Amazon is a doll and sent me NROLFW only a few days after ordering it. I was weirdly excited to receive a book in the mail that would give me new workout ideas, but I was actually sorta kinda bummed that it recommends you only do a weight workout 3x a week. Apparently I’ve been hit with roid rage and I can’t just do three days.
I never intended on reading the actual book book, but it’s been super interesting. It’s hard to tell what’s true and what works because really, anybody can make their study seem believable. But last night a part that stuck out to me was the having kids/menstrual cycle part and how nutrition affects that immensely.
As sick as it is, I used to pride myself on not getting my period because I knew it meant I was working out a lot and not eating a lot, aka amenorrhea. [Okay, so I didn’t have to deal with my period, but I did have to deal with depression, irritability, and I was one big Moody Judy.] Once I got back on track, eating again and exercising like the average person, everything turned back to normal and I thought sweetttttt no biggie. But the author makes such a good point that if you don’t have a healthy reproductive system, then the short and long-term effects won’t be pretty. Having kids is dangerous and out of the question (if even possible) and post-menopausal, your bone tissues will be weak.
To be honest, those disordered thoughts still pass through my head about once a day. A lighter period=losing weight. And I consider that a victory, which is SO. NOT. TRUE.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m 200% single and I’m not looking to bear children anytime soon, but to be a mom is most definitely one of my top 3 goals in life. Reading that paragraph was a slap in the face.
“It makes no sense to get pregnant during periods in which starvation is a distinct possibility. So your body shifts its priorities elsewhere, fueling your brain and internal organs rather than allocating those precious energy reserves to a hungry offspring.” – Lou Schuler
Not okay with me…4 words: bring. on. the. food.
Amenorrhea is a sign of low estrogen levels, which in the long run causes stress fractures (in the postmenopausal area). I’ve been blessed with two strong legs and two functional arms that allow me to do what I love-run, lift weights, cook, walk, dance, eat. I don’t want to be 50 and be bed-ridden because I didn’t take care of my body in my third decade of life.
One thing I’ve learned about disordered eating is that it focuses your mind only on the short term. I had no peripheral vision and could only see one day at a time-planning that day’s meals out, being guilty over everything that I ate that day. I never realized the harm I was doing to my body could greatly affect where I will stand as a senior citizen. I want to be able to have kids, and then pick up and play around with my grandkids. If I don’t give my body what it needs and pack in the nutrients, then that might not be possible.
As I recover, my eyes are getting wider and I can see further down the road versus one day at a time. Thankfully, the healing I’ve experienced by the grace of God has opened my eyes and convinced me to take care of myself now so I’m not itching to turn back time and wish I had made different decisions.
Taking good care of my body is still a one-day-at-a-time thing, but now with goals for my future that would directly be affected by my body’s nutrition level, I’m more willing and excited to fuel it properly and nutritiously.
A treadmill workout I did a few days ago could not go without sharing. The only thing I like about spinning class is the songs and feeling the music pump the blood through your veins. But I don’t like spinning, so I used a spinning playlist and took it to the treaddy:
1) Warmup: walk @ 4.0, and run @ 6.0 during chorus
2) Start at 6.5 and increase the speed by 0.5 every minute
3) Go back to 6.5 and switch the incline between 1.5 and 5 every minute
4) Tempo run @ 7.0
5) Go back to 6.5 and sprint @ 8.0 during chorus (beware: the chorus is kind of long)
6) Tempo run @ 6.5
7) Stay @ 6.5 and sprint @ 8.5 during chorus <–Can’t help but love Selena Gomez’s words of wisdom
8) Walk @ 4.0 mph with incline @ 5.0
My deepest darkest baddest secret is that I secretly had a crush on Lil’ Wayne during my highschool rap phase.
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
What are your thoughts on New Rules of Lifting for Women?