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Julie
I have read and re read the different e books when I need inspiration to do my work out. By the time I am 2 paragraphs in (to Female Fat Loss Over 40), I am ready to get my work out clothes on and go for it. I really enjoy the challenging work outs and the audio book with the different timing intervals makes it easy!! I am really enjoying your program, particularly these 2 months which are especially busy for me. I can’t always make it to Boot camp but I feel so much better when I exercise. It’s great to have the option of doing a challenging workout at home. I am looking forward to taking your program on my next vacation. Thanks!!

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Hey Shawna, I bought the FFLO about a month ago and have finally started using it on Tuesday. I quit waiting for Monday to start it. It's just been 3 days but I can already tell that it is working. I sleep better and want to eat better so that I'll see results. How can I mess up with menus and workouts spelled out for me? I know what I need to do and have worked with trainers over the years to know that your program will work. For me it has just been a matter of getting started. I gained 15 lbs over the winter and need to get it off. I was diagnosed 2 years ago with Type 2 diabetes so exercise is a key part of my health. I love to walk / run but I know that with the interval training I will not only see the results I want on my body but my blood sugar will be where it needs to be. The interval training is a great workout for me in the morning. Then in the evenings I can walk for stress relief and to just relax. I saw myself in your message yesterday about the woman who still tries to walk everyday for 2 hours - who has time for that? I enjoy your blogs and am glad that I found you on Facebook! To good health!

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What Happens When You’re Sad

How grief affects your health.

The death of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, divorce, a cancer diagnosis, or moving to a new home. This is just a short list of why people grieve. There are hundreds of reasons to grieve, some large and some small. No matter who you are, grief will affect you now and then. If you’re like many, you’ve likely grieved many losses during the pandemic. Whatever you’re grieving, maybe you’ve come to an acceptance of it by now, or maybe you’re still dealing with anger or depression in your grieving process.

Grief brings a variety of emotions, not just sadness and tears. Many studies have been done on the effect emotions have on physical health. Here are just a few ways grief can negatively impact your physical health.

Insomnia and Fatigue

Grief drains you of energy and makes you feel zapped. A good night’s rest would help you feel better, but sleep troubles are common when you’re grieving. It may be that you can’t fall asleep, are restless through the night, or that you wake and can’t fall back asleep.

Unfortunately, poor sleep doesn’t just affect your nighttime routine. It impacts your waking hours as well. Without deep, quality sleep, you’re more likely to deal with fatigue, irritability, mood swings, a lack of concentration, and even weight gain.

Appetite Changes

Many people turn to food as a coping mechanism when they’re grieving. Food can offer comfort and distraction from your emotional pain, but it only lasts so long. The weight you put on, however, can last a lifetime. Don’t be surprised if you gain a few pounds after going through a loss.

Some people, on the other hand, have the opposite problem. They lose their appetite while they grieve. This may lead to weight loss.

Increased Aches and Pains

Someone who is grieving may find they’re more sensitive to aches and pains. The negative emotions of grief, depression, and loneliness are linked to a decrease in serotonin and norepinephrine, two brain chemicals that work to improve mood and relieve pain. In addition, stress hormones can increase muscle tension.

What’s the result of these changes? You may experience more headaches, joint pain, or back pain than you used to.

High Levels of Inflammation

Intense or prolonged grief is associated with high amounts of unwanted inflammation in the body. Over time, such inflammation can contribute to a variety of health conditions. Arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and even cancer are linked to inflammation. Additionally, inflammation can worsen any pre-existing medical conditions.

Lowered Immune Function

After suffering a loss, your stress levels can skyrocket. In addition to making you feel frazzled, stress affects your immune system. It does this by triggering the release of cortisol, a hormone that wreaks havoc on your body over time.
One negative effect of cortisol is reduced immune function. Because of this, you’re more likely to catch the cold or flu while grieving.

High Blood Pressure

Long-term stress and high levels of cortisol can also harm your heart and circulatory system. Sadly, those who are grieving have a higher risk of heart disease, an elevated heart rate, blood clots, and high blood pressure.

Broken Heart Syndrome

While not common, it is possible to die of a broken heart. Intense or sudden grief can be so hard on the heart muscle that a form of heart disease develops. The hormones that are produced during grief couple with such strong emotion that it causes chest pain, shortness of breath, and decreased heart function. In other words, such grief feels like a heart attack. Most people fully recover in days or weeks, though it can rarely be fatal.


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