I finally received the paperwork for my health care plan today!  Yay!

Knowing what sort of coverage I have helps me out because now I can plan accordingly for a long overdue checkup, mammogram, and blood tests.  I know I should discuss my health with a doctor before embarking on a diet or exercise regimen blah, blah, blah, but not everyone has the coverage for that sort of thing.  Because I’m dealing with the Veteran’s Administration, I’ve been without comprehensive coverage for some time.  Prescriptions have gone unfilled and the monitoring of health issues like anemia, hypothyroidism, and cancer detection have been neglected.

Yes, I know.  Shame on me.  Bleh.

So let’s talk about hormones today, shall we?

I’m at that special age where the word “Pre-Menopause” gets used and women’s hormones aren’t a sexy topic, but they play a large role in a middle-aged woman’s body transformation.

Some time ago, I bough a book by Michelle Berger called Hormonal Timing.  Here’s her story:

Since 2003, I’ve taught a fitness a strategy designed for women only. My goal was to create the fastest possible method for women to achieve radical physical transformation. I believed the key was to capitalize on the positive effects of our hormonal fluctuations while also diminishing the negative effects. I used myself as my first test patient. I had just given birth to twins by C-section which were my 3rd and 4th babies in less than 4 years. My body was stretched out, fat, depleted in every way and just plain disgusting. At the time, I just wanted to see radical transformation in my body. I had no idea that I was on the verge of discovering something that would change the lives of thousands of women. To make a long story short, my body transformed radically by using what I now call Hormonal Timing.

Yesterday, I pulled Michelle’s book off the shelf, dusted it off and reviewed it with an eye to fine tuning my exercise regimen to work with my hormones rather than against them.  I think I may have something I can work with here.

hormonesBasically, Michelle suggests women cycle their approach to exercise based upon their own monthly cycles.  Between menstruation and ovulation, hormones are fairly stable in a woman’s body so this is the two weeks of the month she can stick to a strict nutrition plan easier and has the potential to really tear up the gym with high intensity cardio and serious weight training.  Once ovulation happens, the hormones go wild, energy levels fluctuate and cravings kick in.  This is the time to simply maintain the gains of the previous two weeks and give yourself a break on days when you’re just not in the right headspace (because the ladies know we all have those).

My experience with my own hormonal fluctuations leads me to believe this just might be a good idea.

I guess we’ll see.