Thursday, July 28, 2011
Years ago, I was successful in losing 60 pounds... I worked EXTREMELY hard for that 60 pounds. By that, I mean I was in the gym pushing myself through 30-45 minutes of vigorous workouts 2-3 times A DAY five days a week! I felt like something was missing if I didn't get in the gym at least two times a day, and felt SO accomplished when I made it three times a day! As it inevitably does, life got in the way... I start only going once a day and sometimes skip days until the disgust with myself for not working out fell by the wayside, and I just didn't care that I missed an entire day. Well that one day turned into two, then three, until eventually I hadn't had a workout for a week... and so the cycle continues. I hadn't realized how far that had gone until the end of the calendar year, I look at the number of days I'd been to the gym, and it showed a ridiculously LOW number (i.e. 25 days for the year or something crazy like that)!
I tried to convince myself that I could just go on a diet, and lose the weight without working out EVERY day. This has gone on for literally years now! For those of you who have read my previous blog, Finding One That Works, know that I've been struggling to find a "plan" that works for me. I honestly think I have tried every plan out there... at least that's how it feels! LOL!
So I decided to go back to ol' faithful... the gym. I'm certainly not diving straight in to 3-a-day workouts! That's what's turned me off before... I would get sick of all the dieting, go straight back to 3-a-day workouts, and after two or three days... get burned out. See you in six months, Gym! So I made the conscious decision to stick to 1-a-days, and I can NOT believe how much I miss this! I'm one of those people that actually ENJOYS working out, and when I pushed myself straight into 3-a-days (after not working out for months on end)... it felt more like a chore that I wished I could hurry up with so I could get on with my life than losing myself where nothing else exists but me and my workout!
All that to say that I figured out that, personally, I need the full-on-grab-the-bull-by-its-h
orns-sweaty-muscles-are-sore strategy, and NOT the extreme-and-so-restrictive-I-f