Perimenopause is the time to focus on me

I have five kids, ages 4 to 12, and a husband who is a squeaky wheel.  In February I will be 46 years old (definitely can't believe that).  I get cranky a lot and find myself yelling at the five kids and husband more than I'd like.  I read recently that irritability is a big sign of perimenopause, And I will be the first to admit that I am in the midst of this.  I also get forgetful and tired, also signs that menopause is coming.  My waistline is getting bigger, and the number on the scale.  Yet I want to healthy, truly healthy, really I do.  My 12-year-old daughter, also going through hormonal changes, recently said that I am a "fake healthy" person.  Needless to say, this did not pass by me without a lot of screaming and me playing the blame game (definitely not how I like to treat anyone).

At my very core, I value health.  Health of body, mind and spirit.  It is so important to me and it is how I want to live.  I grew up in a house where we ate broccoli and even okra, and my Mom forced me to swallow Cod liver oil every morning before school. I know what healthy living is.  I just get disconnected from it, often.

I was reading a really great book called "The Emotional Eating Rescue Plan."  The author states that many women overeat or mindlessly eat when they become disconnected from what they truly want.  This is me with an exclamation point.  Over the next 12 months and hopefully the next decade, I am going to reconnect with me and what is truly important and I am going to live the life I have always wanted to.

I used to be a health writer for a large healthcare group.  I am passionate about health and about helping people be healthier.  When I was writing an annual report for one of the hospitals I used to write for, the theme I came up with was "the power to be healthy is in your hands."  In this blog, I hope to share with you ways to be healthier during perimenopause so that when menopause comes you and I can go through it in a healthy and powerful way.

This blog will be not just for me but for anyone who is struggling with the sudden onslaught of symptoms that seem to hit you out of nowhere and disrupt your life.  I will share what I am struggling with, and solutions I am researching and testing out, and ask for your comments and feedback.  Together, we can help each other navigate the confusing world of perimenopause and find answers, and ourselves in the process.  And along the way gain renewed health and strength along the way so we can show menopause who is boss!


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