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    Out of curiosity, how old are you, Leez? Have you gone through meno yet?

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    grammy and I are the same age: 72 Menopause was fairly late, around 57. So yeah, 15 years of hot flashes. Not fun. BHRT (twice) and a hundred other remedies have not touched them.
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    You're a year older than my mom. I don't know why I thought you were younger than that. Your posts/attitude definitely feel younger than her!!

    and 15 years of hot flashes sounds horrible! I haven't had a whole lot of those yet. I did have them some the past two years when EBV was flaring so bad, but not much since that has leveled off. Occasionally, I'll wake up in the middle of the night feeling like my "thermostat" is up, but it also tends to come with increased heart rate, etc., which makes me wonder if it's actually related to cortisol spikes. At least the night time stuff. I haven't had the profuse sweating that other people have had, so I am thankful for that! I'm also still mostly stable period-wise, though not this month, thanks to the addition of progesterone, but I have no idea how long til it's actually gonna be over. I may be 57 or even older by the time I get there! I'm hoping starting HRT early will make it a smoother transition, but who knows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenny
    You're a year older than my mom. I don't know why I thought you were younger than that. Your posts/attitude definitely feel younger than her!!
    ^_^ I don't hide it, but I generally don't talk about my age publicly for that very reason. That way everyone makes a mental picture of you from what you post, not from a position of what you should be like for your age.

    And yes, 15 years of hot flashes has been horrible. I would rather have the monthly periods, frankly. At least you had a couple weeks in between without misery. This is every. single. night. all night. I'm kicking off the covers at least 3-4 times, and usually more. Thankfully, I don't have the sweating part and too have wondered if its something else...thyroid, cortisol, even a tumor somewhere. But I have addressed all of that and still no relief.
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    If men got hot flashes, there would be a cure.

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    Truth! ^_^
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    Leez, I thought about it after I said it. I meant it as a compliment, honestly. My mom is a very "old" 71. Your posts come across with a vibrancy/vitality that she doesn't have. That's what I meant when I thought you were younger. I definitely didn't mean any disrespect!

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    No worries, Jenny. I took it as a compliment. And now you've given me another one.

    My inner self seems to remain at about 35. So I'm sure that has something to do with it.

    Finishing out the last day of transition. Another first...got really weak feeling and even nauseous. Though it might be low potassium but that wasn't it. I think it was that my body needed fuel. I made a protein shake with frozen strawberries and eggwhite powder so I would still be on protocol foods, but only adding an extra protein portion. That helped a lot. Then for dinner tonight, I didn't weigh my tilapia filet, just ate the whole thing, so probably got an extra 2-3 oz. protein there. Feeling good now, and ready for breaky tomorrow! I was able to get out and shop, so I think it will be poached eggs, avocado and bacon--or lamb sausage if I get it mixed up tonight.

    Such an odd round in so many ways. Usually I have to make myself eat the first couple days of P3 before hunger kicks in again.
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    I love it! I've been really trying to pay attention lately to the women around me, especially women older than I am and really learn from their experiences, good and bad. I want the rest of my life to be as good or better than the parts I've already lived. I appreciate having women around who are both older, but also who want to live and enjoy life! So thank you for being here and being you!

    I've been getting a little hungrier-- but not every day-- so I am at a loss as to what to do about it. And nauseous too, for several weeks now! I've also been tracking my minerals, so don't think it's that. I think mine is probably the progesterone. I upped my progesterone dose last night and am still feeling a little loopy/sleepy. I've had to take in more protein this round, and I can tell a difference in how I feel if I don't. I ran out of collagen powder for a couple of days and those were my hungriest. Just gotta stick it out a few more weeks.

    Finally...P2D22: down 1.8. Finally broke into the 180s-- 189.6! Does 1.8 count as a whoosh??

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    I think anything over a pound counts as a whoosh. So yay for your whoosh!

    Through my own experimentation, I have found that increasing protein some can be a strategy that doesn't cause reversal in the diet process. So if you need that, it is safe to continue it. But if you are truly hungry to the point where it is painful and you feel like you may eat your arm off...that is the hunger that indicates a dose change is needed. Small times of mild hunger can sometimes be dealt with with a hot beverage, distracting yourself with an activity or walk, or a little glutamine under the tongue (like an 1/8 tsp)

    I remember getting under 200 as a huge deal. And the next big one for me was 180, as I had been there for a couple of years before gaining more. So glad those years are a dim memory now. But I still remember the mental pain and discomfort in my clothes. Probably always will.
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    The mental anguish and discomfort I've felt in my own body have probably been the hardest part. I have been struggling and have less faith now than ever that I will ever get back to the 130s/140s... even maybe 150s, just bc of how long I've been stuck where I am, and bc of all the hormone changes and how hard it is to keep weight off generally. But I'm trying to stay the course, my mental state be damned!

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    One thing my functional doctor said to me (the one that started me on HCG) was an assurance that I would not go back up into the 200's again because of the hormonal changes that the diet would accomplish. And she has been proven right. I've not ever gotten higher than a few pounds over 150 since I made it to goal in 2012. That doesn't mean I had maintenance figured out...so I did a number of more rounds to keep getting back down. But after about 5 years of that, I had finally figured out some things and its been easier since.
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