Menopause Nightmare? Think Again!

By on August 18, 2011

By Staness Jonekos, author of The Menopause Makeover from Harlequin Nonfiction –

Ready for the shocking news? Menopause and marrying the man of my dreams happened at the same time!

After 30 years of dating in Los Angeles, I was finally engaged for the first time.
My wedding day was about to be ruined by hourly hot flashes, itchy skin, crankiness, fuzzy thinking and monthly weight gain. My poor fiancé proposed to one girl and was about to marry Bridezilla.

Depressed that everything normal in my life was changing, I focused on planning my wedding day. Using a wedding planner book filled with checklists, calendars and to-do lists, I was able to plan the perfect wedding.

Then, something incredible happened during my wedding dress fitting. The tailor was letting out the seams to accommodate my new fat, menopausal body, as I was chatting about how easy it was to plan the perfect wedding using a planner book. Then I asked myself, “Why isn’t there a planner for menopause?” I just wanted someone to tell me what to do so I would feel and look good again.

There were no menopause planner books online or in bookstores. It was months to my wedding day, so I created my own 12-week program. It was during this process that I realized menopause was a gift.

Staness Jonekos before photo
Staness Jonekos- Before

Being angry that my uninvited wedding guest, menopause, had kidnapped my dream wedding, I discovered something that changed my life. Menopause was more than fluctuating hormones, it was an opportunity to reinvent myself. Once I navigated the confusing hormone options, I had to address my overall health and happiness.

Redefining how I ate and exercised improved my health. Updating my beauty regimen boosted my self-esteem. Addressing my emotions and relationships gave me the opportunity to find balance. Embracing my spirituality held the key that opened the door to happiness. This combination of changes resulted in the ultimate mid-life makeover.

Years ago when my only monthly concerns were PMS and an occasional pimple, I would hear people joke about hot flashes and women going through “the change.” I have news for them – those women are busy making changes that will make their life and YOUR life better.

Menopause was a wake up call to ME. I wrote The Menopause Makeover so YOU would have a map to find and celebrate the new you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stanese Jonekos after photo

 

 

 

 

 

Staness’s “before” and “after” shots! Doesn’t she look amazing?

Staness Jonekos is an advocate for women’s health, wellness and empowerment. An award-winning television writer, producer and director, she was one of the original executive producers who launched the television network Oxygen Media, cofounded by Oprah Winfrey. Following her commitment to health, Staness co-executive produced the premiere season of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, and post produced Lifetime’s Speaking of Women’s Health. Recently, Staness launched into the publishing world sharing her 8-step 12-week Menopause Makeover program in her first book The Menopause Makeover, co-authored with menopause expert Dr. Wendy Klein.

Contact info: [email protected]

Link: http://www.menopausemakeover.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Menopause-Makeover/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/staness

About Staness Jonekos

Staness Jonekos is an advocate for women's health, wellness and empowerment. An award-winning television writer, producer and director, she was one of the original executive producers who launched the television network Oxygen Media, cofounded by Oprah Winfrey. Following her commitment to health, Staness co-executive produced the premiere season of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club, and post produced Lifetime's Speaking of Women's Health. Recently, Staness launched into the publishing world sharing her 8-step 12-week Menopause Makeover program in her first book The Menopause Makeover, co-authored with menopause expert Dr. Wendy Klein. Contact info: [email protected], Link: http://www.MenopauseMakeover.com, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Menopause-Makeover/248911880459, Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/staness.

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