Hello friends First and foremost, thank you for all the kind words and support regarding my last post and honesty with you all. Coincidently, a couple days after I hit “publish” on that post, Mother Nature granted me my wish and I did get my period back. For a couple of days I felt like I needed to lay eggs – that is truly the only way I could describe my discomfort.
I never thought I’d be so happy to have my womanhood back – bloat, cramps and all. I have been having moments where I feel so bloated that it’s affecting my self confidence, but I have to remind myself that this too shall pass. God put me through this experience for a reason and I have to trust Him. Just wanted to update ya’ll. I’m not sure if it was low body fat or just a hormonal imbalance from the pill that caused it, but I definitely upped my calories, fat intake and reduced my mileage while still lifting 2-3 days a week. My body has really exciting ways of telling me when it’s not happy. Now I just have to figure out how to cure my allergies – anyone else have really awful allergies this year? I feel like my head is going to pop off and float away (kind of wish it would, actually.)
Anyways, I went on my first real run outside in a while with my best friend yesterday morning and it felt amazing, especially after having a night out. It was good to get out of bed early and enjoy the cool morning breeze and sunshine We stopped for coffee afterward, fixed up some eggs and yogurt and lazed around til the afternoon. Since I didn’t get to see my Mom on Mother’s day, we’re planning on celebrating Tuesday evening.
Some scenes from the week/weekend:
Beautiful downtown on a Sunday morning.
Post run and sweaty – ready for some cah-faayy.
My friend Emily (on the left) just came home from a farming internship in Ireland! I grilled her about her trip and it sounded incredible.
Surf and turf for dinner with Joel. We watched the movie “Hurricane” – so good (both the food and movie!)
I know awhile back I did a post about alcohol and my lifting routine, how I assumed or thought that it really wasn’t affecting my progress, but I can definitely speak differently now. Although I still go out occasionally for a drink or two, I find that if I throw back anymore than that, I am just totally out of commission and zombie-fied for the next day. Ever since I’ve dramatically cut back on my late nights out on the weekends and alcohol consumption, I’ve noticed that my workouts have been more fulfilling and my gains have been better. I think I used to feel as if I had to justify living a “healthy” lifestyle and indulging at the same time, but not anymore. Being committed to be truly healthy and being able to lift is more important to me now. Being able to wake up on Sunday morning and have an awesome workout after a night out Saturday was something I would not have been able to accomplish had I had more than one drink. I do realize that this is all a big “DUH,” but I wanted to share with you all anyway, if you had read that post previously, I am completely contradicting myself right now and that’s exactly what I need to do.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a beautiful Mother’s day!
Peace and love!
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