Monday, October 12, 2015
Back in January 2011 I joined a gym because I thought I needed to exercise like crazy (like The Biggest Loser show) and the only way to do that was at a gym. And I did exercise crazily -- sometimes up to two hours at the gym, and then exercise videos and the treadmill at home until I burned it out and got an elliptical. I followed a low carb diet and kept my calories between 1200-1600 and sometimes lower. I lost weight though very slowly and it was a big struggle to do so. In the Fall of 2013, my body rebelled and said no more. But I didn't listen and just kept on going. I wanted to lose that weight! But now I was gaining and even though I exercised, I couldn't keep up the schedule I once had. I was getting tireder and tireder.
After a lot of research and doctor visits, tests etc. I ended up "firing" two doctors. My current naturopath doctor confirmed this summer what I had suspected in 2013 -- adrenal fatigue brought on by overexercising and other stress factors. When I first say him Fall of 2014 he suggested I go to the Metabolic Effect website. I did, read some, but didn't follow through on some of the suggestions.
In August, I cancelled my gym membership because I was only going once or twice a month mainly for a session with my personal trainer (which I also stopped going to). I stopped exercising altogether. I had come to the point where I knew it was time begin to heal my adrenals. I got the book The Metabolic Effect Diet at a library booksale July 4th weekend and began reading it. I felt like he was describing me to a "T". I began to slowly incorporate a few principles, but wasn't ready to fully jump in -- I was still tired and stressed and if you read my blog from last week you will understand.
Well, one of the big principles of the book is Eat Less Exercise Less. And WALK leisurely. With adrenal fatigue it is recommended not to do excessive cardio - but to walk slowly everyday. I started walking last week. Last week I only got two days of walking in. This week I have a two day streak -- going to make it 7!
Today I had the day off. I had to drop off books at the library. So, afterwards, I walked to the two blocks to the Plum Creek trail and walked 1 mile on it and then 1 mile back. It was pretty walking by the creek. The one disadvantage was the noise from I-25 which was next to the trail. As I was walking I was thinking about what designs I would do for the twin size quilts for two of my granddaughters. By the time I got back I pretty much had the design figured out.
A big inspiration for me to take this walk was this quote I read from The Metabolic Effect Facebook page today....
"The amount of exercise you do to lose the weight will be the same amount, plus some, you must continue to do to keep the weight off. This idea, well known to those who study weight loss, seems completely unknown to those looking to change their bodies for good.... Using exercise as your primary weight loss strategy is one of the dumbest things you can do and most people are completely oblivious to this fact. Exercise is one of the best ways to increase hunger and cravings and derail your dietary efforts. That's huge because it is diet NOT exercise that is most important for most people trying to change their bodies. After diet it is movement that comes next over exercise. Sure, exercise is a form of movement but the movement I am talking about is walking and activities of daily living. Third is exercise. The major benefit of exercise, especially weight training, is to assure the weight you do lose is mostly fat and much less muscle. Remember this hierarchy of weight loss... Diet first, movement second and exercise third. While everyone is different, and there may be some variation in this hierarchy, the vast majority will do well to heed this advice. Stop over exercising. Start eating right. Create a base of walking and other movements in your life. Exercise enough but not too much. Do this and your weight loss efforts will get a lot easier." - Jade Teta, Facebook Metabolic Effect 10/12/15