My Period Post

by tessa8m on May 10, 2011

in Confession,Disorded Thoughts,Disordered Eating,Serious Stuff

Disclaimer: I am going to be quite honest in this post and talk about my period, menstrual cycle, that time of the month thing. If you are uncomfortable with this topic please read with caution or not at all. Also, if you are either my dad, brothers, or grandpa you are forewarned as well!

I hope people have some kind of reaction or insight to this or I might have to quickly delete it and go hide in a corner haha ;-)

This is a subject I have been wanting to talk about for a long time, but was not yet ready to open up about such a personal subject. After reading other bloggers stories on the matter, and continuously having positive and motivating responses to my other posts, I decided I am ready and it’s time. This is quite long too…. here we go!

This morning I went on a 7 mile run and used the time to really think about what I wanted to say. As I was running, my exhaustion that I spoke about a few weeks ago was still present and continues to burden both my mind and body. My legs were so tired even with the fuel I had consumed before the workout and this feeling allowed me to reflect on how much I have put myself through in the last few years. Although I would love for there to be a quick fix for my dead legs and tiredness,  I believe it’s my body telling, no screaming at me, that it needs a break.

A clear physical sign, besides being constantly exhausted, is my lack of period. Let’s go back a few years to the beginning of all of this to really give you an idea of what is going on.

Disordered eating and an unhealthy view towards food, has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Even though those thoughts have always been there, they have emerged in greater strength in certain times of life and worsened my health and well-being as a result. I touched on this in My Story, but to reiterate, the first time disordered eating truly took a hold of me was when I was in 7th grade. Over a few short months, my weight plummeted and the people I love started to get concerned. My mother, being the amazing woman she is, took me aside one day and told me if I continued these habits of barely eating and continuing to lose weight, I would never get my period and eventually lose the ability to have children.

At that time, those few short words scared the hell out of me. Growing up, I had constantly played with baby dolls, stuffed animals, barbies, doll houses, all with a similar theme where a family was part of my imaginary game. I was obsessed with pregnancy and my characters having babies, taking care of them, having them grow into my children, and the made-up games would reflect these interests. Like most little girls, I was so excited to be a mother. My interests brought me to being a mother’s helper whenever I could and eventually growing old enough to take on the full responsibility of babysitting for others.

That speech my mom gave me literally pulled me back from the edge of disordered eating and caught me before it got so much worse. I so wanted to have children and the idea that I was intentionally hurting my body and preventing it from doing this, what simply unbelievable. So I quit my dangerous habits, started to eat normally again and gained weight back. Phew, glad that was over with… if only I knew the worst had yet to come.

I first got my period in 8th grade when I was 14 years old, a bit later than most of my friends. At that age, it was a shunned and embarrassing topic to discuss among such immature girls, but I still knew I was among the last to get to receive the monthly “gift.” I know it’s not too old to first get it, but I believe the amount of swimming I was doing at the time and my past history with a lack of proper food stressed my body to delay getting my period for a few years.

My period came each month like clockwork, 28 days would go by and hello there it was! I could honestly feel when I was ovulating, when it would be coming soon because my boobs would hurt like crazy and I would be a bloated, hot mess (cute I know). I would get normal cramps, cravings, headaches and it would last for about 5-6 days, the first few being the worst and then it was over until about 21 days later when I Aunt Flow would come to town again. ;-)

This regular, NORMAL routine continued for the next four years until of course my eating habits began to change when I joined Weight Watchers, the beginning of the end if you will. I started on WW in March and it only took 5 months for my period to slowly become irregular and eventually stopped all together. I did notice it’s absence in August, but at that time I was moving to college for the first time and beyond sad and stressed. Those terrible feelings combined with my recent weight loss (even though it was only around 8 pounds) led me to lose my period.

Even though I continued to lose a bit of weight, began running and was still completely miserable my freshman year of college, I still expected my period would eventually come back…it never did. I became concerned of course, voiced these worries to my mother and visited a gynecologist in the Burlington area. I told her what was going on, that there was definitely ZERO chance of being pregnant (unless I was the Virgin Mary) and that I wanted my dang period back! I still did not attribute its absence to any physical changes such as weight loss and running, and purely blamed it on the emotional and depressed mess that I was that first year of college. I was still at a healthy weight at that point, and the worst of my disordered eating had not yet taken a hold of me.

After talking with the gynecologist, having my blood work tested, and even going up in the stirrups for the first time to be analyzed (awkward) she deemed that my body was simply under stress. She prescribed me a pill that I should take for 10 days to “jump start” my reproductive system and make me get my period. Well guess what, that did not work and so we moved on to the next option, birth control.

The only reason I took the birth control was to get my period and definitely not because I needed it for that other reason! Thankfully, the pill Ocella worked and I got my period in March of 2009 for the first time in 7 months. I continued to take the Ocella and each month my menstrual cycle worked normally and the once-normal routine of having a period was back in full swing. It became a regular burden again and I was so thankful to have it, the idea of being able to have children ever-present in my mind.

Let’s fast forward a few months to August of 2010, when things started to become abnormal again. Up until this point, the Ocella worked perfectly and I got my period exactly when the pills told me I would and it would last for an appropriate 4 or 5 days. However, changes occurred and I would now be getting my period about a week before I was supposed to and it would last another 2 weeks, meaning I would have it for around half a month. Obviously this was not normal and I went to my primary doctor expressing my concerns. She told me my body could have gotten used to the estrogen and hormones and perhaps a switch in birth controls would absolve the problems.

I’m pretty sure Ocella suddenly stopped working because of the immense stress my body was under during that time. It was the end of last summer when the birth control did not work properly, the absolute worst point of my disordered eating. I was at the lowest weight yet, still continuing to exercise a crazy amount, and had the mental drive to continue my dangerous routine.

So before heading back to school later that month of August, I switched to Nicon, another contraceptive and hoped things would regulate once again. Well, the pills didn’t work and instead of having a period for 2 weeks, it no longer showed up at all and has not made an entrance into my life since then. I stopped taking the Nicon, realizing it was doing absolutely nothing for me. Yes that is correct, I do not have a period at the moment.

When I finally began recovering earlier this year, mentally understanding changes needed to occur, I assumed the huge changes that I was making with my food intake and a bit of weight gain, would re-start my current closed down reproductive system. I went from eating literally zero grams of fat to consuming around 40-50 grams on a daily basis. I have also increased my caloric intake, added more protein and am continuously striving to eat a well-balanced NORMAL diet. And yet, it is still not enough.

I recently met with an amazing physician on-campus who was recommended by my therapist. I saw her earlier in March and told her about my issues with food, over-exercising, discomfort with my body and of course, not having my period. She ran a series of blood tests, just to make sure things were normal and that I was not pregnant (again, ermm no) and the results that came back were quite interesting, though concerning.

Most of my nutrient levels and stores were normal, such as Vitamin C, D E and K and other micro-nutrients such as potassium, all of the Vitamin Bs except iron, where levels were below normal. My thyroid was fine, and under possible underlying problems were ruled out as well. However, I already knew about that result, having had low levels of iron for the last three years or so (something else I need to work on it seems). The part of the results that were most note-worthy were my hormone levels. Without going into much detail, the doctor told me my hormone levels were the equivalent of a 10 or 11 year old little girl.

Wow. Is there really any other kind of reaction I could have had? I was blown away by these words… clear evidence of what I had done to my body, allowing it to have the health level of a girl, rather than a woman. I asked the doctor immediately what could be done about this and she said to keep adding healthy fats, because that is a key aspect of hormone levels. I also asked if going back on birth control would be useful, but the physician informed me that even getting a period on contraceptive is not the same as your own body producing the monthly cycle itself, so I am currently not taking any medicine for it.

I am 21 years old with the body and chemical levels of a small child who has yet to blossom into woman hood. If I don’t get my act together (and soon) that whole becoming a mother thing, yeah not going to happen. It scares the hell out of me to hear results like this and clearly indicates what I have done to my body, the stresses I have put it through and now it is screaming back at me. When a woman’s body senses danger to its physical health, such as under eating or a lack of proper nutrients, one of the first things that is shut down is your reproductive system.

I have Secondary amenorrhoea, the loss of a menstrual cycle for three months or more in women who have otherwise been regular with their bleeding, or six months in women who are less regular. Amenorrhoea means your body doesn’t trust you to carry a baby to fruition. It can lead to infertility if not treated, as well as osteopenia and osteoporosis as your bone density is slowly leeched without the proper regular menses and hormones supplying it.

Many distance runners and other endurance athletes don’t have their period because of the strain they put on their bodies, low body fat percentage, and over exercising. It does frustrate me when I see girls on my cross country team who are thinner than me and workout just as much if not more, and still have their periods each month. But I also have to remember that obviously our bodies are all quite different and apparently mine gets scared and nervous quite easily!

Having this knowledge and clear evidence that my body is not functioning correctly should be a major kick in the ass to change my habits PRONTO. And it is to a certain extent. However, there is still the dysfunctional and irrational side of me that wants to hold onto my routine, my thin body, running and just keep hoping that my period will eventually make an appearance. I realize this will not simply occur, although the changes I have made in my eating are certainly helping.

But then I think of the horrible potential of not being able to have children? Or getting osteoporosis at a young age, setting me up for a lifetime of bone struggles? Goodness, no thank you! This is just even MORE evidence and gives me continuous reasons that I need to let go of my old, dangerous life and make the necessary changes to be a woman again, and to be content and happy with myself- that’s what everyone deserves if you ask me.

If you read this whole thing, I applaud you! It was quite long but I needed to get this story out!

Has anyone had a similar experience or something you have done to get it going again? Any sort of personal insight would be so helpful :) Thank you very much for reading

 

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1 donna May 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Honey I am so glad that you are getting a handle on this. I look forward to the day when you and your lovely self are in perfect harmony. It is happening, of that, I am sure. Keep up the good work. I believe that, and your insight into disordered eating will lead you and “Auntie Flo” back together again for many happy normal reproductive years together. You will be able to make the most glorious grandchildren for your dear ol MA when the time is right. And with strong bones you will be able to pick them up!

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2 Angela May 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I’m a collegiate distance runner and I had that problem last year. I got on YAZ and my period came back along with me eating more. My hardest problem was transitioning from eating junk to healthy food while still running 8-10 miles a day with the team. It’s hard to eat enough healthy foods to counter the amount you burn! I was thinking about going and getting blood test just to see where my nutrient levels were at. How many grams of fat did the doctor recommend? Getting in enough fats is my concern but it’s hard cause I don’t know the normal range!

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3 tessa8m May 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Hi Angela, thank you for stopping by and your comment! I was recommended to have at least 55 grams a day. At first that sounded terrifying to me, as I used to consume NONE (obviously not healthy) but I have not become fat from eating FATS and now have anywhere between 65-75 grams per day. I’m quite obsessed with almond butter, nuts, and oils so getting them in is no problem! :D

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4 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) May 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Hi, I’m so glad you found my blog so that I could find yours :) This is definitely something that I could relate to. When I was 18 I had surgery and shortly after that I stopped menstruating. Because I had my tonsils removed I was on a liquid diet and lost around 8lbs in my first week. My period stopped for about 5 months. I went to the doctor and they put me on the pill. It worked like a charm. Now I’m on Seasonale and I get my period once every 3 months which is how it is designed to work but since I started the pill I’ve had an incredible flare in my IBS symptoms. It’s become incredibly frustrating and I’m thinking about going back tomorrow to see if I can switch to a new pill. I hope your increase in calories helps and eating more fats is the way to do. I eat around 50-70g of fats and I feel great :D

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5 tessa8m May 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Hi Jenny, I’m so glad you stopped by!
8 pounds in a week?! Yeeshe! It’s quite annoying how your period can stop so easily, even with a minor tweak in your diet or lifestyle. I’m sorry to hear about the IBS symptoms, that must be awful :( But I hope you can switch to a different pill, I’m sure you can find one that won’t bother you! :)

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6 Victoria (District Chocoholic) May 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Very powerful post. I have never completely lost mine, but have had it become exceptionally light from time to time due to various stressors. Obviously I am not a doctor, but you may want to consider a bone density scan to see if you are having issues there; there’s a lot they can do for you now to help you in the long run. Good luck and keep working hard on your nutrition.
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7 tessa8m May 11, 2011 at 9:54 am

I think that’s a great idea to have that test. I have added calcium supplements since this whole thing began to make sure I am getting adequate amounts. I am taking them in a chocolate chew form and they’re really tasty haha :D

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8 Laura @ LauraLikesDesign May 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Wow, this was a great read! This is something that I’ve been worried about lately and it was great to hear your story about this. Thanks so much for sharing! Keep me updated on how everything is going.

Have a great night!
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9 tessa8m May 11, 2011 at 9:53 am

Hi Laura!
What kind of struggles have you had with this issue? If you don’t want to share that’s totally fine or we could email again or something :) It is a personal issue so feel free to ignore my comment haha

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10 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 11, 2011 at 1:33 am

Tessa,

I hope that you are studying to go into public health because you write so eloquently and passionately about such important topics. Not surprisingly, I have had much of the same experience. I did end up with hypothyroidism which is now treated and well balanced and I decided to take myself off of the pill last fall and try to get my period back naturally despite the fact that my doctor and husband were convinced it wouldn’t work because it hadn’t in the past. (I think I had been without a natural period for 2 years at that time).

I was already back to a normal weight but I took some time to do more walking, yoga, and light strength training and less intense activities. I also tried meditation and other stress relieving strategies. Early this year (about 4-5 months later) my period started up again. It has been like clockwork since with the exception of recently when I ran hard in the half marathon.

For a while I was really worried that I wouldn’t ever be able to have kids or at the very least it would be difficult. But following healthy instincts and taking time of less stress on my body worked. I think it definitely could for you also as you progress with your healing and learning.

I think you’re doing wonderful things not just for yourself but for your readers and I know you’re going to come out the other side healed and rejuvenated :)

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11 tessa8m May 11, 2011 at 9:52 am

Wow Jenny thank you for sharing your personal story with this. I read through your response a few times to really grasp all that you said, and you give me hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel of this! This summer I am going to take time to rest and reflect, and try things like you did such as meditation and yoga. I have never allowed myself to simply relax and I believe these types of exercises will really help both my mind and body.
I am so glad we found each other through blogging, I love how we can relate so much and help each other too :D

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12 Candy May 11, 2011 at 10:05 am

Yay you finally posted “the period post” thank you! Haha I’m glad you’ve started taking steps such as eating more fats to try and correct it. Likewise, I’ve added a lot more fat to my diet now and I typically consume about 60g-70g of fat a day! And ohmygosh are we the same or what, I had my hormone levels checked about a year ago and turns out they were the same level of someone approaching menopause , or maybe even already menopaus-ing(yes no such word I just made it up :p), so probably the same as that of an 11 year old girl :( I’m gonna have them checked again this summer and hopefully they’ll have skyrocketed to a normal level(pretty please?!!)!

Anyway, great well written post as usual! Keep us updated about this! xoxox

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13 tessa8m May 11, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Hi Candy, I’m so glad to hear you benefited from this post and that we can relate! It’s helpful for me to know that I am not the only one with completely out-of-whack hormone levels. We can solve this abnormal response, because it is simply not appropriate for our age! We should have RAGING hormones as opposed to non-existent ones… yuck. Keep me updated too, I would love to hear about your blood results!

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14 Jenn May 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Wow. I don’t think this was a coincedence at all that I’m reading this today! For the past few days I’ve really been struggling with this exact issue. I’m in recovery from anorexia, but am at a normal weight now and my period hasn’t came back yet! It’s so frustrating and the thought of never having kids scares me a lot. I go back and forth from do I need to gain more weight to make my body where IT wants to be rather than where my “healthy weight” is? I can’t decide. But I’m definitely upping the fat intake. This post was so helpful–thank you!!

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15 tessa8m May 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Hey Jenn, thanks for sharing your story! I can relate of course, being at a normal weight as well! I think our bodies are probably still in shock and once we maintain an appropriate weight for an extended period of time, our bodies will trust us again and produce normal responses, like a menstrual cycle! Yes, keep upping the fats, they are so tasty anyway so why not? :)

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16 Sarah May 11, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I’m so glad you wrote this post. I can relate to what your going through so it was very comforting to read your story. Thanks :)

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17 tessa8m May 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm

No problem Sarah! Of course it would be great if none of us were going through this, but it does help to feel less alone!

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18 Julia May 12, 2011 at 2:40 am

It’s my first time commenting, but it’s really refreshing to hear people talk about this. My period stopped in high school too, and I had to go on birth control (Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo) to start getting it. Luckily, mine has stayed with me throughout the birth control, but I have also unfortunately gained some wait which may be why. Now that I’m trying to start up a healthy lifestyle again, it is something that is in the back of my head.

I’ve always been worried too because I’ve never had a regular natural period, but haven’t been tested for hormones or anything. Thanks for sharing!
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19 tessa8m May 12, 2011 at 9:35 am

Hi Julia, thank you for commenting and sharing your story! Don’t worry about the weight gain, this might just be what your body needs and perhaps with the changes you are making towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle again, you will get your period without birth control! That is the ultimate goal for me and once I get it back, I know I am in a healthy state again :)
I am off to check out your blog!

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20 Melissa May 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Hi Tessa!

I just want you to know I think you’re really brave for putting so much of yourself out there. This is such a tough tough thing to go through, and I admire the strength and grace with which you’ve written about your experience.

Throughout the many years of my disordered eating, I was never able to recognize that what I was doing was really an issue. I made myself throw up several times a day for years, but I really just didn’t think it was an actual eating disorder–nuts, right? Even just saying the words “out loud” here and recognizing that your body is screaming at you to change something is such an amazing step to take. I never lost my period, but my hair was falling out, the enamel on my teeth was eroding, and I was a class-A b**ch all the time. Thank God those days are behind me and I have found some balance.

The one thing the years have taught me, though, is that it really is a journey. It takes a long time. I certainly don’t think I’ve dealt with everything I need to around my disordered eating, but I’ve made so many gains and I really want to continue to grow. I heard a quote yesterday that said something like, “When you’re at the top, it’s so easy to fall down. But when you’re at your lowest point, that’s when the most growth can happen.”

XO
Melissa

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21 Kami August 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Thank you so much for blogging about something that is so personal. It is such a difficult topic, because there are very few people in the world who can understand the mind set that comes along with over exercising and under eating!

I struggle with exercise bulimia and lost my period for over a year. I had one or two in this time frame, but it was so minimal that I can really only say that I “spotted”. When I first lost my period I was running about 4 or 5 miles a day, which didn’t seem to be AT ALL too streneous. Like you mentioned, there are girls who run and run with bodies like twigs who never experience any problems with their menstral cycle. But everybody is different, and I think my body gets nervous too! I started running to lose weight. I started eating less because I wanted to lose weight too. Well, it was the perfect combination for weight loss, as well as to lose my period! I lost about 20 pounds (which was about 10 pounds lighter than I’d been since Middle School) and I STILL felt self-conscience about my body. It got worse and worse and I would pin point sections of my body that could “use some work”. I kept running, and by this time, I was running about 10 miles a day. If there was a day that I couldn’t go running, all havoc would break lose! I felt (feel) like if I didn’t do some sort of exercise (and I would really have to break a sweat) ALL caloric intake would negatively impact me.

My husband and I have been married almost three years and have been trying to get pregnant. It’s really hard to know that the reason that we can’t have a baby at this moment is because I am not treating my body right. When I talk to people about my problem, it is so easy for them to say “just stop running, gain weight, and there ya go” but I know you will understand when I say that I CANT stop running. I’ve gained about 10 pounds back, and I have been more regular, but I know that as long as I keep running I won’t be able to get pregnant.

Have you talked to anyone about how to break this mental thought process? It is so tough and I feel like no one understands. My poor husband has had to deal with me and my running obsession and lack of fertility for far too long. I want to be better for him.

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22 tessa8m August 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Hi Kami,

First of all, thank you for taking the time to read this post and tell me your thoughts on it. Also, I truly appreciate you sharing your story. Although I would never wish this mental illness on anyone and the consequences that go along with, it is nice knowing that there are others out there that can relate…like yourself! For such a long time, I felt like I was the only one that was suffering from such a debilitating disease and no one understood what I was going through or where my thoughts were stemming from. But you do and I can of course understand that being told to simply
“gain weight” is just not that easy. It’s actually the hardest thing ever… well physically easy for me…but mentally? Yeah right. I will tell you that literally every.single.day I battle thoughts that I am “fat.” Like really?! How can I let this go on…it’s absolutely ridiculous and wrong, and even if I was a bit over weight, would that truly be the end of the world? Would people really like me less than I do now? Gah I am sorry I am all over the place with this, I am just trying to get my thoughts out while trying to give you advice… a bit of a fail it seems haha

You are so right, all bodies are different and react in unique ways to exercising and intake of food. I will tell you that I still do not have my period, meaning I have not had a normal cycle in three years. Oh my goodness does this frighten me. It scares me because holy crap…one day I might not be able to have children and it will be all my fault. And also, I am scared that I have to gain EVEN MORE WEIGHT to get a healthy point to get my period again. I don’t know where that number is but I don’t like that it’s not where I am now. I can’t imagine having to put on even more pounds… but it seems inevitable.

I have talked to so many people about this mental thought process. My mom is the main person in my life that is helping me heal, so I speak, complain and talk to her all of the time. She is one amazing lady and I would not be where I am without her. I also have a therapist when I am at school that really helps me to understand that I am a person that is defined by so much more than how thin or deprived my body is. Additionally, this blogging community has aided me in countless ways as well. I find people, like yourself, that can relate to what I am saying and we help each other to get through whatever is going on.

Please email me back with any questions, comments, concerns, just for a chat…whatever! I would love to hear back from you and I genuinely mean that.

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23 natalie pyle October 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm

How long after starting birth control did you get your period?

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24 tessa8m October 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Hi There Natalie! I got it when I was supposed to according to the BC… the third Sunday after I started

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25 Lindsay November 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Hi Melissa,
First, I just want to say I think it’s great that you are on the road to recovery. I went through the same thing, but solely from anorexia, not over-exercising. I am fully recovered now (at least from a physical perspective, I don’t think you ever fully heal mentally), and a promise you it is so much brighter at the end of the tunnel. I remember back when I had an eating disorder, those were the darkest days and would never wish such darkness on my worst enemy.
It started when I was 25 and I went from 115 lbs down to 75 lbs (I’m 5’2) over just a few months. I stopped getting my period when I weigher around 90 lbs. My doctor told me about the problems I will have conceiving children and that I’m at a great risk of osteoporosis. By the time I got married (28 years old) I was up to 95 lbs. but still no period. A year later we decided to try for children. The dr. said I would need fertility treatment which is what I did. I tried a few rounds but none of ended in pregnancy. I decided to take some time off and gain a few more pounds as per doctors recommendations. I went up to 105 and got my period on my own. But even once you get your period back it will take quite a while for it to regulate and I didn’t want to wait for children so I did another fertility cycle and got pregnant on that cycle (your body know when it’s healthy enough to carry a baby to term). I am now a mom to 2 year old twins.
After I had them I lost the baby weight very quickly and went down to 100 lbs and didn’t get my period back. About 2 months ago I decided I wanted to try really had to get it back because I do want more children and don’t want osteoporosis. I went back up to 105 lbs. and just got my period on my own a few days ago. I had a feeling it was coming back, there were lots of signs.
I know it’s hard and sometimes it’s a long road, but I know it will happen to you. It took me 7 years.
Also, just to clarify, I noticed in a few of the comments people said when they went on birth control they got their period back. Anyone will get a period on some form of birth control, but once you go off, you won’t get it. Getting your period from birth control will not help you in having children. It’s a fake period. To really get your period back, you have to be off birth control and get it naturally.

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26 Lori December 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Hi Tessa,
I stumbled on your post and wanted to write a little note of thanks. :) I’m in my early 30s and in the last year or so have rediscovered my love of running. In the process I lost a few pounds that had crept on in my years since college. I had been exercising 5-6 days a week as an source to clear my mind after a day of work (in an office, at a computer all day), and certainly not at the level that I felt it was strenuous. It only took 5 months for my cycle to become irregular and 8 for it to disappear even though I’m at healthy weight and body composition by all the standard charts and definitions. I’ve recently increased my caloric and fats intake in hopes of restoring the balance of my hormone levels. I wasn’t avoiding fats per se before, I just LOVE veggies and fruit and would always reach for those when hungry. I relate to your struggle as I really like the muscle definition I’ve gained and my size 4 pants….but am not interested in osteoporosis (even if my husband and I aren’t trying to conceive). Anyway, thanks for your post. People like me are still finding inspiration in it. I hope you are doing well and enjoying balance in your life.

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