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Two months ago I wrote about my quest to get healthy again. It’s been going well since then, more or less.
I’ll start with exercise since it’s the simplest. I have been continuing to go to my running class twice a week and I make an effort to get out for a run or at least some sort of activity at least one more day during the week. I have seen amazing improvements in my endurance. I went from being unable to run half a mile at the beginning of February to being able to run 4 miles without stopping. Woohoo! Because of this I have also seen a great improvement in my 1.5 mile time, the standard by which our improvement is judged in my running class. Running is still hard for me, but I feel great about myself!
However, I do need to start working on yoga and strength training if I really want to improve my health and well being.
I’ve been doing well with food. There have been some crazy cheats. Like after the Easter vigil when I ate pancakes, bread, cookies, and brownies. All the gluten and sugar! However, overall I have been doing a very good job of going gluten and sugar free.
Currently I am doing a fertility cleanse to help balance my hormones and return my fertility. I’m avoiding grain, legumes, dairy, and alcohol as well on this cleanse. That may seem strict, but I was already striving for that anyway and it mostly just involves me avoiding problem foods. I may be able to tolerate yogurt and peanut butter just fine, but it is easy for me to eating nothing but that in a day, neglecting vegetables and other foods that are important to include in my diet.
At times, this is hard. While living at school, I am rotating between two breakfasts. That’s fine since I do that anyway. But for lunch and dinner every day, I rotate between two proteins, 3 vegetables, 2 types of greens, one fat, and one seed. As you can imagine, this is really hard for me. I keep my dorm room stocked with snacks to keep me satiated, and luckily I am able to go home occasionally for a wider variety of foods. But I still feel deprived to the point of anger at times when I enter the cafeteria. This brings us to the next part…
Stress is a struggle for me. I am at a stressful time in my life – I graduate in less than a month, I get married in less than two, and I am feeling financially unstable (even though my fiances will be fine). I’ve never been very good at addressing stress. I know that this is likely playing a huge role in the loss of fertility. And stressing about my anovulation is likely not helping. This week I have been thinking a lot about meditation, yoga, fertility massage, and other ways to de-stress and support a relaxed and healthy mind and ovaries.
I am working to start following my own advice for relieving stress. I still have a lot way to go, but as we all know, acknowledging that there is a problem and work to be done is the first step.
I’m not perfect, and I have a lot of work to do to find the healthy I seek. But I am slowly working on getting healthy and I am able to feel the difference.
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