ffb2b41b15ab95e693ebfd19a97c7dc8Yes, that is me. Resting? What is that? I just don’t DO that well. Even over the past few years as I have been dealing with this CIRS I have had a hard time listening to the Dr when he told me to slow down and just walk and do yoga. Yea, right? Did he know what I did for a living? He expected me to just do nothing?

At one point, I did slow down, quite a bit. It’s only because I didn’t have the energy to do anything, so that made it easy.

But now, as I have been healing for about 8 months (can’t believe its been that long already!!) and my energy has increased and I am feeling so much better, I want to push myself. I want to work off this inflammation weight that I am carrying around. I want to do everything again! I am an endorphin junkie and working out makes me feel better!!!

Well, as I have done that the past month or so, my body is finally telling me to stop again. My adrenals are not holding up. I wish I could just go to the store and buy new ones. They seem to be so hard to build back up! I have been taking adrenal support for years, but with all the stuff my body has been going through, they are being over worked.

Not sure what your adrenal glands are? 

The adrenal glands, located at the top of each kidney, produce hormones that help the body control blood sugar, burn protein and fat, react to stressors like a major illness or injury, and regulate blood pressure. Two of the most important adrenal hormones are cortisol and aldosterone. The adrenal glands also produce adrenaline and small amounts of sex hormones called androgens, among other hormones.

How do I know its my adrenals and not something else? 

*Low energy

*Not waking up rested after good nights sleep

*Weight Gain with more exercise and clean eating

*Cravings for salty foods and chocolate!

*Lots of joint and muscle pain and not recovering well from exercise

*Light headedness/low blood pressure

*Frequent urination

Yup, all of that. Brings me back to last year, when I had all the same things happening. 🙁

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So I am making the decision that I do NOT want to go back there again. I need to let my body completely heal from all that has been going on the past few years before I decide to go crazy with workouts!

My husband is even on board with me and said he will hold me accountable by making sure I do NOT over do it!

I have a plan for the next 30 days and what better day to start than on the 1st day of August! (And its my 2nd Wedding Anniversary!)

Over the past few months, I have tried many different nutrition plans. But as I am learning (and sometimes the hard way) the best way to eat to help with adrenal fatigue is to eat every 3-4 hrs to keep you insulin levels up. Going for long periods of time without eating or fasting is the WORST thing you can do for them! It just makes them have to work even harder.

Nutrition Plan Goals –Eat 5x per day, 3 meals and 2 snacks. Paleo style foods, eating a variety of foods at each and every meal. Limit carbs to fruits and veggies.

I love working out with weights. Not so much a cardio person, unless it’s a circuit with body weight. Both have not helped me heal lately.

Workout Plan Goals –1st 2 Weeks — ONLY walking and Yoga and PIYO (I have to teach it!) Last 2 Weeks — Add in some Body Weight Workouts to help me maintain my muscle.

At this point, this is not even a “want to do” it is a “MUST DO”!! 

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But again, being honest, it’s going to be super hard for me these first 2 weeks to do nothing but yoga and walking. I will need to be held accountable from YOU!! I can guarantee, I will say, “I feel good today, I think I will join the workout!” or “I feel like I could do some intervals!”  BUT DO NOT LET ME!! I need your support through this!! 

In the long run, I know this is the best decision I can make right now, but that doesn’t mean its an easy decision. I know that healing will not happen overnight, which is why I am committing to 30 days. I KNOW I can do this. I KNOW this will be the best thing I can do for my body! So here is to HAPPY HEALING! 🙂

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