Good morning! Today I woke up with rain pouring outside my window and decided to make my cozy cup of coffee, dark roast with almond milk creamer of course, and write. Something about gloomy weather, an acoustic playlist on Spotify and nothing except a blanket that makes you want to sit and reflect. I would like to share my reflection time with you today as I have been getting a few questions on where I am health wise. Remember that medical term Amenorrhea I told you about a little while ago? Well I kicked it in the butt and today I can sit down and tell you that I now have the estrogen levels I need, protein in my system and do my knees hurt? NO! People asked what medical help I received or who I went to go see for guidance and I love to be able to say that I did this with only the help of you, our father in heaven and my determination to be the best version of myself. Remember this picture below to your left? In this picture, I remember pointing out every curve that needed to be gone. I was alone and destructive then because I did not talk to the Lord every day and chose to talk myself into dangerous habits. If you learn anything from my journey, let me tell you that life is so short and if we do not start embracing every second, every person, every calorie, then it will all be a waste. I am determined to share light in this world and you are a huge part of that journey! Time to shine so bright and not let any negativity fog our way. From then (picture on left) to now (picture on right), my outward appearance was just a small change compared to the change that happened within me.
Secondary Amenorrhea usually lasts however long you allow it to last. In special conditions, doctors will recommend certain hormones or medications; however, they told me I had to make a lifestyle change, not a medicine change. That is when this blog, my progress and mindset became my focus and I feel like an entirely different person than I did just a little less than a year ago. For me, I officially had secondary amenorrhea for a little less than two years. The news and health library from Core Physicians states that untreated amenorrhea can result in decreased bone mineral density, infertility or other health issues. Don’t let it get this far because I promise it’s not worth it. Yes, it is hard but I promise it is worth it when you can feel good, enjoy eating ice cream with friends and don’t have to worry about long lasting, negative side affects. I wanted to find some fresh new research to share with you on what others are saying that will help overcome any eating disorder difficulties. This website is very informative and provides this short list below on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- “ Make changes in your diet or activities to maintain a healthy weight.
- Think about the areas of emotional stress and conflict in your life. If you feel that you cannot resolve these conflicts on your own, ask for help from family, friends, or health professionals.
- Be moderate in all your activities. Try to balance your work, recreation, and rest.
- Maintain a positive outlook. This problem can often be corrected”
How did I do this? I chose to avoid all medications and medical help; however, after having meetings with people who have struggled as well, I received great incite on amazing doctors who do a great job at counseling, rather than just handing you a prescription slip. If you need any recommendations, please let me know and I will be more than happy to provide those for you! I haven’t been to the gym in around a month and have just been doing Pure Barre in Nashville at least 3-4 times a week. I eat meat every day, I drink coffee like it is nobody’s business, and I have dessert every day not because I have to but because I want to and have discovered how yummy it is!! I realize how my body needs the protein I consume daily and don’t know how I lived on rice cakes and almond butter for a year. My meats include grilled chicken, salmon, occasionally a hamburger patty by itself or turkey! When I see my body weight lowering I always switch from almond butter to peanut butter and I highly recommend this switch! And of course I indulge on dark chocolate nearly every night. These Brookside clusters have been my go to! I still often find myself regretting every sweet, every chip or every large meal I eat, like many of us secretly think as well, but we aren’t perfect and as long as we are moving in the right direction, that is all that matters! We can be healthy and happy by having organic peanut butters and rich cocoa bars from Trader Joe’s. I love healthy eating but won’t let that consume me and you shouldn’t either!
Leaving the gym has been a breath of fresh air. Meeting new people, eating at new places and detoxing my body from all medication has given me so much clarity on how I see my life. I have accepted that my mind has just been distorted to believe that I need to look better every day. There are people who I haven’t seen or talked to me since I chose to make a lifestyle change to eat more, workout less and live more care-free. For me, it was the best decision I ever made and hopefully I can continue to share how we can take on anything life offers. Today after eating my jumbo bowl of cereal with ½ of banana and almond milk, I already found myself planning what I need to eat the rest of the day. First, that causes too much stress. If I get hungry later, great! If not, I can’t let food dominate my daily routine. We eat to live not live to eat. Now moving forward, what are you going to add to your summer bucket list? Make a change in someone else and yourself today! Live today beautifully to the best you can. You are so amazing and I promise to cheer you on no matter where you go. Let’s continue this journey and be the best person our creator shaped us to be. I can’t wait to keep exploring my favorite foodie places in Nashville, tucking at barre and meeting new people. It’s your turn gorgeous!
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit | Romans 15:13
“Missed Menstrual Periods (Amenorrhea).” Core Physicians. N.p., 2010. Web. 6 July 2016. <http://www.corephysicians.org/news-and-health-library/health-library/women-health/wome5253/>.