Physical Activity and Nutrition.

“I want to lose weight and gain muscle, so I’ll eat more protein, fewer carbs, and lots of vitamin A”

This is my last entry into the world of nutritionism. It’s probably one of the most important ones in my life and it has been a long time coming. But as often happens throughout the course of my life, this is only how I thought I would die. This isn’t what I knew was going to happen, but it sure is how I felt when I got there. The day it happened though, I can never forget it. For those who don’t know, I have a personal trainer through Fitness Plus that has me under his close watch. If I didn’t work out at least two or three times per week, I would be dead by fall. He has gotten accustomed to working with people, and working out with me has become routine so I had no choice, I needed my body and I needed my brain in tip-top shape. There have been months where I barely break a sweat, not even during the workouts. But when working out became routine, I lost interest in the workout, for good reason. My mind seemed to go straight to training in order to feel like I wasn’t dying anymore. To make sure I didn’t miss a beat, I skipped any extra-strength weight. That made the workout interesting for me because I didn’t really like the routine of being able to burn fat.

But I wouldn’t say I had the same enjoyment as some other fitness fanatic, but I loved working out anyway. Not because I enjoyed the calorie count, but because every workout I did, right from the first workout until the end of the day reminded me that that day was over. So after making myself hungry, I went about preparing for another workout, hoping that it wouldn’t be too hard. Well, it turned out that the second workout was way better than the first one. It just wasn’t fun working out, you could tell and the soreness I endured was worse than I expected. As much as I wanted to get back in the gym again, I also wanted to figure things out better. In fact, I just wanted to quit all the painkillers I was taking in hopes that they would stop hurting me. However, it wasn’t any easier to figure out. During one particular workout, I found myself struggling to walk. You see, it was hard for me to run, I couldn’t do anything besides push up, sit-ups, and squats. Once I was down, I couldn’t stand up without sitting on it. In the middle of a workout, I just couldn’t get back up because I was really sore. That didn’t help either, just like the first time. Then came the third time around, I couldn’t walk and I just couldn’t stay up. I tried doing the exercises, but the pain didn’t really let me do them because it was so bad. After that, I couldn’t get out of bed without coughing. I had to sleep with one pillow over my head for a few days before I could recover. All kinds of symptoms started following the soreness, including loss of appetite, dizziness, tinnitus, weakness, and lack of motivation. Most importantly though, I started losing weight. At first, I was only able to control it within the gym, but then it began to show up in every area of my life. One thing led to another as it became clear that if my diet wasn’t working properly, I needed to try my hands at changing up my habits.

In the past month, I have gone from running 3 miles in 8 days to walking 5 miles in 14 days. Today, I can run 6 blocks in 4 weeks. When I tried moving to yoga after a year of practicing Crossfit and Crossfit, my weight dropped significantly. But even after the initial drop-off, I never gave up hope for a faster recovery. I actually lost quite a bit of weight during this period, despite spending hours each morning in the gym, working out 2 times per week for several years. Now, here we are 9 months later, I am 5 stone heavier than I was when I started. I have gone from eating 1200 calories a day to eating 1800 and still counting.

In fact, I haven’t eaten since I ate 300 in 1 hour, which means that I haven’t been able to lose more than 2 pounds. I guess it’s all thanks to an amazing team of trainers and nutritionists with who I have been fortunate enough to work for nearly four years. Their results aren’t all praise though, especially not because I haven’t seen any improvement since starting lifting weights. Instead, I’ve noticed that I have started missing meals, I might be having extra calories during the night for example. Although, now that I’m done with the restrictive diets, I plan to continue working out because I know that I will be losing weight soon and I will be stronger then ever.

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