I think I pushed too hard today.
I am meant to be on a P90x rest week this week but decided to do my own thing today. So I got up at 5.00am and cycled met with friends at 5.45am to run and we ran and I pushed really hard. We ended up having to finish off the work out in the gym on the treadmill as it started to really pour down outside, so did a speed session getting up to 16km ph which is the fastest I’ve ever run I think. I then went into a Revs (spinning class) and pushed as hard as I could for an hour, then after a coffee with my friend and her children and my husband, I cycled home (1.5kmish), grabbed the dog and took her for a short walk.
I got home and tidied some of the house and then felt a bit dizzy and had to sit down. I then slept for a hour or so as I was so exhausted.
I don’t think I am in the risk category for excessive exercise and P90x is very balanced in what you exercise each day, but I think I need to pull things back a bit so that I don’t start to have withdrawal symptoms from not exercising which I currently am!
It’s really easy to use exercise as a weight controller but as my friend and I were discussing today it’s potentially 70% diet, 30% exercise in terms of maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle not the other way round. You can be doing little to no exercise but have an excellent diet and lose a lot of weight. My husband always harps on about how this has been the case for him and then when he has lost a bit of weight he kick starts his exercise…I’ve always been an exerciser and I’m not convinced that that isn’t just him making excuses for not exercising – but he does lose weight, but anyway…..
Now that I have started using weights as part of my training I am finding that I am not necessarily losing weight but boy am I losing inches. So combined with a higher protein diet (I am still eating carbs, I am not an Atkins advocate) it is working for me and I am actually doing less cardio than I have for a long time and losing more inches than I ever have.
So I am going into my second month of P90x and maintaining my running two to three times a week and I will see how it goes, however I think the lunacy back to back workouts need to reduce in order to keep my sanity!