As some of you may have gathered from my Instagram posts, I have been making some big changes. I feel FANTASTIC! I figured it was time to share some of the changes and how they have affected my health. We always need to be open to new things, especially when they can help improve our life. Keep in mind correlation does not equal causation, so this is just me sharing what I feel has happened to me.
I stopped taking my Birth Control Pill 7 months ago
Now, before you get excited let me make something clear. I am not trying to get pregnant, that was not why I went off the pill. If you go back to an earlier blog post about my health journey, I talk about going off of the BCP. You can read that here. I can 100% say that was one of the BEST decisions I could have ever made for my health. I feel like a completely different person, and my husband would agree with this. Mood swings, hormone related water retention, and uncontrollable cravings are all GONE. On top of that, in the last 3 months alone, I’ve lost 15 pounds. I wasn’t trying to lose 15 pounds, it just happened naturally. It didn’t happen immediately either. At first, I fluctuated up and down as my body got used to using its own hormones for the first time in 8 years. Many people come off of the pill and gain a few pounds, which can lead to panic and them going back on the pill. If I can give you any advice at all, this is it: Give your body at least 6 months to figure itself out. Don’t get on the scale, and don’t critique yourself in the mirror. Keep making healthy decisions and support the changes your body is going through with natural remedies. For those of you out there saying “you didn’t need to lose any weight!” You’re right, I didn’t need to. I could have lived at 170 pounds and been considered healthy, but I knew it wasn’t my healthiest body. For the past two years, I’ve tried to figure out why I was slowly gaining weight when I work out 5-6 days a week and was doing my best to eat well. Don’t let others tell you what your healthy body should look like or feel like. Do you.
I am following a new eating plan
I have had to make some diet changes to better my health. In this context I don’t mind using the word diet. It’s generally the easiest for people to understand. Today is day 12 of a sugar free, dairy free, gluten free, and yeast free diet. I am already gluten free and generally avoid dairy and high sugar products BUT obviously I was still eating more than enough of those two because I feel completely different now that I’ve cut them out. You are probably wondering, “why on earth would Charity stop eating all of those yummy foods!?” I asked myself that as well. This diet was suggested to me as a solution to yeast candida. For the past 11 years I’ve had what looks like a reaction to the sun spread across my skin. It comes and goes and is usually localized to my back. The past few months it has become even worse. I think this was largely due to the fact that I stopped taking my birth control pill. Hormonal changes can cause the yeast to flair up and my body is still figuring itself out. A medical doctor and a natural path both confirmed it was yeast. It was suggested I do this diet to kill it off while taking a natural anti-fungal. It’s day 12 and I feel amazing. I have so much energy. I do 30-45 min workouts without stopping, and within a few minutes feel completely recovered! My joints feel like a little kids: no stiffness and no pain. My stomach is so happy and I am now craving the nutritious foods my body needs. The first few days were rough, not going to lie, but it has been so worth it. I already know that when the 4 weeks is up, I won’t be stopping. I’ll have treats, but way less frequently than I used to. This has been a learning experience and I realize my body really does need to be given the best in order to function.
I took a break from weightlifting
I am part of a group at Catalyst Fitness called the Green Army. The Green Army was started to give athletes the training they need to compete. We attend competitions in our area, and have a ton of fun participating. Recently, Tyler Belanger took over as coach, and it didn’t take him long to realize we were a strength biased group of athletes who really needed to get our aerobic (cardio) capacity up. He stripped away the barbell and brought us back to the basics. It was the best thing he could have done. My body has really enjoyed the break , even though my heart has missed the barbell. The past two months of training showed me that for my overall health I need to be more varied in my training. I’ve learned to take rest days whenever my body tells me too, and not to panic when I can’t make it to the gym. It has been a great couple of months for personal growth and I can’t wait to share more with you all.
Don’t be afraid to make changes
I think we often choose not to make changes because we have become comfortable with where we are at. You can get used to anything, even sub-par health. It can be a very scary thing to make big life changes not knowing if they will pay off. I want to encourage you to not be afraid to try new things, preferably with the guidance of a health professional. If you’re reading this and you’ve been stuck in a slump, it’s time to climb out. If in the back of your head you’re unhappy with your health but are too afraid to admit you need to change, it’s time to be honest with yourself. If you’ve been struggling with binge eating, lack of motivation, or bad habits it’s time to get the help you need. I believe in you. If you need someone to talk to, I am here. Take that first step, it’s time to live life as your best self!
Eat Your Veggies!