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I hate how I look, old and middle aged and going through menopause. Have you felt the same way?
I hate myself more and more each day. My body is changing, I've gained a little weight, my hair is growing gray, there is extra skin under chin and lose bands on my neck and I get hot flashes now. I always thought I would embrace growing old, but I found I am fighting it all the way and yearn for how I looked in my 30's. I looked great back then. I am now 50. I can't stand these changes about myself and want to look more youthful. Is this normal? What have you done to improve your image?
Posted 3 years ago in Menopause by gustothebus

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Anonymous
Yes, I can relate to this. Ironically, I didn't love myself in my 30's--even though I look at photos of me from that period now and think..."man, missed that boat".By that logic, in 10 years we will look at photos of ourselves now and think the same thing.I am 48 and whilst overweight, I look fairly young. I don't really smoke or drink and shun the sun so that's probably a help.I try to dress in classic styles, try to walk with my head held high....have little grey but color anyway as my color is just blah. I do try to keep up with a decent skincare regime and makeup, have trendy glasses--can't do the high heels, but otherwise try to accessorize and do my best.Some days are better than others. I have found taking daily vitamin D, and B's, getting some sleep and trying to stay flexible is helpful. Getting outside of yourself and helping others and trying to cultivate an optimistic attitude (a struggle sometimes) is key. Having interests and getting rid of clutter in your life helps too.Today is the youngest we'll ever be...so seize the day---the only alternative is death.Remember old age is a privilege denied to many--kiss your life passionately right now and vow to kick it up a notch or two.Good luck!


What is Menopause

Menopause is the time when the menstrual period ceases and the ovaries permanently stop releasing eggs. Menopause is considered complete when a woman has been without her period for a full year. Although menopause can occur anytime between ages 40 to 58, the average age is 51 years old.



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