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9/22/18 10:48 A

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I am glad I am done with the insane phase that was the worst even though 30# have magically reappeared after losing 95# and keeping it off for 7 years. Now I have sporadic periods. I hope each month that goes by will be a month without and I make it to that year mark.

I too struggle with the gains especially the mid-section. I bought a new scale that gives body fat%; muscle %; water and bone % also. So far I don't like the body fat % reading. lol

I am currently trying to find the perfect plan for me to help work off what I gained and maintain as much muscle in the process. What worked in the past no longer seems like it applies with the hormone changes. October is a new month and I have tweaked my plan yet again, increased ST and decreasing Cardio a bit, increasing protein and decreasing carbs some more. We will see and continue to try, I agree a little progress is better than no progress.


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9/22/18 9:01 A

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It also took me several years to go through it. The thing is, even though it's harder to lose weight-- "hard" does not equal "impossible". For me, it meant I needed to keep an eye on what/ how much I was eating. I tracked everything I ate and drank. I also lowered my expectations and didn't allow a disappointing weigh-in to derail me. I remember one week where I did everything absolutely perfect, and lost a whopping 1/10th pound instead of the 2 pounds I was thinking I'd lose. I just kept going. Every little bit adds up, and eventually I hit maintenance.

For most of us, it's practically impossible to out-exercise eating too much. So jmo but the Nutrition Tracker is a fabulous tool.

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9/22/18 8:26 A

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took me 4 years to go thru it. belly showed up that I never had. still working on getting rid of it and the hot flashes continue. I also gained 20 lbs. I still have 10 to lose. It does get better after you are done, but it is also harder to lose.

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8/25/18 11:34 A

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Wow! Bless you for the donation!

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8/25/18 11:32 A

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No thankyou! Lol. I'm in it! And from what I understand, it's going to be a little slower losing? I feel ok, not having any major symptoms thank goodness...except the weight.

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8/25/18 12:49 A

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The reason I am here is menopause. I had the hot flashes, extreme fatigue, mood swings, and all the awfulness that is perimenopause but my weight was fine. My doctor told me that, when I finally do reach menopause, I can expect to gain about 20 pounds, mostly around the belly. I laughed at her. I have always maintained my weight at 125 or less and NOTHING was going to get in my way.

Well...menopause did. I gained 17 pounds. It seems like one minute I was 125, the next 142. I am at 139 now but it is so hard to lose weight! I also have an underactive thyroid but take meds for it and it seems to be OK. So I have about 14 more pounds to go. I want to go back to 125 lbs. I am 5'5" and that is just the right weight for me. I can live being 130 lbs.but I want to be firm and toned, not jiggly. I am just getting back into exercise after two fairly major injuries so this will be a battle. I am determined to not to let my lack of hormones determine my weight. Hate it. But glad the perimenopause phase is over. That was insane!

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7/30/18 9:34 A

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It is so awesome that women are now discussing peri/menopause so openly. I joined this amazing group on FB and am so glad I did. It's a private group and we talk about everything...and I mean everything. And I understand that a lot of what I am going through is normal (a few things had checked by dr just in case).
The weight seems to be the worst for some of us to deal with. Sometimes it's a small gain but it seems to shift (if that makes sense).
That's why I am back to tracking, getting in my steps, doing some weights...just want to move forward in a healthy way.

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7/23/18 8:44 P

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I first started going through menopause in my 20's. Went on HRT, then fertility pills and then after my 2nd child after I donated a kidney my hormone levels went normal. When I asked my doctor and the specialist, they couldn't explain it. I contacted kidney clinic to see if they had an answer. They had no explanation either. But now in my 50's and experiencing: the night sweats, the lack of sleep, hot flashes and the emotional stuff. Exercise definitely helps and watching my diet too. I am trying to cut back on caffeine. But some days need the caffeine to get through the day.



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7/22/18 7:20 P

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I am now 59 and am the same weight as always if not a little less. At this stage in life it is better to do less. Do more interval workouts and lift a little but make sure you get rest. Drink lots of water. Get rid of the processed foods, pop, etc. If it doesn't have a face or grown in the ground or on trees,don't eat it. I also avoid grains. Good fats and proteins and veggies. Intermittent fasting works well too. I have not had any hot flashes either. Message me if you have any questions.

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7/22/18 3:03 P

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I am...I forget when it started...maybe four years ago...while I am glad for no more period stuff, this is even little bit worse as it happens every single day since...hopefully, it won't last too long...it does makes it harder for me to lose weight easily...I just joined SP and hopefully, it would help me more including making more new friends who experience the very same thing...

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7/22/18 9:24 A

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I hate predicted text. Colonscopy

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7/22/18 9:23 A

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P.S I had a colostomy 3 months ago. I was just happy I had 3 female nurses in the room (no guys) :-)) xxx Sarah

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7/22/18 9:19 A

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Hi, I'm 51 and going through the same thing. For me it's been since I was in my mid 40.s. I've had 4 children and been able to stay clothes size 10-12.
Since the menopause I've had trouble getting rid of the weight. I'm 12St 6lbs at the moment. Would be happy at 10St if I'm perfectly honest. That's why I joined sparkpeople. Best of luck to you xxxxx Sarah

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7/16/18 8:07 P

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Yep, you are going to have to reign in those calories, more now than ever.

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7/16/18 11:36 A

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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.

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