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I am 45 and am have had very regular periods until last month. Suddenly I had an endless period: 7+ days and then a few days of spotting. I gained 5 pounds just after my period ended. I am very active, working out an hour or so a day, and am quite unused to feeling heavy and tired. Has anyone had a similar experience? Also, maybe it's my imagination, but I look more wrinkled than before. It looks like I have aged 10 years in a month.
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replied July 13th, 2004
Hi,
i changed shape, .. Gained weight, and my skin aged a decade within a week. (my sons commented on it !!!)
that was the second to last time I had a period.
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replied July 17th, 2004
Weight Gain , Bloating
I am 45 , and I have also had very regular periods until feb of this yr . I missed a period , had two in april ,and the rest have been spuratic . Rolling Eyesi feel like I am about 5 months preg . Have went from 104 to 127 . I also am very active , I waterski on a waterski show team , that does show skiing , similar to what you would see at cypress gardens , or sea world . Im thinking its menopause , but not sure I guess...
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replied August 18th, 2004
Menopause And Weight Gain
I am 48 and passed the 1 year mark of my last period in april of 2004. You must change your eating habits and reduce the portions. There is no way around it. I am a cpt and run 30 or so miles per week, lift atleast 4 times per week and very active. But I had to reduce my portions etc... You just can't eat the amounts that you did years earlier. Doesn't matter that you work out , your metabolism is going to slow down. You can maintain your weight but it takes hard work. I don't eat junk at all. That is my choice, I know, but being a trainer , I want to look the part... No matter what. I would suggest you have your thyroid tested. I had mine completely removed in 2002 as I had a benign tumor on one of the lobes. Could be something to look into. Ladies ,you can keep that weight off. It depends on you priorties. I'd rather look and feel good with less food. Believe me, I eat sweets but only once a week. Don't let anyone tell you that you will gain no matter what ... It's just not true. :d
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replied June 14th, 2005
I am 44 and have been experiencing symptoms for atleast a year now. I'm thinking probably the last two years really. I've had weight gain, headaches, some restless nights, i've always had hot flashes and sweats, but I can't even wear normal clothes anymore without feeling hot. I never had headaches before either, and I know they are hormonal because I only get them before and after my periods. I always feel bloated and yes my skin has gotten dryer and more wrinkly just this year. And I look older and more tired. I have lost pretty much all sexual desire, but my husband doesn't help much with that either, all he does is complain about it because he has no clue of understanding! Sometimes my periods are a little lighter too, although they still last the same duration. Another woman mentioned age spots, those seem to be coming a plenty also, but I do freckle easy and have always had freckles. I've heard that there's an over the counter at home saliva test you can take to see if you are perimenopausal. Anyone heard of this or tried it? Let me know. And, talk about moody? Jekyll and hyde have nothing on me lately! I get so touchy and cranky I can't stand myself. I don't think I can try the new low dose birth control pills because I am on high blood pressure meds. Iv'e heard that those can alleviate some symptoms quite well in most women. Iv'e been checking out books at the library on the subject and have found some really good ones. Anyone interested let me know and i'll pass on the titles/authors. Thanks for reading this, I hope you're "time" is going better than mine. Subie....
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replied May 17th, 2008
i will be 55 in a couple of months and in perimenopause but lately i've blown up like a balloon around the middle! i've gradually been gaining weight over the last few years anyway, but recently i've been going through a divorce so i think the stress is holding every single calorie i consume. i've noticed i have a much harder time losing the weight now too. i was exercising regularly as well, but hardly saw any results at all in firming up. my question is - how much of a factor does stress play in weight gain or the inability to lose weight and how much firming up can i expect to do if i follow a regime of cardio and weights? also.....anyone know a good beer drinking diet? LOL (yes, unfortunately i do like beer.....a real NO NO)!
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replied September 16th, 2009
Peri-menopause and weight gain
I am 41 years old and have never had a problem with my weight. I have always had rock hard abs, even after my two kids. In the last 4 months I have gone from 125 pounds (I am 5'6 and work out intensely, with a trainer), to 136. My body feels exactly like it did when I was in my first trimester of pregnancy. While my stomach is still flat, you cannot see my abs, and it just feels like my weight has redistributed. Jeans I could wear 3 months ago, I can't even do up. My hair is falling out in the same way it did after I had my kids. Where I used to be able to allow myself some wine and the occasional "binge" of food, I realize now I have to be completely clean, have stopped drinking any alcohol and have ramped up my exercise. We'll see what happens.
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replied June 16th, 2011
Same problems here. I am 42 and have NEVER had a weight problem (5'11 and was 150 lbs., now 160), went from a 8 to a 10 in no time, now I feel like I have a muffin top and I work out 5 days a week! Had some hair falling out, headaches, went over a year without a period and thought I was finished and then just had one last month, darn... They say once we get through this the weight will fall back off, moods will improve and we will be happy and productive again! Hope so!
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replied December 18th, 2009
what was your secret?
joan what is your email addy? I would love to know whats your secret.
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replied January 27th, 2010
Me too!!
I am so glad to know I am not alone. I have worked out about an hour almost every day the last year (2009) and still went up from 132 to 144 lbs! I am very careful about what I eat. I am 39 years old. but in my family, most women have reached menopause in their early 40s so I fear I am peri-menopause and somehow my body is simply holding onto every single gm of fat. Something has changed so radically, and so suddenly- its hard to understand. All suggestions are most welcome!
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replied March 7th, 2010
Also having the same problem! I'm 46 and been perimenapusal for about a year. My weight has crept up by 2 stone and even on a strict diet, excercise and no alcohol I have managed to shift not one pound! My stomach looks permantly bloated and I now hate going out because I hate to buy clothes. I just feel so huge and unatractive. I feel tired and I look tired. Not the best when your newley single and with an energetic 5 year old.

Was speaking to a lady friend of my fathers who has gone through the menapuse and is now slim said she went through the same thing. Shw is a Coach and also runs but still went from 9 stone to 13 stone. Nothing she did shifted the weight (and she did some major excercise and did not drink). After she became menapausal the weight started to come off again and she is now 9 and a half stone.

I'm not sure if this will happen to us all but it has given my something to hope for. Hope it's true!!
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replied May 9th, 2010
I''d like to know some of these womens tricks and how they keep the weight under control.
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replied May 26th, 2010
Joan I would like your email to learn your secret.
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replied June 6th, 2010
Hi Joan,
I know that your posting was so long ago, I would love to know what you secret to maintain your weight. Thanks in advance! Sara
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replied June 19th, 2010
49 and hate the body I once loved because of Menopause!
I am 49 and this May was my 1 year mark as periodless. My body weight is miserable! All my clothes do not fit at all. I refuse to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe! Joan please tell me how you kept weight off! It's bad enough that I no longer feel like a woman but a fat woman is the worst!!!
Kimberly
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replied June 25th, 2010
Periomenopausal weight gain
How do we get in touch with you Joan to find out your secret? I am 49 and going through periomenopause and my body has taken a completely different shape. All my weight is settling in my stomach and I look like I am 5 months pregnant. I hate it. The more I exercise, the more weight I gain.
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replied June 25th, 2010
Getting No Where!-Considering Human Growth Hormone Serostin
I wanted to add icedcoffy comment...I too work very hard in landscape/garden maintenance and there should be no way that I would be gaining and not losing!!! I see all of us on here are screaming for help with no response from this Joan person. I am considering taking the Humane Growth Hormone called serostin. Typically costs 2700.00 for a 7 dose kit. I happen to have a few kits and it is my understanding that this powerful steroid can take years off of your body including wrinkles. I am going to do some more research before I decide. But I am at the point where nothing else works, and I don't eat enough to have to cut back on portions. I cannot understand why women go through the pains and mental bull**** of becoming a woman to eventually losing, what I feel being a woman to this ridiculous unfair stage of waking up one morning and find the curves in your figure filled with more of your body and it keeps coming to be told that's the way it is. Ok...I kind of feel better now. I'm just talking to blank space anyway.
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replied July 3rd, 2010
I've got the symptoms too!
I am only 42 and my symptoms started a few years ago! I have had a pretty nice shape but never had a fat-less stomach. Now it's so nasty and I'm so upset at all of these symptoms. Especially the weight gain around my belly. I have no libido whatsoever, despite a hot and sexy husband!!

The fact that I'm embarrassed about my belly does not help matters at all. I should love when he touches me but I'm so embarrassed at all my belly fat. I have a hard time sleeping many nights, the night sweats and even a bit more odor under my arms!!! It's barely noticeable but still...

I sweat all the time, it seems. There are so many more symptoms and I have almost all of them. Just today I realized it's actually perimenopause. I have felt like I've aged so darn quickly. I'm trying not to get depressed at all of this.

I used to be so regular and I thought that after I had my 2 kids (at ages 35 and 37) is what screwed my cycle up. But now I realize that all the skipped periods, the day-long ones and then the week-long ones are all because of perimenopause.

I have no energy or desire to work out anymore and I know I need to now more than ever. I'm trying hard not to be depressed. The body image is the worst for me. I feel so unattractive and FAT even though nobody would think it if you saw me. It's playing with my mind.

The thing that's hard for me is that I LOVE to eat (though I'm pretty good with not eating lots of cards/breads), I love to splurge and I LOVE my wine. Not good. I'm only 42!!! grrrrrrr Smile
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replied July 11th, 2010
Hi all.... Its so nice to hear that im not alone!!!!
I stopped smoking 5 years ago as i didnt want to hit my 40's as a smoker. I am 45 next month and 2 stone heavier than i was 5 years ago! To make matters worse i smashed my ankle to pieces last year, spent 4 days having it rebuilt in the hospital, nearly 6 months recovering and now have limited exercise possibilities! I thought it was stopping smoking that caused my weight problem but no matter what i do i cannot seem to shift it! I realised recently that i have all the premenopause symptoms. I particulary hate my bloated belly, my ageing, my lack of lust but mostly i just hate myself! Then when i get depressed about it i eat all the wrong things and make it worse. It's like a rollercoaster and i want to get off! I have tried all sorts of diets, ive tried exercising more (as best i can!) and i have tried 2 diffrent types of 'miracle' weight loss pills which cost a fortune and still didnt work!!!
My husband dosent worry and says he just loves me anyway but i cant seem to explain that its not actually about him! I have been a size 10/12 most of my life and suddenly i am a size 14/16 and its all around the middle!!! I dont enjoy clothes shopping anymore and hate what i look like but mostly i hate feeling like this. I used to be confidedent within myself and like myself!
I am constantly told its 'middle age spread' and its normal when you are in your 40's and premenepausal. It also has a lot to do with your family history too.
I am on the contraceptive pill and always have been with exception to when i had my 2 children and that didnt stop it either!
My kids are now 14 and 16 and i am starting to feel like their grandmother instead of their mother but im not giving up!
I will not give in to this. I see lots of ladies about in their 40's and 50's that dont seem to have this problem so i am still looking for my miracle and ready to try anything.
So if anyone has any great ideas please share them with me as i am ready to try anything at this point!!!! In the meantime its so nice to know that i am not on my own with this....
Thanks everyone!
Debbie.
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replied July 12th, 2010
Weight gain around the middle is typical in peri- menopause for a number of reasons. First fat cells actually produce estrogen so they think they are helping you out by expanding around the middle. Also, hormone imbalances such high levels of cortisol can cause a storage of body fat. Most women fit into this category of being taxed and stressed which increase these levels. White flours, sugars and alcohol will cause water retention also. Last but not least, if a woman is estrogen dominant water retention in the middle is common. Avoid hormone based products, pesticides, processed (chemical) foods and storing items in numbers, 3,6,9 plastics. All of these things contribute to estrogen levels in the body.
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replied July 25th, 2010
rapid weight gain
Did anyone ever get Joan's email address?
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