Linking back to Amanda @ Running with Spoons I love how Amanda links up the blogger community several times a week. It has helped me build the list of blogs I love to follow. 🙂
Hey, it snowed here today!! Crazy, right? That would be Colorado for you. It’s April 16th, y’all, and we have about 6 inches of snow on the ground. Of course, it will be gone tomorrow.
Now, I’m going on to a random topic that was on my mind, and I wanted to share and possibly get other’s thoughts.
I’ve struggled with amenorrhea off and on for about 5 years, and I’m not the typical super underweight anorexic girl. I was never severely underweight, but my body did not like the low weight that I was at, and it let me know when I lost my period for about 2 or 3 years without a single period till I was about 17 or 18. After I gained about 15-20 pounds, it came off and on, but I realized that it was still being affected.
What do I think is one of the primary reasons that I’ve struggled with it, even at a normal weight? Well, I was listening to this podcast tonight:
One of the number one causes for the loss of a period that they emphasized was STRESS. The hypothalamus gland is very sensitive to stress, and I would have to agree and say that stress has been one of the biggest and most difficult factors in regaining my period.
My family went on a vacation (a sabbatical for my dad) for about 3 months. During the sabbatical, I didn’t do any exercise besides just hiking and getting outside to cross country ski and such, but none of it was fast paced. My brain didn’t race calculating all of my training goals. I just had fun, enjoyed the sunshine, and time with my family.
We came home, and we’ve been back about 4 months. And my body has been struggling to have a period again. It’s kind of discouraging, because I’m wondering if I can ever do any running or exercise without losing my period. I know it’s not the end of the world, but I do desire to have a normally functioning boy and metabolism, because I would love to have children some day. 🙂
I’m in the midst of re-assessing and really making an effort to not let the stress or the fast pace of life get to me, resting in God and His perfect peace. I can never DO enough for Him. He is enough, and I just live for Him, to serve Him, and to be His child. There is nothing I can do to be His child but believe on the name of Jesus Christ.
I’m thankful for other bloggers like Julia @ Lord still Loves Me, Danica @ It’s Progression, Ashley @ My Food n’ Fitness Diaries, Molly @ To Live with All My Might, Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections, Emily @ Perfection isn’t Happy, Liv @ Healthy Liv, and Jen @ Bagles and Broccoli who have encouraged me in this journey by their posts and their honest sharing about different issues regarding body image, a relationship with Jesus, and resting and not succumbing to stress.
Do you struggle with stress? Any tips?
Have you ever struggled with amenorrhea? What did you do?