Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: If it’s early in your Week 1, then menstruation may make you a bit tired and drained due to a loss of pep-boosting iron. But if it’s the latter half of your Week 1, expect rising estrogen and testosterone to rev up your engines and give you a motivation-pumping rise in energy. In fact, this energy lift may be so intense, you may feel a bit on edge or jittery, especially after a cup of your usual caffeine infusion.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: An interesting thing happens to your face this week: your features get a bit softer and more symmetrical, research shows. It’s all a clever ploy by high estrogen to get you looking more feminine and beautiful so you’ll attract a mate (or bed the one you have) in time for ovulation at the end of this week.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Today’s rising progesterone may make you feel sluggish. But, if you can manage to summon the will power to do some aerobic activity this week of your cycle, such as going for a brisk walk, swimming or even doing heavy duty housework, you’ll burn up to 30% more fat than when you exercise during the first two weeks of your cycle. The reason? Researchers say this week’s combination of estrogen and progesterone makes your body more efficient at burning fat when you’re active.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Focusing on boring to-dos is so much harder today as plunging estrogen and testosterone weaken your powers of concentration. Since you’ll be looking for a distraction anyway, try this fun (and surprisingly enlightening!) site, www.criminalsearches.com, where you can check out the public criminal record of family, friends, classmates, neighbors and anyone else at no charge.