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New Group : Fit Through Menopause


I just started a new group for women that would like to be active in supporting each other during the menopausal phase of life.

If you plan to be actively involved with the group, we would love to have you as a member. Hope to see you there.


Tue. Nov 29, 1:08pm

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I am 40 years old and have just been placed on HRT. Am trying to find people like me w/weight to lose. Would love to me a member of this group.

Friday, February 17, 2006, 5:08 PM

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menopause weight gain

I am in the menopause group that Kat started and it is full but look for the group zzz and give me a post

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 5:11 PM

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I'm 54 and have been in menopause for a couple of years. I've always been fit and slim and have eaten well and continue to now, BUT my belly and thighs are "blossoming." I can't even wear the jeans I wore just a few short months ago. I have not changed my eating habits and I otherwise feel pretty well and continue to work out daily - aerobics and weights, and now adding power walking now that spring's here. I'd love to hear from others who might be going through the same thing.

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 1:45 PM

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Hi 1:45 poster-You sound like me! I too am 54. Just finshed up a year w/o periods and even though I am in the gym lifting weights and doing cardio-I too have experienced midriff bulge. Love handles and muffin top-what the...! I am wondering if doing more cardio as you are doing works. I would really like to know-although I think I spend as much time in the gym as I possibly can now.
Keep me posted. Thanks!

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 6:31 PM

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I am 49 and though my weight stays fairly steady I am gaining fat. I lift considerable weight and do cardio and Pilates but my clothes get tighter and tighter in the middle. I am putting on muscle AND fat. I eat a fairly clean diet, no simple carbs. I mainly live on the induction phase of South Beach with complex carbs several times a month. The 20 -something trainers at my gym can't explain it but I've come to realize it is part of the hormonal stew I am in right now. However if one more 20 year old with a BMI of 18% tells me I need to eat less fat and exercise more I'll hit her with a carrot stick!!

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 9:04 PM

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Ha-that's a good one.
Turns out that as our estrogen production slows our belly fat increases to ease the transition.
A shift in the level of estrogen is one of the causes for menopausal weight gain. With the ovaries declining in their production of estrogen, the fat cells can "take up the slack" of estrogen production to some degree, lessening the effects of declining estrogen.
There you have it. It's Mother Nature's way of helping us.

Monday, March 26, 2007, 11:45 AM

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1:45: are you saying the post-menopausal belly fat produces estrogen?

Monday, March 26, 2007, 8:57 PM

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I meant 11:45..

Monday, March 26, 2007, 8:58 PM

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Correct 8:58. I am currently reading:
Outsmarting the midlife fat cell : the foolproof weight control program designed specifically for menopause / Debra Waterhouse to find out more info around this issue that no one seems to really know much about. I asked a journalist friend of mine to research mid life belly spread for me because my other friend and I who practically live in the gym are baffled by our puffy mid sections and wondering if we need to work out even more or what?

Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 2:16 PM

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The info in 11:45 post makes sense. Susan Weed, an herbalist, has suggested for years for women to SLOWLY gain weight during the 40's because estrogen is stored in body fat and when menopause occurs, you will have a store of it to help with cardiac risk and bone density. I, however, did not need any help in putting on weight..familial predisposition to obesity and I also practically live at the gym. Thanks Mother Nature.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 7:48 AM

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Your words are enlightening. All of you I am working on menopause but it has not yet been a year. My tsh level is very low. Wondering how I could be hyperthyroid and gaining weight. A cardiologist has put me on the south beach diet and recommends increased arobic daily workout. Had to quit school in the fall because I was in so much pain which the doctor attributed to menopausal arthritis. I am dieting working out and getting fatter around the middle. What a mess. Welcome to old age compatriot menopausal warriors. Nobody ealse could possibly understand. Have any of you tried the southbeach diet?

Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 10:03 PM

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South Beach

I'm the 7:48 am poster. I live on South Beach, mainly on induction. In addition to menopause I have apparently developed Type 2 diabetes. Yippee. I'm a nurse and realize if I hadn't had a life of exercise and sensible eating (I was a vegetarian for 23 years) I would definitely be on meds and/or insulin. I have complex carbs (brown rice, sweet potato, whole grain bread) once or twice a week. A little fruit, especially in the summer (leftover pattern from a stint as a macrobiotic years ago). My blood sugar has normalized but continues to slowly creep up due to the diabetes. Despite the ongoing debate among various threads, the diet DOES lead to a loss of belly fat first, mainly along the sides. Pilates has toned my abdominals and therefore my waist has gotten a little smaller due to the toning, but the fat is still there.

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 7:07 AM

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I'm the 11:45 poster from a couple of days ago. The book I am reading/skimming suggests 4 hours/week aerobics and only 1 hr strength training (yeah right). I do 4 hrs strength and 1.5 hrs aerobics. Hmmm...I would never cut back on my strength tr aining as I love it so much, but finding those extra hours for aerobics-that's a tough one.
Guess I s/check into the South Beach if you posters think it helps. I am also teetering on picking up hoola hooping. It's fun and and a fat burner. :-)

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 8:27 PM

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sout beach

from perimenopause. thanks 707am. sorry to hear about the glucose levels sounds like you are doing your best to kwell those fasting levels. Nice to hear from another nurse. keep fighting ladies.
hey 0827 your 1145 note truly reinforces what we are up against. I do not know what kind of strenght training you do but if you increase the speed of your weight training could it also become aerobic? I used to do aerobic weight lifting when I was younger by increasing the speed of my workout.

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 10:00 PM

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Be careful with lifting quickly, particularly free weights, you lose some stability when not on machines. You can injure joints that way. I'm resting from weights right now due to a rotator cuff injury from lifting too quickly. The other point is I've been told (by 20 yr old trainers so take it with a grain of salt) that you can't sustain your heartrate long enough by lifting (unless circuit training) to make weight lifting aerobic)

Friday, March 30, 2007, 7:06 AM

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To South Beach,
Last night I did tri sets with a friend of mine and while waiting for 1 minute between sets I jumproped. W/the tri sets we finshed 4 sets of 3 excercises for our back in no time flat. We didn't do the actual exercise faster-we just moved from one to another and rested after each tri set. I'm going to try that again this w/e for other body parts. It's always good to trick your body once in awhile anyway.

Friday, March 30, 2007, 10:31 AM

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Got Sleep??

Any helpful hints on sleeping? I've tried Ambien and Lunesta, after a few days they has the reverse effect and I'm up all night. Same with Melatonin. Tried all sorts of herbal combinations and at best they (eventually) help me fall asleep for a short period, then I'm up again. I'm a nurse and only need to worry about sleep on nights before I work but need to sleep on those nights. HELP!!

Friday, March 30, 2007, 4:15 PM

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Chamomile tea helps me get to sleep.

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 6:38 PM

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Sorry I don't have the lack of sleep problem. I find it hard to get up.

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 10:25 PM

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4:15 poster here. Chamomile tea hasn't worked. Celestial Seasonings put out a Stress Buster tea several years ago but then took out the best part of it, Kava Kava, when there had been some news about it being toxic to the liver. Just doesn't work as well now.

Sunday, April 01, 2007, 8:52 AM

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I started So Beach this week and have droppped 4 lbs already and it's only Wed! There might be something to this. Yippee! Thanks for the tip.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 10:33 AM

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Good luck with S.B.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 7:02 PM

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Thanks you. I dropped another 1.5 lbs since yesterday. It sure is good incentive! We do love that instant gratification.

Thursday, April 12, 2007, 12:02 PM

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Lost eight pounds over two weeks. Started with phase per 2 physician recommendation. Weight lost is mainly around the physiological midriff. It is kinda hard to control cravings at night but sticking with the diet choices helps. Starvation is not a problem with southbeach. Exercise is a necessity. Thank you all remain steadfast and true to your goals. Namaste

Thursday, April 12, 2007, 10:23 PM

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I can't find your group/team or you either Curlers. Help me out please.

Sunday, April 29, 2007, 4:30 PM

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menopausal belly fat

i am 50 yrs old . in menopause for 2 years, suddenly have a belly pouch. i was always thin and in shape. thank god my job is physical or i don't know how much i would gain. still eat the same if not better. i get so!!!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007, 6:06 PM

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menopausal madness

I am 51 years old and have always been a size 4. I love to cook and eat healthy meals and have always exercised. I am having a great deal of trouble dealing with this menopausal "pouch" around my middle, even though I am going to the gym regularly and eating less! I find it depressing that my nice, fitted clothes don't fit and I only feel comfortable in elastic!! How do you combat the depression???

Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 9:58 PM

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Prematue ovarian failure = menopause and belly fat :(

I wish I knew how to combat the depression. I'm 38 and have premature ovarian failure. Therefore, I get the extra treat of going through this including the belly fat everyone above is talking about at an extra early age. I am SUPER fit, work out at least four times a week (and have been doing so for 17 years), always eat healthfully and now I can't fit into my beautiful fitted dresses (one of which I bought just two months ago and haven't even worn). I no longer fit into my beautiful work clothes and as a teacher can't really afford to buy new ones and DON'T want to! :( I will look into South Beach too. Ugh. :(

Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 2:47 PM

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New Menopause Group??

Is there interest in staring another menopause group?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 6:22 PM

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IF it was a group of active posters, yea. I'm already in too many groups/teams that take long breaks between bursts of posting. :-(


Thursday, August 28, 2008, 6:33 PM

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I've been in the same kind of groups. I am interested in communicating with like-minded women struggling with (peri) menopause.

Thursday, August 28, 2008, 10:19 PM

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Yes, I'd be interested in joining the group. I just found this site last night & am surfing my way around. Anyone else?



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