I am definitely in that slump with my workouts. I’ve been dealing with a lot of stress lately, which, if you have any kind of hormonal imbalance you know how badly that can affect your symptoms. So low and behold I’m having the hardest time losing weight and the easiest time gaining weight. So glorious and wonderful!
As previously mentioned I had been doing HIIT workouts (High Intensity Interval Training) for a while, but it wasn’t really helping my stress levels as much as I had hoped. So I turned to the ever popular yoga! I’ve been doing yoga twice a day, 20 minute session in the morning and another 40 minute session at night. I’ve also been using my kettlebells to help build more muscle and force me to do more squats than I realize.
I usually watch a video with Sara Ivanhoe from Crunch because I really like her pace...and she’s kind of hilarious in a yoga-guru kind of way. She likes pasta. If you don’t want to buy a DVD, Youtube has countless of high-quality yoga videos that you can follow along with. I like Yoga with Adriene, particularly her Yoga for Bedtime (20 minutes), Yoga for the Morning, and her Yoga Camp videos. She also has a great yoga routine for sore wrists! Carpal tunnel buddies? Eh?
I’ve also been trying to go on walks before work, but as I said stress is making my bed seem much more appealing than normal. To help my lazy morning self, my nightly self is dedicated to setting up as much as possible for morning Selena. Very little needs to be asked of Morning Selena. Tonight I set up my “gym” bag with my work clothes, heels, make-up, toner, and dry shampoo (a must!), and I have my workout clothes sitting right on top - and it’s all within reaching distance from my bed. I can put the clothes on under the covers and explore exactly how lazy I am as a failing adult.
So to boil it down for those who have PCOS, or just want to try something new to get them out of the slump this is what I suggest (as a non-doctor-lacking-real-qualifications-type-person):
I’m hoping to meet with a nutritionist regarding a PCOS diet in the near future, but for now, check this out!