SparkPeople Perimenopause to Menopause: what should you expect Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=35537 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=35537 Q of Week - when exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x58388730 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=27235x35537x58382537 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x58366608 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.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x58349643 ...you 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x58347727 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. www.newnordicus.com <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x58294567 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x58218528 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x58175543 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x58081724 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x58076859 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x58071215 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x58018756 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...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57998951 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57988807 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x57986746 Any special plans for this summer? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: nope Sat, 24 May 2014 21:32:10 EST Q of Week - gifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x57916973 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57900954 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57866858 <link>www.thenakedmonk.com/2014/05/13/comi<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... .......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57808143 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x57769179 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x57692958 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>https://www.downtoearth.org/articles... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:10:12 EST "Step" into May Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=27235x35537x57685199 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>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57669649 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x57665808 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x57582495 Where do you live? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I live in California. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:15:29 EST Just joined the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x57524488 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57510899 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57491989 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>www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fit<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57481160 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>www.nomeatathlete.com/small-steps-di<BR>et/ </link> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:09:34 EST Starting a running program after Menopause?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57465598 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x57405586 What is on your to do list for today? Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:36:04 EST Q of W - Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x57401514 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57357447 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=27235x35537x57346329 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x57311752 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57295244 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?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x57285929 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57233232 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x57223118 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x57207082 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57187344 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>wellnessmama.com/13915/benefits-rebo<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x57150427 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. ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57143380 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x57116190 Here is a link to a site that listed some PRACTICAL perspectives on this time of our lives: <BR> <BR> <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12901/8-thin<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x57057410 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x57051532 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57027767 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>blog.paleohacks.com/how-to-have-amaz<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x57018267 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x56979323 Read this article and liked what they said: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.womenshealthnetwork.com/menopaus<BR>eandperimenopause/beat-menopause-fuzzy<BR>-thinking.aspx? </link> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:56:21 EST Question for the Week - "No" TIME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x56968783 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x56940502 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>blog.bigtrain.com/2011/12/decaf-vs-c<BR>affeine-free-what-is-the-difference/ </link> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:46:49 EST is there such a thing as cold flashes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x56887908 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x56885490 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x56883352 3 Fitness Tests to Assess Your General Fitness and Health Risks <BR> <link>fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/ar<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x56883070 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>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<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+ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x56852787 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> http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/20<BR>13/09/suzanne-somers-age-defying-secre<BR>ts-top-21-perimenopausal-power-foods/ <BR> <BR> http://www.gotmenopause.com/p... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:19:09 EST Question for the Week - Valentine's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x56800866 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?????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x56765394 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>www.healthline.com/health-blogs/hold<BR>-that-pause/long-perimenopause-last </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think? Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:15:02 EST Oxytocin hormone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x56765305 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>io9.com/5925206/10-reasons-why-oxyto<BR>cin-is-the-most-amazing-molecule-in-th<BR>e-world </link> <BR> <BR> <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxytocin#Actio<BR>ns </link> <BR> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:06:39 EST Question for the Week - Pet peeves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x56711279 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x56675858 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>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/30/te<BR>stosterone-women-hormone-therapy_n_363<BR>4847.html </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 19:35:01 EST Endometrial ablation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x56658421 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x56620901 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x56610186 Do you have a favorite SP team (other than ours, of course)? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Natural Remedies; Natural Health <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=37110 </link> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:50:59 EST February 2014 challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=27235x35537x56603725 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x56550146 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x56526831 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x56517524 There is a medication that can stop that heavy bleeding! Ask your gyneacologist. <BR> <BR> See also <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tranexamic_aci<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x56481041 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x56478365 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>www.healthline.com/health-blogs/hold<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x56432870 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x56406129 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x56394126 Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA are called 'minor hormones' by mainstream medicine. All four begin to decline when in perimenopause. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>books.google.com/books?id=pl4hVsq_uH<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x56343796 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x56324441 Found this E-How link. If you try this method, let us know the results, please. :-) <BR> <BR> <link>www.ehow.com/how_4424201_lower-proge<BR>sterone-levels-naturally.html </link> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 22:57:08 EST Q of W - one word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x56324192 What ONE word describes you? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: complicated Sat, 11 Jan 2014 22:34:31 EST weight gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x56310033 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x56233865 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' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x56233576 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x56215899 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x56215728 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x56215698 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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x56215371 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x56169679 anyone use this? Just wondering about success rate and side effects.... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:00:04 EST January 2014 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=27235x35537x56138834 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 Q of W - gifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x56118386 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x56053817 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x55983199 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x55960182 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x55910935 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x55901433 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x55856084 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x55817908 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x55743921 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x55678242 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x55662462 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x55588384 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=27235x35537x55510814 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x55494510 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x55468966 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x55451094 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' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x55414577 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x55350156 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>www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEUCuX5cFRA </link> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 08:11:20 EST Thank You For My Goodie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x55347863 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x55332845 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x55255131 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x55154379 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x55065733 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x54998172 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54927120 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x54893541 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x54840404 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54824113 Thank you for all the birthday goodies. I had a great day. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 09:20:09 EST Ovary Pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x54751015 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x54710941 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54665666 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54654641 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54631893 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?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54570116 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54527529 Are you using Progesterone Cream? If so, please tell us about it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's a link tosome info: <BR> www.johnleemd.com/store/faqs_progest_crm<BR>.html Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:20:23 EST Natural Health gal needs motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x54516958 I think I joined Sparkpeople over a year ago...but got sidetracked with life etc...my daughter, (only child) moved to NYC for a good job and fiancé is in Afghanistan...so 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54512931 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54488665 It is one of the signs of low testosterone (which women need also). <BR> <BR> http://www.livestrong.com/article/205262<BR>-signs-of-testosterone-deficiency/ Sun, 11 Aug 2013 23:30:40 EST Hello Everyone. I'm new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x54470264 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54459763 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>www.patientsmedical.com/healthaz/men<BR>opausehealthaz/default.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Fri, 9 Aug 2013 14:22:08 EST Progesterone, how to question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54412579 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x54409286 How do you deal with stress/ anxiety? Mon, 5 Aug 2013 17:44:30 EST Dealing with stress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x54409093 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!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54353987 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54299002 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 (http://www.novasure.com). 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x54245062 I'm thinking that I have what is called, "Crashing Fatigue". <BR> <BR> http://www.ehow.com/how_8282767_treat-cr<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x54242887 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x54196739 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54179826 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 ProtectMyCompounds.com and read about the issues and email your legislators. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:19:33 EST New Q: heat & exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x54167169 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x54126345 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x54115036 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54111409 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x54080385 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54079804 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54058207 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x54039155 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x54020007 <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!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x53986815 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x53972968 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x53969789 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x53913163 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x53901734 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?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x53881425 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x53874883 Here is a link for 16 common symptoms: <BR> <BR> http://www.womentowomen.com/menopause/16<BR>mostcommonsymptoms.aspx? <BR> <BR> How many do you have? Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:16:55 EST confused and scared http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x53796692 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x53774878 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 crave.....how 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x53763115 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 ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x53747180 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x53708424 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!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x53657829 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x53652757 Check out this link. May be of help. If you do what Terry recommends, let us know how it goes. <BR> <BR> http://www.terrytalksnutrition.com/just-<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x53573373 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x53483327 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x53398835 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x53347343 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x53331819 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x53272018 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: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1668257<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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x53230675 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x53160164 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. ...one week and counting! <BR> <link>www.1-thyroid.com/?gclid=CMfbw9rh8bY<BR>CFYNxQgodkkoAkA </link> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 02:29:23 EST Question: Salt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x53152723 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x53093140 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x53056018 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x52970432 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x52968353 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x52943419 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x52879286 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x52838946 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x52828916 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x52731903 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x52706264 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?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x52671554 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x52607777 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x52569293 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x52388026 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x52278275 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x52271365 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x52195977 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x52174591 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x52066078 Name your new favorite healthy food. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:29:33 EST To Grey or Not To Grey?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x52049555 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x52005044 Just wanted to share: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsyE2rCW71o&<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?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x51968761 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?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x51968664 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x51954540 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x51896355 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x51882348 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x51873037 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x51811415 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x51792148 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x51747466 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x51743605 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x51741995 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x51734894 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x51733544 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x51696472 Found this E-How link. If you try this method, let us know the results, please. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> http://www.ehow.com/how_4763228_treat-lo<BR>w-progesterone-levels-naturally.html Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:31:16 EST Another January Question: Home Remedies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x51660397 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x51623938 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x51543797 Found this E-How link. If you try this method, let us know the results, please. :-) <BR> <BR> http://www.ehow.com/how_2364055_treat-hi<BR>gh-estrogen-levels.html Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:36:40 EST Question for 2nd week in Jan: What winter activity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x51521631 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x51494820 Found this E-How link. If you try this method, let us know the results, please. ;-) <BR> <BR> http://www.ehow.com/how_4758096_treat-lo<BR>w-estrogen-naturally.html <BR> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:49:01 EST How Can I Help You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x51440589 "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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x51420857 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x51416118 Happy New Year to ALL you Great Ladies!!!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 15:15:25 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x51413878 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x51334518 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x51326595 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x51263547 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x51256446 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x51231047 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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x51211077 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x51210292 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x51148537 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x51139675 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x51003480 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x50982705 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x50977029 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x50919905 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x50769649 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 getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x50739880 Hi, I'm Rhonda. Just getting started today. I am looking forward to being a member of your team. Thu, 8 Nov 2012 07:11:13 EST Sparkgoodie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x50697280 Thank you for the sparkgoodie from the team for my fitness points. <BR> I hope you all have a great week! Mon, 5 Nov 2012 08:40:59 EST Not sleeping. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x50683596 Hi there. Of all perimenopause symptoms, the one that affects my life the most is erratic sleep. It kind of goes in waves. For a weeks, I'll sleep great, get my 8+ hours a night. Then, there will be a stretch of weeks/months where no matter what I try, I will wake up 4-5 hours after going to sleep. I have no problem going to sleep, but will wake up too early. Because of work, taking midday naps is impossible. Taking benadryl or chlor-trimeton will work for about a week or so, but then ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 09:51:20 EST Here we go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x50627377 After almost 8 weeks with no period, I think it's returning with a vengeance today. I am very crampy on one side. So far, I'm just spotting, but I anticipate a flood shortly. <BR> <BR> The worst part about this is never knowing when/if I will have a period. It makes it hard to plan anything. <BR> <BR> All-in-all, I can't complain too much, because I haven't had any serious perimenopause symptoms...yet. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:54:50 EST Challenge for November 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x50609217 Two-week Challenge beginning Saturday, November 3rd. <BR> <BR> Ending Saturday, November 17 p.m. <BR> <BR> You may join at any time. <BR> <BR> This is our last challenge for the year. <BR> <BR> HEALTHIER SUBSTITUTE Challenge ~~ <BR> Read your food labels, find a healthier substitute, and let us know. <BR> <BR> For example; Eating an apple instead of a candy bar, yogurt for ice cream, or when making a recipe exchange applesauce for oil, etc. <BR> <BR> As LNSYLVSDOGS said, "Those are ... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:02:02 EST Sparkgoodie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x50588259 Thank you for the sparkgoodie from the team for fitness minutes and sparkpoints! <BR> I hope everybody has a great week! <BR> Happy Halloween also! Sun, 28 Oct 2012 16:21:15 EST GOODIES!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x50534280 Thank you for all the spark goodies. It was nice to get all the thanks. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:03:42 EST REQUESTING Possible Challenges for November http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x50525732 <BR> HEALTHIER SUBSTITUTE Challenge ~~ <BR> Read your food labels, find a healthier substitute, and let us know. For example; substitute baked potato chips for fried potato ships. Eating an apple instead of a candy bar, yogurt for ice cream, etc. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> CARDIO Challenge ~~ increase the amount of cardio you get. <BR> <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> <BR> BUILDING BONES? ~~ <BR> meet your calcium needs through food only. <BR> <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Identify one or ... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 01:16:30 EST Sparkgoodie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x50519891 Thank you for the sparkgoodie from the team for being #1 in fitness minutes! <BR> I hope everybody has a great week! <BR> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:18:43 EST Favorite SP Recipe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x50489125 I know I must've asked this question before, but I think it's time to ask it again.... please tell us your favorite SP recipe that you've tried. Either from the SP Cookbook <em>756</em> OR, a favorite recipe you've tried from this website. You don't have to copy and tell us the whole recipe, but be prepared to mention page numbers and/or some info of where we can find the recipe. K? <em>334</em> <em>4</em> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 18:56:40 EST Progesterone... does it help skin? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x50464467 The title of this post sez it all. <BR> Anyone seen improvements from using this or another elixir, cream, supplement, etc? <BR> <BR> My chief beef is that my skin is thin and crepe paper-y. <BR> This has only been in the last year or so, with menopause. <BR> I'm 58. <BR> <BR> thx <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:53:47 EST Loss of body hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x50446523 Has anyone had this change? <BR> I'm not complaining, just not sure why its happening. <BR> Any hair I have left is all vellus hair. <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:03:47 EST Starting Over on Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x50421139 its my third go round, my first with a new username. I'm in Perimenopause, I was on some wonderful herbs that were really helping with the symptoms, but I lost my job in July, and now I have run out of them and cant afford more yet. So now I am dealing with hormone hell as I call it. Just before I lost my job, my best friend stabbed me in the back out of the blue, and that and the job sent me into a spiral, when I stress, I put on weight. This is the most I have weighed since 2005, and I'... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 20:28:40 EST I think I'm officially starting .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x50401747 ... perimenopause. <BR> <BR> It's been 37 days since my last period. That's by far the longest I've gone without that I can ever remember (except when preggers, of course). <BR> <BR> For those of you in peri ... did your periods just get farther and farther apart or did they just stop? I'm sure there is a wide range of answers. I guess I just am curious what to expect. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Christie Mon, 15 Oct 2012 15:11:02 EST Ultra Sensitivity... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x50400887 Greetings all, <BR> New to the team. 43 y.o. in the early stages of perimenopause. Some months are good and others are pretty full of suck. I've been told this is due to "erratic output" by the ovaries - is this a good conclusion and what else is responsible for the erratic hormone level production? <BR> Also, I've noticed that I've become really sensitive to noise and am wondering if...1) this is typical of perimenopause and...2) Is anyone else experiencing this. <BR> <BR> Thanks ladies ... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:03:12 EST Are you a sports fan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x50366271 Are you watching all the baseball play-offs? Maybe you're one of the lucky ones who gets to actually go to the ball field, instead of only seeing them on TV. <em>300</em> OR...maybe it's the football games that you like going to this time of year!? <em>281</em> Oh, I miss going to the Friday night games and seeing my boy in the marching band! While we're talking about sports, are there any that you used to play in ....or are there some that you still DO participate in? <BR> <BR... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 23:47:16 EST Sparkgoodie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x50283820 Thank you for the sparkgoodie from the team for fitness minutes! <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 15:13:19 EST Nite time leg cramps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x50240038 Anyone else have these? <BR> <BR> I get mine in my feet,on a good nite. Ha. <BR> They've been particularly bad since thyroid disease and menopause. <BR> I have no problem falling asleep, they hit in the middle of deep sleep, sometimes dreams. <BR> <BR> Just curious if anyone's had any success with female hormones, specifically progesterone, in regulating this? <BR> <BR> I already know about the other causes, believe me I've made an exhaustive search in order to pin point the cause. Doc say... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:54:20 EST Have you tried Red Light Therapy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x50222725 I've been reading about Red light and near Infra-Red light Therapy (620 -660 nm) for muscle and arthritic pain, healing of wounds, acne and collagen production/wrinkle reduction in skin. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's one of the articles that talks a bit about it, in non-techie language: <BR> <BR> <link>www.wisegeek.com/what-is-red-light-t<BR>herapy .htm# </link> <BR> <BR> Just wondering if anyone here has had any experiences with it? <BR> If so which devices did you use, did you do it at home,... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 10:02:29 EST Challenge for October 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x50199498 Eat your Veggies!!!! Eat a rainbow! <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> Our two-week Challenge begins Monday Oct. 8 (Columbus Day) <BR> Challenge ends on Monday, October 22. <BR> <BR> You may join at any time. <BR> <BR> LAKE is going to be my Helper for this Challenge, because she's done it before. So, please welcome LAKE. :-) <BR> <BR> The Challenge is to get as many different colors in as possible. 1 point for every different color. The bigger the variety you eat the more points you get. <BR> ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 22:47:57 EST Sparkgoodie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x50190665 Thank you for the sparkgoodie from the team, for being in the top fitness level! <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:52:13 EST Another losing my mind moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x50158411 I get home from work yesterday to see a note from my husband on the fridge that reads..."look what you put on top of the fridge yesterday". I look up only to see the bag of frozen green beans that we had for dinner the night before. Oops!! They weren't so frozen anymore lol! Sat, 29 Sep 2012 09:41:55 EST Sparkgoodie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x50066668 Thank you for the team goodie, Cindy(BRANDTSGIRL). <BR> I hope everybody has a great day! Sun, 23 Sep 2012 10:28:47 EST QUESTION: What do you look forward to the most? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x50050236 Fall is upon us! What do you look forward to most during this time of year?? If you live in the part of the country that has all 4 seasons (weatherwise), you know what I mean about looking forward to wearing those sweaters & hoodies, seeing the leaves fall, hot apple cider, Friday football games bundled under blankets.... plz share what your favorite part of this season is <em>465</em> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 07:13:32 EST REQUESTING Possible Challenges for October http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x50032149 CARDIO Challenge? Increase the amount of cardio <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Building Bones? Calcium strengthens bones and helps muscle and nerves function properly. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Dancing - post the music you dancing to. Can also post the # of minutes. Just make it fun. <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....??? Thu, 20 Sep 2012 21:50:36 EST So glad to have found you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x49955958 Good Morning all! I just found spark team a couple of days ago and have been learning the site this weekend. I am 47, a farm wife, and school teacher. In the summer I work out in seed corn fields in the Midwest. I am thinking it is the beginning of peri...was a rough summer, but made it through. I read some peri info research, but am so excited to find others that are going through the same thing and trying to lose weight and become fit all at the same time. Looking forward to all of yo... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 07:47:29 EST Menopause & perimenopause books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x49936777 <em>224</em> I went out in our shed to day looking for some books & I found my books <BR> 1) Is It Hot In Here or Is It Me? The Complete Guide To Menopause by Pat Wingert & Barbara Kantrowitz <BR> 2) The Wisdom of Menopause Creating Physical & Emotional Health & Healing During The Change by Christiane Northrup, M.D. <BR> 3) Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom Creating Physical & Emotional Health & Healing by Christiane Northrup, M.D. <BR> There are also a lot of other books on Amazon.com. I ev... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:58:05 EST New Question: New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x49810331 Because school is starting and there are lots of new things going on, this also seems to be the time that some people like to start new exercise programs and routines. Are you starting anything new right now? If so, what is it? <BR> <BR> My new routine is that I joined a 3 month (summer special) at the gym. So, I'm trying out their equipment & such. So far, the classes aren't at very good times for me....working on it....hoping to find another good one. Fri, 7 Sep 2012 08:01:53 EST Sleepless in Michigan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x49792304 Hi all, <BR> I am 52, happily married, and glad to be invited to join this board. :) <BR> <BR> I am a certified financial coach and spend my days teaching and counseling low income people on how to make budgets, pay their bills on time, and helping people learn to break the poverty mindset. It's a challenging profession and I'm privileged to be able to make my living this way. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are also owned by four cats: Simon, Sophia, Sammy, and Bella. We are not parents or gran... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 04:25:58 EST Look forward to community support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x49751193 I have a fair amount of weight to lose but at (nearly) age 53 my goals have changed. I am patient with slow, steady, and balanced process. I am willing to track and be accountable. And I'm looking forward to fun new ways to get fit! One ongoing problem is my work situation. I am an editor and spend most of my 8 hours daily sitting in front of a computer. I need to find more ways to build activity into my day - and the temptation to eat at my desk is significant. I'd love to hear more about h... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 13:51:46 EST Either/Or game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x49714934 Either/Or game: This is where I name two things and you choose one. NON-food related. <BR> <BR> i.e. Would you enjoy washing dishes or doing the cooking? <BR> <BR> You answer with your preference and then ask a question. <BR> <BR> Have fun! Fri, 31 Aug 2012 22:08:42 EST LAST WEEK IN AUG QUESTION: lunch... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x49673588 What do you eat for lunch? <BR> <BR> Do you brown bag it? Maybe it's leftovers from last nights dinner? Restaurant meals? Do you forget to eat lunch, so have it late? Do you eat lunch at noon everyday like clockwork? What is your lunchtime like???? <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 07:06:13 EST Challenge for September 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x49670674 Deeee-stresssing! A Challenge for the soul purpose of relaxing! <BR> <BR> Find time for yourself on a daily basis for 15 minutes - 60 minutes by personal choice. <BR> <BR> Would not matter what you do while you are relaxing. (A nap, Pace Breathing (see topic) manicure, message, or listening to soft music, reading a good book, etc.) <BR> <BR> 2-week Challenge. You may join at anytime. <BR> <BR> Beginning Saturday, September 1 <BR> Ending Saturday, September 15 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 22:09:09 EST hair loss, going potty http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x49668589 I saw my doctor today going to have another check of my a1c. I was a little high last time. I have assumed my need to pee all the time is from perimenopause but read diabeties can cause it. <BR> <BR> Just wonder if other women have a constant feeling of needing to go to the bathroom (pee). I spend all night getting up and going. Have seen a urologist just told me to do muscle exercises and have been doing those. Haven't noticed any difference. <BR> <BR> Also some ladies had posted ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:35:13 EST I just went through PMS... but that just cannot be http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x49664521 Hi, I am back... and this is the weirdest thing. Starting the 19th, I went from my 'norm' to moody, acne, carb cravings, and all the other stuff I used to have before my period. I have not had one in over a year and a half, and 6 months before that. I ate like a crazy teenager and had to buy acne medication! Today I woke up back to my 'norm'. So what just happened to me anyway? <BR> <em>40</em> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:42:08 EST How do you know if you are in Perimenopause? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x49649723 I am 41 years old. Starting at about 35 I noticed my eyes were drying out (had to get special drops), I started getting more migraine with auras, I started getting benign heart palpitations (I have had everything checked to make sure it wasn't anything else). Then in about the last year the migraines have picked up a little, I'm having trouble sleeping (or staying asleep), my periods are coming closer together but are lighter in amount. My moods are all over (more than normal). Libido? What's... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:57:30 EST Has anyone else experienced this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x49623965 So I hit my goal weight and decided to lose 6 more lbs (only 5 now :). I have a running record of my measurements since I was in my teens so I double checked to make sure it wasn't me. My weight is now about what I would weigh once done with the latest diet (yes, lifetime of yo-yoing). I always would have a flat stomach so I expected that to change (which it did) and now have a little tummy with a little bigger waist (expected even though my mom never got a tummy and her waist stayed tiny)... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 20:27:32 EST REQUESTING Possible Challenges for September http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x49578597 BREATHING! Paced Respiration. Check out the Paced Respiration Topic for more info. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> CARDIO Challenge <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> <BR> Building Bones? The REAL Challenge to meet your calcium needs through food only. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Dancing - post the music you dancing to. <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....? Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:28:56 EST Not a happy bunny http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x49570829 Stuck rigidly to low end of calories allowance all week. <BR> Exercised with the 28 boot camp too. <BR> Loss 0 <BR> Do I just stop eating or give up on weight loss? <BR> <BR> Just a wee bit unhappy Wed, 22 Aug 2012 07:14:35 EST QUESTION: Do others care what we eat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x49556759 Do you care what you eat? <BR> Do you care what others eat? If so, who and why. If not, why? Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:25:42 EST Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x49533406 I've noticed that my skin isn't as elastic as it used to be. <BR> <BR> But I also notice, my skin isn't as soft and smooth. <BR> <BR> I do use moisturizer; and thanks to the SP Tracker, I know I'm getting all my nutrients in. <BR> <BR> So, is there anything else I can do? Sun, 19 Aug 2012 20:37:55 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x49472669 I'm trying to remember if I introduced myself when I first joined in February but I honestly don't remember. I am a 4 1/2 year breast cancer survivor and because of the chemo I went through menopause early. A year and a half after finding the cancer it was determined I should have a hysterectomy because of some unclear vaginal ultrasounds as well as the fact that I am BRACHA II Positive. After the surgery I was diagnosed with endometriosis. Because the cancer being hormonal fed I cannot have ... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:14:53 EST exercise for the less able http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x49453645 And me <BR> Don't want to sound cheeky, but I notice on several of the sites I visit that folks say they have problems with exercise. <BR> My friend In Ayr Scotland cannot stand for any length of time, but goes to a class where all of the exercise is done while sitting on a kitchen chair. <BR> And no it is not easy peasy stuff as I thought, before I visited the class on my day off Tue, 14 Aug 2012 10:28:05 EST QUESTION: Restaurant food... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x49343549 What do you order at a restaurant to keep within your calories for the day? Is it possible? Or do you just say to yourself, "Forget it, I'll eat what I want." I'd like to hear how y'all solve this particular sticky situation. Restaurants are great for many different reasons, but they're also like a mine field. What low calorie food entrees have you discovered?? <em>190</em> Tue, 7 Aug 2012 00:22:39 EST Helpful resource(s)!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x49334353 Here is the title of a book to check out. It indicates that many of our issues can connect to "how estrongenic foods and chemicals are making you/us fat and sick." <BR> <BR> "The Anti-Estrogenic Diet" by Ori Hofmekler (@ 2007) <BR> <BR> Without knowing about the book, I ended up following many of the suggestions and really did clear up a lot of my monthly issues and difficulties w/ TOM. (Still haven't solved my irrational mood swings.) Mon, 6 Aug 2012 13:22:31 EST Making myself accountable in August http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x49268502 I am with the sleepers. I find it hard to get enough. 7 hours I mean. <BR> 31/7/12 to 1/8/12 <BR> lights out 21.30 alarm rise 4.45 <BR> 7hrs 15 mins is a long sleep for me <BR> <BR> AUGUST <BR> 1-2 day off Thursday lights out 2300- up 6 am 7 hours just <BR> 2-3 lights out 1030 up 445 6hrs 15 mins oopps <BR> 3-4 weekend lights out 2200 awake 6am 8 hours <BR> 4-5 weekend Lights out 2200 awake 6 am ... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 02:09:25 EST NEW Question: Healthy food options http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x49260046 In this search for healthier eating, what food/recipe have you discovered that you really like? Better yet, is there something that surprises you to find that you like it?? Please share! <BR> <BR> <em>482</em> <em>45</em> <em>488</em> <em>341</em> <em>372</em> <em>371</em> <em>373</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:02:40 EST Challenge for August 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x49234283 August is SP's Sleep Better month. <BR> <BR> Keep a Sleep Schedule. Post how many hours of sleep you are getting. (The ideal is between 7 - 8 hours per night. If sleep too much, will feel tired. Same goes with sleeping too little.) <BR> <BR> Please also post what you do for an improved sleep...like, exercising worked...or a hot bath... We could learn from you; and some of us need all the help we can get!! <BR> <BR> SP has many tips on how to get a good nights rest. You can print out their ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:20:20 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x49206219 Hi Everyone: <BR> My name is Liz and I live in Nova Scotia. I am so happy to 'stumble' across this link where I fell like I finally belong. I am 55 years old and up until recently menopause hasn't had a real impact on my life. (no real bad hot flashes, insomnia, etc.). Now I find it extremely difficult to get the weight off (I am hoping to lose 15 pounds) and the mood swings are hard to cope with. One minute life is wonderful, the next not so much. Looking forward to receiving and giving... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 09:29:31 EST Just had my period last week and... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x49163003 ... today I'm having bloody discharge like I usually get at the beginning of my period. <BR> <BR> I'm almost 50. My mother had a hysterectomy when I was 8 or so, and I have no sisters, so I don't have a lot of family history from which to gauge. <BR> <BR> Is this just something I should expect until I get through menopause? To expect the unexpected? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:20:34 EST NEW QUESTION: What's your happy place? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x49145198 What or where is your happy place? What do you do for fun...to lighten the mood....? Tell us about it and share idea's <em>334</em> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 07:11:44 EST Cramps But No Bleeding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x49141877 Anyone else have killer cramps, but nothing else while going through this? Tue, 24 Jul 2012 22:47:13 EST REQUESTING Possible Challenges for August http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x49141242 August is SP's Sleep Better month. <BR> <BR> Keep a Sleep Schedule. Post how many hours of sleep you are getting. (The ideal is between 7 - 8 hours per night. If sleep too much, will feel tired. Same goes with sleeping too little.) <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> CARDIO Challenge <BR> Your Challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to increase the amount of cardio you get. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Building Bones? Calcium strengthens bones and helps muscle and nerves function properly. <BR> <B... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 22:04:28 EST suagr boost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x49134157 I find some mornings that my regular cereal with raisins and milk does not do enough to sort out the sugar boost my body craves and need some suggestions please on what else you folks do that will keep me away from dad's caramels at 5 am in the morning. There must be some healthier easy options out there <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Nan Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:33:55 EST New to this board & Perimenopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x49118967 I'm from western Nebraska, and on a perpetual weight loss journey. Also embarking on this thing called perimenopause or menopause. Not sure what is happening, but don't seem to have a lot of energy, suddenly having to take synthroid, and trying to lose a bit of weight. I'm 53, married to my best friend, have 2 grown kids, a SIL and a wonderful new baby granddaughter, who is the light of our lives. Looking forward to learning, and maybe helping others get through this stage (o: Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:33:10 EST My inspiration for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x49102273 And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: <BR> "Give me a light , that I may tread safely inot the unknown" <BR> And he replied: <BR> "Go out into the darkness and put your hand in the Hand of God. That shall do you better than light and safer than any known way¬ <BR> So, I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night <BR> <BR> And He led me toward the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 16:05:28 EST The periods from hell. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x49082086 I know. It is normal, at least it is in perimenopause. I have had to use two super tampons and an overnight pad just to keep from leaking every hour. <BR> <BR> This stinks like a skunk, but add in a three day migraine and it stinks like a bloated road kill skunk. <BR> <BR> Too much information maybe, however . . . <BR> <BR> There. Now I feel better. Have a nice day. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 01:40:20 EST extreme breast tenderness before period http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x49070974 I am definitely a newbie at posting on SP, so talking about something so personal is weird. For the past few months, I have been experiencing really bad breast tenderness up to 4-5 days before my periods. My bra gets too tight. They feel similar to when I used to breast feed and couldn't get the milk out fast enough. They are like watermelons and they hurt so bad. I don't have health insurance so seeing a DR is out. My sister, who also has this issue, told me to take evening primrose, an... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:54:16 EST swollen lymph nodes in underarm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x49069259 does anyone else get swollen and sore lymph nodes in their underarms on occasion during PMS? I had them really bad this time and had to buy some deo/anti spray so I wouldn't rub them. <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 08:11:40 EST Where the rubber meets the road http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x49061886 Tomorrow I will be traveling to, what has turned into, a family reunion of sorts. All my siblings (4), theirs spouses, all of the kids, and my parents will be sharing a 6 bedroom house at a pretty cool resort in central Oregon. My family is a lot of fun but, boy, do they like to eat, drink, and be merry when they get together. Many of them are also food and drink pushers. "Hey, let me give you some of this," or "Gosh, your glass is empty. Dad, make her another margarita!" And I don't want... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:00:01 EST a new look at my program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x49044208 Ok starting today and taking heed of the notes I have from folks after my Monday moan about over stress <BR> <BR> I have done the toilet and bathroom properly this week. <BR> Bedrooms have had a lick and a promise. <BR> Thursday I will do the living room thoroughly into the corners (to include the bits the folks don't reach) <BR> The windows are due for their fortnightly clean (they missed the last one too but we can still see out) I have decided to treat with contempt the long remembered c... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:55:07 EST comfort eating Help Age related but not Menopausal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x49002800 I've read all the stuff which tells us to find an alternative to comfort eating when life is bugging you <BR> Tell the offender. <BR> Get out for a walk <BR> <BR> But my main issue cannot be got away from and euther of the above are out of the question as my problem is my elderly folks with whom I live. <BR> <BR> They do what they can, but it reduces all the time and they do get upset about that so screaming because I am having to try to fit in more, while still doing a full time job with... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 04:25:09 EST Camel's back is broken http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35537x48993802 After considering the fact that I have slowly gained a few pounds every year for the past decade and both my older sister and mom are getting fairly overweight, it was time to take a reality check and decide if I truly wanted to change my lifestyle or end up like them. I do not want to end up unhealthy and unhappy like them and I know this is not going to be easy. Regardless of thyroid issues, arthritic knees, perimenopause, and ingrained bad habits, I am going to change my lifestyle. Hoor... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 13:34:21 EST NEW QUESTION - What's your latest goal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x48989815 Let's cheer each other on. <em>104</em> What is the latest thing you are working on....your most recent goal? It's ok if you have more than one. Please share so we can not only give each other idea's, but cheer you on towards your goal(s). <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>224</em> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 08:32:23 EST Short of hibernating for 10 days every month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x48918484 Has anyone any tips on dealing with the mood swings and the low feelings around periods I have now that I never had before? <BR> <BR> Living with a starving Polar Bear would sometimes be preferable to living with me. Trouble is I can feel it happening but feel powerless to stop it. <BR> , Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:30:55 EST Night sweat triggers!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12527x35537x48896604 Does anyone else think there are things they do, or eat which trigger night sweats? <BR> <BR> I am beginning to wonder if perhaps to much sugar intake causes mine. <BR> When I have a bad bout of the nibbles, sweet stuff of course, I seem to have a rather uncomfortable, sweaty night. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your comments in advance Mon, 9 Jul 2012 09:02:07 EST Did you know....? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x48831088 Did you know that one culture doesn't even have the word for menopause? <BR> <BR> Did you know that in one culture, when the women reaches menopause, they throw a party, announce that they are no longer of child bearing age, and the others highly respect her? <BR> <BR> Did you know that those cultures that value growing older have less problems with perimenopause? <BR> <BR> Also, did you know that in one culture, during TOM, one is more insightful, and her friends go to her to ask for advi... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 22:38:59 EST On the pill? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x48819591 Hi everyone, <BR> I think I'm in PM. Have hot flashes at night, trouble sleeping (not usually falling asleep, but waking up in middle of night & not going back to sleep). I've had painful ovulations for past several months; also have fairly heavy periods. Not real comfortable taking birth control, but tired of symptoms. <BR> Any thoughts? <BR> Thanks, <BR> Dee Wed, 4 Jul 2012 05:21:25 EST Weekly Question: How are you doing with goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x48775947 Just thought I'd ask how y'all are doing, and what kind of secrets you have for helping you with your goals? Please share what works for you, and if you don't mind telling....sharing what doesn't work with you. I think we could all benefit from comparing notes. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Sun, 1 Jul 2012 13:05:25 EST Challenge for July 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16969x35537x48736424 Here is our Two-Week CHALLENGE: Be More ACTIVE! <BR> Starting Sunday, July 1. <BR> Ending Monday, July 16. <BR> <BR> Hide the remote, de-clutter, organize something, park further away and walk, be your own dishwasher, dance, cultivate a garden, etc. <BR> <BR> You may join at any time. <BR> <BR> Let us know what you are doing to be more active. If you need ideas, let us know. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:44:48 EST REQUESTING Possible Challenges for July http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35537x48612813 July is SP's Less Stress month. Daily Declutter: This is a fun way to keep our lives as simple and stress-free as possible. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Clean and/or Organize something you usually don't get around to. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Be More ACTIVE! Hide the remote, park further away and walk, be your own dishwasher, dance, cultivate a garden, etc. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Building Bones? The REAL Challenge would be to meet your calcium needs through food only. <BR> <BR> <BR> OR...... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:25:46 EST