Benefits of Daily Weigh-Ins

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Weight is always a sore subject in menopause, and stepping on the scale can be downright depressing.   However, it turns out there are some good reasons to weigh yourself daily:

Tracks Your Progress

Facing the scale daily helps you track your progress and there’s no better feeling in the world that seeing those numbers go down. You may need to make some adjustments, or if you’re happy with your progress, just maintain what you’re doing.

Stops Eating Binge

You may feel like celebrating your weight loss by diving into a pool of chocolate, but seeing that lower number on the means you’re going in the right direction, and an eating binge will just slow down your weight loss. If you want to celebrate, buy yourself some smaller clothes or treat yourself to a movie.

Keeps You Accountable

Since you  know you will have to face the scale every day, you make healthier choices, and even if you’re going out to dinner or to a party, you can have fun without overindulging.

 In my next blog post, I’ll talk about the drawbacks of weighing yourself daily.

Is Itchy Skin Driving You Crazy?

Tips and Tricks to Cope with Dehydration in Menopause

As if we don’t have enough to cope with during menopause, now we have dehydration to worry about. How does dehydration affect women in menopause?

Our bodies are made up of 75% water, and as we age, we lose a lot of that water through urine, sweat, and hormonal changes. Estrogen levels drop, and add hot flashes and night sweats to the mix, and it’s easy to see how women could be dehydrated.

Dehydration can also make the skin dry and itchy, lead to bladder problems and infections, and cause fatigue.

The best way to stay hydrated is to drink plain water. Soda, coffee, flavored waters, and tea flush water out of your system, and lead to further dehydration.

To cool down a hot flash, drink a glass of water when you feel it coming on, and you won’t get hit with as much heat.

Aim for 8 glasses of water a day. If you’re not used to drinking that much in a day, start slowly and add a glass a day. This will also be kinder to your bladder, and you won’t have to constantly run to the bathroom.

If you want to kick your metabolism up, drink a glass of warm water when you first get up. Take a bottle of water with you to work and take small sips during the day.

Are you drinking enough water?

What’s Going Right?

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It’s easy to get in a bad mood just by reading your newspaper or watching the news on TV. Shootings, war, famine, job loss, and let’s face it the current administration in Washington leaves a lot to be desired.

However, not everything in your life is bad, and it’s important to meditate on what’s going right in your life. Did your kid make the honor roll,  did you decide to eat a healthier diet, or take an invigorating walk in the fresh air and sunshine?  If you are in a really blue funk, start small and just be thankful that you woke up this morning.

When I take the time to really think about what’s going right in my life, I usually end up with a pretty long list and it really chases the blues away when I’m feeling down.

Sit down at the end of a day, take out a sheet of paper or use a program like Microsoft Word and make a list of all the positive things in your life. I guarantee you will feel a lot better.

 

 

 

Easing Financial Stress In Retirement

stock-photo-18406217-senior-woman-reading-book-on-beach  As you march through menopause, not only will you experience changes in your health, but will also experience changes in your day to day life and that includes retirement.

After so many years in the work force I was more than ready to retire. I welcomed the respite from office politics, annoying bosses, a killer commute, and having to wake up and get going so early in the morning.  I fantasized about places I wanted to travel to, the free time I could fill up with anything I wanted or nothing at all, and pursuing passions that I now had time to indulge in.

However, retirement means living on a fixed income and for many people who don’t have additional sources of income or little in savings, you worry about how you will provide for yourself and your family.

It’s not all bad news, and there are things you can do to ease your mind.

To reduce financial stress requires that you change your thinking. You may not have as much money as you want, but be thankful for what you do have and think of ways to improve your finances.

This may involve taking on a part-time job, or downsizing to a smaller home. If you or your spouse are no longer commuting to separate jobs, you may be able to get by with one car instead of two. This would be a savings on fuel and insurance.

What steps have you taken to ease financial stress in retirement? 

Coping With Insomnia In Menopause

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Do you find yourself unable to go to sleep or waking up in the middle of the night? Do you get up too early and still feel tired? Welcome to the world of menopause!

Sleep can be impacted by many factors such as hormonal changes, stress, depression, hot flashes, or the pain of arthritis.

My insomnia started with the big estrogen debate of 2005. Doctors suddenly reversed course and said that estrogen/progesterone could cause cancer and should only be used in extreme cases. I went from sleeping 8 hours a night to a sleep- deprived zombie that walked the floors all night.

Here are some tips and tricks that I use to help me get a good night’s sleep:

Pain Medication

The first step I took was a visit to the  doctor to discuss my pain medication. I suffer from arthritis in my neck and back, and my sleep is a lot better when my pain is controlled.

Sticking to a Sleep Program

This means I go to bed at the same time each night. As soon as I am awake I get up, and no naps are allowed in the middle of the day.

Bedtime Snack

Eat a bedtime snack. Carbohydrate rich snacks such as oatmeal, a small bowl of cereal and milk, a piece of toast, or a small dab of peanut butter on crackers increase tryptophan which helps induce sleep.

Support Pillow  

Unfortunately, a good support pillow is not cheap, but worth every cent. Muscles need more support in menopause, and a support pillow will keep the head, neck, and spine in proper alignment.

What steps do you take to have a good night’s sleep?