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  • #16
    Originally posted by Meghanner View Post
    Wow, I honestly don't think your judgement is warranted. Just because a woman chooses not to have her own biological children doesn't mean she is selfish or "irresponsible". Speaking for myself, if my own babies aren't in the cards I'd be happy to adopt of simply give back to the universe with the work that I do helping nourish other families grow & thrive.
    Sometimes a woman's body goes through so much trauma early in life that it can't regain a natural cycle. For me, this may be the case and I honor my body and its constant evolution with compassion and kindness.
    If you were directing your reply to me, I was not accusing her of being irresponsible or selfish. She has her own mind and she can decide for herself what is best for her as long as that decision doesn't harm anyone else directly.

    If she doesn't have any other (extra) responsibilities it makes it easier for her (or any other individual) to decide for herself if she wants to make changes to her workouts in an effort to improve health or prevent possible future health complications down the road.

    I was not referring to the "easier" decision to procreate or not. That is not my business. Any decision on growing a family is up to that person and his or her significant other.

    She asked for thoughts on other possible negative health outcomes in relation to not having monthly cycles. I tried to give my response in a non-biased fashion.

    I apologize for being unclear.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
      Please don't take this the wrong way. But I read this as that you have basically chosen to sacrifice your health so that you won't have to be fat.

      There are probably millions of women just like you walking around. They look really great on the outside and other women feel jealous and wonder why they can't look like that, too. The truth is that they do not know the health impact of looking like that. Meanwhile, those of us who do know the health impact and aren't willing to make that sacrifice have to bear the brunt of the social impact of your decision. We have to live with the consequences that the culture as a whole looks at us healthy yet not so thin people and tsk-tsks us but looks at you with praise and admiration. It's a little unfair that nobody understands what's really going on out there.

      Please don't take that wrong because you're really just caught up in the same vicious thing that the fat girls are caught in, just from the other side. It would take a lot of courage for you to choose to prioritize your health.



      (P.S. without having to endure amenorrhea I never had children and never wanted them.)
      First of all, exercising is not just some vain activity I engage in. I grew up playing sports nearly every day of my life through the collegiate level. Working out and running have become my sports alternative since there isn't really a competitive level in what I used to partake in. I need that adrenaline rush and the only way I feel that is to go hard. My "decision" to do this is not to make anyone else feel bad, its something i love to do. Secondly, I said I used to be underweight and still battle with an eating disorder and in no way did society pat me on the back. People thought I had cancer or some other health problem. I gained a lot since then and I'm not trying to get back down to 100 pounds but I want to be at a lean (healthy weight) that I feel good about.
      I can't just choose to be happy at a weight that society thinks I should be at. It sucks that there is a social expectation for women to be thin but it's not my responsibility to be unhappy so that other women aren't judged for being "healthy." Also, I initially started this thread because despite having a loss of a cycle I don't suffer from dry skin, anemia, or sleep problems and i wanted to know if those would happen eventually. When I did get my period I would literally have to stay in bed all day because of severe pain and fainting problems. Having this condition actually helps me feel better. Also, even though I was at an unhealthy weight there are plenty of lean women (think crossfit girls) that are in fact healthy.

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      • #18
        All the power to ya lady! Here's the link to the start of my journal.
        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread85817.html

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        • #19
          RMGirl, have you read 'Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival'?

          It details why tons of cardio feels so good to stressed people and the long-term health consequences. I don't like the style it's written in, but it's well researched and referenced, so you can read the original papers, if that's your thing.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by upupandaway View Post
            RMGirl, have you read 'Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival'?

            It details why tons of cardio feels so good to stressed people and the long-term health consequences. I don't like the style it's written in, but it's well researched and referenced, so you can read the original papers, if that's your thing.
            No I haven't read it but ill definitely look into it, thanks!

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            • #21
              You're most welcome! Good luck with everything - I hope you can work it all out satisfactorily.

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