“What am I doing wrong? Will this bulge ever budge? I’m on the treadmill/trail for almost 45 minutes 3x a week!” Or “I exercise 4x week. Why am I not seeing results I want?”
Does any of this sound familiar? If so consider this: Is your workout ramping up your appetite? The answer is a resounding yes. If your body is doing more work, it wants more fuel. The question now becomes, what fuel are you feeding it? Consider this as well. Are you eating past your workout? If your fuel exceeds the calories expended, again, the answer is a resounding yes.
I’m not happy about this woman’s plight. However, it does speak to out fueling your exercise leads to weight gain.
So what’s the point? Why should I even bother exercising?
To begin, there are more reasons to exercise than to lose weight. While that may be the most popular, it shouldn’t be the exclusive. The list is exorbitant and exhaustive for reasons to add exercise to your life. However, for me the most important is a feeling of well-being. As a nurse, you may wonder why this tops my list. The answer is simple.
Regardless of why you are told to become more active, or even the dreaded “you need to lose weight” from a healthcare provider, it will matter little to you. It will matter little because unless it feels right, you may start but you will STOP. Even those who’ve suffered MIs (myocardial infarction–heart attack), been told insulin dependency is imminent, or that their life depends upon their weight loss, have stopped. Why? It wasn’t for them. You would think it would be, but it wasn’t. It was for someone else–MD, spouse, vacation, size 2 red dress….you get the idea. Furthermore, they didn’t realize that as weight comes off, it may not always be a positive experience. Everyone emphasizes the positive–feeling slimmer, better about yourself, etc. But what you may go through on the way to that “new you,” isn’t all unicorns and rainbows.
I began with speaking to my experience why I exercise regularly–a feeling of well-being. That is so, and I stand by it. But it doesn’t mean I haven’t had my own ups and downs, even on the same day! The key is finding what you want to do, not what someone else says you should do. That’s their idea of exercise, not yours. Yes, there are certain types of exercise designed to get results you desire. And isn’t that what it’s all about?
If you hate running, why start? (though I did at first, and now I like it) If you abhor going to the gym, why go? You may start, but you will STOP. With the plethora of classes, You-Tube videos, DVDs and online classes, the choice is yours.
Yet the questions remain…how do I start? How do I keep from overeating, or past my workout? And if I’m investing all this time in a workout routine, I don’t want the scale moving in the wrong direction. How can I avoid that?
I can help.
New year new you? Maybe. But along the way, let’s change your mind–not just your body.
All for now. Keep up and keep at it.
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