'm 58 and lost the weight right around the time I entered menopause, and was diagnosed hypothyroid. I just decided I wasn't going to listen to (or read) anything that said it was really difficult or hard or impossible or anything like that. I found those types of things to be too discouraging. True, it was easier to quickly drop a few pounds, when I was younger. But I'm not younger any more, and it is what it is. There is no point beating my head against the wall because I'm not 30 any more. So I pretty much just ignored my menopause status & the thyroid (I take medication for it), and followed the Spark guidelines.
I found the Nutrition Tracker to be the absolute, most helpful thing there is. From everything I've seen and heard and read, weight loss (or gain!) has a lot to do with what/ how much we eat. Period. Exercise is very important for overall health and fitness, and we can enhance our weight loss efforts through exercise. But you can't out-exercise a bad diet.
And there is a ton of really good information, articles, fitness demo's and video's, right here on Spark.... all for free.
I'm 66 years old with an expanding waist line that never used to be a problem. In ten years my waist size has increased 5 inches. As a pear shaped person this is not an attractive way to go. I journal daily keeping within the calorie guidelines, Fitbit Flex helps me keep track of the 50 miles a week I walk, averaging about 15,500 steps a day. My workout schedule had consisted of three step classes, 3 strength classes and 2 yoga classes before an injury to my IT band side lined me. As we age, does staying in shape get easier? Not in my case! I am determined to keep moving and eating healthfully. I have got to believe that all this is worth the effort, at least for health, not necessarily my ego. If you have found some encouraging advice, I am open to hear your suggestions. As Larry the Cable Guy says, "Get 'er done!"
2/4/14 3:24 P
Best free info on menopause is on Dr. Diana Schwarzbein's website, Menopause Power. Lots of free info I've found helpful and has changed my life. Here's an article she's written on menopause and weight gain/loss. http://www.menopausepower.com/menopause- weight-gain-and-loss. There is SO MUCH misinformation out there, and she really has the heart to educate us women so we can make EDUCATED decisions. www.menopausepower.com/menopause-weight-ga in-and-loss/
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9/18/13 9:04 P
Hi. I'm new to SparkPeople. I've been preoccupied with nursing school the last 3 years. I am 30 pounds overweight, finished with school and finished with this extra weight! I'm willing to let it take as long as it must but I'm getting rid of it! I had a hysterectomy in 2011. So, I'm sure weight loss won't happen quickly. But, might as well eat right and exercise and develop these habits now because even if weight loss isn't happening, other magical things ARE happening! Here's to us and the slow burn! :)
Denise Austin is 56, the mother of two grown girls and she's 5'4" and 118#, so she has kept the weight off. Priscilla Patrick who has the series on PBS on STRETCHING WITH PRISCILLA still teaches yoga www.yogaone.com and she's 71. She's 5'6" and 112#. So it is possible to NOT pack on pounds if we work at it.
I just read an article that said in peri-menopause we pack on pounds so the body can store estrogen since it realizes that we won't have it, thus it stores it in fat cells. I know that obese people have more breast cancer from the higher estrogen levels, so I'm not sure about this article I read, but I have had a hard time lose weight since I started peri-menopause at 42 and then had a hysterectomy at 48.
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9/14/13 6:43 A
It is tough. I quit chasing numbers and committed to exercising daily and I did tone up nicely but goal weight I thought I wanted seems miles away. We eat flexitarian and cut back on animal over all. I know were doing the smart & right things so I don't worry numbers
Right. Keep motivated and working! If nothing else, I consider myself lucky to maintain!
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9/12/13 2:29 P
i'm in the same boat as you. Perimenopause. hate that word. I'm just keeping motivated and doing what I should be to the best of my ability. I have no idea what science says about it, I just know the older we get, the harder it is to take it off.
I'm 55 and in perimenopause. I've been led to believe losing weight at this time is extremely difficult. I'm working on the final 4 pounds and realize my new "matronly" body may be it for a while. My question is, when in menopause and the following years, does science support that, with work of course, I will be able to lose weight again? Anyone find it easier to lose weight after menopause then during perimenopause?????
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