Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I think I'm having a neurotic moment; I was on the elliptical at the gym and a woman was telling her friend that if you do cardio for more than 30 minutes, your body starts eating muscle instead of fat (she was practically yelling it through the whole gym, which made me wonder if the machines were about to turn into zombies and attack all of us. Maybe she was having a neurotic moment and spread it to me).
So I stopped today after 30 minutes, partly because I started freaking out about my muscles being eaten (I wish there was a way to put my brain right on the pedals and work out some of my anxiety!) but also because I need to make sure I have enough energy to do some ST at home tonight.
I've been reading through the fitness articles, FAQ's and message boards and haven't seen anything confirming such neuroses, whew! But I did read a lot about how important rest days are, and varying up your work outs, both of which are my greatest work out challenges. I could easily "Zen out" on the elliptical every day, so I'm trying to do ST twice a week and find some kind that doesn't bore me. In my search for info about muscle-eating, I learned that it's perfectly fine to do ST exercises that involve aerobic activity, which will help a lot. I guess if my heart beat isn't invited to the party, the rest of me isn't interested either.
As far as rest days, I've been eating as if I'm trying to fatten myself up for zombies. Not exercising makes me feel lazy, and feeling lazy gives me a (very poor) excuse to be lazy about preparing food for a streak of days. Then I start thinking about how since I'm exercising so much, I shouldn't have to worry about what I'm eating, which we all know is another poor excuse, and you know how that all goes.
So yet again, here is my attempt to re-direct some of my exercising energy to eating well. I love to think I don't need to plan, that I can just find things I like to eat and track/control the calories in them. Does that work for you? Does that work for anybody (who doesn't have A LOT of practice at that?) Doesn't work for me either, even though I love to deny it after a year and a half of Sparking! I don't wonder why I have struggles with my weight, since this is the way my brain works.