Good luck - I hope my experience helps you - believe me it I can do it anyone can do it.Would like to hear about the hormone balancing...how did you discover they were out of whack, how do they know what and how much you need to take, and is there some point at which you quit taking them?
I knew the were out of whack since I was having hot flashes and feeling pretty rotten. I could not lose weight - I would lose a little and then gain it back - I felt like the fat was glued to my thighs and butt. I've always exercised - fairly irregularly though, plus had a long commute and sedentary desk job (I'm a financial analyst).
Your weight loss is very heartening! Did you exercise much?
Exercise did not seem to play a major role in my weight loss. I started exercising more consistently and noticed I would lose more during the weeks I exercised 2-3x, but I was losing consistently most weeks - not rapidly, but 1-3 lbs a week.
I eat pretty decently--good foods, almost nothing processed, and pretty low carb. I'm not losing weight though, so I think I have to become more strict about what I eat, and maybe measure for a while.
I started weighing and measuring and it was key for me. As I said I joined WW, just because I like using the point system for tracking - but I stayed in ketosis most of the time. Unfortunately I have to restrict my portions in order to lose weight, even when eating clean and low carb - I'm not one of the lucky ones. I especially needed to cut back my protein portions - I have a big appetite and love all forms of protein, particularly beef. I upped my non starchy veggies so I was eating the, with every meal. Drank my water. No sugar, no starch, no alcohol. But until the hormones kicked in, I couldn't produce results. My doctor started me on a little testosterone in late summer 2012 and that seemed to help me re-shape my pear-shaped (estrogen dominant) body. Once the weight started coming off I was heartened and couldn't believe it to be honest. I have gone from a size 14-16 pants to size 8 now. I started tracking my food in August, 2012, so about 10 months ago. I'm still tracking my food and I weigh myself 1X / week.
What else have you gals done that's made a good difference in getting excess weight off?