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.

Blog Fridays: “A Blog in Song”

Are you thinking, “How is this even possible?” Great! Fantastic! Blogging is a part of showing our artistic side, right? So, since music is an area I “dabble” in – what better way than to present to you ‘A Blog in Song.’

I’ve kept this idea under wraps for quite some time. I was trying to think of the right time to post it and figured, “Hey, why not now?!” (smile). It’s always good to try to end things on a happy note; an encourage of some sort because you know you have the weekend and many days ahead filled with … life!

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Music is also a way to express what we’re thinking. If you know anything about sheet music there are various types of terms used to describe dynamics. As in this piece to your left, you have rests, whole and quarter notes, crescendo, mezzo forte and staccato. You, perhaps, have no clue what these terms mean, but I assure you they are parts of speech used to bring a song to life!

Why do you think a story line in a movie or TV show make you happy, sad, scared — it’s the music played behind the scenes. They’re interpreting what your emotions should display at that moment. It gets you every time. Well, at least it should if it’s a movie (TV show) worthwhile.

I have selected 3 songs and have placed them in a story like setting. I hope they speak to you as they have me, and you find yourself enjoying this melodious blog.

Anastasia’s — Journey To The Past

Aquaman’s — Everything I Need

Bicentennial Man’s — Then You Look At Me

In a Word … Soar!

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Every once in a while a person needs a pick-me-up. An encouraging word that will get them through the rest of the week; maybe just through the day. There are tons of us who are very hard on ourselves. We try to push ourselves beyond what is seen because, oftentimes, we don’t believe what is seen is up to par. I wouldn’t say it is a mindset of perfection; more so to be consistently equivalent to whatever the standard.

Feelings of inadequacy come from different sources, however, those sources are just the echo in one’s own mind. Take a person who is a narcissist. He or she believe something that isn’t purely true. Their falsehood carries the weight of their self image and, therefore, they live in the fantasy that they are superior in all. Their inadequacy lies in a belief the world can’t survive without their presence. I mean, who wants to feel like they don’t matter?

What does your echo resound? Do you fight a lot to quiet those insecurities? Well, you’re not alone. Your surrounding circle consists of those who are also inadequate! This world is filled with inadequate people. Remember its meaning: lacking the quality or quantity required; insufficient for a purpose. Get to know who you are! You may find that you’re in the wrong place (literally and/or figuratively).

Discovery is a beautiful thing. Like an eagle, we have the ability to fly high and low by choice! We will fall, but we …. no, YOU … were created to get back up! Kick the dust off your feet and keep it pushing. You are not the mistakes you make! Forgiveness is for everyone! Give it and RECEIVE IT!! It is yours!

~~~~~~Fly!~~~~~~

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Emotional Pain, Addiction: SPEAK!

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This epidemic of drug use to cover our pain is astonishing and that’s putting it lightly! Upon Monday’s blog I came across Austin Eubanks speech. He was, too, a victim who survived the shooting at Columbine High School. He said he played dead while lying in a pool of blood that was his and his best friend’s who did not make it.

There are many things that can be discussed about shootings, bullying, etc., yet, I’d like to address that inner pain. The pain that is without sound. It leaves me to wonder … what causes us to stop being audible and turn to, such things as, drugs, sex, violence, suicide, etc.? Why don’t we speak our truth? Do we feel/believe we are unworthy? That the inner pain we’re feeling will just pass on its own with no need of counsel; if we keep silent it will just go away?

Do we become naive to it? What in the world is going on that we take away our own voice?

Have you ever dealt with that person who bleeds …. constantly?! I’ve talked about this before. This person’s bleed is that of constant bringing up the pain but with no willingness to be healed from it. Everyone has a right to voice their pain! EVERYONE! If someone tried to shut you up … SHUT THEM UP!!! It is just advised to not bleed on people. Don’t make your pain your being, your importance … your life!

This voice in the pit of your very soul is screaming to be heard. It can’t take anymore. I would be honored to be your eyes and/or! Yes, you’re eyes and/or ear! It’s what you need! It’s not about judgment. It’s about someone taking the time to be able to talk! Speak! Heal from what has been hurting for, God knows, how long!

There’s a show called Iyanla: Fix My Life. She’s a life coach who guide people through their pain. She recently showed an episode where 5 children were abused emotionally and physically. 4 out of the 5 were put in foster care while one lived with the grandmother. The 4 suffered having to render sex on each other just to eat! They were beaten with pots, pans. One used to get hit with a crock pot; he now suffers epileptic seizures. The eldest son used to be taken into the basement, beaten until he agreed to do oral sex on his siblings … all just to have a decent meal! Wow!!!!!

The 4 were jealous of the one who got the chance to live with the grandmother; they felt she got the chance to escape the ineffable. Unfortunately, the story came out that she, too was sexually abused! This family is that of 3 boys and 2 girls. Their Mother was a crack addict. She, later, wanted to go before Iyanla so that she could build a relationship with her children. Her story wound up being similar to her children’s. What a tragic story!

So, here we are again! In dire need of a voice!

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As I searched for depictions Mr. Trump (yes, respectfully Mr.) popped up. Why was I shocked? I guess, in a way, he is trying to take away people’s voice. Is taking away a person’s choice the same? Sorry, I’m not trying to be funny or play as though I’m naive. It’s truly a question. Hmmm, I guess taking away a person’s right to choose is taking away their voice. My Mom was talking about him a couple of days ago. She was upset because gas prices have skyrocketed. It was nice to see the prices go down. Like a “Whew” moment (lol), but here we are again — paying $85 a gallon (LMBO). I know it’s exaggerated, yet you all know me when it comes to certain topics. Exaggeration and Mr. Trump go hand and hand like an animal to its dung.

I hope to be an encouragement to you, again, reflecting a light of God, perspective and hope! This, hopefully, encourages you to speak your pain ….

Parents 49th Anniversary Celebration

My Dude (Dad) & She’s Homey (Mom) lol

So, I had my blog post all written out ready to go when I decided … what better way than to blog about my parents 49th wedding anniversary! As you will read, I wrote this funny history write up for an appreciation service in honor of them 4 years ago! It’s a delight to say they are still going strong!

Now, this blog, I will remember forever and I’m so grateful that I could share this news with you that relationships (up close and personal) are still working and going stronger than ever before! Hang on in there!

Blog Fridays: If At “16th” You Don’t Succeed, Try Again!

Exhausted?! Anguished?! “Out on a limb” has broken. It’s no wonder we don’t throw in the towel before we reach these stages. Hmmm, just think … why do we get to these stages when we can just stop before they occur? The likelihood is that the middle hasn’t unveiled enough information to give up. When we’re in the middle two options still remain. Sink or swim. I believe this is why we press through to see what the outcome will be. Is there such a thing as quitting before reaching the finish line? Of course, there is. Faith is a pain in the butt.

After dealing with a few monotonous situations for the past 980 years, I’m pretty darn tired. I know you are bewildered. LAUGH OUT LOUD for real! I’m not even close to that age. It is my outlandish exaggeration to make the point of how exhausting this journey has been — I’ve been dealing for a long, long, long, long, long time! Frustration? Fatigue? Heck, seems like these type of emotions are my life partners. We’ve been companions for many years. They’ve kept me company. Oh, I’ve begged for them to go away. No, more like pleaded with them to leave me alone, but they seem to have latched on me more (lol).

So, for those of you out there who just need a line of encouragement … PERSEVERE! It’s a choice worth making. When you look back you will realize that you made it and faith helped along the way!

Bloggers Purpose or Purpose: Blogging?

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Here ye! Here ye! Writing is now in session. The “honorable” writer presides! LOL! That’s funny right there. What does the title mean: “Bloggers Purpose” or “Purpose: Blogging?” The “Bloggers Purpose” stems from a blogger’s basic agenda. He or she will write about an idea creatively painting an intriguing picture that readers can’t wait to read the story of interest. The reader is then enlightened and/or entertained causing him or her to beg for more! And then there is the “Purpose: Blogging.” This is a person trying to figure out if they should write at all.

I don’t know if that appeared clear, especially since I’m writing about it, but I have had this plaguing question since a child of what is my purpose. I have various things that I sort of can do. I’m not even sure if there is such a thing as mastering an ability but have tried to become good at some of those abilities — putting practice in one area more than another. So, why am I still lost or, at least, continually feel this way? I had a conversation with my Dad this morning while at the gym about this and he told me that a person is not their purpose, however, I told him that a person’s purpose gives them a sense of identity. Who am I type thing. Like, I get that I am a child of God. A daughter, sister, friend, etc., yet why am I here? I told him that since childhood I’ve pondered this life I have. Again, why am I here?

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Here I am — writing! Am I fairly good at it? I don’t know. I’ve written some things and have received some positive views. I have also received great needful critiques, but … how come they’re still not enough? I love to help people. No! I have to do my usual. I truly LOVE helping people and want, if I can, for my writing (amongst other things) to be an encouragement, enlightenment, aid, teacher, etc. Hmmm, maybe that’s it …

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It’s NEVER Too Late 2 Figure Out

A “Bloggers Purpose” AND “Purpose: Blogging” — to utilize writing as a way to creatively motivate, etc., and KATHERINE … “It is something you do as a means to fulfill your desire …. helping others!”

What is your take on purpose overall?

You MUST Agree

Religious or not you have to agree there are things we know about the Bible from hearing it all of our lives. We all, in some way, know the 23 Psalm by heart. Why? Cause it’s not about being religious. I have discovered that religion is just a belief of something in a group. Spirituality is actually the argument. In our “religion” their is a moral which determines our standard of living. It defines how we see things. It is our corrector if you will. Some moral standards states that this or that is okay versus another.

When King David wrote the Psalm he had one point in mind:

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

He encouraged himself in the LORD. And we ALL agree, we encourage ourselves!

The Bleeding Beat Down


Ever wonder why life continues to beat you down when you’re already under a heavy load? I’ve oftentimes wondered, “Uuuuh, I’m already beneath the ground. I can’t go any lower. Even hell can’t accept me {assuming that is, literally, the lowest we could ever go} ’cause I’m not dead yet.” (lol). Now, this is just my take on it (that just came to me) ~ the beat down we suffer is, we have something to live for; a refinement, if you will, to endure because the best is coming! Just think, when people kill themselves they conclude there’s nothing else to keep them going. Life has beat them down so to the point that “What else do I have?” And, they are right to a degree. Sometimes the stripping away can bring you to the lowest of lows. That wonder of if there is such a thing as a “head above water” existence! We PERSEVERE because we BELIEVE there is another tomorrow and DECIDE I can make it! Notice, I didn’t say tomorrow will get better. The indication is that there is … something!! Rather it be family, friends, hopes, dreams, etc. … we press! My attribution is, and will forever be, to God! I NEED His help! I CANNOT do this by myself. Life beats me down to the point where my tears have become the imprints of my character. But it isn’t so! After the bleeding heart empties I, somehow, get back up! That’s gotta be God. I’m just sayin’.

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A Friendly Reminder …

Sometimes, we need a reminder! It helps us stay on track and encourages us to continue going forward. I have found that, while sometimes I don’t like to be reminded of some things (I can be hardheaded at times {lol}) I do need a reminder to be the best person I can be. A “best person” is not the shoot’em up types or any mistreatment of others. Uuuh, that would be a NO! I’m talking about that, “You can do all things through Christ that strengthens you” kinda reminder. For those of you who believe that miracles happen, I want to remind you that God is still in that kind of business! He just needs a willing beacon to be that friendly reminder!

Just think, God may have picked you!