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    How long does adrenal fatigue last? I am feeling discouraged and not sure what to do.

    I have not been officially diagnosed, but from my symptoms I think I am either on the verge or in the beginning stages of adrenal fatigue. I am not sure how to apply and schedule T-Tapp to help me and not make it worse. I looked at my measurements and I have gained and lost the same 6 inches for the last 4 months. I am like a yo-yo.

    After the weddings and vacation I was going to have a BWO+ video review, but now I don't even know if it is worth it if I can't exercise much. Or maybe it is more worth it to make sure I am getting the most out of the workout. I am not sure how many or what workouts to do either.

    I have changed our diet and cut out caffeine. Is there anything else I can do to help?

    Thanks,
    Angie






  • #2
    Angie, with workouts, don't overdo. You can either cut reps to 4, hold plie squat and pause for more kick out breaks, and/or go every other day.

    Why not do just that--go EOD, 4 reps, hold the plie squat and kick out after each set of plies, then again after Reach Scoops, once more after Oil Wells? That's what I did for a loonnnggg time.

    And it's up to you, but I would still do the video review. Even if you are on an EOD schedule, you will get the most out of your moves that way!

    You can even take 2 days off in between if necessary. I know it's tempting to think "Oh, but I'll never lose that way!". BUT--if you crash your adrenals and can't do anything, or if you further damage your metabolism, you may hit a brick wall and take much longer to rebuild your adrenals and good health!

    Make sure you are eating good fats--your adrenals need that for healing! I have been more conscientious of it on GAPS than I was on Schwarzbein and cannot believe the difference it makes! Animal fats from trusted sources, lard from pigs that get outside once in awhile , coconut oil, nuts and nut butters, good butter (raw and grass fed is best, but if that isn't available, at least organic and/or hormone-free), avocados--I am feeling much better when I eat plenty of fats throughout the day.

    How long does it last? That's hard to tell. I crashed mine two years ago, but after easing back into it (I used MORE Chair to get back into workouts, and that without full activation) and tweaking my hormones, plus adding my afternoon and bedtime snacks back in, took me about 3 months to be able to do short workouts 4 times a week on an average. After my mom unexpectedly died (found her late at night and then my sleep was the pits for 2 weeks), I really backed off. That one took me 9 months, BUT it was emotional as much as physical.

    It's good you recognize this, and for now, focus on health. Otherwise you may get discouraged, but let me tell you, when you hit the bottom and have to take 3 naps a day to get through the day, inch and size loss is no longer your top priority!

    I'm sure you'll get more input! HTH!

    HUGS!





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    . .))
    ((. .. Trisch -::-
    -::- ((.*

    Blessed Mama of 9 (and 14 in Heaven)
    Master T-Tapp Trainer in Northern Indiana, certified in TWO, MORE, HTF, Senior Fit and LadyBug
    (Thank you, Mom and Dad!)
    ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer

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    • #3
      Trisch, Thanks! So is it ok to listen to my body? I have been holding myself back because I read on the forums that you should only do 2 T-Tapp workouts per week if you are in adrenal fatigue. Like I said I am not sure I am in actual adrenal fatigue, but I want to be careful. I feel pretty good with this schedule. I would add the 4 reps, hold plies and kick outs.

      Monday: BWO+ (4 reps, hold plie', kick out)
      Tuesday: Off
      Wednesday: SATI (no arms)
      Thursday: Off
      Friday: BWO+ (4 reps, hold plie', kick out)
      Saturday: SATI (no arms)
      Sunday: Off

      I am reading through SP as fast as I can. I have some other questions I will post on that thread later.

      Thanks,
      Angie





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      • #4
        Angie, that looks good! If you start feeling overwhelmed, achy beyond what is normal, or super tired for no other reason, take W off or just do PBS, TTT stretch and 1 HD. But doing SATI without arms is a good idea for now, to see how you do. Keeping shoulders back in alignment with hips (ribs up!) will be a workout all in itself during SATI!





        ~ .. )) -::-
        . .))
        ((. .. Trisch -::-
        -::- ((.*

        Blessed Mama of 9 (and 14 in Heaven)
        Master T-Tapp Trainer in Northern Indiana, certified in TWO, MORE, HTF, Senior Fit and LadyBug
        (Thank you, Mom and Dad!)
        ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer

        From a 22W to a 6!
        My Testimonial Tuesday

        Website: Be Youthful 'n Fit

        "Don't let another priceless moment slip through your fingers because
        you are 'too busy'. While you have the time, take the time."
        ~Crystal Paine~

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        • #5
          Oh, and just so you know....the pause button works on SATI, too!





          ~ .. )) -::-
          . .))
          ((. .. Trisch -::-
          -::- ((.*

          Blessed Mama of 9 (and 14 in Heaven)
          Master T-Tapp Trainer in Northern Indiana, certified in TWO, MORE, HTF, Senior Fit and LadyBug
          (Thank you, Mom and Dad!)
          ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer

          From a 22W to a 6!
          My Testimonial Tuesday

          Website: Be Youthful 'n Fit

          "Don't let another priceless moment slip through your fingers because
          you are 'too busy'. While you have the time, take the time."
          ~Crystal Paine~

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          • #6
            I'm so glad this came up today. My FIL died yesterday. It's been several days of driving back and forth from Indy to Evville, and moving my son to college in between, and sitting up all night with all the tension of watching a long illness, caring for other elderly parents, and, well, you know. I keep thinking about you, Trisch, and what you went through. The hours of sitting are driving me nuts, but even just a leisurely (and I mean barely ambling - just trying to keep tucked and no duck feet - not anything vigorous or demanding) walk around the block nearly killed me. I wanted to say something on the forum, but didn't have the energy to actually think enough to start a new thread! Now we are about to do three more days of driving back and forth and into Illinois a couple of times, visitation, funeral, etc. Lots of relating and such. Part of me wants to T-Tapp, thinking it would help. Another part is saying it is too much. Anyway, you are not kidding when you said you had to back off - I am relating to the unbelievable fatigue.

            I've been thinking that my adrenal fatigue has been getting better. What I see now is that I don't have reserves. I agree strongly with the advice about good fats. I'd also add that I have to make sure I'm getting enough protein. And water. Easy to skip meals right now, and pressure to do so. Right now I think it is important to stay away from any "wasted" calories - the kind that you don't need, that don't build and give you lasting energy, and that don't have concentrated nutrients. People keep handing us soft drinks and junky sandwiches, and even doughnuts. It's a challenge to do better.

            So Angie, I guess I am saying that you may start to feel better, but realize that it may take a lot longer to build a "depth" of strength that you can rely on in times of extended stress. Keep working at it steadily. I try to remember Charlotte's advice to "Be Kind" to myself - it helps me to make the right choices and not push myself out of guilt. If being kind to myself means do a little exercise, that's what I should do. Maybe it means to put butter on my food. Or go to bed early (the hardest!)

            Nancy





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            • #7
              Nancy ~ I am so sorry to hear about your FIL. What a sad and difficult time for you to be going through. I will be praying for you and your family.

              Thanks for the tips about having to build up reserves and being careful even after I feel better. That is good to know. I am working on the protein and fats. I am actually working on everything right now!

              Trisch ~ I will listen to my body and take off more days if I need to. Thanks!

              Angie





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              • #8
                {{{Nancy}}} My thoughts, prayers and HUGS are with you! So sorry about your fil. DO take care of yourself.





                ~ .. )) -::-
                . .))
                ((. .. Trisch -::-
                -::- ((.*

                Blessed Mama of 9 (and 14 in Heaven)
                Master T-Tapp Trainer in Northern Indiana, certified in TWO, MORE, HTF, Senior Fit and LadyBug
                (Thank you, Mom and Dad!)
                ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer

                From a 22W to a 6!
                My Testimonial Tuesday

                Website: Be Youthful 'n Fit

                "Don't let another priceless moment slip through your fingers because
                you are 'too busy'. While you have the time, take the time."
                ~Crystal Paine~

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                • #9
                  Angie,
                  A lot of adrenal fatigue recovery is letting yourself adapt to the fact that you can't keep going and going and going anymore! Rest, rest rest. Protein and fats. I also took ashwaganda which helped. And there was a time where just getting out to walk was a break through, let alone getting in a workout. And this is coming from a T-Tapp trainer!

                  Definitely listen to your body. Let that guide you. You will eventually get through it. It took me 2-3 years and on the other side, I'm a different person. It's all good.





                  Dorothy Hall
                  T-Tapp Trainer
                  Sonoma, CA

                  Staying Fit & Hip during perimenopause and beyond!

                  www.BrightBodyFitness.com
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                  • #10
                    Dorothy,

                    Thanks for the encouragement. I never knew what a driven person I am until I can't go anymore. Honestly, 2-3 years seems like an eternity. Did you do any T-Tapp during the healing time? This is all very confusing to me. I am the type of person who obviously does not know how to listen to my body.

                    Thanks,
                    Angie





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                    • #11
                      Yes, I did T-Tapp during that time, but very minimal, and only if I had the energy. That is when I discovered how amazing Basic Workout Plus is! But what a blow to get all certified and then to crash and burn after a year and a half of teaching.

                      But everyone is different. I was coming off of 5 years of running two businesses and hit peri-menopause, so without T-Tapp I would have been sunk. I had to learn to set boundaries with myself and others.

                      But that's the good side of this adrenal thing...you learn a new part of yourself. And as I recovered, energy came back and now I can go at it again. But I ALWAYS have to be sensitive to when I need to back off, which is a lot earlier than it used to be!

                      Keep studying, experimenting and you'll make your way through. Lot's of great resources here!

                      Keep us posted!





                      Dorothy Hall
                      T-Tapp Trainer
                      Sonoma, CA

                      Staying Fit & Hip during perimenopause and beyond!

                      www.BrightBodyFitness.com
                      Trainer Profile


                      Need a website? Check out my T-Tapper discount!

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                      • #12
                        I like that.........."you learn a new part of yourself." Thanks for the motivation!

                        Angie





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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the encouragement, Dorothy! I keep thinking that I've "turned the corner" and then it gets worse again. I get to thinking that this is the new normal — the rest of my life. <pity party> So it's good to hear fro someone who has come out the other side, so to speak. Thanks for chiming in! What would you say were the most beneficial things you did (in terms of healing)?





                          Jean

                          Smiling and making progress....
                          Short Torso/Long Leg.
                          Less to lose category (but very slow to lose... a lot of rehab going on I hope)

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                          • #14
                            You know ladies, I haven't given my full history and realized as I got myself out for a walk/jog today that it might be useful to tell it. In fact, I might start a thread for the Adrenally/Hormonally Challenged among us to support one another in doing BWO+ or something. Would that be useful?

                            At any rate, you can read the first part of my story here at my T-Tapp Trainer page. I actually came to T-Tapp due to adrenal collapse. And as we seem to be experiencing, there are cycles depending upon our health, level of stress, time of life and if we are recovering some energy or not. The tendency is to go full barrel once we start to feel a bit better. So there are cycles until we can find a balance and know the signs before it is too late. As Nancy says, it takes time to build a depth of strength again you can draw on (and draw upon it again you surely will at some point, but hopefully in a different way.)

                            So, fast forward in my life, I was doing T-Tapp training, and then another huge dip when I moved myself, my boyfriend and my businesses to Hawaii. That apparently un-did all the energy I had recovered. During the two and a half years since moving here, I found out I was hypothyroid due to Hashimoto's Disease, so another cog in the machine. Add to that general stress from business and my intimates poor health, AND, I hit peri-menopause full bore ahead! My body just wanted to curl up in a ball and hibernate at that point. And, you'd think I'd get to the beach living here, but nooo. Imagine, a type A shut-in while living in Hawaii. How messed up is that!?

                            So I took a hard look at my situation, studied up and had to re-prioritize things. Yes, something had changed for good. Some of us have to get hit over the head!

                            I started increasing my protein consumption (mostly vegetarian but not entirely), cut waaaaay back on exercise when I felt I had to rather than beating myself up, took herbs and had some acupuncture, and adjusted my prescription for Armour thyroid so that I actually felt a difference over time. And the biggest thing was getting more sleep! Sometimes I have to use amino acids and herbs to help me sleep but whatever works. MUST GET THE SLEEP! Oh, and I make sure I get to the beach once a week now!

                            I had to see that I couldn't keep doing things the way I had always done it. I had to become more flexible and less frenetic. I wouldn't recommend doing NO exercise, but be willing to just do some stretches, a walk, or just PBS (Yay PBS!!) on the days it is the hardest.

                            I started to regain my energy in the last 5 months, and notice today even, that I have to continue to adjust and pace myself. If I surrender to this reality it's all good. But if I fight it, it just isn't happy!

                            Also, find out if you have any other stuff going on (thyroid, etc). It makes a big difference to identify the issues so you can treat them.

                            Hope this helps. Not sure if any of you are peri-menopause yet or not. What are the symptoms you struggle with Angie?

                            To our health and well being!





                            Last edited by DHall; 09-21-2011, 03:36 PM.
                            Dorothy Hall
                            T-Tapp Trainer
                            Sonoma, CA

                            Staying Fit & Hip during perimenopause and beyond!

                            www.BrightBodyFitness.com
                            Trainer Profile


                            Need a website? Check out my T-Tapper discount!

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                            • #15
                              Do you have to be fatigued?

                              This may seem like a stupid question, but is feeling fatigued a definite part of adrenal fatigue? The reason I ask is last spring I was completely exhausted--in bed whenever I was home. Over the summer I went to the doctor. They ran my blood work and my vitamin D was low. I started taking Vitamin D supplements, and now my energy level is good, but I still think I might have adrenal fatigue. I have a chronic cough and catch every upper respiratory infection that comes within a 20-mile radius. I have had several years of major stressful events-- changing jobs, daughter hospitalized, death of a parent, natural disaster. And I am perimenopausal.

                              Also, is diet the main way to treat adrenal fatigue? Or do you take hormones, too?

                              Linda





                              Good wishes always,
                              Linda


                              Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

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