Different things have been happening here in the Chaos lately considering health.
They mainly revolve around the fact that I am a 49 yr old woman (or as my doctor is fond of saying "you're not getting any younger"), I'm overweight and I am a 49 yr old woman.
I other words, I'm aging, I'm fat and I'm in peri-menopause.
All three are working against each other to cause each of the other issues to get worse. For the most part.
After many conversations with various health professionals, I have decided against Hormone Replacement Therapy. I have too many risk factors to feel comfortable adding that to everything else. Various health professionals agree. And we all agree that it's much too soon for that anyway.
So, now the search is on to find something that works and doesn't have any adverse effects on any of my other issues or cause new ones. My main fear is that it will set off my allergies since all this stuff is natural and made from stuff that grows and I'm pretty much allergic to most things that are green and grow.
It's proving to be quite difficult to make any improvements as the age, the weight and the pre-meno all add up to life being pretty damn rough right now. I find one thing that works for one issue and it'll cause weight gain, which will then trigger more joint aches and pains, sleepless nights, bloating, and then the other issues come back stronger and so on and so forth.
I've tried several things so far. They work for about a month or so and then abruptly stop. Today I started my third try. I've also found some exercises I may be able to handle. There is no bike riding (hot flashes cause dizziness and I've almost passed out a few times-scary!), there is no walking (the extra weight gain on top of my already overweightness has caused foot issues so there is no walking for more than 2 or 3 blocks now), and at this point, just thinking about movement usually makes my knees scream for mercy.
Wish me luck as I take another stab at the whole thing. Someday soon I will find something that works and helps alleviate all issues. I'm definitely still in it and fighting. Right now I'm not aging very gracefully, but that will change once I find something that works and I can finally see and feel some changes.
Off I go to try out those exercises I found while trolling the internet this weekend. Luckily, there are some "try it out" videos with a few exercises to do to see if your body can handle it.
I've also decided to buy a trainer so I can ride my bike inside, that should be a lot safer for me. I won't tip over and crash on the side of the road. With the trainer, my bike will be nice and stable and if I feel bad I can just get off and chill on the couch til the flash passes. Or even go lay down if that's what needs to be done.