I've been up to my same ole shenanigans this week and following my weekly work out goals! I'm on day three gluten free (5 day challenge) and I feel amazing. I feel so good I even decided to throw in an extra work out this morning! I've been avoiding two- a- days (two works in one day) during half marathon training (currently on week 8 of 12) as I don't want to over train, however I was really itching for an extra cross training session.
Work Out Breakdown
45 Minutes Elliptical
20 Minutes Forward
20 Minutes Backward
5 minute Blast it out Combo
Your Best Butt - added weight to squats & lunges
All Over Abs - extended planks by 30 seconds
Last night I had a conversation with one of my very dear friends about food, and why it's so hard to let go of old habits. The particular old habit? Food dependency. You know what I'm talking about, you had a bad day or you're feeling bad about work/failing friendship/ lack of romantic relationship/ an unhappy relationship/ it's that time of the month/ you're jealous of your skinny friend who appears to have it all without even trying (she doesn't really have it all I promise) circumstance occurring in your life and you use food to quiet those feelings.
You eat to make yourself feel better, and then you're left feeling worse.
Maybe a bad food day turns into a bad week, a bad month, and then you blink five times fast and you're gaining weight again. We had a frank discussion concerning exercise and weight loss. There's no way to sugar coat it, you can work out three times a day, run 10 miles on a Saturday, eat like crap all day and you're not going to lose weight, you're probably going to gain. It's a harsh reality.
We often think, well I did X and X today at the gym, so that extra serving isn't going to hurt me, I'll just have one more little snack before bed, or ahhh whatever it's just a crescent roll. All of those "oh whatever I worked out today" eats add up. When we're working hard at the gym we expect results. Plain and simple. When you've got sweat dripping off your face and rolling onto the floor, you expect the scale to reflect that hard work. If you don't follow an eating plan, you're essentially undoing all of that hard gym work.
I know she's not alone in feeling this way about food. I know this because I've felt this way before. I even gained weight working out regularly and eating whatever the heck I wanted. The fact is as a former fatty or former fatty in progress, wherever you are in your relationship with your body, food will ALWAYS be a crutch. You've spent a large chunk of your life building an extremely unhealthy relationship with food, "I just can't quit you!" it's going to take more than a day, a month, or in my case two years to undo all of those habits.
We call recovering addicts recovering for a reason. They will always be addicted. Guess what? As a former fatty you're always going to be an addict. I will always be addicted to food, but I am retraining myself to think of food as fuel for good feelings instead of fuel to nurse bad feelings.
Over time, we begin undoing old habits and building new ones, and when the old habits creep in for a day, you can't wait to banish those feelings. They no longer tie you down and spear you with food guilt that steam rolls into weight gain.
Every day/week/month won't be easy. There's going to be setbacks but the most important lesson of all is to pick yourself up and try again.
It's just food. We need it to live. We need it for energy. We don't need it to make ourselves feel better about a bad day. That's just cray. Commit to your goals and to yourself, you deserve to feel great about the body you walk around in every single day!
Trust me, it feels way better to love yourself long term versus loving yourself with potato chips for an hour because you had a bad day.