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9/23/10 9:30 P

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Ditto on the exercise and hot flashes. The ONLY thing that alleviated my hot flashes was regular, vigorous exercise. When I am walking several miles a week, my hot flashes are minimal or nonexistent.

Thanks for sharing that article.

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9/23/10 3:20 P

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I want to thank the members for their good insights and tips on how exercise has benefited them in dealing with PMS, pre-menopause,and menopause.

Please make sure to read through the comments there is a bunch of great tips that should help lots of us in our current or future challenges. emoticon



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9/23/10 11:20 A

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Great article. Helpful for me as I too am perimenopausal since the birth of the my 3 yo. Have been on anti-depressant for almost 3 years and birth control pills for almost 2. This helped for a while but just added a second anti-depressant (depression runs in my family). The big thing I am noticing is mood swings increasig lately and hot flashes. Im usually the one that is always cold but recently I will be o.k. and then all of sudden it like who turned on the heater? Hopefully as I get more consistent exercise along with the additional medication things will even out.



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9/22/10 7:48 P

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Lots of great info.ladies! Thanks!

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9/22/10 6:50 P

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Walkingdave...Sounds like Fiberoids. You shouldn't cramp like that, even if you have an occassional period. I found out the hard way.

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9/22/10 6:47 P

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My menopause is now men-tal-stop. Everything has stopped no more pausing. hahaha.
1. I know you've heard it before...no processed foods. Eat natural. Make your own meals.
2. SOY? eliminate it unless fermented. soy sauce, miso etc. not fresh.
2. Artificial sweetener+soda pop...use honey or sugar.
3. Seasonings...salt free, pinch salt on food plate.
4. Eat berries, cherries, drink ordinary green tea plain. no (lemon,peppermint or whatever else is in the box)

5. Eat eggs (not egg beaters)Eggland Best or equivalent.
6. no carbs after dinner...this is where the eggs come in. Protein no carbs ( no fruit either).
7. shower with plain soap. No conditioners (clogs pores)
8. Plain vinegar, use as a splash pick-me up. opens pores. Odor dissipate.
9. READ..do think games, logic, crossword.
10. Tell your hubby or partner..it's being pregnant for 7 years and ask RU for it?
11. There are workshops for couples/family

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9/22/10 4:20 P

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I too am premenopausal and not loving it. My cramping actually has gotten worse lately and have to sleep with a heating pad for a few nights. Since I started walking a lot more I don't get the night sweats as bad and sugar cravings for chocolate have eased up greatly. Exercise does help!



``BE NOT AFRAID OF GOING SLOWLY; BE AFRAID ONLY OF STANDING STILL``-CHINESE PROVERB

It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment." Naomi Williams

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9/22/10 4:01 P

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There was a time when I had major hot flashes, all throughout the day! I slept during the day and worked graveyard shift. I was always walking around with a little fan attached to me (the kind you get at walmart). Anyway since I have been exercising more and eating less processed and high carb foods they have been aleviated by alot. The doctor put me on the nuvaring because I never knew how long Uncle Tom would be visiting. It was always 3,5,10, or 21 days. I could predict month to month how bad my cramps were going to be. Changes in diet and exerise have been a great help.

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You only fail if you quit trying.

I can be brave when learning or trying something new
I shall be bold by pushing myself to the next level
I can be fierce by being determined in setting my goals and reaching them
I shall give a full 100% of me and feel FABULOUS about the woman I am


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9/22/10 3:52 P

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I'm sort of changing the topic to how exercise helps PMS. I figure only the females are reading this thread and maybe this will help someone.

When I turned 40 or there about, I got hit with PMDD which is PMS times 10 with major depression thrown in for added fun. Besides the cramps and general mood swings, I'd literally get suicidal for 3 or 4 days each month, I had serious thoughts about harming my kids and at least a full 7 days of massive migraines. I took prescription medication for it which dulled the symptoms but didn't begin to get rid of them.

In January of 2009, I decided to get up off the couch and get healthy. I started exercising and joined Spark. My symptoms got better. I still had plenty of them, but they were better. Oh, and a good, intense workout became The cure for cramps. Some days, I'd have cramps so bad I could barely walk and I'd drag myself to the gym and get on the stair climber and within 5 minutes, the cramps would be gone!

Then I started reading articles about processed foods. I quit them cold turkey and the PMDD completely went away! Completely! No depression, no migraines, no wanting to harm someone. Granted, quitting processed foods was a miserable 3 day experience. It rated up there with quitting smoking. But the difference it made was amazing. I had more energy, was generally happier and was able to get off all the PMDD meds and still had no symptoms.

Since then, I've gone back to eating processed foods a couple of times and immediately felt the affects. I really can't believe what a difference eating processed foods makes to my body, If you are struggling with depression or hormonal issues, try going cold turkey and see how you feel after a week.

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9/22/10 3:36 P

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I read that article! It was really good. I too am interested in more info like that. I recently into menopause and hot flashes are not fun! Although I don't have them as badly (yet) as some I've heard of. Still waking up numerous times at night kicking off covers and then waking up freezing makes for loss of sleep. And I'm thinking they could be worse if I were NOT exercising 6 to 7 days a week??? Yikes!

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9/22/10 3:14 P

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Thank you for the link.

The will of God will not take you where the Grace of God cannot protect you.

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,

Give me the grace to see a joke,

To get some humor out of life,

And pass it on to other folk!


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9/22/10 3:06 P

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Hi, thanks for the link! I am 45 but hit perimenopause when I turned 40. I just made little adjustments over the years, like changing how and what I eat. Get strength training, walking etc...



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You only fail if you quit trying.

I can be brave when learning or trying something new
I shall be bold by pushing myself to the next level
I can be fierce by being determined in setting my goals and reaching them
I shall give a full 100% of me and feel FABULOUS about the woman I am


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9/22/10 3:02 P

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Thanks for the link !!

Oh Great Spirit who dwells in the sky, lead us to the path of peace and understanding. Our lives are so short here, walking upon Mother Earth's surface. Let our eyes be opened to all the blessings you have given us. Please hear our prayers, oh Great Spirit.

"Native Amerian Prayer for Peace"
Tsalagi, Sasa Ageya


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9/22/10 1:53 P

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Hi Team,
I was just going through my emails and continued reading a very interesting article I thought I'd share with you. It concerns exercise and the benefits for women entering into pre-menopausal and those in menopause. I am in my early 40s but remember my mom experiencing pre-menopausal symptoms very early and now she is dealing with heart disease issues. My goal in pursuing a healthy lifestyle is to curb my risk factors in inheriting these health issues.

The good news: in this article by choosing to do cardio and strength training now and into my later years I can help alleviate a bunch of symptoms and improve my chance of a strong heart and slow my bone loss. Hey, I am only 4 ft. 11 in. so I need to keep all the height I can as I age to perfection. emoticon

Here's the link: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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If you've got the time and seem interested give it a read. If you are currently experiencing pre-menopause or are in menopause share some tips here to help the rest of us ease into this transition of womanhood. I look forward to any advice members can give me.



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