Balanced Wellness During Menopause
Balanced Wellness through Menopause
Hot flashes and night sweats, that’s all there is to menopause, right?
Menopause symptoms can also include weight gain, dry and itchy skin, bitchiness, insomnia and sleep disturbances, brain fog, forgetfulness, lack of focus, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, irregular periods, hair loss, dizziness, headaches, increase in allergies, changes in fingernails and body order, irregular heartbeat, depression and anxiety, crashing fatigue, and emotional instability.
Menopause is just for older women, right?
The average age a woman goes through menopause is 51, however, it can be much younger, especially if the ovaries are removed or damaged due to disease or medication.
Women have been going through this since the beginning of time. It’s pretty standard and simple, right?
Again, not always.
Depending on the time frame and intensity, symptoms can leave you feeling out of balance, misunderstood, frustrated, anxious, and depressed.
There’s nothing you can do, right?
Women just have to suffer through these years?
It’s part of getting old.
Isn’t that true?
The good news is that women have more control over their situation in menopause than they think. There is a practical path back to balanced wellness.
So, you’re moving along though life, relatively comfortable. Sure, not everything is perfect, but everything is familiar. Life is good. You are content.
Then, either gradually or suddenly (as was my case), the hot flashes and night sweats begin. You gain weight. You can’t sleep. You experience brain fog. You are on an emotional rollercoaster that makes PMS look like a kiddy ride at the carnival. Your lose your temper or cry at the drop of a hat. You’ve lost all interest in your job, your mate, sex, the kids, and pretty much everything in life.
You reach out to Dr. Google and there is talk about HRT but with that comes the scare of more harm. You join an online forum or Facebook group and all you see are complaints without solutions. You ask your doctor for help with your weight and he tells you it is simply part of aging.
Suddenly, you find yourself suffering through menopause in silence.
You feel alone, confused, afraid, overwhelmed, and frustrated.
Many women get stuck here for years or even decades. Struggling to find their balance. Wondering if they will ever feel good in their body again.
I know. I’ve been there.
Several years ago, I went into surgery hoping for the best-case scenario: the removal of an ovary and cyst. I awoke to the worst-case scenario: a full hysterectomy and sudden surgical menopause.
I found myself feeling lost and misunderstood as I navigated my journey through surgical menopause. Everything, from getting up in the morning to getting myself through my workday and finding the energy to socialize and maintain relationships, became laborious.
I felt alone because I didn’t know anybody who had gone through exactly what I was. I felt misunderstood because even when I tried to explain what I was going through, people still didn’t understand.
And even though I was a healthy lifestyle coach, I still found myself gaining weight month after month for over two years.
This was a time of crying, screaming, and yelling.
I was in mourning.
But there also came a time to rise.
A time to come back strong.
I combined everything I knew from traditional and nontraditional healing practices. I explored new paths and lifestyle changes to reduce stress and improve my life’s balance and overall wellness.
I worked to bring more peace and calmness to my life through meditation. I defined my definite major purpose. I uncovered passions and spent more time focusing on the positive.
As I focused on happiness, balance and joy showed up.
And there was hope.
However long you’ve been struggling with menopause, you can decide today to take action and go to work toward balanced wellness.
Most women agree that whatever symptoms they are having, they just want to feel good again, physically and emotionally.
- If you knew how to change your emotions to be more positive, that would make a difference, right?
- Knowing what foods reduce or exacerbate your symptoms would be helpful, right?
- If you could fall asleep without drugs, would that make a difference to you?
- If you could get through your day and not have to rely on endless cups of caffeine or sugar for energy, would that make a difference?
- Having tools to help you manage your weight would help, right?
The bottom line is that as long as there are symptoms and doctors to complain to, there will always be a pharmaceutical that claims to relieve that symptom. However you take a pill for one symptom, and that pill often causes other symptoms.
So you never know where that’s going to lead you, right?
Well, you know the answer to that. More symptoms, more pills.
Ladies, believe me, I’ve been there.
The good news is, you don’t have to suffer. I’m excited to help you find balanced wellness through menopause. You can enjoy your life and experience more self-love, laughter, and freedom in your body and your emotions.
I’ll share with you simple tools to change your thoughts, words, and feelings.
I’ll explain what lifestyle changes you can make to feel better in your body and help you to either maintain or lose weight during menopause.
I’ll show you ways to take your focus off your symptoms and feeling bad.
Many of these tools and changes don’t cost you a lot of money, but they will require time, consistency, and a commitment to change. If you are ready to commit to feeling better, then…
I bought this book, not to help me with symptoms of surgical menopause, but because Lori is my friend and I wanted to support her. I had a “complete hysterectomy” 16 years ago at the age of 45. I thought I knew what I had signed up for and I was ready. But, as I read Lori’s book, it brought back memories of how I felt afterwards both physically and mentally. I thought that the way I felt was just what I had to go through and I had no choice in how I reacted to the way I felt. I now wish I had had this book back then. Lori walks you through how to overcome many of the problems you will face if you are contemplating surgical menopause or if you have started down the natural menopause path. Her “guide” will help you each step of the way. I think I overcame most of my issues but it has taken almost the full 16 years and there are still some things that rear their ugly head occasionally that I need to deal with. I highly recommend this book.
Don’t waste 16 years figuring things out for yourself. This is definitely worth reading!!
– Debbie Daniels, Haskell, OK
Educational, inspirational, and motivational. A well-written journey through dramatic life-changing effects of sudden menopause that leaves you with a positive outlook to handle life struggles.
– Mark W. DeCesare, D.C.
The delivery of this book is warm and welcoming. It sets a tone of support and encouragement sprinkled with dashes of humor to place the reader at ease. It helps to let a woman know that she is not alone as well as helping her friends and family know what she is going through. I know many will benefit from this read and I look forward to more publications from Lori Ann King.
– Deborah Tuttle
By now you are probably wondering who am I to teach this?
Who is Lori Ann King?
- I am a writer, speaker, blogger, certified sports nutritionist, and healthy lifestyle coach with over a decade of experience in health and wellness.
- I am a cyclist and bodybuilder. I was a runner for over twenty-five years, competing in races ranging in length from two to 26.2 miles. I’ve competed in cycling, team duathlon, and triathlon.
- I have an undergraduate degree in Recreation from Western State College of Colorado and an advanced certificate in Information Management from Syracuse University.
Perhaps most important, I’m not a doctor or a hormone specialist. I’m simply a woman who was having an ovarian cyst removed and woke up having had a hysterectomy and in full-onset surgical menopause.
This course explains what I wish I knew ahead of time and what I have since learned. It’s foundation is my personal experience and what I did to help myself.
This life event forced me to develop tools that could change my thoughts, words, and feelings so that I could live on purpose and with passion and clarity.
Look, this isn’t for everyone because not everyone is willing to do the work. As your coach, I will push you hard to make lifestyle changes and create better habits and while you might not like it from time to time, you will certainly like the results, do you know what I’m saying?. If you truly understand it takes effort to take find balanced wellness through menopause, then hit “Get Balanced Wellness” now. If you still think there is some magic pill out there that will help you feel better… good luck, God bless you, this is not for you. If you are in the first group, get Balanced Wellness.
My passion is to help other women find their balance through menopause quickly. I’m excited to empower women to become full participants and teammates in their quest for balanced wellness.
Within this course are tools that can strengthen your mind, body, and emotions and assist you to live a more balanced life, filled with true health, love, laughter, and freedom.
We finally have a book that tells the truth: surgery is difficult and the changes to your body can be intense. Lori’s story is filled with helpful tips as she teaches us what doctors forget to mention: the road back to health may be long, but you can “Come Back Strong.” I appreciate the insights, medical advice and research in this book.
– Holly Winter, Lake Katrine, NY
With intelligence and penetrating insight, Lori Ann King has given women who are facing, or have already had a hysterectomy and/or oophorectomy, the gift of a much-needed guide to help with the fear and confusion that often accompany this experience. She accomplishes this with candor and humor, freely sharing her own personal experiences and feelings on numerous topics that are common to having these procedures, including many that women are hesitant to discuss with their friends or even their doctors. Lori’s experience as a health and fitness coach really helps here. The reader will find numerous resources for finding her way back to wholeness.
Lori introduces readers to important new ways of thinking about the experience of hysterectomy and surgical menopause. She deeply explores the plethora of feelings associated with this, from beliefs a woman has held before discovering that she has a problem, and the shock of first learning about what is happening, all the way through the post-surgical phase and recovery Lori provides powerful tools, along with numerous suggestions for further learning, that will help readers to heal more quickly, and indeed, improve their lives in many positive ways.
Lori has a keen understanding of the mind-body component involved in the healing journey. With a clear and engaging style, she includes fascinating new research findings on this emerging science. Her many tips and ideas for how to deeply connect with this aspect of one’s being will inspire readers to explore facets of themselves that can kindle healing and transformation. For the reader who is willing to be “captain of her own ship,” the implications here are nothing less than profound. Arrival at a state as challenging as surgical menopause can be, can also be understood as an urgent call to dig deeply into one’s being—to learn to trust one’s own instincts. In this way, one can experience life-changing breakthroughs. For example, when Lori wasn’t happy with her medication, and had reached a state of exasperation, she found an alternate route to complaining to her doctor. By applying the techniques she out-lines in her book, her condition greatly improved, and subsequently she was able to find balance with a lower dose of bioidentical hormones.
This is only one of many triumphs that are detailed in these pages. Lori came back strong, and so can you!
– Carolyn Rabiner, L.Ac, Dipl. C.H.
An extraordinary story by an extraordinary woman. Having had the honor of working with Lori for a year I witnessed a spirit that elevated all around her. Lori’s book cuts through the esoteric nonsense about ‘bouncing back’ or ‘hanging in there,’ and gives you beautiful, step-by-step process not just to come back, but to live a life of wonder and explode your potential.
– Mark Januszewski, best-selling author, speaker, business trainer, Kauai
Come Back Strong is a gift to all women. It gives voice to so many who’ve been suffering silently for far too long. Lori Ann King’s journey reveals practical yet powerful techniques that will help you overcome regardless of your personal struggle. Her strength and compassion are an inspiration to us all.
– Theresa Lyn Widmann, owner, Anahata Yoga and Healing Arts
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Lori King at an airport. She and I hit it off immediately and I found her to be an inspiring and insightful woman. Little did I know how great of an impact our meeting would have on me.
I read Lori’s book and found it to be so helpful. We all face struggles and although Lori’s struggle was based around a medical situation, I found her methods to cope were universal in application. I have read her book several times and especially liked chapter 6!
I have recommended her book to anyone facing difficulties or anyone looking for inspiration. I can’t wait for her next book!!!!
Lori writes with honesty and transparency about her own personal experience. Easy and quick read. Very informative and helpful. Lots of great tips and resources. Great book! Highly recommend it!
– Amy Van Holla Lowell, Michigan
Real, raw, informative! Lori Ann King has created a book that is such a gift for women who have gone through surgical menopause. You get a real sense of the struggle and accomplishments that can happen during this time. This short read is packed with research and information that is invaluable.
– Michelle Renar, L.M.T., owner, Hudson Valley Body Works
Lori has captured the emotional and gritty resolve of someone dealing with and successfully tackling a challenging period of change and trauma that so many women seem to face quietly. Bringing the language to others that we all seem to wish we could voice is such a valuable gift that
Lori presents. Her words are humble, yet she confidently speaks of how to sit up and take control of her life, the way we all should consider doing. What I like most about this book, is the true nature of the content will help all people when we face these changes in our lives. The timeline is different, yet the emotions are there for all of us, including men. So the book does not leave anyone out of the mix!
– Hollise Tirendi
Someone Who Understands!
It’s hard to believe that a book about the trials, tribulations, and ultimate victory over the life-altering event of surgical menopause could be a page-turner, but it is! Lori Ann King has brought honesty, vulnerability, grit and humor to this guidebook for “life after” sudden, abrupt menopause and shares how to return – not to the life you knew, but to a better life. Tips, tricks, laughter and love are in abundance here. Thank you, Lori Ann!
– Nancy Ottinger, Lenexa, Kansas
Lori Ann King is on a mission to inspire you to live a life of true health, love, laughter, and freedom. She is the Amazon best-selling author of Come Back Strong, Balanced Wellness after Surgical Menopause, and a two-time contributor to the Chicken Soup For the Soul series.
Lori has an undergraduate degree in Recreation from Western State College of Colorado and an advanced certificate in Information Management from Syracuse University.
When she’s not writing or coaching, you’ll find her with her husband Jim on their bikes, paddleboards, kayaks, or in the gym.
This course is for you if you are struggling to find balance in your life during menopause. Feel free to jump around based on what area you require the most support in at this particular point in time.
2-0 What is Wellness
- The Wellness Wheel
- Define Healthy
- Start with Why
- Share it!
3-0 The Challenge of Menopause
Understand the natural progression of menopause, the suddenness of surgical menopause, and the symptoms that can come with both.
4-0 External Resources
Learn the difference between HRT and BHRT, explore pharmaceutical support for symptoms as well as complementary medicine.
5-0 Lifestyle Changes
Consider the lifestyle changes within your power to help lessen or alleviate symptoms include exercise, nutrition, rest, and consistent effort to reduce stress.
6-0 Self-Care Begins with Self-Love
7-0 Thoughts, Words, and Feelings
8-0 Passion & Purpose
9-0 BONUS TOOLS
Hysterectomy and Oophorectomy: Prepare for Surgery and Initial Recovery.
10-0 Additional Resources
Where to buy Come Back Strong, book a FREE 15-minute consultation, and how to connect further with me.