There are a few snippets of information that you probably should know before you form an opinion on my latest decision.
I am experiencing the following physical symptoms:
- disturbed sleep only 5-6 hours a night
- low body temperature
- low heart rate and difficulty getting it high when I train
- digestive issues
- no period
- ferocious appetite
- aching joints
- cold sores
- cold all the time
This could mean a bazillion things but I have settled on a degree of metabolic damage from training too much. Most standard training programs advise a 6-8 week work pattern followed by a week of rest to repair and recover. If I add up all the weeks I've missed, I'm due over 6 months off!!
So this week I am going to stay away from the gym for 7 days on purpose. This is an extremely difficult thing for me to do because I've never done it before and I am shit scared.
I am scared that training is all that keeps me thin and I am scared that once I stop I'll never start again. I know that am addicted to exercise endorphins and I am going to miss that high. It also feels like I am quitting or being lazy, but I know that is not true.
For the next 7 days I am going to be doing my training between 5am and 7am by staying in bed - hopefully sleeping. I am not saying I won't do anything - a walk or yoga might be on the cards - but there will be no HRM and no sweating.
I am most worried that I am going to get fatter and fatter by the day, and as soon as the scales betray me, I expect I'll be back moving my body weight in iron around the weights room and smashing out intervals on the treadmill.
I am hoping that by resting, I might get a handle on my constant hunger. There are studies that show that sleep deprivation causes hormonal changes that increase appetite and cravings and reduce satiety. I feel like I am tired all the time, which may be the main cause of my constant foraging for food.
Whatever happens, it is an experiment and an adventure. I am stepping out of my comfort zone into a scary world that I have never experienced before. I need to get better, and this seems like a sensible place to start. FF---UUUU---CCCC--KKKKKK !!!!
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