Why Is Exercising Making Me Feel So Exhausted?

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So I love when I am active and healthy and I am making sure that I workout every single morning, no excuses. It has brought back my confidence in myself, it has made me feel, overall, healthier. At times I can feel that it is increasing my energy again because my energy levels were almost non-existent. 

But I will admit that lately, while my energy level seems to be increased directly after my workout, once the day sets in and I’ve showered and dressed and I am ready to start my writing for the day then the tiredness settles in. I get sleepy and exhausted after I’ve done an hour, sometimes an hour and a half of cardio and another half hour to an hour of strength training, and all I want to do is sleep and recharge. 

I have to find some type of vitamin or something that is going to help me balance this out because I hate feeling so good from my workout one minute and then turn around and feel so exhausted and unable to do my work for most of the rest of the day. I didn’t think that exercise was supposed to make you inactive for the rest of the day, which is how I feel it is making me in some ways. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love exercising and feeling like I’m in shape, or at least like I am getting in shape, and I love that I feel better in general health wise. I love my morning workouts and without them the rest of my day wouldn’t go right. But I don’t love that this extra energy that is present directly after my workout is finished doesn’t carry over into the rest of my day and it is very frustrating. But like everything else I will get through it and I will find a balance or a solution and perhaps the right vitamin. So that’s my rant for today. Hope your journey is going well! 

 

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If Only My Body Could Do What My Mind Says It Can

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I can’t wait to shed at least half of the weight that I want to shed. I know that it’s not really about the number but rather about being healthier but there are some things I want to be able to do in the gym without having physical ailments get in my way and I know that getting more of this weight off will help with that. 

Right now I just have to push through the pain without overdoing it and hurting myself to the point where I can’t workout at all. I want to be able to run on the treadmill like I had once before but I can’t even walk for a thirty minute interval without getting sharp pains in my leg and the pain in my knee kicking in halfway through it. 

I look around at the other people on the treadmills running and I want to be able to run as well and ordinarily I would just ignore the pain and run anyway but in the past when I would run before my body was really ready I would end up suffering the consequences sooner rather than later so I’m trying my best to be good this time. But it’s hard to have my mind tell me that I can do something and have my body be in such disagreement with that. 

In my mind I’m already able to run marathons but my body knows better. See it’s not so much about the number for me as it is about the relief on my body so that I won’t be in so much physical pain. I can only imagine how much more effective my workouts will be once the pain lessens. I’m waiting for that day to come but until it does I will just have to stay steadily on the course I am on and persevere. That just means I will have to increase the time of my workouts since I can’t increase the intensity just yet. But I do love working out!

 

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Foolishly Pushing the Limits Of My Body

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I pushed it slightly a little too hard today in the gym and couldn’t push as hard as I wanted to because my leg began to feel like I might have pulled something. That’s another one of my downfalls that I have to work on correcting, listening to my body. I think about 20 minutes into the first machine that I was on I could feel this pain in my leg and like something was pulling but even though my body was trying to tell me that I should’ve stopped, my mind said “don’t you dare” and psychologically I was thinking I can’t be a quitter so I kept going until my first 45 minutes was up. It was clear when I got off the machine that I had overdone it. 

The bad thing is I was still trying to figure out if I could go ahead and do my mile on the treadmill. I did some weights and things (by the way it was legs and abs day so that probably didn’t help it) and was still limping a little. The trainer that I consult with on occasion told me that it was most certainly not a good idea to do the treadmill and although it pained me to leave the gym feeling as if I had not completed my entire workout, I listened to the word of someone who clearly knows more about this weight loss thing than I do. 

Talking to the trainer also helped in another area because we got to talking about the proper things to eat and the nutritional value of some things as opposed to others. She clued me into a lot of different things as far as the right nutritionally rich meals and options for healthy snacks to eat. There is so much more to this whole healthy lifestyle thing then just the exercise and even choosing what we think is healthy to eat. 

It’s clearly a lot about nutrition that I need to read up on and a lot of meal choices that I have to sort through. I said in a previous post that I really needed to focus in on my eating habits and make sure that they are not doing more harm than good. Talking to her today was very enlightening and showed me that I have so much more to learn about this weight loss and healthy eating thing. But I’m ready!

 

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There’s More To This Journey Than Just the Outside

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There’s something that I have noticed that I am starting to get back now that I have started going back to the gym and working on getting my health together. Yes obviously I am starting to feel a little more in shape (a little), and yes the obvious bonus here is that I will be increasing my life span by losing the weight I need to lose and getting it under control. But there is something else that I didn’t realize that I was loosing when I had stopped going to the gym and got off track. My confidence. 

Before when I had lost the weight I lost and was feeling healthier and stronger physically, I realize now, that I was feeling better mentally as well and I felt this air of confidence developing inside me that was never really there before. I’ve always struggled with self-esteem issues and issues with self-love and self-acceptance but that period of time when I was on track I had started to feel more confident, and started to love myself even more and my confidence, while it wasn’t through the roof, it was finally present. 

I think that among other things, that is what finally made me realize that I have gotten too far off track and that I had to find a way to start back up at the gym again because I was starting to lose the bit of confidence that I had built up. I was starting to look in the mirror and see that woman that I didn’t like so much again, the one that didn’t really like herself. Now that I have been back at this for a couple of weeks now I know that I still have a long way to go but I feel that confidence coming back again and I feel the change in myself on more than just a physical level. 

This weight loss journey for me is not solely about the physical matter of losing all of this weight that I have put on by eating emotionally and being able to be medically healthy. This journey is also about me getting to that place emotionally where I am confident within myself and strengthening my self-love and self-acceptance. I’m getting back to loving me again and I’m feeling really good about that!

 

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Fist Day Back Is Always the Hardest (So They Say)

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Okay so I did it. I am extra proud of myself because it is snowing and the roads here weren’t exactly treated properly but I was determined not to let that stop me from going back to the gym today. I am so happy that I did and I was so excited. I even befriended a trainer already who helped get me started (the right way). 

I will say that I had greatly overestimated how much I would be able to do on my first day back. I had it written out and everything. But once I got to it I discovered just how out of shape I had gotten and that I was not going to be able to do the cardio machines at the length of time or the intensity that I had initially planned. I hung in there for a pretty decent length of time though and I am even more excited to go back tomorrow. 

I am not going to lie and say that I don’t hope to be able to do a little more tomorrow but I know that going is the first part of the battle and that once I get past that hurdle then nothing can stop me. 

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Pleasantly Surprised and Loving the Runner That’s Inside Me (Somewhere)

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So I finally went back to the gym yesterday after not going for at least a month (for many reasons) and I had expected to feel winded quickly and to feel out of shape.  I had expected to not be able to run on the treadmill my first day back to the gym and to feel the weeks that I had been away.  I was pleasantly surprised by feeling the exact opposite of all of that.  

I got on the treadmill and I began with a fast paced walk but quickly bumped it up to running and I felt strong.  In fact I felt stronger running on the treadmill yesterday then I had even felt before when I was going on a regular daily basis.  I felt good to be running and trust me if you knew me and how I was years ago before I ever stepped foot in a gym then you would understand how big of a deal that is.  

I can honestly say that I had never seen myself as being one of those people who like to run but oddly enough I LOVE to RUN now!.  In fact I am even anticipating the day when I feel strong enough and confident enough (because frankly I am not okay with people looking at me while I’m running) to run outside on a track or just around the neighborhood.  I am anticipating even more the day that I can actually entertain the thought of running in some kind of marathon (although I will start of with the small K’s and not a full marathon) because I just want to be able to complete one.  Who knew I was a closeted runner?  

What was also very pleasantly surprising was the fact that my workout clothes were big on me.  I found myself having to actually pull my pants up continually and the last time I had them on they weren’t small on me but they fit just right.  Now there’s actually room in them, the pants actually gather, and I actually got a tad bit annoyed at how many times I had to slow down just to keep pulling them up a little.  I suppose that all the roller skating that I’ve been doing even while missing my workouts in the gym have been still helping me to continue to lose weight.  

Now I just have to get through the struggle of controlling my diet because while my diet is substantially healthier then before I started on this journey, I am honest enough with myself to know that it can still be so much better.  It’s more so the emotional eating that I need to deal with because when I’m feeling any type of emotion, be it sadness, depression, stressed out, or even excited about something, I tend to reach for some type of food and that needs to stop.  

I know that trainers will say to turn to exercise when you are stressed or feeling some type of heightened emotion but usually those emotions don’t hit me until the night time and going to the gym at night is not an option for me.  I am seriously considering getting me an exercise bike (either a regular stationary or a spin bike) for my home so that when I am feeling stressed or sad or whatever emotions, I can just hop on my bike and get them out that way.  Not to mention it would be helpful for my daughter to have something like that in the house as well.  

Well as they say, this weight loss journey that a lot of us are on is more about changing our lifestyle and how we cope with things and not just about what we eat.  It’s more about how we eat and why we eat.  Just remember that you are not in this by yourself and we can all learn to deal with it together.   

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My New Guilty Pleasure

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So the guys at the gym have starting to lump me in the category of slacking off.  Well it is true that I have cut my days at the gym down from 5 to 3, not intentionally.  For the last several weeks I’ve only been going on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  But I guarantee that I have not been slacking off of my weight loss efforts, I assure you, just as I assured them.  

The truth of the matter is that I have taken up a new hobby.  I started taking my daughter skating about a month and a half ago as a way to help with her weight loss and getting her on the right track and at the time I hadn’t been on roller skates in over ten years so I of course was a little scared to put skates back on myself.  But my daughter wanted me to skate with her and I can rarely say no to her so I ended up in a pair of skates and I feel a few (okay more then a few) times and swore I would not skate anymore after each fall.  

However, here I am, a month and a half later, remembering why I used to love skating so much all those years ago when I used to do it.  Although then, it wasn’t for the exercise, but that is just what it is, exercise.  I even got us our own pair of skates (which trust me, are so much better than the rental skates) and now we went from only going one night a week, to going four nights a week.  And if any of you out there know anything about how long skating sessions are (anywhere from 3 to 4 hours) then you know I am getting my cardio in regardless of me not getting it in the gym.  

So when the guys accuse me of slacking off, I simply tell them ‘when you go skating for 3 sometimes 4 nights in a row, for 3 ½ to 4 hours at a time then you come tell me I’m slacking off’.  Sometimes I just can’t do the cardio in the morning and then turn around and go skating that evening, it’s simply too much on my legs so I chose skating.  In all actuality, it’s more cardio then I ever do in the gym.  

 

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