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Strength Training and Bowling

Friday, October 19, 2012

In 2010 I thought I was finally bowling consistently well and my avg was going up. Then last year I hit a real slump that lasted pretty much the entire season.

This year I started bowling better again and last week it dawned on me why I was bowling better this year in both my weekly league and monthly travel league. **I returned to the gym and to strength training.**

After my gallbladder removal in 10/10 I couldn't go to the gym for awhile and when I was cleared to return I further justified not going as my finances needed a break from the expense. Strike one.

So, my entire 2011 was gym less. And, since I had lost all my weight and was in maintenance my calorie count and other nutritional elements were higher. Strike two.

Then my thyroid went hypo on me and I gained eight pounds, not to mention all the other symptoms of hypothyroidism. Strike three.

After I finally got myself to the doctor and had the diagnosis and helpful medications in late 2011, I also went back to the gym (1/12).

It was just a few months later that I began to bowl better but it took me some six months to relate the better bowling with my strength training and cardio workouts.

Having hypothyroidism can be daunting due to all the symptoms associated with it but the worst part is the weight gain and my body’s resistance to losing weight. I have been able to lose three of the gained pounds and have not given up on the other five.

I have had to adjust my nutrition mix and have upped my energy expenditure and gained yet another perspective on living a healthy lifestyle for the remainder of my (hopefully long) life.

There are always obstructions thrown in our path and I know I just need to think of them as challenges and opportunities rather than trying to use them as justifications to not revert to FatCat.
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    I have been struggling with hypothyroidism too - or my liver's inability to process to the active form of the hormone. Gained more than 5 lbs though but have lost 5 lbs since I have been really sticking to things, had to take a break from fighting my body and am in a much better place now to try to lose even if it is slow!
    2501 days ago
    I guess it's a lifelong balancing act CAT. I took off from the gym to garden this spring and am having trouble getting myself back. But, have a "reminder" surfacing. Lower back pain. I don't have it when I strength train. Guess I've been away from the machines too long. I get plenty of exercise; but it doesn't do the trick like the gym does. It does make a difference in a lot of activities. Thanks for the "extra" reminder! sometimes I need that extra push!
    2687 days ago
    So true. So much of what we do in bowling puts a huge strain on our hands, thumbs, wrists, shoulders, back and legs so strength training does become very important. Glad you're feeling better. -- Lou
    2687 days ago
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