Sunday, March 16, 2014

Slim & Sassy Sunday - The Results Are In

Whew. So if you've been following along you know I haven't been feeling the best lately. I did go to the cardiologist last week where they did a stress echo and found that... Everything is fine. Yep. Seriously nothing physically wrong with me. I guess that's a good thing.

Point 7. I guess I have no excuse not to exercise. HA HA HA!

I can tell you running on a treadmill hooked up to a bunch of wires isn't the most fun thing ever. That and when you feel terribly out of shape it seems pretty hard the longer you go. I walked/ran for 10 minutes and 35 seconds which from what I was told is pretty normal. My doctor said healthy people can usually go between 10 and 15 minutes. People with serious heart problems can end up stopping the test as fast as 30 seconds if things are really wrong.

Anyway, it looks like all is well with my ticker and the only advice my cardiologist had was to try and get more cardio workouts in during the week. I have been practicing yoga as you know but apparently that doesn't count for cardio. HA HA HA! I am happy to have the green light to work out more but finding time is definitely the hardest part of things. I'm going to take some time and try to figure out where I can fit these workouts in but with daylight savings time mucking things up it's been hard not to be totally exhausted every day. I'm hoping my body adjusts soon so I can stop waking up feeling like I've been hit by a truck.

What's next? Well, my doctor said if I'm still feeling bad to come back in 10 days. It's been 10 days but with daylight savings time it's now hard to tell if the exhaustion is just that or if it's still the same stuff that was bothering me before. I'm thinking of giving it one more week to see if things improve and if not maybe I'll go back. Honestly I'm not sure what they'd do but Joe is really worried that I really shouldn't feel this exhausted.

I'm starting to suspect it could be related to long term stress. Someone once said "anxiety, when it becomes exhausted, becomes depression". They also followed up with "what we feel emotionally, we eventually feel physically". I think that about sums it up. I think the next few months need to be filled with things that will help clear the mental clutter and make space for a better and more positive future.

Oh and for those following my weight loss journey, my weigh in for today was 153 even. I've lost about .8 of a pound in the last two weeks. HA HA HA! I guess I've mastered maintaining this weight so it's probably time to shift stuff up if I ever want to lose any more...

What do you do when you're feeling overwhelmed and mentally exhausted? Do you have any rituals that help you clear your mind and feel better? Also, share your tips for squeezing in workouts when you lead an already busy and full life.

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