Cardio Is Hardio--And Literally Stresses Me Out

You see those memes or workout tanks everywhere.Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 7.58.06 AM "Don't put me down for cardio." "I hate Cardio" "Cardio? You mean lift weights faster?"

If I could have every t-shirt or tank top in the world that hated cardio, I'd be a happy camper.

Cardio has never been my "thing". Even throughout my life when I played basketball on an AAU team or in high school, my body would literally shut down until I got a second wind to finish out the game. When I'd be in a dead sprint, I would randomly start to hyperventilate, and if I didn't get subbed out quickly enough, down went Shawna, center court. Super fun. As a point guard, you can imagine with all the fast breaks down court, this happened often...

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I went to a cardiologist, got to wear a sweaty heart rate monitor for 3 days, and when the results came back,  he said that I had a "low athletic capacity" meaning that no matter how good of shape I was in, cardio was never going to be something I excelled at.

I'm not one to argue with doctors so....I leaned in to my hatred for cardio ;)

Years later, I am in the best shape of my life. After two kids, I felt like I had trimmed down, toned up, had completed several programs like P90X3, Insanity, T25, Brazil Butt Lift, 21 Day Fix, Piyo and several others, but I was EXHAUSTED. I could not figure out what was going on, but I not only had a slump in the afternoon, but I had an all day sleep-slump. No matter how much sleep I got, how consistent I was at going to bed and waking up at the same time, and despite the fact that I ate almost 100% "clean", I would have to sit on the couch and just pray God would keep my eyes open so I could parent my children. Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 8.30.57 AM

It was miserable.

Shortly after feeling that way for some time, we realized my hair was falling out. FYI, when your hair is falling out due to alopecia, you are tired. Almost like your body is fighting off some terrible sickness or like you have a fever. You're exhausted.  I was confused, because why the heck would I be tired when I'm treating my body so well?

Your body releases endorphins during a workout, which are basically happy hormones, which is why people recommend you work out if you're stressed out.

Unfortunately, Stress releases endorphins to combat said stress. My body, therefore, mistakingly recognizes Cardio as stress. So as a mom of two kiddos 2 and under at the time, my stress levels were basically through the roof, and what I thought was helping me relieve stress was actually being interpreted (by my body) as actual stress. {{Does any of this make sense? ;) ) It seemed the healthier I was, the worse my hair loss.

Imagine, a health and fitness coach (who also happens to be a cosmetologist) not able to workout and eat well without the fear of losing my hair. *whammy* Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 8.34.38 AM

While my new program hasn't solved my alopecia issues, I FINALLY feel like I have a program that actually works WITH me instead of against me, and guess what?  I eat a ton of really great food and workout LESS than I ever have in my life, and finally have the energy and results I've been looking for.

Any step in the *right* direction is a good step.