It's Just See You Later

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I've been on this weird roller coaster of emotions lately i.e. super happy one second and then crying into my pillow the next. It's a mixture of things I guess... schoolwork, post-Graduation plans, my love life (sorry, correction: lack thereof), my weight, finances. I tend to get into serious bouts of depression right before my period but when I resorted to having cake and ice cream for dinner tonight, I realized that I really need to pull myself back together. emoticon

I feel like I need to put all of my energy into being consistent (I've been going to the gym for about 2 1/2 months consecutively! emoticon By now I would have skipped out after the first month) and getting my nutrition goals in check so for April, I've decided not to weigh myself emoticon as well as given myself the challenge of not eating sweets and/or fast food for the month.

I know cutting out foods isn't ideal for a healthy (what I consider fruitful and balanced) lifestyle, but I simply cannot allow myself to fall back into the mentality that I need something sweet or unhealthy whenever my emotions decide to go for a ride. It was the mentality that I had throughout my childhood, and it's the reason why my relationship with food at the moment is so destructive. Therefore, April will be about once and for all learning how to cope with my emotions in a healthy way. April will also be about patience and enjoying the journey, prompting my decision to break up emoticon with the scale for a month.

Hopefully, my 10K training (currently in week 6!) and 100 push ups challenge will keep me more than preoccupied. emoticon emoticon
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    Personally, I don't see cutting out sweets and fast food on a permanent basis as "unbalanced". For me, it's a goal I strive for (but can't quite seem to make, ha ha). The comment about allowing yourself recovery time is awesome. Best of luck with your 10K training!
    2916 days ago
    Hey! Thank for your comment. I actually took a recovery week about 2 weeks ago so I'm not sure that that is particularly the issue. emoticon Although, I hope it was that simple!
    2916 days ago
    2 and 1/2 months with no rest is a long time for working out consistently! emoticon

    However, it sounds like you may want to look at taking a recovery week.

    Your body physically needs time off approximately every 8-10 weeks. A week away from the gym also provides an important mental break from the daily rigors of an intense workout program. You will come back to the gym with a new vigor and desire to train. It is amazing how much a week away from the gym will do for your motivation and level of intensity. It is impossible to train with the utmost intensity week after week and month after month, and especially year after year, if you never take time off from the gym.

    You may think that you are training at maximum intensity, but you really are not. It is easy to get caught up in going through the motions, and often you don't realize that your intensity level has dropped off until you take a step back and take some time to recover.

    Taking a recovery week also allows you to break up your training into 8-10 week cycles instead of a never-ending marathon of training sessions. When your workouts are divided into 8-10 week cycles, it is much more manageable to set goals and try to improve every single week.

    2916 days ago
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