I say this all the time to patients…

Hello! I hope you are enjoying your summer! We went to Colorado with my family which was great, but vacations have sure changed with a little one. I didn’t necessarily come home rested, but it was nice to get away and be in the mountains with so many people that I love so much and don’t get to see very often.

Our little Jayhawk…

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I am still working part-time at CentreSpringMD, and I absolutely love it. I cannot believe how much I have learned in just 8 months. I also get to work with some amazing people who are so passionate about helping people feel their best. I am very lucky.

Time to get to the topic of this post…I have ALWAYS wanted to tone up. Unfortunately, I spent years pushing way too hard to get the body I wanted which led to adrenal fatigue (which I didn’t know I had until I had integrative blood work done). Awesome. Adrenal fatigue leads to many things including issues with hormones.

About a month ago, I started to notice that I had more energy, my digestive issues were getting better, and I was sleeping like a rock. Life was pretty good. I felt good. I felt like I was ready to do more. Since having Henry, I have been walking, doing yoga, and going to barre3. All of these things make me feel good and not depleted afterwards. Anyway, I decided to join a group that focuses on lifting heavy with some HIIT sprinkled in for 6 weeks. Again, I really thought I was ready. Well, 9 days in, I could feel the adrenal fatigue set in again. One HUGE indicator was that my period was 4 days late. I have been very regular since I stopped nursing. I knew something was wrong. I say this all the time to patients at the center…listen to your body. It will tell you when something is wrong. It was time for me to start listening to mine even though I was 9 days into a 6 week program that I paid a lot of money for. It is a little bit of a tough pill to swallow because I won’t get the body I want, but, in reality, I don’t have the time or body type to keep up with what it takes to stay super toned. In the end, I want to have a healthy body that can perform in functional ways. Walking, yoga, and barre3 can give this to me. I go to barre3 3 days a week, and I am starting to use 3 or 4 pound weights which is helping me to feel like I am lifting heavy (for me). Honestly, the workouts are much harder since I went through training. It is the perfect balance for my body.

Ironically, the day that I decided to hit the pause button on the program I bought is the same day that I did a Facebook Live with Dr. Taz for her new book called The Super Woman RX. If you are trying to figure out how to regain your health and vitality, you need to check this book out! Please note, I was not asked to write about this book in my blog. I believe so strongly in what Dr. Taz is trying to do for women everywhere that I had to mention it! By the way, my power type, Savvy Chic, needs to balance higher intensity workouts with more gentle workouts in order to keep her adrenals in check. That afternoon, I went to barre3 instead of lifting heavy or doing a HIIT workout. Ahhhh…it felt so good and so right for my body.

All this to say, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY PEOPLE! If you are willing to listen, it will tell you exactly what you need. I envy the people that can train hard and not feel depleted. Keep doing you!

Have a great weekend!

Stephanie

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