Where in the World Have You Been?
Every few days I get emails, texts messages, Facebook messages regarding my next article. I had no idea that so many lovely people enjoyed reading my random ass fitness stuff that I posted on a daily basis. In this article, I’m going to tell you why I took the time off from writing articles and being serious about health and fitness, so you might wanna grab a drink. No calories though, because you know how I’m not a fan of drinking calories.
Anyways, on to why I was gone for so long.
I took a long time off, (I believe my last post was at the end of April) because I felt that my life was getting too wrapped up in fitness. Fitness was a interest/hobby (if you could say that) and I was making it my life. I would make plans around going to the gym, creating meal plans/fitness routines, and blogging, and ended up missing a lot of social outings and much needed hang out time with friends and family. I was pretty much in my own world, and though fitness is a healthy lifestyle, I slowly realized the obsession is not at all healthy. Don’t get me wrong, I loved waking up to emails asking questions, creating meal plans, and having one on ones with clients, etc. And at first it was fun. I loved it. I love helping people, that’s why I blog in the first place. But since I am not a serious IFBB bodybuilder, or world class trainer, I was living my life as if I were one.
I was at the point where I was waiting on everything to do with fitness. I was constantly looking forward to eating meals at specific times, waiting for workouts, waiting for that exact hour so I could sleep, so my body could rest and recuperate for the next workout. Everything was fitness, fitness, and more fitness. Old friends drifted as new gym buddies came along, and so you could see why I decided to back off. Oh, that, and I was on the computer an average of 7 hours a night researching and writing articles for you fine readers.
When is enough, enough? When is the point where your healthy fitness habits shift towards an unhealthy obsession? Guys, don’t go taking this the wrong way. I know getting the body that you desire takes sacrifices, a lot of them. But if you’re to the point where your daily lives are getting pushed aside, you may need to ease up, slow down and smell the roses. With that said, here are some points that may confirm that you are an obsessed fitness junkie:
1) When it interferes with your daily activities and relationships
How many of you constantly hear your buddies say that they can’t do this or that because they have a gym session? That excuse is almost as good as: ” I was drunk that night.” It’s pretty much a get out of jail free card that I used to throw around. Do NOT get me wrong. I like to train at specific times of the day, and most things (dinner, drinks at a pub) usually happened around that time! And no way in hell am I scarfing down a 1200 calorie meal, when I ONLY have 200 calories left for the day and I want my abs to show. I work hard, and I’m not about to let a small dinner make me go backwards in my training routine. Which brings me to the next unhealthy obsession point with fitness.
2) You believe bad things happen when you skip a work out, or have a meal you aren’t supposed to eat
Where do I begin with this one? I got so serious to the point where if I skipped a workout, I would feel devastated. Gains out the window bro. It’s alright to skip leg day, but you cannot and must not skip any other body part. You wanna lose the chance for mad gains? What about eating? Is it worth skipping out on a delicious meal when you aren’t competing at all? Live life a little. One small meal here or there won’t kill you especially if you have no plans of stepping on stage. Enjoy life a little.
3) You develop a perfectionist attitude regarding your body and are never happy
My girlfriend knows me all too well at this point. “I need a bigger chest”….that’s usually my line to her. In which she replies: “Me too.” This was where I excelled at. I was self conscious about my appearance even though people thought I had a stellar physique. But they didn’t see what I saw when I looked in the mirror. I constantly saw a small skinny kid, even though my arms and chest were massive to everyone else. It was getting a little too crazy and I don’t think I can get rid of it. Next point.
4) You ignore the signs of illness, injury or fatigue
You gotta get to the gym even though your wrist is sore. But lucky for you, today is legs, and you also have lifting straps to help you with any pulling movements, in case a hot girl walks into the gym and you want to get a massive bicep and back pump going. I was never an advocate to training while injured or fatigued, because my body health always came first. But believe it or not, some guys go to the gym while injured, and often prolong their injuries that way. Don’t even get me started on the people who train while sick. Go home you selfish bastard. Don’t go getting everyone else sick because you want to train your biceps.