Spidey’s Serene Sunday #412 and #JusJoJan the 29th, 2023 – Exercise

We’re doing an amalgamation of posts here today, with Spidey (with his newly spruced-up graphic!), and Linda’s #JusJoJan, together!

Welcome to the daily prompt! Today is your twenty ninth prompt for Just Jot it January 2023, and it’s brought to you by Wendy. Thank you, Wendy! Please be sure to visit Wendy’s blog to read her post and say hello. And follow her while you’re there, if you’re not already.


Your prompt for JusJoJan, January 29th 2023, is “Exercise.” Use the word “Exercise” any way you’d like. Have fun writing!

“I am wonderwoman!

I wonder where my keys are.

I wonder why I went upstairs

I wonder where my mind has gone

I wonder who will annoy me today.”

The Hot Flush Club

Thanks, Spidey. That quote kinda sums up my life right now.

Perimenopause is a painful thing, my Peeps. I know many of you are experiencing it at the same time as me.

Some have been through it, some are approaching or not near yet, and then there is the other half of the population who don’t know what happens to the women in their lives…

One minute your missus/mum/sister/friend is as she usually is. The next, you have a screaming banshee/blubbing mess standing in front of you, quite possibly fanning herself as she negotiates a hot flush or scratching her skin/unmentionables as the dryness is driving her insane. Or she is looking at you without a clue in the world. Why was she even there? What did she come to say/do?

Welcome to the World of Perimenopause!

Did you know that Menopause – that big word that we have bandied about forever actually only lasts for ONE day?

It is Perimenopause that is the killer, as your body begins to negotiate the withdrawal symptoms of hormones slowly seeping away from your body, rendering you a loon/monster/incapable. (Or none of the above, if you’re lucky.)

Then once you’ve hit a whole year without a bleed… that day, that ONE DAY is Menopause day.

Then you are in Post-Menopause, where you might still feel weird things…

But apparently, nothing is as crazy as that ‘peri’ part.

So I began my initial journey when extreme tiredness was unexplainable, I was snapping at my family, my joints were aching for no reason whatsoever, despite all investigations being undertaken. My weight crept up despite me trying so hard to eat well, and lose it. Sleepless nights, fitful sleep when I got it, cold sweats, and what I now know were hot flushes.

Then I started to feel this brain fog. My thoughts were unclear. And I could not remember the simplest of things, despite being in the middle of a conversation about the same damn thing! It came to a head when I was forgetting the names of the children in my class.

My Boss is brilliant. She is a headteacher who is going through the same right now. I have several colleagues who are too. We spoke at length. And I was convinced to go and speak to the GP.

I did.

And they first tried to send me off with antidepressants. (A common occurrence when misdiagnosis is happening due to GPs not actually having enough knowledge of Perimenopause.) I am the least depressed person around!

But I persevered, and we started our journey with HRT>

Can I say that I am feeling so much better. There are still things that aren’t perfect, but I can remember more, and I feel a little less tired, and that is a good thing.

I take special vitamins, too, and I have embarked upon an exercise routine, set by my son, to help build my core strength, and hopefully feel better all round. And I try and take my 11k steps every day, too.

I am also very open about what I am feeling. As long as my family know what I am going through, they can support me through it, as I support them through their own ups and downs.

It’s a ‘give and take’ game, life. Don’t you think?

So, Peeps, anyone want to share how they have coped with the dreaded Change, whether as a woman, or a male watching someone else go through it?

28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennie
    Jan 30, 2023 @ 13:45:06

    I laughed my head off at the Wonderwoman poem. You always have humor and positivity in the face of adversity. Perimenopause is a battle, for sure. I’m glad you are tackling this. 🙂

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  2. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Jan 29, 2023 @ 17:49:58

    I used a supplement from a company called Standard Process. I believe it was called Utrophin. Of course, this was 23 years ago. But I know the product and company are still there. Peace be with you, Sis! ❤

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  3. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Jan 29, 2023 @ 17:04:43

    The “post” part is really strange too. Just be good to you, exercise, eat healthy, and celebrate your upcoming crone status. ❤️

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  4. CJ
    Jan 29, 2023 @ 16:20:50

    The joint pain was a shock to me. I actually went to the doctor and said that my joints were hurting. He didn’t even think to mention menopause and tested for arthritis. It was only by chance I discovered that it’s a symptom. I think I have less brain fog now, but my mood can be lower than before and I still have days when I can’t focus and I’m tired. Not complaining though, it’s all good generally, but it would be good to be sparkling every day! CJ xx

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    • Ritu
      Jan 29, 2023 @ 16:33:00

      I suffered the last 3/4 years with exvritiating joint pains. No one ever considered perimenopause. So many bloods/xrays/scans, but everything was clear!
      Just goes to show GPs can’t know everything…
      But one day we will wake up sparkling, I’m sure!



  5. willowdot21
    Jan 29, 2023 @ 14:44:44

    There is life on the other side Sis 💜

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Carol anne
    Jan 29, 2023 @ 09:18:27

    I am dreading the day I get symptoms! Praying it won’t be for a while yet! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people


  7. beth
    Jan 29, 2023 @ 07:57:20

    hahahaha – I can certainly identify with this.

    Liked by 2 people


  8. Sadje
    Jan 29, 2023 @ 07:21:23

    I’m sorry that this stage is creating havoc in your life right now. My transition was easier because I don’t recall being more upset than usual. It was during the time I had accompanied my daughter and grandson to America to help her in settling down there. I remember being very emotional at times.

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  9. Destiny
    Jan 29, 2023 @ 05:35:44

    You scaring me Ritu 😋hopefully I still have a while while to reach there but will save this post for when I do 😋glad you finding a way to balance🤗

    And most certainly you are a wonderwoman😂😋🤗 we need this definition in the dictionary please 😉

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