whined about eluded to over the last 10 days or so, things have been off.
Almost two weeks ago, I had all my typical PMS symptoms: biblical bloating, tummy distress, weight gain, and intense hunger. Oh and quite the short fuse.
Cramping started about 9 days ago. (Pardon if this is TMI) I typically get pretty severe cramps the evening before or the day that my period arrives.
Except, it didn’t……..?
In addition to 12 days of period symptoms, I’ve had terrible acid reflux and nausea. Awesome!
So I cut back on the Trader Joe’s bruschetta sauce, drank more water, and waited impatiently. Still no period. The pregnancy test that I took in the Target bathroom yesterday (#newlifelow), reported that there’s no bun in this churning oven. So what gives?
Well, according to the internet, I have an eating disorder, an ectopic pregnancy, and probably a calcium deficiency. And maybe a brain tumor. Seriously though, a Google search of “missed period exercise” revealed a startling number of articles with the words “disordered eating” and “extreme exercise.” It’s more than a little scary.
In the last three weeks, I’ve amped up my workout schedule. I’ve been doing about 8 workouts a week (3 runs, 3 TDM classes, 2 yoga classes) with a couple of rest days in the mix. I don’t consider this “extreme exercise” but perhaps it is. I’ve made an attempt to eat enough to fuel these activities but I can tell it’s not enough. I had some amazing runs over the last couple weeks but I’ve also had some really tough classes and the tummy discomfort is wearing on my patience.
It’s time to start experimenting with more carbs. I eat whole grains and fruit but I will admit that my diet is protein-based. I’ve historically avoided carbs because I didn’t do enough activity to burn them and I believed they contributed to weight gain and bloating. I don’t intend to regularly eat refined flour or sugar but it’s clear that I need more energy dense foods.
I don’t know what to make of the missed period. Honestly, it’s frustrating and demoralizing. I’m finally in a place where I feel strong and athletic and now there’s a health concern? Really? I know I wasn’t better off sedentary but it bums me out that there’s any negative aspect to something that’s been so positive.
Game plan: Eat more. Smile more. Hug more. Drink water more. Wait and see…
Anyone struggle with how much and what to eat as they’ve become more active? Anyone……skip a period?