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IRISHFANUH87 Posts: 1,038
3/18/13 4:21 P

This last one I didn't do very good with eating - my husband had bought some Lindor truffles that I thought I would have no problem resisting - I was wrong about that. Like a previous poster said, you just get back on the horse. However, I did stick to my workouts which I find really help with any low back soreness that I have during that time, but I don't have any severe cramping or anything like that.

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3/15/13 8:43 A

I never know exactly when it's coming. There are some signs, but they're not consistent from month to month and I'm paranoid for at least a week prior to its actual arrival. This last time around, I was already feeling a bit down on my self-image (didn't help to compare myself to a good friend who's 5-6 inches taller than my average 5'4"). The best thing I could do was hop back on the eat-well-wagon and go to the gym over spring break. I'm in my university's ROTC program and we have PT three days a week automatically, but it's never enough to be in tip-top shape, let alone lose the 10 pounds I gained while working on my M.A. Watching salt intake is probably a good idea, as I usually feel bloated on top of my cranky attitude about my body and adding more water on top of just makes me feel ugly.

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3/14/13 6:54 P

since I have lost this weight my monthly problems aren't even an issue anymore. i swim even. i do now watch salt intake-

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3/14/13 12:55 P

About a week and a half before TOM, I find that all i want to do is eat. Normally I would just give into it but this month I am sticking to my diet. So far it hasn't been too bad. I find that it's more mind over matter than anything.

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3/14/13 11:43 A

Same thing I do all the other times. I was a competitive athlete way back when my period first started, so I never had the luxury of considering certain times of the month differently than others. Nowadays if I feel bad I don't do as much (exercise), but that's not a guarantee that I will.

I don't ever eat differently. I just don't get those sorts of issues surrounding it.

Edited by: RENATARUNS at: 3/14/2013 (11:44)
CHLOEAGH SparkPoints: (29,002)
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3/14/13 11:36 A

I stick to my routine without really any issue. However, I am about to go off the pill, so I am prepared for that to change. I wouldn't be surprised if my natural cycle makes it a bit harder.

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3/14/13 9:43 A

it is my TOM right now and I do not really have a problem with cravings but I DO NOT want to go to the gym. I walked a mile & 1/2 around my neighborhood and I made myself go to the gym yesterday but Friday thru Tuesday was a no go...I could not get motivated to go to the gym. I still lost 2 lbs (for a total of 42 lbs) but I know I could have done better.

SOUTHERNMAMA519 SparkPoints: (97)
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3/14/13 9:31 A

Thanks so much for the word of encouragement and advice!

My TOM comes whenever it wants (hello screwed up postpartum hormones) and I never know when it's coming.

Hopefully next month I can stay on track or atleast have a few "good" treats on hand.

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3/12/13 11:05 P

I can usually count on giving into cravings though I'm not proud of it. I try to plan for that a little bit. There really is no good reason to skip the gym though. I read an article in Women's Health that TOM is actually the best time to work out. It will relieve your PMS symptoms and get the cramps under control. The hardest step is the one out the door. Put on your workout clothes and just start doing SOMETHING. Chances are that your mind will catch up with your body and you will feel great after.

KIMBERLY19732 Posts: 289
3/12/13 10:33 P

I think the exercise helps with cramps, and drinking tons of water.

SHANNONY84 SparkPoints: (23,666)
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3/12/13 5:33 P

I have to stop everything due to PPMD

NEWBERRYBEAR71 SparkPoints: (24,575)
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3/12/13 5:31 P

I agree! I think most important for me is "allowing" for it, accepting any setbacks and moving quickly forward! Each month will get easier and setbacks will be fewer. All the best in your weight loss journey.

3/12/13 4:17 P

Hi there

The first thing I do is I track the TOM so I know when it is coming. I pretty much have it down to the day (sometimes it sneaks in a day or two early, grrr) and I just adjust my eating and exercise accordingly. I don't deny myself any chocolate-I'd go nuts! I just break up what I can through out the day so I'm not pigging out and going overboard and I'm still satisfying my cravings. As for exercise, I still exercise except for that first day since I get major cramps but I don't do as high an intensity as I do get exhausted quicker.

For those who do get cramps, it has been shown that eating unhealthy foods like chocolate and soda actually intensifies them. I'm not at the point yet where I'm stopping those two, but I'm getting there. Once you make eating healthier a habit (as in quite a while, not the three weeks that is suggested), I find that the cravings don't come as much.

3/12/13 12:58 P

I force myself to keep with my schedule. I may not work out as hard on those days, but I do feel a lot better after.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
3/12/13 12:47 P

Actually since i started getting adjusted several times a month and have truly cleaned up my diet, PMS and food cravings aren't as apparent. However, that being said i know exactly when it is coming.
Every now and then I may give into a craving. It is something that happens every month and has been like that for a long time. i am at the point where i am stronger than my cravings.

JLTRACY Posts: 462
3/12/13 12:33 P

I started off strong but it got me it this time too. You just get back up and move on. That is the only thing you can do.

SOUTHERNMAMA519 SparkPoints: (97)
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3/12/13 12:24 P

No matter what, my period ALWAYS derails my dieting.

I recently started trying to lose the weight (again) and was doing great for a solid week. I was so proud of myself and I had lost 6 pounds. I hosted a brunch and served an array of healthy foods and was going to the gym every single night.

And then mother nature reared her ugly head.

I'm completely off my eating plan, haven't seen the gym in days and have gained 3 pounds back. All because it's THAT time of the month. All I want to do is eat, eat, eat.

How do you stay motivated while dealing with severe food cravings and PMS?

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