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I just rejoined Spark because of this string of posts. I hope it remains current. Great information being exchanged. emoticon

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2/26/14 7:21 A

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Hi Everyone,

I just recently stopped seeing my endocrinologist- Why? Because at first, she gave me hope that she had the answer as to why I was not losing weight. in the meantime- I'm 55 years young. . Fairly active - I do workout - almost every day. I am limited on my cardio because of my knees. I am suppose to have total knee replacements ( but thats another story) I'm in denial :)


She put me on this medication called Medformin. It did nothing except make me want to barf. She had explained that my body was making too much sugar and that I was pre-diabetic and that I needed the medication to control my sugar and that this would help me lose weight. I had asked if I needed to check my sugar - her response was no. I felt that little alarm inclination toward her respond, but.. I said to myself. She's the doctor not me.

Months went by - I was taking 4 pills a day. Two in the morning and two in the afternoon. I has spoken to others that would respond in shock as to how many pills I was taken daily and that I didn't have to check my sugar. I kept stepping on the scale and at first I would lose a lb than gain it.

I didn't give up. I kept working out hard. Changed my entire eating habits. Now I eat clean, get plenty of rest , workout daily. Again- I would lose 1 lbs. Gain it back the following day. This roller coaster ride kept on for months and months. I finally broke down and my husband said. Throw out the scale and just keep eating right and working out. This was not good enough.

I should not be over weight if I am doing all the right things!!! Menopause sucks!!! I kicked and threw myself on the bed so upset. But again.. I am not giving up. Bless my husbands heart and patience for dealing with me.

So, thru research I learned that when you go thru menopause a women must increase her protein and her fiber.. a lot. Not a little .. a lot. So.. Legumes .. Bean it up scotty! Fiber Fiber Fiber- and Vitamin C and Vitamin D.. also very important.. let go of the white sugars. Get rid of them.. its your life.. don't let anyone convince you that one little bit won't hurt you.. because really it does.

Increase your veggies and eat fruit .. Your fruit is best eaten in the mornings.. that way you burn off the natural sugars.. Eat your biggest meal in the morning and and early in the day.. drink lots of water. Work out .. do the combination of cardio, yoga and weights.. why? because if you only do only cardio than you will sort of wear out your muscles.. and bones.. Lifting weights is so very good for your muscles and bones.. keeps them strong especially if you suffer from Osteo.. lifting Weights does not bulk you up at all.. but they do give you those young curvy sexy muscles that we once had.
Yoga .. because stretching your body gives you that agility and flat belly .. also attacks the aging process - helps with circulation, puts that spring in your walk while slimming down.

So , Ok, I talk a lot.. but its only because I have been battling menopausal weight for a couple of years now.. and finally I am making progress.. and thought to myself.. its my own experience.. but I am pretty sure there are women out there with this same heart ache. I have to share and as frustrating as it is .. Do not give up - there are breakthroughs in weight loss during menopause.

To give you an idea of what I do

Breakfast

Smoothie: Kale, greek yogurt , coconut water, pineapple , lemon, wheat grass, chia seeds, mango or banana or fruit of my choice.

Snack: apple or string cheese

Lunch: either whole grain pasta with chicken ( small bowl) or salad with chicken breast

Snack: Apple or chicken strips I make from home

Dinner: Fish and brown rice ( small bowl) or Fish or chicken with veggies

Nothing else after that .. except water after my workout* Than 7 to 8 hours of sleep

What works for me may or may not work for someone else.. but I wanted to share in case there's a possibility it helps you too. I weight myself now once every two weeks.

Workouts I do:

Les Mills weight lifting cardio
Yoga
Home gym 30 to 60 minutes every other day
Martial Arts ( been studying martial arts for many years )


One last thing.. the mind is very powerful.. and my mind says.. I am no quitter - I am one beautiful sexy 55 year young looking chick, with lots to look foward to emoticon

Good Luck!!

It's a Journey....


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1/17/14 3:48 P

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Sweepea, it is fundamentally unhealthy to eat that way. Any dietician will tell you you are starving and doing so much damage to your body. If you have to starve to lose weight, you have more going on than just menopause. You need to see your doctor, possibly an endocrinologist. You could have serious thyroid issues, or more. Good luck w/that.

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My doctor basically said the same thing to me, but I wouldn't except it. I have been a member of Sparkpeople since 2009 when I lost 27 lbs over a ten month period. I was 47, hadn't hit menopause, and maintained my 127 lb weight until last year when I turned 50. I still ate healthy and still went to the gym 3-4 times a week, but still kept putting the weight on. I did, however do a lot of traveling for work which doesn't help not having home cooked meals. My daughter is getting married in November. I had bought my dress at the beginning of the year. I realized I had better try it on again when I couldn't zip a pair of pants one morning and weighing in at the doctors 144lbs. It was no surprise I couldn't zip the dress either. That's when I decided I had better start entering my food in the nutrition tracker again. This works best for me because I plan my meals for the day and do not deviate from it. I have a scale in my kitchen to weigh my food if I am unsure of my calorie intake. I am also working doing one extra day of cardio a week. I have been doing this since July first and am happy to say the dress fits and I weighed in this morning at 128. It is not easy. I had to work a lot harder, but it can be done and your hard work will pay off!

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7/3/13 8:05 P

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Hi ! I was worried about all the weight that I have gained since menopause too. I am 43 and weight more than I ever have. However, I started working out last week and watching what I eat. I do not use any hormone therapy BUT I have managed to lose a few pounds already.It is ALOT harder to lose the pounds now, but it is NOT impossible. So, I am going to keep working my hardest. I don't want to believe that menopause is the end of a slim, trim body!!


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6/20/13 11:38 P

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And another item for dear Sweepea...

Your body has "memory." I'm amazed if you're still achieving results with your Eggbeaters and chicken strategy. B/c each time you do this, it may be even MORE difficult to get loss -- as your bod remembers your "trick."Your body "learns" and adjusts so it can create "efficiency" -- so you'll survive. It doesn't know it's 2013! So, if you're reliably giving it 600 calories a day, you're metab will slow-slow-slow down more. The weight won't come off. Frustrated, we give up! :( Also: as we age? We GOTTA do muscles! We're losing our "furnace." If we have MORE furnace, we have a BIGGER engine that burns MORE calories. (Google: "Skinny Fat people") Likewise: "teach" your body it can depend on fuel for this. I take 1/3 cup cooked oatmeal (no milk) and a dab of agave 40 min prior to a workout. And 30 min after? I eat my meal (breakfast). If my body KNOWS it will get this? Then it will "learn" and perform optimally for me. And pick the workout that you LOVE. Walking, Zumba, spinning, whatever! For me? It's Xfit. I can't perform like the kids, but my leaders change-it-up for me and are oh-so proud of me for joining-in! As I'm losing weight, it's a lot of fun to see how much easier everything's getting, too!

if you can afford it in the beginning? I HEARTILY ENCOURAGE a TRAINER. Just until you can get in the groove! Then you can go "solo" no prob -- cuz it's habit!

I can't encourage you enuf. This is my "formula!" It's working for me! I hope you can also find the right combination, too, without feeling the horrible sensation of deprivation and lack of joy(!) All my best to you!

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Hi Sweepea --
I just joined SP so I could answer your post. :) I'm not sure about my participation level -- I'm such a busy gal, but I wanted to pass along info to you.

I am very upset with your doctor's flip response that "you can't lose weight bc you're 50." UGH! I hate this. Me: I'm 54 and also got slammed with a huge gain with onset of meno and flabbergasted by the stubborn inability to lose! Amazing! Another symptom: interrupted sleep. So.. not only was I fat -- but I was TIRED. :( Well, buy virtue of "internet rabbit trails"...I found myself tripping on HRT (hormone replacement therapy). Specifically, bio-identicals and a VERY specific discipline out there called "BodyLogic." (And yes -- it has a big fan named Suzanne Somers.)

Well -- it has changed my life. I dropped 40 pounds -- BOOM! -- like that. This, despite no change in how I exercised (4-6x wkly) and diet of 1200-1500/daily with wknd "fun" of a glass of wine here or there and WATER. It is UNREAL. And I am ANNOYED. Why? Because this knowledge and solution IS "out there." But for a dozen years I'd been told, "It's NOT your thyroid!" My new doc cautioned me how he sees this time and time again! "Regular" docs saying "it's not your thyroid" and just throwing in the towel. (Btw, he is primarily an ER doc at a major LA hospital but does "BodyLogic" bc he sees how it changes lives and he's hugely gratified -- he's Harvard Med School trained, too.) So...I'm here to say...you WILL see your gyno and take "tests" and they WILL say your thyroid is "performing just fine." But my BodyLogic HRT doc said, "Yes...tests will show your thyroid is WITHIN the range -- but is it OPTIMAL? We're going to achieve OPTIMAL thyroid and hormone levels." The rest of my story: my testosterone and estrogen levels are just fine. But I'm LOW in progesterone. Of the 4 "T" receptors...we started with "T3" bioidenticals -- and that WAS the solution. With increased T3 and progesterone...I am sleeping better and my body is responding as it did when I was a 30-something; i.e., "calories in and calories out DOES work again!" For some reason, when we age...this goes to pot! I think that's b/c several hundred years ago, as "elder women of the tribe," our bodies changed-up to handle how the "tribe" would likely dismiss us for communal food from the last antelope kill...in favor of fertile, birthing women, growing kids and macho young guys and the hunting men. We old gals can never get a break! So our metabolism slows so we can -- survive. I just WISH my body knew it wasn't circa 1213 A.D. -- but the year 2013!!

I hope this helps. I am NOT compensated by BodyLogic. It is a very small practice so far. And that irks me. The "haves" and "have nots." Not quite 70 docs in the US practice this astonishing new medicine. Read their testimonials. I'm quite sure you'll see/hear a woman who is JUST like you with "dilemmas." And she'll tell you how life-changing it is!

Now this is NOT like a ridiculous weight loss franchise!!!! This is a legit medical discipline. I encourage you to research. Detractors get upset because of the cost of regular blood tests. This is rather silly. Of course you must get tested regularly -- you must see what your resulting levels are. All tests are done by Quest Diagnostics -- a national staple in performing tests/procedures. I cannot tell you enuf: this is such a STUNNING solution -- it makes me want to CRY. I'm very upset with modern medicine taking a "cookie cutter" approach when each one of us will have different heritages, family histories, environmental concerns, etc. We are all unique. BodyLogic knows this. And takes this into account.

GOOD LUCK. Do your research! I only wish you WELLNESS! PS: I still have 49 more pounds to go!

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5/25/13 2:39 P

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I have just turned 55. I am so depressed. I weighed 108 llbs. my entire adult life. Since menopause, I have gained 62 llbs. The only way I can loose weight is if I go on a 500-600 calorie per day diet, very low carb,low fat and I can't eat past 3:00 p.m. or I will actually gain weight. I lost the weight doing this a while back, but now I'm back to 170. My thighs never went back to normal even when I lost the weight. Exercise does not work.

Today I am once again starting this insane diet. Egg beaters for breakfast, organic chicken salad at 2:30 p.m., and nothing after that. If I'm starving to death tonight and can't take it, I can get away with one tablespoon of peanut butter. Only 5 carbs.

Depressing way to live. However, if I don't loose the weight, my cholesterol will stay at 370 and I will go back to being prediabetic, and blood pressure will go up.

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4/30/13 12:23 P

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Hello ladies,

I would suggest that we love ourselves exactly where we are today and be as positive as possible while we work through this issue together. Getting stressed causes weight gain and we certainly don't want to go in that direction. Make sure to eat whole foods (no processed foods), watch your portions, eat a small meal that contains protein (2-3 oz) every 2.5-3 hours and exercise (walking is great 3-4x a week with 30 minutes of strength training 2x a week). I am preaching to myself here and know this will work. I love me, and I am worth the time and energy to eat healthy and take care of my body. If I can't lose all of the weight, I will lose inches which is more important and feel fit and fine. We can do this!!!! emoticon

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4/22/13 5:32 P

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It is possible to lose weight during and after menopausal. I"m 60 and I've finally gotten on the right track to lose. Just remember that every body is different, what works for one won't work for another! What worked for me was to eat less, move more. What I could eat prior to menopause didn't work any more. That being said, I stopped focusing so much on a number and instead started focusing on how I "felt". I did drop weight by eliminating all "added sugar". You'd be surprised at how many foods have that. I made myself look at ingredients for the first time in my life. I added a walk in during my lunch hour (it started out at 15 minutes) now it's 30 minutes, every day, but not on weekends. That's it for the exercise. I know my body will never be what it was, and I'M OKAY WITH IT. That''s the other "secret". So don't give up, find out what you can do to make simple changes...walking more, using a lunch plate instead of a dinner plate (mind over matter on a plate :-) )

It's just hard and it can be discouraging, so count every little change as "successful". Stop comparing your failures to others successes! Write it down, commit to it, and celebrate when you've overcome it!

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Hi......i just joined this website and in reading some of the posts i feel right at home. I joined the site because i am hoping that by tracking my food/wine and excercise i may just loose these 15 pounds that have seemingly deposited themselves to my belly overnight.

Cheers!

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Hi......i just joined this website and in reading some of the posts i feel right at home. I joined the site because i am hoping that by tracking my food/wine and excercise i may just loose these 15 pounds that have seemingly deposited themselves to my belly overnight.

Cheers!

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No offense to anyone here but this is kind of depressing. I thought if I came on here I would find a solution to my problem of not being able to lose weight even though I have been in full blown menopause for about a year and a half. I have tried everything to shed even a pound and so far it is refusing to budge. I feel better knowing I am not the only one but there has to be something that will work. Things are complicated by being out of work for nearly a year and not having access to a doctor to help me sort it out. So I guess misery loves company so that is a good thing right?

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3/6/13 10:29 A

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So glad I found this team! I've never been so depressed in all my life. I'm 59, went through menopause late, at about 56, haven't had a period in 2 and half years. My body doesn't even resemble what it used to. I can't lose weight no matter what I do. I track every morsel of food, walk on the treadmill everyday, and nothing, nada, nothing. I have friends my age that look great, but I found out they are all on HRT. I'm too afraid to take it. So so discouraged. Is there any hope for people like us that just can't seem to lose?

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I wish I was back down to 145! I went into menopause at 44 and was at 137. I was hoping to get back down to 125 which is where I feel my best. However, menopause put an end to any thoughts on my losing that additional 12 pounds. I will be 50 next month and now weigh in at 160. I hate the way I look and the way people look at me. My thighs belong to someone else, my ass went south and hasn't returned and my arms are sprouting flabby wings. I was in a car accident two years ago that injured my neck - herniated discs and osteoarthritis in the neck. Now I'm in constant pain, and find most exercises painful to perform. I went to a doctor last week who told me if I went to a gym and hired a personal trainer, my neck would be fine. My point in telling you this is, I too am having a hard time losing weight. I'm 5 feet 7 inches tall and weight 160 which puts my bmi into the obesity range. I have never - ever - been considered as obese. Talk about ruining my day! I recently bought aa Denise Austin dvd and started riding my stationary bike. I also take various supplements and constantly (vigilantly) watch everything I eat. I don't eat past 7 and potato chips (sadly!) are in my past. I just have to believe that I will lose SOME weight! All I can say is don't give up - keep doing what you are and don't let anyone discourage you.

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I do plenty of exercise and walk everywhere but I am also finding it difficult to lose weight but I shall keep trying as I am not ready to give up yet.

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My doctor told me that I was just one of those unlucky women that has a very slow metabolism. Personally I don't think it's slow I think it died.

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I'm new to this forum, but have been a member of Sparkpeople for several years. I joined 7 years ago and lost a little over 20 lbs. I was soooo happy! Then I started a new job and got pretty lazy about tracking. Well, I was also getting older :) . Last year I decided to get serious about tracking again. Seems that now I'm 51 it's just not coming off the way it did all those years ago. I walk with a friend about 4 nights a week and we are trying to encourage one another and stay with it. I think she is going to join Sparkpeople as well and I'm excited about that! So tired of hearing that it's impossible to lose weight unless I'm running marathons (which I can't because of osteoarthritis). Decided to to focus on where I want to be by Christmas instead of by next week. I believe it's possible, it's just going to take a little longer to get there! Glad to find this group; you all sound like ladies who aren't throwing in the towel just yet!


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9/11/12 7:42 P

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I guess it's good to know I'm not alone...I have all the problems described here. The problem is I have done everything I can think of and that experts tell you to do for the last year and I am at my highest weight ever. I have been walking 3 miles every single day, cut out sugar, flour and refined carbs. I don't drink soda, I don't eat late at night, I don't eat snacks, sweets or desserts. Wtf? I am at my wits end!

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I am going thru the same thing. I am trying something different after watching an episode of Dr. Oz. They talked about different diets for different body types. I seem to fit into the big belly instead of big butt type. So I am cutting out carbs, eating more protein, and drinking pomegranate juice. They also recommended I take chromium polynicotinate, which I've yet to buy. Hoping these changes will make a difference. Before I was also eating less and cutting out sugars, but apparently for my body type that was all wrong.

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Hi Ladies ! I just rejoined Sparkspeople today.Joined this group today too. Here I am in a nutshell: Been a yo-yo dieter most of my life but never had a problem losing the weight quickly. I am 52 & have gone thru menopause & now I can't lose the weight. Well, I lost 10 lbs since June but now I am stuck ! I have NEVER had this much trouble losing weight. I still have 40 lbs to go & it is driving me crazy. I have cut out the chocolate candy & the cookies,etc. My blender is now my best friend. I make a Slimfast/fruit smoothie for breakfast & sometimes for dinner too. Am eating salads or baked potato or a sandwhich on whole wheat bread for lunch. I am so glad I found this group. Just worried that there does not seem to be many current posters on here. I was hoping for some interaction, friendship, & support. I don't want to believe that this darn menopause/old age thing can prevent me from losing weight. Any ideas? I just started back to the gym but am worried how to find the time once my college classes start back up in September.

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I've been doing Zumba Mon. through Fri. for about a month and a half and only lost 3 lbs. No muscle gain. Clothes still fit the same. It's depressing. Let me know if it works for you.

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This is so good to read. Thank you strong, filled with willpower women! Here is my story. I am an indoor rower and a fitness lover, i got tendon trouble, somehow menopause came by and now i weigh in at an amazing 95 kilo. I eat clean and certainly not to much, an occasional snack nothing more, exactly the same as i have been doing for years.I train as much as i can and still that big woman is staring at me from the mirror. Like someone from a Rubens painting. And i am amazed how many people want to give you advice. How to dress, how to eat, which diet i have to follow, how to exercise. I exercise my socks of, no weight loss. Ain't that irritating! One day i went to the swimming pool and an older man studied my buddha belly, not even looking in my face. And he had quit enough going on above his swimming trousers too.All this being said, nice to be able to do that, i am going to push forward.Keep talking about me,thinking i am surrounded by potatoe chips and hamburgers all day. I have my goals in mind and i will reach them, if not now, oneday.
I have seen people lose weight after fifty so...I wish all you ladies, sisters in menopause, that you will smile at your scales again one day

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4/1/12 10:48 P

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I was looking through teams and this team caught my eye since I am pre-menopausal and had additional weight gain. Maybe some gain is due to hormones, but mainly because of a sedentary job and not tracking food. But when I do keep my calories 1400-1500 daily and filling those calories with healthy nutritious food, and walk 45 minutes a day, I can lose 2 pounds a week. Grant it, I lose a fight or two with temptation, but when I do, I re-watch this video http://www.hungryforchange.tv/ ...it's very eye opening.

I also have days where I am so exhausted to exercise, but I force myself to go and once I'm there and a little time into exercise, I feel much better. It's understanding why my body is worn out because it's dragging around an extra 60+ pounds...so I have to move to stop the insanity of weight gain. Though there are some days I don't have the spark while I'm into my exercise, but those days are when I didn't get much sleep the night before, or I made not so smart food choices the day before, which would explain why. But, at least I was out there moving and I accept that not all days will be "a good workout" day...and that is okay.

Oh, and I try not to eat after 7 pm...and that is one of the toughest things. When I want to snack and I have no calories left, read a book in bed until I'm tired, which quickly makes me tired...and that is where I'm going now. : ) Night, night!


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I am 49 and have been in menopause for a few years now. I am not sure when to say I am out of menopause. I just keep gaining weight, it is so frustrating. at nite i am eating a bowl of oatmeal only instead of dinner. i have a friend the same age as me who no longer eats after 5pm. I have been working out every night with Jari Love DVD's and walking 1 to 2 miles aday.
last summer I had gained and was at 135. I thought that was bad... now I am up to 145.
I have tried some supplements but no change. I do take synthroid at 88 mcg. and I talked to the endocrinologist who basically said he thought I was eating too much and that was the bottom line.

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I totally understand where you are coming from. Menopause sucks! I don't think that it is impossible to lose weight during menopause, I think it depends how far you are willing to go. I gained so much weight during this process. I had all kinds of issues too which made daily living difficult. I read somewhere that some of the symptoms of your menopause is heredity. How did your mom go through menopause? Any sisters that have been through this? The only think I do know that during this time of your life your body is pulling vitamins and nutrients from your bones, teeth, hair and organs to do what it has to do. Make sure that you are taking supplements to offset this. Mathematically, if your body needs 1500 calories and you consume 1800 it's obvious you will gain. However, when menopause visits I think your body is breaking all of the rules.

I would recommend you start with the basics, tally your calorie intake and see if you are over your calorie needs. Please make sure to take your vitamins. Don't forget to take calcium with d. Niacin helps with the sweats. But check with a good doctor to make sure you can take niacin, it's a blood thinner so that can cause serious problems if you have medical issues.

Keep us posted! emoticon

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Wow, I'm having the exact same problems. I've doing 10,000 to 15,000 steps everyday for the last month. I've only lost 3 lbs! I've cut out coffee, snacks and wine. That alone should have been a big difference. It's just so depressing at times. Do I have to starve myself?

I'm not ready to give up yet! Anything working for you all?

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Hi,
Found this team and decided to see if it was for me. So far the messages are describing me to a "T". I am at my heaviest and can't seem to get the scales to moving downward again. Over the years, I have lost and gained , lost and gained and now I am just gaining. If I can't lose the weight, I would still like to get fitter. I have bought some Zumba dvds and am going to try to at least get my energy level back up.

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5/1/11 10:02 A

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well ladies...we're all in the same boat...i acutally lost weight last year, but, gianed most of it back...it's just so frustrating...my trouble comes at work...a former patient brings in donuts every week...patients always offering sweets as a thank you....i have to learn to take the candy and give it to someone else, but, it's hard...

Living like no one else, so later, i can live like no one else...


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1/12/11 7:06 A

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I recently joined this team and have been reading many of the posts. It seems we all experience similar frustrations.....less eating, more exercise, no budge on the scale.

Have you had any more success with the coconut oil? I have recently started drinking one coconut water a day for potassium intake.

A fellow warrior!

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1/6/11 9:01 P

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I would get another doctor. Your doctor sounds very depressing. My doctor, who is also a woman about my age said that we just have to be very careful about what we eat.

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I'm in the same boat as you all; never had weight issues until I hit menoapause 3 years ago. I have been eating in a healthy way recently, having found out I have high cholesterol. One woman told me to try coconut oil, I did research and ordered some online, will keep you up to date if it works; supposed to help with metabolism, keep my fingers crossed

"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how"
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Hi; I'm in the same boat and watching it sink. No matter how hard I try I lose and gain the same lbs back.. What really gets my goat is my hubby says you can do it if you really wanted to. I keep telling him its hormones but he pays no nevermind to me It's been soo hot here in chicago and HUMID that you have a hard time doing things outside I did ride the bike to the library 3 miles. Yay for me

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5/4/10 1:07 P

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Ladies I so agree with what you are saying! I am in menopause and gained 25 lbs. in the past year. I am watching my calories and trying new exercise routines. I lose 5 lbs. and gain 3, lose 2 and gain 4. All my weight has gone straight to my belly! I look pregnant. I hate it. What is a woman to do????

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ROBINLL123 Posts: 8
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Hi Everyone,
It seems to me that we have to work harder to lose a single pound. I exercise more now than I did when I was 30 but it is slow to get any results. It can be very frustrating and some days I want to give up but I am still here plugging along. Maybe together we can do more than we can alone. I am willing to give it a try, how about you?

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2/28/10 11:12 A

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Hi ladies. I'm post menopausal, in good health generally, and frustrated! I've been somewhat overweight most of my adult life, but I've gradually grown in weight and size over the past several years and really would like to feel better - physically and about myself. I've been on Weight Watchers more times than I can count; would "start over" with the points tracking on WW.com practically every Monday, and fall off the wagon by the end of the week. In January I decided to go back on Atkins, as I had had success 6 or 7 years ago on that plan. This time I lost 6 lbs the first week, then gained back 3 and no matter what I did, I could not lose any more. I finally stopped the high fat/very low carb approach and went back to a more accepted way of eating. I've been walking on the treadmill in the mornings about 20 minutes (gradually increasing the intensity and incline), and trying to do more in the evenings when I get home from work (Wii Fit; a little yoga; lifting weights). I try to eat reasonably; cut out the "goodies". No matter what I do, though, neither the scale nor my body seems to budge.

Here's the thing....I know that only a small percentage of people who lose weight keep it off. I also know that I don't want to start something (like exercising an hour or more a day) that I am unlikely to keep up with for the rest of my life. Is this a bad attitude to start with? I absolutley want to lose the weight and feel good; I want to "make it a lifestyle"; but I also know myself. I am one who gets very enthusiastic about something for a short period of time, then something else will grab my interest.

SparkPeople seems like a great (and free!) site. My only frustration is trying to track my food intake. It's so darn complicated, unless I haven't figured it out right. I'm sure accurate tracking will be a good start. Has anyone else been doing this a while? Any tips for how to track that doesn't take so long?

Well, sorry to spend so much time on myself. I'd love a team of people in the same boat I'm in, and I want to do what I can to encourage you all as well. Maybe we can figure this menopausal weight loss issue out and break through!

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Hello - I am new to this forum, website, however I am not new to weight issues.

I've heard this before - menopause = weight gain. I've gained 10 pounds over the past 18 months or so and not been able to get it off. I'm going through menopause now and I don't want to use that as an excuse. I know how to lose weight, I'm just not diligent enough. In fact I was a WW meeting leader for 12 years, and I even owned a gym. However...I still have weight issues. For me its all about calories in. I'm an emotional eater. I do eat healthy foods, and exercise has always been a part of my life, except for the past 2 years or so (gee, do you think there is a corelation here?) So we just bought a new treadmill (our previous one finally died after 20 years) and I've been very diligent for the past 3 weeks. And guess what???? I haven't lost a single damn pound!!!!! But I'm not giving up. Its got to come off. Calories in have to be less than calories expended. The equation will always be the same. However, I do know that hormones can wreak havoc on the menopausal woman trying to lose weight. But we must be diligent. I've tried going backk to WW several times, but I just can't count another point. I know the program inside and out, I know what the leader is going to say before he/she says it. I can't make it work for me anymore. I just need to find my own way of controling my calorie intake. Maybe this forum will help.

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2/27/10 9:07 A

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I went to the doctor in July. I wanted to lose weight, but was having no luck on my own. My doctor told me it is because I was 50 and in menopause. She said I would not be able to lose weight, that I was only 30 lbs overweight and to accept it. I got very angry and went to weight watchers. I have lost 11 lbs so far, I look better, but I am having trouble losing the rest of the weight. I will not give up! I need some help here! Maybe some inspiration? emoticon

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