Kim's Kounseling Korner by Kimberly Martin
I have been competing on and off for about 3 years and one thing that I question is how difficult this sport is on your body. I have lost my period almost completely, it will come back at times but in most cases even in my offseason it won't be there at all. I just don't want this extreme dieting to damage my body and the ability to have children. I do want my period back but I still would like to stay in shape. If you have any advice on this please let me know.
San Diego, CA
I think any woman involved in fitness and/or bodybuilding has been in your position.
I think it's always good to take time off of severe dieting and let your body rest.
You should be able to still stay "in shape"...but you can't expect to stay "competition ready" all year. Taking a break will allow your body to recuperate and actually respond better once you do begin "dieting" again.
About your period...I'm not a doctor, but I do know many competitors and fitness enthusiasts have lost their period @ some point and have still been able to have children, myself included...
Good luck Kira!
About the Author...
My name is Kimberly Aline Martin, but I go by the name Kim. I was born in Decatur, GA on November 1st, 1969. I've lived in Georgia my whole life and can't imagine living anywhere else. Well, maybe Hawaii...
I've been married to my best friend for over 13 years and we have two wonderful children, both boys, ages 5 and 12.
We now reside north of Atlanta and I am currently a stay at home mom.
Three things I live by:
I truly believe 'what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger'....every obstacle in life that is overcome makes you a stronger individual.
I also believe that everyone makes mistakes and those mistakes shouldn't be regretted, but embraced because they make you the person you become.
Lastly, be consistent-about everything in your life-and surround yourself with people that do the same.
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