Un-stucking the Rut

Un-stucking the Rut

I never thought I would say this…

But after weight training for almost 30 years, I AM FINISHED.

I hate it.

For those readers who have followed me for quite some time, this is probably shocking news.

Training with weights has been an important part of my life, and it has helped me to reach a number of personal goals.  But recently, I got fed up; disenchanted with what I was doing; and I realized that it was time to move on.

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Five Simple Strategies: #5 Stop DIETING!!!

In the 90s, I envied the bodies of physique competitors, Cory Everson and Rachel McLish.  I watched ESPN’s exercising/weightlifting show Bodyshaping and coveted host Keana Tom’s body.  And I longed to have those muscular, feminine bodies.  I wanted it so badly that I could taste it.  So I did what I thought was logical: I pounded the weights in the gym and I starved myself in the kitchen.

That’s how I thought I was going to look like them:  if I starved myself.

It was frequent that the only meal I’d eat in a day would be a boatload of egg noodles with butter after a long workout.

I never got stronger.  I never got leaner.  And I could not figure out why.

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Five Simple Strategies: #4 One Small Step

At the beginning of every new year, Americans put tremendous pressure on themselves to set resolutions.  One of the top resolutions is “I’m going to lose weight!”  And we start out in full blast mode, and we get going, and all of the sudden…we fizzle out.

Why?

I think it’s because we start “too big.”  The goal of “losing weight’ encompasses so much.  Not only is there exercise to consider, but there’s diet too.  And time management– how am I going to figure out how to get a workout in during the day?  And what gym am I going to join?  Is a gym even right for me?  What will I wear?  What will others think of me?

And if you’re anything like me, you probably start to overthink the answers to all of those questions, and that thinking becomes paralyzing, and you end up doing nothing–fizzling out– because you grow frustrated.

Guess what– you’re normal.

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Five Simple Strategies: #3 Get More Sleep!

For the next several weeks, every Wednesday, Never Buff Enough 2.0 will post on the topic of weight loss and living more healthfully and well-fully.  This is the third entry in a series called “Five simple strategies you can try RIGHT NOW to achieve your fitness goals” 

When I was just a little girl, my parents used to have to practically drag me out of bed in the morning.  I seemed to be someone who just required more sleep than my older sister, or anybody else in my family for that matter.

But when you’re a kid, needing that much sleep isn’t as frowned upon as it is when you’re an adult.  By the time we reach adulthood, we’re expected to go, go, go and achieve, achieve, achieve, and we come to believe that we don’t have time for sleep; that we’ll sleep when we’re dead.

But here’s the thing: without adequate sleep, you may as well be dead because you are probably walking around like a zombie anyway, and you are likely not performing in your daily life at your best.

We spend a lot of the time beating up our bodies, and unfortunately, we don’t spend much time allowing our bodies to recover.  Sleep is recovery.  And we all so desperately need more of it.

Here’s some things you might not have known about sleep that are relevant to your health and fitness goals:

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Easy Peasy Chicken Salad

chicken saladEating healthfully doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive, or bland. Take this simple salad for example…

5 oz of rotisserie chicken (I know you can’t see it all; it’s mixed up in the greens!)
1/2 head of romaine hearts
Juice of one lemon
1Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Easy!

Cheap– 5 heads of lettuce on sale at the store this week for $4.99

Bag of lemons– $4.99

Chicken– $4.99

See a price trend here?!? Ha!

The other items were already on hand.

My lunch cost for today? About $3.00.

Flavorful, too.

You could certainly add some other vegetables, but I was in a hurry and didn’t feel like chopping up other items.  This was a full meal in itself!

Bonus: I threw the used lemons down the disposal to disinfect and clean it.

Five Simple Strategies: #2. Drink More Water

For the next several weeks, every Wednesday, Never Buff Enough 2.0 will post on the topic of weight loss and living more healthfully and well-fully.  This is the second entry in a series called “Five simple strategies you can try RIGHT NOW to achieve your fitness goals” 

In part one of this series, we discussed the importance of getting rid of your scale; it’s a useless beast, and it is only there to frustrate you.  Have you thrown it away yet?!?

This week, it’s all about…

Water, water, water.

By now, you’ve probably heard all about the health benefits of drinking water, of how it helps you to stay hydrated, about how it helps your kidneys function well, about how it keeps your body functions actually function as best as they can.  So I’m not going to spend a whole lot of time trying to convince you of something that’s probably already been drilled into your head anyway.

Instead, I’ll tell you about how I struggle with my water intake, in spite of knowing how beneficial it is to stay hydrated.

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Pumpkin Protein Bars

pumpkin protein barsI went for my first mountain climb/hike this past weekend.  Although a novice, I knew we’d get hungry when we reached the top, so I made some of my “famous” pumpkin protein bars.  The recipe that follows can be adjusted to meet your specific caloric needs.  When I’m in contest prep, there are some adjustments that I make as well– such as eliminating some of the chocolate chips or substituting them all together for carab chips instead (granted, not as tasty, but when in contest prep, you make these kinds of adjustments).

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Five Simple Strategies: #1. Throw Away the Scale– Numbers Lie!

For the next several weeks, every Wednesday, Never Buff Enough 2.0 will post on the topic of weight loss and living more healthfully and well-fully.  This is the first entry in a series called “Five simple changes you can make RIGHT NOW to achieve your fitness goals” 

Have you ever tried some diet, committed yourself to it, think you’re making progress, and then step on the scale, only to discover…

That little needle has not moved a single, blessed centimeter.  Not one.  Not one pound lost.  Not even a measly little ounce.  And that needle just stares back at you, mocking you and every single effort you’ve made at becoming healthier.

You feel defeated.  Like maybe you just aren’t trying hard enough.  Or you consider that maybe diets just don’t work for you.

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Currently, I’m sitting at about 172 lbs. I know it looks like it’s more than that, but I was also bent over slightly in order to take the picture. LOL!!!

And you do this, over and over again…

Until the disappointment becomes so unbearable that you throw your hands in the air, as well as the towel, and you grab the closest, crappiest thing you can find to eat, and you binge.

I’m not the only one, am I?

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When Shit Happens: Changing Plans

In a previous post, I wrote about my training philosophy and the need to be consistent in order to see results

That’s nice talk and all…

And then life throws you a curve ball.

Or a couple of curve balls.

My latest curve balls included general fatigue and then sickness. So the question becomes: should you train when you’re tired or sick?  Or what about if you’re just “sick and tired?”

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