So yesterday I watched her Wk. 80 Weigh-in video. I was SO GLAD she addressed a certain problem she was having because it pertains (slightly) to an issue I'm having. Her problem is this: she has reached her goal weight, but she can't stop herself from working out just as hard and as often as she's always done. When you reach your goal, you kind of have to pull back from such intense workouts as you're used to, not to mention you should increase your caloric intake to an amount that allows you to "maintain" that goal weight, not lose more. If you do NOT do this, you risk the continuance of weight loss which can actually make you UNDERWEIGHT! (I find this so funny: for so long we worry about losing, losing, losing every single day, then all of a sudden we must totally shift gears and worry about maintaining, maintaining, maintaining. Its crazy!) Heather knows this, and is working on pulling back a bit, slowing down, and eating more each day in order to maintain her goal weight and stop losing.
Although it may seem so easy to many of you, this is all much harder than it seems. Like I stated previously, for those of us who are deep within this weight loss journey: working out, sweating, pushing ourselves constantly within our workouts, has become ALL WE KNOW! In fact, its not just the only thing we know, ITS WHO WE ARE and apart of WHAT WE DO BEST!!! <--Go figure!--> So, when you try and tell someone who has been doing this for months and months (sometimes years) to STOP, its very difficult, if not seemingly impossible.
When/If I do not go to the gym, guilt immediately sets in. I start to feel heavy and gross. And what do I do to make up for that? I restrict my calories! I mean, that's the one thing I should NOT be doing on my days of rest. On my days of rest I should be eating (however sensibly) in order to help the process of restoration for my tired muscles! So, I'm working on this. Yesterday was the first day off from the gym that I have taken where I did not restrict so much. In fact, we even went out to eat! When I started to feel guilty, I quickly shut that little voice in the back of my head off and kept repeating, 'you need this, your body deserves this, you worked all week for this one day off, enjoy it!'.
I cannot tell you how happy I am that today I get to go back to the gym! My day of rest is finally OVER and I can start the cycle of pushing, sweating, and losing for the rest of this week.
I wonder if anyone else out there has this problem as well. ?????