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The Freshman 15 is nothing compared to the Menopause 20!  In college I could skip a meal and lose 5 pounds, now if I look at a piece of bread I gain 5 pounds. 

The Personal Summers were handled with portable fans and cotton clothing;
The absence of menses was happily welcomed and handled;
The dryness was handled with personal lubricants like KY, Poise and a patient hubby;
The mood swings were handled with red wine and an understanding family
The weight gain is NOT BEING HANDLED WELL

A woman’s body is constantly going through changes, some of them good, others not so much. I’m in the 4th year of menopause and was handling it well until the extra pounds began to increase my body mass index (BMI). Initially I blamed it on the stress of caring for my grandmother before her death in 2009; then I blamed it on kicking a 30-year smoking habit; then on the snow storm of 2010, and the chips I ate while watching the flakes fall.  Next it was the long commute, 3 hours a day back and forth to work. I would walk in the afternoons and on the elliptical in the evenings but it wasn’t enough to burn the necessary calories or speed up my metabolism. Zumba is fun but I haven’t lost a single pound, I did however, twist my knee and realize that I’ve lost all of my rhythm!

I used Sensa, lost 10 lbs, put it back on,  joined NutriSystem, lost 20 lbs, put it back on, cleansed with lemonade laced with cayenne pepper, went carb and sugar free – I hate the bathroom scale!  I’ve gone to the doctor, had my thyroid checked, drink shots of ACV with water after each meal but the pounds refuse to leave.  I’ve tried eDiets, me diets, ABC diets with no success. To say it’s frustrating would be an understatement and I’m getting desperate to lose the “Menopause 20”, and refuse to give up the challenge!

Medical reports state that weight gain during menopause is not uncommon or even my fault, that it’s hormonal and I need to increase the intensity of exercise, (where is Richard Simmons when you need him), and decrease the intake of certain foods and beverages.  So no more Sriracha flavored chips and beer, Triscuits and Cabot cheese or Mexican and Chinese takeout, a sacrifice that I am willing to make.  Tomorrow I fill the grocery cart with lots of fresh fruits, veggies and fish in an attempt to rid myself of the Menopause 20 – wish me luck.

Is weight loss a challenge for you, if so, what is your strategy?

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Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday!

It has finally happened, Winter is officially over and based upon the temps for the next few days so is Spring!  If you live in the MidAtlantic area you know that we went from the cold-in-the-low 50’s on Saturday to the hot-in-the-mid 80’s today, all I can say is “bring it on”!  I love the warmer temps, not intense heat but warm enough to wear only one layer of clothing and a wrap dress is perfect.  If you follow me on Instagram you know that I twisted my knee doing Zumba and haven’t been able to wear heels, needless to say, I’m not happy.  I did pose in them this morning but had to go straight to the flats to lessen the pain.

What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?

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OOTD 4 9 13 001Black and White Wrap Dress  – CitiTrends // Red Sandals – Rugged Wearhouse

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It’s so bright I had to wear shades!

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OOTD 4 9 13 008Chanel-Inspired Purse – Flea Market Vendor // Zebra Print Flats – Target

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OOTD 4 9 13 018Wore Red Embellished Mossimo Flats

OOTD 4 9 13 019Linking up today with Style Statement Tuesday – come on over and meet a new blogger

Have a fantabulous evening – Smooches!

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Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday

It’s mid-week, the temps are rising and the sun will be shining – all is good in the neighborhood! Dark and dreary days really take a toll on the mind and body, which is not good when trying to lose weight. I need to step up my Zumba workouts and cut back on the carbs so that my clothes fit better…this skirt is tight!

Does the weather or seasons affect your weight?

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Watch – Traci Lynn // Bracelet – Flea Market Vendor // Ring – Avon // Earrings – IcingsOOTD 2 6 13 017

Both the skirt and top were thrifted from GW Boutique (Goodwill).  The top was made in Hong Kong and has a very unique design with the metal rectangles sewn onto the front.

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OOTD 2 6 13 004Wearing my “Betty Boop” Polka Dot Pumps from Ross

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Changed dark tights for nude tone pantyhose and added scarf

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Black & White Tight!

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Linking up today with Transatlantic Blonde, The Pleated Poppy and All Things Alisa * hop on over and meet some new bloggers

Have a fantabulous afternoon – Smooches!

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Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday

It’s a warm December day in the Delaware Valley and I hope it’s the same “in your neck of the woods” – I love Al Roker!  Saturday my girlfriend told me about her daily Zumba workout so last night I pulled up some YouTube videos and tried it.  Man oh man it was an awesome workout, I loved it and will definitely try it every night to fight off these excess lbs that have attached themselves to my body!

 Today’s outfit is almost totally thrifted, the blouse, skirt and shoes were all thrifted from Goodwill

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Reversible Two-Tone Belt – Avon // – Necklace & Earring Set – Jewelrymax.net // Watch – Joan Rivers Collection via QVC outlet

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This afternoon, I may pull out my sneakers from under my desk and go for a brisk walk.

Linking up today with Thrifters Anonymous – hop on over and meet a new blogger

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