Oh, I know. You think that since having kids is not on your radar that you can swipe left on this one. Guess what. I actually wrote this for you. Of course, I’ve got some words for the ladies who are totally here for this topic also, so pull up a chair and get cozy. Probably grab an adult beverage and hang on tight, because we are going to go there.
If you’ve watched any of my YouTube videos, you know that I use vetted scientific research to explain hypothalamic amenorrhea. I spend hours researching, studying, and writing on this and similar topics as a graduate student in psychology. Yup, I’m practically swimming in journal articles...but I am going to tell you a secret: we don’t really need this stuff.
Talking about over-exercise without talking about anxiety seems a little bit like talking about a sandwich without mentioning bread. There are some who will read that and say, “I’m not an anxious person.” Sure, I know that there are those who do not identify as anxious, just motivated. I was that person once.
We love a good makeover, don’t we? It’s a concept built in to our culture from the time we are children. We see Cinderella go from cleaning lady to princess. The Beauty’s Beast goes from hairy and scary to smooth and suave. Think about all of the shows making over human and house; from one extreme to another, all we need is a magic wand and it all becomes new. We need the “Before” so that we can get to the “After”.