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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!

Disclosure: This post contains Affiliate Links which may earn me enough for a candy bar piece of fruit if you make a purchase.

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


SlimFast Snacks and Shakes

Disclosure:  I received these Slimfast products in exchange for an honest review, however, all opinions are 100% my own.  #Slimfast #Influenster #igotitfree #ItsYourThing

I know…I know…everyone is talking about eating right and losing weight but as we all know words means nothing – action means everything!  So mark my words, I am going to start the new year eating healthier, drinking more water, less wine and incorporating the Slimfast Advanced Nutrition meal bars, shakes, smoothies and 100-calorie snacks into my meal plan. 

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I will begin my day with a nutritious and delicious Meal Replacement bar while commuting to work and this Dark Chocolate Sea Salt bar not only fills me up while on the road but it also tastes great!  This Advanced Nutrition bar contains 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, 18 vitamins and minerals and is Gluten Free and when you mix chocolate with sea salt, there’s definitely going to be a party in your mouth!

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My second meal will be replaced with a Creamy Chocolate, High Protein Meal Replacement Shake along with a piece of fresh fruit and water.  I love my shakes cold so I will either pour it over ice or put the bottle in the freezer about 30 minutes before drinking. This high protein shake contains only 1 gram of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, 24 vitamins and minerals, contains antioxidants, and is both Lactose and Gluten free.

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And of course, when the 3:00 o’clock munchies hit, instead of hitting the vending machine for a bag of chips, I will grab a pack of these light and crispy 100 Calorie Snack Baked Crisps.  If you like sour cream and onion you will love these, a lite and tasty treat containing 2 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber will satisfy your hunger between meals.

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Once home at the end of the day, dinner will be a healthy meal consisting of a little protein, a few carbs and of course fresh veggies, most likely a salad which is my favorite and of course more water.

Other than the convenience of packing Slimfast products for work during the week, having a large assortment of flavors keeps my taste buds from getting bored. 

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What is your favorite healthy snack?

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EatSmart Precision MaxView Digital Bathroom Scale

 

Hello friends,

well it has been a little over two weeks since I started my weight loss journey and am proud to report that I am down 4 lbs already – Yay me!  I’m not one who likes to weigh in every day even if it’s thought to be more of a motivator if you do.

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We keep our bathroom scale downstairs in the powder room which is another reason why I don’t step on it daily – “out of sight – out of mind”   Now that we have the Eat Smart Precision MaxView Digital Scale I am more inclined to do so not only because it’s so precise, but because it has a large LCD display that I can read without my glasses.

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I let Tayair try out the scale first and was shocked to see that since his surgery he had lost 8 lbs, but was more shocked when I stepped on it and realized that I must have found them!  That is definitely more of a reason to put down the wine and bread and pick up the dumbbells and jump rope.

Product Review - EatSmart

I like this EatSmart Precision MaxView Bathroom Scale and have decided to move it upstairs into our bathroom as more of an incentive to reach my goal weight before my 53rd birthday on the 20th.

Product Review - EatSmart

 The EatSmart Precision ViewMax Bathroom Scale has a 400 lb capacity, and comes with 2 year Guarantee.  The scale requires 2 AAA batteries which are included and it was ordered and shipped quickly from Amazon.com.

What motivates you to keep your weight in check?

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Pure Raspberry Ketones


Hello friends,

if you’ve spent anytime in the car listening to the radio, I’m sure you’ve heard the commercials for Raspberry Ketones.  They are advertised as being a proven fat burner and appetite controller, even Dr. Oz has labeled them “Fat Burner in a Bottle

raspberry ketones I now have an opportunity to try them after ordering a bottle from Summit Nutritions via Amazon.com.  I plan on beginning the regiment on August 20th, exactly 1 month before my 53rd birthday at which time I will post the results.

Raspberry Ketones are FDA approved and are designed to burn body fat which is then converted into energy.  One tablet taken twice a day, 30 minutes before a meal will act as an appetite suppressant.  This combined with a balanced diet (no more brownies and cakes) along with regular exercise I should lose weight, wish me luck!

FDA Approved Raspberry Ketones

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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

    #SwitchToTurkey

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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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All Day Energy Greens

This is a sponsored post for All Day Energy Greens, an IVL Product.  For more information please read my Disclosure Statement located in the top tab.

Hello Friends and Happy Sunday

As we get older our bodies starts to change, some changes are for the better others not so much. The metabolism slows down as well as the digestive track especially if you don’t eat the FDA’s Recommended Daily Amounts of fruits and vegetables.

I love fruits and veggies and eat them everyday but I know it’s not nearly enough so I have to include vitamin supplements.  When IVL Products partnered with Sverve I immediately signed up to be part of the campaign.  I knew that I needed to add more fruits and vegetables to my diet and this would be an excellent opportunity in which to do so with All Day Energy Greens.  Using the 2 week supply as an add-in to my morning Green Shakes and Smoothies would give me the boost that I needed.

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I must admit that the taste wasn’t as pleasant as I would have liked and it made me a little gassy, but for what it’s worth, I was as regular as a new wound watch for 2 weeks!

I also liked the convenience of the individual packs this little green drink comes in because when running late in the morning, I would just throw a pack into my purse and dash out the door.  Once in the office I would use my shaker bottle or portable blender to mix it in with juice, water/ice or just with plain yogurt.  

The best part of the two week trial was that I lost 3 lbs without altering my diet or exercising!  #winning  

If you are like me and need to find a way to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet, try All Day Energy Greens – stay healthy!

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September in the 60’s

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

I know some of you were wondering why this week’s posts were  dedicated to the 60’s…well I’ll tell ya…

September Twentieth Nineteen Sixty One

I was born!!!!

 Yes, today is my 52nd Birthday

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I was going to post some old baby pictures of myself, but unlike me, my mother didn’t take many nor did I have any.

Yesterday a co-worker surprised me with a card, candy and this balloon so here I am pre-celebration

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 BTW – I didn’t make the 152 by 52 weight loss challenge…but I’m not giving up!

  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME – IT’S BEEN A BLESSED LIFE!


Nutrisystem – Day 28 + 11

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday!

What in the world happened to June – it just flew by without saying “Goodbye” or anything!  Before I knew it, it was July and my second month of Nutrisystem foods had arrived before I posted the results on Day 28.

Take a look back, this was me on Nutrisystem – Day 1.

Here I am on Day 39 ….

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Notice a difference, not much right?  Because I only lost 5 pounds!!!

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Now let me explain….there was this LOOONG Holiday weekend….LOTS of wine and NO workouts….

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Now I am back on the program, we will be attending a Wedding in August and I want to lose another 5 pounds.  I am  eating my Nutrisystem meals, doing a little more exercise and there’s no more long holiday weekends so I should be fine…huh, what…oh the wine….nevermind…that is all!

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Have a fantastical day – Smooches!

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Nutrisystem – Day 1

Hello Friends and Happy Monday!

I hope you had a wondeful weekend and that your work week got off to a good start.  Today is the first day of my weight loss program with Nutrisytem and I am extremely excited, really looking forward to not only losing pounds and inches but once again concentrating on portion control.  I am not going to bore you with daily updates on what I ate or how many pounds I did or did not lose, I just want to feature my look on Day 1 so that at the end of the month we’ll all see a noticeable difference.

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I will wear this dress again on Day 28

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Cuff – CitiTrends // Bag – Ross

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Have a fantabulous evening – Smooches!

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Nutrisystem – Month 2 – 10 lbs to lose

On Monday I will begin another month on Nutrisystem.

I started the program in February and lost 10 lbs, then deferred the next shipment for 30-days and have kept the weight off.  I will never look like Janet Jackson because I don’t have a personal trainer to compliment the program but my goal is to lose another 10 lbs.

The Nutrisystem program is easy to follow and the foods taste good but the hardest part for me is to drink 8 glasses of water daily.


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