In a shout-out to Essential Workers who have had to face a most challenging year, I’m sending aroha (love) to all our Farmers, not only here in New Zealand but also those of you around the world who are joining me here in the MyMT™ Community.
Leann farms in Queensland, Australia and Joy farms in New Zealand. Over the past year, both of them joined me in the MyMT™ programmes. Farming is the backbone of the economy in both New Zealand and Australia and during a pandemic there’s never been a more important time for farming to keep the economy going. Having grown up on a farm myself, I know how hard all of the farming women on my programme work. But this year, the additional pressure of not having contractors around to support farming activities took its toll on Leann and Joy as well. When women arrive in menopause and they are working physically hard, there are additional concerns with their ability to recover from day to day. Especially when they aren’t sleeping. This leads to worsening immune health and with the decline of oestrogen in joints and muscles, aches and pains arrive in various joints and muscles too. Leann from Australia experienced this and didn’t realise that the additional stress and worry about farming was clashing with her changing hormones during menopause.
Living in and with Australia’s harsh climate, it seemed that she and her husband had only got over the fires and then there was drought and then the pandemic. Phew! It was a lot of stress to deal with, which is why I am so pleased that she had been with me on the MyMT™ weight loss Transform Me programme.
“We are very busy planting winter crops, milking heifers, calving and I’m also helping my daughter who is pregnant with our second grand-child” mentioned Leann when I caught up with her earlier this year. “But I’ve hired some exercise equipment from the local gym which had to close and following your plans still. This is the hill I walk up from home.”
I was blown away when I first met Leann at my live-event in Brisbane last year where I was presenting my Masterclass on Menopause. She looked and felt amazing and when she shared the ‘before’ photo of her from only 3 years ago, she said to me, “I’ve had my ups and downs with all the stress of farming and it’s been a long journey.”
That’s when I reminded her that the weight loss research from the National Weight Loss Registry in America, set up by Professor Rena Wing and Dr James Hill, acknowledges that slow is better. In fact, ‘successful’ weight loss is determined as maintaining weight loss for a year or more. I was so proud of what Leann had achieved. It’s really tough concentrating on weight loss when you are busy and have so much going on from day to day, so I applaude Leann’s determination to succeed. Not sleeping was a big concern when she joined me and as I mentioned to her, when we aren’t sleeping, then this means we aren’t changing our metabolism and burning fat overnight. It was such a privilege to help her turn this around so she could become more active again.
Part of the solution with Leann, was helping her to understand what was going on with her joints. Swollen and aching, she couldn’t walk far initially. But our joints have oestrogen receptors in them too, so as we go through menopause and lose oestrogen, our joints become stiff and sore. Taking olive oil helps as does changing our diet, sleeping all night and reducing any excessive exercise. I was blown away when she said that she had completed her first 5km run earlier this year.
Then there is Joy, a farmer from New Zealand. Joy and hubbie run a sheep and beef farm. As she said to me at the time of our lockdown earlier this year, “The animals don’t realise what’s happening, so we still have plenty of work to do. But we are very lucky as we have plenty of space and actually we are just working as normal. I’m just thankful that I can now sleep so I have the energy I need to work out on the farm. I’ve completely changed how I look after myself now too.
Before doing your programme, I was just doing what I usually do with farming activities and my baking tins were always full. I knew that yum sweet food e.g. baking (which is always on offer in our house), wasn’t good for me but it was finding a substitute for that and now I enjoy cashew nuts or hummus as the snack – who would have thought! I never leave the house without a water bottle on the farm now – in fact my husband now takes water as well and we never used to. Just these small changes make a huge difference to us being able to continue to farm as we get older.
I really think this programme is very beneficial to rural women going through the menopause transition. Working on a farm is physical and you’ve made me realise that we need to look after ourselves instead of just everyone else. But we also do need to make sure we keep our cardiovascular fitness up as we tend to sit on a quad-bike a lot more than we did 20 years ago. I think for me, the best learning was to give ourselves time in our busy day and going for a walk is just as beneficial as all the other exercise that is on offer because of all the outside physical work we do.
I realise now that I wasn’t finding ‘balance’ in how I looked after myself. I’m feeling like such a different person and I now have walked with girlfriends the Abel Tasman and the Kepler Tracks. My joints stayed great as I kept following your principles that you had in your Joint Health module in the programme.
The other thing for me, was being part of your facebook closed group for the programme. Living in such an isolated place, I found I was reading all the posts from women around the world and I liked how we could ask questions and bounce ideas off each other.
I have absolutely loved being part of your programme Wendy and recommend that all women should join, the beauty being that you can do this in your own time. The information that you are provide us with is so valuable. There’s a lot of well researched reading and I really enjoyed the learning. My message to all women is ‘if you aren’t on board with My Menopause Transformation by Wendy Sweet, do it now!’ I’m so thankful to you and at last, I don’t feel as though menopause has been such a big deal with your guidance.”
Not many women understand that our joints lose the role of oestrogen as we move through menopause and this contributes to aching knees and muscles. I made this short video whilst I’ve been in lock-down, to explain what is going on as well as tell you about my stand-alone (and cheaper) Restore Your Joyful Joints module that I hope you might look into if your joints are sore and aching and you are in peri-menopause or post-menopause.
It’s been an incredible year on so many fronts for all of us, so I hope that whatever your job is and no matter whether you are essential worker or not, that you have a relaxing festive season.
If you are confused about what is happening as you move through menopause, then I have been busy whilst in lock-down putting my live-event into an online-event. You can now listen in the comfort of your own home. This was the start of Leann’s journey and I would love you to learn firstly, how we get to the point where our symptoms and weight-gain can over-whelm us in mid-life and of course, I give you an overview of what to do to change this. You can read more HERE.
I have also been thinking about how best to support you during the Corona-crisis and giving you relevant, scientifically evidenced information as part of this newsletter is one way to do this. The other way is to join me on either of the MyMT programmes for the next 12 weeks and I as my way of supporting you further I have dropped the price of these to an unprecedented NZ$249 which is NZ$50 off the usual price. If you aren’t sleeping, or your hot flushes are getting you down or your joints are sore or you feel depressed, tired an d anxious, or your weight has gone up whilst in lock-down, then I would love you to join me on the MyMT™ online 12 week programmes.
I have put all of my programmes on sale throughout the months of July, August and September 2020, – I have taken NZ$50 OFF the cost for both Circuit Breaker and Transform Me. And then if you want to do Rebuild My Fitness as well I have taken off a further NZ$100 for that programme. I so want to support you and realise that for many women there is now uncertainty about finances as well, so I don’t want that to be an issue for you. This makes my programmes:
NZ$249 (or 3 x monthly payments of $88 per month).
AUS$235 (or 3 x monthly payments of $83 per month)
UK£130 (or 3 x monthly payments of £46 per month)
CAN$222 (or 3 x monthly payments of $79 month)
Please use the promo code ATHOME20 for any of Circuit Breaker (for thinner/ leaner women), Transform Me (for women needing weight loss) or for a little dose of at-home Exercise, then choose Rebuild My Fitness.
From my home-bubble whilst in lock-down to yours,