I remember the first time I saw the scale show that I lost 12 pounds, I was elated. Then a few weeks later I lost another 14 pounds. With each pound lost, I grew more eager to hit the gym and go workout.
At one point I was taking two and three classes at the gym in a row. It wasn’t because I obsessed over losing weight, it was because I was just motivated and wanted to do everything in my power to stay that way.
I went to the gym every single day and was there for a couple hours. After a month of this routine, I was done- done, over it, exhausted. I lost my motivation because I was just warn out.
I found myself not wanting to work out anymore and not want to take anymore classes. I over did it- I trained too hard.
This happens to a lot of people when they first start seeing results. It’s so exciting to see results, that you think by working harder, you’ll see more results. Not true.
Have you ever heard the expression, “Don’t fix what ain’t broken”? Well case and point right here. My weight was coming off- and coming off fast. There was no reason to switch up my routine when what I was doing in the beginning was working.
Another mistake is going to the gym too much and working out too much. There are two bad outcomes when you do this:
1). Your mind gets burnt out. You go to the gym so much and workout so much. that it’s not fun anymore, it becomes kinda like a job. When exercising takes up too much of your time, it becomes inconvenient. It’s no longer something you are doing for yourself to get healthy, it becomes something you have to do and is no longer fun.
2) Your body gets burnt out. It’s great to push your body and overcome new challenges, but not at the expense of your long term fitness goal. By working out too much, you could get injured. One day you might pull a muscle or worse. In which case, you wouldn’t be able to workout for a while until your body heals. Another way your body gets worn out is by making it plateau. This is when you get used to your workouts and can’t build anymore muscle or lose any more fat. By working out too much, you also start to burn your muscle. That’s when the muscle you’ve worked so hard to build starts getting smaller because your body is burning it for energy.
Working out too much is never a good thing. Just like the food you eat, you should be doing everything in moderation. Losing motivation is the worst thing to do when you’re trying to lose weight. The second you feel like you don’t want to workout anymore is when you know you have to re-evaluate your fitness process. Once you’ve lost motivation, it’s very hard to get it back. Your safest bet is to just keep positive and not lose it to begin with!
Once I lost that motivation, I looked in the mirror and made myself believe I could continue. I got my motivation back and decided to never let working out feel like a job or over do it exercising. Now I’m at the point where exercising is too much fun to not have in my life. And I take physical and mental breaks when I need them.