Today I feel like I am hanging by a thread with the healthy eating, but I have a plan and am going to stick to it. I had my usual breakfast (2 free range eggs, 1 slice bacon, 1/2 navel orange, 2 c coffee w/half and half = 228 calories). I am having some trouble with that tooth I chipped last month that needs a crown soon, so am leaning towards softer/more liquid meals until dinnertime, such as yogurt/fruit smoothies and Medifast shakes. I need to dig through the freezer and find something for dinner, but the plan is to aim for 450 calories or so at dinner and allotting 100 calories for an evening snack. My total should be around 1200 for the day.
I am finding that things have changed regarding my weight loss over the past year. Talking to some friends about my symptoms and difficulty losing, it was suggested that it could be perimenopause. And I think that could be what's going on here. I will be 43 years old this summer and that is prime time for perimenopause. I've had many of the symptoms I have read about on the Web MD website and the Mayo Clinic website, such as hot flashes, erratic sleep, headaches, worsening PMS, and very weird cycles. Another symptom of perimenopause is weight gain. And I found this info on Women to Women very enlightening:
"Women carrying extra burdens tend to have more extreme hormonal imbalance. And in my experience, the greatest burdens to your health relate to chronic stress and emotional issues. If we describe our life as a journey, I think perimenopause is like standing at the baggage claim. Chronic stress and unresolved emotions are like baggage that we need to handle now, or it just keeps on circling around.... Also high on the list of burdens are spotty nutrition, inadequate sleep, and sedentary lifestyle. These factors can escalate symptoms in perimenopause because they reduce your body’s natural ability to detoxify and maintain balance."
Interesting, isn't it?
Anyway, this month I have been focused on getting referrals and appointments for all the medical stuff I have been putting off. I have to do it in stages; even with insurance, there is a $30-50 copay per visit and it *really* adds up. I don't have dental coverage so that will have to come last; I just had a crown done earlier this year and need another soon, thanks to having a mouth full of metal fillings by the time I was 14. So I went to my primary doctor and got all that bloodwork done, I have my allergy shot appointments set up (I have a life-threatening allergy so this comes first), all my kids are set up for dental and eye and specialist appointments, and in just a few weeks I will be seeing my 'girly stuff' doctor to recheck for precancerous cervical cells, recheck the status of my uterine fibroid and ovarian cyst, and get a mammogram to recheck the spots they found 2 or 3 years ago. I will be asking about possible perimenopause and maybe they can do some kind of hormone check to see what's going on. In the meanwhile, I am trying to counter what I suspect is a slowed metabolism with more activity.
If any of you have gone through perimenopause (or menopause itself) I would love to hear your experiences with it. What kinds of symptoms did you have, and did you find anything that worked to help alleviate them?