No more comfort food

This weekend was pretty tough without the kids. I tried coming up with ways to continue my new healthy lifestyle to help with my menopause symptoms, but I was not in the mood for healthy food or exercising. I found it extremely difficult to keep my mind from wondering to the kids and what they were doing. Needless to say I definitely indulged in some comfort food and spent way too much time on the couch; not helping my hot flash situation at all.

This weekend was filled with doughnuts, pasta, chocolate and everything in between. I am really regretting it now…and so is my waistline. It felt like I was up all last night from night sweats. It really made me reevaluate my goals and how I want to take care of my body and my symptoms. Menopause just has so many lovely symptoms. I have noticed a slow weight gain since I began my transition into menopause. I really need to keep up with my healthy lifestyle to help with the hot flashes and the weight gain. I need to get in the right mindset and really commit to creating this lifestyle change.

After my cup of coffee and a quick read through of the newspaper this morning, I felt groggy and weighed down. The aftermath from this weekend is not very pleasant. I really wanted to have a productive day. I decided to go on a walk to the grocery store down the road to pick up some HEALTHY food for dinner. I have never walked to the grocery store before, but I really enjoyed it. I ran into a few friends along the way and got to chat about Bobby’s big move and the latest news in the neighborhood.

After getting back to the house from my walk, I was beginning to feel better. I really need to keep adding exercise into my daily routine. I really enjoy cycling, so I’m going to try to convince my husband to either go for a bike ride or walk with me three times a week for 30 minutes. It will definitely be a fun way to get moving and have fun with my husband.

I just opened a Pinterest account and found a bunch of good workouts that I can do at home in my living room during the day. You can find my Pinterest account here http://www.pinterest.com/nancyfancyfree/
Hopefully I find motivation each day to keep doing it…maintaining the hot flashes should be enough. J I think I want to find a group fitness class to take. Having exercise planned with a group, will hold me accountable and make me want to better myself. Any suggestions of good classes to take are welcome. 🙂

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Until Next Time,

Nancy

A Very Proud Parent

The day I have been dreading has come, and we have gone.  We just got back from moving Bobby into his new dorm room at school.  It was an emotional rollercoaster unpacking all his clothes and dorm supplies.  I managed to sneak a family photo on his desk…he will thank me for that later.  I tried to keep it together while we were unpacking his room, but saying goodbye one last time by the car brought a river of tears to my eyes.  I had been preparing myself for that moment, so finally those tears were not just tears sadness but tears of a very proud parent.

Moving our youngest child out of the house to college is a huge milestone, not only for Bobby but for us as parents too.  We have two grown children that have had the courage to move out, continue their education, and begin growing into successful young adults.  Even though I’m sad to see them go, I couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments and who’ve they become.

It is comforting knowing that I can talk to Bobby and Clara whenever I want.  I can call or text them whenever; trying not to annoy them too much. 🙂

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We are able to talk everyday… or realistically, as much as they want to talk to their marvelous mom.  I am so anxious to hear about all the exciting things they are doing.  The power of technology is great, now I just need to figure out my phone so I actually know what I’m doing.

Knowing I will see Bobby soon makes me so excited and helps making this transition easier.  He has so much time off from school; much more than what I remember having.  From fall break, Thanksgiving break to winter break, I know he will come home for some great food and we will be able to spend time together.  Clara will also be home during the same breaks too; I can’t wait to have a full house again.

Well I guess it really is official, we are empty nesters now.  We have two grown children making a life for themselves in this world.  Even though this has been a very trying couple of months for me, the amount of pride and happiness I have is unexplainable.  I believe that as parents of two wonderful children, it is our duty to support and help them in any way as they begin a new chapter in their lives and grow into adults.  Even though I had been dreading this day, I am happy and excited for what is to come and can’t wait to get that first call from Bobby 🙂

Until that phone call,

Nancy

These Symptoms are NORMAL??

Who is ready for another menopausal post? I promise I won’t go on a rant about it for that long! 🙂 After I had the hot flash that melted some of the polar ice caps, I decided it was time to go to the doctor to see what was going on and what I can do to help these unceasing symptoms.  I just got back from the gynecologist and my symptoms are normal…NORMAL! I was sure I had some new strain of menopause causing my body to turn into a volcano.

menopause-girl-on-fireI guess I am going through perimenopause, the transition in to menopause, it sure seems like I’m traveling through Mars and not menopause.  She said that during this stage my hormones levels are on a rollercoaster going up and down; I’m glad they are having fun because I definitely am not.  Some symptoms can last for months or even YEARS! I hope that mine are on the rollercoaster right out the door.  On a positive note, I guess it’s positive, my doctor said my symptoms can be managed by some minor lifestyle changes.

The doctor recommended light physical activity and eating healthy food to help make the symptoms begin to subside.  I sure hope that these little changes help the hot flashes and night sweats, I’m tired of being so sweaty I sparkle.  I am going to have to find ways to incorporate activity and healthy eating into everyday life, it shouldn’t be that difficult….right?

I consider myself a fairly healthy woman.  I don’t eat that bad and I try walking as much as I can.  I guess I am going to have to up my healthy eating and activity level.  I think I’m going to try to going on walks more often during the week and taking the stairs whenever I can.  Committing to taking the stairs is pretty scary, there are stairs everywhere!  I really need to stay focused on the goal and hope that working on maintaining a healthy lifestyle my symptoms will become easier to deal with.  Everyone take a moment and send some positive thoughts my way! 🙂

So now that I know these annoying symptoms are normal and a lot of women have the same unpleasant symptoms; I’m going to have to really buckle down and focus on my health and physical activity.  It is going to be difficult, so any suggestions or motivation are greatly appreciated!

Until next time,

Nancy

On Cloud 9

It’s been almost a week since I went shopping and got the PERFECT dress for my wedding anniversary dinner. I have been excited all week to get dressed up and feel good in my new clothes. I can’t remember the last time I was so “giddy” for a dinner out. I didn’t show my husband the dress or the new clothes so I could surprise him right before we left.

When I walked down the stairs, his jaw hit the floor when he saw me. I have not seen that look on his face in years. Not only did I shock him with my look, it shocked me when I put it on; the amount of confidence I felt wearing my new dress was unmatchable to anything I’ve felt in a very long time. It is shocking how a little wardrobe update can make you look and feel like a new woman.

We went to our favorite Italian restaurant for dinner. Of course, the food was incredible and it almost put us into a carb coma…it was definitely worth it.  It was so good to finally sit down together, just the two of us, and have a conversation without worrying about the kids. We reminisced about all the crazy things we did when we started dating. It is funny thinking back to the things you did to impress someone. We had a good laugh about how our relationship began and how it grew into what it is now.   All evening he kept telling me that I looked even more beautiful than I did on our first date! It felt so good to feel like his beautiful bride again and not a sweaty menopausal woman.

Our romantic night got even better when he surprised me with tickets to New York. I have wanted to go to New York for years but didn’t have time with two young kids and a career. It is going to be the perfect romantic escape to get away from all the stresses here and have a week alone with my husband. He always knows how to make me feel special! I’m so excited!

Surprise New York

 

It was one of the best nights we have had alone in a very long time. It had been so long since we took the time out of our busy schedules to sit down and enjoy each other’s company. We decided that we want to start making time to go on dates and spend time just the two of us.

Now I have to brainstorm some ideas to keep the romance growing for two empty nesters.

Until next time,

Nancy