new summer fitness goals

by purelytwins

These past few days, as Lori is refocusing with her new game plan for her skin and hormones, we have been discussing what to do about our workouts. We have not really worked out since getting JAX 🙂

I, just like Lori, feel my hormones are a mess. As I go for months and months without a period. I did see my GYNO a few weeks ago. As she was looking at my blood work (from a year ago) and listening to me,  she told me it was not my body fat that was causing  me not to get my period and felt no further tests need to be done. She gave me no reason why this is happening! Just prescribed me progesterone pills (that I did take for 10 days as prescribed by my doctor). I did get my period, but then the following month nothing.

I know Lori and I are not the only ones dealing with hormone imbalance, missing periods, as many of our blog friends have talked about their issues too. Plus we get emails of other girls saying they are having issues with their periods and hormones as well.  All I can say – this is CRAZY!! Crazy how so many girls are suffering from messed up hormones.

Anyways, I was writing here today not to talk about hormones, but more about Lori and I’s new fitness goals for the summer.

Summer Fitness Goals:

  • 5 minute plank workout (we will have a video soon of what we do)
  • 10 + pull-ups on our equalizer (trying to improve our posture)
  • go on walks outside more
  • yoga 2-3 times a week ( hopefully get up to 4 times a week of just straight yoga)
  • light lifting and body weight exercises (more Physique and Tone It Up like workouts)

Both of us are going to take this coming week off from HIIT workouts. And then just do it once a week, mainly cause we mentally love them and they are good for the heart!

Lori and I feel these new steps forward in our fitness goals should help get our  hormones back to balance. We will both continue eating a clean diet and take our supplements. Both of us are feeling good with our decision and appreciate you all sharing your stories and tips with us!! And for those of you that have asked us what to do to help with hormones, take a step back. Re-evaluate your lifestyle. Find where you feel you could make a change. Either change up your workouts, add a new supplement in that you might be lacking, do daily meditations…take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Change can be hard, but also very good!




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Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 1, 2012 - 2:50 pm

I feel ya on the period dilemma– I went through the same thing a few months ago myself and it was so frustrating 🙁
At the time though, I knew that my calorie count was a lot lower than it should be so I just kicked it up and slowed my workout pace and my period returned like magic! My acne also improved significantly when I started eating more healthy fats.
Please don’t take this as me trying to diagnose you– EVERYONE is different! Just thought I’d share a bit of what worked for me so you know you aren’t alone! 🙂

purelytwins July 1, 2012 - 7:04 pm

Thanks Brittany for sharing!! Glad to hear you are better.

Heather @ For the Love of Kale July 1, 2012 - 5:14 pm

Girls, I’m SO happy we can go through this togther. YOU HAVE NO IDEA! I’m rooting for you and praying for you every day, girls. 🙂

I’m currently re-evaluating my fitness goals too because of my lack of period. Like you, I LOVE HIIT workouts so much. They are the best challenge. That being said, I’m going to cut back on them and replace them with more strength and toning workouts. Right now, I’m leaning towards HIIT twice a week, toning two or three times per week, and yoga one a week. We’ll see, though!

purelytwins July 1, 2012 - 7:05 pm

Heather, yes together we will all heal!! thinking of you too. sounds like you have a great plan!!

StoriesAndSweetPotatoes July 1, 2012 - 5:32 pm

It is so strange that hormonal issues are so common right now. I’d first point to chemicals in processed foods but you guys and so many others don’t eat that stuff which makes it even weirder! The goals sound great. I am working on my pull ups for posture too.

purelytwins July 1, 2012 - 7:09 pm

I know it is crazy!! Crazy how people who eat what all the doctors and medical journals say to eat, yet we are not normal?? Good luck with your pull-ups!

Amanda July 1, 2012 - 6:01 pm

Hi Ladies! I, too, was *just thinking this weekend how through my new-found interest in blog reading, I’ve found soooo many ladies out there with chronic (and crazy) hormone imbalances (like moi), messed up digestion (yep, me too), and trying everything under the sun to figure it all out. I know that I’m not alone in saying that it’s frustrating as hell, sometimes (okay, often times) leaves me hopeless, feeling like I’m “broken.” BUT you two (and all the other lovely and STRONG women out there) give me hope that I WILL figure it out. Thanks for continuing to post on your journeys (both of you!) to better health and figuring it all out. Happy Sunday, and hugs from not-so-sunny Seattle 🙂

purelytwins July 1, 2012 - 7:10 pm

Amanda, you are not alone! and you are not broken!! together we will all heal. glad we can help push you to find what works for you 😉

Heather July 10, 2012 - 11:57 pm

Hey Amanda!

I totally could have written your comment myself! I definitely know the feelings of frustration & “brokenness” you are experiencing as I, too, am trying to figure out what the heck is going on with my body! I’m so sorry you have to go through this 🙁 But please know you are not alone! Feel free to send me a message if you ever want/need to talk to someone who “gets” it (as so few seem to)! 🙂

Lisa July 1, 2012 - 8:02 pm

Oh man, so many people are doing with these issues at the moment it really is crazy! And is such a bigger issue than people think. I for one don’t want to end up with osteoporosis, so know that I have to change my habits if I want to be healthier. Its definitely frustrating when your blood tests don’t tell you anything and your body fat percentage is fine. I’m definitely proud you realized you need to change some habits just for the moment, hormonal issues are super annoying, but once they are fixed I know it will improve your skin a great deal. You wouldn’t believe the different in my skin from when I was super underweight and not giving myself good nutrition.

Krista LAc July 2, 2012 - 3:29 am

Love your recipes! I know your intent was not to talk about your hormones, but I do have a comment on that. The ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 is important for general health as well as hormone regulation. It should be around 2.0 or less. I notice that you use a LOT of coconut oil, which only contains omega-6. Try balancing it out with some flax (ratio – 0.24) or chia (ratio – 0.33)
BTW, I am a Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Homeopath, and Nutritional and Lifestyle Counsellor. Feel free to contact me.

purelytwins July 2, 2012 - 1:52 pm

thanks yes we enjoy our coconut oil but also take care of the ratio of omega’s as well, we do enjoy chia and flax, as well as cod liver oil for our omega 3

Mari July 3, 2012 - 3:59 am

Hi! Great blog! I just wanted to point out that coconut oil is a pure saturated fat comprised of about 92% saturated fatty acids, 6% monounsaturated fatty acids and 2% polyunsaturated fatty acids. While it’s great to keep your omega 6/omega 3 balance in check, coconut oil has the most favorable ratio around. Flaxseed oil is much higher in PUFAs comparatively. Keep on eatin’ all that coconut fat! 🙂

Miz July 2, 2012 - 10:27 am

ok so it is a little off topic BUT I covet the puppy 🙂
it is time for a new canine around here, too.

Christa @ Edible Balance July 2, 2012 - 2:16 pm

Once again my friends, I am on this path right beside you! My 10-day progesterone did the same, to no surprise of my doctor or naturopath, but it’s something you just have to do to eliminate possibilities. It would have been nice if it worked! Next step is to look further into my thyroid function.

Now that I have added more healthy fats, included an Omega 3 fish oil (not cod, I think it’s sardines/anchovies) and with my naturopaths’ daily tincture, my face seems to be clearing… though I’m not going to get excited too soon, it’s only been a few days!

Regardless, cheers to our paths to healing ladies! I think any ounce of hope helps to heal as well. Our minds can trick us into unhealthiness, we need daily positive affirmations and for me, prayer. Honestly, it works wonders 🙂

purelytwins July 2, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Christa, hugs girl!! we have just increased our fermented cod liver intake, once done with it we will try fish oil again.

Kristina July 2, 2012 - 3:28 pm

Just wanted to recommend “Fertility Cycles and Nutrition” by Marilyn Shannon. It covers all sorts of cycle imbalances and ways to rebalance your body naturally. It’s simple, but it really has helped me. Good luck on your hormone rebalancing journey!

Taylor @ July 2, 2012 - 3:37 pm

hey girls! You’re def not alone. I haven’t had a period in over 5 years now. My doctor tells me it’s my birth control that I am on but it still leaves me uncomfortable. 2 years ago I went off the pill to see if it would come back and it didn’t… again my doctor was not concerned and told me everything looked normal (how can it look normal If I don’t cycle?)

so I am right there with you!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 2, 2012 - 3:39 pm

This is really crazy – I’ve been having similar hormone problems. My gyno just put my on the pill so that to be sure my estrogen levels are high enough to avoid bone density issues. Something in the water??

Meagan July 4, 2012 - 12:48 am

Have you girls heard of the Weston A. Price foundation? 🙂

purelytwins July 4, 2012 - 12:57 am

Meagan, yes we have heard of it.

Meagan July 4, 2012 - 1:10 pm

Have you ever read any of their books and considered maybe changing your diet to a more traditional way of eating? The WAPF promotes a really nourishing diet and it’s fantastic for all sorts of hormonal problems.

Keisha @ healthy fit happy chick July 4, 2012 - 2:20 am

Just found your blog through Fitnessista! I have to chime in and say my period went missing for a few months earlier in spring and my gyno couldn’t diagnose either. She gave me hormones, I increased my fat intake on my own and it did come back. Since the hormone induced period I’ve had one “natural” period. Hopefully this continues next month.

Never thought I’d be so happy to see “aunt flow”.

purelytwins July 4, 2012 - 12:45 pm

Keisha, so glad you found us 🙂 and yes I am going to try increasing my fats too, to see if that helps me! Thanks!!

Meghanne July 5, 2012 - 2:16 am

I share your no period struggles too. Thank you for sharing. For me It’s been since 2007 since I had mine. I increased my weight a bit, reduced cardio…next is to reduce stress. Unfortunatley, it means I need to change careers (Since becoming an on call midwife it disappeared) but hey, if it leads to better health, better sooner than later. I’d love it if you continued to write about your journey towards regular menstration again.

Cindy July 10, 2012 - 4:05 pm

I’ve been “creeping” a bit on your blog(s) and have to tell you that I so appreciate the honesty, motivation, & inspiration I’ve seen throughout your posts! I recently discovered the more “intense” the exercise, the more my body rebels. No kidding…I’ve physically hurt myself by working too hard for too long everyday. Since finding the, Zuzana, and Tabata exercises, though, I noticed that 12-15 minutes a day is just what I need!

I’m still concerned it isn’t enough time to produce results, but perhaps that’s just society talking.

Thanks again and keep up the great work!

Nikki @ ActiveVegetarian July 20, 2012 - 6:52 pm

If you girls are looking for some different workouts, check out our site! We post a workout of the week every Wednesday! Enjoy! 🙂


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