Menopause Mondays: Weight Gain – Summertime And Bathing Suit Shopping

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Bathing SeasonSome people get the chills when they hear nails on a chalkboard. I get chills right around this time every year when bathing suits makes their way to the forefront of conversation again. Bikinis, one-pieces, tankinis, oh my! Southern California’s weather is the most temperate in the country and even I can tell that it’s getting warmer. Time to bust out the old box of bathing suits from last summer. Yikes!

My bathing suits must really love me, because no matter how many times I ask them (and by “ask” I mean “stretch”) they won’t stop squeezing me! The suits from last summer seem to hit all the wrong places. Does anyone else have this problem?  Why can’t my tush stay inside the bathing suit?? I’m over my old bathing suits and now it’s time to replenish the stash.  This year, I went right to the web to order some new bathing suits online and bypass the annoying horribly-lit and too-close-for-comfort mirrors in the department store fitting rooms. The web and my dimly-lit bathroom are the perfect solution for me!

In my web surfing, I came across an article in Good Housekeeping called Flattering, Figure-Fixing Swimsuits for Every Body Type. It is a great resource. Personally, I’ve had great luck with Spanx bathing suits. They are very flattering because they are designed with tummy control and a fabulous bra with extra padding for an extra lift. The designers of Spanx must be menopausal women! They are brilliant. With my big hat and sunglasses these bathing suits make me feel like I’ve just stepped out of a 1960s beach blanket summer surfing movie. When you’re trying on suits for this summer, make sure to keep that über critical voice in your head at bay. Stuff the sock you just took off in his mouth and have a great time – no negativity!

Peel off all of those layers (sweaters, leggings, and coats) and take inventory to see if you also need to peel off a few of those extra winter pounds that crept up. Perhaps a tone-up is in order. It is good for your health, which is the most important reason for doing it! While you’re toning up for summer, make sure to keep the positive reinforcement coming.

Of all the suits out there to choose from – one-piece, bikini, tankini… panini? – there’s one you’ll always have, and that’s your birthday suit. Maybe talking about bathing suits doesn’t have to be akin to fat-talking. I’m going to try to push aside that annoying negative voice in my head, alter my opinion and force myself to thank the summer season for making me think about my eating and exercise habits. After all, we know that our weight and health go hand-in-hand. If you feel that weight has become a recent issue for you, keep in mind that symptoms of thyroid disorders are often mistaken for perimenopause symptoms. Keep a close eye on your body and the way you function to ensure that you’re always living at 100%. You can learn more about menopausal weight gain and thyroid issues in my FREE eBook, MENOPAUSE MONDAYS The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause

Let’s remember the one suit that really matters this summer.  Perimenopause and menopause have nothing on us! Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to finish all the ice cream in the freezer (If I get rid of it, I can’t eat any more!).

 

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After struggling with her own severe menopause symptoms and doing years of research, Ellen resolved to share what she learned from experts and her own trial and error. Her goal was to replace the confusion, embarrassment, and symptoms millions of women go through–before, during, and after menopause–with the medically sound solutions she discovered. Her passion to become a “sister” and confidant to all women fueled Ellen’s first book, Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness. As a result of the overwhelming response from her burgeoning audiences and followers’ requests for empowering information they could trust, Ellen’s weekly blog, Menopause MondaysTM, was born.

4 Comments

  1. Mary

    May 27, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I’m hungry all the time! Is there anything to do about that?

    • Ellen Dolgen

      May 27, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Mary, I think eating the Weight Watchers way help to keep that hunger at bay. My husband and I went on it together 4 years ago….we still eat this way today. We downloaded the app and let it do our daily points, but after awhile you just change your eating. I munch on vegies and fruit all day long……………no point to these and they are so filling. Check it out. You can learn more in my FREE eBook, MENOPAUSE MONDAYS The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause.

  2. linda

    May 31, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Thankyou Ellen for this info. Like always you are very inspiring. I totally agree with the weight watchers program or anything that helps track calories. I find it impowering!My husband reminds me that with menapause i have a disability that causes alot of pain and he says your doing great! Im so thankful, and at the same time will not use it as an excuse to except extra pounds. However we do have to understand it may take more time in our 50’s plus then when we were in our 30’s.Also excited about checking out the spanks swim suits xo!

    • Ellen Dolgen

      June 1, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Linda, it sounds like you have a fabulously supportive husband. How great! I love WW because it is not a diet. If you keep track of your points for a few months, before you know it – you are eating healthier and being healthier! Good luck…………

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