I’m a middle-aged woman whose weight has increased with the onset of menopause. I hate menopause. Some women seem to breeze right through it. Not me. I’m kicking and fighting and clawing my way out of it.

I eat pretty healthily (is that a word?). I exercise moderately. But with the onset of menopause, I need to do better. There’s heart disease in my family and I don’t want to become another statistic. I’m about 50 lbs overweight (according to “the charts”), but I’d look just fine (in my opinion) if I lost 20. Since I’m doing this for my health, I’m going for a weight loss of somewhere between 30-40 lbs. I’ve tried almost everything over the past 10 years. Nothing’s helped so far.

Why the secret identity? I’m opening myself up more than I’ve ever done in the past (to keep myself accountable and consistent and honest); I don’t really want to expose my family in the process.

I hope this works. If you’re reading this, I hope this helps you in some way, too.