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Feeling guilty because I didn't do a workout ( on my period ) adhd autism

smileysun
smileysun Community member Posts: 11 Connected
Hello,

I usually like to stick to a routine because it helps me focus my mind and keep my thoughts in check. As someone with autism, I often struggle with boredom and frustration, which can make me feel angry and uncomfortable. That's why working out is so important to me!

Tonight, I was hoping to push myself, but I'm just too tired to even think about it. I've been having some negative thoughts about feeling lazy and unmotivated, and I just needed to vent a little.

Honestly, having ADHD makes things even more challenging for me. It prevents me from doing things that I want to do and makes it hard to get started. But I know I need that stimulation to feel like my best self and not just a human potato!

Thanks for listening to my little rant, guys. I hope my brain cooperates soon and lets me do all the things I want to do!

Take care <3"
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  • surfygoose
    surfygoose Community member Posts: 423 Pioneering
    I know it’s easier said than done but try not to beat yourself up about it. You can’t help that you didn’t manage your workout and you can’t change it anyway. I get really frustrated with myself when I haven’t managed things too but all you can really do is focus on the next time. Hope you are feeling better.
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,313 Scope online community team
    Hey @smileysun, I know the struggle. I was really into a routine before christmas, got my exercise and all my housework done in the mornings. Had a great routine.

    Really struggled to get back into it, and it's so difficult to not beat myself up about it. I've been trying to break it down into easier to handle steps. Rather than it being this one big task.
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  • smileysun
    smileysun Community member Posts: 11 Connected
    @Jimm_Scope @surfygoose Thankyou guys, I think you're right, Im very very good at being a perfectionist and giving up at the first hurdle, focusing on things being so perfect that I put myself off telling myself I'm not good enough/seing enough progress quick enough!

    Ive been speaking with a few people regarding work-outs and what's best, and it turns out I've been pushing myself WAYY to hard and not alternating enough and because every day was a hard day, I was hating the entire process.

    My new routine is as follows-

    If your cycle is fairly regular. You could also employ a 4 week training cycle. Still alternating the days but would look something like - Week 1 - easy sessions only 120 - 150 BPM Week 2 - medium week alternating between 120/150 and 165/170 days Week 3 - hard week 165/170 days only Week 4 - week of period so taper off to 120/150 only. And only a few days with walks, or easier activity.

    Im finding I'm actually enjoying the easier workouts, I can go for EVEN longer and then when I get around to doing my usual workouts - which were ALWAYS hard it's easier :) I hope this advice helps others!

    Tonight I did 45 minutes, the longest I've done in ages and I'm feeling SUPER proud :)

  • surfygoose
    surfygoose Community member Posts: 423 Pioneering
    Well done for getting through the bad feelings and reaching out for advice about your workouts. That sounds great how you’ve resolved it.
  • smileysun
    smileysun Community member Posts: 11 Connected
    @surfygoose Thankyou! I think there's always a solution, everything feels like a ' challenge ' to be better sometimes, maybe that's a good thing, but I need to learn when enough is enough and to take the pressure off too :) Learning the art of balance is important! I wonder if Ill ever do it.
  • surfygoose
    surfygoose Community member Posts: 423 Pioneering
    Yes the art of balance. I’d love to learn that too! 

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