Yay!!! It’s Friday! Which doesn’t mean a whole lot to stay at home moms necessarily…. In fact, I can barely remember what day of the week it is period! Thank God for my vitamin holder that keeps me, and every other 85yr old, up to date with the day of the week 😉
So if you have kept up with my posts, or know me personally, I’ve mentioned that I’ve really been struggling with hormonal imbalance since I quit breastfeeding back in February. I weaned my baby, it’s not like a just stopped cold turkey. But literally from the day I stopped, I just haven’t felt right. A very unbalanced feeling. I couldn’t control myself like a normally could- thoughts, emotions, and my body just bloated up. I didn’t change anything else. Same whole30/paleo eating, same workouts etc. I’ve seen my holistic doctor, and indeed my hormones are out of whack, like everything. Estrogen, thyroid and liver to name a few. With his help and my own prayers, things are getting better. But it’s been a really tough season. I didn’t have postpartum depression after having my babies, but I can say that this “after breastfeeding” experience sure felt like what I can imagine postpartum depression feeling like.
It was terrible to go from working my butt off with diet and exercise and achieving my desired level of fitness to looking like I hadn’t been doing all of that work at all. It has taken me all this time to accept that I don’t have the ability to control what all goes on in my life, and to give up what I can’t control to the Lord. I felt so selfish praying for my body’s balance when there’s so many other things I could be praying about that are going on in this world today, but keeping my temple healthy is something that God wants for us to do. I’m a work in progress, learning every day.
I went back to something that worked really well for me a couple of years ago, a high protein diet. I’m talking at least 100g of protein a day. While still eating strict Whole30 with an added paleo protein shake, I have seen an incredible difference in my body in just 3 days. I honestly have no idea how massive amounts of protein can balance out my hormones (with the help of supplements from my holistic doctor), but it sure has. It’s like my skin is just sucking right back in. It’s literally crazy.
I’m telling you all of this, and sharing my story so that you can also understand that listening to your body is so very important. You need to know how you feel and be able to pinpoint what it is that’s not right. Whether it’s food, workouts, hormones, muscles, whatever, pay attention. Ask for advice from friends that inspire you, see a doctor (a natural one if possible). There’s enough crazy people in this world and you don’t need to settle for being one of them, bc I was for a bit (God bless my husband’s soul).
I have a great workout for you. It’s simple, not complicated, do at your own pace type of workout. I like to note the amount of weight that I’m using for my own personal growth and for you to use as a reference. I found that I would settle for a lower weight and wonder why I didn’t see any progress, until I realized I could really challenge myself much more and see faster results. And once again, listen to your body. I couldn’t max out on this workout bc I was dealing with my monthly visitor with all of the cramps and fatigue that comes with it. I felt bad at first, but then told myself “no, this is what you can do today, good for you! Tomorrow you can try again!”
I wanted to do 1 mile.
I also got new shoes that have made an appearance. They are Brooks Ghost 8 running shoes. They have been incredible to run in and very comfortable. So far I love them. Got them on Amazon.