Yesterday was NOT a good day. I was mentally exhausted in the morning after dealing with some guy shit, but the rest of the day seemed to be going okay. I was scheduled for my first training session, and I was looking forward to it.
When I got to the gym, Andre, the trainer, was working with someone else. He wasn’t charging me for this session, so it’s not like I could complain, so I went on the arc trainer to warm up (which Andre had said he was going to have me do first anyway). I started off slow, thinking I would do 10 minutes. But Andre ended up taking awhile, so I ended up doing half an hour, pretty high intensity.
Finally Andre was ready, so we went over to the trainer area and he started me on some shoulder exercises. I could definitely feel the burn. I told him how my hip bone is constantly popping, so next he showed me some stretches for that.
At this point I started to get really intense stomach cramps. I attributed it to pms and shrugged it off. Andre was doing me this favor I didn’t want to interrupt the session. So I gulped some more water and kept on going. Andre moved on to show me a hamstring stretch, and boy did that feel good. But as soon as it was over and I stood up I had the sharpest and most intense stomach pains I think I’ve ever had in my life. They were nothing like my usual cramps. It was like period cramps x 1,000. No way this could be my period.
“I feel sick,” I said to Andre.
“From the exercises I just showed you?”
I said, “No. I don’t know. Maybe the arc trainer. But I feel like I’m going to throw up.”
He told me to sit down, and when I did that I started to feel dizzy. He then quizzed me on when and what I had eaten up to that point.
“I had crab meat and cucumber for lunch, around 1.”
“And what about breakfast? ”
“I had an orange.”
He said, “That’s it?!? Let me go buy you a powerade, I’ll be right back.”
“No! I can’t drink that, it has sugar in it.”
He then explained to me, as I was doubled over in pain, that I needed sugar ASAP because I had low blood sugar, that when you exercise your body breaks down the carbs and turns it into sugar and then burns off the sugar, so you need to eat some type of carb or some fruit before you work out so you won’t get low blood sugar. Notice I didn’t put that part in quotes, because to be honest I can’t remember what his actual explanation was, but he made a lot of sense. So I agreed to let him buy me a powerade.
For some reason it took him like 5 minutes to get it for me, even though the vending machine was steps away. I think he had to find quarters. While he was gone I drank a bottle of water, so by the time he came back I was feeling much better. But I still had a few sips of the powerade, and it really helped. We chatted while I recovered, and he told me that I had turned so pale he thought I was going to pass out.
Once that ordeal was over I didn’t think I should continue working out, so he showed me a bunch of different stretches that I could do for my legs and back. We did that for maybe 15 or 20 minutes and then called it a night.
When I got home I found that I had indeed gotten my period. Four days early, totally unexpected. I wonder if it came early because of the HCG. I wonder if the cramps were so intense because of the HCG, or if my blood sugar was low because of my period. It was only because of what happened yesterday that I realized the importance of having both of the required fruit servings on the diet. I have been skipping my afternoon apple these past few days because I wasn’t hungry, but I won’t do that anymore. It sucks that I had to learn the hard way. And that my first training session was a FAIL.