My Menopause Story
One of the reasons I decided to talk more about menopause, to share my journey and to start to focus my business in this area, was due to my experience of perimenopause.
Looking back I realise I started my perimenopause in my early 40s, but at the time I had recently got divorced, was living by myself, and having to work more, so the symptoms I was having I put down to the changes in my life.
I am normally a very positive person, always laughing, but I felt very low, would burst into tears for no reason, had very low self-esteem and self-doubt. As my weight started to increase, without any real changes in my diet, my anxiety at having to get up in front of people to teach classes, was awful.
Being a trainer everyone expects you to be a certain size, and to know that people stopped coming to my classes because of my increased size, just added to my feelings of depression and anxiety. But I also am very good at hiding behind my wall, so I carried on.
"Allow your vibrancy to shine and become Fit to love your Life."
Menopause & Yoga
During the year I run Menopause Yoga Workshops and Classes.
The MY classes are suitable for all stages of
Menopause from "pre" perimenopause through to very post menopause and everything in-between.
During class we will spend some time talking and sharing our experience & symptoms. But you do not need to have symptoms to attend class, whether we have symptoms or not our bodies will still be undergoing changes as our hormone levels change.
Each week the class will have a different area of focus, which could be nutrition, sleep, anxiety, hot flushes, brain fog, strength.
Yoga is also an integral part of Midlife Reset - as it is such a wonderful way of helping us on our menopause journey.
When & What is Menopause
Menopause is something that affects all women, and we all go through it differently at different ages, with different severity and different symptoms.
Menopause is medically defined as when we have not had a period for a year.
Perimenopause is the time up to when our periods stop.
This is when most of the changes and symptoms occur, and this is when we are most likely to be unaware of what we are going through, as for most of us we still view Menopause to be something that happens to old women and we can not be old enough.
The fact is our hormones can start to change in our early/mid 40s . Perimenopause roughly starts around 45, and on average lasts 7 years, but it can happen for up to 10 years before menopause.
The average women is 51 when she is menopausal.
We can not alter when we hit menopause, we are born with a finite number of eggs and when your body stops releasing eggs our levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone fall.
Post Menopause is the time in your life after menopause, which can be a third of your life.
There are at least 34 symptoms of Menopause, bit for the majority of us we only think of the common ones such as :
Loss of Libido
Other symptoms incude :
By working with me, we can work through this transformative stage in your life with energy and vibrancy, allowing you to be fit to continue to love your life.
Through personal experience , I know that with a specific, personalised and adaptable fitness and nutrition plan the journey through your menopause can be made much easier, no matter what age or stage you are at.
Menopause is an individual journey, it affects us all differently, so if you would like to talk further to work out the best options for you then please contact me to discuss further.
Menopause & Nutrition
Menopause is a time when we need to take a bit more care with our diet. Often we need to make changes to how and what we eat to help us managed the symptoms.
Eating a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, foods that are as natural as possible and not over processed, and ensuring we drink enough water will all help to reduce symptoms and to ensure we feel full of energy.