*ramble ahead, scroll down for food and workout program*
I think that there are some things in the world that you can’t fully comprehend until you are living them yourself. You can read books or articles, or hear other people talk about them. You can talk in-depth about what it actually consists of…but until you have felt it in every fibre of your body, there can’t be an understanding beyond surface level.
For me, finding a healthy balance (regardless of what I am doing) is one of those things. Right now, it’s exercise. Not a ‘new’ struggle but slightly different in that I am using equipment that I am unfamiliar with, and doing exercises I have never done before. In an environment with as much temptation to me as an sugar addict let loose in a chocolate factory.
Okay. So, I have been a member of my gym for one week and I love it. For various reasons. One of the biggest changes for me since I replaced my long walks with non-impact cardio has been the complete elimination of painkillers. That is pretty huge, considering the fact that I was taking the maximum dose of more than one kind up until last week. So a big “huzzah” on that front.
The thing I am struggling with is the thought processes that are arising during/after working out. Little things. Like deciding to do 45 mins of cardio, hitting the 1 hour mark and forcing myself to get.off.the.damn.bike, wobbling out the gym on jello-legs thinking, “if you can still stand up, you can keep going for longer”. Or not being in agony later in the day and thinking that I obviously didn’t work hard enough and should go back and do another full work-out.
This, as my trainer put it, is crazy. Working out is about pushing limits, not crashing through them resulting in injuries or exhaustion. The goal is to become healthier and stronger, and I need to keep remembering that. And ignore the part of my brain that believes I can ALWAYS work harder, ALWAYS push myself further, ALWAYS keep going. Because the truth is, I probably can. But not at a price I am willing to pay. I need to follow my trainer’s advice on this one because my own thoughts/ideas are not leading me down a good path.
Which brings me onto today
I had my session with my trainer first thing this morning, so I was up at 6am eating overnight oats.
In the mix:
1/3 cup oats
I don’t add extra liquid because the blueberries let out a lot of juice as they thaw. Just gave it a quick stir this morning, and topped with some of a crumbled coconut bar.
Then GYM where I got my training plan. Actually I got two separate ones for alternating days.