Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Killing It Tuesday!

I have trouble being stable like this on a yoga ball!
Tuesday is my new day where I "kill it" with working out.

As you know, I've been dealing with Adrenal Exhaustion (it's a glandular problem) which is often characterized with: weight gain, tiredness/constant fatigue, dizziness, sluggishness, depression, the inability to deal with stress, weak immune symptom, craving for salty foods, urinating more than water intake, and low or no sexual desire.  In case you're wondering, what brings on Adrenal Exhaustion is: a constant lack of insufficient sleep, continual high stress, off balance levels of adrenaline and cortisol, and overuse of stimulants like coffee or tea.  Adrenal Exhaustion tends to take a year or two to finally cause issues, so you might not notice it right away.

There are a few ways to approach fixing the problem.  I go to a natural medicine clinic which uses supplements, along with diet and exercise to combat a lot of issues.  Unlike when I went in for my thyroid, the doctor actually told me not to overdo it with exercise - 30 min max for running.

Last week, on Monday, I went to the doctor and got permission to increase my workout ever so slightly.  I still do my 30 minute run in the morning and have increased my average to 4 miles in 30 minutes.  I was pulling 3.75/3.8 miles in 30 minutes, so not bad!  On Tuesday evening, I have a CORE class at a gym just down the street.  I started the day after I was given the green light to increase my exercise.

Just like the picture above, we use big yoga balls and we also use smaller balls (about the size of a volley ball).  I thought "No problem!  I love doing core workouts and I have a pretty strong core.  This will be easy!"   OH MY GOD!  I didn't take into consideration that I have only been running for the last 9 months.  This dumb CORE class with balls kicked my ass (or rather, my abs)!  In a good way - - don't get me wrong.  If it was terrible, I wouldn't be planning on going tonight.

I also go to a Thursday class, but that is CORE Yoga (vinyasa).  I normally wouldn't go to a yoga class because after a few classes I get really bored, BUT this class is fast-paced for the most part.  I find it more engaging.  I spend so much time by myself and in my own head that anything slow or more "meditative" makes me bored.   This class was actually challenging, but in a different way than the Tuesday class.  I slept hard after this class, so that's a big thumbs up for me.

I used to do crossfit and then I moved to boxing, but things weren't working because they were too stressful on my body at the time - Adrenal Exhaustion.  I used to do what I call "Mr.T's", seen in the gif above.  I could easily do 100 of these with weights.  The gif is from Rocky III, from Mr.T's training montage.  With boxing, sometimes we would sit there and finish up a 2-hour session with 500 regular sit ups.  With crossfit, my benchpress (this is 1-1/2 years old now) was up to 132 lbs for a 5 rep max.  I don't remember what my 1 rep max was.  For a woman, that's not too shabby.

I suppose that's why I was so blown away that I got whooped during last week's CORE class.

I have been tracking my weight and I haven't really lost any weight so far.  The doctor takes my measurements every two weeks, along with fat percentage, BP, etc.  I've been losing size which means the fat is going away.

Alright readers, do you have any new exercise classes that you're starting?  Let me know.     I'm also looking at upping my vlogging game.  I'm putting together some topics for that and playing around with my equipment.

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