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An anxious wake up call-literally- from not exercising.

Monday, November 23, 2020

I have been slacking with minimal motivation for weeks now. I still was exercising just it was becoming less and less. I actually went a whole week without doing much of anything. Even though my depression (which I was suppose to be experimenting with----seeing my depression vs exercise) acting up, I blamed it on hormones. Though that probably was a major factor, I knew very well that cardio would have "treated it."

Then yesterday as I woke up from a nap I had a panic attack out of no where. I actually thought I would black out and all reason went out the window. I was alone with my children at home so I dialed 911. After the EMTs checked me out (I used to be a heart patient) I made the commitment that I brought this on myself by not exercising. I knew if I went more than 2 days without cardio I was risking having a bad panic attack. I cant believe I actually made it a whole week.

So this morning I recommitted and it was the first thing I got up to do this morning. I lost my stamina too. I'm going to have to build my endurance back up. I used to have anxiety attacks while exercising and my anxiety started to flare shortly into my workout. It will stop with a few consistent days. I was able to go 12 minutes, which it decent for getting back on track.

At least I learned my lesson. Now I have to remember it.
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  • SPARKUVU
    I don't know if this will help when you get in a slump, but I committed to myself to do just 10 min. Now, of course, it is almost always much more, but after looking at increasing, I just decided that I was where I needed to be with my commitment, because I KNOW I can achieve 10 min, and only 10 , if I have to sometimes, and still be a 'committed achiever' instead of a 'fat lazy loser' (yes, I used to talk to myself that way).
    58 days ago
  • SEATTLESIMS
    Ugh, sorry about the attack. I too know I benefit from cardio.. and first thing in the morning too. Helps me get it done and I usually feel great. thanks for the reminder. Sometimes our self care is rooted in routine of fitness that trickles down to so many aspects of our well being. hugs to you.
    59 days ago
  • RENEE7575
    I lowered my number of workouts each week once I started a very busy retail job instead of just allowing myself to adjust to all the increased work activity. I went from 7 days to 6, to 5, to 4...and for the past two weeks, I only did three workouts. I *really* feel the difference. My body is mushier again and I don't like it. I am working my way back up to five workouts a week - even four feels much better.

    Lesson learned for both of us. I have depression and anxiety too, so I know exactly what you mean. emoticon
    59 days ago
  • GOLFGMA
    I understand and the endorphins always kick in to help when we exercise. 10 minutes at different times of the day work great! emoticon
    59 days ago
  • no profile photo IDAEVE
    Hang in there! It has been a tough year for all of us, but doing positive good things for yourself is the best answer. Exercise is very helpful in improving ones mood. emoticon
    59 days ago
  • KIMCAR08
    You can do this. Take it nice and slow and steady; even if it's short walks. I have faith and confidence in you. Exercise does so many wonderful things including promoting great mental-health. Have a great and motivated Monday.😊
    59 days ago
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