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Weight Loss and Menopause

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

(REPOST FROM 2013) 

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

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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!

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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?


Menopause Madness | Warm Weather Wardrobe

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Hello ladies…sorry guys but I am just talking to the ladies today, we’ll chat later.

If you are a women of a “particular age” as Wendy Williams likes to phrase it, and you are premenopausal or in full menopause, you know how difficult it can sometimes be getting dressed when it’s hot.  I keep a fan in the bathroom because there have been days that I’ve overheated just putting on my makeup!  In May the weather was fluctuating but now that we are officially into the summer season choosing just the right outfit for work is getting a bit harder. fan blowing

Personally I like wearing sleeveless tanks and sheath dresses all year long and the panty hose and tights are gone as soon as the boots come off. Fortunately at work we can dress casually, however, it is still Corporate so there definitely will be no shorts, crop tops or flip flops.

These are just a few outfits that I’ve worn during the warm Spring weather, next week I will feature my sheath dresses for the summer sizzle.

 

Thrifted denim dress with Avon accessories

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Thrifted blouse and skirt with flats from Marshalls 

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 Thrifted dress and belt, shoes from Avon

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 Maxi Shirts

Thrifted Maxi Sleeveless tank denim wedges from Rugged Wearhouse Maxi from Marshalls maxi skirt

 Like it loose and carefree

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Totally Thrifted

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Weekend Wear

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 Let’s Chat: What are your warm weather wardrobe must-haves?  

BTW, I didn’t forget it was Thankful Thursday.  Despite the extra pounds and hot flashes, I am thankful to still be living a stress free and healthy life.  I am thankful that my son has been moved from the Intensive Care Unit and should be coming home tomorrow.  Of course I am always thankful for my family, friends and my faith.  Come on over to Katherine’s Corner and share some of your Thursday Favorite Things.

Now it’s your turn, what are you thankful for this week?

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I Got it @Goodwill | End of the Season OOTD

Hello Friends and Happy Goodwill Wednesday!

I wore this end-of-the-season outfit in March, but with all the activity at the end of the month I didn’t get a chance to post it. This is officially the last of the winter wardrobe pics because today it’s going to be 70 degrees…time for a pedicure because the boots have been put away!

I Got it @Goodwill

Everything was thrifted from Goodwill at different times and from different locations so it was fun putting it all together.

I got it @Goodwill OOTD

Even though I wore a short sleeve blouse, there was still a slight chill in the air so I opted to wear the brown suede jacket which was also thrifted.

Thrifted belt

Of the entire thrifted outfit, I like this unique thick belt the best, what do you think?

Thrifted Boots

Remember how excited I was to finally find a pair of Riding Boots, and to find them new at Goodwill for only $18.99 was awesome.  The hooks on the back gave them an edgier look which made it a better thrifted find.

Totally Thrifted from Goodwill

Totally Thrifted from Goodwill

Now it’s time to go through my closets and purge items that I did not wear last season or were much too tight thanks to menopausal weight gain or perhaps too much winter wine.  Anywho, whatever I find will be re-donated back to Goodwill which is the best part of thrifting.  

Today I’m linking up with one of my favorite thriftinistas over at ColorBlind and then I’ll swing by to see DC Goodwill Fashionista so if you get a chance, come on over and check out their thrifty finds.  

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods for Seniors | Bone Builders

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

 

Did you know that bad bones bother more than 64 million Americans, are you one of them?  Bone is a living growing tissue and all during our lives new bone replaces old bone but when you are young, it builds faster.  At around the age of 30, bone loss slowly begins to outpace bone formation and growth.  Women like me, in our first few years after menopause are hit hardest by this condition, but it also affects men.

I know calcium does a body good, but there are other foods that contain the nutrients that will keep the bones strong throughout our lives.

Super Foods Bone Builders

It’s takes more than just calcium in milk to keep our bones strong, adding a few of these foods to our diets can also help the cells form new bones.

  • Tomatoes – contains lycopene that helps fight osteoporosis

  • Powdered Milk – add nonfat dry milk to your diet by adding to casseroles and desserts

  • Broccoli – this non-dairy food is full of calcium

  • Cauliflower – this cousin to broccoli is a collagen-building Super Food

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  • Vitamin D Fortified Milk – contains both the vitamins and nutrients needed to keep your bones strong

  • Apricots – bones need potassium and magnesium to work with the calcium and this fruit contains both

  • Bananas – contains a healthy dose of magnesium which adds in the absorption of calcium

  • pineapple Pineapple – contains Vitamin C which makes collagen which is the fiber that holds bones, teeth and cartilage together

  • Baked Beans – the zinc aids postmenopausal women loss less bone mass

  • Barley – contains traces of minerals like copper which helps form collagen

  • Grits – after menopause, the daily allowance of iron drops from 18 mg per day to 8 mg, but iron levels should remain high and grits is an iron-rich food, 1 pack contains the RDA 8 mg. grits

 

 

  • Peanut Butter – contains Boron which helps estrogen stop osteoclasts from breaking down your bones

  • Tea – the fluoride in tea is just as good for your bones as it is for your teeth

  • Onions – helps to ward off osteoporosis and other bone-thinning diseases

  • Tofu – estrogen helps the body absorb calcium, menopause stops the estrogen supply, tofu and other soy products can make up for that, just don’t overdo it.

  • Cottage Cheese  – great source of Vitamin B12, a cup of cottage cheese contains half your daily requirement of Vitamin B12

  • Carrots – chock full of Vitamin A which keeps the bones, eyes, and skin in good shape. carrots with tofu

  • Herring – this tiny cold water fish is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which is associated with higher bone density.

  • Prunes – these dried plums are an antioxidant that may slow down osteoporosis after menopause

Dairy foods contain calcium which is good for the bones but for some it may not be so good for their stomachs.   If you are lactose intolerant try a few of these non-dairy foods which are also high in calcium

 

Non-dairy foods with calcium
Food Amount Calcium (Mg)
Total Raisin Bran 1 cup 1000
Collard Greens 1 cup 357
Sardines/can with bone 3 oz 325
Blackeye peas, fresh 1 cup 211
Pork n Beans, canned 1 cup 149
Okra, fresh 1 cup 123
Almonds, raw 1 oz 70
Broccoli, cooked 1 cup 62
Oranges, raw 1 orange 52

 

 Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods for Seniors – Chapter 5

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and was able to get outside to enjoy the beautiful warm weather, it was definitely the best Saturday since the new year began.  Spring is right around the corner so it’s time to start thinking about ditching the bulky sweaters for more body revealing clothing which makes Chapter 5 of Super Foods for Seniors ~ Body Slimming Secrets perfectly timed. Super Foods for Seniors - Chapter 5 body slimming secrets

Menopause is making it very difficult for me to lose weight, even though I try to eat the right foods and limit my wine consumption, I know I need to increase calorie burning exercises.  However, in addition to exercise the following foods can help tame the fat and fight the flab.

  •  Tomatoes – tomato based foods to replace fats like gravies/sauces i.e. salsa
  • Barley – this grain has been listed as a Super Food in every chapter, it swells to make you full for longer periods of time

  • Black Beans – High in Fiber – eat more foods with high fiber to lose weight faster

  • Squash – Sweetened it up by sprinkling with cinnamon

  • Lemon Juice – Replace butter with lemon juice on veggies to rev up the flavor lemon juice

  • Spices – Rosemary, garlic, nutmeg, cinnamon, mint, etc. are taste boosters for low-cal dishes

  • Oats – nonfattening foods can improve your mood and stop you from overeating.

  • Brown Rice – healthy fiber to fill you up

  • Water – no explanation needed

  • Turkey – use ground turkey instead of ground beef

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  • Green Tea – rejuvenates metabolism which helps burn more calories

  • Chestnuts – perfect lo-cal snack available September through February

  • Olive Oil – use instead of other fats and oils

  • Salmon – high in Omega-3 fatty acids aids in weight loss

  • Apples – a crisp apple to satisfy a craving for sweets

  • Creamy Yogurt – with fruit or as a veggie dip or potato topper

  • Turnip Greens – use in soup yogurt

  • Orange Juice – drink 1/2 hour before you eat

  • Applesauce – unsweetened as a substitute for butter or oil in baking

  • Popcorn – mid-afternoon snack topped with a dash of olive oil

  • Pear – high in fiber snack to make you feel full longer popcorn

  • Cottage Cheese – low fat or no fat to replace ricotta in your Italian recipes

  • Cayenne – spice up your dish with this fat burning spice, hot peppers or small amounts of Tabasco Sauce – which is great on popcorn as well

Smart steps to safe weight loss:

  • Eat only what you can burn

  • Control your portions

  • Eat more plant than animal foods

  • Exercise regularly

  • Keep a food diary

  • Set realistic goals

  • Don’t DIEt – just eat healthy

Most people want to lose a few pounds but eating the right foods alone won’t make it happen, it must be combined with some form of exercise.  Check with your health care professional before starting any new exercise regiments to stay safe and healthy.

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 Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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A Woman’s Heart

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday 

Did you know that heart disease is the biggest killer of women, more than breast, ovarian and cervical cancer combined.  The scariest thing about heart disease for women is that over 64% of them who die suddenly of a heart attack had no previous symptoms. 

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Heart disease is caused by plaque in the blood vessels which was once very hard to detect.  This plaque clogs the arteries and makes the heart a ticking time bomb.  Now a new breakthrough discovered by a cardiologists at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has made detection easier. 

heart attack symptoms In women not all heart attacks look like that of a man clutching his chest in pain.  For women the warning signs are more subtle and may be confused as being menopausal symptoms, but they should not be ignored:

  • Sweating – excessively drenched in perspiration
  • Nausea or Dizziness – you may vomit or feel like you want to pass out
  • Breathlessness – 58% of women report panting or inability to carry on a conversation
  • Sleeplessness – in the month before a heart attack, 50% report having trouble sleeping
  • Anxiety – a sense of doom or fear, your body is telling you something, trust those instincts

Paying attention to these signs and getting proper medical care can be the difference between life and death, so please make an appointment to see your physician.

Go Red for Women” and protect your heart by living healthy:

  • Quit Smoking
  • Consistent Exercise
  • Manage Stress
  • Eat Healthy
  • Take the heart healthy checkup (here) to stay healthy for yourself and for your loved ones!

Stay Heart Healthy!

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I am truly thankful for being an ex-smoker, for my wonderful family, friends and of course my faith.  

I am also over-the-top thrilled and thankful for having my post published on the Parade Magazine website.  If you didn’t get a chance to read it (click here).

Now it’s your turn, what are you thankful for this week?

Please share, then come cover to Katherine’ s Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods For Seniors – Chapter 2

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a terrific Superbowl Sunday with an opportunity to spend quality time with family, friends and some good food! Speaking of good food, did you eat any of the Super Foods from Chapter 1 in the Super Foods for Seniors book? (here).  I am home today due to the bad weather so I’ll be making some Gumbo – yum! Super Foods Book

Chapter 2,  Tension Erasers covers the foods we should eat to ease stress and anxiety.  In today’s world, no matter our age we have all suffered from some form of tension at one time or another.

tension 2 You know that feeling you get when your head starts pounding, your hands get sweaty and you are totally irritated and anxious.  When you’re in trouble your body releases adrenaline and cortisol that helps you deal with the “fight-or-flight” reaction.

 

Some stressors can be avoided but chronic anxiety and tension can weaken your mind, bones, heart and immune system.  So often we are tempted to turn to food when feeling stressed,  which may not always be a bad thing if you eat the foods that can help soothe and calm as well as raise your mood.

So the next time the kids, your boss, wife or hubby stresses you out, reach for one of these Super Foods to ease or erase your tension:

  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Beef
  • Turkey
  • Beans
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Almond Oil
  • Wheat Germ
  • Oranges
  • Oatmeal
  • Milk
  • Spinach

Super Foods for Seniors

Herbs and spices have also been used for thousands of years and are still used today because of their healing powers.  Chapter 2 also included the Top 10 healing herbs and what they are used for:

  • Chamomile – indigestion
  • Echinacea – boosting immunity
  • Feverfew – migraine headaches
  • Garlic – nausea
  • Ginger – nausea
  • Ginkgo – circulation
  • Hawthorn – heart disease
  • Milk Thistle – liver damage
  • Saw Palmetto – enlarged prostate
  • Valerian – sleep problems

Tension-easing herbs:

  • Valerian
  • Passionflower
  • Ginseng
  • Black Cohosh
  • Ginkgo

 

I hope you have a tension free week.

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods for Seniors

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday

I have a wonderful aunt who for the past 20 years has always sent me a box of Chocolate Covered Cherries for Christmas.  She also likes to include a little something extra for me and the boys like a hat, scarf, gloves or toiletries.  This year, in addition to the candy and a sweatshirt for the boys, she included the book “Super Foods for Seniors“.  At first I took offense, am I really a senior, hey, I’m only 52, but in actuality, I AM a senior, maybe not a Senior Citizen but I am past the mid-way point of my life.  I know there are things I can no longer do, wear or even eat, so I’ll accept being a senior and try to stay as healthy as I can for as long as I can.

Super Foods for Seniors After I got over the title I opened the book and boy was I pleasantly surprised, there are chapters that cover almost every health issue or concern and then it lists the best foods to eat.  There are chapters on Blues Busters, Tension Erasers, Body Slimming Secrets, Heart Smarts, Sugar Control, Bowel Basics and Female Focus, this book covers it all and is a great reference tool.

In the first chapter “Blues Busters” these are the foods that help with depression, and my grandmother always believed that most of these foods kept you healthy.

  • Pinto Beans
  • Asparagus
  • Sardines
  • Potatoes
  • Liver (yuck)
  • Salmon
  • Beets
  • Clams
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Gumbo
  • Whole Grain Bread
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Cajun Rice
  • Turkey
  • Corn

These “Blues Buster” foods will not cure severe depression as that’s a chemical imbalance in the brain, but not eating right can cause mild depression. The foods listed contain brain boosting vitamins and nutrients that can help chase the blues away.

Unfortunately, women experience depression far more often than men because of our hormonal changes due to menstruation, pregnancy and menopause.  Seniors, (that’s me), are especially at a high risk for depression so this weekend I think I’ll make some Gumbo because I’ll be mildly depressed as we celebrate our youngest son’s 18th birthday – where is the world did the time go!

If the Gumbo doesn’t lift my spirits, perhaps a few of these Chocolate Covered Cherries will do the trick!

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What are your “feel good foods”

 

 

 

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Layering Up on Casual Fri-Yay

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

Today is the 2nd week of the #WWDParty, and the link will be live at 6:00 p.m.  So after you get home and wind down, come back and share a link or two of any of your posts from the week.

One of my favorite fashion blogs is FreeUrCloset and this week Nensi featured “How to Layer Like a Pro” which I wanted to try but am by no means a Pro!  I can’t wear a lot of layers because I’m warm by nature and menopause definitely doesn’t make it any better so this is what I came up with.

Layering like a pro

 Layer 1 and 2 if you count the Infinity Scarf

Layering Like a Pro

 Layer 3 is the vest.  Believe it or not, this Cable Knit Sweater once belonged to Gloria, my sister so that makes it at least 25 years old!

Mark by Avon handbag

 

Boots | Rugged Wearhouse // Handbag | Mark by Avon

 

Infinity Scarf | Burlington Coat Factory

 

 Reversible Vest | Old Navy

 

So what do you think – semi-Pro?

Stay Blessed – No Stress in the New Year!

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EXCUSES…EXCUSES…EXCUSES….

2008 – caregiver to my grandmother

2009 – grandmother passed away

2010 – kicked a 35 year addiction to nicotine

2011 – pre-menopause

2012 – menopause

2013 – no more excuses

The time has come to get serious about this excess weight gain before it gets out of control – no more excuses!  I want to be 152 by the time I am 52 on September 20th!

FRIDAY’s FOODIE FEATURE (a day late)

NUTRISYSTEM

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Nutrisytem is a convenient way to lose weight, it’s a program that I’ve used before to successfully lose over 20 lbs, however, didn’t keep it off with all the anxieties plaguing me at the time.  Now that I am living a somewhat stress-free lifestyle, I know I’ll be able to keep the weight off this time.  Nutrisystem teaches portion control and the importance of “good carbs”.  Keeping a daily tracker of food intake, water consumption and exercise also helps me with my weight loss goal. The Nutrisystem plan may be a little pricey but I was able to get a slight discount through my employee benefits program at work.

I had the option to chose menu items al-la-carte style but decided on the standard 28-day fare, which includes dinner items such as spinach ravioli, veggie lasagna  pizza, chicken pot pies; lunch items such as tuna salad, red beans and rice, Kung Pao Noodles, fudge bars; and breakfast items such as cinnamon streusel muffins, oatmeal, banana nut muffins, and whole wheat bagels.

These foods in combination with grocery items are designed to keep me full and satisfied long after each meal.  Snacks and desserts are also included with items like, popcorn, peppermint cookie patty, chocolate chip pudding, and almond bars.  I also ordered the protein shake mix in Vanilla, Chocolate, Coffee and Strawberry which are great morning starters.

On Sunday I’ll shop for the supplemental “Smart Carbs” which take longer to digest, foods like fruit, whole wheat bread, beans, hummus and brown rice.  And “Power Fuels” like eggs, lean meat, fish, cheese, yogurt and nut butters, ie. peanut and almond butter.  So with all the variety of foods, the right portions and combinations this should put me back on the right track!

WISH ME LUCK!

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*This is not a paid endorsement nor a sponsored post for Nutrisystem – all opinions are 100% my own*