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JENSTRESS Posts: 2,214
7/9/13 11:42 A

I would say you have had some great advice here, but also, the protein that you may be lacking being a vegetarian and the iron in the meat sources could also be a factor in the lack.

SAAR42 Posts: 130
7/4/13 11:19 A

At 17.7% bf you probably are too low to menstruate. You really need to see the doctor because I am pretty confident you need to gain a few pounds. You are at a competition bf %age and it is not good to keep your fat that low for very long. Your body is giving you a warning signal that you have lost too much weight. Your body is shutting down. It can no longer afford to maintain your regular monthly period. Listen to what your body is telling you. You need to see a doctor, and you need to start eating a little more or cutting down the exercise a bit.

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7/2/13 8:08 P

You're still within your healthy BMI at 18.6 but anything below 18.5 would be underweight. You have roughly the same body fat percentage that I do in the middle of our healthy BMI (since we're both 5'2). So basically that would mean we look roughly the same size/weight but I weigh more than you because I have more lean muscle.

Here's a bit more info on that: http://www.answerfitness.com/82/fat-calcul
ate-body-fat-percentage-answer-fitness/

I would still suspect your missed cycle is due to your body being in starvation mode. The hush, hush of losing weight is that it's not really healthy. The outcome is healthier and obviously the pros of being in a healthy weight outweigh the cons of being overweight/obese. However, the process of losing weight is very hard on your body. To lose weight we are going against nature. In our ancestry times of famine (same with most animals) it would not be ideal to become pregnant. That would very likely lead to the death of both individuals (mother and fetus/baby) so our bodies have evolved to adapt to this sort of situation. We temporarily become sterile until a food source is more readily available and the environment is more ideal for producing offspring.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/2/2013 (20:23)
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7/2/13 7:16 P

My lab today consisted of finding out our body fat percentage versus our lean body mass so they handed us one of those electronic body fat percentage device. Now, I'm a bit skeptical of the accuracy of such devices since I heard that the skin caliper is anyone's best bet for a correct reading of their body fat. In the end though, the device show me that my body fat percentage number is 17.7% with a BMI of 18.6. Any thoughts?

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,044
7/2/13 12:50 P

Honestly to maintain? I'd stick with a half hour of cardio 3-4x a week (heart health) + strength training. Strength training probably doesn't need to take more than 30-45 minutes.

Strength training is likely more important to your current goals than the cardio is, but I'd still do cardio for the other benefits.

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7/2/13 11:02 A

You are. You can't maintain lean muscle and build it at the same time (ie: getting toned) ;)

I honestly hate the term "toned" it seems to be a word women use when they want to gain muscle but not look bulky. Women don't get bulky from building muscle because it's *very* difficult for us to build muscle compared to men (we lack testosterone). When you build muscle (as a woman) you look lean and "toned".

You don't! You sound like any one of us would. You sound like *I* did, lol. I lost 58 lbs, do you think I was keen on the idea of gaining any of that back? No way! It took awhile to get over my inhibitions. But I'm happy I did. I weigh 10-15 lbs more than I did a couple of months ago and guess what? I still wear a size 1-2 pants. You really need to check out the blog I posted when you have the time. Look at her before and after photos at the bottom of the page. You don't have to eat like her, a 200-400 cal surplus on training days (at maintenance on non-training days) is sufficient.

It will be sufficient at maintaining your current weight/muscle. Cardio is overrated, impo.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/2/2013 (11:17)
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7/2/13 10:53 A

Essentially I just want to maintain my muscles and be toned (I'm not sure if I'm contradicting myself). Bare with me here because I don't want to sound whiny or obnoxious but in the back of my mind I have a tiny voice that's really afraid of gaining back fat and undoing my health efforts. Will an hour of cardio and lifting per day with a day of rest be sufficient if I'm eating at maintenance level?

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7/2/13 10:35 A

With how much you exercise you should be eating 400 cals more than that a day to maintain your weight. If you don't like to count calories, add in another 2 snacks or one meal. Nuts will help boost up your calorie intake plus the extra protein is a bonus when you're a vegetarian.

Maybe just track for a week to get a rough idea?

Honestly, if you're strength training and under eating... all you're doing is maintaining muscle at best. At worst, you're breaking down muscle fiber. I'm not certain what your goals are with the kettle bells and lifting, increase strength, build muscle, maintain current muscle? But if your goal isn't weight loss and just maintaining lean muscle, you can do that by eating at maintenance and cutting back on your time in the gym. All that ST is essentially wasted if you're not eating enough to build new muscle.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/2/2013 (10:47)
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7/2/13 10:18 A

I honestly hate counting calories and my calories fluctuate daily because I cycle my calories. I'm assuming I eat around 1400 calories? Though I'm not very sure since I like to take a bite here and a bit there of food. I usually nibble on vegetables, fruits, and tofu (lol before dinner sometimes). I usually eat rice 3 or 4x per week (1/2 cup) for dinner on days I don't eat oatmeal for breakfast since eating too much starch makes me uncomfortable. I do drink at least a cup of milk and 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt everyday. Plus I'm a vegetarian so I don't eat meat or fish but I do eat eggs.

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7/2/13 9:54 A

I'll leave you with this. A fellow Spark member passed this on to me and her story inspired me and set me on the path to fitness and health I am on today.

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2011/07/
21/meet-staci-your-new-powerlifting-su
per-hero/

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,044
7/2/13 9:49 A

Exercising 2-3 hours 3-4 times a week seems a bit excessive and may be contributing, especially if that's all high intensity exercise.

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7/2/13 9:45 A

How many calories are you averaging? Ball park figure.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/2/2013 (09:46)
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7/2/13 9:41 A

Definitely I'm not trying to lose anymore weight. Right now I'm just trying to keep my body healthy by exercising and clean eating. I'm lifting as well as kettlebell training to maintain my muscles. I don't think I look too skinny especially because I'm a pear shape so I carry more weight on my lower body compared to my upper body. Thank you for the inputs though, I will make an appointment with a physician soon.

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7/2/13 9:28 A

Definitely make a doctor's apt. it could be any number of things but it can happen when losing weight and/or from exercise.

I lost my period for the last 5 months of losing weight. I wasn't eating extremely low or anything either (avg 1400 cals) but low enough and for long enough that my body thought it was starving and shut off my period. I only just started getting it again the last 2 months shortly after I started eating to gain weight back about 3 months ago.

At 103 lbs and 5'2 (I'm 5'2 as well) that would make you slightly underweight. Why are you still trying to lose more weight? I reached 107 lbs and was too skinny. I had lost my breasts and butt but I still had a big tummy. I actually had to put weight back on (by strength training and building lean muscle) before I looked healthy again. My doctor actually ordered me to gain weight when I came in about my missing periods. He told me I was too thin and should be around 115 lbs. I look leaner and *healthier* now at 117 lbs because I gained the right kind of weight. My breasts filled up again, I grew a firm round butt (lol) and my stomach is much flatter and less pot belly-ish.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/2/2013 (10:02)
NSALVADORE Posts: 463
7/2/13 8:42 A

Doesn't hurt to get it checked out!

AMANDA660 Posts: 881
7/2/13 8:36 A

Please make a dr. appt. It could be perfectly normal but since you are concerned to some degree you are feeling stress over this change. For peace of mind have a chat with your gyn.

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7/2/13 8:28 A

Pretty much the only things I'm doing differently are exercise and clean eating. I think I eat enough but I usually cycle my calories throughout the week because sometimes I'm too busy to eat/I'm eating with family or friends.

NSALVADORE Posts: 463
7/2/13 8:19 A

Sometimes if we don't eat enough our periods can stop. Also are you taking any new medications? Are you on any kind of birth control? Have you ever had irregular periods before? Are you increasingly stressed for some reason?

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7/2/13 8:13 A

I'm not sexually active at all so I know I'm definitely not pregnant.
Stats:
Height-5'2
Weight-103
Exercise: around 2-3 hours 4x per week with a mixture of cardio/weights.
Body fat %- I don't know

I did not get my period in May and June.

DASHKATH Posts: 861
7/2/13 5:20 A

If your weight is too low your periods can stop. There could also be some hormonal issues that could cause your period to stop. You need to see a doctor. A good place to start is with your Gyn.

BENTOGYRL Posts: 106
7/2/13 4:00 A

Well, you are at the prime age to start having interesting periods. :)

As the previous poster said, we really need more information about you like your weight, how much you are exercising, and maybe even your body fat percentage, before we can help you know if there is a problem. Also, I would REALLY look into how stressed you are as that can have a huge effect on menstruation.

Speaking from personal experience, I wouldn't be too concerned about it. But I would go ahead and go to the student health center (if you have one) and talk to them about it.

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
7/2/13 12:57 A

You do mention you aren't sexually active, but were you a few months ago? If you were, even just once, you may want to take a pregnancy test. Also since you have your page private, I don't know how much you weigh, how much you're eating, how much you're exercising, but those things may affect your cycle as well.

I really don't like going to the doctor, but if I were in this situation I would go to the doctor. I think we've all missed a period before (sometimes they just don't come) but have you now missed 2 in a row? And especially with the other change in length of time, I think these are valid concerns to bring to your doctor.

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7/1/13 9:31 P

I started my eating clean and consistently exercising around the beginning of January even though I was exercising way before that time. Around March was when I started kicking up my workout routine while cutting out processed foods from my diet. Everything seemed fine but I started noticing that my menstruation shorten from the usual 5 days to lasting about 2 or 3 days in both March and April. Fast forward until today, I haven't had my period since May and I'm a bit concern. Should I go talk to a doctor now? Has anyone experienced this before? Thanks.

Note: I'm a college student and no I am not sexually active.

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