I'm back on this forum after a hiatus of about 2 years. Had a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy in 2008 at age 46. I think that was when my weight vacillated only between 165-173. I'm only 5'4" and fine-boned, and in my 40s I started to really change from a pear shape to an apple. I think stress and cortisol played a big role in this.
I also had an incisional hernia repair in 2010 - really think the doc from my hysterectomy released me too soon and I was desperate for a job and doing heavy lifting too soon.
Before the 2008 surgeries I had been put on Metformin, but I'm one of those people who can gain weight on just about any medication. At the end of 2009 (I think), I persuaded a different doctor to let me discontinue the Metformin, as I was up to nearly 200 lbs.!
I was also going through a lot of stress at this time, my ever-present difficulties with jobs (due to anxiety, ADHD, and other factors) prompting me to file for disability, which I now am on. And a home foreclosure that played out over the 2009-11 years. I moved in Nov. 2011 after the house was sold at sheriff's auction, to an apartment which was not right for me and again this year in with a friend, a situation which I like much better.
My Medicare supplement plan came with a free gym membership this year but I was so busy with one crisis after another dealing with the apartment and then with moving that I've gotten away from the gym. I'm going to go back this weekend and get with it. I haven't weighed myself lately, but I had lost down to the upper 170s since going off the Metformin. But I sure have my work cut out for me in getting rid of this belly fat and strengthening my abs - don't want diabetes OR another hernia!
Long story just to basically say I am glad to have remembered about this forum and will enjoy being back, sharing exercise tips and other things. Would love to hear from some other menopausal PCOS gals!