HA recovery was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. Not so much physically, but mentally. It is HARD to see your body change and to gain weight when for so long you were obsessed with making your body as small as possible.
But if you are reading this I want to give you hope. It is worth it.
Recovery may take weeks, months, or even years. But it is possible. I started going “all in” July 2016 and six weeks later, in August, I got a period! During that time, I stopped counting calories, stopped working out, and just lived my life. I tried to eat healthy proteins, fats, and carbs but I will admit that a fair share of ice cream and treats worked their way into my recovery style of eating (and I enjoyed every bite!)
Slowly I began to add exercise back into my routine. I started with one or two days of weights and filled other days with yoga or pilates and walking. Gradually I increased my workouts to three or four days of weights (30 minutes), 2 days of yoga or pilates, and a day just for rest.
During this time, I also started to eat intuitively. I ate when I was hungry and included treats when I really wanted them. At first my cycles were 35-45 days apart. Over time my cycles naturally decreased to 35 days. Everybody is different. It took a few cycles of experimenting with exercise intensity and calorie intake to find what worked for my body.
Fast forward to today (June 2017) and I am happy to announce that I am 14 weeks pregnant!
This came as a shock as my husband and I weren’t even trying. We had planned to officially start trying to conceive this summer. There were a few things that I believe helped me to conceive. I was using Pro-gest (a progesterone cream) to help lengthen the Luteal Phase of my cycle. I was also taking Vitex to help with the short luteal phase.
During the spring, I was eating more (especially treats) due to stress. I was also trying to relax. I feel so blessed and thank God everyday for this new adventure. I know there are many still struggling.
Please remember as you continue on this journey that there is hope. It is possible to recover from HA. It is possible to get pregnant naturally. But it is hard to do it all alone. Reading the stories of others and reaching out to the HA community will help you make it through. Without the help of P and this community, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
To read Part 1 of Niki’s Story, click HERE.