Hi, I'm new here and I wonder if someone can help me. Since I started my diet and exercise regime nearly two months ago, I've experienced a marked increase in aggressive emotion and behaviour, and a shortened temper. I've lashed out at my housemate on several occasions over insignificant disagreements, where before I would have bitten my tongue or counted to ten. It came to a head today when one of our young kittens had an "accident" on some clean clothes I'd laid out; I had a screaming fit, which is totally unlike me.
I'm currently on the Slimfast Plan, two shakes a day and a supper of salad with lite tuna; I snack on fresh fruit 3 times a day. Sometimes if I'm planning a high-impact workout, I'll substitute my afternoon fruit snack with a Slimfast meal-replacement bar. I've cut out caffeine and alcohol, and drink only filtered water with a twist or herbal tea - green, jasmine, camomile, ginseng or licorice. I'm also taking a multivitamin with iron as well as cod liver oil, vitamin C, magnesium and gingko biloba tablets.
For exercise I do a daily morning workout of low-impact aerobics followed by yoga-style stretching (approx. 45 mins); 3 times a week I do 90 minutes of interval-impact aerobics, floorwork and free weights; on alternate days I do 60 minutes of interval dance. I also swim and take brisk walks. I'm 39 and a reasonably fit woman (aside from smoking) with a background in physical theatre and dance, I've just been really slack the past couple of years and want my old figure back. Could any of the above (or a combination) be causing my negative mood swings?
I'm getting fantastic physical results and increased energy from this regime, but the downside is my cats are scared of me and my housemate's getting fed up with my brief tantrums. Has anyone else ever experienced this, and does anyone know what I need to do (or not do) to bring back the happier, more patient me?
Many thanks in advance,