Heavens to Betsy! This magnet seems to be ringing the changes as I am actually managing to sleep better for the first time in years. I still am restless and waking during the course of the night but my goodness me there is such an improvement I wish I had discovered the magnet sooner!!
I bought a LadyCare Menopause Magnet as I had seen some very encouraging reviews about its effectiveness in easing the symptoms of menopause that I am particularly struggling with: hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, memory lapses, weight and bloating….so attractive ^^ Haha! When you put it all together in a list, it’s a bit daunting and when you are living it, it’s a lot overwhelming and it seemed to me that a small investment in a simple potentially helpful gizmo was well worth a try.
I think I will log any changes or lack thereof as bullet points in an ongoing magnet post rather than multiple blog entries as hopefully it will make tracking any progress easier.
First afternoon/ evening: only one particularly strong hot flush; not settling well or relaxing; mildly agitated; fatigued
Bedtime: very tired but not dropping off to sleep
First night: not a successful first night as only managed to doze lightly with long periods of wakefulness
Morning: I feel like pants! Haha! See what I did there!
Later… I have woken feeling like I have slept better this morning- first time in forever it seems like!
Energy is still hard to come by though hot flushes are less in number and intensity
I missed a Fitball class this week. My body and mind felt like lead, moving my limbs was like trying to wade through cold, claggy custard and the deep stresses from the last few days caught up with me to overwhelm and devour my energy. Depression tried to claw its way back into my mind and erode away my sense of achievement and desire to continue this journey towards a healthy, happy me. I stayed in bed and the day disappeared- this has happened before…but this time there was a difference. Thank goodness.
I was able to practise kindness to self, to allow myself the time I clearly needed to recharge and replenish my inner resources instead of castigating myself in ever increasing circles of recrimination. I nurtured self and took the time I needed as opposed to sinking black despair at having missed a class. I chose to take a positive view rather than falling into bleak negativity. This is real change! This is me being the change I want to see. This change in attitude is as meaningful to my mental health as my exercising is to my physical health. This is holistic progress
I used the time in the comfort and warmth of my safe and beautiful bed to reflect on the changes and choices I have made since last September. The decision, the positive and deeply personal choice to change my shape, my physical health, my space, my well-being, my happiness has been huge. It has not been a smooth journey, nor has it been easy yet overall the momentum is all forward and like a pebble thrown into a pond the ripple effect has translated into so much more than an increase in physical health through exercise.
I have started taking better care of me more often, I have decluttered and taken books, clothes and shoes to charity shops, I have tidied and cleaned, I have gardened… not perfectly, not every day, sometimes not as much as I would have wished for but consistently just that bit more than before. I am proof that one change leads to another and the ripple effect is real
Today was a glorious day- sparkling blue sky, frosty ground glinting in the sunshine, the air crisp and chilly! Delicious! Perfect weather for walking and running- particularly for sweaty betty menopausal me! I decided to go on a mission to find my first snowdrops of the year as in previous years I have already spotted some within the first week or so of the New Year.
This little fellow drinking at the edge of the lake was the first delightful spot of the afternoon- unfortunately brain fog caused me to forget to take the phone cover off so it’s blurry, but it is possible to just make him out. Sadly he ran off before I could get a better photo!
I had decided to stay local rather go to Knole as one of my daughters and I plan to run there tomorrow and the ducks and geese at the lake were not impressed when I proceeded to continue on my merry way without casting plentiful handfuls of naughty white bread! The lakes were partly frozen and the water had barely a ripple so formed a perfect mirror for the trees.
The homework run is not as much fun as when we are together as a group but the sun and blue skies certainly helped to encourage me to keep going!
Haha! The photos are SO much clearer now I remembered to take the phone cover off! Overall I would say that the menopausal brain fog has improved just a tad since I embarked upon this back to fit journey, but obviously I am still having those ‘special’ moments!!
Finally on the last part of my run, just before the homeward bound cooldown I spotted some snowdrops!
Lovely! A successful mission for mind, body and soul as I felt my mood lift, felt the muscles respond to the exercise and fed my soul with the beauty of nature! The bonus is I covered 3.74 miles and can now feel the happy hormones flowing through my veins: wonderful!
Heavens to Betsy! Sam delivered a great workout today! A hi-met fitball session…what fun! I just love how every week this class is so different from the previous one. We started with a circuit to warm up, which was quite a laugh- particularly the one that involved a resistance band just under our knees…as Sam humourously pointed out it was rather like having your knickers round your knees! Hehe!
It also included using wobble boards as stepping stones so I was pleased I have been putting my one at home to good use instead of leaving it in the box.
Weights, balls, bands, wobble boards and cushions… All the toys were out and it was a great start to the class. Everyone was happy, warm and gently glowing!
The main body of the workout was challenging- I worked up such a ‘glow’ I steamed my glasses up!!!! It’s refreshing to have a sweat on due entirely to exercise rather than menopausal hormones and I was thrilled when Sam came over to compliment the progress I have made since starting last September- yay me! This back to fit journey is really starting to show results which is simply fabballous!
So it was a very happy bunny who went off home to shower and continue practising the wobble board… in fact before you know it I will be doing this every day:-