After tossing and turning, and lying awake yet another night, I realized it’s my hormones!
Within the past few years, my life had changed dramatically due to hormones. At first, I experienced unexplained weight gain. I exercised regularly, I followed a healthy diet, and I tried everything to lose all the unwanted weight that I gained, but still, my weight stayed an issue. I had difficulty sleeping. I struggled with hot flashes, concentration, irritability, and anxiety. Fatigue took over my life, and I had to do something. I had to make a change!
I realized that I needed some medical help. After undergoing some tests, it was confirmed; it was my hormones! With some herbal medication and a change in my diet, I was sleeping again, and all my hormone issues were resolved within a few weeks. My weight was coming down while still doing the same exercises as before, but I had to stop eating certain foods. Although it was healthy foods, it was not good for me at the time. You see, it turns out, if your hormones are imbalanced, certain healthy fats and fruits are helping with weight gain instead of weight loss.
If our stress levels are high, they tend to cause imbalances in hormones like cortisol. Many annoying little bugs in our life, can lead to our stress levels, as you know. Unfortunately, my hormone issues were not all resolved as I discovered later, and I had to undergo a hysterectomy a few months ago. Therefore, the sleepless nights again, I am on a trial and error with the estrogen levels I need.
So, while I was tossing and turning again last night, my brain was working overtime. All hyped up and working hard, like those cars in “The Fast and The Furious” movies! I’m sure all of you have seen one of those movies, where they drive the cars so hard, and adding all kinds of gadgets, making a 4 Cylinder perform like a V8. Then, I woke up this morning with a headache and feeling all burned out, like one of those tires after a drift race.
Whenever I feel like that in the morning, I just want to go back to bed, but one thing I have learned over the years is the times when I was tossing and turning and my brain working overtime, was the times I got my best brainwaves. The idea of how to deal with certain clients, the idea of how to deal with a problem you could not solve before. Those worries about my children then became prayers for my children, and…. the idea for my next blog...
I realized this morning; I was up all night, for this reason… to write my blog today. I discovered that there are so many women, struggling with weight issues, but they don’t realize that their hormones could be the problem. I have heard so many people say:
“You are what you eat” or, “You just need to exercise more”, or “You don’t need to take something to help you lose weight”.
There are many “know-it-all’s”, but those “know-it-all’s” never had hormonal issues!
So, I just want to motivate all of you that are trying to lose weight, not to give up. It is possible! It takes hard work and dedication, but you can do it. Don’t be too hard on yourself, thinking you can do it in a short period, it took me a year to lose 12kg, but it was a healthy 12kg.
Don’t try all kinds of fad diets. If you do, you will probably lose some weight, but gain everything back in no time at all. You need to make a lifestyle change. You need to think healthy and make the better choice.
If you also struggle like I did, and you are eating healthy and exercising, but not losing any weight, make an appointment, and get tested, it could be something simple like hormones, holding you back.
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