For a little back story: In July per a hospital visit due to a ruptured cyst I was diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), to which western medicine cures with birth control. I was in birth control from the time I was 17 until 27 and when I went off it I discovered the hormonal ups and downs, my PMS, the neediness, and anxiety I struggled with (and my boyfriends had to tolerate) went away and about a year later I leveled out mentally.
Keep in mind, during this year I also took up bodybuilding and began to clean up my diet on the road toward Fitness competition.
Now, almost three years later a high intensity prep for a Jr. National show left me wondering what the hell happened where my body would not respond to the training, and I'd begun to wonder what I wasn't doing right...or if I was just lazy and thought I was working hard when I wasn't. Then the cysts and internal bleeding started...and with some time on bed rest the research started.
For quite a few months I came at the issue from Adrenal Fatigue, which, from anyone who has interacted with the western medicine community realizes this isn't recognized by the medical community, even though my natural path was already working with me on it. I was informed I was carbohydrate intolerant and needed to go pure Paleo, then informed after I was still too carbohydrate intolerant and had to cut veggies.
I continued to do research and eat clean, training for the next show.
Then the cyst ruptured again in September, this time taking me into shock and leaving me short 2.5 units of blood floating around in my belly. It had become abundantly clear my body had given up with being subtle, it was demanding change...quite loudly and insistently.
Through a friend I was introduced to FLO Living, a program designed to balance a woman's hormonal systems through the use of diet. At the time I was introduced I was once again on a low calorie, no carb diet trying to force the body to respond to my training. At 4 weeks from show, I should've been cut and stacked from the work I was putting in, but my body had refused to budge weight wise, stubbornly holding onto my body fat.
It was through research I discovered a lot of women deal with PCOS or menstrual problems, and, while weighing my options one afternoon (to do birth control or not was the question) it became abundantly clear FLO Living was the option I needed to take, because, even though I knew birth control was only a band-aid, it still left me dependent on something else to keep me healthy, even supplementation with progesterone to balance the estrogen left me dependent on something. My entire training philosophy is based around one thing: EMPOWERMENT for my clients concerning their bodies, and sometimes to empower others you have to lead by example. Flo Living would help me learn to control and manipulate my body into balance and take away the scare factor of food.
Fitness has always been about asking of my body and having it respond with "yes" currently it was responding in more of a "maybe" tone. Body control suddenly has become less about how well I can move through space, with is a practice I love to employ and learn about, but now about controlling all the internal factors.
I plan to share the information and progress here on my blog over the next few months. While preparing for my next show, to see how the body responds.
The most exciting thing: When a client approaches me who is doing all the right things but not getting results...I'll have some place to start instead of not knowing what to do. I'm thankful my body is giving me the opportunity to learn how to train smart and efficiently, while learning how to actually bring fitness and health in to my competition prep.
Stay tuned. Post questions. Comments. Feedback is always well received.