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    Feeling good today and have some limited additional info. I missed a call from my doc yesterday to discuss my lab results but she did leave a voicemail indicating my hormones are low and that she's going to recommend a bio-identical hormone cream as treatment. I still haven't gotten my period that was due Friday, and I'm definitely open to some transitional hormone replacement to help ease this change, especially if my holistic doc recommends it and it's of a delivery system and type that isn't the big pharma synthetic variety. I hope to be able to talk to her this week and figure this out. But it seems it may be the big missing piece to the mysterious puzzle of my body at the moment.

    I've also tweaked my morning and evening routines as well as my chocolate consumption. Back to meditation and a fasted walk first thing; in bed by 10 (this is more reasonable than 9 especially given BF's schedule, especially closing the bar, and the importance of our having a daily/nightly conversation); and daily chocolate portioned out while my coffee brews, to be eaten at my discretion throughout the day, but when it's gone, it's gone. I'd gotten into a bad habit of eating as much chocolate as I wanted and after each of my two meals a day. It started to feel a little out of control, and even though the chocolate I eat is raw, organic, low/no sugar, fair trade, etc., I'm really mindful that I'm still working on building healthy habits. So I want to break the bad ones yet keep the pleasure and satisfaction that began the habit in the first place!

    Just a quick check in today as I need to be off to teach barre, then visit the office, see a private yoga client (outdoors--yay for gorgeous spring weather), then teach a writing class. Busy day full of my favorite things! Happy hump day, friends!

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    Miss M with the way TOM is messing with you, it might not hurt to go with doc's suggestion for some bioidentical hormone therapy to ease things a little. But remember these transistions can take years! Isn't the raw chocolate very bitter? I wish I could get used to the dark chocolate--i can't even eat that. And a little chocolate is supposed to be good for you. Sounds like you have a busy day planned. I agree, beautiful spring days are the best! Enjoy your outdoor session! Was wondering, Are your teaching classes still virtual, or have they opened up to in person at all? My oldest grandson will be having a job interview, for a very promising job, and it is virtual interview. We had our 2nd vaccine a week ago--no problems for me except for very sore arm, which is normal. DH did have a little reaction, felt poorly the next day, no energy, but it was gone by end of the next day.
    Happy Spring Everyone!

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    Hi MissM...
    I think that may be the last piece in your puzzle to address the long term plan and not feel that your body is not yours for two weeks out of the month, Fingers crossed she can get a dosage/recommendation for you that will help you stabilize.

    The chocolate thing can steer you off course.... and I like how you have a daily ration and that too will become a good new habit...

    Like this morning, of all the sugar free hot chocolate bombs I made, I have not tried one yet and this morning at teatime I though...hmmm maybe I should try one and then The sensible me said... Nope, the scale is up, no treats!...and also as I would have to use milk, I thought not a good idea as teh scale my be reacting to my cheese intake, but I may try one when the scale normalises again and possibly try almond milk instead...
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    Thanks for the support, ladies!

    The chocolate experiment was a success, and I've portioned out what's allowed today already. I think I'm enjoying developing this new habit. Sometimes it's really liberating to have clear boundaries.

    Dubbles, the chocolate I eat is very bitter. BF calls it "pavement" LOL. But I've been changing my tastes over time with the help of my Ayurved and the regular consumption of bitter herbs after every meal. My sweet tooth, by and large, has diminished considerably.

    And yes, I'm teaching in person as well as via zoom. Yesterday my private session was outside, so we didn't wear masks. When I teach barre indoors (and also livestream it), I wear a mask. It can be challenging, but I'm so thrilled to be able to do it.

    More later. Must be off to teach now. Hope it's a lovely Thursday for you, friends!

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    MissM you made me smile with the reference to Pavement... having tasted that very raw pure Indian chocolate I can relate...interesting thing to have the bitter herbs to cure a sweet tooth....I must say even though i enjoy the occasional sweet treat, my cravings are more savoury.... Was hoping to have a Potato treat over the weekend but being high up in my 2pound window I may just do P3 this weekend as well
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    Yvonne, I made the most divine crispy smashed potatoes cooked in high-heat duck fat for Easter. I allowed myself a few bites and thought of you. That starchy-fatty combo is divine--and so deadly! But once in a while it's good to enjoy and just be human, no? But I hear you on returning to P3 for the weekend. I keep reminding myself that cycles of feast and famine (or fasting) are built into our DNA and quite normal. It doesn't have to be disordered if we don't make it so. Wishing you ease over the weekend in your routine and getting that weight back within range as you desire. I can't believe your next round is coming up so quickly!!

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    Still haven't been able to talk to my Doc about the hormones yet, but it's OK because it's giving me a chance to do my own research first. I don't feel in a hurry to get on HRT, even if it's bioidentical. I'm working with my ayurved on lifestyle stuff for the time being and am curious about how much things can shift that way before adding in hormones. That was her recommendation even before I got the lab results. So, we'll see.

    Finally started my period Wednesday night and yesterday was my difficult day. Allowed myself more carbs in the form of fruit last night when I got hungry and I woke up feeling great--just in time for what will no doubt be a killer pilates session. This seems to be a pattern. My body only wants to go so low-carb for so long and then it needs a bit of a carb refeed. Nothing crazy, just enough. I'm doing my best to listen and respond in kind.

    Loving the change of season into spring, even though it brings its challenges. Definitely feeling a little phlegmy in the mornings, for example, and a little congested. But oh, how wonderful it is to sleep with the windows open!

    TGIF, dear friends! I hope you enjoy the weekend! XO

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    Miss M, I think it is wonderful the way you have learned what your body needs and craves at certain times of the month. The hormone fluctuations women go through monthly are very real, they effect us in so many different ways. Have to admit, I am glad I don't have to go thru that monthly anymore. I had such moodiness and irritability during , beforE TOM. Unfortunately it can sometimes be a long process. Have a great weekend, i'm with you, so happy to see spring has arrived--just hope it doesn't go straight to summer too quickly.

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    Dubbles, you're quite right. And I expect this long process has already been underway for some time. I'm taking it as an invitation to deepen into one of life's sacred transitions. To really focus on addressing stress in my life, find the best possible rhythm for food, sleep, mindset, and movement, and to honor whatever is and what is to come. I don't want to minimize or bypass this experience; I aim to dive in as deeply as I can, eyes wide open.

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    Last night I experienced one of those after-dinner snack attacks that had nothing to do with hunger. I just wanted to eat. It was Friday night, and my plans were to go for a walk and watch the last part of the Hemingway documentary series on PBS. Not exactly my preference. I mean, I love both those things, but in retrospect what was going on for me was I was feeling lonely and sad that I wasn't with BF, that we weren't together doing something fun and Friday-nightish to wind down from the week.

    I couldn't quite name all that in the moment, but I was able to label what was happening as a craving rather than real hunger--and that I didn't really want to give in to it because it would ultimately make me feel terrible both physically and about myself. So I went for my walk. When I came back my mind still wanted to eat. So I tuned in to a virtual ww meeting. That helped. And then I gave myself permission to have a really lovely creamy, sweet pot of tea (dairy and sugar free, of course, but technically breaking my fast that had begun at 5 p.m.). It did the trick. I avoided eating mindlessly and emotionally, and I felt comforted.

    And I'm infinitely glad I made the choices I did, because I woke up this morning feeling great. I just love waking up with that feeling of emptiness. No taste of food in my mouth, no sour stomach, no regret. Just the promise of a new day and more good choices to make. I aim to do this over and over again, and I'm writing it down to remember.

    Got in my morning fasted walk and journaling. Yoga on tap next. Looking forward to a wet but warm spring weekend. Good opportunity to get caught up on grading and things as well as some spring cleaning.

    Happy Saturday, all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DivineMissM View Post
    Dubbles, you're quite right. And I expect this long process has already been underway for some time. I'm taking it as an invitation to deepen into one of life's sacred transitions. To really focus on addressing stress in my life, find the best possible rhythm for food, sleep, mindset, and movement, and to honor whatever is and what is to come. I don't want to minimize or bypass this experience; I aim to dive in as deeply as I can, eyes wide open.

    Good for you!

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    Last night I experienced one of those after-dinner snack attacks that had nothing to do with hunger. I just wanted to eat. It was Friday night, and my plans were to go for a walk and watch the last part of the Hemingway documentary series on PBS. Not exactly my preference. I mean, I love both those things, but in retrospect what was going on for me was I was feeling lonely and sad that I wasn't with BF, that we weren't together doing something fun and Friday-nightish to wind down from the week.

    I couldn't quite name all that in the moment, but I was able to label what was happening as a craving rather than real hunger--and that I didn't really want to give in to it because it would ultimately make me feel terrible both physically and about myself. So I went for my walk. When I came back my mind still wanted to eat. So I tuned in to a virtual ww meeting. That helped. And then I gave myself permission to have a really lovely creamy, sweet pot of tea (dairy and sugar free, of course, but technically breaking my fast that had begun at 5 p.m.). It did the trick. I avoided eating mindlessly and emotionally, and I felt comforted.

    And I'm infinitely glad I made the choices I did, because I woke up this morning feeling great. I just love waking up with that feeling of emptiness. No taste of food in my mouth, no sour stomach, no regret. Just the promise of a new day and more good choices to make. I aim to do this over and over again, and I'm writing it down to remember.

    Got in my morning fasted walk and journaling. Yoga on tap next. Looking forward to a wet but warm spring weekend. Good opportunity to get caught up on grading and things as well as some spring cleaning.

    Happy Saturday, all!
    Such a great way to handle this, MissM! Cream can be a great holdover and I love how you look beyond the moment to the next and know what you want to avoid. It makes the foods the next day even better too! Maybe planning a snack tray of allowed foods as a meal can be a thing to do when you have an empty Friday night. Sometimes I do that. I buy dips and such and make a tray of various foods, and get comfortable and enjoy the moment. Of course, sharing it would still be better.

    Happy weekend!
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