This week I want to talk a little about exercise and anxiety.
I'm pretty frank about living with generalized anxiety disorder. I have a very mild case and control it very well on my own without medication using deep breathing and visualization techniques. Now, I can add exercise to that list.
Over the past six weeks working with Revolt Fitness I have noticed a huge drop in my anxiety. I'm more relaxed and I smile and laugh a lot more (not that I was always cranky and on edge before, I'm not Daria). I've been told for years by doctors and friends alike that exercise would help with anxiety, but I never really got on the bandwagon. I guess I thought they meant you would be too tired to feel anxious or something. Either way I was entirely wrong!
Turns out, that not only does exercise release endorphins (which is why you feel awesome after a workout), but it also helps your brain produce more serotonin (which I always refer to as the happy neurotransmitter). For a person dealing with anxiety this is huge.
Since I started this program I feel less and less touched out and more receptive to giving and receiving hugs. I feel happier and lighter and intrusive thoughts are almost gone. That feeling of worry in my gut (if you deal with anxiety you know what I mean) doesn't happen so much anymore.
Now let's get to the good stuff, the numbers and such!
When I got on the scale for my weigh in I saw this number 145.8!!! Sorry friends I forgot to take a picture this week. But still! 145.8! I am crazy excited!
Starting Weight: 158.1lbs
Weeks 1&2: 149.0 lbs -9.1
Week 3: 149.2 lbs +0.2
Week 4: 147.2 lbs -2.0
Week 5: 145.8 - 1.4
Total Lost: 12.3 lbs!
GOAL WEIGHT: 125lbs
Weight left to go: 20.8 lbs
Here's to finishing off week six and this uprising strong! I am looking forward to starting the next uprising on Monday!
Thanks to Revolt Fitness for sponsoring this post. My opinions are real and my own. I think the results speak for themselves.