SparkPeople Perimenopause to Menopause: what should you expect Team Messageboard If you are Perimenopausal or going through Menopause this team is for you. From HOT Flashes, to moods swings, and all those things that come with this stage in life. SparkPeople Perimenopause to Menopause: what should you expect Team Messageboard Pelvic Pain Continues! Hi, I'm 55 and I'm still getting something of a cycle, but sporadically. I am currently spotting. What is the worst for me is the pelvic pain, like menstrual cramps. My gynecologist ordered an ultrasound, but that was normal. I'm so ready to be through with this! <BR> Wed, 23 Dec 2020 14:20:48 EST palpitations and maybe help 4 hot flashes? Hi everyone! Thanks ahead for reading, have not posted a lot on here but had some thoughts and wanted to offer some possible help in regards to night sweats and/or hot flashes uhhgg... So have any of you started to take vitamen E for hot flashes or sweats? Here is the deal, this may not work for everyone, but if it did.. wouldn't that be an amazing and cheap fix :) So you take a normal dose every day. I know the temptation is to think "its not working" or "more is better" is the norm, at le... Mon, 12 Oct 2020 15:17:08 EST Perimenopause - How are you dealing with it? Hi All, <BR> <BR> I just joined SparkPeople yesterday. I was so glad to find this team because I have been in Perimenopause for 2 years. I have been so frustrated with my irregular cycles (sometimes 2x per month and sometimes I skip a month) and wanted to find others going through the same stuff. My Gynecologist told me my best indicator of what to expect is to ask my mother. I did so and she claims that she doesn’t remember. <BR> <BR> I am experiencing the following: <BR> -not losi... Fri, 5 Jul 2019 10:43:56 EST red clover isoflavones Has anyone tried? I started taking soy isoflavones and it helped with night sweats and hot flashes. I even started losing a bit of weight again. I switched to red clover. Supposedly is better for anyone concerned with breast cancer.... <BR> Is anyone here taking isoflavones? Or increased soy in their diet? I'm not a huge fan of soy myself but wondered what everyone else is doing.... I like to try and take natural sups rather than prescribed meds. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 01:10:18 EST Hi! I just joined hoping people are still active! So as I said, I just joined, I am 49 and am pretty much at my heaviest, although I am also more toned that I have been in the past. I am wondering if you can successfully lose weight in peri and/or menopause especially without HRT? Wondering if there are any ladies out there that have lost it specifically through diet and exercise without HRT and what worked for them? I have been reading that weight training is really the key, so have started hitting the machines at the gym. Gotta up my wa... Wed, 23 May 2018 21:11:01 EST Hello from Colorado Hello everyone. My name is Kara. I just turned 50, have 3 grown children, single for 20 years, work the graveyard shift and for the first time....taking care of me! I'm excited to be here and looking forward to get to know you and interact with this team. Fri, 13 Apr 2018 01:58:50 EST Rapid Weight gain I have been eating clean and exerciseing for a month and hav enot lost one pounf !! I look like a whale and getting depressed by the minue. Doctors Appt on Monday any suggestions besides Thyroid? Help !! Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:17:09 EST New to Group Good morning! My name is Kara and I'm here to try and get myself healthy. I am about to turn 50 (New Year's Eve) and from beautiful Colorado. I have been in the Peri stage for about 5 years now. Hoping this ends SOON!~. Lol. My biggest complaint is absolutely no energy and hot flashes.... besides not liking people very much lately. Lol I have been divorced for 20 years. Have 3 grown children. I love the Lord and am learning how to have a relationship with Him. I work in the hotel industry ove... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 14:06:01 EST Going BHT I thought I'd write about this for those of you who are interested in doing this: <BR> <BR> Today, I went to the local drug store and picked up the "Kit". Cost $130, includes a free consultation after the results are back. The BHT ONLY costs about $44 a month!! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I had to fill out a form: name, birthdate, height, weight, waist size, menstrual status (first day of last menses). Then, I had to indicate which symptoms I have rating them from 0 (none), 1 (mild), 2 (m... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:30:52 EST Lichen Sclerosus anyone? I was hoping there may be a team for those who have developed Lichen Sclerosus due to menopause, but since I couldn't find a team, I thought I'd ask here. LS is a skin condition similar to eczema that affects the 'lower region'. Anyone at any age can get it, but it mostly affects women who are in peri-menopause/menopause. <BR> <BR> I was misdiagnosed twice and treated twice for yeast infection. Going by my symptoms, I finally did some online research and self-diagnosed Lichen Sclerosus. I wa... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:02:08 EST Introducing myself Hi, <BR> <BR> I am Stephanie and besides being a Type 2 Diabetic, I was diagnosed a postmenopausal several years ago. I had a partial hyserectomy five years ago and a few years ago, noticed that I was experiencing some symptoms that I suspected was menopausal. I talked to my doctor and she did a blood test, which showed I was postmenopausal. I would get overly emotional over the littlest a TV show, little things would bother me more than usual, I would get minor hot flashes, an... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:35:36 EST Hello from Steamy Texas! In Need of a Re-Set From 2009 - 2010 I lost 100 lbs going to the gym and eating healthier/smarter. Then I hit my 40s. Hysterectomy in 2014 and have slowly gained majority of that weight back. Not only gained weight, but recently diagnosed with diverticulitis and hiatal hernia. Kinda feel like my 86 yr old mother!! I've half-heartedly tried to get back on track, but nothing seems to work. This site seems like a great place to try again. Hoping to get motivated and somehow find my willpower again. Thu, 6 Jul 2017 15:08:12 EST New Month - New Question(s)! : ) Are you a "Super Bowl" person / party? Plans? <BR> <BR> 1st - no teams of interest to me (other than I was impressed w/ the play I've seen of the Falcons this last month). <BR> <BR> 2nd - DH has absolutely NO interest in sports of any kind (ie. televised, super-paid, superstars) ...oh, maybe a bit of NASCAR here &amp; there <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> 3rd - Seemed like a fun activity during my 20's &amp; single days when getting together w/ friends for a party was FUN not "work". (Guess I... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 00:41:45 EST 2017 Daily Chat Since people were wanting this, I just started it myself. Sorry I haven't been around a lot this year. Work and my life are getting busier and busier. But I am still here and plugging away. <BR> <BR> Went out to eat Thursday night to celebrate the boy turning 12 yrs old, and still was down 3.5 pounds Friday morning. I stayed the same today. So now I just have 0.3 ounces to make my first goal for the yr. Then I will set another goal. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:31:59 EST January - Questions for fun! (QTD / QTW / QTM) ; ) What is your favorite color? <BR> What is your favorite relaxing pastime? <BR> <BR> * For me: all things blue <BR> * And, quilting as 1st choice, reading as 2nd Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:02:42 EST Question for the month! What will you do this month? Today is the first day... <BR> <BR> It's December. I won't make my 1st goal-weight target set back in June. Life is different on so many levels. <BR> <BR> I know that we don't know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds the future, and I know He holds my hand... <BR> (Psalm 37: 23-24) Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:15:54 EST hello Hi I'm Karin, 49 from Canada. After a lifetime of textbook 28 day cycles, I started skipping about a year ago. For a while I was having cycles every other month, then I went back to regular monthlies. The most I have skipped is 2 months, not much for a 12 months countdown - I am so looking forward to the finish line. Hot flashes are not too bad and I haven't noticed any other signs except for maybe being a little more vocal with things I am not happy about - it was about time I got a bit more... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 16:58:48 EST Introduction Hi everyone. I turn 30 tomorrow but have been perimenopausal for a few years now - officially got told by a doctor last year when I went in for a fertility evaluation, though. I figured I ought to join this group as that might figure into my battle with my weight! I am married, have 4 cats, no children, and work FT for a school district while I am earning my PhD. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:42:50 EST Team points How do I earn them? <BR> New here Sun, 16 Oct 2016 02:46:04 EST Are you getting enough Choline? I was doing a bit of research on Choline and discovered this: <BR> <BR> <BR> Scroll down to the Research section. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:23:35 EST Q of Week - snack? What is your favorite healthy snack? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I think it is anything with almond butter. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:11:45 EST Hello Hi my name is Jocelynn. Happy to find this group because I need all the resources, support, and encouragement I can get. I lost 70 pounds a few years ago, but gained 50 of it back <em>46</em> I decided (again) that I would stop beating myself up about it - and DO SOMETHING! <em>224</em> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:34:15 EST What are you reading? I've been challenged to improve my brain and thereby my health! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This lady has written a book called, "Move Into Life: NeuroMovement for Lifelong Vitality." It along with the brain book, "The Brain's Way of Healing," have challenged me to believe that what "is" is NOT what has to remain. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:13:41 EST Foods... Are you a "smoothie" person? Just wondering if any of you make a daily smoothie or some other routine you follow. -- Recently I've read in a couple of places about the value of CHEWING your smoothie to assist your body in properly digesting the nutrients included. <BR> <BR> Here's a link that has some interesting / useful thoughts &amp; ideas: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dicts/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm drinking one right now, first meal of the day, after my AM workout. I'm working on bein... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 15:38:43 EST Q of Week - doing? What should you be doing right now? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: NOT munching while coming up with this answer! lol <BR> <BR> <BR> BTW: Feel free to respond to any of the Q of W threads. Also, if you have a question you would like to be asked, just send me a private SPmail. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 19:37:49 EST Q of Week - Fall This question came from JANET552. If you have a question you'd like asked, please let me know. <BR> <BR> 'What's your favorite Fall activity?' <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: collecting leaves There aren't many pretty ones in my area. So, I treasure them. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:11:45 EST Q of Week - multi tasking Do you multi-task? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=2137 </link> <BR> <BR> for me: I used to. But somewhere along my life-path, I stopped. Sometimes I LIKE multi-tasking. Most of the time I don't like it and don't need to do it. I think it has something to do with mindfullness? Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:28:26 EST Q of Week - favorites What are some of your favorite exercises or videos to do? <em>196</em> <em>294</em> <em>319</em> <em>323</em> <em>34</em> <em>318</em> <em>316</em> <em>135</em> <em>327</em> <em>216</em> <em>316</em> <em>363</em> <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Zumba! And Turbo Jam video . However, I've lost my edge. So now, it is Leslie Sanson's walking tapes. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 18:24:42 EST Birthday Mine is June 4Th I just sit turned 52 Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:33:47 EST Hello I have just turned 52. I have been going though menopause now for quite some time,the flashes,the tiredness,and the mood swings.My weight has gone up and down.I started this program Febuary of 2015,gave up and gained 20lbs.I am back again.I work a job that requires me to get up at be at work by 3:30.I try and exercise around 3:00pm.I am from Texas and it has been too warm to do much outside. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:31:14 EST Q of Week - weather How's the weather in your area? <BR> <BR> Are we still having summer?? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: My summer weather is on the cooler side. Once it cools off inland, then we get the heat. Not looking forward to that. Love the cloudy sky, the mist, the fog Mon, 1 Aug 2016 17:12:15 EST Question of the Week - Status & Friend Feed What would you like to read on the Status and Friend Feed? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: not sure... that's why I'm askin' Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:42:40 EST Question of Week - procrasting Do you procrastinate? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Sometimes. Seems tho, that I get more done by procrastinating. lol Sun, 17 Jul 2016 23:10:34 EST Anybody tracking steps?? I'm working on the 10K per day, but I really can't fit in twice as much right now. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>that-happened-when-i-tried-to-walk-200<BR>00-steps-a-day?cid=NL_PVNT_-_06282016_<BR>20000StepsDay_TestB_hd&amp;smartcode=Y<BR>N_0005428389_0001558675 </link> <BR> <BR> Another link I read suggested that we need to work out 300 min per week to really drop the lbs. (150 min ea wk tends to just "maintain"). <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 01:15:15 EST Possible help for Night Sweats I discovered a mattress pad that may help. <BR> <BR> Check this out and let me know what you think: <link><BR>mber+Cloud+-+Newsletter&amp;utm_campai<BR>gn=56c050ea8a-New_Welcome_Series&amp;u<BR>tm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_8091eaa<BR>b4e-56c050ea8a-187390005&amp;mc_cid=56<BR>c050ea8a&amp;mc_eid=beb5cfe03e </link> <BR> <BR> They have coupons to help save. <BR> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 22:48:44 EST Mood swings Any advice on/experience of mood swings? Is it true that cutting out sugar helps? Any advice gratefully received! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:00:19 EST Jewelry Do you like to wear jewelry? What kind? Do you have some favorite jewelry? <BR> <BR> I wear a watch some times. I also wear a Fitbit, not really jewelry, but a necessity for me!! I some times wear rings. I have a favorite ring. It was my Mom's wedding ring. She had such small fingers. I wear it on my Pinkie finger. <BR> <BR> I do have pierced ears, but I don't wear earrings at all anymore. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Sorry this post is late. <BR> <BR> Angie <em>220</em> Thu, 9 Jun 2016 22:48:32 EST Men and perimenopause? What do you think would happen if men had hot flashes, too? <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm thinking that my DH would handle it better than I. Tue, 7 Jun 2016 21:36:27 EST June fun What do you have planned for the new month of June?? Is it to do with family or friends?? <BR> <BR> I am going to enjoy the warmer weather and hope it doesn't get in the 90's already. I will also enjoy the company of my sister, b-i-l, niece, nephew, and 3 great nephews. A couple young men graduated that are from my church. I need to make some cards for them. Already made a couple for my nephew in Wisconsin graduating from high school . He will be attending trade school in the fall. And a nie... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 20:25:55 EST Fruit What is the strangest looking fruit or veggie you have ever tried? Did it taste funny to you? Is it something you can find in the regular grocery store? <BR> <BR> I tried a organic carrot. It was purple. It tasted the same as a regular carrot. Seemed so odd that it was purple!! I think you can find it at the Natural Grocers here in Billings, Montana. I got it from Bountiful Baskets. Not sure if everyone has that yet. It is a co-op of people that volunteer their time to organize trucks to del... Wed, 25 May 2016 01:12:27 EST Indigestion? Gut problems?? Digestion problems could stem from hormonal imbalances. That was what I thought for the longest time that was happening to me. Now, I'm not so sure. <BR> <BR> It could be do to low stomach acid. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_acid_symptoms.php </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> How is your digestion? Wed, 18 May 2016 19:50:06 EST Bucket List If you could do at least one activity you have never done before...what would it be?? <BR> (Like skydiving, hot air ballooning, Skiing, etc.) <BR> <BR> I wanted to skydive as a younger person. My brother and sister-in-law live near a small airport in Wisconsin. I have watched many people jump out of planes and float down to the ground. It is almost majestic!! <BR> <BR> My Dad was in the Marines. And he didn't think I would like it. He was pushed out of many planes and had to parachute to t... Wed, 18 May 2016 08:39:07 EST Question of the week: chronic illness I am curious how many members of our team have a chronic illness associated with menopause?? What is it, if you want to share. <BR> <BR> I have had Osteoporosis for 6 years. I have tried Fosamax pills and Boniva infusions. I now have a Prolia shot every six months. My last DEXA scan showed I am doing better and have a lesser form now called Osteopenia. The medicine is working and don't forget your calcium. <BR> <BR> Just to let you know Osteoporosis runs in my Mom's side of the family. I w... Thu, 12 May 2016 01:40:12 EST new recipe ideas?! Found this today &amp; thought I'd share! 36 recipes w/ chia seeds! -- Obviously one would have to choose items that work w/ the foods that are okay for you personally to eat. But there are certainly a LOT of ideas here! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ecipes?utm_source=Sailthru&amp;utm_med<BR>ium=email&amp;utm_content=story4_cta&a<BR>mp;utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_2016-<BR>05-06_mails_daily_new_header </link> <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Tue, 10 May 2016 01:40:33 EST Disney movies Sorry this is late!! I completely forgot to post a question this week! Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Did you watch The Wonderful World of Disney on television when you were a kid? What is your best memory about watching the show? <BR> <BR> I must say I grew up watching Disney movies on Sunday night and loving it. All seven of us kids and my Mom would sit around the living room and gather around the television. I liked " Herbie the Love Bug " the best!! Or maybe the "Parent Trap" is ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:34:58 EST Change The question this week is: Do you think people can change? <BR> <BR> Yes. I do. <BR> <BR> What do you think?? <BR> <BR> Angie <em>213</em> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:43:09 EST Grandchildren Question of the week!! I am probably going to change the time to Wednesday's. Tuesday doesn't seem to work for me!! So a new question on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> This question is also about family. <BR> <BR> Do you have grandchildren? How many and their names? How old? Do you see them very often? <BR> <BR> Guess that is 4 questions. But I think it will be good to get to know people better. I will start. <BR> <BR> I do not have any grandchildren. I have nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephew... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 14:53:12 EST Question of the Week-Family Sorry this late. Yesterday got away from me!! <BR> <BR> Here it is: Who is your favorite family member to visit and how far away do they live from you? <BR> (I know, two get a bonus this week!!) <BR> <BR> Mine is my niece. She lives 2.5 hours away as I drive slower than others and stop to use the rest areas a lot to walk and you know...use the rest room!!! Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:27:27 EST Advice requested A new Team member asked me to post this for her: <BR> <BR> <BR> Any good advice on how to get my motivation up? <BR> <BR> Menopause is hitting, depressed and gaining weight. How can I get myself back? <BR> <BR> I would appreciate your help on this. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 20:23:41 EST Question of the week--sleeping Here is the question of the week. <BR> <BR> How much sleep do you get on an average night? <BR> <BR> I have been averaging about 6-7 hours a night lately. When my vitamin D3 was low, I slept 12 hours a night. Whew! Much better now. I actually have time to do things during my day!!! Tue, 22 Mar 2016 23:06:21 EST Requesting Challenges for April Do you have any suggestions? <BR> <BR> <BR> Would anyone like to be in charge of the Team's challenges for a while? Mon, 21 Mar 2016 22:27:10 EST Question of Week - time Have you adjusted to the time change? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: It wasn't a problem this year. Whew! <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm thinking that the Time Change is no longer useful. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <BR> Also, would anyone like to take over this thread and ask the questions? Wed, 16 Mar 2016 23:35:44 EST vitamin D Is this a supplement you add in to your daily regimen? <BR> <BR> * Those of us in the more northern latitudes seem to have a significant shortage of SUN to get natural vit.D. <BR> * My DD's Dr. today said it was important to only take your supplement in the AM...since it is the "sunshine" vitamin. -- I then wondered if that might have contributed to some of my sleep issues since I've taken my vit.D drops numerous times BEFORE I went to bed?? Oops!!!!! Guess I wasn't smart enough to connect ... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 02:31:17 EST Question of Week - nails In honor of St. Patrick's Day, gotta ask: Would you wear green nail polish? <BR> <BR> Do you wear nail polish? If so, what colors? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Green? naw... too much trouble. However, a few summers back, DH bought me some green nail polish for a joke. I wore it on my toes. Felt like that green cartoon pudgy guy that was so popular. Shrek <BR> <BR> I rarely wear polish (been there; done that; too fussy; too toxic). When I do, I wear clear polish that is EWG approved... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 19:10:27 EST Challenge for March HEALTHIER SUBSTITUTE Challenge ~~ 2 weeks <BR> <BR> Read your food labels, find a healthier substitute, and let us know. <BR> <BR> For example; substitute baked potato chips for fried potato ships. Eating an apple instead of a candy bar, yogurt for ice cream, etc. <BR> <BR> Challenge begins Sunday, March 6 (to give you all time to go grocery shopping) <BR> Challenge ends Sunday, March 20. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 19:04:36 EST Question of Week - challenge What is your personal challenge? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: fatigue and pain <BR> <BR> <BR> Would anyone like to try their hand at the Q of the W thread? Thu, 25 Feb 2016 18:40:48 EST quick & easy portable "meals" Found this and thought I would share! Some people like "variety" and here's a creative way to eat healthy at work or otherwise "on-the-run"! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tm_source=Sailthru&amp;utm_medium=emai<BR>l&amp;utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_20<BR>16-02-17_mails_daily_new_header </link> <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:35:06 EST Timed Hot Flashses? Do you know what time it is by your Hot Flashes? <BR> <BR> Do you know when they are going to happen on a regular basis? <BR> <BR> <BR> For me: 8:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 pm. and 10 pm And a few assorted in between. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:56:19 EST Question of Week - protein What is your protein? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: lean meats - Natural chicken ( no hormones), Wild-caught salmon, canned Yellow fin tuna (less mercury), Grass-fed ground beef (no hormones), turkey Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:46:57 EST Question of Week - fruit Are you eating fruit? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Not enough; I'm craving it. Only problem is that most of the fruits I can eat are out of season right now. Tue, 9 Feb 2016 20:47:32 EST "Late" TOM or not at all?! I'm feeling silly! This is my first "late" TOM or miss??? since pregnancies &amp; nursing babies (16 yrs ago!) Maybe it's why I'm feeling better? Some of the roller coaster is easing up?? ...I keep hoping it lasts! <BR> <em>40</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:27:03 EST Eight things women wish men understood.... Wish I had this info a few years back. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-women-wish-men-understood-about-meno<BR>pause?utm_source=LITN&amp;utm_medium=N<BR>ewsletter&amp;utm_content=&amp;utm_cam<BR>paign=1_11_16 </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think? Thu, 4 Feb 2016 21:19:32 EST Question of Week - veggies Do you eat veggies? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Yes, I have to. Helps with the hot flashes and gives me something I CAN eat. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:57:10 EST Challenge for February - Cardio CARDIO Challenge <BR> <BR> Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to increase the amount of cardio you get. <BR> <BR> Set a goal for how many minutes of cardio you want to do for the entire month. <BR> <BR> Post that number. <BR> <BR> Then post the minutes you actually accomplish as you do them. <BR> <BR> Challenge begins Friday, Feb 5. <BR> <BR> Challenge ends Monday, Feb 29 (Leap Day). Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:29:39 EST Team bonus points (red flag spins) In the third section of the start page, on the right side, you will see the red flag bonus spins. You get up to 5 a day, depending on how many spark points you've earned as well as how many teams you belong to. The spins award you additional spark points, PLUS they also help move the team up in standings in our category. If you forget to spin one day, you can always go back to spin by going to section one and clicking the arrow for the previous date. <BR> You can go back as far as one month I... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 20:14:40 EST Beef and Hot Flashes It has been reported that the hormones in beef can cause hot flashes. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, it is true. I discovered the hard way that by eating just 2.5 - 3 oz of ground beef, can set off hot flashes. <BR> <BR> So I now have to switch to grass-fed beef, hoping to eliminate the problem. <BR> <BR> Have you made the switch? Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:02:41 EST Question of Week - food Are you eating differently since Sparking? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Yes. About 99% different.... Think the filtered water I drink is the same. lol Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:59:41 EST Night Glow? You know how women don't sweat, they glow? <BR> <BR> Well.... instead of night sweats, I think we should call them Night Glows! <BR> <BR> What do you think? Sat, 16 Jan 2016 19:36:12 EST Question of Week - weight? How much weight did you lose last year? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: about 10 pounds (gained and lost the same for a while). Mon, 11 Jan 2016 18:20:29 EST Challenge for Janurary - Take Action! Two-week challenge starts Wednesday, Jan 6 a.m. and ends Wednesday, Jan 20 p.m. <BR> <BR> Evaluate what could be better and make 'healthier' changes. <BR> <BR> Some examples: When doing fitness minutes - check for better alignment <BR> pillows - toss the old and obtain better ones <BR> food <BR> drinks <BR> Is there a better use of your allotted calories? <BR> the shows you are watching <BR> the books you are reading <BR> your thoughts <BR> situations <BR> conversations <BR> movements <BR>... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 19:09:58 EST New Team Goals? New Year; <BR> New team goals? <BR> <BR> Should we change some of our team goals? <BR> <BR> What would you like? Thu, 31 Dec 2015 22:11:53 EST 2016 Chat Room Happy New Year, Ladies! <BR> <BR> Quiet, here, so far.... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 22:10:33 EST Question of Week - new? What's new for the New Year? <BR> <BR> Are you changing any of your goals? <BR> Doing anything differently? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I'm sticking with the same goals. Either they are working or I want them to work. <BR> As for doing anything differently? I don't know yet. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 16:04:03 EST Requesting possible Challenges for January HEALTHIER SUBSTITUTE Challenge ~~ <BR> Read your food labels, find a healthier substitute, and let us know. For example; substitute baked potato chips for fried potato ships. Eating an apple instead of a candy bar, yogurt for ice cream, etc. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> CARDIO Challenge <BR> Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to increase the amount of cardio you get. We will be setting a goal for how many minutes of cardio we want to do for the entire month and posting that number a... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 19:23:58 EST Question of Week - status? How was your Christmas? <BR> Was it all that you expected it to be? <BR> Did you receive what was on your Wish list? <BR> How is your Sparking? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Christmas was ok. Received some things on my list that I didn't ask for, but that's ok. <BR> Sparking is non-existent, at the moment. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 18:31:08 EST Question of Week - meal? Any special Christmas meal? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My in-laws get-together is having a ham dinner with all the trimmings. <BR> <BR> For me: I am not. Too many food allergies, etc. <BR> <BR> I did try to make peppermint patties, tho. "Tried" is the operative word. If interested, as me for the story. LOL Tue, 22 Dec 2015 17:27:49 EST Question of Week - Wish? What are you asking Santa for this year? You may post as often as you wish. :-) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Lots of different things ~ clothes that fit, Zhu Zhu pet Puppies, books, CDs, and a solar powered battery charger Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:47:08 EST the Menopausal Christmas Song the Menopausal Christmas Song <BR> (to the tune of Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) <BR> <BR> I'm just roasting, and there is no fire, <BR> Want to take off half my clothes, <BR> You'll find that my waist's been replaced by a tire <BR> And reading specs now sit upon my nose. <BR> <BR> Everybody knows my mood swings to and fro, <BR> Help! My brows have taken flight. <BR> Tiny spots now appear high and low, <BR> I find it hard to sleep all night. <BR> <BR> I know that Santa's on his way; ... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 19:54:44 EST Clothes upon your Skin? Have you noticed ( or is it just me?) that some clothes feel itchy? <BR> <BR> Is it due to: our skin aging <BR> or <BR> developing sensitives <BR> or <BR> what the clothes are made out of now-a-days? Sun, 13 Dec 2015 19:23:57 EST Hot tub water challenge Welcome to our Water Challenge! <BR> <BR> We all know how important it is to drink our 8 glasses of water every day. If you're like me though, you don't always like drinking water or take the time to. So to get everyone inspired to DRINK THAT WATER, let's try this. <BR> <BR> In our teams' virtual backyard there is a brand new, 6-seater HOT TUB!! Who wants to be the first to climb in? First, we have to fill it ... NO, NO, put the garden hose down! <BR> <BR> For every glass of water you dr... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 20:01:50 EST Question of Week - best? What is the best thing(s) about the Holidays? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: So far, wrapping gifts. Usually, it is a chore and I don't like doing it. This year, each gift has become a work of art. Can take a couple of days to completely wrap one gift. <BR> <BR> The other best thing is Whom we are celebrating. Tue, 8 Dec 2015 19:28:35 EST The insane PMS I have always had some irritability before my periods and sore boobs but this month...OMG this better be pms because I have every symptom I have EVER had plus this new lovely digestive problem that I get every time before I start my period (which is so unpredictable now anyway)...ughhhh. <BR> <BR> My hips hurt <BR> My knees hurt <BR> I cried uncontrollable for like 20 minutes the other night for nothing <BR> My boobs are KILLING me. <BR> Emotional basket case <BR> <BR> Today all the symptom... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 13:00:19 EST Question of Week - Know about? Do you know about Art Therapy? It is all the rage right now. <BR> <BR> It consists of coloring (usually with colored pencils) in adult coloring books. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I knew about the adult coloring books but didn't know that it was now called Art Therapy. I ordered a book for a Christmas present. Tue, 1 Dec 2015 16:06:58 EST Question of Week - something full Did you eat too much at Thanksgiving? Your favorite dish? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: no This year, it was just plain ole turkey. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:52:42 EST Why Your Hair is Falling Out and How to Fix It&#82 Since the topic comes up with some frequency, I thought I'd share this here. Remember, any testing results in the 'normal' range may not be' normal' for YOU. <BR> <BR> According to testing, my thyroid levels have been 'normal' all of my life, yet when I started self-treating my thyroid, my hair loss normalized, and a whole lot of other supposedly age-related things improved. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:19:25 EST Question of Week - something new Are you trying any new recipes for Thanksgiving dinner? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: No, but I should. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 19:11:17 EST Goal contest! - November Goal contest! for 1 week only <BR> Starting Tuesday, Nov. 10, a.m.; ending Tuesday, Nov. 17, p.m. <BR> <BR> The goal: Stretch for 5 minutes 1 time per day <BR> If stretching is part of your exercise routine, post here anyway. <BR> <BR> Post on this thread; announce that you joined the Team goal (see bottom of Team page), and let us know how you did. <BR> <BR> The person who has 5 or more posts or goal checks will receive a SP goodie. Any particular one you'd like? <BR> Fri, 6 Nov 2015 18:31:22 EST This is maybe a daft question <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Can you have a panic attack without actually feeling panicked? <BR> <BR> I sometimes have many of the symptoms and none of the anxiety - and more confusingly when I have anxiety (mainly hormone related) or under high pressure (environment created) I have none of these symptoms. <BR> <BR> The main symptoms are chest pressure, left arm pain and pain under my left shoulder blade. More rarely I have also had in the past at the same time shortness of breath (difficul... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 02:42:46 EST Question of Week - holidays When do your thoughts turn towards Christmas? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I spent most of this last year writing a book that is based during the Christmas season. However, the real focus started in October. Has it helped any? nope. lol Wed, 4 Nov 2015 13:25:04 EST Interesting to consider I just got this in an email, and thought others may find it informative: <BR> <BR> "Hormones play a major role in keeping us healthy and vibrant. Hormonal pain refers to the painful problems that occur when we have a disruption in the delicate balance of our hormones – the Hormone Hurricane of Pain… <BR> <BR> 1. Thyroid disruption causes weight gain, muscle pain, and emotional pain when we start losing our hair, libido, and daily motivation. <BR> 2. Adrenal hormone disruption leads to pai... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 20:33:01 EST Digestion issues and Probiotics I have been feeling some digestive issues for about 6 months, when my Perimenopause really kicked in. When things went all whacky. <BR> <BR> I started a probiotic for age 50 plus and it is really working well, not perfect but improvement for sure. I hope it is gonna stay that way, my belly was getting miserable to deal with. Gas, painful gas, weird poops, no fun. <BR> <BR> Any experience on that would be appreciated. If you take probiotics what has worked for you? <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:07:02 EST Challenge for November Dance! <BR> <BR> This is a one-week challenge because of Thanksgiving Holiday. Starting Sunday, Nov 1, a.m. and ending Sunday, Nov 8, p.m. <BR> <BR> (There will not be a challenge for December.) <BR> <BR> Post on this thread the title of the song you danced to or the number of minutes. <BR> Any music you'd like. Our 'Dance Party' thread has some good songs. <BR> <BR> While posting, would it be fun to include dance terms? Wed, 28 Oct 2015 22:29:15 EST Question of Week - seasonal water When it is colder out, do you have a tendency to drink less liquids? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Yes. Although the liquids turn to warmer teas and herbal coffees. <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 18:12:42 EST Hot Flash Weirdness? Why do Hot Flashes seem to affect the upper torso only? <BR> Why not affect the lower body? Sun, 25 Oct 2015 23:17:39 EST Requesting possible Challenges for November Here are some ideas. I personally would like to do the Dancing challenge. It's rather simple. We can dance in gratefulness in honor of Thanksgiving. :-) <BR> <BR> What would you like to do? <BR> <BR> HEALTHIER SUBSTITUTE Challenge <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Dancing - Make it fun. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Identify one or more nutrient(s) that you are lacking according to you own personal Food Tracker. <BR> <BR> OR.... <BR> <BR> Staying within calories range? Mon, 19 Oct 2015 14:40:56 EST Descending Mt. St. Elias Whew! We did it!! We've reached the summit (see other Topic). We had a little victory party. LOESCHFAMILY unfurled are Peri+Team flag and planted it in the ground. <BR> <BR> <em>536</em> <em>536</em> <em>536</em> <em>536</em> <em>536</em> <BR> <BR> NOW, we have to go down the Mountain. Then, after a decent meal, a nice warm bath with scented bubbles, we can REALLY party! <BR> <BR> If you did not participate climbing up the Mountain, no worries. You can still participate de... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 15:54:44 EST Question of Week - pillows How many pillows do you use to sleep with? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: 3 Depending on what position I am in. There's got to be a better way.... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:00:45 EST Question of Week - exercising Do you exercise when you are tired? Details please. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For me: It depends upon the kind of tired. Does that make sense? Tue, 6 Oct 2015 15:13:58 EST Goal Contest! - October Goal contest! for 1 week only <BR> Starting Friday, October 9, a.m.; ending Friday, October 16, p.m. <BR> <BR> The goal is: Measure something every day; it could be a food item or a route you walk/jog 1 measurement per day. <BR> <BR> On this thread; announce that you joined the Team goal (see bottom of Team page), and let us know what you measured. <BR> <BR> The person who has 5 or more posts or goal checks will receive a SP goodie. Any particular one you'd like? <BR> <BR> Enjoy. I'm ho... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 14:47:05 EST New game for our Team? Would you like our Team to have a new game? <BR> <BR> If so, what do you suggest? <BR> <BR> We have: How High Can we Go, Delicious or Dud, Either/Or, Needing a good laugh, Motivational Quotes Sun, 4 Oct 2015 21:53:06 EST Question of Week - hobbies What are your hobbies and why? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I don't know. I used to have them. I used to knit, crochet (ran out of things to make), embroidery (ran out of wall space and got tired of poking myself with the needle), gardening (it it a necessity or ?) Sun, 27 Sep 2015 22:46:48 EST Do you eat when it gets dark so early?? I don't know about you, but when the weather starts to change in the fall and the sun goes down earlier....I tend to want to eat. I do live in a 2 bedroom apartment. But I am not in the basement this year, so I am hoping that will help. I get plenty of light during the day in my apartment. <BR> <BR> Eating at night can become a habit. Do you eat at night?? Can you break the habit or do you save calories and fat for that time?? <BR> <BR> Angie <BR> <em>4</em> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 01:21:50 EST October Challenge October's challenge is: strength or body-weight training. <BR> If you already are doing this, post anyway. <BR> <BR> The challenge begins Thursday, October 1 and ends Saturday, October 31, midnight. <BR> <BR> Post in this thread that you did it and/or the details. Feel free to brag. <BR> <BR> SP goodies will be sent out afterwards. <BR> <em>23</em> <em>34</em> <em>323</em> <em>344</em> <em>362</em> <em>320</em> Sat, 26 Sep 2015 19:25:05 EST Fall recipe ideas! Here's one I found today! Simple & able to be adapted to your particulars. (ie. spices to choose & sweetener) <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> 3- min Pumpkin Pie <BR> <link><BR>/3-minute-microwave-pumpkin-pie.html </link> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:41:36 EST Requesting possible Challenges for October CARDIO Challenge - Increase the amount of cardio you are doing. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> <BR> Building Bones - meet your calcium needs through food only. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Dancing - post the music or post the # of minutes. Just make it fun. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Identify one or more nutrient(s) that you are lacking according to you own personal Food Tracker. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Eat your Veggies! Eat a rainbow! <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> ? Sat, 19 Sep 2015 14:05:59 EST Question of Week - advice What advice would you give to yourself 3 years ago? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: to stop eating gluten and the cross reactors Fri, 18 Sep 2015 18:44:47 EST Goal contest! - September Goal contest! for 1 week only <BR> Starting Wednesday, September 16 a.m.; ending Wednesday, September 23 p.m. <BR> <BR> The goal is: Encourage 1 person! 1 time per day <BR> This person does not have to be a fellow Sparkie. <BR> <BR> On this thread; announce that you joined the Team goal (see bottom of Team page for goals), and feel encouraged to let us know who you encouraged. <BR> <BR> The person who has 5 or more posts or goal checks will receive a SP goodie. Any particular one yo... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 17:00:45 EST Question of Week - $500 SP is having a drawing where if you earn 300 points in September, you will be eligible for prizes. (See thread in General Discussion Forum) <BR> <BR> One of the prizes is a $500 Amazon gift card. <BR> <BR> What would you spend it on? If you think of more things, feel free to continue posting. Have fun with this. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: collagen, Sarsaparilla flavoring, vanilla powder, a used laptop computer Sun, 6 Sep 2015 17:49:05 EST Soy? Does it help? So I have been getting hot flashes and night sweats. I was told eating more soy would help this. Has anyone tried this? Did it work? Thu, 3 Sep 2015 20:37:58 EST Climbing Mt. Saint Elias Let's climb a mountain! <BR> <BR> At 18,009 feet, Mount Saint Elias, is the second highest mountain in both Canada and the United States, being situated on the Yukon and Alaska border. <BR> <BR> Can someone figure out how to post a picture or more info about this mountain? <BR> <BR> For every minute you exercise, our Team will "climb" one foot up the mountain. We'll track it via post by subtracting your exercise minutes each day from the total amount left to go to reach the top. <BR> ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 21:36:35 EST Earn 300 SP points & win prizes article <link><BR>st=earn_300_sparkpoints_in_september_w<BR>in_great_prizes </link> <BR> <BR> Sounds like fun. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:35:14 EST Question of Week - global How global are you? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: it's growing <BR> <BR> A gal from UK is working on my e-book cover <BR> Have relatives in Italy <BR> My boss lives in Israel <BR> Have FB friends (for games) from UK <BR> Peri+ team members are from all over. <BR> <BR> Whew! <BR> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:24:32 EST September Challenge Using your non-dominant hand. This is a two-week Challenge. <BR> <BR> It's good for the brain. <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> LOESCHFAMILY aka Denise is going to help with this challenge. She's done this challenge before and knows what we could be up against. <BR> <BR> Challenge starts Tuesday, September 1st a.m. and ends Tuesday, September 15th p.m. <BR> <BR> You may join at any time. <BR> <BR> SP goodies will be sent out afterwards. <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> <BR> Post on this thread ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:02:59 EST Question of Week - weight About how pounds do you have left to reach your SP goal? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: About 10. However, it looks like I'll be needing to lose more than what SP suggests. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:08:12 EST How is your energy level? I read somewhere that with our hormones constantly trying to rebalance themselves (during perimenopause), we are more tired. <BR> <BR> Do you think that is true? <BR> <BR> How is your energy level? Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:01:50 EST Question of Week - pets How many pets do you have? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: 2 both cats Jasmine and Jenny <BR> Used to have fish, bunny, dog, more cats, a goat, a Shetland pony, more cats Thu, 6 Aug 2015 19:59:15 EST We have a new coleader! :-) Hello Ladies, <BR> <BR> We have a new co-leader. Her user name is -WRKNG2ABTTRME-. <BR> <BR> She has led several teams over the 8 years on Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> She knows how fragile life can be, and how we take things for granted. <BR> <BR> Her philosophy is, "I really try not to sweat the small stuff. I take life as it comes and try to make the most of it on a daily basis." <BR> <BR> Please welcome Nancy and feel free to comment on any of the posts to let us know how you are doing. <B... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 16:17:01 EST Requesting possible Challenges for September <BR> Practicing Paced Breathing (Can help lessen hot flashes.) <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> CARDIO Challenge <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Building Bones: The REAL Challenge to meet your calcium needs through food only. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Dancing <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Using your non-dominant hand <BR> <BR> OR.... ? Tue, 4 Aug 2015 18:07:12 EST Words of Wisdom Do you have any Words of Wisdom regarding getting through perimenopause you'd like to share with our members? Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:04:51 EST Question of Week - languages How many languages do you speak? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Mostly American old-school (rarely use slang) <BR> Took 2 years of Spanish in high school <BR> Learned some Italian (have relatives in Italy) Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:38:04 EST Question of Week - TOMs How are your TOMS? (Time of the Month) <BR> <BR> <BR> Please feel free to answer any of the Q of Ws. <BR> <BR> Also, do you have any questions I can ask for this topic? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: rather non-existent and enjoying it. Before, rather erratic and unpredictable. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 20:37:45 EST Question of Week - fans How many fans do you have? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I have 2 or 3 electric fans (have yet to drag them out) <BR> I also have 3 or 4 hand fans (you know the kind from the Princess Dairies)? <BR> <BR> Those I use: I take one with me in the car or to other people's houses. <BR> I keep one close to me when I'm sitting around the house (i.e. computer, or while reading). Sun, 12 Jul 2015 14:22:51 EST Question of the week - 4th How did you spend Independence Day? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: The city decided to not have fireworks this year because of the drought condition/fire hazard. <BR> <BR> My story: I put out an e-mail over a week or 2 ago asking family members if they'd like to spend the 4th here. (It's my cooler than where they live.) Heard back from them all that they didn't know what they were doing. So, I forgot all about it. THEN, the night before I received a call from one family saying they ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 15:56:02 EST Confess your ABSs I'll confess my ABC's <BR> A- Age: 57 <BR> B- Biggest Fear: Public speaking <BR> C- Current Time: 8:21 a.m. <BR> D- Drink you last had: Coffee <BR> E- Easiest Person To Talk to: My DD#3 <BR> F- Favorite Song: "Landslide" <BR> G- Grossest Memory: Pithing frogs in Physiology <BR> H- Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri <BR> I- In love with: DH <BR> J- Jealous Of: Time DH is at work <BR> K- Killed Someone? No <BR> L- Longest Relationship: 37 years <BR> M- Middle Name: NMN <BR> N- Number of Si... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:28:47 EST Question of the week - tracking When do you track your food/nutrition intake? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I'm not sure when the best time is.... that's why I'm asking. :-) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If anyone would like to monitor the Q of the W threads, please let me know. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:46:45 EST Resource Suggestions What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You about Menopause by John R. Lee, M.D. <BR> Find the most current copyright. Talks mostly about progesterone cream. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> He has much info, some to do with hormones. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:01:41 EST High Estrogen Foods and how to detox soy, sugar and carbs, grains, conventional meat and dairy, BPA, Teflon pans <BR> <BR> Dr. Axe explains why, etc. <BR> <BR><BR>XQ0& <BR> <BR> Detox with certain veggies. <BR> <BR> Let me know if this helps. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:37:34 EST What do you think about.....? What do you think about having a Topic dealing with reading/resource materials? Would SparkGuy be upset thinking we'd be trying to sell something? <BR> <BR> There are quite a few books out there regarding perimenopause that could really help on our team members. <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:26:11 EST What I am learning..... from reading a particular menopause book: <BR> <BR> 1. If I climb a tree, take my cellphone with me. <BR> <BR> 2. Store everything in the freezer, so I have more opportunities to open the door to cool off during a hot flash. <BR> <BR> 3. When going on vacation, chose a destination that is cold. i.e. Alaska <BR> <BR> 4. Make sure my female-only meds and supplements are clearly marked so my husband doesn't accidentally take them. <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <em>30</em> <em>211</em> ... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:04:28 EST Our Team needs you. Interested....? Would you like to be more a part of our Team? Would you like to help others? Would you be interesting in doing one or more of these tasks for a while? <BR> <BR> No need to be an official co-leader, unless you'd like to be. <BR> <BR> If so, please send me a private SPmail to let me know which task(s) you are interested in. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. <BR> <BR> Welcome new members <BR> Monitor the Team Wall <BR> <BR> Q of Week <BR> Monthly Challenges <BR> <BR> M... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:54:38 EST Another poem "Changing" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/changing </link> <BR> <BR> I like this poem better than, 'Menopause Musings'. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:58:37 EST How is your skin? My skin, I've noticed is thinner. I end up with more paper cuts, etc. <em>24</em> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:42:52 EST Can chocolate stop hot flashes? What do you think? <BR> <BR> "“I’ve found having some chocolate every day helps a lot…milk chocolate. Just a little, I try not to overdo it,” said VN member Vee." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fitness/blog/can-chocolate-stop-hot-fl<BR>ashes/ </link> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:53:53 EST Summer Treasure Hunt Contest Going on a Treasure Hunt! (June, July and August) <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Feel free to join at any time. <BR> <BR> Take a walk, hike, stroll, jog, run, bike ride, play, etc. Minimum ten minutes. Use your powers of observation. What "TREASURE" did you discover? <BR> <BR> Come back and report to us what you saw, felt, touched, heard etc. Did you bring anything home? (a feather, rock, a sunburn etc.) <em>88</em> <em>338</em> <em>239</em> <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> Outdoors only. <... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:33:30 EST A poem Menopause Musings <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/menopause-musings </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of sharing this poem with my husband. <BR> <BR> How about you? Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:41:58 EST Inviting others Did you know you can invite others to join our team? <BR> <BR> Just copy and paste the URL at the bottom of the page and send to friends and ask them to join. <BR> <BR> You will have to know their Username (that means they have to be SP members). <BR> Fri, 5 Jun 2015 20:24:36 EST Working towards Fabulous at 50 I am a wife and mother of three adult birth children. In the past 10 years or so we have 12 more come to call us Mommy and Papi. We are proud to be the parents of many wonderful children. The Lord used his healing and hand and helped me kick Cancer's butt 10 years ago and now am fighting perimenopause weight gain after losing 90 lbs of cancer weight gain. I've done it before and I'll do it again. But like a lot of other things in life support is always needed. From the father as well as peopl... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 17:42:05 EST How's your Emotions? How are your emotions doing? <BR> <BR> We do have the post, "Show how you are feeling with an EMOTION today"" in the last Forum, if that helps. <BR> <BR> I think The SPemoticons may not fully express what our hormones do to our emotions. <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I wish SP would let us edit our Topic headings..... Thu, 28 May 2015 19:17:33 EST Le't Jump into June! June is only a few days away, so here is your challenge for June! Jump Rope! Don't have a jump rope? No big deal! Here is an excellent jump rope video by Nicole! Try to work up to 5 minutes of jump roping (30 seconds at a time with 30 seconds of marching in place). Or try this workout! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=81 </link> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:29:17 EST Weight gain and Menopots... I have seen the word 'Menopot' a couple times and within the context, I understood it means something about women and menopause and weight gain. <BR> <BR> I also know from my experience that my husband and I probably didn't make any babies from all the excess estrogen in our belly fat. <BR> <BR> Now I hear that the reproductive hormones leaving the woman's body may leave a pot belly behind??? So I am going to continue to look pregnant even though I have never been with child...SO UNFAIR! <... Wed, 20 May 2015 15:05:30 EST How's your Hot Flashes? How are your Hot Flashes? <BR> <BR> Do you have them? If so, how frequently? <BR> <BR> And, on a scale of 1 - 5, how awful are they? 1 = not bad; 5 = THE worst Tue, 19 May 2015 18:15:44 EST sleep issues w/ stress & hormonal roller coaster Yes, I have figured out that this all in fact IS part of this time of life, for some of us, more than others. But I'm trying a different herb to see if it will help. <BR> <BR> Here's information about this resource: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-a<BR>shwagandha-or-indian-ginseng.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hwagandha-benefits-and-the-recommended<BR>-dose/ </link> <BR> <BR> Last ... Sun, 17 May 2015 20:03:51 EST New SparkPoint tasks from Coach Jen: <BR> <BR> Today we added the ability to receive SparkPoints for liking friend feed items, team wall posts, and blogs. This is a new SparkPoints task listed under the community section of Daily SparkPoint Challenges. You can receive 1 point per like, up to 5 per day. <BR> <BR> We also added SparkPoints for commenting on someone’s team wall post. These points feed into the existing Post to SparkTeam and Message Boards challenge also under Community in Daily SparkPoint Challeng... Sun, 10 May 2015 18:21:00 EST Please help us welcome Susan "SOO-ZEN"! Susan "SOO-ZEN" has joined us as our newest co-leader! WELCOME SUSAN!!! <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 7 May 2015 20:09:32 EST MAY!!! It's May! I guess for most of you, you've already started your gardens. Well, we NEVER put anything out before Mother's Day. It has snowed on Memorial Day before. <BR> So I am thinking about my garden. <BR> <BR> What all are you planing this year? The challenge this month is to grow something healthy! <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 May 2015 10:10:01 EST Q of Week? I am taking a much needed break from Questions of the Week. <BR> <BR> However, feel free to respond to any of the previous Questions. <BR> <BR> Also, if you have any Questions you would like asked, please send me a private SPmail and I'll add it to the list. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Mon, 4 May 2015 18:10:19 EST Question of the week - success Has your family/friends noticed your successes? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Yes, but it sure took 'em long enough to notice!! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:57:42 EST Question of the week - eating WHEN we eat can also make a huge difference. i.e. Eating at the wrong times. (late at night, skip breakfast, eat due to stress, etc) <BR> <BR> How are you doing with the times you eat? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I'm doing ok. I've always been a breakfast eater. I sometimes eat due to stress, but I keep it in control, and the food I eat is in my eating plan. Late at night can be tricky when I stay up too late, however, I try not to stay up too late. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:09:17 EST Question of the week - weather I could ask you how many funerals you've gone to (that's what's on my mind). However, the question is: <BR> <BR> What's the weather like in your area? Has Spring sprung for you yet? <BR> <BR> <BR> my area: windy, sunny Spring is here, just acting fickle. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 16:49:02 EST Question of the week - noise I've read that loud noises stress us (it does me). How's the noise levels in your life? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: rather quiet in the house. I can hear quiet outside noises, like the wind, the fog horn, traffic, the seals barking (when the wind is just right) Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:13:57 EST Question of the week - water My MIL was rushed to the ER yesterday. She's now in the hospital. One of the reasons was that she was very dehydrated. <BR> <BR> Are you drinking your water? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Yep! I'm good for 5 glasses, then I have to work at getting the other 3 in. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:21:23 EST April 2015, Spring Cleaning Ok so March is almost over, well at least more than half over. Sorry, I just sort of missed March. <BR> <BR> But for APRIL, here is your challenge: <BR> <BR> SPRING CLEANING -- As in YOU. What can you do to clean up you kitchen? To clean up what you eat? OK a super clean house inside and out can't hurt, but what are you planning to do for spring cleaning? Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:34:57 EST Question of Week - food Are you eating any of these: Hot Hormone Foods: olive oil, broccoli, flaxseeds, green tea, chia, and avocado? ~ from The Hormone Diet <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Yes. I even made a chocolate pudding with avocado! <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:46:00 EST Do you use vitamins / supplements? Consider that nutrition is LACKING in many of our foods... <BR> <link><BR>unday/breeding-the-nutrition-out-of-ou<BR>r-food.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> ...a reason to tailor specific additional supplementation / vitamins for what your body needs. <BR> <BR> My only issue is that I'm very inconsistent in using them. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 22:04:04 EST Question of Week - equipment If you could own one piece of gym equipment, what would it be? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: A rowing machine <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember to feel free to post to any of the other QofWs, also. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:16:21 EST Question of Week - exercise How are you doing with exercise? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I'm doing a bit better. :-) Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:51:39 EST Question of Week - sleep "Sleep is vital for hormonal health and rebalancing, as well as for losing and maintaining weight."~ Is it Me or My Hormones <BR> <BR> So, are you getting enough sleep? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: yes, but it is not a sound sleep. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:12:18 EST Expiration of Night Sweats Experiment I went through our Team's topics on hot flashes/night sweats. I made a list of possible remedies. <BR> <BR> After praying through each item on my list, I determined which remedies to try. <BR> <BR> Since I was already doing some of them (using progesterone cream, no caffeine, etc) and I didn't want to take any more supplements, I decided to try Light Exercise before bedtime. <BR> <BR> How much is 'lite'? <BR> What is lite for me may be different for others. <BR> <BR> Evening 1: Did my ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:09:05 EST Do you have "favorite" veggies? Which ones?? I had some of the BEST asparagus tonight! I laid it across salad greens, added pickled beets, chopped tomato, chopped cucumber, sprinkled on shredded cabbage, and a bit of dried cranberries. Those were the raw foods. <BR> Then we had beef stew w/ potatoes, carrots, onions, kale & celery. <BR> <BR> So it was an all-around veggie meal! <BR> <em>211</em> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 02:18:34 EST Beginnigs of a Hot/Warm Flash? Do you know/recognize when you starting to have a hot/warm flash? <BR> <BR> My eyesight gets squiggly. Does anyone else have weird vision symptoms? <BR> <BR> Sometimes I have a cold flash first. <BR> <BR> <BR> What happens to you? <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> Noticed a typo. Getting my eyes checked next month. <BR> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:42:16 EST Question of Week - Restoring "Reconnecting with yourself will make an enormous difference to your hormonal health." ~ Is it Me or My Hormones? <BR> <BR> Do you take time for YOU? Either through quiet, centered place - prayer, meditation, time spent in nature, or just a few minute sitting by yourself, or something else. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For me: I HAVE to take time for me. I think I always have. If I don't, I start getting jittery and cranky. I spend time alone. I pray, read, do something quietly/easily... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:08:26 EST 2015 CHAT Room STEPH: Sorry to hear it. Tell your BF to STOP belittling your health issues. So says the Peri+ Team with over 2,000 members! So there!!! Maybe it would help if he could go with you to the doctors. I drag my husband with me at times. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Oh, if you post some of this to the Needing a Hug topic, you'd get plenty of sympathy. :-) <BR> <BR> JM: <em>250</em> I enjoy San Diego considering it is such a big city. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:40:16 EST Is anyone taking DIM to help with hormones? I have a bottle of DIM (Diindolylmethane) 150 mg. <BR> <BR> I'm reading somewhat conflicting info about it. <BR> <BR> So, if you are taking it: HOW and WHEN are you taking it? Have you noticed a difference? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:36:16 EST Question of Week - fiber "Is it Me or My Hormones" mentions that fiber is one of the key elements that direct estrogen down healthy pathways. So, are you getting enough fiber? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I think so. I meet at least the minimum SP suggestion. I eat lots of veggies (even with breakfast). If I try to eat more fiber, I run into side-affects. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 17:19:08 EST calorie burn I recently started using a heart monitor to track my calorie burn and heart rate. I take a spin class a few times a week with the same instructor. I have been burning between 75-100 calories more when I take an evening class compared to rolling out of bed for the 5:15a.m. class. Anybody else experience this? Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:57:16 EST February 2015 February is heart health month! (Get it? Valentine's Day and Hearts?) <BR> <BR> So what are you doing for your heart? Here are some suggestions: <BR> <BR> If you smoke quit. Get some help and quit. <BR> Cut out fat out of your diet. <BR> Eat more vegetables. <BR> Take you vitamins <BR> Know what your blood pressure is. <BR> Do cardio for at leat 30 minutes 3 - 4 times a week. <BR> What else are you doing? <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:20:53 EST Sources of Hormonal Imbalance Ongoing life stress <BR> <BR> Ongoing "attitude stress" such as feeling of guilt, shame, anxiety, confusion <BR> <BR> Ongoing historical stress, in which feeling in the present are intensified because of experiences for the past <BR> <BR> A high-carb diet without sufficient protein or healthy fasts <BR> <BR> Excess body fat <BR> <BR> Missing meals, too much time between meals <BR> <BR> Chronic exposure to toxins in air, food water and household products <BR> <BR> insufficient sleep <BR... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:40:06 EST Question of Week - clothes What is your 'cold weather' clothes? <BR> <BR> BTW, you can reply to any of the Q of the Ws. <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: long sleeves, camisole under shirt, two pairs of socks, sweatshirts, leg warmers Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:37:11 EST Depression and hormones "...too much estrogen in combination with low progesterone is associated with depression. This is why many girls start struggling with depression prior to menses and why women with PMS often struggle with depression." <BR> <BR> Taken from, "Is it Me or My Hormones" by Marcelle Pick <BR> <BR> How are YOU doing with depression? Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:38:27 EST Progesterone Cream. How & When do you use it? Good morning all, <BR> <BR> It's been awhile since I posted anything, though I've been watching the board. <BR> The last 4 months or so have been really nice. My body's been acting pretty normal. Then, over the last couple weeks, for no apparent reason, BOOM! Hair starts falling out again, water retention & weight gain, "achy" body, and my strength/endurance in the gym has plummeted. <BR> I keep a daily symptom journal so I can track any changes. I'm waiting on lab work to come back no... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:31:55 EST Question of Week - warm drinks? Coffee or tea? Favorites? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: tea However, in the evening it would be nice to have a cup of coffee. Just haven't found one that would work for me (decaf, low acid) <BR> <BR> For now, it is peppermint tea. Easy on tummy. I do like decaf vanilla tea. I purchased a few samples of teas from Adagio (on line). <BR> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:42:49 EST New to this group but not new to SP Hello Ladies! I've been ok for the past few years with this change, feeling lucky that it was just the irregular periods and occasional heart flutter. Then, suddenly, it's wild moods, brain fog, heart palpitations and increased heartrate that sent me to the ER (twice!), incessant and random crying, lack of focus, no energy, little motivation, depression....and now belly weight gain to boot! So glad to find a group who can identify with this messy life! <em>532</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 11:20:59 EST The 2 WORST things about being in this Season 1) the constant, ongoing fatigue <BR> 2) the hormonal imbalances <BR> <BR> What are yours? <BR> <BR> To keep things in perspective, please reply to the other post about Best things. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:30:39 EST The 2 BEST things about being in this Season 1) Learning more about how to take better care of myself <BR> 2) Appreciation for Life in general and understanding when older ladies get grumpy. <BR> <BR> What's yours? Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:29:32 EST 2015!!! OK, new year, and already it's getting away from me! Sheesh! <BR> <BR> What are your long term goals this year? (besides losing weight - what do you want to do, learn, whatever!) <BR> <BR> What are your medium range goals? (for the next couple of months) <BR> <BR> What are your short range goals? What are you working on right now, today? <BR> <BR> Write them down, post what you are doing here and be accountable! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:24:45 EST Question of Week - How? How's the new year treating you? <BR> <BR> Are you working on your goals? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: up and down; however, working on goals when I can. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:25:49 EST Cold sores Just wondering if anyone else suffers from cold sores a few weeks prior It seems that i am getting them about 2 weeks prior for the ast 6 months or so. Just curious if anyoune else sufferes from these. I was officially diagnoised with perimenapuse in july but belive i have been in it for about 7 years. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:59:56 EST What is the NEXT Season like? So... do all these up and downs and roller coaster hormones and all the problems we have during Peri disappear when we reach Meno? <BR> <BR> Shouldn't some of them gradually decrease as one slowly no longer has a TOM?? <BR> <BR> Think I'm venting here. Trying to figure out what is going on with me and how to fix it. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 17:01:37 EST Hope for our Hot Flashes! <link><BR>-72571/Hot-Flashes-Night-Sweats.html </link> <BR> <BR> I like the last line: eat more veggies <BR> <BR> Glad to know that I can rub on more progesterone creme. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 16:48:27 EST Coleader needed We are looking for a coleader for our Team who would have the time and commitment to help out. Do not need to be an expert on Perimenopause. Just need compassion. <BR> <BR> Duties will be discussed in a private SPmail. <BR> <BR> This is your opportunity to make a difference! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> If interested, please send me (Elisa) a SPmail. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:14:09 EST Q of Week - resolutions? Seems everyone on SP is talking about New Year Resolutions. Care to share some of yours? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Keeping all mine from last year, but adding, "Enjoy" Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:22:24 EST New year; new goals? Happy New Year, Ladies! <BR> <BR> Is it time to change our Team's goals? <BR> What would you like for a goal? <BR> <BR> Do we need to edit them, a bit? <BR> <BR> What is your least favorite? <BR> What is your favorite? <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:19:57 EST Q of Week - NY Gotta ask: Any special plans for celebrating the New Year? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: nada However it would be nice to do something. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 20:38:38 EST December Challenge OK, so December got away from me. But now that it's near the end of December it's time to review your goals for 2014. How did you do? What do you want to do the same or different for 2015? (Little preview: January's challenge will be to come up with Short term, medium term, and long term goals for 2015, so start thinking about that!) Sun, 28 Dec 2014 14:58:11 EST Q of Week - Christmas Does anyone have a Christmas story they'd like to share? How was your Christmas? Did you get when you were hoping for? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I ended up with a kitchen timer, from my practical hubby. I didn't get anything that was on my list. In fact, I added a few items to it! Geesh!!! However, I had a nice family get together. It isn't the presents that count? Right?? <BR> <BR> Of course, gotta say that some of the gifts we gave out weren't all that well received. The SI... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 22:33:51 EST Q of Week - tree (You may continue posting to the other Q of W - Christmas wish list .) <BR> <BR> However, I'm getting excited about Christmas! <BR> <BR> So, wanna ask: How tall is your Christmas tree, if you have one? <BR> <BR> <BR> For me: right now, it is 3" tall. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:35:55 EST I'd like to think this is it..... So I am on the pill. I am turning 51 in a few months. Things have been funky with my cycle for a year now. <BR> <BR> Life has been a little crazy for well over a year. We just sold our house and are making plans for the future, daughter just presented me with my first grandchild. <BR> <BR> I had a BAD case of PMS, and lingering emotional ups and downs which I attributed to stress. period. None at all. No spotting, nuthin'. <BR> <BR> I told my husband, thinking he'd d... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:39:01 EST Q of Week - list What is on your Christmas wish list? During the week, if you think of other things, be sure to post them here. (Then print out your list in LARGE letters and place it somewhere where others can see it.) <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Zhu Zhu puppies ~ Mitzi Mo, Lilac, Dakota, Loolah Still would like to have Zhu Zhu pets Shamrock, Pinky, Scoodles, Jilly, Finnegan , Luigi and Fluffy (although these last two have been retired). Also all the books by Bill Johnson ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:53:33 EST Q of Week - weight I'm using this Q of W as a gentle reminder. LOL <BR> <BR> How much further do you need to go to get down to your SP goal weight? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: about 20 pounds Mon, 1 Dec 2014 19:13:17 EST Q of Week - ways What alternate ways are you making a healthier Thanksgiving? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I'm on a rather strict eating plan because of Leaky Gut problems, so it doesn't matter what the family is eating. I Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:32:58 EST Q of Week - you What are 3 things do you like about yourself? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: my shortness, my sense of humor, my smile Sat, 15 Nov 2014 17:04:46 EST Any weird Hot Flash times? Would you like to share some stories about the strange circumstances you were going through while having a Hot Flash? <BR> <BR> For example: Having a Hot Flash while in a steamy bathtub, or when in a middle of an argument, or a romantic moment. <BR> <BR> I had a strange one, but unfortunately, do not remember the situation. <em>40</em> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 19:15:34 EST NOVEMBER CHALLENGE!! So how did October go? Lost a few but put them back on? OK, so what is going on? Is it stress? Is it time? Is it poor eating habits? So what can we do differently for November? Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:56:33 EST Q of Week - Other name If you could, what would you rather be named either for a middle or first name? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Adelaide for a first name. Addy for a nickname. Reminds me of the 'bicycle built for two' era. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:35:03 EST A ritual for menopause? Given that I apparently stopped having periods, I was thinking about performing some ritual to 'celebrate' the transition. <BR> <BR> Have you performed a ritual around this or are you planning to? Any ideas with regard to what the ritual could entail? <BR> <BR> I am thinking - who says a ritual cannot be comical - to ceremoniously go out with my husband or a friend and buy some FINE QUALITY underwear now that it is safe from getting spotted! <em>30</em> And maybe BURN the old stuff! <... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:49:35 EST The end? I tried to look this up on internet, but I find it so confusing. I have not had a period in 12 months now. Does this mean I am done with menstruating? And is this the end of menopause? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:35:19 EST Q of Week - name What is your middle name? Any significance?? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: my middle name is, "Massimina". I was named after both of my Italian grandmothers. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:35:50 EST Q of Week - mugs How many coffee mugs do you have? Describe your favorite(s). <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: about 10 mugs (for only 2 people) Geesh! <BR> <BR> My favorite is one that is multi-colored that looks like a pack of Lifesaver candy. <BR> <BR> Also, DH collects hippo mugs. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:16:19 EST Q of Week - preparation How are you preparing for the colder months? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: so far, pulled out the draft dodgers (rolled up bath towels wrapped with ribbon). Sat, 4 Oct 2014 19:55:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 4 Oct 2014 07:05:07 EST OCTOBER challenge - 2% This is from "The Weight is Over" team. (Thanks "The Weight is Over" team!!!! <BR> <BR> Join the 2% challenge by posting your Starting Weight and 2% of that figure. <BR> <BR> Here is an example: If you now weigh 200 pounds and lose 2% of that this month, you will have lost 4 pounds by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Example <BR> Starting weight - 200 lbs <BR> 2% - 4 lbs <BR> Goal- 196 lbs Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:36:45 EST Q of Week - more veggies So, my Lovely Lady Veggie Eaters ~ how have you increased your veggie servings? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I make sure I purchase plenty of veggies. The Tightwadder in me makes sure I use them all up before they go bad. <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:22:23 EST How do you deal with Forgetfulness? Forgetfulness can be from getting older OR from Perimenopause. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:42:54 EST Q of Week - veggies Hi Lovely Ladies ~ <BR> <BR> Are you getting your allotted veggies in? <BR> <BR> What are your favorite veggies? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Yes and I've discovered that I enjoy most veggies. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:40:55 EST Hello Hello, everyone. My name is Lucy and I'm 48 years old. I think I've been in perimenopause for at least five years with occasional hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. Things really stepped up this year with the hot flashes coming more frequently and that I haven't had my period since April. I've put on 30 pounds over the past two years and as much as I watch what I eat and exercise, I can't lose it. I look forward to meeting you all and learning how to get through this. <em>213<... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:50:09 EST Q of Week - temps What is your house temperature in the morning? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: woke up to 63 degrees Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:35:50 EST A carrot a day said to help balance hormones <link><BR>-day/ </link> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 12:13:15 EST Q of Week - exercise Are you getting in your exercise? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: not lately I do what I can when I can <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 19:27:29 EST S-E-P-T-E -M-B-E-R Will being starting on Monday! Check in here daily! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:05:09 EST Q of Week - calories How are you doing with the calories? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: comes and goes Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:33:04 EST 9pm I can tell time by my hot flashes! Every night about 9pm!!! Weird! Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:13:05 EST Q of Week - goals This question was inspired by our August Challenge: What OTHER goals have you listed on the "Other Goals" tracker? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: floor stretches, balance for 15 seconds, go for a walk, deep breathing, dance, sit tall, stand tall. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 22:39:44 EST Q of Week - wishin' If you had the means, etc. how would you like to improve your eating habits? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: organic fruit and veggies, grass-fed beef, natural/organic poultry. Also a personal chef would be nice since I don't like to cook. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:31:14 EST August 2014 challenge <link><BR>st=back_on_track_a_consistency_challen<BR>ge_for_august </link> <BR> <BR> So the challenge for August is to have as many "on" days as you can. Only 31 days! We can do it! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:17:33 EST Mirena Implant? This post is from a Team Member: <BR> <BR> Hi All! <BR> <BR> My TOM'S have been crazy................... My OBGYN recommends the Mirena Implant <BR> <BR> My question for the group is Has anyone had any experience with this device? Please let me know GOOD, BAD or INDIFFERENT. I don't know if a team leader wants to make this a New Topic or not? <BR> I welcome all comments on this. <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> <BR> Sue Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:32:54 EST To the new members: Welcome to the team, so glad to have you join us. Please be aware that when you start this site, most of your pages will be set so the security is so high that we can not see your page, <BR> we can not send you friend request, or see that you sent us any, or send you spark goodies, until you make changes to your settings. <BR> All we can do is see if you posted in here, and if so then click to reply to your post, or click to send you a personal msg from your post. <BR> <BR> If you so cho... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:40:30 EST TOM all funky My TOM has been all over the place since last June. It went to every other month for a while, then it was every 3 months. Some have been really heavy, others just very light. Some 2 days, some 8 days. This last one is 3 weeks after my last one. This one has been really heavy with cramps & back pains. So frustrating. I've felt really yucky all day today. Thanks for letting me vent. <BR> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:47:17 EST Just joined Sparkpeople Hi. I'm a 44 yo woman, just diagnosed with high blood pressure and started on meds. According to the charts I am obese. I've been having hot flashes for about 6 years. They were mild and at age 38, hot flashes didn't cross my mind, I thought I was sick with some infection with the temperature spikes occurring. Now I know differently. lol <BR> <BR> No night sweats yet and the hot flashes aren't too frequent (varies, when it's hotter outside, I have more) but when the flashes occur I can'... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:34:55 EST How to Prepare for a Doctor's Appointment (other 'doc' topics will be posted soon) <BR> <BR> Preparing ahead of time can help you and your doctor make the most out of the appointments. And receive an accurate diagnosis, preparation is the key. Good preparation will also go a long way to alleviate any anxiety you may be feeling about the appointment. <BR> <BR> Dr. Susan Wang's short video, "How to Prepare for Your Doctor's Visit", describes how to get the most out of your doctor visit, including what to bring and how to mentally... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:33:08 EST Q of Week - weight Is the weight on your driver's license correct? (I think DMV gives you a 5 or 10 pound range) <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: (I had to go look) Yep! I remember when I had to go get a new license, and I proudly told her that I needed to make a change. She smiled and asked, "how much weight did you lose?" LOL I've got a blog this and more on my SPpage. <BR> <BR> BTW, are there any questions you would like asked for the Q of the W? If so, please send me a private SPmail. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:08:34 EST Q of Week - 4th How did you celebrate Independence Day? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: dressed in red/white/blue and checked out Art in the Park with DH. Then b/c we are fogged in, we listened to the fireworks going off down by the water. All we could see was a glow. Oh well.... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 00:33:32 EST Q of Week - when exercise When do you exercise? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: in the morning; I find that if I don't do it then, it doesn't get done. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:27:19 EST Challenge for July '14 July (4th being independence day) This month do something for your country, community, neighborhood, your own home, whatever in your world means the most to you! Post what you do here! (and don't forget to get some exercise in while you do it!) Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:50:32 EST Frustrat ed,.tips for Weight Loss in Perimenopause I'm so FRUSTRATED. Wish I could add SP emoticons but my laptop is I guess going through perimenopause too, slow and not thinking straight! lol <BR> <BR> It is so difficult to lose weight now that I'm in the perimenopause stage. I"m 47 years old and got the Mirena IUD at 40 to help with heavy periods which started when I was 38. It helped to lighten them but now they last 2 weeks, I still have periods every 4 weeks. I should have gotten a endometrial ablation which my sister had great res... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:56:38 EST I am having one of those days.... know the kind, Where you are just a bottomless pit and can't seem to eat enough. One of those "Must eat ALL the foods" kind of days. At least I recognise it for what it is...PMS. And it's only one day a month, and tomorrow I'll be better. Just had to agonise with y'all. :) Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:58:11 EST Hair today; gone tomorrow Saw an ad in Prevention Magazine. 'New Help for Your Hair.' called "Hair Volume." Manufactured in Sweden. One tablet a day. 'Hair Volume is what you need when your hair is thinning or lacking volume. It is the first tablet in the world to combine a a natural growth factor from apple with hair, nail and skin nutrients. <BR> <BR> Can be found in USA stores. <BR> <BR> Sounds interesting. Let me know what you think. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:54:11 EST Q of Week - funnest exercise What is the exercise you wish you could do all day long? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Zumba/dance Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:01:28 EST Q of Week - dreaded exercise What is your most hated exercise that you do anyway? I am sure we all do one or two exercises that we hate to do but we force ourselves to do them anyways because we know they work. <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: the Plank Sat, 14 Jun 2014 18:37:52 EST Q of Week - challenge What is your personal challenge? (Feel free to respond to any of the Qs of the W.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: getting healthy Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:04:41 EST party food ideas please I am having some friends over for a WII party (we will probably end up just taliking <em>211</em> ). <BR> What we usually do is the hostess makes the main course and then everyone else brings sides & desserts. <BR> I was looking for some new ideas since this is about my 3rd party. The last time I made a delicious shrimp salad but that was only for a 6 ladies and this time i am feeding 12 and it's a tighter budget too so if anyone has suggestions for a light lunch we can eat on our laps i'... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:29:05 EST Q of Week - flashes How long since your last Hot/Warm/Cold Flash? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: It's been a few months now. Whew! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:14:31 EST Hot flashes? In the past two or three weeks I noticed that I wake up early in the morning (2 hours or so before I'm supposed to get up), and then AFTER I wake up I feel very warm, and start sweating. Not dramatically, but enough to be uncomfortable. I stick my feet from under the blankets or I push away the covers and take a lighter blanket and after ten minutes I'm fine. Getting back to sleep isn't always easy though. <BR> <BR> During the day I notice something similar. I always heard that hot flashes ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 12:20:54 EST Introduction Hi! My name is Donna. I'm 49 years old. I'm pretty sure I'm in perimenopause. My period is still regular as rain, but I don't feel like my usual self and haven't for a while. I get hot flashes, mostly during the day at work (I'm a pharmacy cashier). I don't think my doctor entirely believes that I'm in perimenopause, because I still have regular cycles. I have been overweight all my life. Right now I'm 230 lbs and am 5 ft 4 in tall. It was hard enough losing weight before. Now it seems all th... Tue, 27 May 2014 19:30:29 EST I'm sure this has been asked before...... But I know you lovely ladies will treat me gently and give good advice. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> So a couple weeks ago I posted about my cycle getting all funky and could it be my gym time making it happen. Then I began noticing a few other things, such as suddenly becoming an emotional roller coaster and finding things very irritating that normally wouldn't bother me at all. <BR> <BR> Then I remembered back in November - we had an extremely bad family emergency. The moment I heard a... Mon, 26 May 2014 02:02:03 EST Kombucha anyone? I was gifted with a "mother" (SCOBY) in April. I'm starting my 5th week of brew and lovin' it! I start out every day with an 8 oz glass. I will often end the day with another 8 oz. or so. <BR> <BR> -- I saved the glass bottles when I tried the store-bought brew and discovered a general liking to this NATURAL probiotic. So, after the 1st brew is done, I bottle it into those containers, add some frozen blueberries and let it brew another 5 or so days before placing them in the refrigerator... Sun, 25 May 2014 04:27:12 EST Q of Week - plans Any special plans for this summer? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: nope Sat, 24 May 2014 21:32:10 EST Q of Week - gifts I'm gonna ask a silly question for me: <BR> <BR> My birthday is THIS Friday ~ what crazy, silly things could I ask for for birthday gifts? Anything goes. Have fun! <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Zhu Zhu pet, Stinker. Sun, 18 May 2014 18:14:50 EST Did your cycle get funky when you began exersise? So back in early Feb. I began cardio/strength training at a gym in my town. Very intense stuff for me, as I've been very inactive for about a year and a half. I upped my workouts two weeks ago to five days a week. Nothing else has changed apart from trying to get fuel worked out i.e. how much I should be eating. Well, hellooooo TOM again, two weeks after the last. And it's just going on and on. All crampy, and today I was even feeling nauseaus like I did back as a teenager when it was b... Sat, 17 May 2014 03:38:08 EST How to deal with aging <link><BR>ng-to-terms-with-aging/ </link> <BR> <BR> Article about aging seen from a mindful point of view. Wed, 14 May 2014 06:20:46 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 8 May 2014 20:55:32 EST Q for the Week - SP's new look What do you think about SP's new look? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Don't like it at all!!!!! <em>39</em> Mon, 5 May 2014 17:49:10 EST Conversations about sugar and its substitutes... For background, 25 yrs ago, my husband- to-be said, "We are NOT having any butter substitutes in our house". They are BAD for you. Fast forward, it would seem that he was right! <BR> <BR> He has also insisted that we not bring sucralose into our house. Chlorine is NOT natural in nature and NOT natural for our bodies. -- With that said, the other substitutes for "sweet" are not acceptable to him either! <BR> <BR> Reference info to check out.. <BR> <link> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:10:12 EST "Step" into May Challenge! I know a number of you walk, run & ride. Since I'm not much of a social media person, I thought we could provide a spot to log your daily accomplishments. This puts us on track with the Spark People May Challenge. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=step_into_may_with_a_new_challenge </link> <BR> <BR> Keep track here daily, and then if you want, post how many miles you accomplished during the whole month--on May 31st! <BR> <BR> Here's to moving fo... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 02:54:14 EST Hormones and exercise? Read something about the lymphatic system moves hormones around. <BR> And that exercising would get the system flowing better. <BR> <BR> So, if this is the case: do you notice that when you exercise, your hormonal levels balance out better? Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:52:50 EST Q for the Week - Habitat What is your habitat? (i.e. apartment, condo, house, tent, etc.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I live in a little house. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 15:15:37 EST Q of Week - Location Where do you live? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I live in California. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:15:29 EST Just joined the team Hi everyone. I just joined today - I have been perimenopausal for a few months I think - hot flashes, night sweats. Periods are either full force regular or non existent. I knew all of this would happen. What I wasn't prepared for was the brain fog - I feel like a total incompetent - can't think straight - I hate it! Anyone have any ideas? I exercise a lot - walk every day, work out, ride horses, garden etc and am in good shape. I eat healthily and have been trying some supplements contai... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:05:45 EST Comments from a friend... sigh. Today a friend of mine suggested I do 3x 15 minutes of biking per day. I was (carefully, and reluctantly) talking with her about my binge eating and weight problems. <BR> <BR> She'd asked if I exercise. I said I do 30 minutes on the bike on most days. <BR> <BR> I feel like what I do is not (good) enough. This while I am really VERY proud of exercising at all. I never exercised until 2 years ago. I could not have dreamed that some day soon I'd be doing 30 minutes per day, and enjoying it. <B... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:11:44 EST Food cravings? I'm all about finding tools to cope and ways to understand why I do what I do. Found this today and thought it was helpful... sharing to see what you all think... <BR> (How to Handle Food Cravings) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ness/mental-health/how-to-handle-food-<BR>cravings?page=1 </link> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:33:26 EST 3 painless ways to start eating right This article was posted on one of the other team forums I belong to and I think these are very good tips, so I thought I`d share them here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>et/ </link> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:09:34 EST Starting a running program after Menopause?? I am curious if anyone here had started a C25K or other similar running program AFTER their menopause, WITH a lot of extra weight and loose flabby belly apron and poor muscle tone around torso?? <BR> <BR> SO yesterday morning, after many days of saying to myself "I miss running...I need to start running..." etc (note: I last ran for exercise in the 1980's when I was in the 20's.). I'm one who has been sitting entirely too long per day, too many days, years, and need to get in the habit of g... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:39:06 EST What is on your to do list for today? What is on your to do list for today? Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:36:04 EST Q of W - Today What did you do today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Gotta check out the City-Wide Yard Sales! Crazy!! Drooled over a brooch. Chuckled over a few flamingos. Was amazed at the amount of traffic (pedestrian and otherwise). <BR> <BR> Brought home: a book for DH (neighbor gal gave it to him), a queen-size blanket for $1, a roll of pretty ribbon for free, a purple keychain that says "princess" for 25 cents, and a couple of other tiny things. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 22:24:20 EST What's on your goal board? I'd be interested to hear what you put on your goal board to stay motivated?! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:09:59 EST April 2014 challenge It's April already! What happened to March? <BR> <BR> Ok the goals for April is Spring cleaning/organizing. That is your house, your garden, what ever you have to clean or organize, this is the time to do it! Please post what you do here! <BR> (My goal is to clean out at least 1 drawer or closet or something every day. <BR> <BR> For those who want a more physical challenge, this is plank month! See how long you can hold a plank and try to improve your time by the end of the month! ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:47:16 EST Q of W - affirmations The Spark Book mentions creating your own positive affirmations and reading/writing/speaking them daily. They help promote optimism. What are some of yours? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I am strong. I am healthy. I will have a cool wardrobe! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:27:14 EST OT: Query for SINGLE people in a relationship Greetings, <BR> my Sweetie and I are 50+ and living together. He is Sweetie and I am His Better Half. What do/did you call your Person of Interest when introducing/talking about them without sounding Jr. High-ish? <BR> <BR> Inquiring old non-married minds want to know. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:24:09 EST Dandelion Weeds?? Why drinking dandelion tea can help you beat water retention, cut down on caffeine consumption and can serve as a herbal detox. <BR> <BR> * Low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol and calories <BR> * Has Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Manganese, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper <BR> <BR> High in Vit A <BR> <BR> .... Dandelion, milk thistle, and yellow dock help to metabolize estrogen in the body <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:17:00 EST FREE Resource This showed up in my inbox today form Abel James: <BR> <BR> "Happy Sunday, <BR> <BR> We’ve all been there. You’re close to your ideal body composition, look and feel great, and have plenty of energy. <BR> <BR> But then everything goes wrong. Eventually, your muffin top slowly reappears, despite your best efforts to keep up with your program. <BR> <BR> Why does this happen? <BR> <BR> Often, the answer isn’t willpower or even mindset. It’s those pesky hormones. <BR> <BR> One of the... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:57:57 EST Q of W - weather Spring has sprung! So how's the weather in your area? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My area: fickle Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:29:47 EST New and now needing to be here Hi, I'm Vanessa. Two weeks ago, my hot flashes started with abandon. I had already been experiencing intermittent periods and mood swings but these flashes are something else. I will be 51 next week and had hoped I was going to escape, but found that is not the case. I'm hoping to learn what to do for these and well as the other symptoms of this special time in my life. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:00:06 EST To consider: a light, healthy exercise! Just read this today in my inbox. I'm going to get my small-sized trampoline out of storage and add this in several days a week. <BR> <BR> Check out the link, details, and benefits here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>unding/ </link> <BR> <BR> I especially like that the 15 min can be broken into 3-5 min intervals throughout the day! Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:36:38 EST Q of W - water How are you doing with drinking your water? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: pretty good. I use a 4-cup stainless-steel water bottle. Carry it everywhere with me. <BR> I prefer drinking water over any other liquid. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:04:03 EST Estroven vs. Fem Support vs. ??? What are your thoughts on said medicines to help with perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms? <BR> <BR> I had posted in the chat room about How much bleeding is to much, and I appreciate the comments and suggestions. But I have no insurance and the local hospital said there is nothing they can do for me except to check my iron level and blood and urine for any infections. Unless I was actual visibly bleeding to death in front of them. <BR> <BR> Thank you for taking time to read this. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 04:59:56 EST 8 Things! Here is a link to a site that listed some PRACTICAL perspectives on this time of our lives: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>gs-every-woman-over-40-needs-to-know-a<BR>bout-losing-weight.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sometimes I need a reminder of the "big picture" and not just individual "issues" that crop up... <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:40:51 EST Q of W - DST How well do you adjust to the Daylight Savings Time? And, what do you think about it? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Some years, I adjust better than others. And some years, I hate it, like it or eh. <BR> Sat, 8 Mar 2014 23:33:45 EST Which symptom did you notice first? I don't have hot flashes or changes to my ToM, but at 47, I'm beginning to wonder about other perimenopause symptoms. <BR> <BR> Which symptom did -you- notice first? Did ToM changes or hot flashes come first? Or is it possible for the lesser known symptoms (fuzzy thinking, irritability, etc.) to show up a year or more before the obvious ones? Sat, 8 Mar 2014 12:55:05 EST Hormones & Libido I just listened to this podcast, and I thought perhaps people here might be interested as well. <BR> <BR> ...and, truthfully, though it tries to present as 'libinous' it's really about creating optimal hormone health regardlesss of age or stage... talks about both men and women. <BR> <BR> How To Have Amazing Sex with Dr. Mike Tremba <BR> <link><BR>ing-sex-dr-mike-tremba/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear what others think! <BR> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:53:56 EST Hair Issues Including loss, dry/thin/weird texture Everyone, <BR> I'm starting this thread to see what comes back, possibly help someone, and, hopefully, get some useful feedback myself. <BR> <BR> The hair texture thing is weird...and not weird at the same time. I'm 45, so I know the "machinery" is getting erratic, and use progesterone cream days 14-28 of my cycle. <BR> <BR> The weird/dry/thin texture thing happens about every 2-3 months. It used to include A LOT of hair loss as well, but I recently added evening primrose oil to my regi... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 17:02:52 EST Fuzzy thinking; Brain fog Read this article and liked what they said: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eandperimenopause/beat-menopause-fuzzy<BR>-thinking.aspx? </link> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:56:21 EST Question for the Week - "No" TIME! What did you say "NO!" this week? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: pizza not even a BLT (bite, lick, taste) Sat, 1 Mar 2014 23:26:58 EST Caffeine and Hot Flashes One Hot Flash trigger is caffeine. <BR> <BR> What is the difference between decaffeinated or caffeine free? If you are drinking decaffeinated beverages, are you still getting too much caffeine?? <BR> <BR> Check out this link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>affeine-free-what-is-the-difference/ </link> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:46:49 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 23 Feb 2014 19:04:37 EST Question for the Week - BRAG TIME! BRAG TIME! Who or what are you most proud of this week? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: My husband, who is having to go the extra mile to help me, without complaining. <em>26</em> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 15:26:41 EST Aging, Fitness & Health Risks 3 Fitness Tests to Assess Your General Fitness and Health Risks <BR> <link><BR>chive/2014/02/14/3-fitness-tests.aspx?<BR>e_cid=20140223Z1_SNL_TFA_1&utm_source=<BR>snl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=tfa1&<BR>utm_campaign=20140223Z1&et_cid=DM39942<BR>&et_rid=436342883 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was two years ago that I first learned of 'The Sitting-Rising Test' and the implications for longevity. Three years ago it simply confirmed that death, for m... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:52:22 EST Your Diet and Hormone Levels I thought folks on this team might be interested in this article... I'd sure like to have a discussion about it! <BR> <BR> The Links Between Your Diet and Hormone Levels, and How Estrogen May Protect You Against Dementia <BR> <link><BR>archive/2014/02/23/hormones.aspx?e_cid<BR>=20140223Z1_SNL_Art_1&utm_source=snl&u<BR>tm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_c<BR>ampaign=20140223Z1&et_cid=DM39942&et_rid=436342883 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This has made al... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:22:58 EST POWER Foods for Peri+ Perimenopausal Power foods: <BR> <BR> Almonds (raw, unsalted) <BR> Apples <BR> Avocado <BR> <BR> Beans <BR> Beets <BR> Blueberries <BR> <BR> Cabbage <BR> Eggs <BR> Flaxseed <BR> garlic <BR> meat <BR> olive oil <BR> oranges <BR> <BR> pineapple <BR> shellfish <BR> sweet potatoes <BR> tea <BR> tomatoes <BR> wild salmon <BR> <BR><BR>13/09/suzanne-somers-age-defying-secre<BR>ts-top-21-perimenopausal-power-foods/ <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:19:09 EST Question for the Week - Valentine's Day What do you think about Valentine's Day? Did you receive anything you would like to share about? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: I received, Nugget. See my SPpage for pix. <BR> <BR> In grade school ~ I received candy from my mom. I think she liked the 'trappings' of the holiday and I enjoyed the candy. <BR> <BR> In high school ~ the day was for 'lovers' only. So didn't like the holiday very much. <BR> <BR> As a young adult ~ via circumstances I resented the day. <BR> <B... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:02:47 EST How much longer?????? I read that perimenopause can last from 7 - 10 years. <BR> <BR> However, after reading this article ...... <BR> <BR> This article was encouraging; please read: <link><BR>-that-pause/long-perimenopause-last </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think? Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:15:02 EST Oxytocin hormone Estrogen has profound effects upon oxytocin in the brain. <BR> <BR> It is the "cuddle" hormone. <BR> <BR> When it is low, you may experience a feeling of being cut off from others; or an isolated, lonely feeling. <BR> <BR> Oxytocin may help with insomnia. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cin-is-the-most-amazing-molecule-in-th<BR>e-world </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ns </link> <BR> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:06:39 EST Question for the Week - Pet peeves What is your pet peeve? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: phone sales people who just hang up w/o saying, 'bye or thank you.' AND the tags attached to stuffed animals. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 17:46:16 EST Testosterone Yes, ladies, we also need testosterone! <BR> <BR> Our levels decline around the end of our reproductive years. <BR> <BR> Testosterone is produced in the ovaries and and adrenal glands. <BR> <BR> Testosterone can help with the symptoms of hormonal loss, such as hot flashes. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>stosterone-women-hormone-therapy_n_363<BR>4847.html </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 19:35:01 EST Endometrial ablation? Has anyone had endometrial ablation done? I went to my doctor today and he gave me a flier on it. Wondering if it works. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 12:37:03 EST What other names for perimenopause? I've been thinking about this. <em>58</em> What other names could we use? Perimenopause is the 'medical' term. However, I think that when one goes through this there could be a few other ....interesting.... names. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I'll start: hormonal distress <BR> <BR> What would be yours? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 20:24:59 EST Q of W - SP team Do you have a favorite SP team (other than ours, of course)? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: Natural Remedies; Natural Health <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=37110 </link> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:50:59 EST February 2014 challenge Ok this is a short month (unless you're dealing with snow, then it's the longest short month) <BR> But what can you do for 28 days? Cut out soda for 28 days? Do 10 more minutes of exercise for 28 days? Name your challenge here and DO IT FOR 28 DAYS! <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 13:58:12 EST Have you tried Amberen? Hi, I just came across an ad for Amberen, and was just curious before trying it if there is any others on here that have already tried it. If so, Did you take it for hot flashes, mood swings, bleeding and what were your likes and dislike? Thanks:) Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:57:30 EST Q of W - music What type of music do you listen to? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: smooth jazz, rock 'n' roll, classical (Handel, Beethoven etc) and Christian <BR> <BR> BTW, if you have a smooth jazz link you can send me, I'd appreciate it. Seems difficult to find. Rock 'n' roll would be fun, too. :-) <BR> <BR> <BR> Feel free to answer any of the Qs of the W. (We have plenty to choose from.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:10:41 EST There is a medication to stop heavy bleeding! There is a medication that can stop that heavy bleeding! Ask your gyneacologist. <BR> <BR> See also <link><BR>d </link> <BR> <BR> Quote: "Used as firstline nonhormonal treatment of dysfunctional uterine bleeding, and heavy bleeding associated with uterine fibroids. An August 2007 study showed patients treated with tranexamic acid are more likely to develop thrombosis and necrosis in their fibroids, and may result in pain and fever.[4] The histological... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 04:03:12 EST Fitness Tracker I'm looking into getting a fitness tracker. I think I want something that tracks more than just steps. I've looked into a fitbit and the spark fitness tracker. I've also found some others that look interesting at Amazon. I have several months before I'll be buying one. I plan on using it when I'm walking, playing tennis, and several other cardio activities. <BR> My question is do you use a fitness tracker? What kind and what all does it track? What is your opinion of it? <BR> <BR> Opi... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:56:16 EST Progesterone and anxiety Progesterone is one of the two main hormones produced in the ovaries. <BR> <BR> Progesterone levels are low during the first phase of the menstrual cycle. Levels increase sharply for a maximum of ten days following ovulation, which occurs around day 14. Levels decline rapidly about 4 days prior to menstruation. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-that-pause/the-link-between-progester<BR>one-and-anxiety-in-perimenopause </link> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:52:18 EST Q of W - luxury Which SPGoodie Luxury would you really like to have in real life? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: the pool table Sun, 19 Jan 2014 20:41:26 EST Hormone question Been doing some reading lately. <BR> <BR> Question is: do ALL our hormones (testosterone, oxytocin, etc) wildly fluctuate like progesterone and estrogen during this Season? Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:00:05 EST Minor hormones Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA are called 'minor hormones' by mainstream medicine. All four begin to decline when in perimenopause. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>UC&pg=PA23&lpg=PA23&dq=minor+hormones&<BR>source=bl&ots=mjozbw8yAS&sig=XrM_PdfvO<BR>sI90f6Q0NsfzorAQ4I&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NODVU<BR>rffFNjdoATZl4GYBw&ved=0CEgQ6AEwBA#v=on<BR>epage&q=minor%20hormones&f=false </link> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:05:12 EST Stepping down My dear Ladies, <BR> <BR> It has come time for me to step down as the Leader of this team. <BR> I formed this team 5+ years ago in hope to help every and all of you with all your perimenopause to menopause issues. May you continue to find help and get the encouragement that you really need for what your going through. <BR> <BR> I want to thank Elisa, Debbie, & Linda for doing ALL what they have. <BR> I know they'll continue to move this team forward and make it an team that is wonderful... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:48:27 EST How to lower progesterone levels naturally. Found this E-How link. If you try this method, let us know the results, please. :-) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sterone-levels-naturally.html </link> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 22:57:08 EST Q of W - one word What ONE word describes you? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: complicated Sat, 11 Jan 2014 22:34:31 EST