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JDHAPPY Posts: 84
7/27/18 5:37 P

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I went through late menopause. My last period was when I had just turned 58, although for 2-3 years prior they were coming only about every 6-7 months. That freaked me out but it was just my way. I'm still in the throws of post-menopause and I'm now 65. Still have hot flashes, etc. I've changed the way I eat entirely. No sugar, no gluten, and I only eat from the earth and lean protein (including lean red meat). Nothing processed and much less carbs than I used to. The weight is finally coming off. Doctor wouldn't let me take HRT. Had two sisters who took it and got cancer. There's no way to know for sure if that was it, but one got uterine cancer and the other lymphoma. He flat out said "no HRT" for me.



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7/21/18 8:23 P

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7/21/18 4:46 P

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Count me in on the perimenopause train!! :( Ugh!!

Weight gain and loss has been a constant for me so I can't realistically blame it on perimenopause. lol :)

I lost 106 pounds in 2004...slowly gained a good chunk of it back. Lost 70 in 2014 and have now gained 35 of that back. Ugh again!

I'm 50, having 3-4 hot flashes an hour, and haven't had a period since February.

I started doing Leslie Sansone workouts again (have ALWAYS loved her) a few weeks ago and am feeling stronger and better already. Still tired all the time, though, but that just feels like the norm anymore.

So good to have people to share/commiserate with!

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7/16/18 11:37 A

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Just made a post, then saw this thread so I'll delete mine. Going to read some and see what is going on!

I turn 50 in less than two months. I seem to be gaining weight at a somewhat rapid pace. I haven't had a period in three months so I'm assuming I'm perimenopausal...anyone else going through this. My workouts are consistent...cardio about 3x a week, lift a couple of times - at the gym or on the trail 6x a week...off Fridays. It's the food, alcohol I guess. I'd like to hear from other women this age or going through this or think they are going through this. Seems like all the weight is going to my belly where it hasn't before. Have had some mysterious stomach issues, with nothing diagnosed but being normal and a colonoscopy because of my age next month.

MARYATROCKET Posts: 2
6/5/18 7:17 P

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How does intermittent fasting work?

BETH6380 Posts: 1
5/31/18 12:30 P

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Relizen is helping me with menopause. Im sleeping now. Its natural and non hormonal. Way less hot flashes. I've only been on a week and noticed a difference however I feel like things got worse and then better. They ask people to give it 2 to 3 months and some people notice early. I hope it keeps working.

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5/11/18 1:09 P

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I had a full hysterectomy and my Dr. said I would go into full menopause. I had hot flashes that went away very suddenly. I was able to join SP and lose my excess weight. Then, I lost accountability and went back to my old eating ways. I gained the weight back. I returned to SP and it is coming off on an average of 2 or 3 pounds per week. After my experience, I would no way encourage anyone to have a hysterectomy. Unless it was a last resort/option.
I used peppermint oil behind my ears and on my wrist for an instant cool down.
I hope you get to feeling better.

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5/2/18 5:20 P

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I am on standard HRT. I don't think its the HRT that makes it hard to lose weight, it's the slowed metabolism due to menopause itself. My pharmacist has been on HRT for 20 years, since undergoing early menopause at 40. She has been a godsend as she is the only medical professional I have talked to who truly understands the hell of menopause and the risks and benefits of HRT.

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5/2/18 12:37 P

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Do any of you take hormone replacements? Synthetic or natural? I didn’t have trouble losing weight on the pill and now on a hormone replacement pill I am struggling. Is it the dosage or just other factors of menopause?

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5/2/18 12:30 P

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I have been struggling I went through early menopause so been struggling for a while. What helps is exercise. I need to exercise daily. As well as watch what I eat and how much I eat. Slow and steady. But see improvements daily. Whether it is in strength gains, run distance and flexibility. Small improvements are still improvements.



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4/21/18 1:35 P

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Lots of changes with menopause - the worst being slower metabolism and decreasing bone density. Changed my fitness program - focus more on weights and increased my cardio. My food intake hasn't changed that much but I find the weight training has and is helping a lot - muscle needs for calories to sustain itself which can counter balance the slower metabolism.

FAETTA Posts: 56
4/20/18 1:27 P

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Menopause is a HOT topic! I never noticed any weight loss from menopause. I think it may have doing with what hormones the doc may give you. Weight gain and facial hair growth can result from hormone therapy. I skipped the weight part, but even after no more hormone therapy, a few dark hairs still grow. Getting my cataracts removed brought an awareness that had alluded me.

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4/18/18 6:47 P

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How long does weight loss generally last?

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4/17/18 6:40 P

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Menopause is the worst thing ever. Been in menopause for almost 10 years and I am finally beginning to accept that my quality of life will never be back to what it was before. Hot flashes, weight gain, no sleep, no energy, brain fog, ad nauseum.

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4/12/18 9:58 P

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It's this particular challenge that has me back at Sparkpeople. Since going through menopause about 6 years ago, my weight just keeps steadily creeping up. 😢 None of my old strategies work and I find it really difficult to get motivated. I'm just looking for support and hope from other women who look at their middle and say, " Where is my waist?"

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3/1/18 7:42 A

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SPIEGY, count your blessings! Being 5'3" does mean you have to keep a low calorie range. However, you are lucky. I am only 4'8". Since I am not all that active right now, I have to keep my calories well under 1000 calories per day just to lose 2 lbs a week. It is frustrating.

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2/28/18 7:02 P

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I find that I have to eat less than sparkpeople tells me. They tend to overestimate what I'm burning through exercise and I don't lose at all when I eat in their range. Besides being menopausal I'm also only 5'3" so that affects my calorie range, too. So for me, it's 1200 more or less. I also do 5:2 intermittent fasting, which really gives the weight loss a boost.



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2/23/18 10:54 A

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Yeah. That is about the same time it hit me. I was 51 when I lost all that weight. That was over ten years ago. Now I am dealing with old lady weight. I stopped being so active and let myself go. I can't blame this on menopause. LOL LOL I blame stuffing my face with food. Oh well. It was fun while it lasted. Now, I have to get serious again. We can do it!! :-)

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2/23/18 9:42 A

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thanks wizzlewolf. I've started to adjust my eating as well, eating more fruits and nuts and less bad snacks.

I am working my way slowly with the elliptical, as my knees are giving me problems as well. I have some sinus issues, and when they flare up, my dr gives me steroids that cause me to bloat, and so my feet and ankles get bad, and my knees hurt too... ugh... turning 50 and everything broke...lol. I do walk laps around the office when I can. I try to do at least 4000 to 5000 steps daily, with a goal of getting to 10k (fitbit). I'm hoping something kicks in and gets some of the menopause weight gain off.



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2/22/18 5:49 P

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When I was going through menopause, I got down to my lowest weight ever (in my adult life). I was very determined though. I kept a low 1000-1100 calorie range eating only veggies, fruits, and proteins. No red meat. Gave up bread, pasta, and rice. Also, I exercised on a treadmill and with weights 5-6 days a week for 30-60 minutes per session. I got so skinny! It was the happiest time of my life!

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2/22/18 9:01 A

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does anyone have any tips on successfully losing weight while in the throes of menopause? I find I have a very difficult time even losing 2 or 3 lbs. it's been a very frustrating time.

what has worked for you?



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