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March 2016

Running and secondary amenorrhea

Saturday, 12 March, marked one month since I started running, and in those four weeks, I covered about 35 kilometers. To celebrate the occasion, my instructor recommended that I walk for 2 kilometers to warm up for the ‘mommy race’ to be held at Hanaan’s Sports Day the following day. I spent the Saturday in Darling instead, attending close friends’ wedding and stuffing my face with dessert. That brownie though. 

I digress…

Zahraa and I after our first run on Monday. My eyes were sweating.
After my first run on 12 February 2016

Besides the 12 February being the day I set foot on the track, it also marks the last time I got my period. In 17 years, I have never missed a period, other than when I was pregnant, so I realised that running may have affected my body and my menstrual cycle. I know that under-fueling is real and that when the input and metabolic expenditure do not add up, a side effect can be secondary amenorrhea.

I’ve been reading up about secondary amenorrhea, which is going from a normal cycle to the absence of it for six months or more. This side effect is more common that I thought, and there are many females who experience this. Surely, this can’t be good in the long run though, even though the thought of not having a period is exciting.

I was naturally concerned, since I took a pregnancy test on Monday evening and it was negative. I spoke to my doctor the very next morning, who advised me to cut back on running just a little bit, and aim to run twice a week, at a pace I’m comfortable with, instead of four times a week.

According to Runner’s World, it can take a few months, to over a year to stabilise your body’s system and regain a normal cycle again. Based on their recommendations, this is what I’ll be doing to naturally ‘heal’ my body after the shock to the system:

  • Truly understand my energy consumption and my expenditure by keeping a spreadsheet.
  • I’ve set a new training routine: twice a week, for 3 to 4 kilometers a day. Sticking to this will help my body adjust to its new schedule.
  • Increasing my calorie intake with healthier foods.
  • Be present to my body and its needs.
  • See a doctor regularly to make sure I’m getting everything I need.

If you’re a female runner, who has/had experience with this, please share your advice with me? When this happened, did you continue to run? Did your exercise routine change? Did you regain your cycle? Anything at this point, even encouragement to continue, will be appreciated.

Thank you for reading and sharing with me.

Me winning the ‘mommy race’ which was the very last time I ran.

 

Shaf

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GOSH Primer Plus+ – review

Heya

It’s been a while since I’ve written. Things have been quite busy, and that’s the long and short of it, really.

I received my GOSH Primers Plus a while ago and wanted to share my experience with you.

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Before using the GOSH primer, I used the Yardley Line Minimizer Primer, which I found to be good value for money, easy to apply and compact enough to carry around in just about any purse I own. I stopped using it when I received my new primer, and tested the GOSH Primer Plus+ for five days. A good primer covers, minimizes, and conceals, and creates a base for your make-up. I don’t wear primer often, but when I started using the Gosh Primer Plus+ and started mixing a bit into my foundation before I applied my make-up, I found that the look lasted much longer.

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Gosh Primer Plus+ is very silky and applies just like a moisturizer, without any tightness. My make-up tends to last longer, and wipes off easily at the end of the day. It really does create that barrier between your face and the make-up.

I would suggest using this product for normal and dry skin types. Oily skin may come off a bit shinier after this product. Maybe you have oily skin and this worked for you? Let me know.

You can get the GOSH Primer Plus + Hydration from Edgars for R240.

It’s worth a try!

Shaf

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My new hair – and win R100 off your visit!

I’ve been working crazy hours these past few weeks, which is why I haven’t posted anything lately. I had a few people asking me what I had done at the stylist over the weekend, so I thought I’d share a few images and give you, my readers, a little something. 

Fagmieda from FD Hair Design in Thornton is my go-to girl. She is amazing and has her fair share of awards to show for it. I left the entire process in her hands, literally, and I said do what you think works. If you know me, you’ll know I usually have control over everything.

She cut my hair into a wild pixie style, added colour, some highlights, threw in a treatment and then styled my hair.

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The result:

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To help keep my look without losing its moisture, she got me the Indola Glamour shampoo and conditioner/treatment w/Argan oil. I have not tried this one yet, but will be sure to let you know once I do.

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If you’d like R100 off your visit to FD Hair Design in Thornton Road, Cape Town, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Subscribe to the blog
  2. Share this post
  3. Leave a comment below saying you’ve entered

I will be choosing two readers by the end of March, so stay tuned.

Note: You can contact Fagmieda on Whatsapp via +27 83 550 1912 for your appointments. (tell her I sent you).

Thanks

Shaf

 

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