This month in my blog I am going to get a little personal. As a trainer and nutritionist I always get my workouts in, and 90% of the time I have a great nutritional balance. I know you all think that trainers are a 100% all the time but its not true. Even if they tell you that, its not true. No one can be 100% all the time. Anyway...
About 4 months ago I gained 10 pounds in the course of 3-5 weeks. Nothing in my exercise or nutrition had changed. I was still doing the things that I had been doing. So, I re-evaluated my nutrition, and added some days that I was cutting back on calories etc. For four months this 10 pounds has been a constant. Now I was frustrated. I help people all the time lose weight and evaluate their situations to keep them moving in the right direction. Why could I not figure it out for myself. What was going on.
So I started looking at all the aspects of my life. Sleep patterns, stress levels, etc. After looking at those things, I had a chat with two of my friends/Co-workers. One is a chiropractor and the other is a doula, massage therapist, and a few other titles that relate to the care of women, during pregnancy and through their lives of peri-menopause and menopause. I shared with them my situation and they both felt I had an imbalance in my hormones and was peri-menopausal. I was kind of shocked as I am only rounding 39 years of age. But I suppose this could be the culprit. They both suggested a hormone balancing supplement that we sell at the office called "The Secret".
I thought what the heck, what do I have to lose. Two weeks ago I stated a regimen of three squirts in the morning prior to breakfast and three squirts in the evening prior to bed. The result have been unreal. I have lost 5 pounds in two weeks. I sleep better, and feel better throughout the day. I changed nothing else.
You may be wondering why I took the time to tell you this story. The reason is, is it is all about balance. Its about balance in life, exercise, nutrition, internally with your bodily systems. It all truly plays a part. I was asked if I truly believed that Calories in, Calories out was a true theory on nutrition. Yes I believe it is, but I also believe the now that a hormonal balance is also a very big factor. So, my suggestion to anyone who is training someone, or looking to lose weight that they look at making sure they take hormones into account during their journey. Especially since those who have a lot of weight to lose more than likely have a hormonal imbalance do to the poor quality of food choices, and the weight gain itself.
It truly is total balance that will make your world a better place.