Every year there are some days out of the 19 days that I don't fast. That's because once a woman gets her period, she is exempt from fasting. And given a 28 day cycle, most likely one of the 19 days of the fast is affected.
This year, I'd really prepared myself well. I've been feeling extra-tired the past two weeks, and have gradually been taking it a bit easier. I got J to help me plan out my activities so that I'm not overwhelmed. And I hired a professional to help with my nutrition and my workouts in general, as I was frustrated with not as much progress as I expected in the gym.
But, halfway through the first day of the fast, I got my period. Thanks. A week late, and I hadn't brought any food with me. Sigh. Part of me is a bit relieved - and believe me, I feel guilty about that! I've just been running on empty for so long, I am afraid to even try things that might be difficult. Which is silly, because when it comes right down to it, fasting isn't that difficult. It's just a new habit for a short time.
So, the adjustments I'll make are to:
- just start the fast when my period ends.
- stick with my cardio training program 3x week.
- add in weights when I feel my energy improving.
- follow the general guidelines my trainer gave me for nutrition, but have an extra meal or two during the daylight hours until I start the fast.
And I'll keep working on doing enough - not everything, not all, not perfect. Just ENOUGH.