I didn’t question it until my body rebelled


⁠If you’ve got a sec, I have a little story to tell…
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It all started last fall when Orangetheory moved to our town. I was already a fan of the workouts, and the location was 6 minutes from our house. It was an EASY decision to join! ⁠⠀
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I had always enjoyed a challenging, sweaty workout… the ones that leave your mind, body, and soul a little exhausted, so you just knew you got in a good workout? Well, OTF was that workout! ⁠⠀
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Because this was a professionally run, science-backed program, I attributed the fatigue, occasional naps, and irritability I was experiencing to my age, stress, and just harder-than-usual workouts.⁠⠀
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When an InBody scan revealed I had “lost” weight on the scale, but GAINED body fat and LOST muscle mass, I realized something needed to change. I was overtraining and my body hated it. The workouts were too intense (for me), and I was doing them too frequently (for me).⁠⠀

I discovered that I had crushed my adrenals and my cortisol was through the roof. I also had significant blood sugar issues (I was waking up in the middle of the night hungry), my hair was falling out, and my mid-section was looking a bit puffy. ⁠⠀⁠⠀

I say all this because we’ve been conditioned to think diets and exercise should be hard. We are guaranteed amazing results, but we don’t question whether the process is really good for us.⁠⠀
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We push through the hunger or the discomfort because we think that’s normal. No pain, no gain, right? And it’s not until something major happens that we finally pause and review.⁠⠀
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Don’t be like me and wait until your body rebels. Take your progress and health into your own hands and listen to the biofeedback cues your body gives you. Your body will never steer you wrong.⁠⠀

Since I quit Orangetheory, I’ve stuck to mainly strength training with very little cardio (about 60 minutes per week) for my workouts, and I’m finally starting to feel better. I have energy again, my hair isn’t falling out like crazy, and the fat around my mid-section is finally starting to disappear. It took time and patience to get to this place, but it’s all worth it!
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