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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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:

Sleep Nutrition Exercise

When my hormones are messed up, exercise is counterproductive. Excess cortisol will lead to muscle catabolism and prevent muscle 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. :)
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    Keep getting a good night's sleep !
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    2618 days ago
  • KIPPER15
    emoticon It will be ok. Sending you good thoughts and well wishes. Best of luck on the job front. emoticon
    2621 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    The simple act of walking and light exercise reduces your cortisol production and promotes healthy hormones. Sunshine and vitamin D are also condusive to happy hormones. My old Zumba instructor could always make me happy because you could see how much fun she was having, just dancing her cares away. You have made so much progress so far - focus on that!
    2621 days ago
    glad the sleep did you a world of good love .some times we forget how important it can be in many stress i have a mantra.stress less,dance more.i find dancing so freeing why not give it a go.keep on keeping on laura love emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2621 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13099273
    I understand completely - Good for Jamie , I am very glad your feeling better :)
    2622 days ago
  • no profile photo BABYSOX
    If you can reduce your stress a little each day then you are heading in the right direction. Good luck with the interview.
    2622 days ago
    You can do it...I have faith in you. Good luck with your interview.
    2622 days ago
  • _BABE_
    I understand exactly what you mean and I have the belly to prove it. At first I thought it was hereditary but I know stress/cortisol of the past few months has promoted weight gain in this area. I went on iTunes because a friend said there was a lot of good meditation guide tapes...that may be something you could use. emoticon
    2622 days ago
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