Knowing when too much is too much

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!

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  1. Hmm it appears like your blog ate my first comment (it
    was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any suggestions for first-time blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.

    1. Hi Ronald thanks for your post. I guess tips for blogging are write from the heart and write about something you are passionate about otherwise you will get bored. Remember why you are writing and write with purpose 🙂 Have a look through WordPress as well as they have some great tips for how to get started 🙂

      have a great weekend – Zoe

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