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Ladies - give me a heads up - what happens in menopause

Hi ladies - I'm 48 in peri-menopause. I weighed 155 when I started at PT 4 months ago and I'm at 143 now, trying to get to 132. I was in the 120s during my 20s, 130s during my 30s, and 140s in early forties and 150s during age 45+

I have a new type of weight issue...I've always packed fat on my hips and thighs. But now, I have a muffin top, a slab of fat around my waist and back, a tummy pouch and this blob under my bra! I though after losing 12 pounds that would be the first to go, but instead, it seems to still be there, and the pants size dropped!!! I don't know what will happen if/when I lose the ohter 12. Will I have a waist, hips all the same size? Will I get my waist back? This is all new to me. I don't want to have no waist, or elastic waist pants - wah

Please let me know what you are or have experienced with peri and menopause regarding weight gain and loss!

Wed. Nov 28, 10:16pm

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Welcome to the spongebob body of menopause, it drives me crazy, if I wanted a spongebob body I would have not worked out so hard in my 20, 30 and now mid 40's. My gyn told me everyone is different and to try lifting weights several times a week besides cardio and since doing that I have actually started getting some waist line back. My weight is not really changing but I will get that size 6 body back even if I have to have lipo to kick it back to where my mind thinks it should be. I may be in my mid 40's but my mind tells me I am still in my 20"s.

Thursday, November 29, 2007, 9:28 AM

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I had my first baby when I was 37. Even though my weight got back to pre-preg weight, by body shape was very different. What I did was keep my health in mind, not a 20 year old fitness mag cover body. I also learned that some simple changes in my wardrobe helped a lot. I still look fashionable, but just different syles. You know, the whole dress for your body shape thing to accentuate the positive and de-emphasize the negative. You can fight mother nature all you want, but why not try to work with her instead? A lot less headache and you will still look great.

Thursday, November 29, 2007, 10:27 AM

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Menopause belly

I am 51-yrs old and noticed the big difference in my body at 49 1/2-yrs. Not only did I develop an "Apple" midsection, as I have read it is called, my skin under my ribcage began to look "cheesey" - ulgh!!!
I have always been fit and a very healthy eater, always a size 4-6 with a small waist and curvy hips. It has been VERY DIFFICULT dealing with this unwanted body shape, very depressing!! I have been exercising regularly for about two years now and it doesn't even seem to help. What would I look like if I didn't exercise at all???
I would also love to hear from women who have some good ideas regarding how to have more self-esteem during this awful time!

Thursday, November 29, 2007, 10:59 PM

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My breasts sagged A LOT. I've always been a DD cup, but without a bra (in my nightgown) looked ok. Now without a bra I look old and undressed. Like the older ladies in those 1920s & 1930s movies. If their dresses didn't have waistbands holding their breasts in check, how much lower would they be hanging?!

Friday, November 30, 2007, 6:55 AM

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I think Maya Angelou once said about her own breasts - they're in a race to see who can meet my bellybutton first.

Friday, November 30, 2007, 9:34 AM

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I'm 26 and have had two kids. I tell me childless friends to appriciate their bodies now because it's never the same after having babies. Now I realize I need to appreciate my body now while I'm young! Thanks for the heads up ladies!

Friday, November 30, 2007, 12:54 PM

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Yes, do enjoy your body now. My body rebounded just fine after pregnancy (lucky?) - it's only now that I'm having a problem.

Friday, November 30, 2007, 1:28 PM

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it was pregnancy that messed me up, but good. my breasts got huge and never got smaller again even after i stopped nursing. now that i lost a lot of my huge fat belly (not from the baby, he's grown with babies of his own now) there's nothing for my breasts to rest on so they sag. much more saggy even now that im in menopause. and the skin on the top of my hands is very dry and very old looking. much older than i really am. oh boo hoo. why did you start this thread? now im depressed.

Friday, November 30, 2007, 8:44 PM

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I will be 50 in a few weeks. My body has changed remarkably this year due to Pilates combined with weight training. I have lost an inch on my waist and put on additional muscle. I have always been active but apparently had hit a plateau. The combination on Pilates and weights really stirred things up.

About dressing...I LOVE Coldwater Creek. They have great clothes for women. My favorite is bootcut jeans with a tunic sweater or a white button down shirt and duster-length coat. They are stylish clothes with a bit of edge and attitude. And as you get older...find a tailor. No one can really wear clothes off the rack. A tailor (or friend who sews) will be your best friend.

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 6:48 PM

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Thanks 6:48 - that's great advice. I'm going with more and more shirts that hang over my waist - tunic like, I guess, but stylish. I'm glad high waisted pants are out of style, because my old ones which now fit in the rear again will not button without major discomfort and a huge roll of fat haning over the top. I'm getting rid of them tomorrow. I bought some new, lower (not teenage low) rise pants for work today and a really good Macy's sale. The tailor is a great idea too.

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 8:16 PM

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