Last week I met with a personal trainer for the first time to get an assessment, I want to do Tough Mudder this summer and I knew I had to strengthen up! I have always considered my self to be "in shape" my friends and family would agree, I have always been active, playing baseball and volleyball, yoga classes when I have time and most importantly I am an avid runner! My biggest athletic accomplish thus far has been completing my first full marathon last March with the amazing crew at Team in Training . (For more info on my marathon journey check out Michelle in Training )
Ok, so back to my point! Like I said I have always thought that I was in shape because of all of the running I do, however I found out I was VERY wrong about that last week during my assessment. Here is what I learned: #1. My body fat % is higher than it should be (WTF? really? even though I am at the gym 4 or 5 days a week?) #2. my cortisol levels are too high #3. my estrogen levels are too high #4. my anti-oxidants are too low
This info blew my mind, could it be possible that after all of the sports, running and yoga that I was OUT OF SHAPE!!!??? NOOOOOOO!!!! I am a food and nutrition teacher, I am thin and athletic, how can this be!? I have now learned that there is a BIG difference between being thin and being lean, and as of a week ago I have been busting my a$$ to go from what I refer to as a "skinny fat person" to a "lean mean Tough Mudder Machine"! No more wine, cheese or gummie bears for this lady! I need to stay strong!
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