Looking at this Fork in My Road makes me want to scream! I see the road to my left leading me to a defeated life filled with jealousy of the fit and strong around me. I see the road to my right leading me to a new phase in my life. I MUST choose the the road to my right!
My hiatus from running and my period of rest for my knee injury happened at a difficult time – the HOLIDAYS! In those 3 months, I added a few pounds to my body and now find myself at a frustrating crossroads. Every technique I teach my clients about losing weight and feeling good is not working for me. I am stuck and confused. It always worked in the past. Weight loss is a simple scientific calculation of calories in must be less that the calories out, but something is not working. Not only have I not lost the weight, I have not lost a pound?!? I added more cycling into my workouts, more strength training, more activity in general, I track calories and make sure I don’t sneak too many…..I even gave up Chocolate for Lent!
What used to work is not working anymore!
* Am I too low in caloric intake for the amount/intensity of my exercise?
* Am I need repaying my body with the proper nutrition following a workout?
* Do I need more strength training?
* Do I need longer cardio workouts?
* What is the caloric intake I need in order to take care of my body and burn fat?
I am usually the one who answers these questions for my clients and friends. I know the science behind, but my solutions are not working. Now I have found myself in the role of the client I don’t believe is telling or seeing the truth.
My Truth: I can honestly say that I don’t eat badly. I love fresh fruits & veggies filling my plate. I eat whole grains and enjoy food for the God-given taste. (My husband would call it bland.) I don’t eat much meat, but when I do, I eat in small portions. I don’t add butter, salt or sauces to hardly anything. I don’t eat ice cream eat big desserts. I do like wine…but THAT is staying! I workout 6 days a week in combinations of cardio & strength training for an hour a day.
It is frustrating to read millions of articles and suggestions on how to lose weight, to see that I am already doing most, if not all, of the suggestions. It cannot be that running is the only way for my body to keep me at my healthy weight. I MUST choose the right road!
I can see how this frustration with weight loss can make a person spin out of control. As a female, we see an image in the mirror and often our dream and reality do not match up. We are given unfair expectations to live up to in Hollywood and around the world. We are flooded with quick weight loss solutions, pills that will guarantee your high school weight again, the easy road…..I believe NONE of them! Many women however do believe it and jump in with both feet. Whether it is a ‘promise in a bottle’ or an ‘eating disorder’, women try to find a quick answer. Each one of them found themselves at a crossroads and decided to go down that road.
I WILL CHOOSE THE RIGHT ROAD! (… stay tuned for Part 3)
* Share a time in your life when you faced a crossroads – healthy vs fast?….Leave your comments below.