I think that we all know that I love to be intense. I love extreme athletic events, and I love pushing myself to the limit. I love to see what I'm capable of, and proving to myself that I can do it. I think that in a world of fitness, the lines of athletes and weight loss get blurred. There's a huge difference.
If you are looking for weight loss, then stop being so intense. You really don't have to be. As difficult as it seems, it's really so simple.
A + B = C
I think that it's very important to realize that even if you didn't walk one foot in the gym, if you have your nutrition pretty close to where it needs to be, then you are going to start progressing in the right direction. It may take more time, but you can still do it.
If you are someone who doesn't want to change up your diet entirely, then just so much as taking out sodas can help you lose weight (my step dad recently lost 30 pounds doing just that).
The more and more intense that you become, the more and more that your body is going to fight you and it's going to think that's what to expect during weight loss. One extreme to the next without ever truly finding happiness. You want something that you can do for the rest of your life. That's true health and happiness. Are you really going to be able to keep up with the crazy detox that you are doing? Are you really going to be able to keep up with hours upon hours of cardio per week? If not, then you need to take a step back and look at what you are doing.
If you are someone that is caught in the midst of this insanity, then I just honestly challenge you to step back out of your situation, look at it from the whole scheme of things and say "okay what is my true goal in all of this madness?" Am I just looking for happiness within myself? Am I looking to lose weight to feel more confident? If that is the case, then breathe. It's so much simpler and requires minimal extremes and intensity. In fact, your body would MUCH rather you NOT be extreme. Even down to the molecular level, your body thrives on keeping homeostasis. It doesn't like changes. Over years and years of extremes, the body just simply says NO. I'm tired of fighting you. It takes more and more extremes to lose the weight which ends up with more extremes in the opposite direction which ends up causing your body to fight you more.
SO.....DEEP DEEP BREATHS.
Inhale. Exhale. Namaste.
For one second, just realize that if you maintain a balanced, healthy diet for an extended period of time with no extremes, your body WILL respond. I think the issue becomes that right when girls on the cusp of making huge results, they think "AH I'LL NEVER MAKE IT" and either give-up eating tons of food or try new extremes. Hold strong. Keep the faith. It will come.
The best approach to weight loss is to not think about weight loss at all. Do what you are supposed to do in terms of tracking your nutrition and forget the rest. If you feel like working out, then that's wonderful too but do what you love. Don't just go to the gym because you HAVE to and you hate every second. If you hate it, then don't go today. Only go to the gym 3 times per week and just keep on trucking with proper nutrition changes, and you'll still see results.
If you are an athlete, then sometimes minimal efforts go a long way. It gets really easy to get caught up in the training and think that you have to be so intense. However, I think that over training is a real issue. If your body is injured and breaking down, then it's letting you know something. You either need to change your approach or taper down on your training. This is something that I've had to learn myself. Especially with hybrid training, the less you do, the better. You want every single workout you do to be with purpose. If you are injured, is it really going to benefit you to get in that run? And especially if you are injured and working towards weight loss, is it really necessary to grind it out in the gym? The purpose of weight lifting should be functional in my opinion so that you can build strong healthy bones. Rest, recover, RELAX.
This is a lifetime process. Don't be in a constant state of panic. Your future health will thank you.
With love and chilling out,