Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Being a women involves several cycles. The most obvious can be my detriment, or my advantage.
Every month for a week, I'm starving. My metabolism is revved. I have learned I can use this to my advantage IF I stay on plan. This is the week when sugar has the most impact on me, not only because I crave it, but because if I give into it, it is that much harder to stop eating it. Sweet things in general should be avoided because just the taste of sweet can become a huge battle. (Said after drinking protein shake...now I want ice cream!) It's so very important to stick with induction foods this week, because of that.
Every month for a week, I'm miserable. I really believe it's not a good idea to weight-train, because the strain on your lady parts can cause already-loosened muscles (due to hormones) to become looser. That's why new moms are advised to rest for 6 weeks...those muscles can become even more stretched, and then you can get other issues (stress incontenince comes to mind). I wish I had learned those things years ago, rather than just hearing that it was "old school" to rest for a week and that you didn't have to do that, that "modern girls" could do anything they wanted. ("Rest" does not mean "veg": there is no need to avoid cardio!!)
Every month for a week, I have no appetite. Might as well not pretend I do, then, huh? Slower metabolism means I need to eat less/lighter. Bumping up the ST is a good idea for this week, I think.
Every month for a week, it's business as usual. Keeping on plan, exercising, etc. It's all good.
Time to start living these truths, rather than simply acknowledging them!