Health Magazine

From Matron to Skinny B*tch: A Menopause Weight Loss Story

Posted on the 29 January 2011 by Lynettesheppard @LynetteSheppard
From Matron to Skinny B*tch: A Menopause Weight Loss Story

Open Road © Lynette Sheppard

When you near the end of one journey, you begin another. So it is with my Most Excellent Menopause Weight Loss Adventure. I have embarked upon the first 3 week maintenance phase after losing the 16 pound turkey around my middle.

And so far, it is going pretty well. My energy level is still not back to pre-diet levels, but better with every passing day. They tell me this is perfectly normal.

I can eat anything except starches and sugars, so it’s pretty wide open. The most important thing to be aware of is to eat enough calories to reset metabolic rate to a more normal place.

Initially, I thought I’d have no problem eating enough. After all, this was what I planned and was ready for, wasn’t it? God knows, I’ve read these freaking books and my doctor’s instructions so many times I can quote whole sections verbatim.

Imagine my surprise then to find myself anxious and  a little afraid that eating normally would pack the pounds back on again. Intellectually, I know better. Emotionally, well that’s a different story.

So I did what any Menopause Goddess would do in such circumstances. I gave myself a good stern talking to. “Self,” I said. “Food is not your enemy. It’s life, sustenance, nourishment. EAT!”And I did. And I am. (I can be very persuasive at times.)

What has most intrigued me about the HCG diet, besides the science, is the metabolic reset that creator Dr. Simeons asserted as end result. God knows, with the advent of The Big M, my metabolism seemed to grind to a halt. The jury is still out as to whether that actually will happen or not; I promise to keep you all posted.

Here’s what I do know has reset. My taste buds. Eating without oil of any kind challenged me to use pure spices as flavoring. And my sensitivity to flavor is at an all time high. (By pure spices, I mean without any additives like sugar or MSG or other unpronounceable substances. Read the spice labels – you will be amazed. I bought garlic pepper without reading the label in the grocery store only to find it contained sugar.)

After this three weeks of maintenance, comes a three week period of adding good starches back into my diet, such as sprouted grain bread, organic potatoes, and brown rice. Sugar in moderation will be okay, but I’m not a big sugar person. Most important will be avoiding high fructose corn syrup (which they put in freaking everything) and meats with hormones and antibiotics.

Finally, the HCG diet is just one option or possibility for kickstarting metabolism and losing that midlife bulge. For example, my friend, Dee Adams of Minnie Pauz fame, has been walking and eating low carb – she’s lost weight and feels great. She also credits reporting to her many friends on Facebook with keeping her going. We might let ourselves down, but never our girlfriends.

Theresa Venus is trying new recipes from Cooking Light in addition to her daily workouts and pounds are coming off.

Lei Venus has taken to eating frequent tiny meals and has maintained her weight where she wants it.

My girlfriends, Bronwyn and Arlinka, have been visiting the gym 3 times a week and are in great shape. Bronwyn ran most of a marathon a couple of weeks ago. (She only planned to run half, but kept going when she hit her stride.)

There is no one right answer – no one perfect diet or exercise regimen that will work for all Menopause Goddesses
. The HCG diet seems to have worked for me. Only time will tell.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Happiness Is... Believing in Yourself

    Happiness Is... Believing Yourself

    In the blink of an eye, we've come to the last quarter of 2018. How amazing does time pass us by, right? The year end is always a very busy time for me and... Read more

    The 14 October 2018 by   A Happy Mum
  • Early Autumn in the Front Garden

    Early Autumn Front Garden

    When I posted at the end of September I included a photo of the front garden, which I rarely post pictures of. One of my readers suggested that I post more ofte... Read more

    The 14 October 2018 by   Patientgardener
  • 6 Tips On How To Pass Post UTME

    Since institutions have been given the autonomy to carry out post UTME examination, to be on a safer side you are advised to start preparing for the exam. Read more

    The 14 October 2018 by   Naijapary
  • After 11years Of Dating, Man Takes His Girlfriend to Santorini to Propose, See...

    After 11years Dating, Takes Girlfriend Santorini Propose, Reply Gave (Photos)

    11Years? I Cannot imagine myself dating a lady for so long, I mean what are we gonna be doing all those years. But well, This man doesn’t seem like its a big... Read more

    The 14 October 2018 by   Naijapary
  • NYT Celebrates Our Kansas City Chiefs Today

    Celebrates Kansas City Chiefs Today

    Yes sir, the one and only New York Times has a very prominent, front sports page article on our own Kansas City Chiefs, our Patrick Mahomes and how we naturally... Read more

    The 14 October 2018 by   Morage
  • SEPECAT Jaguar E

    SEPECAT Jaguar

    @Le Bourget, France December 2016 Among the outdoor exhibits of the Musée de l’air et de l’espace is this Jaguar E.  The E variant was a two-seat training... Read more

    The 14 October 2018 by   Htam
  • Businesses Need Employee Engagement More Than Process

    Businesses Need Employee Engagement More Than Process

    The days of leadership without engagement are gone. With interactive social media and video everywhere, everyone needs to feel they have a relationship with... Read more

    The 14 October 2018 by   Martin Zwilling