One of the results of restrictive eating and over compulsive exercise especially for young women like myself whose body is really sensitive to any extra stress of reduced calories or too much exercise and stress on the body is the absence of the body’s ability to ovulate.
That’s my body. My body lost my period shortly after I got it for the first time because of how obsessed I was with counting calories and exercising daily.
And it’s been a long struggle. Over 7 years, I have had a period here, a period there, and it has been tough. I was so sure, and so proud about the fact that I was fit. I was an athlete. I had ridden 100 miles, ran a marathon, and even braved a sprint triathlon.
Yet, without the natural ability of the body working right in order to ovulate, and when I’m married, Lord willing, have babies, all these athletic accomplishments are just empty, selfish fulfillment.
My heart dearly desires the ability to have children some day and to carry little ones in my womb. I can’t do that though, if I don’t practice self-control now. I have to say, “No!” to putting exercise first if it hurts rather than helps my body. I have to let go of stressful situations and TRUST God, because I know that even stress affects our physiological processes.
If you’re struggling with your period because of too much stress, exercise, or not enough food, stop, pray, and ask God to give you the strength to TRUST Him with your whole heart, even if it means letting some things go.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on thine own understanding. IN all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”