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could I be overtraining?

Sunday, September 04, 2011

My energy level seems like it has vanished. Everything seems to take effort.

My labs were as expected - still anemic, but I won't be donating blood for a few months to give the iron supplements a chance to work. Everything else - glucose, kidneys, liver, thyroid, etc. - were excellent.

I'll keep track of this sensation and take a rest day if needed.

Enjoyed doing an upper body workout at the gym today. Lifting weights is a good way to trim inches off the body. Muscle takes up less space than fat.

Tomorrow is a free day (holiday), so if I'm up to it, plan to go for a walk.
Let's hope a good night's sleep is all I need.

  
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CRAZYSTEPPER 9/21/2011 2:45PM

    I hope you are feeling like your regular self today!

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 9/13/2011 3:04PM

    You are simply amazing. What are you training for now? I am sorry you are feeling a bit low on energy and hopefully by the time my comment reaches you, you will feel much better.

You are a real inspiration!

Take care,

Kristin

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ANNIE1114 9/6/2011 4:33PM

  Hope that you feel better soon.

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CATIATM 9/6/2011 1:48PM

    Hmm .... anemia? nutritional deficit? stress? underlying medical issue? Overtraining is a possibility though. Good luck figuring it out! emoticon

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TWNOMWE 9/6/2011 11:19AM

    Being anemic can make you lethargic and you would not have any energy to exercise. As long you rest 12 hr between work out you should not be overtired from exercise but as you have said your tiredness may iron deficiency related so give your supplement time to kick in and you will be your usual self.
Good luck.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/5/2011 10:37AM

    I know that the anemia is contributing to your lack of energy! It sure did mine! You will be back to your active self in no time when those supplements have kicked in! emoticon

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STRINGI719 9/5/2011 10:27AM

    I read an article recently that mentioned how after about 45-60 minutes of cardio, you have depleted your energy stores enough that you start to risk injury if you continue. I don't usually do more than 30-60 minutes per day. I think if you limited it to an hour or less, then rested & refueled, and did another hour or less later in the day, that would probably be OK. But you DO need to make sure you are eating enough, especially carbs. I've read here on SP that if you are being very active, you need to be eating at least 50% of your daily calories in carbs or you won't have enough energy.

BEST of Luck to you in figuring this all out!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/5/2011 9:56AM

    Being anemic really takes a toll on energy. I am sure once you get your level up, you will feel a thousand times better

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KASEYCOFF 9/5/2011 9:50AM

    I don't know; I thought as long as you're eating the proper nutrition and not causing yourself injury with workouts that you couldn't really 'overtrain.' But I'm the first to admit I genuinely don't have enough knowledge on the subject. I hope you find out. If it's the anemia, fair enough, you are addressing that. But if it's down to overtraining, doing too much, what have you, then it would be very useful information for the rest of us.

IMHO!

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ASHARON 9/5/2011 9:06AM

    Sorry you are feeling down. I agree with trying to get some iron from fresh greens - kale, spinach, meat.
Good luck.

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JUNEPA 9/5/2011 12:40AM

    Anemia would make you tired all the time, but you may be overtraining as well, I did that for a while, pushed through workouts yawning along the way, then realized overtraining is not a good idea, takes more time, doesn't get you fitter, wears down your fitness because you don't have enough recovery time. You will know what to do, listen to what your body is telling you.

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/5/2011 12:10AM

    Anemia can certainly be a reason for low energy, but it can also be from overtraining. Hope the rest is all you need; listen to your body and take good care of yourself!

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KARENA228 9/4/2011 9:17PM

    The anemia definitely affects your energy level. Make sure you're loading up on your proteins. Try to get some iron from foods as well - spinach, kale, etc...

Hope you feel better.

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REMARAHAB 9/4/2011 9:17PM

    I have wondered that, too, as my energy is down and my iron too low to donate blood. I don't train for big races, just to better myself.

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Seafood feast

Friday, September 02, 2011

I treated Mom to Bonefish Grill's prix fixe menu the other night and we ended up carrying home 3 (!) containers of leftovers. Portion control IS possible when eating out!
I had the salmon (although I only tasted it, the salad was so filling) and she had the scallops and shrimp.
We split one salad and packed the other for home - score!
I did splurge on some sweetened ice tea. And bread with pesto dip.

So on those days when you eat out, don't forget to ask for the carry out container WHEN YOU ORDER - we packed things almost as soon as they were served. Portion control is very important.

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IAMDESSIE 9/5/2011 11:32PM

    I agree with you on asking for that carry out container. I went to Bonefish Grill once, they cook good and serve a lot.

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BABY_GIRL69 9/4/2011 6:39PM

    I always carryout & depending on the place they are very helpful. There have been a time or two that they must've thought it outrageous?! Oh well, I don't care I have to bring a treat home for Shadow....lol

God bless & enjoy everyday!

Dee

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SKYFYRE 9/4/2011 2:25PM

    Hard, but you did it! Well Done! And, what a sweet daughter you are!


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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/2/2011 11:27AM

    Oh, salmon is the best food in the WORLD! YUMMY! emoticon

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LIMASTAR 9/2/2011 9:13AM

  Way to go!!

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DOTTIEJANE1 9/2/2011 8:30AM

    So proud of you for using portion control , you showee us it can be done. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Dottie

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PURPLE_ROSE_3 9/2/2011 4:44AM

    Portion control is hardest for me at restaurants! Thanks for the reminder that it is possible and I can do this! Keep up the great work!

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BSEANACAIN 9/2/2011 3:59AM

    well done

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KASEYCOFF 9/2/2011 3:24AM

    Plus things like salmon are super-good for you, so if you get two meals out of it, you are doing really well nutrition-wise!
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PATTIE441 9/2/2011 1:31AM

    Wow! That sounds so good, and very wise. Way to go! That's a great idea, and you did absolutely awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Day 3 of 5K spark streak

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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Sometimes you just have to get started.
I really wasn't feeling it today, but went to the gym a half hour ahead of my circuit training class, got on the elliptical, and started moving.
After class, finished the distance.
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HAPPYSOUL91 8/31/2011 5:26PM

    I think the hardest part of going to the gym is just getting there!

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HEALTHY156 8/31/2011 4:47PM

    A 5k spark streak is amazing. In a few months I might be ready to try that myself!

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LJCANNON 8/31/2011 7:21AM

    Persistance always pays off!! All we have to do is Show Up (and Work It!!)
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STRINGI719 8/30/2011 8:59PM

    Way to go!!!

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September plans...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Never put off til tomorrow what you can do today!
Here are my 10 goals for September (starting today):
1. Aim for 24 fitness points daily (2 hours)
2. Start a 5K streak - see how many days I can walk 5K without injury
3. Lose 5 inches off waistline
4. Lose at least 5 pounds.
5. Strength train every other day.
6. Increase the number of pushups I can do from Day 1 to Day 30 by 5.
7. Eat 5 vegetables daily.
8. Start taking medicine for hot flushes (and see if I sleep better).
9. Drink 8 glasses of water daily.
10. Track all expenditures and form a budget.

OK - I'm being held accountable, let's see how September goes!

  
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WILDFIREKRISTIN 9/13/2011 3:06PM

    Everything on this list is so positive. How are you doing on these goals? Wishing you all the success!

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APRIL_IN_MN 8/31/2011 12:44PM

    I love your goals! I'm going to use this same idea and come up with my own 10 goals for September. Thanks for getting me to think about it!
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    These are excellent goals! You can do it! emoticon

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JUNEPA 8/29/2011 12:06AM

    I will join you on #1 and report to your page daily
120 fitness minutes per day, here we come



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ROCKYCPA 8/28/2011 7:43PM

    Your plan is achievable - good for you. You can do it!!!

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STRINGI719 8/28/2011 4:20PM

    We loved the Crown Financial class we took through our church back in January-March of this year. It really helped with our finances so much!

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HEALTHY156 8/28/2011 11:44AM

    Awesome Goals!!! You'll feel so good at the end of the month, what a great plan!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/28/2011 10:20AM

    Love that you are doing your September goals already...great job

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    Great goals - you can do it!! emoticon

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SANDYDOLLAR201 8/28/2011 7:33AM

    That is a big plan, good luck to you!
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KASEYCOFF 8/28/2011 6:30AM

    Excellent jumpstart for September--!
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OCTOBER2842 8/28/2011 6:16AM

    Good luck, you have set many big goals.

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looking for a gym buddy

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Think I'll inquire at the gym about getting paired up with another member for the month of September and see if I can be more consistent in my exercise. If that's not possible, I'll plan to go to daily classes at least 3 times a week. What I really want is
1) to do more strength training
2) to not focus on the scale ... but to see improvements there as a result of consistent effort
3) to establish a routine and see changes with a partner that will keep me motivated.

Sometimes the journal and measurements are not enough. Having a buddy will get me to the gym because it will keep me accountable and add that social aspect I crave.

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TWNOMWE 8/28/2011 11:10AM

    That is good idea, having someone to work out with. I have a phobia for gym so on gym membership for me. I have had walking buddies and it makes the workout enjoyable and easy. Just meeting someone to work out is a great boost in itself and you do not want to let them down. Good luck and I know you will do it.
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KARENA228 8/28/2011 9:50AM

    I'm going to see if I can ask them at my gym too. They'll try to sell me a "personal training package" but I will push past that. Thanks for the idea.

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IAMDESSIE 8/27/2011 11:50PM

    I agree with you having someone there with you really helps. I have my sister in Maryland and my daughter in Hawaii. We are all doing the gym thing and we talk about it as much as possible and that helps. I have my trainer at my gym. I took a friend on mine on Wednesday and Thursday on a 5 days Free Pass, and that felt very good.

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/27/2011 7:55PM

    Wishing you luck on finding a buddy, I agree that it is easier when you have someone pushing and keeping you company

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STRINGI719 8/27/2011 4:40PM

    I finally went to my very first group fitness class on Friday morning, and I regret not having gone sooner! I was so intimidated for so long, thinking I'd be the least fit and not be able to keep up, but it was awesome! And if you find a class you like you will probably find some people you like, too, and look forward to seeing them each time!

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JUNEPA 8/27/2011 11:59AM

    Do you want an actual gym buddy or is a virtual one good as well?


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EARTHMOM56 8/27/2011 2:14AM

    I can relate and agree with everything that you have said. Personally, I feel a gym buddy would help me not feel so intimidated at the gym. I am going to seriously seek a gym/exercise buddy. You have inspired me!

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