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1/6/14 9:29 P

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emoticon SHERRI120 and emoticon to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

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1/5/14 9:54 P

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Hi and welcome, Sherri!

First of all, for support you will want to create a SparkPage and while in the "edit" page, be sure to UNcheck boxes that would make your page offline or viewable only to friends. Joining a group that is age-centered will quickly link you to others facing this same scenario.

Healthy diet and exercise - and wow you ARE doing wonderfully! - are crucial for us at and beyond perimenopause. The pounds seem to want to come on, not OFF, don't they? Many women refer to changed metabolism and in a way this sounds logical. We aren't 18 anymore once we start viewing fans as necessary fashion accessories. Well, the hormone-connection is a reality that we can live with, but does mean making adjustments. The Mayo Clinic's recommendations are basic, probably nthing you've not already seen in your readings, but worth considering:

The SP guidelines are mostly ideal, but do tweak them a little in terms of choices. Ask your doctor for recommendations, too. Only our medical 'support' know some of the personal details that need to be considered if we make changes based on this upheaval of hormones... or any other changes/needs. Seek nutrient-dense foods, rather than those with 'empty' calories. Suggestion: Do include calcium as a nutrient to track, so that you are aware of your intake, and study the feedback and summary reports. Balance of nutrients becomes increasingly important as life changes our needs, but the SP program is solidly in your corner. Balance. A very important word when thinking of your needs!

Do go through all of the items listed on your "Getting Started" page; a link is on most SP pages under "Quick Links" in the right-hand corner. Enjoy exploring the site, and do work through the "SparkDiet"; its 'stages' are a wonderful tool for self-discovery and change!

ENJOY your journey. It will go way beyond issues of weight and stage of life!

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1/4/14 10:55 P

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Welcome to our SparkFamily!

You are sounding ready for making some lasting lifestyle changes. When it comes to weight loss nothing works like watching our food choices and nothing enlightens and enhances our food choices like tracking our nutrition and food choices.

So I would get real cozy with SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker for the best weight loss results.

I've also found it necessary to clean out my home of all tempting, triggering foods. For me those are the sugary, starchy things. I just can't "go there" as once I start, the floodgates open up!

Stick with the SPARK and we'll ALL reach our health and wellness goals TOGETHER! :-)


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1/4/14 4:22 P

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I've been dealing with excessive weight gain for almost 8 years. I went from a size 2 to a 12 mainly due to perimenopause. I hope I will be done with it soon but the hormonal and pyschological aspects of it all are making me crazy. I do zumba four times a week and walk outside when the weather permits. Any ideas on diet for this situation???

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