Are you scratching your heads at that title? It makes sense over here...Let me start at the beginning.
We're getting to the calcium, I promise!
In the first month of her happiness project, Gretchen focused on vitality--her goal was to boost energy. She observed that it's easier to feel happier when she feels good; when she was tired, it was all too easy to become cranky and negative. I wholeheartedly agree with this observation.
I decided that boosting energy and feeling good would be a great place for me to start my own project, but I felt strongly that some parts of this should be started right away--why wait another eight days? One of my goals for May (and now) is to find ways to bring my PMS symptoms under control. I feel like my PMS has gotten more severe over the last few years. It's no longer craving some chocolate and feeling a little snippy. I spend at least one day a month--and very often two or three--unable to tolerate anyone. I just blow up at everyone--husband, kids, it doesn't matter. I start my days on edge and every tiny thing pushes me over. I feel awful on the inside; I know that I shouldn't be so nasty--I even hear the little voice in my head telling me that I'm being irrational--and yet I can't stop the tide of nastiness. And then I feel guilty on top of it. It's not pretty. It's time to take action.
Yesterday, I went in search of the latest news on this issue. According to the articles I read, I'm not even close to getting enough calcium and vitamin D. My supplement contains 600mg of calcium and 400 I.U. of vitamin D. One article recommends 1000mg of calcium and 1000-2000 I.U. of vitamin D!
In the 2005 study, the women took the supplements for three months, and I believe it took a couple of months before they reported any relief, so I'm not going into this expecting to be all sunshine right from the start. But, just knowing that I can take some action to try to feel better does make me feel better. And now, when my Dad asks me whether I'm lifting weights or taking calcium to stave off osteoporosis (really, it's a conversation we've had!), I can tell him that I am taking my calcium.
So there you have it, the unofficial beginning to my Happiness Project. If the calcium works, we're all going to be happier!