You are not too old to make a change to your health ! I know everything seems overwhelming right now, but try not to get discouraged. What to do ? Start with some simple changes first. Don't look at weight loss or good health with an all or nothing mentality. If the only healthy thing you were to do for yourself was to drink 8 glasses of water today, that's still a step in the right direction.
You can't change the past, but you can influence and change the future. All it takes is a few small changes. Because one small change will lead to another and another and another. before you know it, all those small changes add up into one huge accomplishment.
Set some simple goals. Example, if you're not used to eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not used to drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not used to regular exercise, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones. And that's how good health starts.
I'm not far behind you in age. So, I know about those menopausal symptoms. Do you get any regular exercise ? If not, I'm going to recommend that you start with that daily walk. Studies have shown that a regular exercise program can help reduce some of the symptoms of menopause. You can read more about that here. www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=menopause
There is a lot to learn and you're not going to learn it all overnight or in a week. This is going to take time. Thus the need to start with some simple changes first. This doesn't have to be all or nothing. You can change you life !! But you have to start slowly.
Be patient with yourself and your body. And it's okay to have a fan at night. The fan will give you some comfort. Honestly, as you learn to eat healthier and get some regular exercise, the menopause symptoms do decrease.