What does 'healthy' mean?
After chatting with some of my HA sisters, this question was posed - So I wanted to open the discussion and talk about it here.
Working out everyday, eating tons of fruits and vegetables, limiting carbs and fats, weighing a 'certain number', being a 'certain size'? For some... sure, that is their healthy - and that is OK. Heck, that is what I used to think 'healthy' was for ME. But oh have my thoughts changed. Just as we all have our own unique body make up, our own unique body structure, our own unique body needs - our bodies each have their own idea of what healthy means.
Because of working out daily and unintentionally not consuming proper nutrients, my period disappeared. That was a for sure sign that body wasn't where it was supposed to be. I wasn't being healthy for MY body... and I had to find what it meant.
If you've followed my HA story up until now, you know that I've put on 15+ pounds, cut back on workouts, and eat intuitively - and am sure to fuel my body with a well rounded regimen of proper nutrients (and yummy nut butters...). If you can believe it, the first week in June I actually challenged myself to cut out ALL workouts besides light walking and Barre3. I've stayed strong and am proud to say its been 6+ weeks of keeping at it. It was definitely an adjustment at first, I missed the sweat, I missed the endorphin's... but that passed. I found pleasure in being able to sleep in, in being able to sit and enjoy coffee in the morning with my husband, in being able to come home after work and just lounge, relax and allow my body to recoup for the next day, in being able to go visit family and friends on weekends and not have to worry about what I was going to eat or when i was going to fit a workout in, in being able to take last minute trips to local state parks to go and enjoy nature, in being able to throw on a 10 minute Barre3 video when I wanted to move my body. This is my healthy.
My cycle still hasn't returned, but I've been getting sure signs that something is happening and my body is changing. For that, I am hopeful. For being able to find my 'healthy' and turn my life around - I am grateful.
Have you found yours?
Disclaimer: I am by no means a medical professional. This is all from personal experience and research I’ve looked into on my own and through my appointments, testing & discussions with my Reproductive Endocrinologist.