I am Stefanie, born in the 70s, sports teacher & business administrator. I am certainly not a couch potato because I have always loved to be active – athletics, martial arts, horse riding and table tennis growing up and nowadays enjoying yoga, bellydancing and walking. But in recent months I’ve started feeling different – I’m not myself anymore – not sleeping through the nights, tearing up easily, having a short fuse with my daughter, being more impatient, pants sitting tight, my mid body feeling swollen. The list is long.
It took a while to come to terms with the fact my body is changing. Something was just not right.
I went to see my GP to get my blood checked, finding out what my thyroids and hormones were doing– with the frustrating result – of neither showing any signs of perimenopause nor anything else. All changes must be due to the recent pandemic – moving less and eating more.
The doc suggested losing some weight – a staggering 9 kg – as my BMI suggested. That statement shocked me even more…the last time I weighted 9kg less was when I was just 17 and and again in my late 20’s as I was backpacking through South East Asia…I disagreed with the GP and said that is not sustainable for me and left the practice.
I left feeling very unhappy, frustrated and not at all satisfied with the appointment and the doctor’s help.
So I decided to take things into my own hands and see what I can do to make me ‘feel more myself’ again.
First thing, I went straight to the library where I got books about perimenopause/menopause and dug straight into them (yes, I still prefer holding a book in my hand). What I found was very eye opening and comforting. Reading that I am actually dealing with hormonal changes – well I am 48 – without it showing in my blood result. Hormone levels change on a daily basis, depending on our way of thinking, activity levels and food intake. The research into hormones is still in its infancy and it will be continuous learning and exploring.
And let’s not forget the male form – andropause – which kicks in a couple of years later – around the age of 50 – but affects male hormone levels in a similar way.
So I started my journey to get my life back. Implementing first changes following the books, my knowledge base as a sports teacher but most importantly my gut!
In this process I discovered Hormone Yoga Therapy with all it’s benefits for your overall health and was able to complete a training with Shakti from Yoga Vidya.
Furthermore, I made myself the promise, not only to help myself but also to help others. This was the start of Tribe45. Bringing us – the tribe of men and woman together in support to have a much more relaxed time during peri-menopause, menopause and andropause.
Let me take you on this journey – embracing the years to come, coming together to exercise body & mind. Let’s share the pains, laughs and tears to experience a more joyful time.
I am looking forward to meeting you soon. Let the ride begin!