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Workout Dilemma for all the wrong reasons

Thursday, July 14, 2011

So... you know sometimes you'll see surveys or something that asks, "if you could reach your weight loss or toning goals without working out, would you still workout?" I've never known the answer to that question until these past 2 weeks.

Since my fiancé was gone for 2 and a half weeks on active duty, I had the apartment and allll my time to myself... with nothing to do but work out or watch old movies. So that's what I did. I was a little under with my intake because when left to my own devices, I tend to graze and not eat full meals, and Mr. always makes sure we have the real deal. I didn't really notice much change at all, as a matter of fact, since my legs build muscle easily, I noticed my pants were a little tighter from all the plyo... but I didn't really care, because it's pretty much my favorite thing to do with my time. Well... then last week, on Wednesday, I had a long (for me) run, and since I'm trying to change my footstrike, my calves were so sore! So Thursday, I just did... some kind of indoor cardio, I forget, then Friday, nothing.

Saturday. Went to a bachelorette party. Drank like it was my job. Sunday! Fiancé came home! Celebration. Monday and Tuesday, still just reveling in each others company and celebrating. No workouts... and I noticed something. All this time... eating sporadically and not really anything spectacularly good for me, no workouts, not keeping up with my water, alcohol. And my pants are so loose. My abs and arms are cut up. My muscles are popping! WHAT IS GOING ON!? I mean... I KNOW what's going on. Probably dehydration and catabolic business, but still! It makes me crazy. So now yesterday.

I'm missing my workout high. Even though I know it's going to swell my muscles and make me retain water for a bit, and I'm IN A WEDDING SATURDAY! I still felt like I was going to go crazy if I didn't work out. I needed a sweaty, hard, push-push workout. And I did it. 60 minutes of kickboxing then stretching did the trick. I felt so so good. So to answer the question. Yes. I would continue to exercise even if I got results without because I love the way it makes me feel. I continue to have arguments in my head about looking a certain way or getting certain results, but in the end, that workout high always wins out. I guess now I'm just going to focus on cleaning up my diet and finding a good balance.

But you best believe I'm going to enjoy myself at that wedding on Friday night (rehearsal dinner) and Saturday!
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