I’m Kate, peri menopausal and smack bang in the throes of midlife. I became a Personal Trainer aged 50 because I could see all around me the impact menopause was having and I knew that exercise, if approached in the right way, could be part of the solution.
I was 48 when my peri menopause symptoms started but had turned 50 before their impact reached a point where I could no longer ignore them.
They’d crept up on me slowly and it was only after doing my own research, that I recognised them as hormonal. At first, I dismissed them and made excuses:
Joint pain? I’m getting older and doing a lot of exercise
Brain fog/memory loss? I’m expected to remember and organise everything for everyone, what do you expect?’
Disturbed sleep? Stress about my kids and a snoring husband
No libido? Same partner for 30 years, this was bound to happen!
Erratic mood swings. See list above – wouldn’t you be moody?!
The mood swings were the straw that broke the camel’s back. I felt out of control. And a bit scared to be honest. If I didn’t do something fast, I questioned how long my husband and kids would put up with me! Plus life wasn’t much fun.
So I threw myself into researching all things menopause and learnt what kind of exercise I should be doing – for my short and long-term health.. I learned how and why to adapt my nutrition, manage my stress better and prioritise sleep. And after much consideration I started taking HRT, for its short and long-term benefits.
After four months of this approach, I happily started to recognise and like myself again. My body and mind had changed for the better in a truly amazing way! I felt back in control.
And I’m actually thankful to peri menopause, because without it, I don’t think I would have made the huge decision, aged 50, to leave my 25-year corporate career behind to follow my love for fitness and become a Personal Trainer. And I don't think I would have been as absolutely sure who I wanted to help, support and guide; i.e. peri and post menopausal women.