I thinking how gosh darn cool it is that we get little signals from our bodies letting us know things. Particularly in relation to getting our periods (ladies, of course). I could always tell that my period was going to start very soon when I felt a weird sort of feeling in the pit of my stomach. Not quite that salsa-didn't-agree-with-me feeling, but almost. It wouldn't last very long, but I would know what to expect. I don't get that now that I'm on the pill. Now I just know what day of the week. Or if I'm not eating right, I'll get these giant cravings for fruits and vegetables. It's neat, really, how these things happen.
So. What sorts of signals do you get from your body? How do you know if you're going to get your period, or do you not have any signals? Does your body tell you when it needs something?
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Oh gosh. I used to get all sorts of signals from my body. I was taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen, and I would get my period the day before my first inactive pill every month. A couple hours before it would start I would get these really light cramps. I switched to Ovcon 35 recently, and it's been a hard adjustment. I spot very irregularly, and I'm starting to feel like my body is fighting my reproductive system tooth and nail. My doctor says that should go away soon, though.
I'm a recovering anorexic (YAY!!! I actually said it!) and I'm just starting to get that "I really need to eat NOW" feeling again. Before, saying "I'm hungry" or acknowledging that feeling at all was off limits for me. It's cool to feel like I'm not at war with every piece of food on the planet. I was out of town over the weekend in Ruidoso, and we shopped all day. I forgot to eat breakfast (I do that if I'm not careful) and around noon my stomach actually growled! I know, to everyone else that's probably no big deal, but for me it was huge.
I'm taking some pain medication right now, so it's a little harder for me to tell how hard I can push myself. I used to be able to tell when I had been riding for too long because I would get a really mild headache for just a couple minutes. If I keep pushing it past that point and don't get any sleep I seriously regret it the next day. I barely have enough energy to climb out of bed! It's kinda like my body says "I can do this much today - don't push that line girl!" But since I've been hurt and on medication, it feels like that line moves a lot. One day I'm fine riding hard and working, the next I can't even sit up I'm so tired. It's really frustrating, because I feel like I cant "read" my body anymore. It's starting to get a little better, but slowly, lol.
NMCowgirl- Me and you seem to have something in common! I'm a recovering anorexic as well, and I was FLOORED when I realized what it was like to be really hungry- and then EAT something. It's like, "Holy crap! Why didn't anyone tell me this?!"
I'm also a horseback rider. I assume you ride western?
Yep, I ride western, but I teach cross country jumping too. It is sooooo cool to finally hear your body say something and be able to understand and respond! I mean, you wouldn't think that feeling hungry and recognizing it as a feeling that you need to satisfy instead of ignore would be such a big deal. One you go through that though, it's huge!
I wish you the best of luck in your recovery, from one former ana to another!
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