Overtraining can kill you.
If you’ve been around the fitness scene for any length of time you’ll have heard it whispered about like Beetlejuice with people seemingly afraid to say it out loud for fear of invoking its wrath. The workouts done by this group wouldn’t hurt an average sized cat. Then there’s the other side of the coin. The no pain, no gain crew who don’t believe you can ever overtrain and who boast about causing rhabdomyolysis in their clients. Like with most things there’s truth to both sides and the smart approach is straight down the middle.
Overtraining is an insidious trap because it goes against our natural instincts.
In most endeavors in life, you can expect to receive rewards in proportion to what you give in time and effort.
Work more and harder in your career, and you’ll usually grow your business or wind up getting promotions and raises. Spend more time with friends and family, and you’ll usually build stronger, more fulfilling relationships. Practice longer and more diligently on your golf swing, and you’ll usually shave strokes off your game faster.
Exercise, and weightlifting in particular, is a bit different, however.
There’s a point where exerting more effort actually becomes counter-productive. Most people are aware of this concept, but they aren’t aware of how easy it is to overtrain, and how to spot it.
You see people overtraining all the time.
When I weigh myself on a scale multiple times a day, sometimes I weigh a lot more in the morning than I do at night. I’ve also heard it’s more important to measure fat loss than weight loss, but how do I track that accurately? I want to measure my progress, but I don’t know how. Please help!
Tracking your weight and fat loss poses a challenge, but you can do it without a crazy amount of effort. As you mentioned, tracking body weight doesn’t necessarily indicate progress due to a couple of factors. First, you body weight fluctuates greatly throughout the day—anywhere from a few pounds to even as much as 12, depending on your body type, food and water intake, and activity levels. Additionally, gaining weight might indicate positive progress because you’ve gained it in muscle mass. If you do need to reduce your weight to a healthier level, daily monitoring will prove useful. You just have to account for fluctuations, and we’ll discuss how to do that in a bit.
I took a couple of new pictures since I haven’t taken any since February and I’ve lost more weight since then.I’m really not sure what I weigh in this picture. I think it is probably higher than 323, but I don’t know for sure. This picture was taken at a wedding in 2007.
Hmmm. I’m a bit surprised by that drop. I guess the phantom weight gain disappeared but now we have a bit of a phantom weight loss. I wasn’t expecting a drop after my FRIED SHRIMP POBOY FEAST. 😛
Yesterday’s Meal Plan
Breakfast – None
Lunch – Over stuffed fried shrimp poboy
Dinner – None
Snack – None
Calories – 1500
I am not sure if I heard angel trumpets or devil trombones but the chorus was singing hallelujah as I ate the shrimp poboy. It was fantastic. Who knew fried food tasted so good? 😛
Skipped meals the rest of the day but in truth the poboy was huge and had almost as many shrimp off the bread as on the bread so I really wasn’t the least bit hungry last night.
I’m still thirsty from the salt which is why I expected at minimum a water gain today. Speaking of water……
Road Marker 0 😛
Tip Of The Day
Take a vacation.
One of my dear readers came up with this tip and I am going to try it out.
The bike and the wind have been causing me all sorts of misery so I am going to take a week off. Not sure when. I’ll probably wait for July when the heat starts to melt the asphalt but at some point in July, I am going to take a full week off from the bike ride.
Similar to knowing you can cheat on the diet, thus making it easier to hold on to your sanity, I think knowing I can take a week off from the bike will somehow make it a little easier to hit the levee.
Oh, Shonnie gave me the vacation idea. Here is her site. http://diaryofanangryfatwoman.wordpress.com/
Good tip, thanks.
Happy dieting see you tomorrow and have a great weekend
The Grumpy Man
Now I know it may seem trivial, but since loosing weight, I’ve never really measured my success by weight loss quite as much as the smile on my gave when I put my belt on this morning and could go one hole to the right!!
Small thing for sure, but huge success in my book!!
Scales can lie but belt notches are pretty direct evidence of your hard work! Well done!
I remember slowly ticking off the belt notches and eventually drilling a new one into my smallest belt. None of my pants fit, so it was a necessary bit of amateur leather-working. Now I have all new belts, but still hang on to that belt with the homemade notch.
It’s not at all trivial. Your weight loss journey will be a series of small successes and the more you take notice of them, the more steadfast in your goal you will become. I’m glad to see that you are progressing so well!