Ladies only

WARNING: This post is, as the title says, for women only. If you’re a guy, you may want to turn away now.

I’ve debated whether or not to write about this topic since I started this blog, but it’s a big issue in my weight loss, so I felt I needed to share it. So, I hope this isn’t too TMI or anything.

Let’s talk about the week I like to call Shark Week.

Ladies, you know what I’m talking about.

Let’s get real here: for me, and for a lot of women I know, Shark Week isn’t actually just a week. There’s a solid week of pain and feeling tired right before it arrives, then the actual event itself, and then a few days of feeling kinda bad.

It happens – no big deal, right? It is, for me, when it comes to weight loss.

When it comes time for Shark Week, I become incredibly fatigued – exhausted, tired, sleepy, there aren’t enough words to describe it – and I am usually in some pretty bad pain. Not only that, but I crave everything that’s bad for me, especially fried foods and sweets. And I want to eat as much of this junk food as possible. I promise, it’s almost like I feel better after I give in to these cravings, whether it’s a bite of chocolate or a french fry.

And thanks to the exhaustion and pain, the last place I want to be is the gym. Even thinking about moving my legs to walk makes me tired.

BUT – I will say this – if you are experiencing PMS-type pains, working out will actually relieve them. If you can get past the initial pain, working out will feel better for your aches and pains than any medicine (too bad the effects aren’t long-term!).

So, what’s the answer? How do you keep up a decent energy level and stay away from junk food? I don’t know.

Midol helps a little, and any caffeinated drink only wakes me up a little bit. I’ve learned that I can have a small amount of whatever I’m craving, and that usually satisfies the craving. But the tiredness? I’m at a loss on that one.

I get frustrated because it always seems to hit about the time I’m doing really well in terms of working out and eating healthfully, so I feel like I’m getting nowhere, or even gaining weight, during Shark Week. It is so incredibly frustrating, but it’s Mother Nature. What can you do?

If anyone has any tips to beat the Shark Week blues, holler!