Week 3: This is the Body That Stress Built

When I was in school, I had to be #1. I am competitive by nature and I would push and push myself to get better grades, research more and do more. This lead me to terrible panic attacks.

The type of attacks where I honestly thought I was going to die. I would get tunnel vision, start hyperventilating and feel my heart ripping through my chest. I would often end up in the hospital where my message was to relax and take care of myself.

I didn’t listen to my doctor and my panic attacks started to included vomiting blood from an stress related ulcer. I was so scared.

I was taking the Holistic Health Practitioner program at the time and read that you can learn to train your subconscious. I worked on training my body to give me hives when I was on the urge of a panic attack. It worked!

When things start to get overwhelming, I break out in hives. This is a reminder that I need to breathe and assess what’s triggering an attack.

Normally, I break out in hives 3-4 times a month. I realized this week that I haven’t broken out in hives since I started my Blitz challenge. This is huge for me.

You would think that exercising 6 days a week would be overwhelming enough. Add in being a mom to 2 young daughters (4 and 1), my husband, my partnership in a digital marketing agency, my friends, family, Make Jen’s Day and the 3 volunteer committees that I’m on and I would have a lot of reasons to be getting hives and panic attacks.

I’m a very lucky girl. I have an amazing support system. My dayhome is allowing me to drop the girls off at 6:25am so I can make the 6:45am bootcamp class. Also, my business partners told me that my health needs to be a priority. If need to workout at 2 in the afternoon to fit it in, they want me to.

I spend time organizing everything the night before. I make the girls’ breakfast, get my food together, pack up my work and gym bag and put out everyone’s clothes. When my alarm goes off, I just need to get dressed and get the girls to the dayhome.

Working out is time for me. I push my physical and mental boundaries. It grounds me and gets my right and left brain working in unison. Even showering after my workout is time to reflect. No one is demanding my time or crying out for me. I’ve found a way to get alone time in the bathroom. Bliss!

I also have way more energy. The more energy I have, the more I can fit into the day. My most productive days are ones where I’ve fit in exercise.

Juggling everything isn’t easy and there are days that I would really rather stay in bed, but the extra energy and reduced stress is totally worth it.

Besides, it’s also damn satisfying to see results like this in a week:

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comparison of week 2 and week 3 of my goal blazer

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  1. Looking good! Go for it… I’m cheering you on!

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