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I am in KY and the weather here is not good at all. Today there was snow, one t hing that I have been doing is going to YouTube and finding all kind of nice workouts, this morning I found Step Reebok (oldie but goodie) I did that but I have also been working out with Leslie Sansome and she is a walking at home instructor. Her workouts are great, low impact and you are done before you know it. I have been using her when the weather does not allow me to go outside(which has been for the last 2 months) So go there and you will find workouts that you can track here.. Good Luck.. emoticon

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I keep trying to exercise but the weather and my finances are against me. Tried a cardio workout but could not track here and that gets me down as I completed the whole video. Hope the weather warms up getting depressed.
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That is wonderful, but under 1200 calories is not healthy for me. I don't always eat the allotted calories, but I feel light headed when I eat too little. I am exercising and my Nurse Practioner suggested that I check to see if my health is getting better.

I certainly feel better. And like everyone I would love to see the pounds go. I have lost a total of 12 lbs since September, gaining and losing 4 lbs. My lowest weight has been 200.2 and that was over a month ago. This week I weighed in at 200.8. Did you all notice I placed that little point in there? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Very happy for your success. I needed to hear this since I too am going through menopause, and trying to lose weight during this stage of life is a challenge. Today is a down day so reading your post has raised my spirits. Thank you emoticon

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Hi there.... YES! I lost 20 pounds in 8 weeks and I am going through menopause. I had the very same fears and concerns regarding weight-loss during menopause. I assure you, it is absolutely possible. My success came from the elimination of simple carbs (breads, pasta, white potatoes, sugary sweets and crackers). And, I stayed under 1200 calories each day, along with a 30 minute walk each day.

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1/13/14 1:37 P

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Not going well

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Not going well

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11/8/13 10:32 A

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I'm in the same boat. Not losing the way I'd like, but eating better and feeling better.

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11/2/13 9:09 P

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emoticon I almost didn't click on this feed, I'm glad I did. Everyone is so inspirational! Happy November everyone!

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emoticon Thanks to all for the support and inspiration. You keep me going. My experience is weight loss - NOT. But, I'm healthier, more active and enjoying life.

" ...what lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies wthin us." (Emerson)


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10/28/13 12:49 P

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I'm glad you found my post inspiring. Thank you!

Be passionate about your life! There are times for slow and steady, but if you find your health and fitness program dull and boring, discouraging, tedious, etc, then it's time to rethink things. Who wants to stick with a program that's lackluster or seems like drudgery?

Think about this:

If money, time, fitness level, age, etc were no object...

If no one was watching, so there was no one to criticize, insult, judge, etc...

If what you choose to do will be what your loved ones remember most about you...

And if you could do anything you wanted right now...

What would you do?

And why aren't you doing it?

Do it now! Life is uncertain. When you make the decision to follow your true heart's passion, all those worrisome details and unresolved issues have a way of falling into place.

There must be a compelling reason why you want to lose weight and become fit, as we all do. If you keep that reason fresh and real, motivation isn't an issue. If, on the other hand, you lose sight of it, then you are mired down in details.

What would it take to make your weight loss journey exciting? Fun? Fantastic?

Actors and actresses stay lean because they get paid to look good. What return on your fitness investment would make it a priority in your life? What payoff do you really want that would turn you into an enthusiastic fitness animal?

I have to admit that at 55 it's a lot harder to get super thrilled at the prospect of moving aging joints, but you get the picture. If you can change your attitude, you can change your life and your health.

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over and over announcing your place
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Wow, reading all the posts is inspiring. At 64 and menopausal for years, losing weight one pound a week and sometimes not even that is sometimes very discouraging. I know slow and steady in this journey is the best for a lasting lifestyle change. It takes so long to lose weight, but putting it on takes one meal emoticon . I will stay on this path and with all the encouragement I know we can make it. Thanks for all your inputs, I'm motivated and just in time for the Halloween pressures emoticon . I'll be back for more camaraderie emoticon emoticon


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I'm 55 and (believe it or not) still peri-menopausal. If things continue as they are, my 13th moon will be next June.

While the night sweats haven't been a lot of fun, and I hate the rosacea that has come with the shifts in hormones, there have been some gifts from menopause.

For one thing, chocolate isn't the be-all and end-all eater of my soul that it once was. I can remember when Hershey Bars sang my name at a frequency that only women can hear and hot fudge was better than sex any day of the week. Now I find I'm much more interested in fresh fruit - not sure if it's a nutritional craving, but who cares? I'm free from the bondage!

Also, I find I'm a lot more no-nonsense than I was in my younger years. I seem to have developed a crap-o-meter that kicks off an alarm and sends me leaping onto my feet to chase off the offender whenever someone begins to dispense garbage, so to speak, and it doesn't just apply to others. I find I've gotten to be pretty doggone diligent about seeking out ways in which I might be deluding myself, and as a result, have been reaching hitherto unattainable levels of inner peace. My younger self would be gratified to know that the mental hailstorms finally came to an end...

My body, alas, is what it is. It is no longer blessed with the wonder that was youth, and has, instead, grown as comfortable as an old shoe (...and looks like it). What an amazing thing it has been to discover that my mind has grown sharper even as the elastic in my birthday suit has been approaching the condition which has been so aptly and poetically termed as "shot", a situation which is in direct opposition to my younger years, when that lithe and supple body that I once knew so very well was being sported about by the hormonally affected, highly emotional lunatic that I was at the time. Now I'm the wise old woman who lives in the shoe and had so many children that I didn't know what to do...until they got jobs and moved out, thank goodness! lol

I guess what I'm saying is that it's time to lighten up. We've made it to this point in our lives, after all those years of torturing ourselves for our shortcomings and demanding more of ourselves. We've raised our families, worked our jobs, endured our losses; isn't it time we gave ourselves a little bit of slack and allow that we've done pretty doggone well, considering that we were little girls when we got started on all of this? We've survived our fertile years, we've learned that some things we can and should fight and other things we've just got to work with because mother nature doesn't allow it any other way.

I'm no longer willing to insult myself with certain attitudes and actions. I refuse to starve myself, of course, but by the same token, I'm drawing the line at overfeeding myself from here on out. It's not good for me, so I'll treat myself as well as I've treated my kids all these years by providing healthy food in reasonable amounts.

I won't kill myself with exercise, especially now that it's entirely possible that I could do so. But beyond the potential for heart attack or injury, there's also a need for a certain amount of dignity, and I don't just mean the humiliation of having to call the paramedics to assist me when I've done too many lunges. I mean that this is not a 20 year old body, and it's not inhabited by a 20 year old mind.

Now that my knees won't let me run, I'm thinking that it's time I started to swim and bicycle and walk.

I was an avid bodybuilder at one time, and have started to 'grip the iron' again of late, but gone are the years when I was all about low reps and heavy loads.

After all, it wasn't the bursts of speed that got us to this age, but the slower pace that got us here IN SPITE of our burning sprints, and by the same token it isn't the massive lifts and huge muscle mass that will serve us best from here on out, but rather the higher repetitions of more appropriate weights that will give us the strength to reach for just a little bit more over a longer period of time than we might otherwise.

But above all, we should use our minds - these wonderfully efficient, amazingly adaptive, deeply intuitive large brains that we have honed and tuned and seasoned over a lifetime. We know what we need to do, so there is no point in despairing of what must be done, there is only the matter of putting our minds to it, putting our thoughts into action, and seeing it through to completion, just as we've always done with everything else, from learning to cook to raising our children to serving on the PTA.

These things constitute wisdom insofar as I am able to understand it.

I've taken the time and the trouble to write all of this because I'm a passionate person, and have struggled with these issues and want to encourage you all to take heart. This can be a depressing and disheartening period in our lives, or it can be amazing, beautiful, inspiring and fulfilling. We are at an age when we are grappling with the reality of our own mortality in the background of our lives, even while we are trying to fit more into the time we have left on a more conscious level, and the way I see it is that we can either shuffle off to the nursing home quietly and wait for the end to come (from which comes a "why bother" attitude), or we can seize the day and make this time our own.

The choice is ours to make because this time belongs to us.

To quote Mary Oliver:

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

Edited by: THEMFOLK at: 10/27/2013 (05:57)
"Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
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10/26/13 8:23 P

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I'm 54 years old, have a sit down clerical job, bad sleep habits, not so bad eating habits, and regular walking habit. I would like to lose between 25-50 lbs. I will start eating more lean protein and veggies, because that is more satisfying, more simple unprocessed food. I will do some free weight exercises for upper body tomorrow morning.
All the best to everyone here.
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10/24/13 2:53 P

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Ergh! I worked hard at making the right choices while away. I still gained weight. I'm like the little engine that could - I think I can, I think I can. Stay positive.

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I am going through this as well at 52. I have lost 12.5 lbs. since 7/9/13. Very slow going, but I guess it is going! I keep exercising and counting the calories. This time I won't give up!



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10/21/13 6:19 P

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Hi team, I am glad that I clicked on this topic since I too am going through the change of life and these pounds are not budging. While reading some of your post I see that you have successfully been able to lose weight so that lets me know that it is possible. To those who have succeeded CONGRATS and to those of us who are still trying to get it right STAY POSITIVE.

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Wow. It was good to read everyone's imput. I was beginning to think that was just an excuse for not losing weight. For the past two years I have not be able to go lower than 199. Now I am stuck between 205 and 208. Today I made it to 204lbs.

I know menopause is making it harder but we can't give up. I feel better just knowing I am taking control and doing something about making changes in my life. So everyone keep up the good work and stay on track. And if you slip and fall, get right back up.

Have a great weekend and don't overdo.

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10/11/13 12:34 P

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I am in my 70s and lost over 85 pounds. Lap band surgery helps control the stomach hunger, but it is up to me to control the head hunger--wanting more food because it tastes so good. I have a friend in her 60s who decided not to have surgery. She, to, has lost over 80 pounds simply by eating less.

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10/1/13 5:30 P

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Catsnkt Well that is a bummer. I am going to try l-tyrosine and DHEA. and make sure to eat thyroid supportive foods. I read coconut oil can boost the thyroid but I have to look more into it. I am still searching for answers as to why the pounds aren't coming off, narrowing it down to thyroid issues. I gave up sugar and processed foods. We will see.

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RMG7111: I use it. It has improved my sex drive and lubrication, but has not helped with weight loss.

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I am just wondering if anyone has tried or uses natural progesterone cream? I am searching for answers on this weight problem. I was listening to Barbara Hoffman on youtube and lack of this hormone causes women a lot of different problems. Rose

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I was having trouble too. I am not diabetic but would bounce around on a couple of pounds. I started the Paleo way of eating July 14 and I am down 20 lbs. there was a Sparkradio program about it the other day.

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Hi I too am going through the same slowwww weight loss and am pre diabetic or I was until I started following a low carb way of life so I could control my glucose and prevent diabetes. It works! Plus I lost three lbs. in three weeks! Not much but great for me. I already feel much better, no more spikes and crashes. Rosa

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I am a post-menopausal type 2 diabetic. My metabolism is very slow and I take insulin. I have gained weight since joining Spark and have been frustrated. However, since I have joined exercise has become a habit, rather than an unpleasant chore and I am sleeping much better. I am motivated and truly believe that if I stick with it the weight will follow.

If you're frustrated use the support this site offers. Stick with it and be kind to yourself if you slip up or don't achieve your goals as quickly as you'd like. Manage your stress by practicing gratitude or meditation. Stick with it and find the things that work for you.

" ...what lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies wthin us." (Emerson)


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Hi Brenda, I feel your pain. I have been playing around with about 5 lbs for a year or so. My friends tell me to just keep doing what I've been doing (but maybe a little more consistently :) you know) and change will come. I love the quote about change (If you change nothing, nothing will change). I'm changing the way I approach this journey. It's not a diet, it's a healthier way of eating and living.
I wish you the best of luck in your journey.
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I want to loose 25 lbs that is all and I know that it is achieveable, it seems that I can't get out of the 190's. I get to 192 and even 190 and it seems that it stops. I have been going up and down now for 2 years. So I am asking for all the help that I can. I have again started a slwo workout(as today is Day 3) but now my doctor has started me on insulin and it is known for weight gain so now I know that I have to try harder. So any encouragement and motivational tips that can be tossed my way I will appreciate them. Oh and I have been post menopausal for over 10 years now so that is another issue.
Thanks.

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Sorry to hear it. Peri-menopause was really rough for me, but once my period finally ended, I felt like a new woman. What's making you frustrated? emoticon

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Sorry to hear it. Peri-menopause was really rough for me, but once my period finally ended, I felt like a new woman. What's making you frustrated?

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I am inspired by your ability to lose. I too have been having a tough time since menopause. Thanks for your comment.

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Nine years ago I began menopause so I have been packing on the weight. have given myself a lengthy agenda until Dec 2014 to reach my healthy weight so that my sixties will be as pain free as possible so Hubby and I can travel a bit. I know my metabolism is much slower than it was when I was younger but I am prepared to exercise to compensate.The doctor hasgiven her blessings but warnedthat perfect health is not that easily come by. I am an eternal optimist so here we go LOL...

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Am well pass menopause and give this advice
See your doctor with all the medical advances there are many things to make going through the change easier the only thing is that you will have to listen and do what is advised for you whether it be meds and/or counseling
Take one day at a time and treat menopause as a positive
God Bless Prayers and Peace

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I am 52 and menopausal. Right now I am frustrated with my life.

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I am trying to get back to SP; I am not getting anywhere on my own. And besides Menopause I have multiple health problems (due to my weight I'm sure), it is HOT here (Louisiana) and so my usual exercise (walking) is impossible. And I work mostly 3-11 and my supper time is usually 9pm or later (at work). But all your posts are encouraging for success for me. I just need to EXERCISE and start eating better and not eating when I get home from work.

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I am just beginning. In my bc life (before children) I was a compulsive walker and watched my weight. Over the years, I've lost weight with Weight Watchers but regained it and then some 4 times. In my mid-40's I adopted 2 little girls who are now 8 and 10, and all of my healthy habits were consumed in other activities. I am a nurse practitioner with many patients in the menopausal years. I had a patient today that is my age and has lost 78 pounds since her last visit 1 year ago using this as her program. I need to do this for my health, for my kids and for my patients. They need a good role model and hope. Also, my health insurance premiums will be determined by my labwork and measurements this fall!

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I am totally inspired.

Trying to live consciously.


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Weight loss is never easy you much be determined and dedication and know what you really want one day at a time love prayers peace

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Thank you for your post. I have recently lost 15 lbs. It seems it has finally clicked in my head to get healthy. I have had a lot of knee and back pain and look forward to feeling a lot better. I had a partial knee replace two years ago. At 185 lbs. I want to lose 35 more. I am using the Sparkpeople trackers and reading the articles which is keeping me on track. I will check in from time to time to see how you are doing and will let you know how I do. I have not been able to exercise but hope to be able to in a few weeks. Thank you again for your inspirational post.

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Yes, it's certainly possible and do-able. I've lost 28 lbs since Thanksgiving 2012. 4lbs since I re-joined SP in May. Slow and steady as someone said below. I still have a lot to go, but I know I can do it. You can too! emoticon

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I'm still working at getting to a healthy weight. Surely it was easier to lose weight when I was younger, but that's no excuse to not eat healthy now. I figure eating healthy and exercising regularly, is good for me in so many ways.... weight loss, no matter how slow, is a bonus.
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How did you do it and how long did it take?

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Thank you everyone!

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yes i have.

i am 61 and lost 44 pounds by giving up grain and sugar products.

my sister is 63 and lost 105 pounds by walking 15000 steps a day.

we both have kept the weight off for over a year now.

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5/24/13 5:57 P

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I lost 59 pounds after menopause.

Objects in the mirror will get thinner than they now appear

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Yes, you can! I still want to lose the last 10 lbs. and it's slow - but that's because I'm not putting 100% into it. I lost after menopause and now I take a medication that give you the symptoms of menopause - and I have to be on it for 3 more years. Still, I have lost weight even with this obstacle. Just stay within your calorie range and get some exercise whenever you can and you'll see results. Don't look for the "quick fix" or fast weight loss because that will just discourage you. This is one area where "slow and steady wins the race" really does apply emoticon One thing I have found is that I lose a bit faster if I stay on the low to mid-side of my calorie range. Keep on going emoticon

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Yes we can do it. I had one Dr. Who told me that I just need to work on loosing one pound at a time. Loosing weight fast with diets only brings it back once you get tried of the diet. If I could transform I way I view diet to eating healthy that I would success. Only because it becomes a way of life. The goal is to enjoy what you eat how much you eat and to try different recipe. Explore the journey you have start. emoticon emoticon

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I haven't done a lot of weight loss but I know it is possible.

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I am with you! It is so hard but possible. I just need a kick to keep me on track.

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I am looking for real life motivation. Has anyone ever successfully lost weight after menopause?

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