I’m always a little turned off by the put-your-own-oxygen-mask-on-first type theories. Apologies if you’re a proponent, honestly, it’s nothing personal. I just don’t know how to “do” oxygen mask without becoming a lazy slob. Moderation, you are my enemy.
Last week I broke down a little. My body isn’t working the way it should. I gained about 40 lbs with Rosalie, and while 17 came off within about a month, I’ve gained 7 back. Ugh. Honestly, nothing about my diet or exercise has changed much, and I can’t help but wonder why my body is fighting weight loss this much and (even more frustrating) why it’s so easy to gain weight. Maybe it’s age. Maybe it’s sloth.
Or maybe something is wrong. At the very least, out of balance. Rosie posted an article last week about postpartum hormone imbalance and it reminded me of one I read by Wellness Mama awhile back. After reading several related posts, the underlying gist is obvious: I have been starving – starving – my body of sleep. For my entire adult life, I’ve been a complete night owl, and that has only been exacerbated by children. Sometimes I rely on less than 5 hours of sleep, many nights less than 6. It’s sort of been a source of pride that I could function on that little sleep.
I think it’s finally caught up to me. I’m a poster child for hormone imbalance.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, I’m pretty hard on myself. About the way I look, about being tired and snappy with my kids, about my lack of “real” exercise. You name it, I beat myself up about it. No, it’s not fun being in my brain.
Enough with my issues. It’s time for me to nourish myself, as corny as that sounds coming out of my mouth. Not in the laying around at the spa and eating bon bons way, but in the way I eat and supplement, in the way I pray, and in the way I think about myself. So I’m starting this little series about how I plan to nourish myself.
Goals for this next month:
~DailyMass alone and/or Adoration alone at least once/week
(Note the “alone” part. I may discuss that on the blog later, but in the meantime, ahem: life changing.)
~Put down the iPad. Pick up a book. (at least once/day)
~Sleep! (I’ve been trying to get to bed by 10:30, but 11 is my cutoff. This is easily an hour to an hour and a half earlier than usual.)
~Green smoothie first thing in the morning. This does double duty: gives me a nutritional boost and makes me feel pretty damn good about myself.
- Vitamin D
- Coconut oil
- FCLO (Fermented Cod Liver Oil/High Vitamin Butter Oil capsules, which the girls can swallow, too)
My point in sharing is that, well, I do a lot better at things with accountability. Thanks for being my support group!
I’ll let you know in a month how I’m doing. In the meantime, have any of you tried balancing hormones? How did it go? Any advice?