GO When Your Body Says NO – Period!

You feel like lying in the bed curled up in a fetal position because who wants to move? Ladies, we don’t! Sometimes pushing ourselves to workout can mentally drain all that is in us but we have to keep pressing to reach our goal towards inner peace in health! Yes, inner peace found in working out during the cramping, bloating and all the way around blood flow.

Here is an article I found by EliteDaily.com that, I hope, will encourage you to keep going even when you don’t want too. We, together, will find calm — period! 😜🥰

These Workouts For Each Stage Of Your Period Will Help You Tune Into Your Body’s Needs

BY ANNAKEARA STINSON DEC. 21, 2018

The difference between how your body feels during your period versus, say, the week after your period, can be massive in terms of energy levels and mood. I mean, if you’ve ever tried to haul your ass to an intense workout class — of course you signed up weeks ago, and it just so happened to coincide with the first day of your period — then you know what I mean. The four stages of your menstrual cycle can affect your body in so many different ways, including how you exercise, which is why planning workouts for each stage of your period, though it may sound like a bit of a tall order, is actually a great strategy for tuning into and understanding your body’s needs and capabilities.

Tailoring your workouts to each stage of your period might sound like a strange concept, especially if you feel like you’re a bit fuzzy on what those stages even are (don’t worry, I’ll help you brush up). Ellen Barrett, author and fitness trainer with the online movement studio Mindful Movement, tells me that, in her experience, before she even became a trainer, the concept of adjusting your workout to where you were in your menstrual cycle just wasn’t really a thing. But when she started to train women herself, she says her clients would often openly talk about where they were in their cycle, because of how it would affect their bodies. Pretty soon, Barrett realized there was a real need to consider how these two things affect each other.

“It actually optimizes athletic performance to listen to your body and track the cycle,” Barrett tells Elite Daily, “and helps to relieve symptoms like cramps and mood swings.”

If you’re curious, why not give it a shot yourself? Here are some of Barrett’s recommendations for adjusting your workout schedule to your period.

Stage one: menstruation (Days 1-7)

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The first stage of the 28-day menstrual cycle, as per Better Health Channel is — drumroll — your period! Simple enough, right?

As far as Barrett is concerned, on the first day of your period, at least, there’s no need to push yourself to work out. “Relax! Stay warm, and don’t beat yourself up about it,” she says, adding that it’s really important to allow your body the time to just be. In her experience, she tells me, the more that women allow themselves to rest when they need to rest, the better their cycles tend to be overall.

By the second day of your flow, you might still be feeling funky, but if you’re really itching to move, Barrett suggests doing something super gentle, like taking a short walk outside or moving through a low-key yoga routine. By the end of the week, she says, you might be ready to do something like a light jog. But again, it’s all about nurturing movement and listening to your own body.

Barrett also points out that, during your period, your body’s already hard at work to regulate your cycle, “and your immune system is vulnerable as a result, so if you really push it, things can get out of whack.” In other words, rest when you need to rest, my friend.

Stages two and three: The Follicular Phase and Ovulation (Days 8-21)

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Technically, according to Better Health Channel, the second stage of your menstrual cycle, called the follicular phase, “starts on the first day of menstruation and ends with ovulation,” so you’re basically experiencing this stage around the week or two after your period. It’s called the follicular phase because, during this time, your body releases something called follicle stimulating hormone, which “stimulates the ovary to produce around five to 20 follicles (tiny nodules or cysts),” wherein each follicle contains an immature egg, as per Better Health Channel. According to the online resource, the growth of these follicles is what causes the lining of your uterus to thicken in preparation for a potential pregnancy — or, you know, for your body to shed the entire lining during your period. Ovulation, the Better Health Channel explains, is when the ovary releases a mature egg, about two weeks or so before your period starts up again.

In general, says Barrett, you tend to have a lot more energy during the follicular phase of your period, as well as during ovulation, so this is typically the best time to really go for it in your workout routine. “During the week after your period, go for a hike, take HIIT classes, push yourself,” she says. “That’s true of your ovulation, too. You have energy to really go for it.”

Your metabolism usually starts to get stronger during this time, too, Barrett adds, which means you’re probably hungrier, so make sure your recovering from your workouts with lots of nutritious foods after that HIIT class.

Stage four: Luteal phase (Days 22-28)

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The luteal phase is when all those lovely PMS symptoms begin to hit — cramps, nausea, mood swings, all that good (not) stuff. In terms of what’s happening in your body at this time, the Better Health Channel explains that this is basically when your uterus is more or less waiting for a fertilized egg to implant itself, and your body produces certain hormones to keep the lining of the uterus intact — until, of course, the body realizes there is no fertilized egg, and then it sheds the uterine lining, and voila, you’ve got a period, and the whole cycle begins again.

During the luteal phase, when PMS is at its peak, even if you feel like total crap, Barrett says breaking a sweat is still important because it can help with uncomfortable symptoms like bloating. She recommends trying some low-impact cardio during this part of your cycle, like cycling or Zumba, for about 45 minutes at a time.

Overall, Barrett says a good way to approach this workout strategy is to think of exercise like a form of medicine for your body. The more you nurture your cycle all month long, she explains, the less intense your symptoms might turn out to be.

The Humanity of Birds

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Good evening. This short stint of a write is inspired by a devotion I had a few days ago.

Birds of a feather flock together is an old tale of people who act the same tend to flock to one another. The last time I wrote about this it wasn’t, necessarily, in a good light. However, look at the title … “The Humanity of Birds.” Here we are flocking together to be — isolated!!

An oxymoron huh?!

Since I’ve been given the privilege to workout at home I’ve viewed various subjects on YouTube. I try to keep myself abreast with just enough info about the virus, but nothing that will overwhelm me unto fear. Their fear translated through information (YouTube, news, yahoo, internet, etc.) can get the best of anyone. We all must be careful to not be consumed by this.

Anywho~ The oxymoron of us together isolating is quite interesting. In watching YouTube, I came across reports of the stars who have the virus. In reading the comments one stated, “Oh, and they discovered they were people too.” Wow!! That’s exactly right!

Perhaps, this pandemic is, also, to remind us of our humanity. I may be poor! You may be rich! And, yet, we’re all in the same pain …

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. - Jackie Robinson

CoronaviruSmoke – Higher Risk

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How many days we’ve been in quarantine?! 322?! LOL … that’s what it feels like, but all the “rules” and “regulations” that our different states have advised (some under stop and frisk) has been to try to help us. Yet, there’s something I don’t get …

Last week I decided to go to Wal-Mart to get a few items of food. I hadn’t been out of the house in, about, 4 days. I heard some reports on those wearing masks but wasn’t sure if I was supposed to have one save setting in the parking lot talking to a friend on the phone and surrounded by different ones with masks. A lady, and what looked to be, her daughter pulled up – set in the car for a moment to put on their masks. A guy getting ready to leave entered his truck and removed his mask. I must have missed something important!

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The strangest thing happened!

The lady and the daughter got out of the car and, I guess, were getting some bags to take in to shop when it happened … the daughter slid her mask over her forehead, pulled out a cigarette and SMOKED!! Wow!!!

Huh? What? ……….

Yeah, what????

I don’t understand. So put on a mask while sitting in the car to prepare yourself to be around other strangers — before entry — remove mask to smoke! …. Really?!!!

Yes, I have an issue with smoking; not smokers! Quick explanation: I don’t dislike the people I HATE the habit!! The habit is most deadly to those of us who don’t smoke than those filling their lungs with it. Now, in this case, why didn’t she smoke at home or put the mask on in the first place? But here’s some information inspired by the story ….

Are smokers and tobacco users at higher risk of COVID-19 infection?

Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as the act of smoking means that fingers (and possibly contaminated cigarettes) are in contact with lips which increases the possibility of transmission of virus from hand to mouth. Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase risk of serious illness.


Smoking products such as water pipes often involve the sharing of mouth pieces and hoses, which could facilitate the transmission of COVID-19 in communal and social settings.

Conditions that increase oxygen needs or reduce the ability of the body to use it properly will put patients at higher risk of serious lung conditions such as pneumonia.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2020/03/23/smokers-at-higher-risk-of-severe–covid-19-during-coronavirus-outbreak/#e59770e7638d

Ladies, 8 Reasons Peeing in the Shower is Good for You

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Come on, you can admit it. You’ve totally peed in the shower before. It’s not something that usually comes up in dinner conversation, but we’ve all let our pee flow free while bathing at least a handful of times in our lives — and now you can actually urinate in the shower and feel good about it, rather than ashamed ….

Emotional cleansing …

Economical …

Hygiene …

It’s actually cleaner …

Take a look at sheknows.com to find out more information….. https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/8-reasons-pee-shower-not-212000484.html

Bloggers, Am I Back — Refund?

Hi all. Happy Monday??? …. Evidently I thought my subscription was up, almost, a month ago. I’ve been waiting and waiting for my refund and haven’t received it! So, what’s a gal to do?

Now, wouldn’t a person utilize something they’ve paid for even if it’s here or there? I mean, for me — I’m not rich. And even if I had money …. I WOULDN’T HAVE MISSED THESE MANY DAYS; WEEKS — MONTH!!

So what should I call this blog? I have the faintest clue. I’m rather teed! — says the covered frustration reasonably angered consumer!

Is there a depiction out there to describe when something like this happens? One might think “It’s only a few dollars.” Sadly, rich folks don’t look at “It’s only a few dollars.” Nope. The reason they have is because they take account for every scent; down to the last penny.

What would you do if someone took advantage of you and it cost you something? In recent weeks I’ve been learning the lessons of the Christlike principles. It’s one thing to say you’re a Christian; it’s an entirely different thing to actually act them out!

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I found a depiction! It absolutely positively has NOTHING to do with today’s post …. but ….. heeeey …. it’s a depiction of loveliness!!! 🤣🤣🤣🥰😍😘

Anywho ~ Last week, while at the gym, I was (again) telling my Dad that truth sometimes hurt. Although, a person needs it because it can and will free you, it just hurts at times. Do you know what he told me? “Truth doesn’t hurt! It is what it states ‘IT WILL MAKE YOU FREE’! It is to inform a person no matter what the situation is. The reason why it supposedly hurts is because how the person takes it. It disagrees with what you really want!” Craaaaaaaaaap!!! Now that’s the truth!!

The title just came to me 5:44 PM. “Bloggers, Am I Back — Refund?” Excellent question!

It is apparent I still have a year. Thank you for those who read my “last” post and even decided to join the club of readers! Perhaps, I’ll have something to say!

Until next time ……….Refund Denied said yes, you are back! lol

A Blogger’s Close

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February 12, 2020. As my finest hours come to a close I ponder, again, “What in the world am I doing here?” Me?! A blogger? What was I thinking? “….tell stories …. paint pictures of reflections {especially since my whole get up was about reflections lol} …. blog other people’s blogs …. try something new …..

I guess the list is a tad longer, but how is it I’m at the end of a year, which feels like an era, and I’m more lost than I was when I started?! I have the faintest idea.

The blank page …

The rhetoric posts …

The experience

The gratitude moments (which I can bask even after this moment)

The repost of another’s post

Ooooo, the write of a writing {what people call poetry but more of a spoken word — or performance poetry written to be performed!} —- wow you guys … maybe I need to try this on the new excursion!

The reflections … yes, this one has been my foundational idea since the very beginning. There is a creed in the COGIC (Church of God In Christ) organization which states “We pledge our unselfish devotion and loyalty to the principles and doctrine of our COGIC faith. To be representatives of holiness in our everyday lives. And to LET (allow, surrender) our lives be a MIRROR THAT REFLECTS the IMAGE of Christ”. I learned this pledge when I was a little girl. It has, obviously, stuck with me all these years. But not only that it has been what I’ve come to realize in a whole different belief! Our lives are mirrors! We reflect something everyday!!

🤔 That’s what this stage was for!

If you have read this far, look back at the first paragraph; the first 4 words: “As my FINEST hours …” That’s a pretty strong statement! I’m not the best writer; clearly not a good blogger! I’m not the best anything which makes this the finest hour I’ve had in the blogging world! …..

WHAAAAAAAT??? VERY CONFUSED??? …

My mirror has reflected flaw, distortion, light, comfort, reconciliation, anger, depression, selfishness, etc. — YOU!!

Thanks for this opportunity to have received your eyes! I will never forget ….

Block the Block — “And, Then What?”

This is so sad when a person is at a lost for words and is a writer 🤦‍♀️ but the issue of inspiration is not the problem this time. It’s more on how to start this blog.

How do you start writing the idea if it escapes you? Are you, like me, honest to say writer’s block is your friend (in the moment) and you have mechanisms to cope with the block? One of my tendencies is to walk away for the moment, praying earnestly, the idea will come. I’m, even, willing to admit rhetoric fills my brain and I just sit and type … seems like what I’m doing now 🤷‍♀️ but, thankfully, it has lead me to the idea.

When all else has failed and you’ve tried (experienced) everything there is to experience — then discovery comes — no more block! No more heartache! I’ve achieved my goal in whatever I was trying to accomplish. After all was said and done…. “And, Then What” happens …

And, Then What?

From grade school to achieving goals to live life
Success in singlehood or a husband taking a wife
Working hard from day to day
Being with loved ones for special holidays
Singing, laughing; the occasional sorrow and tears
Precious moments experienced every year
These simple notations, to everyone, clear-cut
But a question remains ... "And, Then What?"
The powerful question answered with rhetoric
Covers to prove methods of "cleverness"
Kind of sad to realize the limitations in planning
Showing the emptiness of life regardless of understanding
Are you able to grasp the point to the writing's angle?
Life is as vapor, chasing the wind, leaving us entangled
Entangled in thinking; pressing ahead
But after accomplishment a looming dread
The dread is: eventually we get to the "but"
Conjunction is the suggestion ... "And, Then What?"
Anguished! Confused! Still don't get it? 
A world allowed choices which end in transmit
Think about it ...
We're going to leave this earth 
Even leaving a supposed legacy will lose its worth
Legacies are based on people passing on a history
Otherwise, a forgotten path taken with no inquiry
Millions dying, being born - all at the same time
An unstoppable evolution to everyday grind
Family, friends, politicians ... enemies
Get it -- we are generations of specialties
Legends in time like Thomas Edison
And the scientists of this time bettering our medicines
It's the world's epidemic 
People of skill academically
Strange to believe ...
One day my generation will completely be gone
And, maybe, some positive deposits that will live on
Important to establish whatever the strive it's ultimately a connective
Good or bad is the person's directive 
The touchy subject in belief to a life hereafter
Either way ~ there is a thought to capture
Be it resolved no matter your rebut
The  question will remain ... "And, Then What?"

Tweaked Exert by Katherine Matthews