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Weight Loss and Menopause

WOW – I can’t believe that I am still struggling with weight loss and menopause!


The Freshman 15 is nothing compared to the Menopause 20! In college I could skip a meal and lose 5 pounds, now if I look at a piece of bread I gain 5 pounds.

The Personal Summers were handled with portable fans and cotton clothing;

The absence of menses was happily welcomed and handled;

The dryness was handled with personal lubricants like K-Y® YOURS+MINE , Poise and a patient hubby;

The mood swings were handled with red wine Moscato and an understanding family

The weight gain is NOT BEING HANDLED WELL



A woman’s body is constantly going through changes, some of them good, others not so much. I’m in the 4th 5th year of menopause and was handling it well until the extra pounds began to increase my body mass index (BMI). Initially I blamed it on the stress of caring for my grandmother before her death in 2009; then I blamed it on kicking a 30-year smoking habit; then on the snow storm of 2010, and the chips I ate while watching the flakes fall. Next it was the long commute, 3 hours a day back and forth to work. I would walk in the afternoons and on the elliptical in the evenings but it wasn’t enough to burn the necessary calories or speed up my metabolism. Zumba is fun but I haven’t lost a single pound, I did however, twist my knee and realize that I’ve lost all of my rhythm!

I used Sensa, lost 10 lbs, put it back on, joined NutriSystem, lost 20 lbs, put it back on, cleansed with lemonade laced with cayenne pepper, went carb and sugar free – I hate the bathroom scale! I’ve gone to the doctor, had my thyroid checked, drink shots of ACV with water after each meal but the pounds refuse to leave.

I’ve tried eDiets, me diets, ABC diets with no success. To say it’s frustrating would be an understatement and I’m getting desperate to lose the “Menopause 20”, and refuse to give up the challenge!

menopause and weight gain

Medical reports state that weight gain during menopause is not uncommon or even my fault, that it’s hormonal and I need to increase the intensity of exercise, (where is Richard Simmons when you need him), and decrease the intake of certain foods and beverages. So no more Sriracha flavored chips and beer, Triscuits and Cabot cheese or Mexican and Chinese takeout, a sacrifice that I am willing to make.

Tomorrow I fill the grocery cart with lots of fresh fruits, veggies and fish in an attempt to rid myself of the Menopause 20 – wish me luck!

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Is weight loss a challenge for you, if so, what is your strategy?

Super Foods for Seniors | Fitness Fare

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

Yesterday afternoon as I sat writing this post we were anxiously awaiting another major snowstorm, hopefully the last one of the season.  People were out in the grocery stores stocking up on food as if they needed enough to last for the entire week.  

In 17 days it’ll officially be the first day of Spring, we won’t be eating as much and most likely will be looking for ways to shed a few of those snowstorm pounds. We will be outdoors more and adding exercise to the mix so here’s a list of Super Foods that will help us shape up safely.

Super Foods Fitness Fare

Your body thrives when you stay in shape, you feel healthier, live longer and resist diseases better.  Exercise and eating right combined is the best way to take off and keep off unwanted pounds.  Exercise burns calories, protein and carbohydrates, so these foods will provide the proper amount of replacement fuel for your body.


  • Whole Grain Bagels – breakfast bread filled with complex carbohydrates

  • Pork and Beans – full day’s supply of iron and zinc

  • Honey – add a spoonful to water before exercising for a boost of energy and after a workout to help muscles regenerate

  • Peanuts – but hold the salt, exercise burns proteins, peanuts puts it back and provides fiber and satisfies hunger

  • Energy Bar/Nutrition Bar/Diet Bar – replaces the energy after a workout

  • Whole Wheat Bagel
  • Lean meat – after you exercise, it replaces protein and helps sore muscles heal and rebuild

  • Banana – Complex carbs and potassium

  • Sunflower Seeds – Full of Vitamin E and good treatment for muscle cramps

  • Milk – Calcium not only build bones, it keep your muscle moving to prevent cramps

  • Water – prevent dehydration which is the most common cause for muscle cramps

  • Almonds – Replaces minerals lose due to dehydration

  • milk and water Pumpkin Seeds – Magnesium helps with cramps and fatigue

  • Pink Grapefruit – Protection against breathing problems – especially for asthma

  • Broccoli – Good source for almost all nutrients you’ll ever need

  • Caffeine – a cup of coffee or a can of cola can prevent asthma attacks if you are prone to them while exercising pumpkin seeds

  • Oranges – Vitamin C eases aches, pains and swelling you get from workouts

  • Mustard – mix a little mustard with water and drink to stop muscle cramps

  • Grape Juice – relieves legs cramps, makes blood vessels more elastic and blood flow better





It doesn’t matter what exercise you chose to do, remember to check with your physician before starting a new regiment – better to be safe than sorry.

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