Friday, June 11, 2010

197.4 and Menopause

Why do I post my weight here?  It is all about me and my consuming desire to lose.  Posting that number keeps me focused on my goal and I am ok with it for now.  It is a reality check.
 I read Lyn's blog today about this journey to lose and she has some really good points about not ever being finished.   I was working in the premise of an end to this weight loss and really, there isn't an end. I will always need to consider my food choices carefully.   Lyn talks about how this is not just a number on a scale, but it is the day by day decisions we make about our choices for food.  Here I am at 49 and still don't have shit figured out.  Somehow, I thought experience/age brought some sort of relief on that front.  Really, I have to adjust my thinking.  This is a journey and it is not a sprint.  It is a marathon.  Hmmm.
On another front, It seems I have entered a new phase in my life; menopause.  The hot flashes are constant now and they interrupt my sleep.  I have them all day long and all night.  Sometimes the flushed skin and sweat takes my breath away as it comes on fast and furious.  The hot flashes themselves are not so bad, but here we go again with my body changing without much input or consideration from me.  I don't  have bad feelings about menopause.  I know some do.  I can accept that I am changing, but does it have to happen so quickly?   I am not interested in hormone therapy for a variety of reasons.  I may change my mind on this if the symptoms continue as they are. Ahh life.


  1. Hang in there and carry around a hand held paper fan. Love the new blog look. I am debating if I want to change mine.

  2. Hello! I've just discovered your blog, and this post really speaks to me.

    I'm 57 and still don't have "it" figured out...although I'm better than I was even last year. My issues are a little different, but therapy has been very helpful for me. But definitely, this is a journey. We can't fix long-standing issues overnight.

    As for menopause...WELCOME to the Club! About 2 years ago, I was having hot flashes similar to what you are experiencing now. I too was not going to have hormone replacement therapy, but the flashes got so bad and so constant, I couldn't stand it. Plus the "change" wreaked havoc with my mental health, my relationships, my emotions. So I am on low dose estrogen now, and it has made a world of difference. My husband calls my hormones my "happy pills." Don't be afraid to at least try it, or at least discuss it with your doctor.

    Well, longwinded first comment...take care.

  3. WHEN you feel one coming on get up and put your head in the freezer it helps big time... I was surgically placed into menapause it sucks.. i take a perscription which mostly helps but often doesnt' and yes I take happy pills too... I almost lost my best friend to both of us having hysterectomies at the same time... then the dr put me on a pill and my life seemed normal again.. and the bitchies were gone..