 09:01:57 EST Is it possible????? Hi everyone! I wanted to take some time to introduce myself. I'm Tracy, a single mother of two young men and going to be 52 years old. I know it's not realistic to think I will ever have my old body back (mid-30's), but someone, please give me hope it's possible to get some resemblance of it back! <BR> <BR> I don't know this body in which I live. It has never acted like this before and my brain has never functioned this poorly. I won't go in to the stress that I battle daily (child supp... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 10:39:43 EST help no motivation Please help me with some ideas to get motivated. Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:29:45 EST The Possible Dream Hi! Staying positive with uncooperative hormones is a challenge, but I am so stubborn that I expect success. I have been tracking food and exercise as well as taking advantage of the resources on this site since September. I am wondering if the calorie range is too liberal for my needs at this stage of life. I have yet to see a pound come off my body. Step aerobics, strength training, yoga and walking as well as other activities are priorities each week. I am enjoying SparkPeople and what it ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:14:25 EST POST FOR TEAM GOODIES MONTH OF NOVEMBER PLEASE POST HERE FOR TEAM GOODIES JUST HELLO OR AN EMOTICON <BR> <em>33</em> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 17:56:02 EST yipes! feel young but hips don't agree At 52 am almost completely thru menopause. Very busy, teenaged kids, having fun in the community with acting, singing, directing... but suddenly realizing I've put on weight, can't take it off, and am having aches I never had before... Want to nip these things in the bud as possible, so I stay healthy and energetic! Sat, 6 Oct 2012 15:00:50 EST BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH! SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! <em>390</em> As alot of us know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! And, as such, let's show our support by posting a beautiful <em>390</em> to show our support to those that have had cancer, the survivors and for friends or family that have dealt with the same! <BR> <BR> ALSO, I'm adding a link to this thread regarding the subject and I hope everyone learns and does their self-exams and mammograms! Take care of you and your body -- you're super worth it! <BR> <BR> <link>www... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:49:30 EST Help Just joined today... Feeling very overwhelmed with all the web stuff... Tell me it gets easier... <BR> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 16:35:27 EST Hi My name is Caroline, new to the team. I am 47 and going through menopause, I have only had my period once in the last year and it was only a spot or two so I guess that makes me still premenopausel? I have no energy and just don't like how I feel and look, have gained weight and was wondering if anyone has tried the amberin pills, I don't want to do the hormone route, or if anyone has any better solutions, aside from going to the gym which I do. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 10:31:59 EST Nice to be here! Looking forward to losing weight and getting fit. It's been a while, lol. So glad I found this team and SparkPeople! Hope everyone is doing great this Monday. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:38:22 EST New Excited Member Hello my name is Lisa, I'm a 50 yr. old women who wants to be more healthy in every aspect. I love this site and have already seen results. It's so simple and amazing! Mon, 1 Oct 2012 11:21:20 EST SPARKS' TRIVIA (Question, Answer & Explanation) <em>38</em> True or False: Even if you are at a healthy weight, your risk for developing hypertension is greater if you do not exercise regularly. <BR> <BR> True! Sedentary individuals have a higher risk for hypertension than individuals who are active. Regular exercise can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. However, if you are overweight, your risk of developing high blood pressure is two to six times higher. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:17:48 EST Team Goodies For OCTOBER Please post here for a team goodie just a hello or an emoticon <em>334</em> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 16:39:23 EST femring Hi all <BR> Has anyone used or have used the femring? <BR> In August 2011 I had a total hysterectomy because of uterine prolapse. In January 2012 my bladder prolapsed so I just had the mesh put in for my pelvic floor. That was a LONG recovery, anyway, I keep forgetting to take my estriodol for my hot flashes, so she prescribed the femring. I am not sure I am comfortable about putting anything `Up There. Has anyone tried this, and if so what do you think of it? <BR> Any input is greatly apprec... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:04:04 EST COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS & SAY THANK YOU! Each new day is a gift, so let's have fun and share our appreciation for life, by sharing a <em>304</em> for today! <BR> <BR> So, have fun and <em>304</em> everyone for making this a great group of friends! Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:55:24 EST Looking for HELP As many of you know Teresa died suddenly . and we are one leader short ... We are looking for an extra hand but we need someone to be dependable and post on the team and make new postings and keep the team alive .. Please contact Me or Cheryl Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:23:40 EST FRIEND-LEADER UNSTOPPABLE IS NOW WITH THE LORD! I was in total shock when I read a blog this morning stating that Teresa had passed away. I don't know too much as to the cause, etc., but she'll always remain in our hearts! Please pray for her family at this difficult time and thank you everyone for your wonderful faith and strength--which Teresa loved to share with all of us here. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> my friend and know that you'll be missed <em>220</em> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 08:28:04 EST &#127802;&#1 27796;newbie from South Carolina Its been a great week finding sp, I am totally enjoying all the nice friends that are on here and all the motivation and support. I am 53, 69 days smoke free and been going thru menopause for 2 yrs now where 15 lbs has krept on. <BR> Looking forward to getting the lbs off and staying smoke free, and making new friends&#128522; Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:46:44 EST POST FOR TEAM GOODIE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER a new month is near please post a hello or Emoticom <em>213</em> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 21:34:56 EST belly buster I'm so depressed-just cannot get rid of this belly! Menapausal Belly! <BR> ~deb <em>39</em> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 18:50:58 EST Back on the wagon.... I am restarting sparkpeople. I have no idea how to look for or add friends. Can someone please help me out here? =) Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:47:52 EST Scared to death Hello Team....I have been trying to lose 40 pounds for the last 3 years. Since Pre-Menopause and heel spurs it has been a challenge. BUT will not give up want to be healthy before "55" and I have another year to accomplish my goal of HEALTHY LIVING!!! Thu, 23 Aug 2012 19:58:15 EST New to the team My name is GiGi. I am a 49, married with two grown daughters, a 2 year old grandson, and one more on the way. I am in menopause and I joined this team to get helpful tips for weight loss. I doesn't come off as easily as it used to. Is menopause the culprit? Look forward to hearing from you. <BR> <BR> Gigi Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:25:21 EST Old Old Member Coming back Hello: <BR> I started Sparkpeople way back in 2006. Over the next two years I lost 105 pounds. My original name was Slimsuccess. I started going through menopause and gained 110 pounds back. I am not struggling to get those pounds off. I have had a thyroid test and I am fine. It appears my metabolism has lowered along with my focus and resolve. I joined this team in hopes of getting back the motivation I once had. Has anyone else here had the same thing to happen? If you are now losin... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 19:22:02 EST what did you have for breakfast? Cheerios Tue, 21 Aug 2012 17:03:32 EST newbie from Wisconsin Hi my name is Deb,, I'm 53 <BR> I have been on a rough road lately. In August of 2011 I had a complete hysterectomy do to uterine prolapse. 4 months after that ,my bladder fell and I had prolapse for that. Just in May now I had surgery for that, the mesh was used for bladder sling, then they also did a cystocele in case I would ever end up with incontinence . I was off work 12 weeks literally not able to do anything! I am back to work now and am still sore Also it feels swollen down there.... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:50:07 EST POST FOR TEAM GOODIE MONTH OF AUGUST hello all the goodies for the month of July is already given out ,,, we have a very large team so to be fair if you post here you get a goodie ,, just a hello , wave or emoticon and have fun <em>213</em> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:15:34 EST Weekly Weigh In's After a horrible week I'm back to weighing and doing measurements. <BR> <BR> My Numbers for today are: <BR> <BR> Weight: 254.2 <BR> Bust: 50-1/2 <BR> Waist: 44-1/2 <BR> Hips: 51 <BR> Thighs: 27 <BR> Sun, 29 Jul 2012 10:15:18 EST Hi from Fla I'm 55, soon to be 56. I'm married to my wonderful hubby Bob, and I have a grown son named Chris, that's my pride and joy. I talk about both a lot in blogs at times. <BR> I'm working to lose some weight thru healthier eating and more exercise. I'm not using a scale to determine my progress. I'll be using a tape measurer once a week to see my progress and how my clothes are fitting. The main goal is to feel better about myself and to have more energy, regardless of my size. <BR> I'm trying to ... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 17:53:47 EST Lost a pound! I may have mentioned I don't weigh myself very often, but I did this morning & I lost a pound. I know it's almost nothing but at least I'm moving, in the right direction. I feel good about it & just hope I can continue to my goal. I've been sticking to my calorie range although mid rather than low, maybe that will work better for me. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:44:49 EST Hi everyone! Greetings From Maine! I am so happy to have found an active menopause group! I just turned 48 last month and although my periods are as regular as clockwork things are changing! Night sweats, fatigue and a general fuzziness are the leading symptoms, along with the dreaded weight around the middle (what the heck is that all about!) and a scale that will only move if I through it across the room!! How have you gotten the scale to move in the right direction? <BR> <BR> I have just begun tak... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 11:35:57 EST Going Back in Progress This July 4th has wrecked my forward progress...I have slipped back, back BACK. Bummer:( But I am working to get that fixed this week. No more going back...moving forward:) Mon, 9 Jul 2012 20:03:32 EST Question about posting? Just wanted to know, as having 'newly' entered the menopause process(un dx'd but I'm pretty sure), is it ok to discuss what I'm going through with that or is this team really for weight-loss relevant & fun stuff only? Didn't want to post anything inappropriate but I couldn't find any guidelines. Thanks! Mon, 9 Jul 2012 08:14:02 EST Hi, I'm new to group! I'm actually pretty sure I've just started the 'official' menopause process, I turned 50 this past October. I'm actually pretty happy about it, having suffered with HORRIBLE pms for the last 30+ years. Horrible binging with that. I'm hoping now I will be more able to control that & may actually lose some weight. Well, I hope everyone has a good day, I'm glad you're all here. Cheers, Liz Tue, 3 Jul 2012 08:57:23 EST I'm Jae, new to the group Hi, I found out a few weeks ago that I'm post-menopause @ 56 years old, and it kinda explains why it's been so hard to lose weight. I've reduced what I eat and walk every day but the weight loss is slow-going. I'm trying hard to keep a positive attitude. Would love to hear how you deal with it, if that's a problem for you. Either way, I'm glad to be here! <BR> <BR> Jae <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Jul 2012 18:48:53 EST POST FOR TEAM GOODIES MONTH OF JULY Please POST HERE to get a team goodie.. just a brief <BR> <BR> HELLO or HI or <em>43</em> <em>213</em> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 17:07:03 EST New Team Member Hello everyone! I'm a newbie to the team. I'm so glad to find you all! <em>345</em> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:43:03 EST Menopause and weight gain Looking to lose 22 pounds. I have lost 8 in 8 weeks but now it seems I cannot lose so I joined sp a 3 wks ago. So far nothing...My stats come up over exercising and not eating enough. I never reach my targets for food. Looking for friends and could use some advice...Thanks Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:26:52 EST will birth control pills help my mood! I recently saw my ob/gyn about menopause symptoms, and she prescribed a birth control pill that's mostly progesterone and a very small amount of estrogen. (Due to my mom's history of breast cancer I'm not a candidate for traditional HRT.) Although I have all the usual menopause symptoms--hot flashes, insomnia, irregular periods, mood swings--the biggest issue for me was the heaviness of my periods (to the point where I couldn't leave the house on some days!) <BR> I've only been on the pill ... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:04:06 EST conflicting doctor's opinions Hi everyone. I'm 47 years old and I think I might be in menopause. I'm having the sweats at night and I went through a 3 week episode where I got really depressed, snappy and it was scary! I'm feeling better than that now but not myself, for sure (although I do tend to get depressed sometimes- this was PMS on steroids!) <BR> <BR> I went to my obgyn and she is very conservative when it comes to hormones. She wants me to take the pill- I tried it and had a bit of success, but that was a while ... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 08:54:06 EST STRENGTH TRAINING TODAY? GIVE A WOO HOO! STRENGTH TRAINING TODAY OR YESTERDAY? Sun, 3 Jun 2012 01:47:31 EST HELLO TEAM I AM STILL IN MOURNING AND NOT WITH IT AND WANT TO SAY I WILL BE BACK IN FULL FORCE ,, I KNOW I HAVENT POSTED MUCH BUT WITH TAKING CARE OF DAD AND RESOLVING PROBLEMS AND DOING THE PAPER WORK ITS BE A BIT DIFFICULT FOR ME... <BR> <BR> THIS WEEK I GOT AN ANNIVERSARY CARD AND MY FATHER SAID IT WAS ALL SIGNED BY MY MOTHER ,, WHEN DID SHE DO THIS SHE WASNT HOME FOR 3 WEEKS AND HAS PASSED OVER NOW 3 WEEKS ITS BEEN ROUGH FOR ME SINCE I WAS HER CARETAK... Wed, 30 May 2012 23:16:29 EST POST FOR TEAM GOODIE MONTH OF JUNE HELLO TEAM A NEW MONTH AND A NEW BEGINNING IN ORDER TO GET A TEAM GOODIE YOU HAVE TO POST ,,, PLEASE STOP IN AND SAY HELLO WE WOULD ALL LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU ,, Wed, 30 May 2012 23:10:57 EST THANK U 4 GOODIE Hello,thank you Dee,Cheryl and Teresa for the lovely Goodie from the Team,I really appreciate your thoughtfulness.I look forward to knowing you better in June. <em>220</em> <BR> <em>247</em> Diana <em>304</em> Wed, 30 May 2012 22:25:50 EST Hello! Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Molly, I'm looking forward to being a part of this group. I'm very frustrated with the weight gain that is a part of menopause. I'm excited to get motivated and lose the weight! <BR> Thanks! Sat, 26 May 2012 13:36:46 EST new to spark Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Mary and trying to get healthy again. I would like to blame menopause for my weight gain, but that would be too easy! I need to put portion control and getting fit back into my life again. Hoping I can stay committed!! Wed, 23 May 2012 17:25:48 EST Hi....I just joined this team <em>213</em> I am new to this team, but have been on SP since '08 Not liking this so called Menopause stage of life, especially dealing with hot flashes and night sweats!!! <em>198</em> Was wondering what you other ladies do for these issues? Fri, 18 May 2012 22:23:20 EST HELP!! how do you handle hot flashes/night sweats I am having so much trouble sleeping at night because of the constant on/off night sweats--anybody have some suggestion -- I am open to all that have successful remedies.... Tue, 15 May 2012 14:33:38 EST EVERYONE COULD USE A HUG...SO PASS IT ON! Let's send some hugs out there :) Sun, 13 May 2012 02:24:07 EST Holding your (nighttime) water 51 years old... <BR> Currently in the "two or three cycles a year" stage. <BR> <BR> Before you ask - yes, I've been to the doctor... No I don't have a UTI, or anything else "wrong..." <BR> <BR> That said, I can't seem to sleep through the night, without getting up to go to the bathroom. It's really annoying, and I'm sure, like most of you, it really disrupts my sleep, and I'm more irritable that normal (hahha). Usually happens when I have night sweats, and it wakes me up...then I have to ... Thu, 10 May 2012 13:05:59 EST New here, need motivation I am in menopause and am also having health issues and need motivation. I joined this team to be with other women like me. Tue, 8 May 2012 12:59:02 EST New PICTURE Teresa I love the new PIC thank you Fri, 4 May 2012 18:55:15 EST ABC...WORDS THAT END WITH A "T" ABC...WORDS THAT END WITH A "T" Wed, 2 May 2012 09:07:53 EST POST FOR GOODIES MAY new month and a new begining and wishing you all a great day <BR> <BR> if you want a team goodie at the the end of the month post here <BR> <BR> THANK YOU Sun, 29 Apr 2012 23:33:03 EST Do hormones help?? Hi - all. I just found this team. I hope this is not too much info but I am looking for advise. <BR> I will be 50 this summer. <BR> <BR> Right now, I am enjoying 3 weeks of "my friend" a month. This is actually an improvement but cripes I'm ready for this to be over with. <BR> My doc prescribed Meridia IUD 2 years ago - which is what finally brought me down to 3 weeks - with a lot less cramps. I wonder if I need a supplemental hormone or something? <BR> Is this normal? When I asked... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 11:45:20 EST newbie hi to everyone just joined the team woohooo Fri, 6 Apr 2012 10:48:36 EST Looking forward to being a part of the Team! Hi ladies! I am starting SP once again. I went through medical menopause at 41 and I just cannot lose weight now (but have no trouble putting it on!). I seem to have no energy or willpower anymore. I am hoping to turn things around now! Thu, 5 Apr 2012 09:39:35 EST LET'S COUNT UP BY 10's LET'S COUNT UP BY 10's Wed, 4 Apr 2012 01:44:58 EST LET'S COUNT UP BY 5's LET'S COUNT UP BY 5's Wed, 4 Apr 2012 01:44:20 EST Post for Goodies ( APRIL) A NEW MONTH AND A NEW BEGINNING AND WISHING EVERYONE A GREAT JOURNEY ... ALL GOODIES ARE GIVEN OUT FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH AND HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT NIGHT AND OR DAY Thu, 29 Mar 2012 22:08:09 EST Hello! *WAVES* Hi All! My name is Liz, and I'm a 46 year old wife, mother and grandmother hailing from South Central PA. I'm not new to Spark but this is a new team for me. I've actually been a member of SP on and off since 2006. I've deleted and created more SP accounts than I care to admit. But, I figure as long as I keep coming back, it means that I haven't given up, right? So, here I am again. The "skinny" is I've been up and down the scale like most of us over the years. I'm currently on the up side an... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 20:48:34 EST The Blues Hi, CAN ANYONE HELP PLEASE <em>46</em> at times i am fine but at other times i feel so down everything is magnified by 100% things i am not happy with about myself just seem so much worse. I even get to the point that i hate myself and i am so paranoid about everything, is there any thing i can take that would make things at least some what better. Its really starting to get me down if someone says something that would normally not bother me i could start crying when i feel like this. <em>1... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 07:06:23 EST Need suggestions I am having difficulty sleeping through the night because I wake up feeling warm/hot...I kick off the covers, take off clothing layers, etc. Then I wake up too cold...This is an old problem that was gone for months and is back again. <BR> <BR> I would appreciate any suggestions. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:19:55 EST Hi I am new from VA Greetings all. I just found this great site last week. I want to get my weight down and this is it. I am 56 years old, and married to my best friend for 35 years in May. I teach Cosmetology to high school students (26 years now). I am also a Creative Memories Consultant since April of 2000. <BR> <BR> I love to scrapbook for my family as well as many other crafts. Sewing, card making, stamping, crocheting and knitting. I want to learn to quilt when I retire from teaching. I love to stay busy.... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:56:28 EST POST FOR TEAM GOODIES MARCH March team goodies for all those who post .. Please join us here <BR> <BR> THANKS <BR> <BR> goodies all given out Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:52:59 EST new and ready to lose hi to all and excited to begin my weight lost journey..I have 50 lbs to lose..I can do it..and will be helped by sparkpeople with the same goals,,thanks Linda Wed, 15 Feb 2012 08:13:26 EST QUICK TIP DIRECTORY -- What's on Your Mind ? Here is a quick connection to Tips -- <BR> <BR> MAGIC POTION TO WARD OFF CRAVINGS (SEROTONIN) <BR> Click on link below: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x54346x462<BR>31728 </link> <BR> <BR> TIPS FOR ANTI-AGING <BR> Click on link below: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x54346x463<BR>03022 </link> <BR> <BR> TIPS FOR CHOCOLATE CRAVINGS <BR> Click on link below: <BR> <link> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 10:20:06 EST Trying to Gain this came from Carolyn team leader from the slowest looser <BR> <BR> Here is a link about a woman who is TRYING to GAIN weight and wants to be 1000 pounds so she can be the heaviest woman in the world. <BR> <BR><BR>id <BR> ge_woman_who_wants_to.html <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:39:38 EST Menopause at 29 Hi. My name is Adriana and I am 29 years old and going through menopause. Well I guess I am not going through it. I have already completed it. At 28 I had a complete hysterectomy. Obviously there are very few people my age I relate to so I figured I would join this team who would understand the struggles at this stage. Since my hysterectomy I have gained 25 lbs. Sun, 12 Feb 2012 23:46:03 EST Hello - New to the Group Hi there - I am new to this group (and this is my first post). I have joined looking for support and suggestions to continue working towards weight loss and healthy menopause. I am 53 years old - have been menopausal for 4 years, am on HRT for hot flashes. The main concern I have is that my weight has been steadily creeping up for the past few years and it does not want to come off. I have been an avid exerciser for years, taking fitness classes, walking, working out at the gym, yoga, golf... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 12:57:54 EST help I am having such a hard time this past year with menopause symptoms...I have been having hot flashed this past month or so, and all I want to do is eat...HELP........ Tue, 7 Feb 2012 07:56:15 EST 2012 DAILY DISCUSSION & CHIT CHAT! <em>213</em> Good morning everyone! How is everyone doing today? I'm looking forward to a busy day helping my parents and doing a few odds and ends downtown. The "to do" list always seems to grow! But, as long as I'm getting things accomplished, the list is okay with me! Thu, 2 Feb 2012 08:22:02 EST 5/8 FRUITS & VEGETABLES TODAY OR YESTERDAY? 5/8 FRUITS & VEGETABLES TODAY OR YESTERDAY? Tue, 31 Jan 2012 21:37:36 EST 7/8 HOURS OF SLEEP LAST NIGHT? 7/8 HOURS OF SLEEP LAST NIGHT? Tue, 31 Jan 2012 21:36:58 EST POST FOR GOODIES FEBRUARY HELLO TEAM ALL GOODIES ARE GIVEN OUT AND STARTING A NEW MONTH <BR> <BR> POST HERE AND YOU GET A TEAM GOODIE AT THE END OF THE MONTH <BR> <BR> HAVE A GREAT DAY AND ENJOY OUR NEW MONTH OF NEW BEGINNINGS Mon, 30 Jan 2012 23:21:40 EST Becky B I'm having a terrible time losing any weight!!! Please pray for me. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:43:44 EST HRT For those who are/have taken long have you been taking it or how long were you taking before you stopped? I've ben on prempro for 16 months and I just stopped taking it. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:04:05 EST Newbie (Menopause & Thyroid) I'm new here and have about 50 pounds to lose. I was wondering if anyone has had success losing with both menopause & hypothyroid. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:21:18 EST The Fat Trap I received an email today from Menopause Setpoint (I have the book, and signed up for the newsletter). It is very interesting on how many studies are being performed these days (all over the world) on obesity and the effects of dieting on the human body. <BR> <BR> "At a time of new resolutions for most of us, I found the New York Times article on January 1, 2012, "The Fat Trap", applicable, educational and most informative. <BR><BR>ne/tara-parker-pop... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 16:53:10 EST why I stopped exercising the last time I had been doing really well and then horror of all horrors I was using that shake and brake thingy for your bingo wings and a sort of rowing machine thingy and the next couple of dayz I had a pain in my chest which I could only put down to the exercising so I stopped immediately and am hoping this doesnt happen again ( I think i musta pulled something in the chest area) so there that was my excuse but it did kinda frighten me so I stopped. Well I wasnt gonnae blame the zumba thats toooooooo... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 21:55:18 EST Hi - New to team, not Spark Hi - I am Jean - new to team not to spark. <BR> <BR> Decided I need a little support at this stage in my life. My body is changing and I do not like what I am seeing or how I am feeling. Working out helps me feel better about myself - but I feel a depression setting in regards to the changes and menopause - my sister who is older than I - has encouraged me to seek some support so here I am. <BR> <BR> Jean Wed, 4 Jan 2012 11:47:23 EST 4 LETTER WORDS A THRU Z aged Tue, 3 Jan 2012 22:11:55 EST BetcaCanMakeI ItBeyond2Weeks Hi.....all I can say is I certainly hope I last longer than 2 weeks this time. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 21:12:46 EST YOUR LAST FRUIT OR VEGGIE? What was the last fruit or vegetable you ate? Tue, 3 Jan 2012 00:15:29 EST Help! Get rid of one issue and gain another literally! I've been struggling with weight ever since I hit menopause. Any suggestions? I'm very active but doesn't seem to matter. So I'm going back to the basics. <em>4</em> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 07:09:21 EST AFTER A WHILE (poem by Veronica A. Shoffstall) After A While <BR> ©1971 Veronica A. Shoffstall <BR> <BR> After a while you learn <BR> the subtle difference between <BR> holding a hand and chaining a soul <BR> and you learn <BR> that love doesn’t mean leaning <BR> and company doesn’t always mean security. <BR> And you begin to learn <BR> that kisses aren’t contracts <BR> and presents aren’t promises <BR> and you begin to accept your defeats <BR> with your head up and your eyes ahead <BR> with the grace of woman, <BR> not the... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 16:33:49 EST WEATHER OR RAINBOW ROOM WHAT IS YOUR WEATHER LIKE ???? Wed, 28 Dec 2011 21:08:10 EST GOODIES POST FOR JANUARY WE ARE DOING GREAT KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK ,,,, NEW MONTH AND WISHING EVERYONE A GREAT NEW YEAR AHEAD <BR> <BR> ENJOY Wed, 28 Dec 2011 21:06:05 EST DID YOU STAY ON TRACK TODAY? DID YOU STAY ON TRACK TODAY? IT IS EASY TO FALL OFF BUT IT IS JUST AS EASY TO GET BACK ON. JUST GIVE YOURSELF A SHAKE AND TAKE SMALL STEPS TO GET WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 21:26:09 EST WILD SIDE OF WEIGHTLOSS (the Lion Family) FUNNY I'm going to start this as a series and post the updates to <BR> THE LION FAMILY on this thread <BR> <BR> I Hope to entertain you with my insanity...Hope you enjoy it. <BR> <BR> THE LION FAMILY started with the gift of a vacuum <BR> <BR> What NOT to Give For Christmas (posted 12/25/11) <BR> click on the Link below <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637583 </link> Sun, 25 Dec 2011 07:23:35 EST JUMPING JACK FLASH parody (Doing the Class) JUMPING JACK FLASH parody (Doing the Class) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> (to the tune of the Rolling Stones JUMPING JACK FLASH) <BR> click on link below <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4636820 </link> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 06:04:43 EST Rolling Stones SATISFACTION song parody ****** SATISFACTION song parody <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> (to the tune of the classic SATISFACTION by The Rolling Stones) <BR> WARNING: if you are sensitve to tunes repeating in your head go no further <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> please click on the link below <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4635813 </link> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 03:51:36 EST HELP parody (inner child has gone guerilla war) HELP parody (inner child has gone guerilla war) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> please click on link below and enjoy <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634777 </link> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 03:46:28 EST YOUR CHEATING HEART song (Spark Style) YOUR CHEATING HEART song (Spark Style) <BR> by yours truly <BR> <BR> I think this is one of my favorite creations... hope you'll enjoy it <BR> and I loved making this poster <BR> <BR> please click on the link below <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4633573 </link> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 07:58:21 EST How to Know u Need INNER CHILD Intervention- funny 20 Ways to Know YOU and Your INNER CHILD need an Intervention <BR> humor <BR> Please click on the link below. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4630231 </link> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 03:45:31 EST Menopause symptoms Do any of you get heart palpitations along with your heat flashes? This is so scary. They say it's all menopause related and my heart is fine but it is such a scary feeling. I'm trying to do this without hormones as I already have breast issues. Any suggestions would be helpful. Sometimes I feel like I am going crazy. <BR> Sun, 18 Dec 2011 17:29:32 EST ANNIE MUSICAL -- TOMORROW funny ANNIE MUSICAL -- TOMORROW parody <BR> (otherwise known as THE GYM MEMBERSHIP LAMENT) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> click on link below <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4629897 </link> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> Sun, 18 Dec 2011 08:26:37 EST Maria's Journey 070511 I began using July 5, 2011. Someone informed me of this site. Since then I have made up my mind to lose 100-110 pounds hopefully within a year. I started working out August 30, 2011, and so far have been pretty consistent with my workouts. I have learned to change my whole way of eating. Thus far, I have lost 61 pounds. Sat, 17 Dec 2011 16:50:56 EST GYPSY - SOME PEOPLE parody a little bit of inspiration <BR> GYPSY - SOME PEOPLE parody <BR> by yours truly Sherylds <BR> <BR> click on the link below <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4628802 </link> Sat, 17 Dec 2011 04:53:50 EST INTO THE WOODS (A Moment In The Woods) Parody INTO THE WOODS (A Moment In The Woods) Parody <BR> By Your truly Sherylds <BR> (to the tune of INTO THE WOODS - A MOMENT IN THE WOODS) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627643 </link> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:04:08 EST WOO HOO! Lost 50 lbs! I hit my second weight loss goal. I've now lost a total of 50 lbs! Never thought I could do it, but I am so happy and proud that I have. My health, stamina, outlook on life have all improved remarkably as a result. Thanks Spark People. <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays All! Thu, 15 Dec 2011 05:52:05 EST INTO THE WOODS -- AGONY parody INTO THE WOODS -- AGONY parody <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4626321 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> and a shout out to a great blog by <BR> REEBADABEEBOOS's <BR> 'Exercise: Not Just For Weight Loss' <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4626058 </link> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 05:49:08 EST FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (My Trainer, My Trainer) FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (My Trainer, My Trainer) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> ENJOY <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4624985 </link> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 06:38:05 EST What B Vitamins help stem Hair Loss? I posted a thread about hair loss and menopause and I cannot find it for the life of me. Some people were kind enough to suggest particular B vitamins and dosages and I can't recall what they were and now I have nowhere to refer back to. I hope you can help me. Thanks so much. I thought someone said Vitamin B7, but I must have dreamed about that as I don't think this even exists:) Mon, 12 Dec 2011 21:41:16 EST BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE funny BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE -- ME AND (my inner child) <BR> By yours truly Sherylds <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4622179 </link> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:50:09 EST Blue Christmas Song (Spark Style) Blue Christmas Song (Spark Style) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> ENJOY <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4620914 </link> Sun, 11 Dec 2011 08:50:54 EST Santa Claus is Coming To Town (Funny) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN (Parody) <BR> By SherylDS <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4619871 </link> Sat, 10 Dec 2011 04:37:39 EST Here Comes Santa Claus Song (Spark Style) Here Comes Santa Claus Song (Spark Style) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> (to the tune of HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4618581 </link> Fri, 9 Dec 2011 06:05:21 EST Deck the Halls (spark style) Deck the Halls (spark style) <BR> by yours truly Sherylds <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4617723 </link> Thu, 8 Dec 2011 12:09:01 EST Hello Hello to all. I've been dealing with some health issues over the past few months and gained about 25 lbs. I weigh more now than I ever have. Just got back on the diet plan this week. Since they are still adjusting some of my meds I'm not going to start back into the cardio and weight training till next week at the earliest. It's going to be hard for me to remember to start slow. I have a tendancy to go all out when I'm feeling good and then it backfires and I'm down for a few weeks. Hope you ... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 18:39:13 EST 12 Days of Xmas ...My Trainer Said to Me 12 Days of Xmas ...My Trainer Said to Me <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4615925 Wed, 7 Dec 2011 10:37:29 EST Jogging Around The Christmas Tree Jogging Around The Christmas Tree <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> (to the tune of Rocking Around the Christmas Tree).......ENJOY <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4614378 </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Dec 2011 07:22:22 EST Winter Wonderland Song (Spark Style) Here is my version of the Winter Wonderland Song. <BR> Hope you enjoy it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612724 </link> Mon, 5 Dec 2011 08:07:43 EST 'TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS. 'TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS. <BR> my masterpiece..... please enjoy <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4611729 </link> Sun, 4 Dec 2011 11:57:41 EST Have Yourself A Healthy Little Christmas Song Have Yourself A Healthy Little Christmas <BR> By Your Truly Sherylds <BR> (To The Tune Of HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4611410 </link> Sun, 4 Dec 2011 05:06:41 EST Thinning Hair Is anyone else dealing with thinning hair and if so, what are you doing that you feel is working? Sat, 3 Dec 2011 12:34:46 EST I'm Dreaming of a Lite Christmas song I'm Dreaming of a Lite Christmas by yours truly Sherylds <BR> (to the tune of White Christmas) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4608874 </link> Fri, 2 Dec 2011 05:44:06 EST Jiggle Bells Jiggle yours truly Sherylds <BR> <BR> Dashing Through Thru My Clothes, <BR> Tomorrow's The Day I Weigh. <BR> I Really Don't Want To Go, <BR> But I Scheduled It That Way. <BR> Take Off All My Bling. <BR> Make Sure What I Wear Is Light. <BR> What Fun It Is To Laugh And Sing. <BR> Don't Eat Anything Tonight ! <BR> <BR> Oh, Jiggle Bells, Jiggle Bells, <BR> Jiggle All The Way. <BR> Oh, Why Did I Eat That Pie, <BR> And Sneak That Milky Way. <BR> Jiggle Bells, Jiggle Be... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 14:06:33 EST Help...Suggestions I am eating 1300 calories a day. Good things no junk, eating 5 small meals. I am doing cardio daily, and <BR> weights every other day. I lost 5 pounds, that is it. Then I gain a pound, lose the pound, and gain back again. Never <BR> to progress further. What is going wrong?? I am 49, need to lose 75 pounds, hypothyroid, take my meds for that daily. Any thoughts? <BR> thank you Thu, 1 Dec 2011 11:13:01 EST The Menopausal Christmas Song The Menopausal Christmas Song <BR> (to the tune of Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) <BR> <BR> I'm just roasting, and there is no fire, <BR> Want to take off half my clothes, <BR> You'll find that my waist's been replaced by a tire <BR> And reading specs now sit upon my nose. <BR> <BR> Everybody knows my mood swings to and fro, <BR> Help! My brows have taken flight. <BR> Tiny spots now appear high and low, <BR> I find it hard to sleep all night. <BR> <BR> I know that Santa's on ... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 21:42:52 EST POST FOR GOODIES DECEMBER You can post your EMOTICON or a hello here .. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month I will be going thru the list and give out goodies to all who post here .. <BR> <BR> THank you Dee Tue, 29 Nov 2011 20:35:36 EST Still adjusting ,,,,, wondering how to post here <em>213</em> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 01:07:29 EST Hello! Just wanted to say hello to everybody. I'm returning to SparkPeople. Originally joined and met my goals in 2009. Well, then life happened and I am back. I'm pretty motivated right now and glad to be back. Looking forward to being part of this team too. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 12 Nov 2011 19:37:40 EST Hey! Hello everyone! I'm Peggie, wife/mother/grandmother I'm from Wisconsin, new SparkPeople, but not so new so this weight loss thing unfortunately. I'm up for the challenge, looking forward to the process. <em>213</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 14:02:39 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi <BR> <BR> A co-worker had good things to say about Sparkpeople. I started reading The Spark. Chris describes issues with anxiety and feeling uncomfortable talking with people. I can really identify with him. I am an emotional eater. I have degenerative disk disease (who doesn't), athritus and scoliosis. The more I exercise the less pain I experience. A positive action for me: I quit smoking two years ago, after 32 years of smoking. Recently my father was diagnosed with lung can... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 20:28:01 EST Menapause and losing weight!!! My name is Sandra.Finding it difficult to lose wieght since I had a hysterectomy done 3yrs ago.Do anyone have any suggestions or tips that might help me.By the way I am on HRT.All suggestions welcome.Thank-you!!! <BR> <BR> PS I am also a Weight watcher member(Life time member) Can't seem to get back to my goal weight.GRRRRRRRR!!! Mon, 7 Nov 2011 22:22:18 EST Hello My name is Sandra from Newfoundland <em>252</em> Mon, 7 Nov 2011 00:52:21 EST ABC...WORDS THAT END WITH A "Y" ABC...WORDS THAT END WITH A "Y" Mon, 31 Oct 2011 23:29:56 EST Post for GOODIES NOVEMBER what a great month getting more and more people posting for goodies ,.,WAY TO GO <em>243</em> and glad to see everyone ,,,, Posting goodies are done for the month of OCT hope to see everyone in NOV have fun and enjoy Fri, 28 Oct 2011 23:21:48 EST Just signed up Hi <BR> <BR> This site is very interesting, my girlfriend told me about it. I hope to veiw the interesting comments and support information. <BR> <BR> Here's to meno and losing Sun, 23 Oct 2011 21:33:25 EST new to posting on team - joined SP in June - hello ' turned 50 in September (been perimenopausal for about 2 years; periods every 4 to 6 months). Had 3 celebrations with friends. Feeling great! <BR> <BR> Joined SP last June. Goal is to loose 10 pounds overall and especially to lose the mid-life mid-section. Having a hard time there. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, I've always been very athletic; exercise every day so finding the time to exercise isn't the issue for me, it's losing the belly and hips extra inches. While tracking nutrition I notice I ... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 19:56:23 EST Hello on this crisp Friday morning in Chicago area my goal this week is to get on sparkpeople at least once a day so that I keep better tabs on my progress. If I don't log on, I don't seem to do very needed...I have been such a slacker these past few years, I need a swift kick in the behind.... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 08:27:26 EST hello I got back into sparks today for many reasons...One is I'm getting older and it's getting harder to lose this extra weight...I have 3 small grandchildren I would love to run and play with as they get older.... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 09:36:51 EST