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MenoPause for Thought

MenoPause for Thought

This month I would like to open up a conversation about the menopause and its many symptoms.  It is an easy subject for me to talk about because I am dealing with it, talking to others helps so much.  The photo I have used for this blog was just about to be deleted before I realised that it portrayed someone who is relaxed and feeling positive. This has to be the key for coping as our bodies change and throw new challenges at us. Medical help can be wonderful but how much more could we overcome with a positive attitude?

Sadly many people do not reap the many benefits of sharing their experiences as the of subject of menopause can be seen as embarrassing, negative or even taboo!

There are so many different symptoms to this mysterious period of our lives that it can be difficult to know what is connected and what is not.  That is where the talking comes in.  I am not going to write a list of the symptoms as it would be too long and might worry the younger people reading this!  However, you will not be surprised to know that ‘brain fog’ is one that affects me, especially if ‘sleep deprivation’ has occurred!

For most of us this time of our lives should be a positive one.  We have more time for ourselves.  We have already achieved so much and it is time to reward ourselves.  How sad it would be to let something as natural as the menopause ruin that?

So let’s get talking!  I would like to organise a workshop that will include a talk by a medical professional to give us the low-down followed by time to swap experiences and get comfortable with the subject.  There will also be some information to take away with you.  If you are interested in attending something like this please let me know.  As soon as I have enough interest I will get this underway.

A different type of blog this time but I hope it turns out to be the one that helps some of you the most.



About the Author

Having been involved in fitness all my life but never being competitive, I was fascinated to learn how simple it is to stay in shape without entering the world of the gym fanatic or elite athlete.​ So after 17 years managing the swimming school and taking rowing classes at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre, I decided it was time to do something that would give me an even greater sense of achievement and job satisfaction.

​I studied the mechanics of exercise versus shape and began to understand why so many people who have exercise routines that sometimes seem excessive, never see a change in their shape.

I set up Tessfit which tackles this conundrum and it is a real mix and match offering between nutrition and weight management advice, fitness classes and personal training.

I now work from home and run my classes at Steves Gym in Newton Abbot. It is a great balance and apart from loving my work I now also get to spend valuable time with my family.​.

12 responses to “MenoPause for Thought”

  1. Wendy Hill says:

    I would be interested in attending a workshop

  2. Lorraine says:

    Yes l would be interested in the class about menopause

  3. hannah place says:

    Hi tess my mum may possibly be interested. Do you know who the professional is?


    • Tess Irons says:

      Hi Hannah,

      I am going to speak to my surgery (Albany) to see if they can recommend anyone. It looks as though this is going to happen as there is lots of interest which is great 🙂

  4. Kate Goodman says:

    Hi Tess – Yes I would attend to help me feel less alone!!!

  5. Jo says:

    Hi Tess – many thanks for bringing up the “m” word!! I’m one of those who until recently just put up with some really rotten symptoms thinking it’s part of life and not to mention a little embarrassing!! I’ve been so surprised how people have opened up to me once I started talking about what I was going through and my surgery. I think a support group/workshop is a brilliant idea and thank you for taking the initiative to give women the opportunity to get together to talk and support each other. I’d be very interested in attending.

  6. Lisa Wiseman says:

    Hi Tess, I would also be interested, I’ve just started HRT 3 x attempts to find one that I think suits at least with the sleep deprivation.

  7. Hazel Elliott says:

    I would be interested too

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