Week Seven, Day Three
I've been jonesing for a day like today. Where I wake up and feel GOOD about going to the gym. I feel good about the workout done and I feel good about my body.
It doesn't happen but once in a blue moon. But it's happening today.
I'm trying not to get too optimistic about the small bits of progress I may be making. Like the sports bra that is just ever the bit less tight. Or the jeans that were WAY too tight are now just tight. I don't want to jinx it by stepping on the scale.
And here's the thing - today we're going to talk about the health industry being #toomuch. Because, let's be honest. It is. The more involved I get in my health, the more curious I get. I spend a lot of time on My Fitness Pal (a website known for helping people lose weight via calorie tracking). I've used the site for about 8 years off and on. Never for too long because remember, I'm a quitter! Anyway - sometimes, I truly believe that the reason people start and stop (like me) or don't even start is because of information overload.
I mean, just on that site alone, you have pseudo-experts trying to tell you "the best" way to lose weight. And you hear it all. Like:
"It doesn't matter what KIND of calories you're eating - it's all calories in and calories out."
"No, you must choose "good" calories. They're not all treated equal."
"You should do five days of cardio."
"You should do an hour of cardio a week and then lift."
"You should do low-carb."
"You should do paleo."
"Weight-watchers is the best!"
I mean, come on! How is ANYONE supposed to know what the hell to do when there are million people trying to tell them what to do. And they're ALL usually contradicting themselves. I know that I fall into this rabbit hole - where I'm trying to figure out what works for me, and where I should take things next and it gets overwhelming and discouraging when you can't seem to wade through the noise of information. It's hard.
And honestly? I can tell you from experience that's it's not really any better when you illicit the help of a professional. I have been to three different trainers and two different nutritionists. I've done detoxes and "programs."
Sometimes, you just want to scream and say EFF IT! But you can't do that either because that's SURE to get you zero progress. So what do you do?
The truth? I have no effing clue.
For me, personally, I'm trying to go back to basics. I know it's not that simple, but in the beginning it has to be. Otherwise, I'm not gonna get anywhere. I have to look at things in the most basic elements.
For example: I was exercising ZERO times a week.
So for me, the most basic elemental answer to progress is... add in workouts a week. At first - anything is better than nothing.
So now I exercise 3-4 times a week.
Another example: I was eating a shit ton of calories.
The most basic elemental answer? Eat less calories.
From there, it gets more complex, but for now, I have to do what I can to stay with progress otherwise the information will get to be too much and I will quit.
And I'll be damned if I didn't get all those fucking workout clothes for NOTHING!