Tuesday, September 13, 2011
We talk about our successes, what helped us get through, but what about the times we flat out failed?
Before I got this journey “right”, I had so many other failed attempts at weight loss. I believe it came down to a lack of knowledge, not fully understanding how calories and cardio work TOGETHER.
About 3 months or so after having my son I agreed to join a gym with my husband and this place was NICE! Child care and a wide variety of workout equipment, I would use the bikes, treadmills, stair climber, and EVERYTHING for strength.
While building muscle is very important, it didn’t even cross my mind that I should of spent most of my time burning calories and eliminating fat. I’m not even sure I realized how over weight I really was; no amount of muscle would hide or fix it.
The other mistake I made was stuffing my face after a workout. Something about exercising made me feel like I was starving! And, after all, I had just worked out, right?!?!
*Hangs head in shame*
OBVIOUSLY, this didn’t work for me. I started packing on pounds like never before.
OH what I would give to be able to fully utilize that gym today!!!
Another negative aspect was I did not know how to use the equipment properly.
For example: I knew I needed to adjust the seats on the bikes, but I didn’t understand where it needed to be in order to take full of advantage of riding it and avoiding injury. And move the handlebars…?? Say what?!?
I had tried eliminating soda once, goal was for a year, turns out I gained ten pounds because I replaced it with food.
Here is the sad part… I MADE it more complicated than it is. It’s still hard, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not that complicated. Do we have plateaus? Yes! I’m in the middle of one as I type this.
Instead of jumping on the latest “diet train”, how about we get informed?
How important is this journey to you??
Are you willing to do your homework so you can succeed??
Eat less, eat better, get active! Read up, understand what you have to do, and then rock it out!!
Pass your goals!!