Here’s something that’s hard for a slowly reforming fat girl to hear: “You’re not eating enough.”
But after sitting down and discussing my overall health, severe insomnia and general issues of late, this is one of several conclusions my awesome Crossfit coaches have come to. And truthfully, I agree with them.
While it goes against every fiber in my being to even allow myself to think that in order to achieve my weight loss and performance goals I need to eat MORE, what they are saying makes a lot of sense.
Super-awesome-girl-coach laughed when she saw my face when they broke this news to me. I guess she’s been spoonfed the same kool-aid as I have through the years. It goes something like this:
Want to lose weight and look amazing? Work out as much as you possibly can, eat as little as physically possible. Only when passing out is eminent may you then eat. A grape. Just one. It’ll do, we promise.
Since she’s like, the hottest girl I know, and if I had her body I would walk around naked ALL. THE. TIME. (and yes, I told her that), I’m going to take her advice on this one. Oh, and her advice was backed by all this cool science stuff too, so that gave her extra credibility over her super hot points.
So in short, here’s what’s wrong with me. I’m not eating enough, and was walking a very fine line with overtraining. As a result of my recent sickness, I am now officially firmly in the realm of overtraining. This is affecting my sleep, my immune system, and my overall health. I’m also not supplementing appropriately for my level of activity to give my body the tools it needs for recovery.
Well gee, who knew there was more to this whole thing than just showing up and working out?
My recipe for recovery, and to help fix my cranky and out of whack immune system, is pretty simple.
Take a few days off (done).
When I do come back, SCALE. A LOT. It’s ok to take a step back and give my body time to get back in the swing of things.
EAT! Fuel my body for training and recovery. Don’t be an idiot and count calories. Eat when hungry, stop when full. Not rocket science.
I need to boost my immune system and get my cortisol levels back in check. If for no other reason than I need to sleep.
Because when I don’t sleep I get cranky.
And then it’s more than just my health at risk kittens.