After stopping the melatonin I am now feeling fantastic! The first day after stopping the melatonin I woke up feeling different. More energized and just really good. Since then (it’s actually only 4 days) I’ve continued to feel great.
I started my interval training on Wednesday. As Jen recommended I got on the elliptical machine and (finally) have a use for my interval timer. I set the intervals to 20 seconds/45 seconds. I did a 5 minute warm-up then a cycle of 20 seconds high intensity (amped up the resistance and my speed)/45 seconds low intensity for three cycles. Then 2 minutes of low intensity. Rinse-and-repeat for 30 minutes. I actually really enjoyed it. You have to focus to kind of keep track of what you’re doing so it kind of takes your mind of the boredom of being on a machine. I felt awesome afterwards. Really energized and good. I don’t remember every quite feeling that way after a workout…so cool.
I’ve since done one session of high-intensity resistance traning with some cardio and another session of interval training…this time running. The running was fun too and again the interval thing made it more enjoyable for me. For the high intensity part I tried to sprint as hard as I could (although Jen wanted me to keep my heart heart in a certain zone…really not a problem since I can’t really sprint that fast…yet). Again I felt really excellent afterwards and still felt quite good for the rest of the day. The kids were over with the grandkids and I had plenty of energy to plan and run around. So much better!
I know that I am often very optimistic and kind of high at the beginning of things. I really want to make a significant change in my life not just my weight. I’m finding this whole combination of exercise, diet (which is working great too. I’ll blog about separatetly) and supplements to already have made me feel lots better. After I asked the doctor she indicated that it could take 9-12 months to get a “full” result. I can’t wait to see what that’s going to feel like!