Today’s lesson: carbs are good. Huh. All my Atkins brainwashing circa 2000 has me twisting this lesson from my trainer, Ryan, around and around in my head. Oh, and eating before working out is good, too. Maybe not RIGHT before, but sometime before.
You see, your body needs food in order to fuel it, so that it can burn the fat. It’s the short-term flame starter it needs in order to access all the stuff that you are trying to get rid of.
The reason why he told me this? Well, because I was sitting on the floor with my head between my knees praying to not toss my cookies and/or pass out. You see, I did NOT eat carbs, or for that matter, anything before my uber-intense baptism-by-fire first training session today. Ryan believes that strength training can and should be a cardio workout. And he set out to prove it to me.
So after one “trail” set (three machines – two upper and one lower body – what he calls a “Mega-set”) and three “for real” sets, I found myself on the floor, quitting for the day, worried that I might not make it home.
And the only reason is because I didn’t take the time to eat something. As typical of me, I scheduled something up to the minute before, and forgot to eat. I ate a small breakfast, but it was 5 hours before, and wasn’t quite providing the nutrition needed for Ryan’s Mega Set.
So the challenge is 1) do NOT let this discourage me – I am on a mission to do well by myself and my fitness goals, and this setback cannot stop me 2) tweak the plan (again) and make sure I am planning my meals along with the weekly workout schedule.
I am finding that my biggest obstacle, the thing that will most limit me and lead me to failure, is lack of preparation and planning. This includes setting aside the time for working out (and eating) as well as preparing my bags so they are ready and/or my kids stuff so they do not make me late, as well as informing my husband, nanny, etc. ahead of time of what I need in order to workout. Whew. It’s a lot. The issue right now is that I have no routine. I strongly desire one, but feel very uncomfortable committing – I mean, what if a client can ONLY meet during the time I “blocked” out for yoga? I am so hesitant to put that time aside for me, just in case someone might need me…
…and then of course, the workout doesn’t happen, because it wasn’t planned for. Or at a minimum I am late/undernourished/rushed/passing out/only have 20 minutes etc.
Carbs are Good. I must eat. I must take care of me first. I WILL set a schedule and I will make my appointments around it. Yes. See you next week Ryan.