I wanted to share with you my personal story about how I’ve learned (and still learning) how to balance female hormones.
I’ve definitely struggled with my crazy hormones this past year.
As a result:
- I’ve had trouble keeping belly fat off.
- I’ve had more migraines than usual.
- I’ve been totally lethargic with no energy.
- I’ve slept horribly and woken up exhausted.
- I’ve had issues with erratic blood sugar readings.
- I’ve had mood issues, predominantly depression.
These are just a few of the things that I’ve experienced this past year.
Can you relate?
If so, grab a green drink, put up your feet and discover what I’m doing about it.
How to Create Female Hormonal Imbalance
I was always a long and lanky kid. I was quick and strong and loved playing basketball and softball.
When I went to college I actually faired much better than my friends did – many of them gained the “freshman 15″. Not me, I was able to control what I ate and stay active enough to keep my weight steady.
Right up until my Senior year, when I fell in love with Bud Light.
OK, I didn’t fall in love Bud Light (so gross) but it was cheap, available, and I always had a good time after drinking a few.
No Freshman 15 for me, but I did graduate that year with a BS in Exercise Physiology and a nice “Senior 20″.
Right our of college I got a job as a Fitness Specialist at the Health Center at General Electric. During my time there, my stress levels stabilized, I was active every day, and there were no more middle of the night “4th meal” breakfasts after a long night of drinking.
I easily lost all the weight I had gained that prior year. Life was good!
After 1 year out in the real world I decided I just didn’t have enough college loans to pay off so I went to graduate school.
Grad school is stressful, I tell you…
Presentations, exams, my thesis – all things that had me up late at night working on and stressing over. Not to mention my diet wasn’t all that great, living on a near non-existing grocery budget.
Check out this video interview to learn more about how stress can cause hormone imbalances:
My diet consisted of a lot of cereal for breakfast, pb & j’s for lunch, and pasta for dinner. But hey, all that’s low fat, right?
By the end of my two years there it had happened AGAIN! I gained back that damned 20 pounds.
So I did exactly what everyone did when they needed to lose a few pounds – I ate less and moved more.
And to my delight that strategy worked then – when I was 25.
For the last 12 years my weight remained steady and healthy. Life was good for a long time. No major stressors I couldn’t handle, I ate healthy and stayed active.
The day my Dad, and best friend, suffered a horrible stroke after a routine hernia surgery.
No swallowing. No speaking. No communication.
For 13 days I sat by his side in the NICU, praying for his freedom from this debilitating condition.
And on August 4 at 8:45 pm, I watched my Dad take his last breath as he was granted the freedom I prayed so hard for.
That wasn’t exactly the “freedom” I was praying for but I know he fought hard to live.
Watching my Father suffer and die during those 13 days was absolute rock bottom for me.
- I was stressed and wired like I’d never been before.
- I wasn’t eating, and when I was all I wanted was sugar.
- I had been totally sedentary, which certainly didn’t change over the course of the following months either.
- All I wanted to do was lay on the couch and watch TV.
- I did not care to be social.
I was heart broken.
Three months later a visit to my OBGYN resulted in news that I had started to develop a uterine fibroid tumor. She said it was likely that the massive stress from my Dad caused a massive hormonal imbalance in my body.
Lovely. Thanks Dad.
Haha, no I don’t blame him, but in addition to the fibroid (which us women can get when we’re estrogen dominant), now I also had a concern about my stroke risk seeing as though I was, in fact, his kid.
That’s not to mention that I had been using hormonal birth control for 15 years by that point – they tend to increase your chances of stroke as well.
So, I made the decision to stop taking birth control to decrease my stroke risk.
Guess what happened?
Yup. Gained 10 pounds immediately. At 37 years old, my own hormones just did not want to kick in.
Now, just so you know, I have a MS degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. I have the knowledge and skills necessary to be healthy.
I’d lost weight successfully and quite easily twice before. I’ve also coached hundreds of people reach their weight loss goals over the years.
Yet, those skills weren’t helping me much this time.
My hormones were controlling my body instead of me controlling them.
I wasn’t a kid anymore – my hormones just weren’t able to recover from the massive stressor I had with my Dad and then going off hormonal birth control on top of that.
- I had way more belly fat than I ever had before.
- My energy was nonexistent.
- I cried a lot, even when there was nothing to cry about.
- I had the uterine fibroid.
- I rarely slept through the night, often awaking for several hours at a time and waking exhausted in the morning.
- I even developed blood sugar control issues, often being hypoglycemic.
Can you relate to any of these?
If so, I’m with you…
How to Balance Female Hormones
Since then I have decided to re-focus my blog and weight loss coaching business on women age 35 and older who are gaining unwanted weight for seemingly no reason and losing their health to diabetes, high triglycerides, and inflammatory conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, and auto immune diseases.
In short, women with hormonal imbalances.
Chances are if you’re a woman and you’re reading this - I’m describing YOU.
I’m doing this by:
- Researching the latest scientific studies from reputable institutions and writing about them on my blog.
- I’m writing Kindle ebooks on various health and weight loss topics.
- I’m even starting a podcast so I can interview the experts to get to the bottom of this.
- I’m personally experimenting with each strategy and sharing the results with you.
You MUST figure out how to balance your hormones. It is only then that you will lose your unwanted body weight, and reclaim your health.
Balance hormones –> Weight Loss –> Health
Wrong. 99% of the research conducted on diets and exercise has been done on men. Clearly, we don’t respond to these things as men do.
They’ve got it good!
We do too, it’s just going to take us a little longer to figure out how to reach our goals.
Wrapping Things Up
The truth is there are dozens of ways for our hormones to go OUT of balance and it’s really easy to to do.
We can do a handful of things to balance our female hormones but it may not be quite as easy as sending them all wonky.
The good news is that I know I’m onto something amazing! I can’t wait to share exactly what that is with you.
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