Testing Positive for Menopause
I just recently came face-to-face with getting older and I didn’t like it one bit.
With every passing birthday I was aware that I was getting older; I just never felt or thought that I was. I mean, getting old was what happened to other people, like my husband and my sisters for example.
Of course there was that grey hair I found a while ago. But, that was easily sorted out with a good tug.
Then the wrinkles came, but hallelujah for high-definition makeup, retinol and really expensive eye creams.
I also ignored the aches that weren’t there in my body ten years ago, as well as the declining energy levels (I chalked this up to me learning how to relax, something that is recommended for us high-stung Type A’s).
But, something recently happened that I could no longer ignore, buy a cream to correct, or even drink my delusions away with.
I started menopause.
A Trainer’s Denial About Menopause
At first I was in complete denial. How much denial, you’re wondering? Epic levels, let me tell you.
One evening I internalized this change in my body when I couldn’t sleep – because we don’t really sleep do we? Instead, middle-aged women “drift” through the night.
Anyways, I got myself so worked up about my lack of a menstrual cycle for the past three months that I convinced myself that this absolutely could NOT be menopause.
It had to be something else.
I was far too young for menopause. This only happened to other women. Older women.
The thought of this not being menopause, and instead being the alternative, was frightening to the bone and I could not keep this to myself any longer. I had to wake up loving husband and let him in on my epiphany.
Now, ladies, I have a tip for you. If you want to FREAK your significant other out, wake them up in the middle of the night and tell them that you think you are pregnant. Works better than a bucket of cold water to the face.
Poor loving husband was up all night having waking nightmares of being in his 60’s with a teenager.
The next day I ended up in a local pharmacy, incognito, buying a home pregnancy test. When I got home sure enough I did test positive…for menopause.
Lucky for me, this past last year I have been designing fitness programs and plans specific for peri and menopausal women.
I have had the fortune of interviewing some of the industry’s best about how to handle menopause so I knew what I needed to do to help control my weight, my hot flashes, my sleeping problems, my brain fog and my turn-on-a-dime moods.
What none of these experts taught me, however, was how to handle this change emotionally. Because that was where menopause was really kicking me in the butt.
I did not want to age like my mother!
Could Menopause Be Just Like a Workout?
And then I got to thinking (again when I couldn’t sleep, because those are the best times to think, aren’t they?), menopause is just another cog in the wheel of this thing called my life.
I started relating to it in terms that I knew and could understand.
First, I thought of life as one big workout (cut me some slack, I’m a trainer), and came to the conclusion that menopause is just another rep in this one big workout of life.
And, just like any other rep that I do in the gym I have three choices:
- I can perform it poorly and set myself up for injury
- I can do the rep half-hearted and see little to no results
- Or I can put all of my effort and focus on this one rep and grow
The only difference here was that I wasn’t growing physically; instead, I was focussing on growing emotionally and spiritually.
So, here I am putting all my energy into this one rep and finding out that I don’t mind the burn or the short-term pain of menopause. Because, in the end, I plan on coming out of this a better woman.
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