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That Time of the Month?

Read on sistas and brothers (yeah, ya may learn something.) Remember last week when we chatted about steroids and hormones... Okay, if you didn't read last weeks review. Your body's changing.

Moving On

Ladies, this week let's look at how your body is changing. Have you noticed anything? Do you sweat more and smell great. NOT!! Or are you getting hair under your arms and (gasp!) down there? Well don't worry it's all good. It's called puberty.

Say What?

Puberty usually starts around age 11 and goes until you're about 17 or 18. Ladies, your sex hormones - estrogen and progesterone - get all fired up. Did you know that girls also have testosterone? Yup... but not a large amount. If you did, you'd probably also have a Y chromosome and be a boy.

Feelin' Emotional?

Along with your changing body, your emotions or how you feel can also be whack. You may cry more, be more sensitive or mean. Sound familiar? Well, your emotions are directly related to changes in your body and your hormones. They really do affect your mood.

When you get your period, your estrogen levels change. Estrogen again is a steroid hormone that comes from your ovaries. The levels go up and down like a rollercoaster over the course of a month. Right after your period, the levels get higher then drop quickly then go up slowly.

Estrogen Blues

Estrogen can make you get bloated (retain fluid) and can make your blood sugar lower. That's why you may feel "puffy" before your period, have swollen or tender breasts, feel out of sorts or have food cravings. Progesterone, the other girl hormone, can make you feel calmer. But usually when estrogen levels are high, progesterone levels are low. The thing to realize is that how you feel is related to what's going on in and out of your body. Your attitude and how you deal with things is important. Exercise and good nutrition can help with how you feel inside. So the next time you feel bloated and reach for the chocolate, try the following.

Just Say No To PMS

  • Eat small meals at regular times.
  • Avoid lots of caffeine, salt or alcohol.
  • Take multivitamins with B6 or Vitamin E.
  • Exercise on a routine basis. It helps with stress.
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Are You Really Emotional?

  • Sometimes I get a little teary-eyed or angry.
  • Not really. I'm pretty chill.
  • I constantly feel like I'm on an emotional rollercoaster.
  • Are you kidding? I don't have time for emotions.

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Cutepandicorn
Don't hate your little sister. You're lucky you have one. I wish I have one. I have 3 older brothers. I do things like that to them if they ignore me and don't play with me because I feel left out and I want attention. Maybe your sister is doing that so you hang with her more.
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labimba
labimba posted in Style:
Neko girl I have to get back in shape for September if u want we can be training buddies!  :)  
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animallover468
animallover468 posted in Style:
EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
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EndlessDream
EndlessDream posted in Style:
You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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Nekogirl101
Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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