Lifting made me…..
- Start Seeing Food as Fuel
- Learn to Listen to My Body
- Focus on Goals
- Gain Life Balance
Food as Fuel
Food is great, and on occasion, I live to eat. However, since I have started seriously focusing on strength, I have started to make sure most of the food I ‘m consuming is giving me proper nutrients. Why? So I can lift more at my next session at my home gym. I will never not love food, but now I love it in part because it helps me be able to make strength gains and in turn makes me feel a sense of achievement. Instead of food being seen almost solely as a pleasurable experience for my mouth, it becomes a whole body experience, feeding my strength and therefore feeding my soul.
Desserts are my vice, and I will always have my favorites on occasion. However, these are the healthy snacks I enjoy that also satisfy my sweet tooth.
- Apples and peanut butter
- Oatmeal with a bit of brown sugar
Listening to My Body
When we lift, our body tells us when we can do more and when we need to dial it back and push a little less. And when we hear what our body says in one area, we learn to listen in other areas. Now that I ‘m lifting, I listen to when my body needs more fuel on one day or less on another day.
Also, I used to believe I felt the same after eating any type of food, whether it was asparagus or Doritos. Now that I ‘m more attune to having to perform increasingly better in my little home gym, I can tell the difference in my energy levels when I eat chips or vegetables. I notice the difference in my overall well-being as well as how long I ‘m satisfied after my meal. Before lifting, I really would not be cognizant of how my body was reacting to different foods.
Focused on Goals
I’ve never run a marathon or trained for a triathlon, but I imagine I feel a bit like that. I have goals of what I would like to lift in a certain time period; therefore, although I do not consider myself an athlete, because I have goals, I try to train like I am one. It makes me feel like the activity I ‘m engaging in is super important and makes me ever more dedicated to Ã…”the gaining strength cause Ã‚Â the more progress I make. Because in some ways I feel like an athlete, I take proper care to reach the next level. I make sure I get enough sleep, breath correctly, practice proper posture while I sit at my desk at work, and lead a balanced life–as much as is possible.
By focusing on gaining strength I actually exercise less. I can get a good workout in 40 minutes of lifting and therefore have time to focus on other areas of my life. I love fitting working out into my life as it is, rather than fitting my life around my workout. Lifting, if done heavy enough, can be a form of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and therefore give a cardiovascular workout. My training schedule is very doable for me, and the fact I keep to it gives me a sense of accomplishment–which in turn motivates me to keep progressing.
My Training Schedule:
- Sunday–20 Minutes of HIIT
- Monday–No workout
- Tuesday–40 Minutes of Lifting
- Wednesday–No workout
- Thursday–40 Minutes of Lifting
- Friday–No Workout
- Saturday–40 Minutes of Lifting
Taking the focus off of my weight and onto gaining strength has helped me be healthy in a way that I find sustainable. Perhaps it may do the same for you.
– How often do you lift weights?