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Sunbeam
August 24th, 2009, 07:17 PM
I have moaned many times to my friends here that even though I have gotten rid of lot of alcohol in my diet, I have not lost weight. Over the past few years I have cut back my calories, but have not lost weight in spite of my pretty high activity level. Today I found the article at this link:
Everyday Fitness with Dr. Pam Peeke: Minimize Your Menopot (http://blogs.webmd.com/pamela-peeke-md/2009/08/minimize-your-menopot.html?ecd=wnl_wmh_082409)
which gave me new insight and ideas to try. I'm gonna do this! I WILL lose 10-15# before the end of 2009. Anyone want to join me?

Cinders
August 24th, 2009, 07:48 PM
Sunbeam,

:thanks:

I cut and paste the list into a Word doc and put it on my desktop.

Now I can read it daily and get myself motivated.

Cindi

Sunbeam
August 24th, 2009, 07:57 PM
I'm going to make a chart of the strategies I'll be using from this article, so I can check them off daily. I will post my weight weekly, on Monday I guess. Today I am 145#.

dancelot
August 25th, 2009, 12:03 PM
Hello Sunbeam, Cinders-

I'd like to join in! I'm age 54, and 145#s. Monday weigh ins sound good. If we can keep each other on track as to staying sober, we can help each other with this too. Yeah, I thought I'd lose weight cutting out the extra 600-900 calories per day but it hasn't happened.

toughintexas
August 25th, 2009, 12:20 PM
There's a great site for this too.....womantowoman.com also, google Dr. James Wilson adrenal fatigue, every drinker has shot their thyroid, which is a big non-weight loss problem, and adrenal glands have to kick in, after the thyroid is overtaxed....its really interesting! We did tons of cont. education on endocrinology, and thyroid dysfunction, and adrenal fatigue, after I had reproductive cancer, and travelled to Johns Hopkins, from Texas....surgical menopause at 44 nearly killed me, and sure added to the alcohol abuse situation!

kazuti
August 25th, 2009, 12:21 PM
I need to lose weight also. Am 53 and 5'2" and weight 151 - too much. I just received my supplements to reduce my drinking - so I may as well reduce my eating and increase my activity at the same time!

Sunbeam
August 25th, 2009, 07:05 PM
Hey everybody,
We have a group!

Texas, I will look at what you have posted. I have read the thyroid info because of Doggie Girl's posts, but I don't have any thyroid symptoms. I was more of a binge drinker, which only occurred in the past few years, so I think my thyroid may not be shot. But there certainly could be people reading this who do need that info, so THANKS! All info is good.

As I gear into this, I will post what I've done to meet the ideas in the article:

I am trying to eat every three hours. This worked yesterday, but today I was busy and forgot to eat in the afternoon: eating for me is more by habit than hunger. So I also did not eat more earlier in the day, but I will keep working on that.

I did eat some nut & dried fruit mix about 10:30 am, immediately after my bike ride. I tend to rest after exercise, but our metabolism is highest right after exercise, so that is the best time to eat. I always have on my shelf a homemade mix of walnuts, almonds, toasted soy nuts and craisins.

While biking every 10 minutes I pushed my pedals harder/faster for 100 counts (about a minute).

I got my 1#weights out of the closet, and lifted them using biceps 10 times, 2 reps, while my husband was finishing cooking dinner (nice, huh? He's great!)

I bought plants at the garden center this afternoon, put two of them in the ground, and moved a third plant to a new spot this evening.

You all will decide what and how often to post.

Sweaty Betty
August 25th, 2009, 07:52 PM
Hi Sunbeam - I thought I posted yesterday - maybe it ended up on a different thread. I'm much the same, 5'2" 152lb and 40% body fat. I too thought that cutting out AL would be a major factor in weight loss, but no, not to be. I've been exercising for a while, but not consistently, am now aiming for an hour of cardio 6 days a week, 3 weight training sessions and 3 Yoga classes. I don't work so have more than enough time. This is important to me now as although I have no desire to be skinny thin, I just want to feel like me again, which I'm sure will help give the confidence to get out into the real world and work again.

I do have issues with my Thyroid, but need a new doc. I've found a doc that specialises in bio-identical hormones, and am working up the courage to book a visit.

I'm really really reluctant to 'diet', I recently donated my huge collection of 'wonder diet books' to the library, but am more aware of all the little 'extras' (open the fridge door, pop a choc brazil, this is ok, - but not ten times a day :) ) I'm eating, I'm also watching portion size as there's no way I should be eating the same amount as Mr Sweats.

I would be very happy with a consistent 1lb a week, and like having somewhere to post my progress! I'll weigh on a Thursday.

I'm also going to photograph my weight on the scale on a Thursday and send it to my Mom - a little bit of added incentive!

Cheers all

Bets
x

namaste
August 26th, 2009, 08:49 AM
I'm in. I'm 51 and still in peri-menopause and have been struggling with 15-20 extra pounds over the past few years. I too have given up the desire to be skinny, but I do want to feel like me..I still have a nice shape, I'm 5'6" but peak at 160lb on a bad day. 140lb is perfect for me. Nice to have some company. I'm doing some yoga and trying to walk regularly. I really want to add the weights. I have a nice little setup at home, so I have no excuse not to do what I need to do to look and feel great.
Namaste'
di

Sunbeam
August 26th, 2009, 09:15 AM
Betty and Namaste, glad to have you join the group. Namaste, I also will be incorporating yoga. I took a gentle yoga class (5 wks) this summer and in 2008. I just did a "sun dog" for a couple of minutes. I am doing everything I can think of to boost my metabolism, often just for a minute within my current routines. Just cutting calories no longer works for me. I joke that I used to be able to drop a few pounds just by switching to lite beer....

Sweaty Betty
August 26th, 2009, 07:44 PM
Well it's thursday morning here so time to post - 152lb. I'm aiming for 151next week!

I'm really missing my Yoga, I was doing a class about 5 times a week, but my favourite teachers havegone awol, and I just don't click with their replacements. I've started a beginners course with another centre, which you have to do before you can take their classes, so should get going again soon.

I'm also going to see a doc next week who specialises in bioidentical hormones - watch this space!

Bets.

Sunbeam
August 27th, 2009, 05:41 AM
Yesterday was a good day. Had a nice lunch out with hubby, very vegetative which is easy at this time of year. I guess my theme on this thread is boosting metabolism. During my activities around the house periodically I will take a minute and march in place for 100 counts (about a minute). I include good arm swings. Evening munching is a big downfall of mine, but I just had a little sherbet in a small tea cup. I don't plan to deprive myself, just eat sensibly, mostly high quality foods. I am already pretty good at this, my health numbers are "perfect", I just want to get back into a size 8 instead of 10.

namaste
August 27th, 2009, 09:16 AM
Good Morning,
I got on my treadmill yesterday for 30 minutes and watched a painting instruction video, which was my goal. I feel pretty good about that, but my snacking and drinking was not so good. I've just come back to MWO a week or two ago so I'm trying to get my footing back. I started the topamax last week and am titrating to 50mg today. I'm hoping that will help the drinking, which will help the snacking. Some life style changes going on as well, so it may take me a few weeks to find my rhythm. Today, I hope to do the treadmill again and spend some time with the dumbbells and do a few yoga moves. Salad for lunch.

namaste
August 27th, 2009, 09:18 AM
Sweaty Betty,
There are some really good yoga videos out there. One of my favorites is an old one that Ali McGraw produced..it's beautiful and fairly basic. I like doing it at home. Just a thought. Oh, and I'm on the bio identical hormones. I found a female doctor that specializes in optimal aging. I'm on a very low dose and it has seemed to help my symptoms...it is a process. We'll eventually measure the hormones and adjust them even more if needed. Right now I'm on a combination of estrogen/progesterone/testosterone.

Sweaty Betty
August 27th, 2009, 10:17 AM
Thanks Namaste,

I do have some DVD's, but lack the motivation to practice at home, I like going to class, I like that I'm not bothered how much or little I can do, I like that I might not be so flexible, but I'm strong. I'll dust them off and have a go as I can feel my hamstrings tightening!

It's funny though, I was putting on make-up this morning and was trying to get my head around being 41. I just feel about 17? I thought that being 41 would mean that I felt 'grown up' and be able to walk in heels and manage my bank account. I'm still waiting :)

I've been more consciously active (less screen time) and not too bad food wise, I have my mother on board (curse/blessing?) and just want a 1lb loss :)

Go Ladies!

Bets.

Sunbeam
August 28th, 2009, 06:45 AM
Hi Betty,
I also have a yoga workout that I can post here, when I get a few minutes to look for it at RealAge.com. Right now I'm offline until I get home from a family gathering, until Sunday p.m.

Cinders
August 28th, 2009, 06:58 AM
Good morning.

Living out of a hotel makes it tough on the diet!! But, I have done as well as I could this week.

I have been eating fruits (sugar, I know, I know) and veges and drinking some protein drinks.

I have been walking to the client but really need to get a simple exercise routine I can do in the hotel room. I hate going to the hotel gyms. They are always crowded and I just don't fit in with the 20 and 30 somethings that are there.

I will Google and see if I can come up with a routine I feel like this out-of-shape body can do on the road.

I do feel good about tackling this. I have gained an inordinate amount of weight since I quit drinking. It is time to take it back off and get into better shape.

Cindi

chrysa
August 28th, 2009, 08:21 AM
Hi Everyone,

I woudl like to join in. I am not a good join-iner, as I often forget to post, but you are all seem to be where I'm at also right now.

Namaste, I love the Ali McGraw video. Will have to find it & get it out.

As soon as I can I am goign to order the urban-rebounder (hopefully next week) and use it in front of TV.

I am goign to read that article you posted Sunbeam. Sounds perfect. I had a hyster & that year my drinking bagan to increase. I have been steadily gaining since then.

Oh I am 4'11" 143 lbs (I thinbk) can't believe that. I have always been rather athletic so it is all in my upper body. Oh and I am 62 & feel like I am 25 inside. Funny. I think that's good. We shoudl all strive to be ageless I say. :)

dancelot
August 28th, 2009, 11:36 AM
Hello, Sunbeam, Cinders, Tough in Texas, Kazuti, Sweaty Betty, Namaste, Chrysa, and anyone else that comes along!

I finally exercised yesterday, not that I was trying to avoid it, but I usually start with walking and/or riding my horse, and we had 2 days of orange level ozone, so it really was "stay inside" weather. I need to dig up my exercise DVDs and set up my DVD player where I've got a little room to move. I have 2 I bought fairly recently (but haven't actually done- though I do remember -barely- drinking wine and just checking them out!).
One is Bollywood Booty and the other is Brazilian Body. Both are a lot of dance moves with fun music, and can be done inside, so I guess I have no excuse for too hot weather. I think I'll wait until I've got the house to myself, however!

I did start tracking my food and calorie intake as well, which is pretty easy when you cut all the junk stuff out. Does anyone know of an easy to use site for this? I found one that looked good but never did figure it out!

Also, I am not actually menopausal, and have very few symptoms, but I definitely have the body fat redistribution going on (and I thought it was just beer doing it, and had actually switched to wine and hard liquor to try and stop the belly pooch!). That sort of makes me laugh, but also disgusts me to even write that down. YUCK!!!! We're all so much better off without that!!!

Anyway, here's to being healthier, happier, and fitter women.

Much love!

Sweaty Betty
August 28th, 2009, 08:20 PM
Dancelot - try dailyplate.com, I started to track, and boy does it make you aware of all those little 'extras'!

Bets

dancelot
August 29th, 2009, 12:55 AM
Betty- Thanks! I'll check it out!

Love, dance

Sunbeam
August 30th, 2009, 01:00 PM
Hi Everybody,
Welcome Chrysa; anyone may join this group who feels they belong.

I believe that the TWO pieces of 4-layer chocolate cake I ate over the weekend will prevent any weight loss this week, but I am back to work full-time starting tomorrow, and the structure of that will be good.

On work days I have a pretty consistent breakfast: oatmeal with ground flaxseed and blueberries, and an orange; lunch is usually 12 oz. homemade veggie soup, plus baby carrots and an apple during the day. Dinner will be whatever we are having on a small plate, one serving. IF I am hungry I can have one serving nut mix (almonds, walnuts, toasted soy nuts, and craisins) OR 10 AllBran crackers with 1/2 glass skim milk. I don't count calories, and allow myself to eat extra fruits and fresh veggies without sugar or dressing. I get a daily email from CalorieCount.com, and I keep an occasional journal there of ideas I'm trying for weight loss success.

Cinders, here's a simple workout you can do anywhwere:
YOU Staying Young Center -- YOU2 Workout (http://www.realage.com/StayingYoung/YOUToolsTips.aspx?tip=21)

and Betty, here's some simple yoga
RealAge Doctor Center -- Yoga Sun Salutation in 12 Easy Steps (http://www.realage.com/doctorCenter/Articles.aspx?aid=10445)

Both of these are from Real Age.com.

Sunbeam
August 31st, 2009, 06:22 AM
OK it's Monday, weigh-in day for me. I am at 145.5, 1/2# MORE than recorded here last week. There's that chocolate cake! Also it is cooler and I have on heavy jeans: how many excuses can you make up? But I still feel good about getting some new strategies into place.

dancelot
August 31st, 2009, 03:26 PM
Hello, everyone-

This morning I weighed in at 140 (-5 lbs!). I'll assume there might have been some "water weight" in there somewhere, but I'll take it for now. I am aiming for 1 lb per week, and checked our the dailyplate.com site Betty recommended. Something about seeing calories expended vs. taken in seems to be effective for me, much like the MWO Drinktracker does to prevent AL consumption. It's amazing how full you get eating only healthy foods, while staying within your recommended calorie range, as well as being healthier, unlike when I used to deduct my AL calories first, then figure out how much food to consume. Not real good for one. The lengths we go to sometimes.....

I personally find I have to eat a fairly high protein diet, and lots of vegetables, and fresh fruit in season.
I really have to watch grain or bread carbohydrate intake, or I blow right up. I never could do that food pyramid thing, even with whole grains. I do eat oatmeal and brown rice, just not too much (I'd eat brown rice all day long if I could, trust me!). I feel a lot better physically as well as mentally on this type diet. While losing 10 to 15 lbs is a goal, I'm most concerned about being healthy and feeling better, and tell myself as I walk sometimes about gaining a strong body, strong healthy heart and lungs, etc to stay motivated even I don't appear to be losing weight.

A couple other things I am getting back into are step exercises (I found this thing cleaning out my mom's house), which I guess there are specific exercises to go with it, but even just stepping up and down off the thing while watching tv gives quite an aerobic workout, and really tightens the butt and thighs. Plus, I have no excuse that it's too hot (or cold and rainy one of these days!) to walk outside.
The other is a book I have called The Core Program by Peggy Brill, which incorporates stretching and flexibility as well as core strength. It's very easy to read and follow, and is targeted especially to women.

I saw some live music last night, so I danced for 2 hours, and rode my horse twice this weekend, and the little beasty is more fit than I am, even though he's older than me in horse years! Another incentive to work out and eat right! Oh, yeah, I walked fast up and down the driveway while I left him out to graze for 20 minutes (instead of having a beer and watching him). Every little step counts!

Thanks again Sunbeam for starting this group, and let's all keep it up!

Much love all!!!

Sunbeam
September 1st, 2009, 04:36 AM
Dancelot,
Your post is discouraging for me. You aren't in the age group for this thread, and you are losing weight like the rest of the world does. Oh well.

dancelot
September 1st, 2009, 12:29 PM
Hi, Sunbeam-

Sorry, I did not intend to discourage anyone! Trust me, I was more shocked than anyone. Also, though I'm not technically menopausal, I am age 54 and 6 months, have the weight shift to the middle section, plus now that I'm AF the hot flashes are back every day. So I think I'm well on my way, and actually think this was delayed by my excessive AL consumption. Plus I still weigh more than when I drank. Also, I'm 5' 2", so I ain't there yet!

I put on this newest weight (8 lbs, which was in addition to the original excess) after I "moderated" for 2 weeks about 2 months back, and it's been stubbornly hanging on until now. I have made it a point to exercise more since quitting drinking, and had been sitting on my butt like I tend to do in the summer, cause it's so hot (100s) here.

Have you read any of Dr.Christiane Northrup's books? Woman's Bodies, Women's Wisdom is one and the other is The Wisdom of Menopause. She's an ob/gyn who has a more holistic approach, and she goes into changing nutritional needs as we age, one of which is changing our protein, fat and carb ratios, which I try to follow (when I am making an effort to eat right, that is!).

I also notice I will gain or at least not lose weight when I am depressed or stressed (the cortisol thing?), and I've been elated recently about being able to stop AL, so I think my moods and metabolism are definitely connected.

Anyway, let's keep it up and support one another!

Much love!!! - Dancelot

namaste
September 1st, 2009, 01:42 PM
Hi Everyone! Oops..a few days went by and I forgot that I joined this group..could it be the peri menopause...no, that's about how well I've been handling my weight program.
Good for you Sunbeam, yu are actually inspiring me!...Dr. Northrup has it going on. I read her little book recently, The Secret Pleasures of Menopause, it is a must read.
I have taken a leap this morning..hoping to do 30 days AF, so hopefully I'll hang around here a little more often.
Hi Chrysa! Good to see you here, and you too Beaches!
Namaste'

namaste
September 1st, 2009, 01:43 PM
Oh, and missed you Cinders..good to see you too!

Sunbeam
September 1st, 2009, 03:24 PM
Dancelot,
My apologies, I thought you had said you were younger. I misinterpreted "I am not actually menopausal", even though I now see that you are close to my age.

I do have a book by Christine Northrup on my shelf. I think she is pretty far out there for my more traditional approaches to life, though I would not try to discourage anyone from anything that helps them.

Yes, we should try to support each other.

Sweaty Betty
September 2nd, 2009, 11:00 PM
Hi, am really pleased to be reporting a 2lb weight loss. I have to credit using the daily plate function at livestrong.com , once I became aware of all the little extras I was consuming, it seemed to be quite difficult to consume the recommended daily of 1700+ calories recommended for me, and I certainly haven't been obsessive in the counting.

I saw a doctor who specialises in Integrated medicine yesterday, he looked at the whole picture, my thyroid/gynae/depression issues, which I usually see individual docs for. He said immediayely looking at previous blood panels I've had done that my progesterone was very low and had been for some time, which if addressed would bring me back into 'balance'. I've had blood taken this morning, and am so hoping he has some answers for me.

Dancelot - that's a great loss, well done!



Sunbeam, - I'm 41 and perimenopausal - is that ok? :)

Go all the 'mid life' ladies!!

Bets

Sunbeam
September 3rd, 2009, 04:42 AM
Betty, congrats on the 2#!

I started this group hoping to work together with people who also have struggled with weight loss. I didn't expect anyone would join who had the ability to lose 5# in a week. It isn't the age so much as the weight loss struggles.

dancelot
September 3rd, 2009, 12:05 PM
Hello ladies-
Sunbeam- no offense taken! And trust me, 5 lbs in one week is not a normal result for me, in fact 5lbs a month is unusual for me. So I'm guessing it will balance out (waaah!!!).

Betty, congrats on the 2lbs! I signed up on the dailyplate also (great recommendation - thanks again!). It's easy enough even I can use it and figures individual calorie and exercise needs, how much for weight loss, maintaining your current weight, etc, figuring this for your age as well. Plus it charts all your protein, fat, carb, intake as well as has charts for everything, including prepackaged and fast foods, which is really helpful when you may find yourself eating out a lot.

Sunbeam
September 3rd, 2009, 05:44 PM
Dancelot, thank you for your underatanding. You continue to be welcome on this thread.

I've been using resources on caloriescounter.com, but I will check out Daily Plate. I find counting calories in my home made foods is difficult, and probably not worth the effort of weighing and measuring every ingredient. I love the book Volumetrics.

dancelot
September 4th, 2009, 11:38 AM
Thanks, Sunbeam! :h

I do find this motivates me to get in my exercise every day. Last night I planned to give my horse a long workout, but it began to lightning, so I came home. I did drag out that old stepper thing and did that for 40 minutes, which I know I probably would have skipped (just for a day, haha), without this extra support, and having committed to being healthier, etc.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Much love! - Dance

LilBit
September 4th, 2009, 03:17 PM
Hi Everyone. Well, not only am I peri-menopausal, I'm also blonde, which probably explains why I read the thread title earlier and dismissed it, thinking it was for people who had a problem because they were losing weight around menopause. When the thread kept showing up, I thought, "Dang! Weight loss with menopause seems to be prevalent. All I have to do is wait it out and I'll be as thin as a rail in ten years." Duh!

Please let me join this thread, because I am LOSING MY MIND and would love to hear anyone's suggestions or thoughts!!! I've been AF since May 4, and started dieting about a month after that. I'm keeping a daily log of everything I eat, and I average about 1300 calories a day -- all healthy stuff, a lot of protein & fruits/veggies, small meals throughout the day. I exercise hard for 1-2 hours a day, 6 days a week (mix of aerobics, HIIT, pilates, etc). With all that, I've lost only 3 pounds!!! In three months, I've lost 3 pounds!!! Arrghh! I've gone down maybe 1 dress size.

I looked into possible thyroid issues, and began taking iodine supplements in early July. That's supposed to help if that's the problem.

So, is this just what I can expect and should I take a bigger "patience pill?" Or should I just reduce my caloric intake to three grean beans per day (spread out, of course, over the day so I don't have them all at once)? :H Just kidding. I am at my wits' end, here.

BTW, kudos to you on your 2lbs., Bets!

MyHeartIsDrenchedInWine
September 4th, 2009, 09:04 PM
I have been going through perimenopause for the last several years and put on 5lbs along with dealing with night sweats and mood swings. I am now post menopausal, confirmed by the doc with two separate blood tests. I lost the 5 lbs and now feel great, also not craving AL like I did during perimenopause. I'm not sure if the weight loss is normal per se but I think I ate more with the stress of going through the change. I hope this helps provide hope & help for some of you. I am post menopausal at age 47 (yes this is a little early) and lost the 5lbs...not to mention the mood swings & night sweats are gone as well!

Sunbeam
September 5th, 2009, 08:45 AM
LilBit,
What I have learned in the past few years is that reducing my calories only lowers my metabolism, it does not enable me to lose weight, even though I am very active with swimming, biking, and gardening. So my theme here is increasing metabolism. Here are some strategies I'm using:

During fitness exercise (biking and swimming) I exert much more effort at intervals. Biking, every 10 minutes I pedal as fast as I can for 100 counts, and swimming I push hard on every 6th length. This is my version of what is known as interval training. Also, when I think of it, several times during the day I do a "quick 100", which is vigorous marching in place 100 counts, to boost my metabolism throughout the day. If I am walking across the building at work or WalMart, I walk fast for 200 steps. Generally I walk more slowly due to arthritis and other problems, but I can do this. Also, I eat something (fruit, yogurt, nuts or 10 All-Bran crackers) every 3-4 hours, trying to put more calories earlier in the day and keeping my metabolism higher, and also keeping me from every feeling hungry. I love to eat and don't like being hungry.

Like Truth told you on his thread, I'm thinking you are eating too little.

Sunbeam
September 7th, 2009, 06:38 AM
OK, weigh-in day for me: 144#, two pounds less than less when I started this thread. My weight does fluctuate within a range, but this is more encouraging. I will beleive I have lost a little weight when I see 140, 130 is my goal.

Mindless Eating is another good book on better eating habits: well-researched but very readable. The author says you can cut back your calories by 15% without reducing your metabolism. That is what I am trying to do. Diets don't work, we need to develop better life-long habits, or our weight will go back up and beyond when the diet ends.

Muddle
September 7th, 2009, 11:19 AM
LilBit, you are not the only "blonde" one. I thought it was only me. When I first saw this thread about weight loss and menapause I thought hmmm . . . I thought most women gained weight after menopause. It took about a week of seeing new posts to figure it out.

I'm older than some of you, but hormone tests show I'm not there yet. But my mother had absolutely no sysmptoms when she went through it, so maybe I'll take after her?

dancelot
September 7th, 2009, 11:36 AM
Good morning, ladies -

This morning's weigh in is 141, up 1lb from last week, but still under the original 145.

I can see a lot of tightening up under the flab, which is good, and feel better from regular exercise, and am much more conscious of my actual eating habits by logging them in every day.

Congratulations, Sunbeam, on the 2 lbs!

Let's all keep it up, step by step we'll get there.

Love to all!!!

namaste
September 7th, 2009, 01:41 PM
Hi Ladies,
I haven't had the courage to weigh in yet..ya'll (OK, I'm from the south) need to bear with me OK. Today will be 7 days AF, so that is where my focus has been. I went to a family reunion and held up great until Saturday night when I almost had a meltdown. Granted I'm probably the least 'overweight' of my siblings, other than our beautiful youngest sister, but the photographer who came to visit used a wide angle lens..I wore absolutely the worst top ever that made me look 15 pounds heavier, I had PMS and the hormones were raging, besides the peri...and there was a full moon...OH, and to be with family for an extended period of time. Need I say more...when I saw these photos, I just about lost it. So, I'm really getting motivated to get a program going, but first things first. Today I am celebrating the 7 days, this coming week, I will look at the next thing.
Congratulations on all the losses for the rest of you!
Di

Sunbeam
September 7th, 2009, 02:43 PM
Namaste,
During my 2.5 months AF, I didn't worry much about my weight, the priority was alcohol. So I understand that completely: one priority at a time. You post here because you have concerns about your weight, it just isn't top priority right now. I expect I will be here awhile working on my weight.

dancelot
September 7th, 2009, 05:24 PM
Namaste -

You made it through a stressful time AF and that's great! I agree, one thing at a time and staying AF is always number one. Bit by bit everything else will start to piece together, and it will get easier. Day by day, keep going, aim for that second week, just keep it up. Maybe start some light exercise as a stress reliever, this helped me a lot at first especially and that's all it was, not about weight loss or anything, and gradually I'm increasing it.

Best of luck and much love to you! - Dance

Sweaty Betty
September 8th, 2009, 05:01 AM
Hey Sunbeam - 2lb's is great! And dancelot, you're still ahead lol!

Weigh in day for me tomorrow, turns out I am peri-menopausal, but also pre-diabetic, which was a bit of a shock. So am on a low GI eating plan, still tracking calories and have to commit to REGULAR exercise.
Actually, I don't know if its being AF, the dietary changes, or the strange vits the doc gave me (my pee is luminous - more than the normal vitB luminous ;) ), but I'm feeling great! Maybe it was all about controlling blood sugar?

Bets
xx

Sunbeam
September 14th, 2009, 04:46 AM
OK, 143.5# this morning, down 1/2# from last week. This is just what I was hoping for.

Sweaty Betty
September 14th, 2009, 05:16 AM
That's great Sunbeam, I didn't check in yet, but I lost 1lb, taking me to 149. Haven't been 149 for around 2 years, so am really pleased.

Bets
x

dancelot
September 14th, 2009, 11:06 AM
Morning, Sunbeam, Betty -

Back to 140 this morning (-1 from last week). Good job ladies, and thanks for helping motivate me! Hello to all to come as well!

Love to all! - Dance

Sunbeam
September 21st, 2009, 04:50 AM
Wow, the magic number I see today is 142#, down 1.5# from last week. This is really working. I would love to get down to 130 by the end of the year, though the rate doesn't really matter to me, as long as I go down at least 1/2# most weeks.

dancelot
September 21st, 2009, 07:37 AM
Hey, Sunbeam!

Great on the 1.5 loss! I also weighed in at 142, which is up from last week's 141! AAARGH!!!
I have been exercising a lot, so I am losing the "Michelin Man" look, so I won't complain.
Have a good week!

Sunbeam
September 23rd, 2009, 06:14 AM
dancelot,
My weight loss pattern is no different from yours. I weight myself often during the week, and it varies within a 5# range. But I am hanging in here, I think you are too. In the past I have become discouraged, but not this time. The two strategies I am mostly using are quick bursts of intense exercise frequently during the day, and one or two sour hard candies in the evening to curb that evening mindless and hungerless eating I have been doing. I think it was related to my past alcohol consumption, but I am now conquoring it.

Sweaty Betty
September 23rd, 2009, 07:38 PM
Hi Ladies,

I'm -1lb to 148. Am doing a 1.5 hour Yoga class every day which I love and is keeping me sane during MIL visit, but need to fit in a bit more cardio. I hate the idea of cardio, but like it when I get started, it's just about taking a deep breath, getting togged up and just doing it!

Someone congratulated me for the weight I'd 'dropped', it made me smile because I think of it more as 'being placed down gently'.

thanks for updating.

Bets
x

Sunbeam
September 24th, 2009, 03:57 PM
Good for you, Betty! I think slow weight loss is the best way. I don't feel hungry or deprived really. I am just controlling the impulses.

Betty, we adopted a rescue dog in part due to your post (I think) about greyhounds. Ours is a mixed breed, dachshund and hound. She is a sweetheart, though still learning to be good.

Sunbeam
September 28th, 2009, 04:09 AM
OK, the number today is 141, still going down (1# from last week). This is becoming effortless for me, just getting some new habits going. And also getting a new dog! That will keep anyone's metabolism up.

dancelot
September 28th, 2009, 07:22 AM
Hi, Sunbeam and Betty -

I'm at 140 today. That averages to 1 lb per week when I look at the starting date, which is OK by me.

Congrats on the new dog, Sunbeam! When I owned a dog many years ago, he was great for exercise and weight loss. I actually took up running (my knees can't take it anymore unfortunately) just to wear him out enough, but he was a wonderful exercise buddy, never let me miss a day.

Sunbeam
September 28th, 2009, 03:07 PM
Yay for us! Slow is the way to go.

Sunbeam
October 5th, 2009, 04:23 AM
And the new number is 139.5, down 1.5# from last week. I'm on a roll! My joints aren't up for running, either, but I need to get my dog trained a little more, then try running her while on my bike.

dancelot
October 5th, 2009, 11:29 AM
Hi, Sunbeam and Betty -

Congrats on 1.5 lbs, Sunbeam! Today I'm at 139, down 1 lb. Slow and steady is the way to go!

Sunbeam
October 5th, 2009, 07:07 PM
Congrats to you too, dancelot. I probably lost that extra 1/2# because I did double dog-walking duty during the past week while my husband was away.

Sunbeam
October 12th, 2009, 07:31 AM
OK, I'm in at 139#, down 1/2# from last week. I'm not hungry ever because I eat something every 3-4 hours.

dancelot
October 12th, 2009, 01:15 PM
I'm hovering between 139 - 140 today. I was at 138 for about four to five days straight last week. I'm wondering if it's something I do different on the weekend that bumps it up on Monday morning! I usually eat Indian food on Sunday with a friend and heard it's actually got a lot of salt in it (you don't taste it though, because of all the other potent spices). Though if I look at the big picture, I'm still down from where I started, so I'll keep that in mind. I also want this as a permanent lifestyle change, not just trying to be skinny! Congrats on 1/2 lb!

Sunbeam
October 19th, 2009, 05:19 AM
Today is the first Monday that my scale hasn't gone down - I'm up 1/2# to 139.5. Not surprising, my weight does vary. My mindset is that I will adhere closely to my better eating plan until Christmas, so I expect I will still lose the nine more pounds to achieve my goal. Even after that, I will continue most of what I'm doing so my weight doesn't go back up. That's the advantage of a slow loss plan, it isn't much different from what one does for the rest of your life.

dancelot
October 19th, 2009, 12:21 PM
I'm hovering between 139 - 140, so about the same as last week. I haven't been as conscientious about it. I need to fill out my calorie intake and exercise log again. I've been keeping decent food around anyway, but slacked a little on the exercise front. At least I haven't gained any. Gotta remember it's lifestyle change, not just weight loss, right?

Have a great week, Sunbeam!

Sunbeam
October 26th, 2009, 05:10 AM
Hi Dancelot,
I haven't seen Betty post for a couple of weeks, so maybe it is down to us.

My scale still said 139.5 this morning. But I weigh myself some other days, and I feel like I am seeing lower numbers, so that is encouraging. I think I am still doing very well on the eating end, but it is now too dark to ride my bike to work on the morning I swim (2x/week).

dancelot
October 26th, 2009, 10:23 AM
Hi, Sunbeam -

Well, I'm still here, and appreciate you keeping me on track. I almost forgot to weigh in this morning, but glad I did - I'm at 138 today. I've been fluctuating as well, it seemed to be lower numbers during the week and then up a little every Monday. Slowly but surely..... I need to go back and look at where I was when I started, then it looks like progress.

Have a great week!

Sweaty Betty
October 27th, 2009, 04:47 AM
Yoo - Hoo!
I'm not about so much, but still here and battling my hormones :) Stuck at 148 for ages, but definitely changing shape (in a good way!) which I'm putting down to Yoga. Have just started the couch to 5k plan again this week, so maybe that'll give me a bump in the right direction.

Will pop by again soon, take care,

Bets

Sunbeam
October 27th, 2009, 08:04 PM
Betty,
Good to see you back around. I'm forging through this week with new resolve!

higherground
October 30th, 2009, 10:58 AM
Sunbeam, Have you had your Thyroid level checked? I am post menopause and seven years ago discovered Thyroid was shot. The doctor never mentioned alcohol burns it out. On Levothyroxine now and it has made a huge difference. The weight came off and fatigue went away.

Sunbeam
October 30th, 2009, 07:16 PM
HigherGround,
Thanks for your interest. I have looked into thyroid problems, and I don't have the symptoms. My problem matches what's described at the beginning of this thread. The strategies described there are working for me.

Sunbeam
November 2nd, 2009, 03:59 AM
OK, the new number is 138 (in spite of the candy bars I ate on Halloween).

dancelot
November 2nd, 2009, 11:10 AM
I'm 139 today (guess I'll blame it on the Halloween candy :H ). It is up 1 lb from last week, but since it fluctuated to as low as 136.5 - 137 in the middle of last week , I'm OK with it. I need to take the rest of the candy to leave in the barn office tomorrow (except the peppermints - those are horse treats I can carry in the car, and I'm not as likely to overindulge on them as Snickers bars).

Way to go, Sunbeam on 138! Hi, again to Betty and hello to higherground! Have a great week everyone!

Sunbeam
November 2nd, 2009, 04:27 PM
dancelot,
Yeah, those Snickers really forced themselves down my throat! I'm with you on the scale thing. I even bought a new one not too long ago. The instrument seems to vary, though probably my real weight also does, reportedly due to salt intake and many other variables.

Sunbeam
November 9th, 2009, 04:41 AM
The magic number is 137 this morning, another pound down. I have expended a lot of calories this past week raking leaves, but they are all pretty much collected now. My bike riding days are also numbered.

dancelot
November 9th, 2009, 10:04 AM
I'm also 137 this morning! Hooray! Looks like we're making some progress - and it's nice to see it show up for Monday weigh in. :H

Have a great week!

Sunbeam
November 9th, 2009, 07:01 PM
Yay us! It is fun that we are playing around with the same numbers. Do you have a goal? Mine is 130.

And congrats on your 90 days AF - well done!

Sweaty Betty
November 10th, 2009, 02:07 AM
Still here still stuck! But adjusting to working again so not being to hard on myself.

Well done on 137!

Bets
:)

dancelot
November 10th, 2009, 01:40 PM
:) Thanks, Sunbeam! I'm kinda proud of myself! :)

I honestly hadn't thought of a goal, but 130 sounds pretty good right now - the last time I felt "skinny" I was at 128, and that was 5 years ago. I haven't been too near 130 in recent times. But I think it's a do-able and realistic goal. So, yeah, let's go for it - I'm actually 1 lb closer to that than I am to my original starting weight! :H

Hi, again, Betty! As long as you're keeping up your exercise, you're still ahead of where you started (as I've reminded myself on many a Monday morning weigh-in!). Long term lifestyle changes, right girls?

Have a great week, you two! :h

Sunbeam
November 16th, 2009, 04:45 AM
OK, 137.5, up 1/2# from last week. This is not a surprise. I log my weights at Calorie Counter, and I could see that my low weights were getting further away from the trend line, which represnts my true weight. My weight will be lower next week. The following week is Thanksgiving... 'nuff said.

Sweaty Betty
November 16th, 2009, 05:54 AM
Well, I'm 146 - but I have a nasty stomach flu to thank :)

Am back to my 5k training and doing well.

Mr Sweats promised to come to dance lessons with me (salsa, meringue etc.) If I got down to 140, he's looking a bit worried.....

dancelot
November 16th, 2009, 12:50 PM
I'm also 137.5 this morning. Looks like we're still in sync, Sunbeam! :H

Betty, salsa and meringue lessons sound like too much fun! Hold the hubby to his promise, OK? ;)

Have a great week, you two! :h

Sunbeam
November 23rd, 2009, 04:54 AM
Today I'm back at 137#. I'm still satisfied. I put on a pair of lower-waist pants this week, and boy were they sagging. The others are also looser than before, but it is more evident in this style. My extra pounds all have been on my belly.

dancelot
November 23rd, 2009, 11:01 AM
I'm 136 today. I've been hovering in the 136 - 137 range all last week. Isn't that nice about the jeans getting baggy? If the belly fat disappears, I'm real happy :). I actually had to buy a belt for one pair like that! We need to remember those nice baggy jeans as the holidays come up.

I'm going to do my best to keep Thanksgiving to one day only :H. That and make sure I keep my calorie and exercise log accurate, especially during the holidays - this gives me a great visual if I start to slack too much, and I'm more likely to get right back on track.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great week!

Sunbeam
November 30th, 2009, 05:14 AM
The average of two weights on my scale is 137, so I'm going with that. I know the scale fluctuates, so that's my answer. I'm happy to be in the same place after a few days off my better eating plan. Now I'm back on it, and plan to continue indefinitely. What will differ after I reach my goal will be a the extras: a cookie here, a granola bar there. No more than one sweet thing per day, though right now my goal is once per week. I often don't meet that, with all those tempting things out there. I also might not get out of my chair as often in the future, for a "quick 100". For now, that is a fixture.

Sweaty Betty
November 30th, 2009, 05:25 AM
Today I'm 145 only 5lbs to go until I'm dancing :)

Have finally started to run outside instead of on the treadmill and I'm loving it!

Diet not fabulous but not shocking either....

Bets
x

dancelot
November 30th, 2009, 09:41 AM
138 today, up 2. But back to healthy eating - the pie's 90% gone! :H
Have a good week, you two! :h

Tulipe
December 1st, 2009, 02:29 PM
HI I would like to join in but I'm afraid to weigh myself! Glad to see you girls slim down, and keep going towards your goals. My goal is 128. I would guess at the moment I'm around 140. Cardio cardio and more cardio to the rescue!

Sunbeam
December 1st, 2009, 03:10 PM
Tulipe,
Welcome! More cardio didn't work for me. What is working seems to be frequent short bursts of exercise, and eating more frequently: a fruit, vegetable, nuts, yogurt or whole grain crackers at least every 4 hours. This all is in addition to my regular program of swimming twice weekly, strenthening and yoga twice weekly, walking and biking, so I'm pretty active. I was also eating pretty healthy, except for the evening munching. That has gotten better by eating hard sour candies - I think I mentioned that to you in another post. There is a link to a Web MD article I would recommend reading at the beginning of this thread. I hope you stay with us!

Tulipe
December 3rd, 2009, 01:17 AM
HI there,
short bursts of exercise sounds painful! I'm more of the start slow and taper off genre. Well, inspired by you I'm gonna try. Feeling my belly rolls and wishing they would disappear. Ugh it takes so much work! Yes I remember your advice on hard sour candies - but doesn't that rot your teeth? ANyway there's gotta be a solution.

Sunbeam
December 4th, 2009, 03:21 PM
Tulipe,
Yes, I expect you will need to find your own strategies. I kept a journal at CalorieCounters.com for several months, documenting each of the strategies I tried.

Sunbeam
December 7th, 2009, 04:44 AM
Today's number is 138 - but it was 136 yesterday... Those fluctuations continue to be puzzling. I will probably be content if I just maintain this month, but I'm still hoping for better, eating sensibly most of the time while enjoying the season.

Tulipe
December 7th, 2009, 11:07 AM
Maintainging in December is not a bad goal. Most people pack it on, so by maintaining, you're starting ahead, right?

dancelot
December 7th, 2009, 12:14 PM
Hovering between 134-135 today. I've been a little under the weather the last week, so maybe I've been eating lighter. Last week was probably water retention. If that's the case, I'm pretty on track, since I was 136 - 137 two weeks ago.

I haven't been eating out on Sundays like I was before, which I think was causing a heavier than normal sodium intake the day before weigh in was making it always highest on Monday, and less during the week.

Anyway, maintaining through the holidays is fine with me. Have a good week everyone!

Sunbeam
December 14th, 2009, 04:54 AM
I'm at 138 today. No surprise: I've been baking and eating cookies, some special events, all off my usual good eating.

Pan
December 14th, 2009, 05:31 AM
cut out the bad fat.

Sweaty Betty
December 14th, 2009, 09:17 AM
144 - am running outside and loving it. Very good for mental health.

Bets

dancelot
December 14th, 2009, 01:36 PM
135 # today. I've had some bug or something for a couple of weeks, so haven't really exercised. No appetite either, so I'm not overeating anyway. :) Running sounds good right now, Betty, wish my knees could handle it! I used to do it in my 20s. It really does make you feel good.

Sunbeam, only a little over 2 weeks until the holidays are over and cookie season as well. Tis the season to run the oven (well maybe not where Betty is)! :H

Hi to you too, Tulipe and Pan -icked!

Have a good week eveyone! :h

Sunbeam
December 14th, 2009, 03:46 PM
dancelot, good for you!

Betty, I am happy to be walking better than I used to - I have not been able to run for probably 10 years.

Pan-icked, are we playing a game? OK: eat fruits, veggies and whole grains!

Tipplerette
December 18th, 2009, 11:54 AM
Can I join? I am 53, still struggling with my half bottle of wine a night and peri-menopausal. I am
4'11" and 130. Losing 10 pounds would be amazing. I am not one of those people who flucuate. I have been this weight for 50 years (with the exception of pregnancies) and my body LIKES it that way. I would feel so much better at 120 and be within the normal BMI for my height. I have one of those bouncy trampolines which I will start bouncing on religiously right away. It's hard to stay away from all the yummy Christmas goodies that clients have dropped off here at the office. Yikes. Going to Cuba on the 27th of December so it's too late to be bikini ready but there's a wedding in Mexico in April that I would love to be toned and firm at. Your posts already have motivated me. I will try to check in every day. I love MWO !!! I have found my niche.

Sunbeam
December 18th, 2009, 03:13 PM
Tipplerett,
Welcome! We would love to have a larger group here. I'm like you, though two years older. I have lost 10 pounds, now seem to be holding due to holiday stuff. I would like to get down to 130 (7 more pounds) but I'm not in a hurry. Slow is better for me, with focus on establishing new habits. Diets are bad (because they end, and then what???). Be sure to read the article at the link I included on the first post of this thread. I got some good new ideas from it.

dancelot
December 21st, 2009, 03:39 PM
138# today.... please hide the cookies....

Sunbeam
December 21st, 2009, 03:40 PM
I guess I'm maintaining: I prefer yesterday's 136 over today's 139. The holiday foods are definitely edging into my better eating plan.

I wish you all happy holidays!

dancelot
January 6th, 2010, 12:50 PM
Hi, again Sunbeam and Betty - Hope you're doing well! I haven't weighed in the last two weeks because I kept forgetting what day it was (holidays do that to me). Now that's over, time to seriously get back on track.

I guess I'm maintaining reasonably well - I'm like you (Sunbeam) in your last post, 136 - 139. I guess I'll start officially weighing in again Monday. I need to get back to the exercise. I had an inner ear problem that hung around for a month, causing dizziness if in certain positions, so I was a little wary of exercising other than walking.

So, see you all Monday!

Sunbeam
January 6th, 2010, 07:35 PM
Hi dancelot,
OK, I'll start posting my weight also on Monday again. I'm back at work (I was off since Dec 23), back into my structure, back into my better eating plan. There is enough snow now to go out on a daily snowshoe walk in the fields behind my house, unless the wind chill is sub-zero. I went out yesterday and today. I definitely work harder, stay warmer and I believe burn more calories with the snowshoes (in comparison to just walking with my boots). My weight over the holiday stayed at that 139.

dancelot
January 11th, 2010, 01:06 PM
137 - 138 today. I bought a new pedometer (the $5 one from Walmart) - I've used them a couple years ago, and it's a good reminder of if I'm active enough. I didn't have a computer then, and also had work and so was on my feet more.

A snowshoe walk sounds like quite a workout - it's good you can get some outside exercise. Winter in cold climates sounds like the same effect as summer here - it's too hot too do much outside, and also doesn't cool down that much even at night.

Have a good week!

Sunbeam
January 11th, 2010, 05:22 PM
Hi Dancelot,
My scale read 137 yesterday for the first time since before Christmas, but it was back at 139 today. I'm doing pretty well with my eating, it just isn't possible to get in as much exercise with the weather so cold. But I did go out on the snowshoe walk today (40 min) and swam for 30 min. My job includes a lot of walking, maybe a couple of miles per day.

Take care, I will keep checking in.

Sweaty Betty
January 14th, 2010, 04:30 AM
Hello hello!

146 after my seasonal excess. Have given up work and study to 'sort myself out' ;) watch this space....

Bets

xx

Sunbeam
January 14th, 2010, 08:06 PM
Hey Bets,
Good to see you checking in. I was hoping we might pick up a couple of additional members with the new year resolution crowd, but so far not. We WILL be watching for you.

Sunbeam
January 18th, 2010, 07:38 AM
Hi Friends,
The scale says 139, though I did see 137 in the past week. I continue to log my lower weights on the chart at Calorie Counters.com. I just love seeing that line go down gradually. I do need to start writing down the "extras" I am consuming, so I can reduce them. Many of my foods (breakfast and lunch) I eat about the same things each day, so there is no need to write them down. It doesn't help that the snow pack has melted away for the moment, so I can't do my more vigorous exercise (snowshoeing). I'm trying to compensate by taking the dog for a longer walk on the village streets.

dancelot
January 18th, 2010, 11:40 AM
Hi, Sunbeam and Betty -

136 today. I also fluctuate all week, and do usually weigh in every morning. I also got back to honestly adding any extras I was consuming on the calorie counter (once I realized I can go back a day if I didn't log it earlier). The pedometer helps me too - I write that down on the calender and can see if there were more days I didn't maybe exercise as much as I told myself. Anything visual keeps me more on track.

Have a great week!

Chillgirl
January 18th, 2010, 03:46 PM
HI GUYS
Id like to join...!!

I have always worked out but over the last 12 months my fitness has suffered badly with the drinking, im now on day 18 AF and back working out 5 days a week, would like to loose 8-10 pounds....

Sunbeam
January 25th, 2010, 04:57 AM
OK, I'm at 137 today. Trend is very slow, but in the right direction. I joined another online fitness group over the weekend, SparkPeople. It
s free, more ideas and motivation.

dancelot
January 25th, 2010, 03:39 PM
I thought I posted here already, but I guess not - I mean I deleted it accidentally.

Good for you Sunbeam on 137!
OK, 138 today for me, and I hope it's a fluctuation. But I'm still way ahead of the 145 I started at! Being able to look back at it that way helps - which is one reason logging it in every week is helpful, and I can keep it in perspective. Have a great week!

dancelot
February 1st, 2010, 10:40 AM
Hi, Sunbeam and Betty -

Still 138# today.

Have a great week!

Sunbeam
February 1st, 2010, 03:04 PM
I think the scale said 137 this morning, but I logged a 135.5 on my chart Saturday. Slowly moving in the right direction.

Old Vine
February 2nd, 2010, 07:36 PM
Hello, your blog caught my attention as I am trying to lose weight gained since menopause which seems to have lowered my metabolism, cause depression at times. I can't blame it all on menopause because I believe a large part of it is my maintenance drinking aka every night either 2 or 3 glasses of wine or 2 or 3 vodka and Fresca.

I went from 143 before menopause to my all time worst ever weight of 168 over a 6 year period of time -- BUT I let it happen. I used to work out every day and only drink on weekends maybe one glass of wine or two during the week. But now, as I went online searching for how many calories are in a shot of vodka in hopes of justifying a glass, I came across MWO, which story aligns so much like my own that I have to try it.

Old Vine
February 2nd, 2010, 07:37 PM
Oh, I started Feb. 1 on my quest to lose 25 pounds and reduce my cravings for wine and vodka with Fresca. Its funny if I don't have blackcherry fresca, I won't drink vodka or if its cheap wine, I won't drink wine....

Sunbeam
February 3rd, 2010, 05:36 PM
Welcome, Old Vine,
We mostly check in here weekly. In addition to my weight that day, I like to report any lower numers I've charted that week, since the scale seems to fluctuate. There is good info at the beginning of this thread.

Old Vine
February 3rd, 2010, 07:05 PM
Namaste, we are also very close - I am 52 and want to get to 140. I got up to 168 three days ago and it scared me half to death, I've never been that weight except when I was pregnant 21 years ago.

That is when I found MWO and started my mission of losing weight and cutting way back on wine and vodka with fresca. So far, I am down to 161. Which I am so proud of but am sure its all water weight shedding it ugliness. I first was going to fast or just have slim fast, yogurt and 60 calorie soup. But I couldn't do it. However, I have been having protein shakes in the morning, soup at lunch and a small amount of food at night like fish or just veggies. My worst is the wine and vodka. I miss it. and at night are my worst cravings. I know menopause has a big play in my weight too -- I had a partial hysterectomy at age 11 years ago. It wasn't until 5 years ago some premeno symptoms started but now they are wicked hot flashes mostly at night. I don't want to take HRT, as there is cancer in my family so I am taking Black Cohosh sp? and other herbal treatments.

Hang in there, I really like this site just typing my thoughts and reading ya'lls is helping me get through.

Old Vine
February 3rd, 2010, 07:06 PM
Nice to meet everyone -- I look forward to our weekly discussions. I hope to report no alchohol and weight loss by next week :-)

Sweaty Betty
February 3rd, 2010, 08:45 PM
Hi All

Am 145. I've had a session with a PT and am diligently exercising and recording what I eat. Did I say that Mr Sweats promised to come to dance lessons if I get to 140? Those 5lb are very very stubborn ;)

Hi and welcome old vine - don't try to do too much all at once, look after yourself as far a nutrition is concerned - it really helps with cravings and AF time. I really craved chocolate when i gave up alcohol, a lot of people do, its replacing one sugar with another, but I would take the chocolate (in moderation ;) ) any day.

Sweaty Betty
February 3rd, 2010, 08:49 PM
I just looked back to the beginning of the thread, and I was 152 and 40% bodyfat when we started, as I'm now 145 and 36% I'm quite pleased with myself - time for a bit of a push I think!

Bets

Old Vine
February 3rd, 2010, 08:55 PM
I also believe yoga is a great part of our life balance. It has helped me tremendously -- I have to fit more time in to do it. Even if its just in my living room alone.

Sunbeam
February 8th, 2010, 07:40 AM
Hi everyone,
Betty, glad to see you post your progress. Slow is the password on this thread, but I believe that slow loss will last longer.

Old Vine, I also incorporate yoga into my fitness routine.

Today I am sick, yesterday I was even worse, so I won't post my pitiful weight which will be higher next week. I have no food and not enough liquid in my body.

dancelot
February 8th, 2010, 10:22 AM
Hi, Sunbeam, Betty, Old Vine -

I'm still 138 today. Like you said Sunbeam, slow is the word. Again I look back to the start of this thread, and I am staying in this new weight range, not going back up. So having a months long log gives me a truer perspective. It's kind of like the Drinktracker - I don't actually need it, but it's a written down record of how far I've come.

Hope you feel better soon, Sunbeam. Have a great week everyone.

Old Vine
February 8th, 2010, 04:34 PM
I am going to a spin class tonight first time since 1/2 marathon Jan. 9th ugh, I need to get back into a regular exercise schedule instead of being a once a week warrior. I lost 8 pounds last week and then on the weekend put on 5 ugh, all I did was eat a little bit more and I confess I had two glasses of red wine on Sat. and one glass of vodka and fresca on Sunday -- could that little bit put 5 pounds back on? If so, then alcohol is worse than salt when it comes to water retention!!

Sweaty Betty
February 9th, 2010, 10:40 PM
Hi All,

Very pleased to be reporting 143 today. Only 4lb until I can don my dancing shoes! I'm still not being consistent though - I want my exercise to be a habit not a chore. I think it's helping that I'm on an AF stretch at the minute - but I'm really craving salty stuff, maybe because I'm sweating so much as I'm exercising outside - am truly living up to my 'Sweaty Bettiness'.

I've been offered a new position at work which will involve more days, but I think I'm ready for it, and I snack less when I'm working!

Sunbeam - I hope you feel better soon.

Old Vine - I think 3lbs in a week is great - be happy! :) I'm working up my courage to try a spin class - took me a year to try yoga, which I now love - but hopefully will get to spin soon!

Bets.
x

Sunbeam
February 13th, 2010, 02:40 PM
I will be away on vacation next week, so I'm posting today: 134.5 is my new low, down 10# from where I was when we started this thread in September. This most recent pound came off due to my stomach bug, but down is down, right?

dancelot
February 13th, 2010, 06:40 PM
WHOO -HOO SUNBEAM!!! If it weighs in, it's fair! Great job!

dancelot
February 15th, 2010, 10:57 AM
I'm still 138. :)

dancelot
February 22nd, 2010, 10:39 AM
136 # today - about time from the looks of the last few weeks! :H Have a great week everyone!

Sunbeam
February 22nd, 2010, 03:22 PM
Hi Dancelot,
My scale said 136 today, 135 yesterday. I expected to be up a little becasue we were on vacation last week. I do plan to keep going steadily down. But congrats on those 2 pounds! Your posts have said you are happy to just maintain, but down is good too. I still would like to see 130 sometime in the next few months.

Sunbeam
March 1st, 2010, 05:56 PM
No loss this week, no surprise. My husband made this wonderful white chocolate bread pudding, with dried cherries, and I ate plenty. My plan continues to be gradual, some weeks will be like this. Dancelot, Betts and anyone else: I hope you are doing well.

Sweaty Betty
March 1st, 2010, 06:20 PM
142 - slow but steady. My new role at work (which is really stressing me out) involves lots of up and down stair action. Maybe that's what's doing it?

White Chocolate bread pudding? - Yum!

Bets.

sisley
March 5th, 2010, 07:28 AM
Hi, I too am not loosing much weight and am on day 15 AL free..I have been exercising, now up to 3-4 times a week..Ive lost maybe 5lbs. and it fluctuates up and down. I am 55yrs old and post menopausal, I unfortunately started periomenopause at 35ish..yes super early, its heridtary, I could never get pregnant, never had kids, had tons of tests, even artificial insemination, so I still have all my female parts other than one ovary removed when I was like 45ish due to a cyst..anyhow I am on hrt, just started it coupla a months ago...the hot flashes were out of control...I know that makes weight lose harder too...I just started reading the south beach diet book..sounds like a good diet, I did Atkins some years ago, it worked really well...this south beach sounds alot like Atkins but way healthier...I may give it a go...cuz Im 5'6 1/2" and 185lbs..5 yrs ago I was between 165 and 170 and thought that was FAT, well the way Im going is starting to scare me...would love to even be back at 170...I think ideally 150 would be fine., but for now think Ill shoot for 10lbs at a time...well I'll let ya know how it goes, Im gonna start this on Monday, get thru this wkend..stick to the no AL..and get real serious about the diet.
thanks for listening. sisley

Sunbeam
March 5th, 2010, 06:00 PM
Hi Sisley,
I'm with you on Monday. Welcome! I've lost steam the past couple of weeks since I went on vacation. I'm not on a diet, just have a better eating plan. I think of it as something I call an anti-diet, or the opposite of a diet. My plan is to stay on the better eating plan for the rest of my life, just going off it for special occasions, vacations, holidays. A radio dietitian I like to listen to says that all diets are bad - because they end, and people go back to their old habits. Take the time to read the article at the beginning of this thread, it gave me a bit of new perspective.

Sunbeam
March 8th, 2010, 04:53 AM
OK friends, I'm at 137 this morning. I've found that when I go off my plan, I "gain" a couple of pounds though I'm not eating THAT many more calories. One of thos fluctuation things, I believe. Always keep trying.

dancelot
March 8th, 2010, 10:17 AM
140 this morning. I need to stay on the plan, be aware of when I'm either not exercising and not eating as well. That's why I need to remember to weigh in on Monday - last week I totally forgot!

dancelot
March 15th, 2010, 12:52 PM
138# today. I'm still here! It's getting nice finally and with daylight saving no excuses not to at least walk. Have a great week everyone! :)

Sunbeam
March 15th, 2010, 03:42 PM
Dancelot,
I'm still at 138# also. Maintaining is better than gaining. The snow pack has just melted; soon I will be able to ride my bike to work and other places. The added activity will help me go down, but I also need to conquor those evening munchies. That has always been my downfall.

Sunbeam
March 21st, 2010, 02:49 PM
I'm posting a day early because I saw 136# on the scale today. I've been out working in the yeard all weekend; today I am digging up sod, not exactly light gardening. I realized this week that my evening muching was mostly way too many honey roasted peanuts, which my husband started buying because they are good and have fewer calories - that would be if you eat the same amount, which I certainly was not. So I am back to my snack mix of almonds, walnuts, dried cranberries and toasted soy nuts. Very healthy, and not so tasty that I eat too much.

dancelot
March 23rd, 2010, 10:27 AM
139 on Monday. Though I was 137-138 on Sunday, and didn't weigh myself today. Patience, patience..... :)

Sunbeam
March 29th, 2010, 01:55 PM
I am 136 again this week. I am maintaining more than losing, though I would still like to drop a few more pounds. My BMI is in the normal category now, whereas it was just into the over-weight range when we started posting here.

dancelot
March 30th, 2010, 12:40 PM
138 today - which is good because I've been fluctuating up more than down this last week, and was 140 yesterday - no wonder I forgot to post!. :)

Have a good week, everyone! :h

dancelot
April 12th, 2010, 09:35 AM
135-136 today - and it's real - it was 136 all last week and 135 yesterday. Whoo-Hoo! I'm the same as you Sunbeam in the BMI - 135 is the highest weight to be in the good range.

I got back into exercising every day (important since I spend way to much time on this computer) last week and keeping up with the food/calorie diary thing. I also started looking more closer at sugar grams intake - they updated the food diary thing I use where that's more obvious, so I'm looking more closely at that. Overall, I'm pretty good about about that, but maybe not as good as I thought! Interesting though, if I watch it throughout the day, I'm less likely to snack on anything later. Also I don't crave as much caffeine (coffee and lots of milk - which has a fair amount of sugar grams - when you use as much as I do!). So was it the caffeine or the milk sugar I wanted?

Slowly but surely..... :) Have a great week everyone! :h

Sunbeam
April 12th, 2010, 07:46 PM
Still 136 today. I was on vacation last week, so I'm happy with that. Back to the routines this week.

fennel
May 2nd, 2010, 09:44 PM
Ladies, once you are on Topamax, it's all over. I lost 4 pounds in one week. I'm now 5' 8" and 122. Not the biggest person on the face of the earth. I lift free weights, so there's plenty of muscle there.

papmom3
June 9th, 2010, 11:21 AM
Hi Everyone!! What happened to this thread? Has summer gotten in the way? :H

I'd like to start it up again if that is OK.

I'm 53.5 yo and on Monday weighed 163. I'm only 5'2"!! Tomorrow I start Weight Watchers for the 5th time. I've been AF for 90 days and although I think I lost about 7 lbs right at the beginning, I gained it all back and then some. My chem profile, esp. the sugar numbers did not come back very nice at all from my doc's visit last week so it's time to take drastic action. I'm also reading the Sonoma Diet book. Interesting, not sure I can go without fruit for 10 days. What the heck would I use for my All One smoothies? :confused:

One of the reasons I have not been successful on Weight Watchers is that I was never willing to give up the AL or at least have just one glass of wine and include it in my total points. My points on paper always looked great but no one could understand why I wasn't losing weight. Well, when you drink 5 -6 or more glasses of wine a night, the whole point system goes out the window, now doesn't it??!!

So, tomorrow it's a fresh start. Hope you all will join me!!

Panno
June 9th, 2010, 11:30 AM
Hi Papmom I'm up for it. I have been trying to diet for over 3 years and never lasted the course. Just to give you an idea I have on my bookshelf at home

Dr Atkins
Low GI
Low Fat Cookery Rosemary Connolley
You are What you Eat - Gillian McKeith
Erica White's beat Candida
Paul McKenna - Lose weight and eat what you like!!
Carol Vordemans Detox
Carol Vordemans 2nd Edition
Slimming World
Weightwatchers

And to top it all I have not lost a blooming 1lb :H:H:H

Not sure what I weigh but at a guess I would say I am between 168 - 174 and 5' 4"
Will get weighed correctly over the next few days and post.

Good luck with weightwatchers and I will have a look tonight through the many diets and let you know which one I go with

P x

spuddleduck
June 9th, 2010, 12:06 PM
i need to lose 14lb. im just under 5'3" and 140lb, since stopping drinking i have put on weight which is really annoying. i suppose i didnt eat when i had my head stuck in a bottle of wine. im getting a bit of exercise in, just dog walking, gardening and an occasional bike ride. im feeling i have a very blubby tummy which needs to go. this is the heaviest ive ever been and i dont like it. i know im not much overweight but i can really feel the extra weight im carrying around. i even bought some big squash it in knickers but i couldnt get in them... too flipping small, no wonder they squash it in. i just need to eat less and get a bit more active.. living in hope

Sunbeam
June 9th, 2010, 01:08 PM
Hi Friends,
Glad to see "my" thread re-surface. Read my post and article linked at the beginning if you haven't already, and are looking for ideas. You are welcome to find your own strategies, but personally I believe that all diets are bad (because they end) and losing permant weight has to include permanant lifestyle changes. Instead of counting calories, I eat as many fruits and vegetables as I can, every day. My best resources are the books Volumetrics and Mindless Eating. I lost 10 pounds with the support on this thread, and am SOOO grateful to Dancelot who hung in here with me the longest.

spuddleduck
June 9th, 2010, 01:45 PM
oops, just realized this is an after menopause thread. im 45 so not quite there yet.... something to look forward to

papmom3
June 9th, 2010, 03:32 PM
thanks Sunbeam-I'll go look at your first post. I totally agree with you-it's got to be a lifestyle change. I've been substituting sugar for AL these past few months so I need a kick start. What I like about WW is the accountability and the meetings. Now that I'm gong to be able to be totally honest about what I put in my mouth, I think I will do well. I have to kick the fast food/junk food cycle I've been in for decades and I have to find a way to make time to prepare healthy meals at home instead of eating the frozen dinners which I really don't like at all. They are not filling or satisfying in the least. I have upped the exercise lately tho so I'm happy about that. I'm going to use this thread to not only record my weight but my exercise as well. Got a fancy new pedometer that records cal burned, steps/miles and supposedly your pulse but I can't get that part to work. Might have to return it and exchange for a new one.

June 9, 2010

Weighed 163 on Monday. Walked 1.4 miles monday, 1.25 miles today.

Sunbeam
June 9th, 2010, 06:05 PM
Papmom, that's great , 90 days AF. We can do this together: I started at 148, and I went down to 136, and now I'm at 139. I would love to get down to 130 by September. Summer is a great time to eat less and be more active. My work schedule is changing with a new job, but I will try to weigh in on Mondays.

papmom3
June 10th, 2010, 12:20 PM
Weight Watchers

Got officially weighed in today (outside of my doc's office): 166. Course had clothes on :)-that's worth about 2 lbs right? JK. Anyway-good meeting and I even got a star to put on my bookmark for choosing an apple over chocolate yesterday and being totally floored by how filling it was, how good it tasted and how it kept me going until my 7:30 pm dinner last nite!!
Tomorrow is walking at lunch. Rain should be gone by then. Quandry: do I continue posting my Monday weight or just post the WW weight?

Sunbeam
June 10th, 2010, 07:43 PM
Papmom, I will be posting my weight on Mondays. I will post the lowest weight I have seen on the scale that week. It is too discouraging if I happen to weigh 2# more on Monday than Sunday. My weight varieswithin a 4# range. These are not fluctuations of "real" weight. I post what is honest and most motivating to me.

Sweaty Betty
June 10th, 2010, 07:53 PM
Nice to see this again! Posting from my phone so will be quick. I got rid of all my diet books, too much guilt:) I did track calories for a few days, what a shocker! I'm now just trying to eat reasonably 'well', and watch portion sizes etc. I'm also getting into an exercise routine and enjoying it. It has been slow, but I'm down to 139, and only gained when I went back to uk in April. Unfortunately I'm down a full cup size and looking deflated, but they stll look ok when hoisted in a good bra so not too worried. ;)
onwards and upwards everyone!
Xx

papmom3
June 10th, 2010, 08:49 PM
LOL SB!! I can't wait to get "deflated" :H
Sunbeam-still haven't decided what day to post yet. I'll try Monday knowing it will be a week or so before my body gets into the groove with Monday weighins. I say whatever floats your boat and keeps you motivated!!

Sunbeam
June 11th, 2010, 08:48 PM
Heyb Bets,
Glad to see you here. Yeah, what's with that cup size thing? My size is saggin' but it is better with booster style.

papmom3
June 14th, 2010, 09:54 AM
OK, my official weigh in day will be Thursdays from now on!! Tough weekend!!:H

dancelot
June 14th, 2010, 11:38 AM
Hey Sunbeam and everybody! I was thinking about this thread last week and saw it was back.

I'm still hanging in there too, and am right about at 130 (yay!). I agree 100% with Sunbeam - it is lifestyle change rather than "a diet". It has also been a slow process, but steady many plateaus for sure.

I thought at first when I went AF I would lose weight like crazy (when I was younger that would happen). Instead I gained 7 pounds.

What I did (and am still doing) is healthy eating, regular exercise, etc. I use the Daily Plate calorie counter which calculates everything as well as breaks it down into protein, carbs, etc, as well as how active you need to be for your age to either maintain your weight or for weight loss. I try to think of it as getting healthier rather than losing weight, which comes back oh too easily, especially in our age group. :H

I find what works best for me (and makes me feel the best mentally) is a fairly high protein with little to none refined carbs. I eat lots of vegetables. Also love nuts (learned to not get too carried away though) and olive oil.

The good news is, my BP is now great (what it was in my 20s), my bloodwork is good, and I took my "fat jeans" to storage - actually they were the ones I wore every day, but are now definitely a size too big.

Anyway, good to see this thread up and running - it really does help with the accountability thing, just like the rest of this site. It also helped me put some new positive habits in place, and they starting to really pay off.

Betty, you're down to 139? When do the dance classes start? :)

Have a great week everyone! :h

papmom3
June 14th, 2010, 01:49 PM
Hi Dance,
Thank you so much for that link to the Daily Plate. I just signed up and tracked my food so far for the day and WOW!! Calorie wise I'm OK I think for the rest of the day but my sugar and sodium are off the charts and I haven't had one piece of candy or other "sweets" today except for fruit!!
I've also used Sparkpeople.com which is totally free and very similar but the format for entering food and exercise on the Daily Plate is Soooooo much easier and faster! I think I'm going to stick with this and of course track my WW points at the same time.
Thanks again!!

Sunbeam
June 14th, 2010, 03:05 PM
Dancelot! So good to see you back here.

I'm at 138 this week. I did pop back up a little from my rock-bottom low, but I'm still down 10# from where I started.

I love the weight chart at Calorie Counters. It really helped me understand that weight is a range, not a fixed point. Then I don't feel discouraged when I fluctuate within my range.

What a nice menu we have here - of places to go on the web for weight loss help!

papmom3
June 17th, 2010, 12:12 PM
WW Weigh In

Whoo Hoo!! Lost 2.4 lbs!! I shared my Daily Plate Food Diary with my fellow members at the meeting today and told them how I was using it to supplement the tracking of points. I really don't find it very much extra work at all and to be able to keep track of the sugar and sodium consumption is really going to help me on my next shopping trip and my overall health.
Hope everyone is having a great week!!

dancelot
June 17th, 2010, 12:19 PM
I found those charts showing sugar consumption enlightening - especially when I thought I ate little or none! Amazing where it shows up, and how easy it is to go over the recommended amount. Same thing with sodium - when you see how much is added to almost any type of processed food (that is, anything, even canned beans for example or soup).

Congratulations on 2.4 pounds, Papmom! Slow and steady does work!

papmom3
June 24th, 2010, 02:54 PM
only down .2 today but better than what I thought it would be considering I hardly did any walking due to the heat this week and I ate like I was going to die the next day over the weekend. I think I was trying to punish myself for starting the slide into Diabetes and Kidney disease. I know it doesn't make any sense but I was pissed (american term not english lol!!) that this was happening. I'm over that now and very much committed to being as healthy as I can be despite what the test show. I'm taking it ODAT just like with AL.

Sunbeam
June 28th, 2010, 05:53 AM
Hi Papmom and Dancelot,
I saw 137.5 this morning, plus another time this week so believe it is not just a fluctuation. I am entering a new routine, new chapter in my life and it is an ideal time to establish new habits.

Sweaty Betty
June 28th, 2010, 06:27 AM
137. Slow but steady.

Sunbeam
June 29th, 2010, 02:01 PM
Hey Bets,
Glad your're here. Slow but steady wins the race - I like being a turtle!

papmom3
July 3rd, 2010, 10:33 AM
1.8 lbs more lost on thursday. down a total of 4.4lbs in 4 weeks.

Sunbeam
July 6th, 2010, 04:41 AM
Good for you, Papmom! I'm still the same.

papmom3
July 9th, 2010, 06:14 AM
Up two yesterday. Crap. Deserved it. No excuses.

Sunbeam
July 10th, 2010, 02:40 PM
Papmom,
Have you figured out your fluctuation range? Mine is about 4#. Knowing that, any single number has less meaning, is not a true weasure of current weight.

papmom3
July 10th, 2010, 07:25 PM
Huh. Interesting concept!! I'll keep an eye out for that. Thanks Sunbeam!!!