SparkPeople Perimenopause to Menopause: what should you expect Team Messageboard If you are perimenopausel or going through Menopause this team is for you. From HOT Flashes, to moods swings, and all those things that come with this stage in life. SparkPeople Perimenopause to Menopause: what should you expect Team Messageboard Question of the week - water My MIL was rushed to the ER yesterday. She's now in the hospital. One of the reasons was that she was very dehydrated. <BR> <BR> Are you drinking your water? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Yep! I'm good for 5 glasses, then I have to work at getting the other 3 in. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:21:23 EST April 2015, Spring Cleaning Ok so March is almost over, well at least more than half over. Sorry, I just sort of missed March. <BR> <BR> But for APRIL, here is your challenge: <BR> <BR> SPRING CLEANING -- As in YOU. What can you do to clean up you kitchen? To clean up what you eat? OK a super clean house inside and out can't hurt, but what are you planning to do for spring cleaning? Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:34:57 EST Question of Week - food Are you eating any of these: Hot Hormone Foods: olive oil, broccoli, flaxseeds, green tea, chia, and avocado? ~ from The Hormone Diet <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Yes. I even made a chocolate pudding with avocado! <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:46:00 EST Do you use vitamins / supplements? Consider that nutrition is LACKING in many of our foods... <BR> <link><BR>unday/breeding-the-nutrition-out-of-ou<BR>r-food.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> ...a reason to tailor specific additional supplementation / vitamins for what your body needs. <BR> <BR> My only issue is that I'm very inconsistent in using them. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 22:04:04 EST Question of Week - equipment If you could own one piece of gym equipment, what would it be? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: A rowing machine <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember to feel free to post to any of the other QofWs, also. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:16:21 EST Question of Week - exercise How are you doing with exercise? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I'm doing a bit better. :-) Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:51:39 EST Question of Week - sleep "Sleep is vital for hormonal health and rebalancing, as well as for losing and maintaining weight."~ Is it Me or My Hormones <BR> <BR> So, are you getting enough sleep? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: yes, but it is not a sound sleep. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:12:18 EST Expiration of Night Sweats Experiment I went through our Team's topics on hot flashes/night sweats. I made a list of possible remedies. <BR> <BR> After praying through each item on my list, I determined which remedies to try. <BR> <BR> Since I was already doing some of them (using progesterone cream, no caffeine, etc) and I didn't want to take any more supplements, I decided to try Light Exercise before bedtime. <BR> <BR> How much is 'lite'? <BR> What is lite for me may be different for others. <BR> <BR> Evening 1: Did my ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:09:05 EST Do you have "favorite" veggies? Which ones?? I had some of the BEST asparagus tonight! I laid it across salad greens, added pickled beets, chopped tomato, chopped cucumber, sprinkled on shredded cabbage, and a bit of dried cranberries. Those were the raw foods. <BR> Then we had beef stew w/ potatoes, carrots, onions, kale & celery. <BR> <BR> So it was an all-around veggie meal! <BR> <em>211</em> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 02:18:34 EST Beginnigs of a Hot/Warm Flash? Do you know/recognize when you starting to have a hot/warm flash? <BR> <BR> My eyesight gets squiggly. Does anyone else have weird vision symptoms? <BR> <BR> Sometimes I have a cold flash first. <BR> <BR> <BR> What happens to you? <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> Noticed a typo. Getting my eyes checked next month. <BR> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:42:16 EST Question of Week - Restoring "Reconnecting with yourself will make an enormous difference to your hormonal health." ~ Is it Me or My Hormones? <BR> <BR> Do you take time for YOU? Either through quiet, centered place - prayer, meditation, time spent in nature, or just a few minute sitting by yourself, or something else. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For me: I HAVE to take time for me. I think I always have. If I don't, I start getting jittery and cranky. I spend time alone. I pray, read, do something quietly/easily... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:08:26 EST Is anyone taking DIM to help with hormones? I have a bottle of DIM (Diindolylmethane) 150 mg. <BR> <BR> I'm reading somewhat conflicting info about it. <BR> <BR> So, if you are taking it: HOW and WHEN are you taking it? Have you noticed a difference? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:36:16 EST Question of Week - fiber "Is it Me or My Hormones" mentions that fiber is one of the key elements that direct estrogen down healthy pathways. So, are you getting enough fiber? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I think so. I meet at least the minimum SP suggestion. I eat lots of veggies (even with breakfast). If I try to eat more fiber, I run into side-affects. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 17:19:08 EST calorie burn I recently started using a heart monitor to track my calorie burn and heart rate. I take a spin class a few times a week with the same instructor. I have been burning between 75-100 calories more when I take an evening class compared to rolling out of bed for the 5:15a.m. class. Anybody else experience this? Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:57:16 EST February 2015 February is heart health month! (Get it? Valentine's Day and Hearts?) <BR> <BR> So what are you doing for your heart? Here are some suggestions: <BR> <BR> If you smoke quit. Get some help and quit. <BR> Cut out fat out of your diet. <BR> Eat more vegetables. <BR> Take you vitamins <BR> Know what your blood pressure is. <BR> Do cardio for at leat 30 minutes 3 - 4 times a week. <BR> What else are you doing? <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:20:53 EST Sources of Hormonal Imbalance Ongoing life stress <BR> <BR> Ongoing "attitude stress" such as feeling of guilt, shame, anxiety, confusion <BR> <BR> Ongoing historical stress, in which feeling in the present are intensified because of experiences for the past <BR> <BR> A high-carb diet without sufficient protein or healthy fasts <BR> <BR> Excess body fat <BR> <BR> Missing meals, too much time between meals <BR> <BR> Chronic exposure to toxins in air, food water and household products <BR> <BR> insufficient sleep <BR... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:40:06 EST Question of Week - clothes What is your 'cold weather' clothes? <BR> <BR> BTW, you can reply to any of the Q of the Ws. <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: long sleeves, camisole under shirt, two pairs of socks, sweatshirts, leg warmers Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:37:11 EST Depression and hormones "...too much estrogen in combination with low progesterone is associated with depression. This is why many girls start struggling with depression prior to menses and why women with PMS often struggle with depression." <BR> <BR> Taken from, "Is it Me or My Hormones" by Marcelle Pick <BR> <BR> How are YOU doing with depression? Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:38:27 EST Progesterone Cream. How & When do you use it? Good morning all, <BR> <BR> It's been awhile since I posted anything, though I've been watching the board. <BR> The last 4 months or so have been really nice. My body's been acting pretty normal. Then, over the last couple weeks, for no apparent reason, BOOM! Hair starts falling out again, water retention & weight gain, "achy" body, and my strength/endurance in the gym has plummeted. <BR> I keep a daily symptom journal so I can track any changes. I'm waiting on lab work to come back no... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:31:55 EST Question of Week - warm drinks? Coffee or tea? Favorites? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: tea However, in the evening it would be nice to have a cup of coffee. Just haven't found one that would work for me (decaf, low acid) <BR> <BR> For now, it is peppermint tea. Easy on tummy. I do like decaf vanilla tea. I purchased a few samples of teas from Adagio (on line). <BR> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:42:49 EST New to this group but not new to SP Hello Ladies! I've been ok for the past few years with this change, feeling lucky that it was just the irregular periods and occasional heart flutter. Then, suddenly, it's wild moods, brain fog, heart palpitations and increased heartrate that sent me to the ER (twice!), incessant and random crying, lack of focus, no energy, little motivation, depression....and now belly weight gain to boot! So glad to find a group who can identify with this messy life! <em>532</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 11:20:59 EST The 2 WORST things about being in this Season 1) the constant, ongoing fatigue <BR> 2) the hormonal imbalances <BR> <BR> What are yours? <BR> <BR> To keep things in perspective, please reply to the other post about Best things. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:30:39 EST The 2 BEST things about being in this Season 1) Learning more about how to take better care of myself <BR> 2) Appreciation for Life in general and understanding when older ladies get grumpy. <BR> <BR> What's yours? Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:29:32 EST 2015!!! OK, new year, and already it's getting away from me! Sheesh! <BR> <BR> What are your long term goals this year? (besides losing weight - what do you want to do, learn, whatever!) <BR> <BR> What are your medium range goals? (for the next couple of months) <BR> <BR> What are your short range goals? What are you working on right now, today? <BR> <BR> Write them down, post what you are doing here and be accountable! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:24:45 EST Question of Week - How? How's the new year treating you? <BR> <BR> Are you working on your goals? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: up and down; however, working on goals when I can. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:25:49 EST Cold sores Just wondering if anyone else suffers from cold sores a few weeks prior It seems that i am getting them about 2 weeks prior for the ast 6 months or so. Just curious if anyoune else sufferes from these. I was officially diagnoised with perimenapuse in july but belive i have been in it for about 7 years. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:59:56 EST What is the NEXT Season like? So... do all these up and downs and roller coaster hormones and all the problems we have during Peri disappear when we reach Meno? <BR> <BR> Shouldn't some of them gradually decrease as one slowly no longer has a TOM?? <BR> <BR> Think I'm venting here. Trying to figure out what is going on with me and how to fix it. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 17:01:37 EST Hope for our Hot Flashes! <link><BR>-72571/Hot-Flashes-Night-Sweats.html </link> <BR> <BR> I like the last line: eat more veggies <BR> <BR> Glad to know that I can rub on more progesterone creme. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 16:48:27 EST Coleader needed We are looking for a coleader for our Team who would have the time and commitment to help out. Do not need to be an expert on Perimenopause. Just need compassion. <BR> <BR> Duties will be discussed in a private SPmail. <BR> <BR> This is your opportunity to make a difference! <BR> <BR> Please send me (Elisa) a SPmail. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:14:09 EST Q of Week - resolutions? Seems everyone on SP is talking about New Year Resolutions. Care to share some of yours? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Keeping all mine from last year, but adding, "Enjoy" Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:22:24 EST New year; new goals? Happy New Year, Ladies! <BR> <BR> Is it time to change our Team's goals? <BR> What would you like for a goal? <BR> <BR> Do we need to edit them, a bit? <BR> <BR> What is your least favorite? <BR> What is your favorite? <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:19:57 EST Q of Week - NY Gotta ask: Any special plans for celebrating the New Year? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: nada However it would be nice to do something. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 20:38:38 EST December Challenge OK, so December got away from me. But now that it's near the end of December it's time to review your goals for 2014. How did you do? What do you want to do the same or different for 2015? (Little preview: January's challenge will be to come up with Short term, medium term, and long term goals for 2015, so start thinking about that!) Sun, 28 Dec 2014 14:58:11 EST Q of Week - Christmas Does anyone have a Christmas story they'd like to share? How was your Christmas? Did you get when you were hoping for? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I ended up with a kitchen timer, from my practical hubby. I didn't get anything that was on my list. In fact, I added a few items to it! Geesh!!! However, I had a nice family get together. It isn't the presents that count? Right?? <BR> <BR> Of course, gotta say that some of the gifts we gave out weren't all that well received. The SI... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 22:33:51 EST Q of Week - tree (You may continue posting to the other Q of W - Christmas wish list .) <BR> <BR> However, I'm getting excited about Christmas! <BR> <BR> So, wanna ask: How tall is your Christmas tree, if you have one? <BR> <BR> <BR> For me: right now, it is 3" tall. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:35:55 EST I'd like to think this is it..... So I am on the pill. I am turning 51 in a few months. Things have been funky with my cycle for a year now. <BR> <BR> Life has been a little crazy for well over a year. We just sold our house and are making plans for the future, daughter just presented me with my first grandchild. <BR> <BR> I had a BAD case of PMS, and lingering emotional ups and downs which I attributed to stress. period. None at all. No spotting, nuthin'. <BR> <BR> I told my husband, thinking he'd d... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:39:01 EST Q of Week - list What is on your Christmas wish list? During the week, if you think of other things, be sure to post them here. (Then print out your list in LARGE letters and place it somewhere where others can see it.) <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Zhu Zhu puppies ~ Mitzi Mo, Lilac, Dakota, Loolah Still would like to have Zhu Zhu pets Shamrock, Pinky, Scoodles, Jilly, Finnegan , Luigi and Fluffy (although these last two have been retired). Also all the books by Bill Johnson ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:53:33 EST Q of Week - weight I'm using this Q of W as a gentle reminder. LOL <BR> <BR> How much further do you need to go to get down to your SP goal weight? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: about 20 pounds Mon, 1 Dec 2014 19:13:17 EST Q of Week - ways What alternate ways are you making a healthier Thanksgiving? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I'm on a rather strict eating plan because of Leaky Gut problems, so it doesn't matter what the family is eating. I Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:32:58 EST Q of Week - you What are 3 things do you like about yourself? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: my shortness, my sense of humor, my smile Sat, 15 Nov 2014 17:04:46 EST Any weird Hot Flash times? Would you like to share some stories about the strange circumstances you were going through while having a Hot Flash? <BR> <BR> For example: Having a Hot Flash while in a steamy bathtub, or when in a middle of an argument, or a romantic moment. <BR> <BR> I had a strange one, but unfortunately, do not remember the situation. <em>40</em> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 19:15:34 EST NOVEMBER CHALLENGE!! So how did October go? Lost a few but put them back on? OK, so what is going on? Is it stress? Is it time? Is it poor eating habits? So what can we do differently for November? Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:56:33 EST Q of Week - Other name If you could, what would you rather be named either for a middle or first name? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Adelaide for a first name. Addy for a nickname. Reminds me of the 'bicycle built for two' era. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:35:03 EST A ritual for menopause? Given that I apparently stopped having periods, I was thinking about performing some ritual to 'celebrate' the transition. <BR> <BR> Have you performed a ritual around this or are you planning to? Any ideas with regard to what the ritual could entail? <BR> <BR> I am thinking - who says a ritual cannot be comical - to ceremoniously go out with my husband or a friend and buy some FINE QUALITY underwear now that it is safe from getting spotted! <em>30</em> And maybe BURN the old stuff! <... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:49:35 EST The end? I tried to look this up on internet, but I find it so confusing. I have not had a period in 12 months now. Does this mean I am done with menstruating? And is this the end of menopause? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:35:19 EST Q of Week - name What is your middle name? Any significance?? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: my middle name is, "Massimina". I was named after both of my Italian grandmothers. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:35:50 EST Q of Week - mugs How many coffee mugs do you have? Describe your favorite(s). <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: about 10 mugs (for only 2 people) Geesh! <BR> <BR> My favorite is one that is multi-colored that looks like a pack of Lifesaver candy. <BR> <BR> Also, DH collects hippo mugs. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:16:19 EST Q of Week - preparation How are you preparing for the colder months? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: so far, pulled out the draft dodgers (rolled up bath towels wrapped with ribbon). Sat, 4 Oct 2014 19:55:09 EST have a question I have just recently come off my birth control pills and had my cycle a week early last month but nothing this month. I have also been feeling as though I'm going to get it but nothing yet. My other issue is when I was pregnant with my middle son I was borderline gestation diabetes. I managed utterly with diet now I take my blood sugar and it's 152! My other symptoms are just being really hungry and peeing a lot. Do I assume I'm pregnant or diabetic. I've had my tubes tied and I'm 41 I know i... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 07:05:07 EST OCTOBER challenge - 2% This is from "The Weight is Over" team. (Thanks "The Weight is Over" team!!!! <BR> <BR> Join the 2% challenge by posting your Starting Weight and 2% of that figure. <BR> <BR> Here is an example: If you now weigh 200 pounds and lose 2% of that this month, you will have lost 4 pounds by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Example <BR> Starting weight - 200 lbs <BR> 2% - 4 lbs <BR> Goal- 196 lbs Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:36:45 EST Q of Week - more veggies So, my Lovely Lady Veggie Eaters ~ how have you increased your veggie servings? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I make sure I purchase plenty of veggies. The Tightwadder in me makes sure I use them all up before they go bad. <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:22:23 EST How do you deal with Forgetfulness? Forgetfulness can be from getting older OR from Perimenopause. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:42:54 EST Q of Week - veggies Hi Lovely Ladies ~ <BR> <BR> Are you getting your allotted veggies in? <BR> <BR> What are your favorite veggies? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Yes and I've discovered that I enjoy most veggies. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:40:55 EST Hello Hello, everyone. My name is Lucy and I'm 48 years old. I think I've been in perimenopause for at least five years with occasional hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. Things really stepped up this year with the hot flashes coming more frequently and that I haven't had my period since April. I've put on 30 pounds over the past two years and as much as I watch what I eat and exercise, I can't lose it. I look forward to meeting you all and learning how to get through this. <em>213<... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:50:09 EST Q of Week - temps What is your house temperature in the morning? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: woke up to 63 degrees Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:35:50 EST A carrot a day said to help balance hormones <link><BR>-day/ </link> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 12:13:15 EST Q of Week - exercise Are you getting in your exercise? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: not lately I do what I can when I can <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 19:27:29 EST S-E-P-T-E -M-B-E-R Will being starting on Monday! Check in here daily! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:05:09 EST Q of Week - calories How are you doing with the calories? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: comes and goes Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:33:04 EST 9pm I can tell time by my hot flashes! Every night about 9pm!!! Weird! Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:13:05 EST Q of Week - goals This question was inspired by our August Challenge: What OTHER goals have you listed on the "Other Goals" tracker? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: floor stretches, balance for 15 seconds, go for a walk, deep breathing, dance, sit tall, stand tall. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 22:39:44 EST Q of Week - wishin' If you had the means, etc. how would you like to improve your eating habits? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: organic fruit and veggies, grass-fed beef, natural/organic poultry. Also a personal chef would be nice since I don't like to cook. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:31:14 EST August 2014 challenge <link><BR>st=back_on_track_a_consistency_challen<BR>ge_for_august </link> <BR> <BR> So the challenge for August is to have as many "on" days as you can. Only 31 days! We can do it! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:17:33 EST Mirena Implant? This post is from a Team Member: <BR> <BR> Hi All! <BR> <BR> My TOM'S have been crazy................... My OBGYN recommends the Mirena Implant <BR> <BR> My question for the group is Has anyone had any experience with this device? Please let me know GOOD, BAD or INDIFFERENT. I don't know if a team leader wants to make this a New Topic or not? <BR> I welcome all comments on this. <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> <BR> Sue Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:32:54 EST To the new members: Welcome to the team, so glad to have you join us. Please be aware that when you start this site, most of your pages will be set so the security is so high that we can not see your page, <BR> we can not send you friend request, or see that you sent us any, or send you spark goodies, until you make changes to your settings. <BR> All we can do is see if you posted in here, and if so then click to reply to your post, or click to send you a personal msg from your post. <BR> <BR> If you so cho... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:40:30 EST TOM all funky My TOM has been all over the place since last June. It went to every other month for a while, then it was every 3 months. Some have been really heavy, others just very light. Some 2 days, some 8 days. This last one is 3 weeks after my last one. This one has been really heavy with cramps & back pains. So frustrating. I've felt really yucky all day today. Thanks for letting me vent. <BR> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:47:17 EST Just joined Sparkpeople Hi. I'm a 44 yo woman, just diagnosed with high blood pressure and started on meds. According to the charts I am obese. I've been having hot flashes for about 6 years. They were mild and at age 38, hot flashes didn't cross my mind, I thought I was sick with some infection with the temperature spikes occurring. Now I know differently. lol <BR> <BR> No night sweats yet and the hot flashes aren't too frequent (varies, when it's hotter outside, I have more) but when the flashes occur I can'... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:34:55 EST How to Prepare for a Doctor's Appointment (other 'doc' topics will be posted soon) <BR> <BR> Preparing ahead of time can help you and your doctor make the most out of the appointments. And receive an accurate diagnosis, preparation is the key. Good preparation will also go a long way to alleviate any anxiety you may be feeling about the appointment. <BR> <BR> Dr. Susan Wang's short video, "How to Prepare for Your Doctor's Visit", describes how to get the most out of your doctor visit, including what to bring and how to mentally... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:33:08 EST Q of Week - weight Is the weight on your driver's license correct? (I think DMV gives you a 5 or 10 pound range) <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: (I had to go look) Yep! I remember when I had to go get a new license, and I proudly told her that I needed to make a change. She smiled and asked, "how much weight did you lose?" LOL I've got a blog this and more on my SPpage. <BR> <BR> BTW, are there any questions you would like asked for the Q of the W? If so, please send me a private SPmail. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:08:34 EST Q of Week - 4th How did you celebrate Independence Day? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: dressed in red/white/blue and checked out Art in the Park with DH. Then b/c we are fogged in, we listened to the fireworks going off down by the water. All we could see was a glow. Oh well.... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 00:33:32 EST Q of Week - when exercise When do you exercise? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: in the morning; I find that if I don't do it then, it doesn't get done. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:27:19 EST Challenge for July '14 July (4th being independence day) This month do something for your country, community, neighborhood, your own home, whatever in your world means the most to you! Post what you do here! (and don't forget to get some exercise in while you do it!) Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:50:32 EST Frustrat ed,.tips for Weight Loss in Perimenopause I'm so FRUSTRATED. Wish I could add SP emoticons but my laptop is I guess going through perimenopause too, slow and not thinking straight! lol <BR> <BR> It is so difficult to lose weight now that I'm in the perimenopause stage. I"m 47 years old and got the Mirena IUD at 40 to help with heavy periods which started when I was 38. It helped to lighten them but now they last 2 weeks, I still have periods every 4 weeks. I should have gotten a endometrial ablation which my sister had great res... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:56:38 EST I am having one of those days.... know the kind, Where you are just a bottomless pit and can't seem to eat enough. One of those "Must eat ALL the foods" kind of days. At least I recognise it for what it is...PMS. And it's only one day a month, and tomorrow I'll be better. Just had to agonise with y'all. :) Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:58:11 EST Hair today; gone tomorrow Saw an ad in Prevention Magazine. 'New Help for Your Hair.' called "Hair Volume." Manufactured in Sweden. One tablet a day. 'Hair Volume is what you need when your hair is thinning or lacking volume. It is the first tablet in the world to combine a a natural growth factor from apple with hair, nail and skin nutrients. <BR> <BR> Can be found in USA stores. <BR> <BR> Sounds interesting. Let me know what you think. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:54:11 EST Q of Week - funnest exercise What is the exercise you wish you could do all day long? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Zumba/dance Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:01:28 EST Q of Week - dreaded exercise What is your most hated exercise that you do anyway? I am sure we all do one or two exercises that we hate to do but we force ourselves to do them anyways because we know they work. <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: the Plank Sat, 14 Jun 2014 18:37:52 EST Q of Week - challenge What is your personal challenge? (Feel free to respond to any of the Qs of the W.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: getting healthy Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:04:41 EST party food ideas please I am having some friends over for a WII party (we will probably end up just taliking <em>211</em> ). <BR> What we usually do is the hostess makes the main course and then everyone else brings sides & desserts. <BR> I was looking for some new ideas since this is about my 3rd party. The last time I made a delicious shrimp salad but that was only for a 6 ladies and this time i am feeding 12 and it's a tighter budget too so if anyone has suggestions for a light lunch we can eat on our laps i'... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:29:05 EST Q of Week - flashes How long since your last Hot/Warm/Cold Flash? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: It's been a few months now. Whew! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:14:31 EST Hot flashes? In the past two or three weeks I noticed that I wake up early in the morning (2 hours or so before I'm supposed to get up), and then AFTER I wake up I feel very warm, and start sweating. Not dramatically, but enough to be uncomfortable. I stick my feet from under the blankets or I push away the covers and take a lighter blanket and after ten minutes I'm fine. Getting back to sleep isn't always easy though. <BR> <BR> During the day I notice something similar. I always heard that hot flashes ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 12:20:54 EST Introduction Hi! My name is Donna. I'm 49 years old. I'm pretty sure I'm in perimenopause. My period is still regular as rain, but I don't feel like my usual self and haven't for a while. I get hot flashes, mostly during the day at work (I'm a pharmacy cashier). I don't think my doctor entirely believes that I'm in perimenopause, because I still have regular cycles. I have been overweight all my life. Right now I'm 230 lbs and am 5 ft 4 in tall. It was hard enough losing weight before. Now it seems all th... Tue, 27 May 2014 19:30:29 EST I'm sure this has been asked before...... But I know you lovely ladies will treat me gently and give good advice. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> So a couple weeks ago I posted about my cycle getting all funky and could it be my gym time making it happen. Then I began noticing a few other things, such as suddenly becoming an emotional roller coaster and finding things very irritating that normally wouldn't bother me at all. <BR> <BR> Then I remembered back in November - we had an extremely bad family emergency. The moment I heard a... Mon, 26 May 2014 02:02:03 EST Kombucha anyone? I was gifted with a "mother" (SCOBY) in April. I'm starting my 5th week of brew and lovin' it! I start out every day with an 8 oz glass. I will often end the day with another 8 oz. or so. <BR> <BR> -- I saved the glass bottles when I tried the store-bought brew and discovered a general liking to this NATURAL probiotic. So, after the 1st brew is done, I bottle it into those containers, add some frozen blueberries and let it brew another 5 or so days before placing them in the refrigerator... Sun, 25 May 2014 04:27:12 EST Q of Week - plans Any special plans for this summer? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: nope Sat, 24 May 2014 21:32:10 EST Q of Week - gifts I'm gonna ask a silly question for me: <BR> <BR> My birthday is THIS Friday ~ what crazy, silly things could I ask for for birthday gifts? Anything goes. Have fun! <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Zhu Zhu pet, Stinker. Sun, 18 May 2014 18:14:50 EST Did your cycle get funky when you began exersise? So back in early Feb. I began cardio/strength training at a gym in my town. Very intense stuff for me, as I've been very inactive for about a year and a half. I upped my workouts two weeks ago to five days a week. Nothing else has changed apart from trying to get fuel worked out i.e. how much I should be eating. Well, hellooooo TOM again, two weeks after the last. And it's just going on and on. All crampy, and today I was even feeling nauseaus like I did back as a teenager when it was b... Sat, 17 May 2014 03:38:08 EST How to deal with aging <link><BR>ng-to-terms-with-aging/ </link> <BR> <BR> Article about aging seen from a mindful point of view. Wed, 14 May 2014 06:20:46 EST Getting Healthy... .......... Hi All, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to update where I am at in the process...... <BR> I have been fatigued for 2 yrs. now and have gained a lot of weight since I left work 2yrs. ago. I am very out of shape so I am working on a new exercise routine, with doc okay, 4 times a week for an hour each time (which I can break down into two 30 min segments)aerobics plus 20 mins core workout , weights. <BR> I have been faithful about the aerobics part but not so much the core stuff yet. I felt really gre... Thu, 8 May 2014 20:55:32 EST Q for the Week - SP's new look What do you think about SP's new look? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Don't like it at all!!!!! <em>39</em> Mon, 5 May 2014 17:49:10 EST Conversations about sugar and its substitutes... For background, 25 yrs ago, my husband- to-be said, "We are NOT having any butter substitutes in our house". They are BAD for you. Fast forward, it would seem that he was right! <BR> <BR> He has also insisted that we not bring sucralose into our house. Chlorine is NOT natural in nature and NOT natural for our bodies. -- With that said, the other substitutes for "sweet" are not acceptable to him either! <BR> <BR> Reference info to check out.. <BR> <link> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:10:12 EST "Step" into May Challenge! I know a number of you walk, run & ride. Since I'm not much of a social media person, I thought we could provide a spot to log your daily accomplishments. This puts us on track with the Spark People May Challenge. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=step_into_may_with_a_new_challenge </link> <BR> <BR> Keep track here daily, and then if you want, post how many miles you accomplished during the whole month--on May 31st! <BR> <BR> Here's to moving fo... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 02:54:14 EST Hormones and exercise? Read something about the lymphatic system moves hormones around. <BR> And that exercising would get the system flowing better. <BR> <BR> So, if this is the case: do you notice that when you exercise, your hormonal levels balance out better? Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:52:50 EST Q for the Week - Habitat What is your habitat? (i.e. apartment, condo, house, tent, etc.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I live in a little house. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 15:15:37 EST Q of Week - Location Where do you live? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I live in California. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:15:29 EST Just joined the team Hi everyone. I just joined today - I have been perimenopausal for a few months I think - hot flashes, night sweats. Periods are either full force regular or non existent. I knew all of this would happen. What I wasn't prepared for was the brain fog - I feel like a total incompetent - can't think straight - I hate it! Anyone have any ideas? I exercise a lot - walk every day, work out, ride horses, garden etc and am in good shape. I eat healthily and have been trying some supplements contai... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:05:45 EST Comments from a friend... sigh. Today a friend of mine suggested I do 3x 15 minutes of biking per day. I was (carefully, and reluctantly) talking with her about my binge eating and weight problems. <BR> <BR> She'd asked if I exercise. I said I do 30 minutes on the bike on most days. <BR> <BR> I feel like what I do is not (good) enough. This while I am really VERY proud of exercising at all. I never exercised until 2 years ago. I could not have dreamed that some day soon I'd be doing 30 minutes per day, and enjoying it. <B... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:11:44 EST Food cravings? I'm all about finding tools to cope and ways to understand why I do what I do. Found this today and thought it was helpful... sharing to see what you all think... <BR> (How to Handle Food Cravings) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ness/mental-health/how-to-handle-food-<BR>cravings?page=1 </link> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:33:26 EST 3 painless ways to start eating right This article was posted on one of the other team forums I belong to and I think these are very good tips, so I thought I`d share them here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>et/ </link> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:09:34 EST Starting a running program after Menopause?? I am curious if anyone here had started a C25K or other similar running program AFTER their menopause, WITH a lot of extra weight and loose flabby belly apron and poor muscle tone around torso?? <BR> <BR> SO yesterday morning, after many days of saying to myself "I miss running...I need to start running..." etc (note: I last ran for exercise in the 1980's when I was in the 20's.). I'm one who has been sitting entirely too long per day, too many days, years, and need to get in the habit of g... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:39:06 EST What is on your to do list for today? What is on your to do list for today? Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:36:04 EST Q of W - Today What did you do today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Gotta check out the City-Wide Yard Sales! Crazy!! Drooled over a brooch. Chuckled over a few flamingos. Was amazed at the amount of traffic (pedestrian and otherwise). <BR> <BR> Brought home: a book for DH (neighbor gal gave it to him), a queen-size blanket for $1, a roll of pretty ribbon for free, a purple keychain that says "princess" for 25 cents, and a couple of other tiny things. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 22:24:20 EST What's on your goal board? I'd be interested to hear what you put on your goal board to stay motivated?! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:09:59 EST April 2014 challenge It's April already! What happened to March? <BR> <BR> Ok the goals for April is Spring cleaning/organizing. That is your house, your garden, what ever you have to clean or organize, this is the time to do it! Please post what you do here! <BR> (My goal is to clean out at least 1 drawer or closet or something every day. <BR> <BR> For those who want a more physical challenge, this is plank month! See how long you can hold a plank and try to improve your time by the end of the month! ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:47:16 EST Q of W - affirmations The Spark Book mentions creating your own positive affirmations and reading/writing/speaking them daily. They help promote optimism. What are some of yours? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I am strong. I am healthy. I will have a cool wardrobe! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:27:14 EST OT: Query for SINGLE people in a relationship Greetings, <BR> my Sweetie and I are 50+ and living together. He is Sweetie and I am His Better Half. What do/did you call your Person of Interest when introducing/talking about them without sounding Jr. High-ish? <BR> <BR> Inquiring old non-married minds want to know. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:24:09 EST Dandelion Weeds?? Why drinking dandelion tea can help you beat water retention, cut down on caffeine consumption and can serve as a herbal detox. <BR> <BR> * Low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol and calories <BR> * Has Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Manganese, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper <BR> <BR> High in Vit A <BR> <BR> .... Dandelion, milk thistle, and yellow dock help to metabolize estrogen in the body <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:17:00 EST FREE Resource This showed up in my inbox today form Abel James: <BR> <BR> "Happy Sunday, <BR> <BR> We’ve all been there. You’re close to your ideal body composition, look and feel great, and have plenty of energy. <BR> <BR> But then everything goes wrong. Eventually, your muffin top slowly reappears, despite your best efforts to keep up with your program. <BR> <BR> Why does this happen? <BR> <BR> Often, the answer isn’t willpower or even mindset. It’s those pesky hormones. <BR> <BR> One of the... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:57:57 EST Q of W - weather Spring has sprung! So how's the weather in your area? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My area: fickle Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:29:47 EST New and now needing to be here Hi, I'm Vanessa. Two weeks ago, my hot flashes started with abandon. I had already been experiencing intermittent periods and mood swings but these flashes are something else. I will be 51 next week and had hoped I was going to escape, but found that is not the case. I'm hoping to learn what to do for these and well as the other symptoms of this special time in my life. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:00:06 EST To consider: a light, healthy exercise! Just read this today in my inbox. I'm going to get my small-sized trampoline out of storage and add this in several days a week. <BR> <BR> Check out the link, details, and benefits here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>unding/ </link> <BR> <BR> I especially like that the 15 min can be broken into 3-5 min intervals throughout the day! Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:36:38 EST Q of W - water How are you doing with drinking your water? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: pretty good. I use a 4-cup stainless-steel water bottle. Carry it everywhere with me. <BR> I prefer drinking water over any other liquid. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:04:03 EST Estroven vs. Fem Support vs. ??? What are your thoughts on said medicines to help with perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms? <BR> <BR> I had posted in the chat room about How much bleeding is to much, and I appreciate the comments and suggestions. But I have no insurance and the local hospital said there is nothing they can do for me except to check my iron level and blood and urine for any infections. Unless I was actual visibly bleeding to death in front of them. <BR> <BR> Thank you for taking time to read this. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 04:59:56 EST 8 Things! Here is a link to a site that listed some PRACTICAL perspectives on this time of our lives: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>gs-every-woman-over-40-needs-to-know-a<BR>bout-losing-weight.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sometimes I need a reminder of the "big picture" and not just individual "issues" that crop up... <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:40:51 EST Q of W - DST How well do you adjust to the Daylight Savings Time? And, what do you think about it? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Some years, I adjust better than others. And some years, I hate it, like it or eh. <BR> Sat, 8 Mar 2014 23:33:45 EST Which symptom did you notice first? I don't have hot flashes or changes to my ToM, but at 47, I'm beginning to wonder about other perimenopause symptoms. <BR> <BR> Which symptom did -you- notice first? Did ToM changes or hot flashes come first? Or is it possible for the lesser known symptoms (fuzzy thinking, irritability, etc.) to show up a year or more before the obvious ones? Sat, 8 Mar 2014 12:55:05 EST Hormones & Libido I just listened to this podcast, and I thought perhaps people here might be interested as well. <BR> <BR> ...and, truthfully, though it tries to present as 'libinous' it's really about creating optimal hormone health regardlesss of age or stage... talks about both men and women. <BR> <BR> How To Have Amazing Sex with Dr. Mike Tremba <BR> <link><BR>ing-sex-dr-mike-tremba/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear what others think! <BR> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:53:56 EST Hair Issues Including loss, dry/thin/weird texture Everyone, <BR> I'm starting this thread to see what comes back, possibly help someone, and, hopefully, get some useful feedback myself. <BR> <BR> The hair texture thing is weird...and not weird at the same time. I'm 45, so I know the "machinery" is getting erratic, and use progesterone cream days 14-28 of my cycle. <BR> <BR> The weird/dry/thin texture thing happens about every 2-3 months. It used to include A LOT of hair loss as well, but I recently added evening primrose oil to my regi... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 17:02:52 EST Fuzzy thinking; Brain fog Read this article and liked what they said: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eandperimenopause/beat-menopause-fuzzy<BR>-thinking.aspx? </link> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:56:21 EST Question for the Week - "No" TIME! What did you say "NO!" this week? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: pizza not even a BLT (bite, lick, taste) Sat, 1 Mar 2014 23:26:58 EST Caffeine and Hot Flashes One Hot Flash trigger is caffeine. <BR> <BR> What is the difference between decaffeinated or caffeine free? If you are drinking decaffeinated beverages, are you still getting too much caffeine?? <BR> <BR> Check out this link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>affeine-free-what-is-the-difference/ </link> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:46:49 EST is there such a thing as cold flashes? Before I went on birth control after I had my tubes tied 2 yrs ago, I was getting hot flashes. I've been on birth control pills to regulate my cycle for about 9+ months. When its about 2 to 4 days before my cycle, I get so cold at night I need 2 layers of clothes and 3 or 4 blankets to get warmed up. Is this normal? Sun, 23 Feb 2014 19:04:37 EST Question for the Week - BRAG TIME! BRAG TIME! Who or what are you most proud of this week? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: My husband, who is having to go the extra mile to help me, without complaining. <em>26</em> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 15:26:41 EST Aging, Fitness & Health Risks 3 Fitness Tests to Assess Your General Fitness and Health Risks <BR> <link><BR>chive/2014/02/14/3-fitness-tests.aspx?<BR>e_cid=20140223Z1_SNL_TFA_1&utm_source=<BR>snl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=tfa1&<BR>utm_campaign=20140223Z1&et_cid=DM39942<BR>&et_rid=436342883 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was two years ago that I first learned of 'The Sitting-Rising Test' and the implications for longevity. Three years ago it simply confirmed that death, for m... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:52:22 EST Your Diet and Hormone Levels I thought folks on this team might be interested in this article... I'd sure like to have a discussion about it! <BR> <BR> The Links Between Your Diet and Hormone Levels, and How Estrogen May Protect You Against Dementia <BR> <link><BR>archive/2014/02/23/hormones.aspx?e_cid<BR>=20140223Z1_SNL_Art_1&utm_source=snl&u<BR>tm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_c<BR>ampaign=20140223Z1&et_cid=DM39942&et_rid=436342883 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This has made al... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:22:58 EST POWER Foods for Peri+ Perimenopausal Power foods: <BR> <BR> Almonds (raw, unsalted) <BR> Apples <BR> Avocado <BR> <BR> Beans <BR> Beets <BR> Blueberries <BR> <BR> Cabbage <BR> Eggs <BR> Flaxseed <BR> garlic <BR> meat <BR> olive oil <BR> oranges <BR> <BR> pineapple <BR> shellfish <BR> sweet potatoes <BR> tea <BR> tomatoes <BR> wild salmon <BR> <BR><BR>13/09/suzanne-somers-age-defying-secre<BR>ts-top-21-perimenopausal-power-foods/ <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:19:09 EST Question for the Week - Valentine's Day What do you think about Valentine's Day? Did you receive anything you would like to share about? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I received, Nugget. See my SPpage for pix. <BR> <BR> In grade school ~ I received candy from my mom. I think she liked the 'trappings' of the holiday and I enjoyed the candy. <BR> <BR> In high school ~ the day was for 'lovers' only. So didn't like the holiday very much. <BR> <BR> As a young adult ~ via circumstances I resented the day. <BR> <B... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:02:47 EST How much longer?????? I read that perimenopause can last from 7 - 10 years. <BR> <BR> However, after reading this article ...... <BR> <BR> This article was encouraging; please read: <link><BR>-that-pause/long-perimenopause-last </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think? Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:15:02 EST Oxytocin hormone Estrogen has profound effects upon oxytocin in the brain. <BR> <BR> It is the "cuddle" hormone. <BR> <BR> When it is low, you may experience a feeling of being cut off from others; or an isolated, lonely feeling. <BR> <BR> Oxytocin may help with insomnia. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cin-is-the-most-amazing-molecule-in-th<BR>e-world </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ns </link> <BR> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:06:39 EST Question for the Week - Pet peeves What is your pet peeve? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: phone sales people who just hang up w/o saying, 'bye or thank you.' AND the tags attached to stuffed animals. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 17:46:16 EST Testosterone Yes, ladies, we also need testosterone! <BR> <BR> Our levels decline around the end of our reproductive years. <BR> <BR> Testosterone is produced in the ovaries and and adrenal glands. <BR> <BR> Testosterone can help with the symptoms of hormonal loss, such as hot flashes. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>stosterone-women-hormone-therapy_n_363<BR>4847.html </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 19:35:01 EST Endometrial ablation? Has anyone had endometrial ablation done? I went to my doctor today and he gave me a flier on it. Wondering if it works. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 12:37:03 EST What other names for perimenopause? I've been thinking about this. <em>58</em> What other names could we use? Perimenopause is the 'medical' term. However, I think that when one goes through this there could be a few other ....interesting.... names. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I'll start: hormonal distress <BR> <BR> What would be yours? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 20:24:59 EST Q of W - SP team Do you have a favorite SP team (other than ours, of course)? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Natural Remedies; Natural Health <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=37110 </link> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:50:59 EST February 2014 challenge Ok this is a short month (unless you're dealing with snow, then it's the longest short month) <BR> But what can you do for 28 days? Cut out soda for 28 days? Do 10 more minutes of exercise for 28 days? Name your challenge here and DO IT FOR 28 DAYS! <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 13:58:12 EST Have you tried Amberen? Hi, I just came across an ad for Amberen, and was just curious before trying it if there is any others on here that have already tried it. If so, Did you take it for hot flashes, mood swings, bleeding and what were your likes and dislike? Thanks:) Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:57:30 EST Q of W - music What type of music do you listen to? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: smooth jazz, rock 'n' roll, classical (Handel, Beethoven etc) and Christian <BR> <BR> BTW, if you have a smooth jazz link you can send me, I'd appreciate it. Seems difficult to find. Rock 'n' roll would be fun, too. :-) <BR> <BR> <BR> Feel free to answer any of the Qs of the W. (We have plenty to choose from.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:10:41 EST There is a medication to stop heavy bleeding! There is a medication that can stop that heavy bleeding! Ask your gyneacologist. <BR> <BR> See also <link><BR>d </link> <BR> <BR> Quote: "Used as firstline nonhormonal treatment of dysfunctional uterine bleeding, and heavy bleeding associated with uterine fibroids. An August 2007 study showed patients treated with tranexamic acid are more likely to develop thrombosis and necrosis in their fibroids, and may result in pain and fever.[4] The histological... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 04:03:12 EST Fitness Tracker I'm looking into getting a fitness tracker. I think I want something that tracks more than just steps. I've looked into a fitbit and the spark fitness tracker. I've also found some others that look interesting at Amazon. I have several months before I'll be buying one. I plan on using it when I'm walking, playing tennis, and several other cardio activities. <BR> My question is do you use a fitness tracker? What kind and what all does it track? What is your opinion of it? <BR> <BR> Opi... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:56:16 EST Progesterone and anxiety Progesterone is one of the two main hormones produced in the ovaries. <BR> <BR> Progesterone levels are low during the first phase of the menstrual cycle. Levels increase sharply for a maximum of ten days following ovulation, which occurs around day 14. Levels decline rapidly about 4 days prior to menstruation. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-that-pause/the-link-between-progester<BR>one-and-anxiety-in-perimenopause </link> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:52:18 EST Q of W - luxury Which SPGoodie Luxury would you really like to have in real life? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: the pool table Sun, 19 Jan 2014 20:41:26 EST Hormone question Been doing some reading lately. <BR> <BR> Question is: do ALL our hormones (testosterone, oxytocin, etc) wildly fluctuate like progesterone and estrogen during this Season? Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:00:05 EST Minor hormones Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA are called 'minor hormones' by mainstream medicine. All four begin to decline when in perimenopause. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>UC&pg=PA23&lpg=PA23&dq=minor+hormones&<BR>source=bl&ots=mjozbw8yAS&sig=XrM_PdfvO<BR>sI90f6Q0NsfzorAQ4I&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NODVU<BR>rffFNjdoATZl4GYBw&ved=0CEgQ6AEwBA#v=on<BR>epage&q=minor%20hormones&f=false </link> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:05:12 EST Stepping down My dear Ladies, <BR> <BR> It has come time for me to step down as the Leader of this team. <BR> I formed this team 5+ years ago in hope to help every and all of you with all your perimenopause to menopause issues. May you continue to find help and get the encouragement that you really need for what your going through. <BR> <BR> I want to thank Elisa, Debbie, & Linda for doing ALL what they have. <BR> I know they'll continue to move this team forward and make it an team that is wonderful... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:48:27 EST How to lower progesterone levels naturally. Found this E-How link. If you try this method, let us know the results, please. :-) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sterone-levels-naturally.html </link> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 22:57:08 EST Q of W - one word What ONE word describes you? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: complicated Sat, 11 Jan 2014 22:34:31 EST weight gain Is anyone else gaining weight while going through this? I gain about a pound a week, but then some weeks I'll lose a pound or 2. Since June I've put on about 10 pounds. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:14:46 EST Progesterone supplements Are you taking any Progesterone supplements? <BR> <BR> And if so, please kindly review it for us. (brand names you've tried, list of pros and cons, Is it oral or transdermal?) <BR> <BR> If you got it online or from a doctor? Stuff like that. Thanks! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 20:37:47 EST Q of W - Wishin' What do you wish for this New Year? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: weight loss, stronger, healthier, passive income Sun, 5 Jan 2014 20:15:42 EST Recipes Please Im looking for Hypoglycemic and Pre Diabetes weight loss recipes Sat, 4 Jan 2014 18:07:09 EST Do you need a weight loss buddy I do I am looking for support when i have a craving i need to be able to have some one to vent to and vise versa Sat, 4 Jan 2014 17:48:28 EST Whate exercises should i do to loose weight I have a lot of fat in my stomach hips butt upper legs and arms what exersises should i do. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 17:45:15 EST HelloMy name is Michelle I need Your HELP PLEASE!! I was 125 lbs when I got pregnant with my 1St son after I had him I was 148 lbs then I tried so hard to loose the weight over the next 3 years and I would loose a few pounds and I would end up gaining double what I lost, over time I ended up being 199 lbs. <BR> Then I got pregnant with my 2ND son after I had him I was 226 lbs, I had my tubes tied on the day of my second Childs birth in 2000, After some healing time I tried again to loose the extra pounds and the same thing happened, again I ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 17:19:44 EST Estrace cream anyone use this? Just wondering about success rate and side effects.... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:00:04 EST 2014 CHAT Room New Year; new Chat Room! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:42:29 EST January 2014 Challenge January is the month of New Year's resolutions. Please post the one big "resolution" actually GOAL that you want to work on in January. <BR> <BR> My goal is to do better job tracking my food and running a report at the end of the day. (I'm not very good at that) Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:03:03 EST 2014 Challenge Major goal for 2014. We are going across the country! <BR> I-80 goes from New York to San Fransico, 2,904 miles. Starting January 1, 2014, we will see how long it takes this team to get across the country! <BR> <BR> This is how it works. <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of exercise (this is strength training, any other miscellaneous cardio etc) is worth 1 mile. Running, walking, biking, 1 mile for 1 mile. <BR> <BR> We start with 0. Copy and paste the last number, add your number and we'll ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:00:36 EST Q of W - gifts What did you receive for Christmas? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Christmas bowls. Got them early b/c DH didn't want to have to wrap them, I think. Also received on Christmas Eve: clothes, lip balm, an Bejeweled Blitz electronic game, a book and..... a spatula! LOL Only the Christmas bowls were on my list. Why do I even write one up? Okay, that was two questions. Ignore this last one. LOL Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:24:32 EST Q of W - Story time Do you have a favorite Christmas story you'd like the share? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: When I had moved out of the home, my mom was clearing out Christmas decorations. She was tossing a angel tree topper she purchased from Italy. Feather for hair. I scooped it up, repaired her as best as I could and have kept her ever since. The angel is probably 50 yrs old by now. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 19:38:21 EST Q of W - Meaning What does Christmas mean to you? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Hope and Love <BR> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 22:30:17 EST Potluck ideas I have a potluck luncheon next week. I'm making stuffed green pepper soup but need one more idea. I think for my second dish I'd like to go meatless but it's not necessary. All suggestions are welcome whether they have meat or not. <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:37:28 EST Team Leaders Congrats to our team leaders for the week of December 7!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> 1.SHAWFAN <BR> 2.GABIBEAR <BR> 3.KELLIE453 <BR> 4.MOMMY445 <BR> 5.GK1963 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> 1.SALLYANDGENE <BR> 2.VANANDEL <BR> 3.BRENJET <BR> 4.KOBAKA <BR> 5.PAMNANGEL <BR> Sun, 8 Dec 2013 16:08:57 EST Q of W - Receiving I know Christmas is not about gifts, but it seems like it. I also know that some people don't celebrate Christmas. For those who don't, feel free to play along, anyway. <BR> <BR> What gifts would you like to RECEIVE with money and space not being a problem? What's on your Christmas wish list?? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: clothes, Christmas gold-tone charm bracelet, a hair band, Archeological Bible, door mat, silly socks, daffodil bulbs, Christmas bowls, bio-identical hormone replacement... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 19:29:18 EST Bloody Mess It's one of THOSE months. For three or four months I just spotted. It was great, I can deal with that. This month, I started lightly spotting and thought to myself "I can get through this! Yea me!" Shouldn't have gotten cocky I guess. I'm having a miserable bloody time. Again. Yesterday, for about 18 hours I was bleeding so badly I had to change an Ultra tampon every 2 hours and had to back it up with a heavy duty pad. ARRRGH!!!! And I'm still bleeding, not as heavily, thank goodness, but sti... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 20:27:56 EST Q of W - giving I know Christmas is not about gifts, but it seems like it. I also know that some people don't celebrate Christmas. For those who don't, feel free to play along, anyway. <BR> <BR> What gifts would you like to GIVE, barring no expense? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: clothes, aquarium fish, a personal chef, a personal house cleaner, <BR> an acoustical amplifier, hippo USB/Flash drive <BR> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 19:58:06 EST Q of W - food adventures In honor of the Holiday Season: <BR> <BR> Are you adventurous in trying out different foods OR do you stick to the ones you know? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: some of both since I'm reluctant to try food high in calories or in an ingredient I'm sensitive to. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> BTW, feel free to respond to any of the Qs of the W that have been posted. :-) <BR> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 19:56:58 EST Team Bonus Points! From your START page, spin the "flag" for our team! How many Points? <BR> <BR> 10! Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:29:03 EST Q of W - pumpkins How many pumpkins did you carve this year? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: none <BR> Don't mind b/c it is soooo incredibly messy! Sat, 16 Nov 2013 23:28:54 EST Q of W - time Speaking of clocks and time; <BR> <BR> What is/are your Time Wasters? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: working on a jigsaw puzzle, (I keep thinking there's gotta be something better to do than THIS!) and playing computer games. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 19:39:33 EST Challenge for the week of Nov 4 -11 Are you getting enough fiber? <BR> This next week keep track on your report after you are finished tracking for the day. Let us know how you get more fiber in your diet! We all need ideas! Mon, 4 Nov 2013 09:51:03 EST Q of W - clocks Because of Daylight Savings Time: How many clocks do you have to reset? Any stories behind a certain clock? <BR> <BR> for me: 2 (not including wristwatches) Amazin' huh? <BR> <BR> Story: A few years ago, I belonged to a group of ladies that got together and held "princess themed" get-togethers. During this time, we would have drawings for gifts. I ended up with a purple Princess wall clock. I laughed so hard, I almost bust a gut! Couldn't wait to show it to DH!! Sun, 3 Nov 2013 00:52:04 EST Amberen? Has anyone tried Amberen for hot flashes etc? <BR> <BR> My Team member's healthcare provider recommended it as a non-hormonal solution. <BR> <BR> Any info would be appreciated. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:25:30 EST Hot Flashes - Is this just me? I went through surgical menopause last year after a hysterectomy in August of 2012. I was told that the menopause symptoms would take 6 to 8 weeks to come on, but I hadn't been home from the hospital more than two days when the hot flashes and night sweats started. <BR> <BR> I don't have an issue so much with HAVING hot flashes or night sweats. I don't ENJOY them...but considering everything else I've gone through, they aren't so bad. <BR> <BR> My real question is this...I can tell when t... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:17:48 EST Q of W - Sparkin' What is the best change you have made for yourself since joining SparkPeople? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: being VERY aware of calories; I've become a Smart Eater. well... most of the time....some of the time..... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 17:40:45 EST Dance Party It's time for a dance party! I've picked the first song to get up and dance t.., dance to it ladies, then you pick a song. Come on and shake it!! <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 08:11:20 EST Thank You For My Goodie! I wanted to thank the Team for my goodie!! I was very touched by the words sent along with my goodie! I really appreciate it! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:08:16 EST Q of W - hair With ONE word, describe your hair as it is currently? <BR> Then with ONE word, describe what you'd like your hair to look like? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: messy; curlier Sun, 20 Oct 2013 19:24:57 EST Q of W - feeling good What are you feeling good about yourself? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Doing what I need to be doing Mon, 14 Oct 2013 00:29:43 EST Q of W - a fridge tracker? SP's new cute little activity tracker got me to thinking: What would happen if there was a permanent 'activity tracker' in your fridge? <BR> <BR> Would you be sneaky ...OR ignore it...OR not have so much activity in your fridge? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I'd probably be sneaky at first. Because it would feel like Big Brother watching. Then, after the newness wore off, I'd just ignore it. Sat, 5 Oct 2013 20:15:52 EST Q of W - Shopping Do you have a set time (daily/weekly/monthly) you do your grocery shopping or is it on a 'as needed' basis? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For me: It used to be a set day. Now, it's on an 'as needed' basis. Prefer the set day, tho. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:09:50 EST Q of W - Dusting What is the weirdest thing you have to dust... when you do dust? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: A plastic flamingo lantern. (A btd present to DH from his sister.) <em>40</em> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:42:13 EST September Positive Steps Challenge Let`s see if we can keep track of the positive steps we make towards good health for a week. Sometimes it's easy to see where we've fallen short, let's flip that around! <BR> <BR> Post here as often as you find yourself making a positive choice. Here are some ideas: make a healthy swap in eating, buy rice snacks instead of cookies, walk instead of driving, pass up a fattening dessert, exercise a little longer, track every food, eat an extra vegetable, go to bed earlier, try a new exerci... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:17:51 EST Q of W - Night Noises What sounds do you hear at night? <BR> <BR> I thought of this Question while laying in bed in the middle of the night trying to fall back to sleep. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: fog horn, sea lions barking, an occasional car swooshing down the freeway. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:48:42 EST depression and anxiety worsened I had gone on a antidepressant after my mother died 15 years ago and then after my dad died 2 years ago i fell apart with extreme anxiety and depression and had to see the doctor again . By advice I saw a gyno and they said i am not peri menopausal because by just a finger check i had a lot of estrogen . ( not to be too personal). Then after feeling dreadful for a whole year I went by advice to see a lady Dr that dealt with hormones. She tested me and said my estrogen was way dominan... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 14:21:26 EST Birthday Goodies Thank you for all the birthday goodies. I had a great day. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 09:20:09 EST Ovary Pain? I'm not quite sure if it is in my ovary or not really but it is in that area. I have not seen TOM since Memorial Day this year, 3+ months. The past week or so I get a sharp pain in the area of my right ovary sort of like when I used to have cramps. It comes on suddenly and sharp for a couple seconds. Doesn't last, is not constant, and it happens maybe once a day or every other day. <BR> FWIW, I am also training for my first half-marathon and I can't be certain it is not related. It definitely... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:42:58 EST Q of W - Laughter What makes you laugh? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: IDK. I can find myself laughing w/ someone in a conversation, then go back and think about what I was laughing about, and I don't remember. <BR> <BR> Guess that's why I'm asking, b/c IDK. LOL Thu, 29 Aug 2013 22:45:05 EST Team Goals Ladies, <BR> I've been looking over the team for for the team and would like every ones pinion's or idea of some new team GOALS. <BR> Some of you might not be aware of them here are what they are currently; <BR> Encourage 1 person! 1 time per day <BR> <BR> Give 1 Goodie! 1 time per day <BR> <BR> Stretch for 5 minutes 1 time per day <BR> <BR> Do 1 something nice/good for yourself 1 time per day <BR> <BR> Measure something every day; it could be a food item or a route you walk/jog 1 measur... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:35:55 EST is it normal? Since before my youngest son was born, my hair has been falling out literally by the handful. I'm now on birth control pills to regulate my cycle and hormones, had my tubes ties with my c section when I had my littlest almost 2 yrs ago. What's with my hair? To be expected or no? And what on earth can I do to help? Sun, 25 Aug 2013 14:24:13 EST Adrenal Fatigue and YES as suggested from another thread.......please share. <BR> <BR> Elisadenk----Hmmm, should we create a Topic about Adrenal Fatigue? <BR> <BR> That would be interesting, I would like to know more. I have done some research in the past but anyone with personal experience would be great. <BR> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:36:54 EST Calm before the storm?? I actually have been feeling pretty darn good the past couple of months. Reason????? Don't know. <BR> <BR> Could be any of these maybe??? <BR> <BR> I have not had TOM since Memorial Day this year. (almost 3 months) <BR> I am training for my first half-marathon. <BR> <BR> I really have not had the physical symptoms that I was experiencing a little while ago. Makes me wonder what is coming down the line. Is this the calm before the storm? Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:54:57 EST Progesterone cream Are you using Progesterone Cream? If so, please tell us about it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's a link tosome info: <BR><BR>.html Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:20:23 EST Natural Health gal needs motivation! I think I joined Sparkpeople over a year ago...but got sidetracked with life daughter, (only child) moved to NYC for a good job and fiancé is in keeping motivated has been an issue! <BR> <BR> I'm a master herbalist and natural health practitioner and know lots of what I 'should' be doing...I'm soon to be 51 and in peri-menopause...herbs have helped me immensely with moods and varied symptoms...however the weight gain has not budged. I gained 30lbs in 4 yrs, sit a... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 05:43:49 EST Hot Flashes vs Emotions? A Team member asked this question and I thought it would make for a good topic. <BR> <BR> Is there a correlation between having hot flashes and getting excited over something? <BR> <BR> An example would be say running into someone you haven't seen in a while, so you get to talking and then you are fanning yourself afterwards.....Maybe my question is is there a link between when you have hot flashes in relation to your emotions? <BR> <BR> Does this make sense? Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:10:08 EST Men can have Hot Flashes, too! It is one of the signs of low testosterone (which women need also). <BR> <BR><BR>-signs-of-testosterone-deficiency/ Sun, 11 Aug 2013 23:30:40 EST Hello Everyone. I'm new to the team 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 11:46:53 EST The 12 types of Menopause I never knew there were flavors of Menopause but it turns out that Menopause is a virtual Baskin Robbins of flavors! <BR> <BR> Here they all are... do you know which one you are? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>opausehealthaz/default.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Fri, 9 Aug 2013 14:22:08 EST Progesterone, how to question From the books I've read, one is to stop using progesterone cream 2 days before one's TOM. <BR> <BR> Since we're in the Peri Season, our TOM's don't come on schedule. Now what does one do? Wait for the TOM to arrive so can start counting again OR ? (which could take weeks to months) <BR> <BR> Any advice? <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 22:39:09 EST stress/anxiety How do you deal with stress/ anxiety? Mon, 5 Aug 2013 17:44:30 EST Dealing with stress? So, the question has been raised, how do you deal with stress? <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 17:24:36 EST August #backontrack Challenge!!! Here's where we can post what we plan to do to get back on track! August is here, that's 31 days to restart a good habit! <BR> <BR> You can post as often as you like! You can have one thing to work on or many! Sharing our goals here may help us stay on track, and may "spark" a teammate! <BR> <BR> Let's go team! <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 11:34:50 EST Tom's gone crazy Since I turned 40 (almost 6 yrs ago) Tom has been all over the place, even with BC (tried different ones). Heavy flow, lots of clotting and cramps. I had a D&C followed immediately with a Novasure Endometrial Ablation ( Can't say they helped a lot, TOM only skipped one visit. <em>39</em> I stopped taking BC about a year ago (after the procedures), since then Tom has been more frequent, but not on a predictable schedule. I'm on my third week now (4th starting tomorr... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 10:05:02 EST Fatigue - one of the symptoms I'm thinking that I have what is called, "Crashing Fatigue". <BR> <BR><BR>ashing-fatigue.html <BR> <BR> Have you ever heard of it? <BR> Do you have it? <BR> <BR> Maybe we can compare notes and help each other. <BR> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 22:08:53 EST Testosterone Rx I'm working with my Dr. to get my hormones straightened out as they are all over the place. For almost a year, I've put off the Testosterone cream, but it became apparent that I need to (my own production is super low) and after reading a few articles, it could be the culprit for many of my problems. <BR> <BR> It's a compound done for me by a pharmacy based on what the Dr prescribed. Has anyone done the prescription testosterone cream? If so, what did you think? I believe this is bio-i... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:42:08 EST Stepping Down Greetings team members, Due to outside circumstances ... (like house renovations & selling our house) ... and, health reasons ... (having a skin cancer scare, but don't worry. I am fine & have gotten a good report) ... I am stepping down from my position as co-leader on this SP team. This has been a great team for me & is still very much my favorite. I just have not had the time that I should have for SP. I still plan to be a team member here, so you will still see me around. Sending a... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 06:47:33 EST Speak Out Today I picked up my HRT from my compounding pharmacy. Attached to the bag was a notice that there is a Senate bill S.959 that will soon come up for vote which can put restrictions on compounded medicines. This is not only for Hormone Replacement Therapy, but also medications for pain, cancer, Autism, and pet compounds. <BR> <BR> If you take a compounded medicine, or even if you don't, please go to and read about the issues and email your legislators. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:19:33 EST New Q: heat & exercise? How do you handle the summer heat AND still get your exercise minutes in? Or, maybe you are one of the lucky ones who has AC. Plz tell us your tips. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 19:02:26 EST Hello Ladies! My real name is Paulette. I've just started perimenopause and the night sweats are already making me crazy. Any advice? <em>213</em> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:03:16 EST Hello ladies My name is Pam aka Pamnangel or, on some sites, Maltesemom1. I'm carrying about 100# more than I should. TOM started coming quarterly about 1 year ago. Looking forward to never seeing him again. Other than still having monthly cravings, which seem to be fading, and occasionally feeling my thermostat rise despite the AC, which also seems to be fading, it hasn't been too bad so far. (Knock on wood!) Sat, 13 Jul 2013 19:08:02 EST Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea Since Feb, about every 21 days, I have been getting body aches, nausea and diarrhea. I'm sensitive to smells and tastes. It's kinda like being pregnant again. It's making life pretty difficult as I am unable to do much for about 10 days outta every 28. None of my friends have had this experience during their perimenopause. Has anyone else experienced this. If I don't get the whole sick thing, then I am having heavy, heavy flow for about 10 days. At this point a hot flash or two would b... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:45:56 EST I need to get a grip Good evening everyone my name is Sharon and I join SP about 4 days ago and I am finding some very helpful teams, I don't know how I got here but this is another team I guess I should join. I am 46 yrs old and has been experiencing some things I am not understanding. Now I have not gotten my cycle in like 5 mos and at first I was nervous I already have 4 kids and 3 of them are adults and I don't want anymore; no cycle that a plus and I am going through the hot and clod flashes that I wake up... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:16:18 EST From Coach Jen - Optional Program Changes Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We wanted to let you know about some changes that are coming tomorrow to calorie and fitness tracking. A few things to keep in mind: <BR> <BR> 1. These changes are TOTALLY optional to current members. So if you like the way things work now, you don't have to change anything. <BR> <BR> 2. Change is never easy, so we ask that you keep an open mind when reading the blog below and deciding whether or not this is something that might interest you. <BR> <BR> 3. If you hav... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:21:03 EST JULY CHALLENGE Okay, ladies, let's make this nice and easy! <BR> <BR> I have decided we are going to have a DIY challenge. This means YOU decide what your challenge will be. WE will help keep each other accountable and encourage. <BR> <BR> EVERYONE can participate!!!! START NOW! <BR> <BR> Post what your challenge will be...come back and report. See how others are doing. <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 08:55:00 EST wanted to say thanks I haven't had the chance to say thank you for all the sparkgoodies you've sent and all the help with my crazy questions. I guess I've found a home here for a spell anyway! Thank you all for being so very patient with me and for being there! <em>247</em> <em>88</em> Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:36:29 EST July 4th Q <em>232</em> What was your July 4th like this year? <em>283</em> Sat, 6 Jul 2013 07:48:42 EST I need your ideas for a July Challenge!!! It is July, and its time to think of a new challenge! <BR> <BR> What would help you the most to reach your healthy lifestyle goals? I need to hear from YOU! <BR> <BR> Please post your suggestions here. Thank you! <BR> <BR> Sheri Wed, 3 Jul 2013 11:11:05 EST DHEA and Pregnenolone Not sure if these two have been brought up in the Forum... I looked before creating a thread but didn't see anything relating to it in the Topic Lines.... <BR> <BR> Anyways... I've read that DHEA and Pregnenolone, both available over the counter, can be useful in offsetting many of the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. <BR> <BR> For those who don't know, Pregnenolone is considered the "grandmother" of all the steroid hormones, i.e. the basis of the adrenal hormones as well as the sex... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:39:22 EST difficulty with intimacy Well this is sort of embarrassing for me, but I guess since were all ladies here we should be able to understand each other... ok here goes. I've been trying lately very hard to stay interested in my husband intimately, but I just don't know how when its starting to hurt somewhat. I've been told to try lubricants, but haven't had the chance to get any due to all the rain here. Any other ideas? Please help!! How do I deal with it emotionally also? I feel a sense of loss here and am unsure as t... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 07:00:41 EST Night Sweats Holy crow!!!! I have had night sweats before but this is ridiculous! I don't know if it is the medication (Prednisone) that I am taking right now, the actual heat and humidity or what......the past week I have just been having them super crazy. Last night I woke up and was just soaked, in the past I would wake up and just be very warm and a little sweated but this week had been awful. I have the fan blowing and it is cool that I have to have the comforter but yet I am sweating like crazy. <B... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:50:51 EST New Q: aches & pains How bout it? What do you for managing your aches & pains....what kind do you have & is there anything in particular you do as a remedy? <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:33:40 EST 12 days?! This has to be the longest TOM (for me). It was not a heavy flow, but it was constant..for 12 days straight. That would also explain why I had to take a nap daily during this time. I will have to check in with my doctor. I'm pretty sure my iron levels are low again (or still). <BR> Anyone else have this happen? Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:07:06 EST 16 common symptoms of perimenopause Here is a link for 16 common symptoms: <BR> <BR><BR>mostcommonsymptoms.aspx? <BR> <BR> How many do you have? Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:16:55 EST confused and scared Ok here's the scoop, I've missed my 1st tom. All last yr my cycles were heavier then normal for me. Then last month I didn't use any pamprin, thinking it was that causing it to be heavier then normal. I talked to my dr about it, were gonna do an HCG blood test to make sure that I'm not pregnant. I had my tubes tied 18 months ago. Then they also ordered a hormone level test as well, might as well kill 2 birds with 1 stone. If the pregnancy test comes back neg then I've gotta start taking the p... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:08:40 EST Q of the W: How do you deal with cravings? Is there a special time of the month where you have cravings, and how do you deal with it??? Whether it is a certain type of food you crave (all the wrong things), or a certain time of month or day that you do you deal with it?? Do you give in and eat with abandon, or do you have a certain way you're able to curb the unreasonable cravings??? <BR> <BR> Plz tell us about it, so we can all learn from this. <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:05:09 EST Hi I'm Betty I am 52 and 100 pounds + over weight I am a grandmother of 4 wonderful grand children. I have been severally in menopause for the last year .Night sweats, hot one minute cold the next. crazy moody, wanting to eat chocolate all the time like right before your TOM. What are you all doing with these problems that helps u make it through? Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:23:52 EST Just joined the team today....Intro ;) Hi, My name is Sue and I haven't had blood tests to confirm, that I know of, but my doc says I am in peri-menopause! I guess I already knew in a way since I practically live in front of a fan and absolutely love A/C except when I am having cold chills <em>246</em> <BR> I wake up in a pool of sweat in the morning or during the night, due to sleep issues, bladder issues <em>334</em> <BR> I have read every post intro here and haven't seen any complaints of feeling nauseous but I wake up... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:10:32 EST New Question: Healthy Snacks What is your favorite healthy snack? PLZ share all fave's & all idea's! This is something we can all benefit from hearing. Plz be specific & share simple recipe's, if necessary..... <em>491</em> <em>470</em> <em>289</em> <em>265</em> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 05:37:52 EST June Challenge!!! What would you like to do for our June Team Challenge? <BR> <BR> Challenges are a great way to "spark" some healthy competition, start or maintain a healthy habit, or have some accountability. <BR> <BR> Here are a few suggestions: <BR> <BR> Go to bed at a regular time. <BR> <BR> Exercise every day. <BR> <BR> Eat at least 5 servings of fruits or vegetables. <BR> <BR> Be grateful, count blessings, practice thankfulness. <BR> <BR> Drink at least 8 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> Stay within ... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 11:47:18 EST Natural alternative to estrogen cream Check out this link. May be of help. If you do what Terry recommends, let us know how it goes. <BR> <BR><BR>ask-terry/2013/06-07/is-there-any-natu<BR>ral-alternative-to-estrogen-cream/#2 Fri, 7 Jun 2013 23:39:50 EST 5K or 10K Walk/Run - weekly question <em>364</em> <em>365</em> <em>366</em> <BR> <BR> Do you like to participate in community 5K or 10K walk & runs? Please tell us about it. And, if you haven't participated in one before, are you thinking about it? <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 13:12:13 EST thanks Thank you team for the much appreciated sparkgoodie this morning. <em>334</em> Sun, 26 May 2013 09:34:44 EST Weekly Question: Spring has sprung! Now that the weather is warming (and, plenty hot, sometimes), leaves are on the trees around here....and perennials are growing again. We are all doing our planting. <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> Tell us about what you've been planting. What are some of your faves? Would love to hear about your garden(s)! <BR> <BR> Me? I have a half circle that I call my coneflower garden. I often border it with petunias. This year, I have bordered it with yellow marigolds. Sometimes, I buy tomatoes ... Sun, 19 May 2013 11:54:16 EST New Question: Best thing vs. weirdest thing Ok, we can have fun with this! I have a friend who seems to witness some strange behavior and strange conversations out in public. I think she should write a book, in fact. Here goes: Think back over the last few days & weeks....what is the best thing that has happened and what is the weirdest? (It doesn't have to be to you, it can be something you witnessed.) Tell us about it and make us smile. <em>334</em> <em>100</em> <em>104</em> Tue, 14 May 2013 20:58:59 EST Estroven Hello Ladies - I haven't been on SP for a long time but I am back and hopefully for awhile. In the past few months I have noticed that I went from Peri to full blown Menopause. At least I believe so because of the many more symptoms I have associated with. For instance, night and day sweats, increasing weight gain, sleepless night and often sleepy days (I guess from not sleeping at night), forgetfulness, lazy (normally I can't stay still), increasing mood swings and I could certainly go on... Mon, 13 May 2013 17:19:02 EST Unopposed estrogen therapy Unopposed estrogen therapy is when a physician only prescribes estrogen withOUT progestin. There is a higher incidence of breast cancer when taking estrogen only. <BR> <BR> Thankfully it is rarely done anymore but some doctors still want to do it. <BR> <BR> Here's a little information from our government on the matter:<BR>8. <BR> <BR> You can also check out Medscape & WebMD. Wed, 8 May 2013 19:24:59 EST New Question: Are you crazy busy right now? I seem to remember that this is usually a very busy time of year, especially if you have kids in school. Are you busy right now? Tell us about it. Sun, 5 May 2013 16:16:24 EST low thyroid anyone? Just wondering how much thyroid plays a part in symptoms & issues? <BR> <BR> It would seem that at times my local medical office looks for "total failure" instead of a range. If one is "low" what sort of treatment(s) might be reasonable? <BR> <BR> I've started taking Iodine2Plus. It indicates it could take about 30 days to notice a turn around. week and counting! <BR> <link><BR>CFYNxQgodkkoAkA </link> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 02:29:23 EST Question: Salt What about sodium/salt? Are you good at keeping your sodium totals low enough? Do you even keep track? If this is a topic you're good at keeping under control, plz share some of your tips to help the rest of us. <BR> <BR> Me? I'm not good at keeping track of certain details, and sodium is one of them..... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:34:44 EST Is this normal? The past few days, I get what feels like bee stings or needle pokes on my neck and upper chest. I get warm and then it feels like I'm being stung by tons of bees. Is this another symptom? I asked my mom, but she doesn't remember ever having that when she was going through menopause. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:41:21 EST New Weekly Question: Free for all?? Yay or Nay? On what type of occasion(s) do you consider it okay not to keep track of your foods? Are there special occasions that you think are worthy of that honor? Going out to eat on Friday night? Or, maybe it's your birthday? A holiday? <BR> <BR> Have you had success with losing weight while still having those days where you don't keep track of your meals on the food tracker? Idea's & tips are greatly welcomed!! Sun, 21 Apr 2013 17:34:54 EST Thank you for my Team Participation Goodie Thank you so much for my WooHoo Goodie for making it to the top of the fitness winners! I was so happy and didn't realize that I racked up the minutes. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:27:03 EST Finally! April "Earth Day" Challenge Earth Day is Monday, April 22nd this year. I looked at the suggestions for an April Challenge, and thought they all looked great, so why not combine them? <BR> <BR> So, for 2 weeks, beginning Monday, April 15th, 2013 let's keep track of all the ways we help the earth, AND ourselves. We will earn a point for each activity. I'd like to keep the activities "loose" so we can encourage each other to try something new and give one another ideas. <BR> <BR> You don't have to do something new to ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 21:28:21 EST normal or need for concern Since I've had my last son about 16 months ago, I also had my tubes tied, my cycle has been very odd. I start out spotting anywhere from a few days to a week before, as it gets closer I get very cold at night, I can feel my blood pressure increase to the point of not being sure if its ok and sometimes gives me a headache, I get restless at night sometimes then other nights I sleep so hard that I wake up with a headache. Is any of this normal or am I just imagining things? I've got an appointm... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 20:46:05 EST Discouraged Still new here and still learning, but discouraged today. Had a migraine over the weekend. Three days. In order to take my meds, I need to eat. Killed my calories for the last couple of days. Also, I upped my progesterone and estrogen, so I would have functioning headaches instead of on the couch all weekend headaches. As a result, I gained. Again. I'll get outside for my run today, and I'll keep track of and watch my food intake. I'll lose the pounds again, it's just so frustrating. Mon, 8 Apr 2013 10:00:29 EST LATEST QUESTION: Fitness Tracker Many of you are quite familiar with the Fitness Tracker. If you are, help us out a little by sharing your discoveries. WHAT I MEAN is.....What exercise or activity have you discovered on the Fitness Tracker that you did not previously know was there? For instance, I was THRILLED when I discovered that SNOW SHOVELING is on the fitness tracker. What is your latest discovery...or what were you surprised to find there???? Plz help us out. Maybe there is something we've missed & need to lear... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 09:53:05 EST periods irregular I just turned 50 this year and still have my period. Although, the past year I seem to have it longer than usual. I will have a period for five days and then another one two weeks later for maybe one week. My periods are irregular and I'm wondering what I should expect next? Thu, 4 Apr 2013 16:11:32 EST Possible April challenges These challenges are in the works for the months of April. <BR> I want to give MZZCHIEF full credit for these Ideas and for helping to me with these great ideas. <BR> <BR> Here are a few ideas. <BR> 1. Health: <BR> make a new healthy recipe <BR> try a new food <BR> modify a family favorite recipe to make it low cal or healthier.. this might take all month with several weekly tried to get it right! <BR> <BR> 2.Beauty: <BR> Try a beauty product with healing properties/ good EWG rating <... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:31:19 EST New Hi there. 42 years old. Soon to be 43. Have a 6 year old daughter and am married. I'm taking bioidentical hormones and although they've helped my mood and my perimenopausal symptoms, I'm really having trouble with my weight and sticking with goals. Hoping that this group and sparkpeople's website, trackers, etc will help. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:50:49 EST This week's question: Can't wait till Spring?? Maybe you are lucky enough to be in a part of the country that actually is warm & FEELS like Spring. Or, like me, maybe you're still feeling like it's Winter outside. Either way, what is the first thing you can't wait to do? Can't wait to get that garden going? Can't wait for outdoor BBQ's? What is it that you first look forward to about Spring? <em>376</em> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 12:16:29 EST Weight loss suggestions I am 45 been taking Progesta Care Plus and mood balance to control menopause symptoms. I am 5'7" and weighing 138. I have gained about 5 lbs. and even though I eat fairly healthy, watching my calories (1250) exercising at least 30-45 min daily-spinning, yoga, Pilates, aerobics with light weights. I try to eat every 3 hours to keep my metabolism fired up but just not sure what gives. I sure would appreciate some suggestions on this matter!! Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:53:50 EST Weekly Question: Bedtime Snack Do you have a bedtime snack? OR, have you used up your calories by the end of the day?? <BR> <BR> This has been my number one issue lately. I've usually used up my calories by then, but don't want to go to bed hungry. Then what?? I usually have a snack, which means I've gone over in my calories. I think I FINALLY didn't go over in calories yesterday. I also did not have a snack. Dinner was later than usual....@ 7pm. That's prob what helped me. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <em>470</em... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 07:49:54 EST Question: Fave day of the week Here it is Monday, and I'm reminded of how many ppl say they hate this day. I love Monday's! Monday's are a day of getting things done. So, here is this weeks question: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite day of the week, and why?? Do tell. Do tell! <em>249</em> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 19:21:12 EST Weekly Question: Smoothie Is there such a thing as a healthy smoothie? If so, tell us your secret...please?? Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:32:21 EST Challenge for March 2013 This is a two-week Challenge. <BR> Starting Saturday, March 2. <BR> You may join at any time. <BR> <BR> Post everything you ate after dinner. It might make all of us more mindful of what we eat in the evening. You may only post the food. No need to post quantity nor calories, unless you find it helpful. <BR> <BR> If you don't eat anything; post that too! <BR> <BR> Challenge ends on Saturday, March 16 midnightish. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's an SP link that gives ideas: http://www.sparkpeople... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 23:58:07 EST REQUESTING Possible Challenges for March Post everything you ate after dinner. It might make all of us more mindful of what we eat in the evening. <BR> <BR> If you don't eat anything; post that too! <BR> <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> <BR> Cardio Challenge - We all know how and when to exercise. The real Challenge is CONSISTENCY. <BR> <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> <BR> Identify one or more nutrient(s) that you are lacking according to you own personal Food Tracker. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Staying within calorie range. <BR> <BR> OR <BR>... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:18:53 EST Sparkgoodie! Thank you for the sparkgoodie for being in the top 5 in fitness! <BR> <BR> I hope everybody has a great week! Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:59:04 EST New Question for the week... Name your new favorite healthy food. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:29:33 EST To Grey or Not To Grey?! I hope this isn't too frivolous, but I have been debating this issue ever since my monthly dye jobs at home seem to be turning into every three weeks! I am mostly convinced its time to stop the madness and give myself over to my natural color..whatever it truly is! <BR> <BR> So, what are your thoughts on going grey? Is it ageing? Is there a magic ratio of grey to non -grey hair that looks better? If you stopped dyeing..cold turkey? Highlights? Low lights? What did you do to ease in... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 10:22:57 EST Important Service Announcement Just wanted to share: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>featur </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Special thanks to the Slightly Skewed and a Little Warped SP team. Wed, 6 Feb 2013 09:55:54 EST "What did you eat for supper/dinner today?" What are you having for lunch today, please share with us. <BR> You never know who's might be having what:) Mon, 4 Feb 2013 06:58:04 EST "Did you eat breakfast? If so what?" Studies show making breakfast a daily habit can help you lose weight - and keep it off. Taken from WebMD <BR> Eating breakfast is a daily habit for the "successful losers" who belong to The National Weight Control Registry. These people have maintained a 30-pound (or more) weight loss for at least a year, and some as long as six years. <BR> <BR> Let's keep this fun and see who eats what, who knows we might just get a few new Ideas on what and how to make the most important meal of a great d... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 06:44:50 EST Weekly Question How much do your SP trackers influence what you do or eat/not eat? Is there something you've done diff after you thought about having to track it or not track it in the SP fitness & food trackers?? Sun, 3 Feb 2013 07:59:19 EST Possible post? Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> I was wondering if you'd be interested in a few specific Posts on the Perimenopause team to come to when your here on the team. <BR> <BR> "Did you eat breakfast? If so what?" <BR> <BR> "What did you eat for supper today?" <BR> <BR> "How many cups of water u had today ?" <BR> <BR> "Did you drink you 8 glasses of water today?" <BR> <BR> These are just a few ideas for a posts. <BR> If you'd like some of these or a few of these let me know. <BR> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:32:23 EST HELLO <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Hello ... NEW to SPARK PEOPLE as of this morning ... But I have been here off and on for the last few years and never really stuck to it but this time I am going to stick with it so I am here 2 share my story ... but since we have STORMS I will RETURN again soon so take care and so I think you will get a GOOD LAUGH when you here my story. <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:11:51 EST Challenge for February 2013 Evaluating our Lifestyles: Log your healthy habits along with your unhealthy ones so you can see where you need to make changes. <BR> <BR> No judgements; no criticisms Just analyzing. <BR> <BR> This is a 2-week challenge. <BR> Starting Saturday, February 1. <BR> Ending Saturday Feburary 16. <BR> <BR> You may join at any time. <BR> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:50:18 EST Cramp control! I was having my usual horrific <em>46</em> cramps today and decided for exercise I would just do my yoga practice...and low and behold the cramping had stopped by time I was finished so I was able to go ahead and finish the rest of my planned fitness for today!! Thu, 24 Jan 2013 23:17:46 EST REQUESTING Possible Challenges for February Cardio Challenge - We all know how and when to exercise. The real Challenge is CONSISTENCY. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Log your healthy habits along with your unhealthy ones so you can see where you need to make changes. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Identify one or more nutrient(s) that you are lacking according to you own personal Food Tracker. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Staying within calorie range. <BR> <BR> OR..... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:16:40 EST Q of the Week: Favorite Season & Why What is your favorite season and why? <em>425</em> <em>27</em> <em>67</em> <em>465</em> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 06:27:18 EST Maybe I should rename to red kiwi Orangekiwi is to combine my Dutchness and my kiwiness. Born in NZ, went to NL at tender age of 10, back in NZ for a year when I was 23, back to NL then relocated to NZ in 2007 with orange Man a real Dutchy. <BR> <BR> Turned 50 in July, though I did a halfhearted attempt with sparkpeople beginning last year I am back again with totally new attitude, wanting to change my life around. But my life is also wanting to change me around as I am experiencing hot flushes in the middle of summer - is i... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:28:17 EST Greatly confused! Hi, <BR> I turned 53 on the 17th. I've been on the Pill for the past 20 years. The main reason I took the Pill was to help reduce the heavy bleeding, cramps, sore breasts, etc. that accompanied every period I'd had since age 13. I mean bleeding like a stuck pig - every, single month. The cramps would be so bad the first two days I could hardly function. My breasts would be so sore and tender they felt like they weighed 20 pounds a piece and were on fire! I had a laparoscopy in 1995 and they f... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:42:35 EST Sparkgoodie! Thank you for the sparkgoodie from the team! <BR> <BR> I hope you all are enjoying your Sunday! Sun, 20 Jan 2013 11:09:54 EST Hello Ladies Hello All, <BR> I joined this team and I'm not certain that I introduced myself. I'm 45 and in perimenopause. I have hot flashes, irritability, increased severe migraines etc. AND the weight has piled on. In addition to this I'm dealing with a herniated disc with nerve entrapment so my exercise is limited to walking when I'm feeling okay. <BR> So hello and I will be looking to you all for your guidance and support. Thanks!! <BR> Sonja <em>213</em> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 09:44:42 EST How to treat low Progesterone naturally Found this E-How link. If you try this method, let us know the results, please. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR><BR>w-progesterone-levels-naturally.html Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:31:16 EST Another January Question: Home Remedies With this whopper of a flu season upon us, I am wondering what everyone's favorite (or NOT so favorite) home remedy is for getting better. Please share your good and not so good stories with us! The good stories JUST MAY give us a new way to feel better. The not-so-good stories will entertain us. And, since, laughter is good for the soul.....I'm thinking that that will be good for us, as well. AND, if you can remember the complete instructions for doing a certain thing, that will be help... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:10:17 EST Sparkgoodie Thank you for the sparkgoodie from the team! <BR> I hope you all have a great week! Sun, 13 Jan 2013 17:14:54 EST how to treat high Estrogen naturally Found this E-How link. If you try this method, let us know the results, please. :-) <BR> <BR><BR>gh-estrogen-levels.html Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:36:40 EST Question for 2nd week in Jan: What winter activity What is your favorite Winter activity? <BR> <BR> For me, I walk the dog even when there is snow outside. In fact, she LOVES the snow and finds extra things to sniff. She looks like she's on the trail of a hot one! A stranger even said that to me, once!) <em>246</em> What is your favorite Winter activity? It doesn't have to be exercise related, necessarily. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:37:47 EST How to treat Low Estrogen naturally Found this E-How link. If you try this method, let us know the results, please. ;-) <BR> <BR><BR>w-estrogen-naturally.html <BR> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:49:01 EST How Can I Help You? "I want you Ladies all to know that I'm here to help them with everything that I can to help you reach your goals." <BR> <BR> So let me know what I can do to help you with your weight lose journey or any thing else that you need help with. <BR> <BR> I'm here for you to help you with what I can. <BR> <BR> Let me know if there is some thing I can help you with. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 19:52:42 EST Question of the Week for the New Year What are your New Year's resolutions? <BR> <BR> defined as: "A firm decision to do or not to do something." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: to taking better care of myself. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:05:49 EST 2013 CHAT ROOM Happy New Year to ALL you Great Ladies!!!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 15:15:25 EST Hi! Hi! I've been on Sparkpeople before and am finally getting back on the wagon. I've maintained a 60 pound weight loss for about 5 years...until the past 6 weeks. I've now got (maybe) 10 pounds to lose. Why? Mainly stress! I've really looking forward to menopause, in fact, every time I have a late or too early period or a hot flash I do a little mental victory dance. I can't wait! But it has added to the unhealthy way I deal with stress. <BR> Stress comes in the form of being a nursing ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:04:50 EST Challenge for January 2013 Two-week Challenge, starting Friday, January 4th. <BR> <BR> Challenge will end Friday, January 18th. <BR> <BR> You do NOT have to do this every day. <BR> <BR> DO SOMETHING OUTRAGEOUS! (Including Random Acts of Kindness) <BR> <BR> Have you ever seen a puddle of water that was stagnate? There's not circulation, no fresh water course, the water just sits there. If left over time, bacteria can form and the water can turn green. <BR> <BR> Are you turning green? Are you already green? Are yo... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 15:53:54 EST Question of the Week after Christmas What did you receive for Christmas? <BR> <BR> Was it anything on your list?? <BR> <BR> for me: a flamingo print bath towel. No, it wasn't on my list! DH and his sister have a Flaming war going and I'm caught in the middle of it. Tue, 25 Dec 2012 20:15:01 EST Thanks for Great Feedback I lost track of whose page I visited to thank for the awesome feedback I got on my blog looking for coping strategies and symptom management. Right now I've increased my "Essential Woman" supplement that I take everyday, since I was taking a minimal dose of that. I'm feeling a little better, but I'm having a hard time determining if I've actually been battling some virus/bug too, and I wonder if that is the case--will that exacerbate my symptoms? <BR> <BR> Again, I really appreciate all th... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 09:53:10 EST Sparkgoodie! Thank you for the sparkgoodie from the team for being in the top 5 for fitness minutes! <BR> I hope everybody has a wonderful Christmas! Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:51:36 EST Looking for Coping Strategies I'm looking for coping strategies- check out the blog I wrote this morning, and if you have helpful feedback, I'd really appreciate it. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168168 </link> <BR> Thank you so much! Sun, 16 Dec 2012 14:58:02 EST REQUESTING Possible Challenges for January DO SOMETHING OUTRAGEOUS! Might be a good way to start the New Year? <BR> The Challenge: Do something that people won't expect. And report back! <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> CARDIO Challenge - Any kind of cardio counts toward your goal - just get your heart rate up and keep moving! <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Building Bones? <BR> The REAL Challenge to meet your calcium needs through food only. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Dancing - post the music you dancing to. Can also post the # of minutes. Just mak... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:53:35 EST Question of the Week What would you like for Christmas? <BR> (besides being thinner, healthier, world peace, joy) <BR> <BR> You may post as often as you wish. <BR> <BR> for me: A pair of new jeans would be REALLY nice. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:35:21 EST Sparkgoodie Thank you for the sparkgoodie from the team! <BR> i hope everybody has a beautiful Christmas! Sun, 9 Dec 2012 17:35:38 EST hair I hate it! odd very dark very wirey hairs popping up on my chin/face... And they seem to grow hourly. Have read that this is part of peri-menopause, but what do others do to stop feeling like a bearded lady? Sat, 8 Dec 2012 22:49:29 EST Mild-to- moderate cramps and back pain I've been experiencing period-like cramping and back pain after my period has ended. It's rather intermittent; i.e. some days no pain, other days almost like my bad period days. <BR> <BR> This seems to correspond with some tummy distress as well. I don't know if it is related or not. I'm calling the doctor if it persists tomorrow, but thought I'd see if any of you lovelies have experienced anything like it. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:13:36 EST Do we WANT IT or NEED IT? Are you like me, where you look over all your things and wonder what you were thinking when you bought some of them?? Are we compelled to get certain things and it's more like a knee jerk response? We get things without thinking about whether we need it. We just know that we really WANT it. It is CALLING to us. <BR> <BR> What is your strategy for this? Do you buy something the minute you see something that you just KNOW you gotta have? Or, do you wait overnight, a few hours, a few ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 06:31:52 EST Sparkgoodie Thank you for the sparkgoodie, my friends! <BR> I received one from the team. <BR> I hope you all have a great week! <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 18:41:44 EST Menopause and herbs Hi, <BR> I am 45 and I think I am just getting into menopause. I have taken herbs for about 15 years or so not many just some here or there and about 2 years ago I starting using some to help slim down, do they work I do not know. <BR> I now wanted to take some in addition to or in place of what I am taking to help with these symptoms. Any thoughts from anyone? Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:35:41 EST What are you thankful for? I have been noticing a lot of posts online this month about what everyone is thankful for. In fact, I had a friend who spent the last year of her family being turned upside down (b/c of husband & wife being jobless) but, that she made sure to write each day what she was grateful for. She learned a lot during that year, and thankful to say that they are now employed again, too. <BR> <BR> What are some of the things you are thankful for?? Please share. <em>30</em> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 11:51:40 EST