How was your Monday?
Mine has been good 😀
After an early morning walk with the dog and a quick bowl of PB/honey oats (so good!), I headed to the gym to teach two classes. There was a desperate need for a Per4Mance sub, so I agreed to take the class. It was a BLAST!
I started with 15-minutes of kickboxing drills (no combos), 15-minutes of agility [jump rope, lateral hops, quick feet, plyo hops, ski jumps, cross jumps, high knees, and bottom kicks], then about 25-minutes of strength, abs, and stretching. I decided to add tabata intervals for the strength portion so we did 8 sets (20-sec. on/10-sec. off) of the following:
1. Squat Jumps (or squats)
2. Quick Punches
3. Jumping Lunges (or reverse lunges)
After Per4Mance I immediately switched gears to teach Pump. I already felt sweaty and tired, so I took my weight down and tried to focus on form rather than load. Class went really quickly but I was wiped at the end!
I spent the rest of the day working, then headed to an appointment, and eventually home. I’m about to clean out the bathroom cabinets and do homework…clearly it’s been quite a productive Monday 🙂
An afternoon snack:
I have a chicken stew in the crockpot cooking away (recipe tomorrow) for dinner and the house smells SO good!
[DISCLAIMER: I think most of my blog readers are females, but if you’re uncomfortable hearing about hormones and “girly” stuff, you may want to skip this next part 😉 ]
I’ve been debating about “going public” with this on the blog for a while, but after a lot of consideration, I decided to just roll with it. I realize how much I use my blog as an outlet, and if I can’t talk about what’s really going on in my life, it’s not doing its job.
So, here we go…
I’ve suffered from amenorrhea for the majority of my life and have never, ever had two consecutive periods. I’m 29. Usually when I tell people this, they say #1 “you’re so lucky!” or #2 “have you gone to the doctor?”
I could definitely see why most people would consider this lucky, especially when I have been to the doctor (many times) and have always gotten excellent reports on my health. Every time, my OB/GYN assures me not to worry, that it is just how my body functions.
Fast forward to a few months ago when I visited my OB/GYN to talk about taking the necessary steps to get my body healthy to eventually conceive. She did some basic lab work (again, everything came out fine) and sent me home with instructions to gain 5 pounds, take two different prescriptions, and exercise with less intensity. I followed her steps to a T, but still no period or ovulation…and I felt awful physically and mentally.
Instead of repeating the cycle of medicine (which can be used only a limited number of times because they are hard on the body), I was referred to an ND in conjunction with my OB/GYN to see if we could resolve the underlying issue. During my first visit with him, he ordered a bunch of different blood tests.
My set of tests came out poorly. The doctor did a full panel to check my levels of all four reproductive hormones (as it turns out the basic tests just look at FSH, which is why mine have always come out normal), and all of them were extremely low. He prescribed me medicine to help bring my levels up, along with acupuncture and dietary changes (more protein and healthy fats).
Currently I’m following his guidance, checking in with my OB/GYN, going to acupuncture, and hoping that my body and hormones will start to regulate. I’m also trying hard to keep my exercise intensity down, which is way easier said than done since fitness is a huge part of my life…and my job. I’m workin’ on it, though!
I feel worried, impatient, and frustrated, which I know just creates additional stress, but it is really hard not to be!
Have any of you been through something like this? I’d be interested to hear your stories.
Okay, I think that’s enough for today! You now know more about me than you may have liked to know…feel free to comment with something personal if you wish 😉
If you suspect you have a hormonal issue get it checked right away! Our endocrine system is very delicate and many basic blood tests don’t delve deep enough into the individual hormone levels.
Question: Have you ever had to take your exercise intensity down?