Tuesday, May 06, 2014
I read an excellent post about maintaining from TINAJANE:
I just had a two day migraine that redefined my "bare minimum" and "mental toughness". I was feeling like a failure because I missed two workouts, but TINAJANE's words helped me see I still succeeded at maintaining because I didn't give in to the urge to self-medicate with empty carbs once the nausea passed. I've been in maintenance mode for 5 months now and it is still really tough.
When I first started working out, I had DOMS all the time because I was using my muscles in new ways. I was awkward and wobbly. Maintenance feels much the same but that's okay - it's only a place to start. I'm building mental toughness the same way I built muscle strength - through repeated USE.
TINAJANE talks about the bare minimum. I'm not sure what that is, but I suspect it is food tracking, staying within calorie range, and meeting nutritional macros. I say that because I hear long time maintainers say that you cannot out-exercise a bad diet.
I'd add almost daily exercise as a bare minimum for myself because that's what it takes for me to manage my fibromyalgia and migraines. Except that the migraines mean missing workouts at times, so maybe the bare minimum really is just nutrition and tracking?
What's your bare minimum to maintain in the tough times?