It’s been awhile so that means it’s time for a life update.
As you know, towards the end of June I set out to really heal my body and metabolism by eating more food without restriction. If you haven’t read that post yet, you can find it here. Well, it’s been just a little over 2 months and I’m happy to report things are going great! My body has adjusted to eating more food (aka a more normal amount for my body and activity level). I find myself feeling hungry more often which is awesome because for a long time I very rarely felt truly hungry for food and I felt like it took forever for my body to digest a meal. I am also very happy to report that my digestive issues (severe stomach pain, bloat, etc) that I dealt with for a very long time seemed to have gone away almost completely. I used to have to be very careful with what I ate and how often I ate, etc. or I would be in severe pain. Not these days though! Even when I decide to have a treat (like a bowl of coconut ice cream) I feel fine the next day. This just blows my mind. I felt like I was never going to get over my issues but eating the right amount of food has helped so much. I also believe not stressing about food anymore has helped a ton. I know that by eating more food it gave my body the extra energy it needed to heal itself. And that doesn’t just include my digestive system.
Another goal of increasing my food intake was to get my hormones in check and getting my period on a regular schedule again. I’ve mentioned before but just to refresh, I got my period for the first time in 4 years last July (2013). It hasn’t been regular since then. It would come every 2-4 months. Since eating more I’ve had it twice with only 1 month in between which is my normal. I’m hoping this continues!
I know this may seem strange to some to speak openly about such personal things but if it helps just one person that it is worth it to me to share. If you have a history of calorie restriction, over-exercising, stressful food rules, etc. I hope you will consider taking the step towards healing your body and increasing your food intake. It is absolutely worth it.
One more thing I’ve done is to not stress about exercise so much. I love working out but I knew that I needed to give my body time to rest and heal itself. I needed the extra calories my body was getting to be used to heal my insides not get burned away during exercise. I didn’t stop working out completely but I decreased it a lot. I did GPP workouts a couple of times a week but I didn’t do any cardio. If there was running or a lot of jump roping in the workouts I skipped those parts and stuck with the weight training parts. I went on walks a couple of times a week and did a bit of yoga as well. I also took naps during the day if I felt like I needed too. (which is recommended here). I felt very tired the first couple of weeks but that has passed and Inow have a steady amount of energy through out the day. Probably next week I will start doing a little bit more workout wise but only if I feel like it. And I will workout however I feel like that day. Whether I feel like lifting, running, yoga, dancing, etc that is what I will do. I know if I respect how I’m feeling and I will feel much better after my workouts.
Now there were some bad days-some hard days throughout the past couple of months. It definitely wasn’t smooth sailing. Especially in the first few weeks. I experienced a lot of pain, bloating, edema (water retention) all over my body, and weight gain (carried mainly in my stomach). It was not fun. I felt huge. I felt unattractive and uncomfortable. A lot of my pants weren’t buttoning anymore. I felt like it was never going to stop but it did stop. My body adjusted to my new normal food intake, the bloating went away, the little bit of weight I gained (about 8-10 pounds overall)-that I needed to gain-has now evenly spread out over my body, not just in my stomach anymore. And my body seems to have reached it’s optimal weight set point because I’m no longer gaining but maintaining. And I bought some new pants that fit my new body. These days my head is in a much better place. I am grateful for my body and I love my new body because it is a healthy and beautiful one. Every body is beautiful. To be honest, I’m surprised at how quickly things seems to have gotten better. I thought it would take so much longer to reach this place. And for some it will. Every body is different. I am grateful to be feeling so much better and happier these days. I’m also so grateful to my husband for encouraging me everyday to stick with it and loving the heck out of me grumpiness and all.
Well that’s all for now. Next post will be about some fun things I’ve been able to do since I’ve let go of my food rules!
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