Ebbs and Flows of Menopause

Since starting menopause a few years ago I find my life, my spirit, my body, my soul and my mind are going through different phases.

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In Phase One I became an obsessive QVC shopper.  I was not a shopper, I hated going to the Mall, I didn’t watch QVC and I only bought things when necessary…well that was…until a few years ago.  One day, as I was flipping through the tv channels, something caught my attention on QVC and the rest, as they say, is history.  In addition to that, I had lost a lot of weight.  I had quit smoking and was afraid of gaining weight so I started working out, I went from a size medium to an extra small.  I have now moved beyond that phase and am no longer a shopaholic nor am I exercising at the moment.  This leaves me with shelves of clothes, all extra small, that no longer fit me as I am back to being a size medium.  Anybody an extra small?

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Phase Two found me reading, watching, meditating and listening to everything that had to do with creating my own reality, setting goals and thinking about becoming a life coach.  I listened to Louise Hay, Esther Hicks (Abraham), Tony Robbins, Joel Osteen, Oprah and Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Napoleon Hill and so many more.  I learned about the Law of Attraction, something I had not heard of before, but soon began practicing.   Here is the definition of The Law of Attraction according to Wikipedia…The law of attraction is the name given to the maxim “like attracts like” which in New Thought philosophy is used to sum up the idea that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life.

This deck of cards is enchantingly beautiful!

This deck of cards is enchantingly beautiful!

I now find myself shifting from Phase Two into Phase Three, where all things spiritual in the manner of Tarot Cards, Horoscope, Reiki, Angels, Guides, and God are calling to me.  I’m drawn to the moon and moon phases, learning about new moons, waxing moons, waning moons, full moons, blue moons and black moons.  I’ve looked up my Rising Sun – Scorpio, my MC (Medium Coeli or Midheaven sign) – Leo.  My sun is Libra, my moon is Aries, and that’s just the zodiac portion of Phase Three.  There’s an enormous amount to learn regarding Tarot and Reiki also and I find it all so fascinating.  When I stop and think about this, I’ve actually been interested in these things my whole life…perhaps I’m being led back to my passion and my new career.

I burn Reiki candles, have purchased crystals, rocks, pendulums and various decks of mystical cards.  I recently purchased the Mystical Wisdom Card Deck, pictured above.  These cards are gorgeous and there is so much going on in each picture, I love them!  Also there are thousands of YouTube channels you can watch for Tarot readings, Horoscope readings, and all sorts of information.

As I look back at these phases it seems to me that I am evolving.  I started with Louise Hay and affirmations and am now listening more to my inner-self, angels and God.  It’s been an enlightening journey, one I look forward to continuing.

For those of you who have meandered (or are meandering) through menopause, do you recall going through different “phases”?  Did your desires and lifestyle continuously evolve into various areas?  There is such a thing as male menopause so men don’t be shy, tell of your experiences too.  If you so choose, please share…I’m curious.

xo

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2016

 

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Three Day Quote Challenge – Day 3

Welcome to Day Three of the Three Day Quote Challenge!!  I have been selected to participate by my very sweet and dear friend Xara Nahara.  I just love her name!  When I first met Xara I thought she was from the Middle East, with such an exotic name.  She is not, however, she is still quite exotic in my opinion.  I love her sense of humor, her honesty and straight-forwardness!!  Thank you Xara!!  Please do visit her site.

Here are the Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a Quote for 3 consecutive days
  • Nominate 3 bloggers each day

I thought I would have some fun with this and post “quotes” about menopause.  For those of you sharing this journey with me, for those who have already traveled through it and for those of you who are “looking” forward to it, this is for you!!!  Enjoy…

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EMBRACE YOUR ZEST!!!

Today’s nominees are:

Shiva
Kate
Barb

If you have the time and would like to join in the fun, we would love to read your quotes.  There is no time frame involved, post when you are able!!  If you are unable to participate, no worries!  🙂

Thanks,
Deb

xo

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2016

Three Day Quote Challenge – Day 2

Welcome to Day Two of the Three Day Quote Challenge!!  I have been selected to participate by my very sweet and dear friend Xara Nahara.  I just love her name!  When I first met Xara I thought she was from the Middle East, with such an exotic name.  She is not, however, she is still quite exotic in my opinion.  I love her honesty and straight-forwardness!!  Thank you Xara!!  Please do visit her site.

Here are the Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a Quote for 3 consecutive days
  • Nominate 3 bloggers each day

I thought I would have some fun with this and post “quotes” about menopause.  For those of you sharing this journey with me, for those who have already traveled through it and for those of you who are “looking” forward to it, this is for you!!!  Enjoy…

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Today’s nominees are:

Jackie O
Tony Burgess
Lynn

If you have the time and would like to join in the fun, we would love to read your quotes.  There is no time frame involved, post when you are able!!  If you are unable to participate, no worries!  🙂

Thanks,
Deb

xo

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2016

Three Day Quote Challenge – Day 1

Welcome to the Three Day Quote Challenge!!  I have been selected to participate by my very sweet and dear friend Xara Nahara.  I just love her name!  When I first met Xara I thought she was from the Middle East, with such an exotic name.  She is not, however, she is still quite exotic in my opinion.  I love her honesty and straight-forwardness!!  Thank you Xara!!  Please do visit her site.

Here are the Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a Quote for 3 consecutive days
  • Nominate 3 bloggers each day

I thought I would have some fun with this and post quotes about menopause.  For those of you sharing this journey with me, for those who have already traveled through it and for those of you who are “looking” forward to it, this is for you!!!  Enjoy…

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I have so many of you in mind whom I believe would have fun with this…my first three nominations are:

  1.  Sabiscuit’s Catalog
  2.  Rose
  3.  Dr, Meg

If you have the time and would like to join in the fun, we would love to read your quotes.  There is no time frame involved, post when you are able!!  If you are unable to participate, no worries!  🙂

Thanks,
Deb

xo

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2016

Hot Flash Mania!

I am a raving lunatic
Get the bleep away from me,
I’m having quite the hissy fit
Don’t make me count to three.

I’m vacuuming the house right now
I’m cleaning every stitch,
The sweat is beading off my brow
Here comes that Inner Bitch.

It’s bad enough I have to clean
But really must I Flash,
I’m so effin hot right now
What’s ok to smash?

My neck is sore, my arm is tired
I think I’m gonna cry,
Oh hurry and be done already
Why did I even try.

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That is it, I am done!
I’ve put it all away,
I’ll sit down now and regroup some
Oh, I might even play.

I’m cooling back to normal
My temper’s flaring down,
Actually I’m chilly
Why’s my sweater on the ground?

Was I really oh so angry?
Absurdly out of control?
And why is everyone hiding,
Hey, where did you all go?

I’m better now, it’s me again
Please don’t be afraid,
Come on now, step back in
I’ve put away the blade!

 😉

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2016

TO FLATUS OR NOT TO FLATUS, DO WE REALLY HAVE A CHOICE?

Alright people, I’m going to tackle a subject that is an everyday, actually a 14 times a day on average, occurrence that happens to all of us!!  Flatulence, gas, farts, poops, whatever you may call them!  As a matter of fact it would be fun if you would contribute your terminology in the comments section below.

Why is it that such a natural bodily function is so taboo?  Everybody does it and everybody knows that everybody does it.  Is it the sound?  Is it the smell?  What is it that makes it so embarrassing?

What causes it?  Several factors actually…starting with swallowed air…well now I think that one is a necessity. You swallow small amounts of air when you’re eating and drinking, and you take in greater amounts when you eat or drink rapidly, don’t chew your food completely, suck on hard candies, chew gum, smoke cigarettes, or wear loose dentures. Most swallowed air escapes from the stomach via the mouth when you burp, or belch. The rest of the air travels to the small intestine; some of it is absorbed there, while the remainder moves into the large intestine and then is released through the rectum”.   

Ok who just giggled at rectum?

Next, undigested carbohydrates, there are several carbohydrate-filled foods that will without a doubt cause “Air Biscuits” and they are:

  • “vegetables such as artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, corn, onions, and potatoes
  • fruits such as apples, peaches, and pears
  • beans (especially baked beans)
  • carbonated beverages
  • wheat products such as pasta and whole grain breads and cereals.”

“Many people also develop gas after consuming milk products that contain the sugar lactose. This is because they make insufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase, which the body needs to digest lactose. As you age, your lactase level naturally declines. Fats and proteins rarely cause gas.”

So should we eat more fats and proteins if we are having an issue controlling “Tooties in our Booties”?

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Obviously most cases of “Barking Spiders” are normal, however, if you have 23 or more episodes a day you may want to make an appointment with your doctor.  Ok, I want to know how the study was done to determine that it took 23 episodes or more daily of “Fluffing” to determine that you may have a problem!

I was curious as to whether Menopause was a reason for increased “Whispers in your Panties” and it is, but not for lack of estrogen but rather because women change their diet to help keep their bones strong and this change of diet may be the culprit.  Women tend to drink more milk, the lactose may increase both gas & bloating, or they may change their diet to be low in saturated fats, and high in fiber and soy–which also contribute to increased “Bumphfs”.

All I know is the other day I was talking with a co-worker and BAM, I “Blew a Kiss”, no warning and it was not quiet.  Now what do you do?  Pretend that you both didn’t just hear me fart?  So I say “oh my, pardon me” and kept right on with my conversation as if nothing happened.  Thank goodness there was no smell, no seriously, there was no smell.  I would own up to it if there was.

Or how about, I was speaking with my neighbor and again WHAM out it comes, no hint, no clue, not the teeniest, tiniest inkling, I was in the dark that it was on it’s way! (Actually so was it) hee,hee  UGH!!!  Once again I was like “oh excuse me”, trying to keep a normal, straight look on my face as if no big deal, you don’t mind that I just had an “Anal Acoustic” happen while you were speaking, do you?

I’m telling you it’s running rampant in my body or out of my body I should say…the other day I was walking down the hall at work, again a co-worker walking behind me was serenaded by my melodious offering.  What’s up with this?  It is embarrassing and uncontrollable all at the same time!!

All you youngsters reading this…you just wait it’s going to happen to you too!  I say we band together now and start a campaign in support of “Booty Bombs”.  May they be accepted everywhere, not only accepted, encouraged…ok maybe not encouraged!

Obviously I’ve been saving the best for last…the SBD…Silent but Deadly.  The best thing about this one is that “they” don’t know it was YOU if it’s a group situation, all they know is that their nostrils are burning, their eyes are watering and they need to leave the area immediately.  You chuckle to yourself as you are rather enjoying the fragrant air you have just emitted and shared.  You clenched your cheeks and tried so very hard not to let it escape but alas it did…SBD!!!

Ok I guess I have vented on this subject long enough…pun intended.  So if in the future we should have a face to face conversation let me say now…OH MY, EXCUSE ME!  😉

xo

 

Footnote: The italicized sections are from Sergey V. Kantsevoy, M.D. , Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins, at http://www.healthafter50.com/reports/digestive_health/697-1.html

I would also like to thank all my friends for contributing their terms for flatulence to this article, thanks everyone – appreciate it!!

 

** TAG YOU’RE IT **

I don’t know if this is a menopausal symptom but it seems I can no longer tolerate tops that have tags!

I have to cut them off, I HAVE TOO!  I find them to be so irritating on the back of my neck and upper back, what’s up with that?  My whole life, as I’m sure yours too, my tops had tags and they never bothered me.  Oh maybe if they were sticking up and out of the top, but not itchy bother.

Now as soon as I put on a top with tags I must take it off and remove the tags.  As a matter of fact the shirt I have on right now has a tag that is bothering me…be right back…queue the Jeopardy music…

Ahhh, better!  Some tops have tags that are easily removed while others, not so much.  I have to be very careful with the teeny tiny scissors I have, I think they are cuticle scissors, not to cut the fabric of the shirt.  I have done that, put a nice hole right in the back of the shirt!!  UGH…

I wish all tops were tagless, it’s so much more comfortable.  I always thought the reason why more shirts weren’t tagless was due to cost, however I was reading an article that stated the printed tag is much more cost effective than hand-sewn tags.  “Sewn-in labels have high minimums, very long lead times and are expensive to make. With sewn-in labels you have to plan very far in advance. And, as we all know, they can be uncomfortable to the consumer.”  (www.inkcups.com)  I’m that consumer they are referring to…

Since that is the case I am imploring the Universe…please no more tags!!!

xo