Fluffy to Fabulous: Day 19

Warning: If you are of the male persuasion and just happen to follow my Fluffy to Fabulous journey: this post is NOT for you. (Although, for you married gentlemen, it might help you understand and support your sweet wives.)

Let’s talk about premenstrual syndrome!!! Exciting, huh!?!

I really hate to talk about this kind of stuff, but I feel it just can’t be skipped over. For me, it has a major impact on my weight loss journey. For almost 2 weeks out of every month, I struggle with moodiness, increased appetite, sluggishness, feeling anxious, etc. I’m sure you can relate. And all I want to do is EAT to make me feel better!!

Without going into all the technical and medical details of what happens during this time, I’d like to focus on some practical tips that can help us get through these very challenging, sometimes dark days.

  1. Be aware of when this time happens for you. It really does help me to know that I’m not crazy and that the world is not coming to an end. I know in just a few days it will all be over. :)
  2. If you are married, tell your spouse that you are going to need some extra understanding and encouragement during this time. Papa Train really tries hard not to grin when I tell him, but he really makes an effort to help me out.
  3. Stick to you daily calorie allowance! You might need some chocolate, BUT make sure you have the calories to cover it.
  4. Get plenty of rest.
  5. Drink lots of water.
  6. Don’t freak out about the number on the scale. It is very common for weight loss to stall or for a woman to gain a pound or two during this time. It usually comes right off once menstruation begins.
  7. Exercise. I’ve heard that this really helps. Maybe I should try it! Sigh.
  8. Pray. Our creator knows just what we need during this time. He is always faithful when we ask in faith.

I know PMS is often joked about, but we all know how hard it can be for us women. Do you have any tips to add to my list?

~Mama Train

 

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A Christ follower, wife to Ryan, mom to 4 rambunctious boys, homeschooler, just trying to survive life with lots of littles.

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4 Responses to Fluffy to Fabulous: Day 19

  1. Stephanie Mack November 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    Just have to comment. I was just thinking about you during dinner tonight and how eating cycles change for me during different times of the month. (Not wanting healthy foods at all this week but others weeks that is all I want) Not sure my way is the best but I will share. Also looking forward to other tips others might share. :)

    Okay, this may not be diet worthy but I have found it helps my craving during these times. Instead of trying to eat something else or trying to forget about it I tend to just go for it. It meaning a high calorie, high fat meal. I know it may not work within a diet calorie intake for the day, but I have found I tend to eat just as much trying to fulfill the craving with others things. For me it is just eat the hamburger, fries and milkshake and then go back to healthy eating. I also agree exercise does wonders. Makes you feel better about yourself and helps me not be so emotional.
    I suggest daily walking. I feel so much better when I get outside by myself. Also a good time to talk to your Father. Maybe you can get away on Ryan’s lunch break or maybe right after dinner. Does not have to every day but just a few times a week would be good. Mark you a path in your neighborhood. You will find with each week you will be able to walk longer. The months I have not been exercising I do notice a big difference in how I feel during those lovely times of the month. I suggest if you can get out by yourself, do it. I think exercising with your kids is doable, but for me there is something about doing something alone and just for me that helps me serve my family better.

    You are beautiful, Amanda and a precious daughter of the KING! Do not forget that. (not that I think you have but just a sweet reminder :) )

    Praying for you to feel better about yourself and to be healthy and active especially for those precious boys. Thank you for being so open!

    Love and hugs to you and your family!

    Stephanie

    • Amanda November 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

      Thanks for that, Stephanie! I think you are right. Sometimes it is just better to go ahead and eat what you are craving instead of eating everything in the pantry trying to satisfy the craving. Once a month seems reasonable to me!

  2. Trish Stafford November 21, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Exercise is hands-down the BEST thing to do. It helps balance out the out-of-control hormones and such. AND, sweating reduces bloating. :) But, let’s be real here: if I’m having some awful cramping/headaches, etc then I’m not motivated to inflict more pain on myself. In the past, I’ve always try to reserve medication for absolute necessity. The result: laying around for 6 days stuffing my face, gaining weight. Double Fail. My change: taking ibuprofen at the slightest twinge of pain, (repeating as necessary) and staying busy. When I get cravings, I go for a walk/pick up the house/write in my journal, etc…. anything to keep my hands and mind busy. The days fly by, and I stay healthy. Double Win. :)

    • Amanda November 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

      I have got to make time to exercise. My brain knows it would be the best thing, but I am struggling with making it a priority in the midst of the chaos that is my life. Good chaos, mind you, but chaos nonetheless. I’m going to have to chew on that for awhile (no pun intended!). Thanks for your comment!!!

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