We’re Stronger Than We Think: PMS vs. Exercise

Hey Friends,

So this week has been really hard for me mentally. I think it’s safe to say that sometimes I’m not as hard on myself as I should be.

Excuses and accepting weakness instead of fighting it. It’s not always greener on the other side– the other side being me.

I’ve been slacking. I could blame my horrible period symptoms or my lack of motivation and the reality is, I actually have. When one easy day turns into 3 easy days, that’s an issue for me. Now, this post isn’t a diary entry. And I’m not going to bore you with the specifics of my day or the ingredients to some salad I bought. But a real question that came to me today was, should I actually be pushing myself as hard when I am PMS-ing and having these symptoms? (Nausea, stomach pain, headache, cramping, mood swings, feeling a thousand pounds heavier, animated characters suddenly have the ability to make you cry, etc.)

And the answer is yes. (I wish it was no, too)
I was actually able to find some great sites that explain why you should push through the pain of that 30 minute cardio. They’re all easy, fun reads and most of this info may even shock you.

When your time of the month comes and you feel like you don’t have the strength to run one lap, just remember that a woman ran a marathon on her period without a tampon. She bled freely (yes, for 26.2 miles) to spread awareness for women with no access to feminine products and encourage girls not to be embarrassed by their period.
Read more about the inspirational Kiran Ghandi here.

Thanks for reading!
Stay strong this week.

-Mel

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