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1/16/20 9:59 A

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My goal is only 2" away so eating maintenance not going to affect timeline enough to matter. I might even hit goal before next cycle lol. I do a 1 hour walk a day (unless I'm at home because -40 with windchill is too cold and no indoor space to use!)
I will be trying the meditating when I'm having a hard time saying no - I'll let you all know how it goes! I'm going to start doing my calm app every day again as well to lower my overall stress which will help I'm sure!

Thank you all for your input!


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1/13/20 6:13 P



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I'm glad that the links were helpful and reinforced what you had already previously learned. Sometimes we just need a little push to jog our memories emoticon

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Start lining up your weekly weights and your cycle and start looking at month to month rather than daily and weekly so that you can see the progress you are making. Consider being one of those people that doesn't weigh on the high week if it bothers you so much. Because your cycle does cause some weight fluctuations and that is completely normal and trying to change that is like standing on the beach screaming at the tide not to come in. It's not useful and you're not going to win and you're not really going to feel any better for it. So figure out what it is and make the decision to shove your scale in the closet one week per cycle if that helps your mental health.

That being said, don't let PMS eating become a self fulfilling prophecy. Yes it certainly happens, but building up some willpower can do a lot to the frequency of how often it happens and so can deciding that this is something that you have the ability to change. As others have noted, having a well balanced diet as a base helps. I seem to remember something about chocolate cravings having something to do with being low in something that nuts have, so having a snack of nuts instead of a handful of chocolate is one place to start.
Also, try eating in your loss ranges on the other weeks and you maintenance ranges on your munchy week. If you decide in advance to allow yourself more calories it will be easier to hit that goal and your plan. You won't also have the failure mindset for not hitting your loss range calories and 2-3 weeks of the month you will be eating in your loss ranges and 1-2 weeks in maintenance. It's a little slower, but less yo-yoing. You would also be intentionally doing something about it instead of scrambling after, which is a small distinction, but one that I think makes a big difference in the long run.

If you are not already exercising, try to find something that you like doing. My entirely unscientific opinion is that being crampy on the couch just means all the blood is flowing to the only job going on in the body. If I go out for a run, some of that blood is going to be diverted to my muscles and so there is less of it to feed the cramping. Medically this may not be entirely sound, but it gets me off the couch and moving. Exercise can also help moderate depression.

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1/13/20 11:33 A

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Thank you for the links. One of the articles reminded me how I got off anti-depressants and stayed well. I turned to meditation! So I will commit to increasing it when my going gets rough, it will be my go to not that box of crackers. I also read alcohol exacerbates the symptoms, that also has been a go to on really rough nights. So time to see it's not in the house!




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1/13/20 11:20 A

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Thank you all, it's nice knowing I'm not alone.
I guess I am lucky in that too much sugar makes me nauseous. I tend to avoid it and if I have it, it's not much because I will pay for it! My go to is carbs which yes crave more carbs.
I do eat really healthy - I make most things from scratch to the point I can soups every week! I follow the balance your hormones way of eating.
I have being doing Noom which has a lot of great psych tips. (PS - threaten to cancel and they will offer $20 per month lol.) I understand that spending an evening alone is hard and usually I can avoid eating through it but it's really hard during PMS. So I need to deal with my emotions and thought distortions (I deserve this/it's just one - ok just one more/this will comfort me etc). I think I just need to comfort with something else instead, just need to figure out what will stick. I also need to sit and be with my emotions, don't run away as they need recognition in order to work through them. Not pleasant to sit and feel though, but I know it does work so soldier on.
As for being more hungry ugh I guess load up on low cal density foods?


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1/12/20 5:31 P



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MADJIK,

Maybe part of the issue isn't how much you're eating, but what you're eating.

Here's my experience from the point of view of a post menopausal woman. When I was morbidly obese and eating whatever I wanted, I'd get the PMS chocolate/sweets cravings just like lots of other women. Always thought, this is normal. This is what happens to women during their cycles.

Longish story short. I lost the weight and have kept it off. Here's what I noticed as I lost weight. Before I went into peri menopause, I noticed my PMS symptoms decrease significantly. I didn't need a fistful of pain killers to get through a cramp. no more mood swings. I stopped craving sweets.

My personal opinion is that eating a healthier diet (to lose weight) helped decrease the PMS symptoms. I don't believe women actually crave chocolate. I think that if we eat a lot of sweets, we crave more of them when our cycle does hit. Eat less sweets and you experience fewer cravings. And think about it. What does sugar do to our body ? If we eat a donut or candy bar, it spikes our blood sugar. An hour or so later, our blood sugar crashes and what do we want ? our next sugar rush !

I would think that if the OP is experiencing terrible PMS symptoms that it might be a good idea to look over their nutrition to see if they are getting enough nutrient dense food. Because if the OP still eats a lot of sweets or less than nourishing foods, the poor diet could be causing extreme PMS symptoms as well as mood swings.

Once again, this is just from my own experience going through the "change".



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1/12/20 8:43 A

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JUST has some great advice and I totally feel both JUST and Madjik's pain! I'm mid-40s and this all started in my late 30's. My PMS has steadily gotten worse as I've gotten older and entering the perimenopause stage. My cycles are unpredictable. Sometimes I go 3 weeks, sometimes 4, sometimes 5 or 6. Sometimes I go through all the horrible PMS symptoms and never get a cycle. It's truly maddening!

My dear husband puts up with a lot of crabbiness from me. I notice as well when I start getting irritated by things that normally don't bother me, I look at the calendar and what do you know. lol

Tracking and planning definitely help and truthfully sometimes you have to give in to a craving but as I've found, just not all week lol - because then I feel terrible for a whole different set of reasons.

Good luck - we're with you!



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1/11/20 7:46 A

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As a woman over 40 I have noticed a change in my moods and cravings in the week before my period. It can be really hard to say no when your body is telling you to eat stuff you know isn’t super healthy. I’ve also noticed that as I’m pushing into peri-menopause I can hold a lot of water weight in the week before my period and it can make me feel yucky and have not the most positive self talk.

When I’m PMSing things that usually bug me a little, can drive me absolutely crazy! Eg. I work a full 40 hour week and my hubby (construction) has more time at the house because he’s a little slow this week. Does he make dinner, no. Does he vacuum, no. Does he dust or clean up anything besides his own dishes (some of the time), no. I’m PMSing right now so I’m thinking he’s a bit of an a**hole. Grr...

Two things I’ve noticed that help are.

1. Getting enough sleep. I find when I get enough sleep I don’t have cravings as bad as when I’m tired.

2. Meal plan. Knowing what I’m going to eat, and eating enough of it so that I’m not still hungry after the meal that I crave snacks helps to keep me from eating garbage.

JERF - Just Eat Real Food

I'm not a doctor or dietitian. I'm just a real whole foods nutrition nerd.

I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free food. And it's changed my life!

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Lowering my A1C and keeping my blood sugar levels steady eating LCHF.


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1/10/20 8:03 P

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I have no advice because I've never had to deal with that. I just wanted to say (hugs) and I hope you find the help you need; that truly sounds horrible to have to deal with that. I know hormones/emotions can be difficult for us women.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever exercises faith in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16


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1/10/20 7:48 P



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Talk with your Dr because it can often be successfully treated.
www.healthline.com/health/pms-mood-swings

www.health.harvard.edu/womens-health/treat
ing-premenstrual-dysphoric-disorder


www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323317.p
hp#why-does-it-happen


I hope that you find those links helpful.

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I'm not doing anti-depressants for hormone related moods that only happen during my PMS week.


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1/10/20 4:00 P

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"I get so hungry and depressed "
Are you seeing a professional about that depression?
Perhaps your meds can be adjusted...

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
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OK having trouble with this and I don't have a uterus!! I do still have my ovaries and so hormones and I get so hungry and depressed (I emotional eat). I just can't seem to deal with it in a way that doesn't mean I gain 5 pounds. Add in my cycle is as short as 3 weeks means I have a short window to lose it and not add on top of it. I ended up gaining 24 pounds (again) and have lost 22 of it (again). I really want to break the cycle of my cycle lol!

Anyone else have this? Any suggestions?


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