Training Through Menopause #5
The Good Bad and The Ugly
Since I have been whining about the negative side of peri menopause, I thought I would point out some of my rambling thoughts about what a lot of people think are negative, but I think are positives.
We are told that in Peri-menopause and menopause we become less tolerate, moody, low sex drive, headaches, weight gain, and fatigue to list a few.
This is my personal view on these points and how relates to me!
Tolerance and mood swings
This is not to be considered a bad thing. By the time we reach the age of Peri-menopause and menopause, we have lived and experienced alot. Most women are generally settled with who they are and have definded the path they feel the want their life to take.
In saying this hormonally I feel are "put up with shit" barriers have thinned and we are a-lot less apt to go with the flow, simply because we don't feel the need to.
This reminds me of when I was pregnant and one moment it was 'touch me and die', the next moment was 'get your bad self over here and ravish me'. Yah made no sense then or now lol!
But we are middle age and fabulous so that's how we roll....
I have come to the stage where I look at my body in a different way then before, a machine rather than an object. I still like to look nice but the importance is on how it functions to do the things I love to do.
The focus for me is not so much how I look in that bathing suit, but
how does my body perform. My thighs touch, my butts bigger, my arms are sticks (yet deadly) and the skin is more loose! so what, my body is strong enough to get me through an Ultra and I have worked for the every stretch, sag and skin rub, I refuse to compare myself any longer to others.
When it comes to confidence
Confidence is a tuff one. As through my entire life it comes and goes, and sometimes It feels like a dog fight.
I do a lot of inner reflections, asking myself who I am and what truly are my intentions in all things.
As women we are so many things to many different people, BUT what are you to yourself?
I am a mother, wife, sister, and daughter. These things have always been very important to me and will always be, but lately as head through this journey called peri menopause things have shifted.
I am a coach, running buddy, race director, Ultra runner, pretend mountain biker, true friend and roll model for my daughter and her friends. As I mature these things have taken priority in my life, in no way has it made the others less important, just put in a different spot.
This transition time of my life has given me more focus (other than the brain fog days lol). I am determined to become a more well rounded Ultra Runner and athlete, finding ways to use the hormonal and body changes as a training tool rather than an negative or an excuse to give myself permission to give up.
Speed training and tempo are hard but we still do it! Well so is Peri Menopause and Menopause we can do this and rejoice in our success!!!