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Making a plan and Working out!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I just want to say thank-you everyone for all the comments and advice on my previous blog. I am waiting to see what my blood work indicates before I do too much.

I am however going to start the following right away:

- focus more on strength training vs cardio. I will still be aiming to do cardio 5 - 6 times a week but I will often choose cardio over strength if I am short for time. So I am now going to choose strength.

- add in one day of pure yoga/piyo

- no more afternoon caffeine

- no more sugar

- increase complex carbs - feeling like I cut out too much of this

- adding ground flax seed to my shakes

- taking my multi-vitamin again

- making sleep a priority

I am going to start with this to see if it helps.

This week I have been doing ChaLEAN Extreme! Goodness I always forget how much I love these workouts!

Today was Burn Intervals


and Ab Burner


So good! I may do some yoga this evening to stretch out my muscles...but depends how I am feeling this evening.

I am off tomorrow so I am very much looking forward to getting some household chores done and spending time with my son while the hubby is at work!

  
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JANEKGETTINGFIT 7/10/2014 10:19PM

    Glad to hear you making the changes that are right for you. You really are very active, make sure you get enough rest, it does your body good!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 7/10/2014 9:33AM

    I have found that a combo of cardio and strength works for me.. 1 minutes on the treadmill followed by a circuit through the machines walking a lap around the gym between each machine.

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Need Some Help/Opinions

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Lately I have been feeling like perhaps my hormones are completely out of whack again. A few years ago they went really out of whack due to my birth control. Once I stopped taking my birth control and changed my diet I was able to regulate everything myself.

After having my son in 2012 I have gone through a number of things that have now led me to believe my hormones are out of balance again. I have done some research on hormone imbalance and was shocked at just how many symptoms I am experiencing. They only thing I do not know at this time is whether I have hormonal imbalance with estrogen dominance or post-partum thyroid issues.

I got blood work done on Saturday and am awaiting the results.

I did however read up on some things that 'experts' said I can do the help the issue and I want your opinion on them before I try any:

1) increase strength training - reduce cardio ...one 'expert' said to only do short burst of HIIT , another said sleep is more important and to stick to walking and swimming until hormones balance.

(anyone else been told to mainly focus on resistance training? Thoughts on cardio??)

2) Do NOT workout in the morning but workout in the evening as it disrupts the hormonal balance first thing in the morning.

(This doesn't really work with my schedule)

3) Sleep....get more sleep.

4) Add red maca powder to my morning smoothie as this helps to balance hormones.

(anyone ever heard or currently using Red Maca Powder??)

5) add magnesium, and vitamin D to diet

6) Limit Caffeine

7) Eat coconut oil

I am still researching but get a lot of great information from my spark friends. I really want to improve my hormones as the symptoms I am having are now affecting my day-to-day life.

Any advice on hormone imbalance after a baby, or on the above would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

  
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MELLOYELLO01 7/10/2014 10:23AM

    I am going through the exact same thing!! Back in February my pharmacy substituted the bc I'd been taking with another generic, telling me it "won't make any difference". I gained about 5lbs that month and since have gained another 5, which puts me 14lbs over my ideal weight and what I weighed in November! During this time frame (November - now), I also trained for and ran 2 half-marathons, but none of the weight will budge except for going up :-( I've also gained about an inch of fat all over my body, with 2 inches on my natural waist and 3 on my gut. It's extremely upsetting and has resulted in many break-downs as of late - none of my clothes fit!

I've been reading up a lot on hormones and what I can do and have started doing a couple things:
- changed my birth control from a hormonal pill to the copper iud. I have had the iud in the past and it was fantastic until I had to take it out to donate my eggs. I just had the iud put in 2 weeks ago and am having a lot of cramps and bloating at the moment, but was kind of expecting that. Hopefully it all evens out after my first period in 2 weeks. I also found out from my doctor that the bc I was on (a yaz generic) greatly increased my risk of stroke because I have migraines with auras that are caused by changes in hormones right before my period begins. So my other doctor who prescribed the bc to me a few years ago is a quack.
- I've started to really clean up my eating and am eating a primarily paleo/primal diet. I've stopped eating grains almost entirely, which is a big change considering I've been carbing it up since last November when I ran the first of my two half-marathons. The only time I eat grains is maybe once a week when I have a semi-cheat meal, which are still usually pretty paleo/primal-compliant
- I'm doing a round of Insanity. I've been really quiet about it, since I've started rounds of Insanity a few times and have only completed it once (with AWESOME results). It's going extremely well so far and my fit test results are actually better than when I finished Insanity the first time. This shows me that I'm actually in awesome shape, just struggling due to I'm guessing food/hormones.

Let me know if anything you start doing really works for you and I'll do the same for you. I can't even begin to guess how many times I've said "I hate being a girl" in these past 7-8 months and it's such a frustration to be such a mess!

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ANGEL_AMBER 7/10/2014 8:56AM

    Thank's everyone for the comments! Some great information!

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ANH102712 7/9/2014 2:11PM

    I was doing a cleanse to help with the hormone issues from the birth control, stopped while pregnant and then started up again to cleanse from those hormones. I went to a local "herbist" who specializes in health and hormones. I think I'm going back in the right direction.

I would maybe check into that. I chose to go local so if I had questions it would be easy to get them answered. I don't know if there are any healthy shops by you or not! It's a cleanse that lasts 3-4 months and I am seeing improvements!

Let me know how it turns out!

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FITGIRL15 7/9/2014 12:22PM

    I have also haad hormone imbalance issues... no fun! But for me, I am doing a lot of things different and it seems to be helping (However, I am now 37 years old... and my hormones aren't as active as they were even just 5 years ago!) So, naturally, time WILL reduce your symptoms/issues.

I now eat coconut oil. I actually also eat Olive oil. Rarely eat vegetable oil! It actually adds such a great flavor to my food, I will NOT go back to my old ways!

More sleep, OF COURSE! It's good for more then just balancing hormones! (Mood, recovery, mental health!) And I DO agree that sleep is more important than cardio for the body overall, especially when you are experiencing illness or when something is just NOT quite right.

I tried working out in the morning and felt so nausious after! Not good for me, maybe that was my body's way of saying, "Stick to Noon hour workouts!" Not sure it was hormone related though...

I do MORE cardio now (when my hormones are fairly balanced) then I ever did when they were out of whack! (When I used to body build and lift weights 4-5 times a week!) For me, that statement is false!

Omega 3's have also been very helpful to me. I also take magnesium and vitamin D supplements too... Coincidence?

I have NEVER had a baby, so there may be some hormone issues that you are having because of carrying and delivering a child... this I think you should do a bit more research on! I KNOW that carrying & delivering a baby is VERY stressful and requires an extreme amount of nutrients from the mother!!!
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Also, doing things to reduce your overall STRESS level can help balance out hormones too! I know for me, it sure did!
(Things like meditation, yoga, taking baths, reading, acupuncture... etc...)

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PINKBEANBOO 7/9/2014 11:00AM

    Some of the points you list are things I remember reading on MYLADY4's blogs. She studied tons on hormones & changed her lifestyle to heal them. I haven't seen her on here in ages but here is a link to her last blog in case you aren't already friends with her:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/
mypage_public_journal_individua
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She posted several blogs about hormones if you want to look back at them. Maybe try contacting her?

I don't have personal experience with the others on the list except macca root. I took it in capsule form for several months hoping to regulate my periods but it didn't do anything for me. Maybe I should have taken a higher dose? Maybe I should have used powder instead? Maybe it just wasn't going to work for me - but that doesn't mean that it can't help someone else.


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Determined!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

This weight is really stuck. It's getting really frustrating. This week my goal is to track everything I eat and see if that helps.

I also ordered in two books from the library from Jillian Michaels. She has one on hormones. Last time my body refused to lose weight I discovered my hormones were completely out of whack which affected my thyroid all due to my birth control pills. I cannot take any hormonal medication because I am ultra sensitive. I was able to fix my hormone levels with diet and exercise before. However, it doesn't seem to be working this time around.

I think part of it may be my hormones not fully back to normal after having the baby. Regardless, I am reading two of Jillian Michael's books on hormones and healthy eating - as well as re-reading my eat-clean diet book.

From there I plan to make a game plan by changing up my diet. I have the exercise thing down. I am shaking it up and pushing myself. I believe it's the diet part I need to focus on now. I refuse to take any medication and am not 100% sure it is my hormones. Thus I have to take it one step at a time to see about busting this plateau.

I also think perhaps I am snacking without realizing it. This is why starting this week while I am educating myself I plan to track, track and track some more!

But I am determined! Let's get this weight off!



I was so excited for this program to launch. However, I decided to put off ordering it. I really wanted to put my son in swimming lessons, take him to the zoo and what not this summer. As well as fix up the yard.

So I made the decision to spend the money on the house and my family. Than ask for PiYo for Christmas. Also, I just got P90X3, Body Pump and Body Combat...so I am not short on new workout programs! hahaha

But if you have purchased PiYo please let me know how you like it!

  
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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 6/30/2014 4:44AM

    Sugar was a huge hormone trigger for me. I cannot eat it. I have terrible mood swings and breakout like crazy. I eat fruit when I want something sweet. I also found that eating more natural fat has helped also. Almond butter has been a staple. I just got some avocados to make some guacamole for this weekend too. Once you figure out what works for you, everything will click. Just like it did with the exercise:)
Hope you have a great one!

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FITGIRL15 6/24/2014 4:13PM

    Hormones imbalance can also be CAUSED by diet... so perhaps you are eating something that it triggering your hormones to go wonky!!

I am sure for me sugar is a huge trigger for my hormones, I get pimples, etc... no fun!

PiYo does look great! But I think you have enough on your hands woth P90X3, Body Pump and Body Combat! You might be able to find some PiYo workouts on YouTube???

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FITBECKSRN24 6/24/2014 2:49PM

    a ALWAYS gained weight on the pill; even trying about 3 different ones! I'm also fighting with my hormones right now. I had my baby back in nov; and JUST got my period back. ( i stopped BF back in feb when i went back to work). i am doing piyo in july! i am soooooo excited. will deff let ya know how it goes. what book are you reading about hormones? im deff interested =)

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MELLOYELLO01 6/24/2014 12:03PM

    I have the WORST time with hormones and I know they are the biggest factor in me having a hard time losing/maintaining weight loss and being a total psycho sometimes! I'll have to look into these books your talking about, because while I'm well-versed in nutrition and fitness knowledge, I am clueless about hormones...other than knowing they make me crazy.

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Made it over a Small Hurdle

Friday, June 13, 2014



Last night my husband was in a snacking mood. He wanted nachos or to go out and get ice cream. He kept bugging me over and over to have some with him. That he didn't want to make nacho's just for him.

Finally I said - 'look I really want to bust this plateau. I am tired of my jeans fitting tight around the waist. I ate a good dinner and I am just not hungry. I do not care if you make nachos for yourself. I will even help you make them if you want. But I will not eat any. I am not hungry and I do not need nachos tonight."

Something clicked then as my husband says 'you're right. You're working your butt off and here I am trying to get you to eat nachos. Sorry about that. Brain blip over here! I am proud of how far you have come. You look amazing to me."

And then he made himself nachos and I didn't eat one! I was so happy! So I just had to share that with everyone. I could have gave in but I didn't. I kept thinking about my goal and I asked myself if I was hungry. And I wasn't.

My husband apologized again when we went to bed. I think he felt bad for pushing me. But I told him that it was actually good for me. I need to stay strong. There are temptations everywhere. I told him you tested me and I passed. He laughed and felt better than but said he won't do that again though because he feels bad. hahaha

  
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JANEKGETTINGFIT 6/14/2014 9:14AM

    Way to stay strong and not give in. Your hubby finally gets it. This could be a pivotal moment for the both of you.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 6/14/2014 6:45AM

    Cute story:)
My hubby and I had a similar conversation:) It gets easier! Good for you for not giving in!

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AGGIEKBEAR03 6/13/2014 1:46PM

    Yay for your husband! And you!

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FITGIRL15 6/13/2014 11:53AM

    Awe... that's a touching story!!! To know that your partner has his mind on the same page as you is amazing! And I'm so proud of you for holding your ground and not falling into the peer pressure just to please your hubby!!!

Its funny that he still made and ate the nachos in front of you though! LOL I'm surprised that your "speech" didn't make him feel like "Yeah, she's right, I don't need them either!"

Funny how men and women think soo differently! (And act differently too!!!)

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EVIE4NOW 6/13/2014 9:41AM

  It's great he's on your side. Wish mine was on my side.

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-BLESSINGS- 6/13/2014 9:32AM

    Well done Your hubby getting it...

took my hubby quite awhile to get it... even now he slips... eating his cookies right in front of me....

~Wishing YOU a FUNtastic Friday ~&~
an AWEsome Weekend ~

~BLESSings ALLways ~Deby

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Still Here and More Determined Than Ever!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wow! it's really been a long time since I last posted a blog entry.

Work was super crazy as I was heading up an initiative that affected the company globally. So - long hours and not a minute to spare during the day. I was proud that I still managed to work-out at least 6 days a week during this time.

Only down fall I had was my sugar cravings got really, really intense. I tried not keeping things in the house but I raided my baking cupboard one night and ate some semi-sweet chocolate chips. So I was not proud of that at all. I will be making changes going forward...which I will touch on momentarily.

First - yesterday I was offered a promotion at work! So happy. I am now an Associate Marketing Manager! I begin this new position July 2nd. I am so excited for this position.

With that big change I also vow to lose 10 lbs by August 30th.

To do that I will:

- workout 6-7 days per week
- 5 -6 days being cardio (going between shorter intense session and longer less intense sessions)
- 2 - 3 days of strength
- 1 day of yoga
- drink 8 - 10 glasses of water per day
- keep lots of fruit in the house all ready and cut up to help with my sugar cravings (watermelon seems to work well so far!)
- no after dinner snacking
- Pizza only 1 - 2 times per month

I also, as you know, have a variety of workout programs that include:
- ChaLEAN Extreme
- Turbo Fire
- Turbo Jam
- Insanity
- P90X3
- Body Combat
- Body Pump
- And some of Chalene's Johnson's fan volume workouts of Hip Hop Hustle, PiYo, and Turbo Kick

I am way too excited for all these workouts to stick to a schedule for a full 90 days without doing some workouts from the other programs. Therefore, I decided that I will have a program of the week and alternate each week to shake things up.

Last week was P90X3,



this week is Body Combat and Body Pump.




Next week is Insanity and ChaLEAN Extreme.


So far I am loving this. Each Monday is exciting because it's like I am starting a new program.

I also look at the schedules for each program and following it as it is laid out. So for this week I am in Month 1, week 2 of the Body Combat hybrid schedule. Next time is a Body Combat/Body Pump week I will move onto Month 1, Week 3.

I also really, really wanted to purchase PiYo right when it came out.

But we just had my birthday and I got spoiled. I also want to sign my son up for some summer activities. I decided to save the money and if I reach my 10lb weight loss goal by August 30th I will purchase myself PiYo as a reward. I just got P90X3, Body Pump and Body Combat so I am fine to wait a bit longer before ordering.

So that is my goal. I am looking forward to the many changes coming up and hoping to lose these last 10 lbs.

If anyone would like to start a group with me to keep each-other motivated please let me know!

  
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FITGIRL15 6/11/2014 4:24PM

    Sounds like a very agressive plan!!! Good luck! You can do anything you put your mind to!
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