It’s All in the Recovery

You are not going to be perfect in your journey to weight loss and fitness. I did some stupid things this week. I was gone for a week as I traveled to Oklahoma City, OK for business. I started off good. I went to the grocery store and purchases yogurt, oatmeal, bananas, etc for snacks and breakfast. How do you recover when you've had a bad day, or week?

Tuesday I thought I would go all “Biggest Loser” on myself and exercise the entire night. I started by dealing my self 20 fitdeck cards. Unfortunately this ended up working my entire body. I also decided to use the “intermediate” recommendations. I wanted to use this week from home to exercise as much as humanly possible. Well I got through about 10 of my cards, my legs were burning, and if I got another card that wanted me to do some form of a push up, I was going to puke. I hate to quit, but I had to admit I was pushing myself too hard. I went downstairs and did some walked on the treadmill for the entire 2 hours the biggest loser was on (sprinting during commercials). I burned a ton of calories and felt good about myself. Previously I had gone to an outback steakhouse, skipped the bread, asked for “chicken on the Barbie” (minus the seasonings), and went to bed.

Wednesday I woke up too sore to move. My legs were shot. My butt was shot (as these are your biggest muscles, you want them to work). When I got back to the hotel, I got on the treadmill, but pretty much had to “mail in” my workouts for the rest of the week. I knew I was in trouble as the bodybugg I am testing out kept showing me barely having a calorie deficit.

I also was in a different time zone, and to make it short. My body never adjusted, and I kept waking up an hour early ever day.

When I finally got home and got to get on the scale, I had gained some weight. Was I bummed? Absolutely. I had wanted to come back at least a pound if not two down. Instead of giving up, and being discouraged I looked at what I could learn. Here is what it boils down to:

1. Slow and steady wins the race. While its great that I wanted to exercise forever, in reality your body is not ready to do this. You have to work up to different levels. In the same way that I take the stairs in buildings, I need to do this with exercise. Jumping from one level to another will only push you too hard, and leave you more than “just a little sore” it will leave you so you can’t exercise without pain.

2. Sleep is important. If my body was getting up earlier naturally I should’ve gone to bed earlier (instead of watching movies, etc).

3. While I took some steps to eat healthy, I could’ve gone to the Internet and found out exactly what I was putting into my body (and maybe found better choices). I also should’ve asked the cook not to cook my veggies in butter.

Recovery is the Key

Instead of wanting to quit (as I prepare to lose weight I have already lost once before), I got with my wife and we scheduled out exercise time for the week. I am “getting back on the horse” that had me losing weight. I have learned some things to try in the vent I find myself in the position again.

Find something Positive

While I couldn’t exercise (as my legs were in massive pain), I knew I would have to control my appetite. So while I could focus on the negative of gaining weight this week, I did learn how to identify the way my body acts.

One night I had finished reading “finally thin” by Kim Bensen. I had mailed in my workout on the treadmill, and I thought about eating some more cereal, fruit etc that was in my hotel. I took inventory and noticed a couple of things:

1. As I flipped through channel after channel on the television, I thought about eating. Then I thought. I am not hungry (I wasn’t). I was bored. I started editing my podcast on my laptop.

2. When I tried to contact my wife (and got her voicemail) I thought I wanted to eat. I wasn’t hungry. I was lonely. I called my brother instead.

So while the trip did not go as planned (except for the business part) I was able to find some things to be positive about, and learn from the things I did wrong so I can avoid doing them in the future.

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1 thought on “It’s All in the Recovery”

  1. Hi Dave,

    I had a similar experience last night when I found myself scouring the fridge and pantry looking for late night snacks. I remembered your podcast on the HALT method of identifying the source of your hunger. Somehow I found the willpower to recognise that I wasn’t (H)ungry, (A)nxious or (L)onely, but rather I felt like eating simply because I was (T)ired.
    I silently berated myself. My inner voice switched from “where are those left over easter eggs” to “wake up to yourself you idiot, you’ll regret eating that as soon as you’ve finished”.
    Finally I poured myself a glass of water and simply went to bed instead.
    Thanks for a wonderful podcast.

    Darren from Australia

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