I’m allergic to cardio.
I’m not being sarcastic. I honestly believe that something about the cardio is triggering cortisol production. I’ve been taking a cortisol manager prescription since last November. The instructions on the bottle say to take one each night before bed – two if under stress. I’ve been taking two every night this month.
I need to lose 25 pounds of fat in 90 days. That will get my body fat down to 11% by the end of June. I will then have about 8 weeks until the show to stabilize and then cut that last little bit. So, a month ago, I tweaked the diet and I’ve been doing low-intensity, steady-state cardio every afternoon. And every evening, my body is physically stressed. I feel it as chest tightness – don’t worry – nothing cardiac is wrong. My doctor is all over it. Because I used to have high blood pressure, I’m monitored very closely. So I know the cause is the cortisol. It feels like it’s sister, adreniline, but it lasts longer.
When I suspected cortisol last fall, I saw doc and she confirmed it. I’ve since identified triggers. I try to avoid them as much as possible – but sadly, a new trigger is one of my students. Can’t avoid her. Just need to prepare. But I get the same physical reaction to cardio as I do to a stressful situation.
I do NOT feel it after I lift, so it’s not just about working out. After I lift, I feel amazing. Euphoric, almost. It’s quite addicting.
So I need to stop doing what I’m doing. I need to do something else. Researched it again and I keep coming back to the same solution, even though I don’t really like it. I’m pretty sure the answer is high intensity interval cardio. That kind of cardio releases the same kind of hormones as lifting. I knew that. It’s just that I wanted to do cardio every day and I can’t do HIIT every day. It will run me down. So for a week or so, I’m going to run an experiment. I’ll do the HIIT every other day and see what happens.
I really have to experiment now with the diet and the cardio to find something that works for me. It doesn’t matter whether what other people do – it only matters how my body is reacting. So tomorrow – no cardio. See how I feel. HIIT on Wednesday. It’s all good. Less time on StairMonster is a good thing. Wonder if she will miss me?
Just out of curiosity, I looked for a picture of 25 pounds of fat. Found this one. It works if you add the top and bottom shelves…