I went to pour some coffee before my workout. I needed to be amped. I needed to be hype. When I went for my big coffee cup, I had a moment. I asked myself, ” Why do I need that much?” I have been trying to get into another rhythm/ system of working out in the morning.
A few weeks ago, I began drinking more coffee before working out. A substantial amount, let me not lie. All of that coffee wasn’t agreeing to me.
I decided to cut back. I thought, “Maybe I just need just a little bit and that’ll get me right there. I go again this morning, trying to go for the big cup, and I had to check myself once again. I’m like, you know you don’t need that much. Once you start taking your diet serious by portioning out your food to see what a serving size is, you’ll come to the realization of you don’t need a lot.
We have so much access to excess. We have the ability to do whatever it is we feel. No matter if it’s eating an entire pizza or spending $200 on whatever. The ability to do that ,with the access to everything, is excessive.
I’ve been guilty of doing too many excessive things in regards to eating. Overall, just eating too much. We all have to come to that realization that we have too much. Point blank period. We can do a lot with less than what we have. You can always find a way.
When I was at my heaviest weight, I would fill my plates with food. I would tell myself, “This plate needs to be covered in food. Let me fill this plate up.” I’m pretty sure a lot of people do that, but I’m telling my story.
When I began disciplining myself to diet and portion sizes, I realized I didn’t need all that food on my plate. I also realized I had been over eating excessively for years. When I was my heaviest, with that full plate, I couldn’t understand having a smaller plate. I couldn’t comprehend how one couldn’t have a plate filled with food as I had.
Let’s take salad for example. By the time you finish adding all the fixings to it, you may as well have had a cheeseburger in regards to calories. Everyone may not have been putting that many fixings on their salad but me. Again, I’m telling you my story.
As you progress in your fitness journey, you realize, “I don’t need all that dressing. I don’t need croutons. I don’t even need bread.” When things get that serious, you become more diligent in your fitness journey.
I had that moment, this morning. I said to myself, “You don’t need all of that.” You know what I mean? I used a smaller coffee cup. I had more than enough energy for my workout.
Learning How To Pace Yourself
Let’s say if you do have a big full plate, let’s try to see if we can eat half now then half later. Try to become satiated with what you have. If you’re not satisfied, I get it, but I’m just talking from the standpoint of disciplining yourself to that.
When working out you need to find a good program that can work for you. Attack it. It doesn’t have to be long hours in the gym. You can get a good efficient workout in about 30 minutes. Every body is different. Whatever works for you, works for you.
I remember the days where I used to kill myself in the gym. I would be there for hours on end. Don’t get me wrong, I had some of the best results then. There were a lot of times in between those times where I was scrolling on my phone. You know what I mean? In those times I was doing everything else but working out efficiently.
I am beginning to value time differently. My schedule can change in a heartbeat. I have to learn how to pivot and run to the next task of the day. I’m learning how to be agile with my scheduling. My personal training hours are being filled up. I love what I do. I have to understand, I have an hour tops, to workout. Within those 60 minutes, I have to get a high intensity quality workout.
Don’t think that you can’t do you can’t start over. Every day that you’re blessed to see a new day is reassurance that you can. How will you utilize your time?
In 2015 I launched my blog, ChristiansWeightSuccess.net to answer the question of how I lost 187 pounds. I am currently a personal trainer in Peoria, IL.