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SINGERA9 SparkPoints: (4,246)
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7/25/13 4:55 P

Drink tons of water before your period and during your period. It will help with the cramps, the bloating and the lazy feeling.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (105,260)
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7/25/13 1:37 P

Exercise will help with cramps a lot more than lying around will.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,559
7/25/13 1:09 P

Most of the "gain" is bloat- that said, try to stick to your calorie range and be active. Being active will help reduce the cramps.

RYANS_GIRL0715 SparkPoints: (95)
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7/25/13 12:45 P

Thanks guys it's all really good info! I'm already on hormonal birthcontrol I have been for about 3 years (it will help for awhile but here lately it hasn't done much.) As far as loosing the 15 pounds in 3 weeks I did the 24 day advocare challenge and I use to weigh 251. I will be sure try some of this stuff out! Thanks guys! So glad I decided to start Spark People!

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
7/25/13 11:46 A

I sometimes have a hard time during that time of the month too. I find that the first 2 days I really don't want to exercise, so I give myself a pass to skip it if I need it. Though I will say that since I exercise the rest of the month, my periods affect me far less than they used to. Much less cramping and the fatigue has decreased as well.

As far as food, I don't pre-buy any junk for that time of the month. Which means if I want ice cream, I need to overcome my fatigue and put on pants and go to the store to get it. Most of the time the nap sounds better.

Also, depending on how bad your cramps are and where you are in your life, you may want to consider hormonal birth control. Definitely talk to your doctor about how it will affect you, but when I was younger my cramps were debilitating to the point where I would miss at least one day of work/school a month. Hormonal BC helped ease that a lot, and like I said regular exercise helped even more.

JUDY1260 SparkPoints: (2,712)
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7/25/13 8:58 A

I get it that all you want to do is lie around and do nothing because you don't feel well. I used to be the same way because I suffered with menstrual migraines and extreme fatigue. Unfortunately I have others relying on me so I wasn't able to curl up in a ball and sleep all day. :(

A simple walk around the block can help ease the cramps and make you feel better. You'll be surprised to find that once you get into a regular exercise routine your body will want you to move during this time. In 2-3 months you may start noticing that you feel better during your period weeks. I know I did.

Edited by: JUDY1260 at: 7/25/2013 (08:59)
CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
7/25/13 8:27 A

you've got some very good advice.
I do hope things improve for you.

Often healthy eating will help ease the cramps, too, and any amount of exercise will often help.

NHELENE Posts: 1,469
7/25/13 8:14 A

Since you are doing badly at both diet and exercise during that week, I suggest that you figure out which of the two would be easier for you to improve. Personally I sometimes get a bit weak and can't work out as hard, so for me it is better to really concentrate on my food intake and make sure I'm not eating a lot of junk.

A few days before your period, try to make sure you've cleared all the snack food out of your home so it won't be there to tempt you, and get some lower-calorie options to snack on if you get a craving.

NIRERIN Posts: 12,028
7/25/13 7:48 A

for starters, unless you weigh over 500lbs you shouldn't be losing 5lbs per week [which is what 15lbs in the 3 weeks between your periods would be]. that sort of loss isn't really sustainable for smaller people. there is a little wiggle room when you're just starting out, but you can't expect to see those kinds of number all the time. quite frankly it looks like you may have started weighing in before you lost the last of the retained water from your last period, which if you're gaining and losing about 7lbs with that, would put you at losing just over 2lbs per week, which is reasonable if you're a little over 200lbs.
secondly, some women have periods that have big impacts on their weight. you'll need a few months of periods to full see exactly where you are on this spectrum, but some women who find that have this issue don't weigh in the week of their period so they don't have to see and freak out about the gain that goes away the next week. part of your problem is that if you're eating whatever you want, it's likely processed which means that instead of just having the additional water weight from you're period you're adding in a ton of extra sodium [more water] and are likely eating more carbs [more water again] which means that what you're eating is roughly tripling the amount of water you're retaining during and around this time.
if you are lazy during that week, make it your goal to spend the other three weeks of the month cooking for that lazy week. so when you make a pan of lasagna on a not period week, make an extra portion or two to freeze so that all you have to do is heat and eat come period week. do the same for soups, stews, anything that freezes well [test freeze a few ounces if you are not sure if it will work and reheat well] so that all you have to do when you're lazy is grab, heat and eat.
you may also want to reset your ranges to maintenance ranges for that period week. it will give you more calories to work with during that week, and while it will theoretically make your total loss slower, it may make it shorter because you wouldn't be overeating to gain during that off week and cancelling out some of the weeks of eating in your loss ranges.

HEALTHYJ29 SparkPoints: (3,246)
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7/25/13 3:50 A

In a week to gain 7 pounds I would think it is water retention. Since you know this is a hard time for you do you plan your meals and snacks out? If you have cravings can you plan to have that type of food in your meal plan but not go overboard? So if you crave chocolate add a small amount that fits in your meal plan.
Have you talked to your doctor about the bad cramps? Do you think once you got up and took a walk it would in the long run help you to feel better?

RYANS_GIRL0715 SparkPoints: (95)
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7/25/13 2:55 A

I will do very good on a diet, until my period week. I will eat whatever I want and lay around and be lazy. I normally have really bad cramps, so I don't feel like doing anything. This is a very very bad habit I have and I NEED to break it. I lost 15 pounds and then I had one week that I gained 7 of it back because of this, and I have a hard time getting back on track! I need some help!

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