I went to bed early last night with a sleeping pill.. it was the best idea. I feel so much better today... I need to remember:
When my hormones are messed up, exercise is counterproductive. Excess cortisol will lead to muscle catabolism and prevent muscle gains....it suppresses testosterone and HGH needed to burn fat. It raises insulin, which promotes hunger fat storage. Plus, it makes my muscles hurt... a lot (it lowers pain threshold in the body). Exercise just makes it worse when I'm already in a state of adrenal fatigue. My blood pressure becomes too high, and my head hurts. Being stressed out like that leaves me raw and irritable, fatigued and depressed.
I'm more reactive to stress than most people. So for now, fighting the battle against stress needs to be my main priority, and sleep is vital for this; I need to stay on a strict sleep schedule. So, from now on, I'm going to be in bed with no digital screens by 10 pm. I'll probably read an hour, then be asleep by 11. It might be difficult for a little while, so I might use sleeping pills for a little bit, but eventually my body will get used to it and feel sleepy on its own.
I've started taking a new adaptogenic herb, and it seems to be helping too. I tend to become used to these after a few months, so I need to remember to rotate them regularly. The one I'm using now is Rhodiola (I've previously used Siberian Eleuthero, Relora, Ashwagandha, and Holy Basil). They all work... it's just important for me to rotate them so they never lose efficacy.
Today I'm running errands, cleaning my living room, listening to music, cooking, and lighting some incense. I might do some gentle exercise, walking around my gym... I just need to be careful not to push it too hard until I'm completely rested.
I have a job interview Friday that I'm nervous about... I really need a job and I've been trying to find one for several months. I'm trying not to stress out. It will work out or it won't... worrying won't help.
Thanks for your comments on my previous blog. I don't have classes over the summer so I'm not eligible for counseling or health insurance through the school until a bit over a month from now.
I'm determined to get my hormones back in order and get back to losing weight and feeling good.
Update: I've found a really helpful article dealing with weight loss and chronically elevated cortisol:
I think I'm going to try to to do yoga/walking/resistance training for a while and lay off of the running and swimming (endurance training)...
Apparently, black tea also lowers cortisol, so I'm going to switch from my usual iced green tea for this week and make a pitcher of that instead. I also take an L-Theanine supplement (the amino acid in tea that lowers cortisol), I might start taking it morning and night instead of just once per day.
Deep breath. It's going to be okay. :)