Workout Sabotage

Stay out of your own way

Do you run a gazillion miles and then come home and eat thousands of calories of food and drink and justify it by telling yourself you worked out?  Do you have a food or beverage that is your absolute vice as it contains loads of sugar, fat, sugar, SUGAR, and more sugar?  Are you leaving it all on the floor with your effort at the gym or on the asphalt yet your waist size remains the same and the scale hasn’t budged?  If you can answer yes to many of these initial questions then you just might be committing workout sabotage.   

My boot camp coach tells us “Don’t hustle backwards”.  Meaning, don’t go all out at the gym with your workout and then consume the same amount or MORE calories than you burned because you are no longer in the deficit.  Now I do believe all calories are not the same.  One hundred calories in an apple is NOT the same as a 100 calorie Pecan Sandies cookie pack.  Nutritionally the cookies can’t hold a candle to the apple.

I use the term “Don’t work backwards” meaning don’t take 3 steps forward with your fitness and 5 steps backwards because you just can’t get that eating/drinking right.  Fitness experts tell us your fitness is 80% diet and 20% exercise.  Given that, what we eat and drink is more than 4 times as important as how hard we push at the gym.  That’s because if the “bad” calories never touch your lips, there is nothing to work off.

Our bodies are smart enough to know how to use the RIGHT fuel made for our bodies.  Man-made snacks, treats and beverages are not it.  So here are some suggestions to help you stay ahead of your calorie burn and never work backwards.

  1.  Clean out the pantry of unhealthy foods in boxes.  That suggests they are man-made, highly processed and not good for your body.
  2. Read labels – don’t be fooled by the “buzz words” many food manufacturers are throwing out there like “organic”, “sugar free”, “all natural”, etc.  That can be trickery to entice you to avoid looking at the label only to learn there is a bunch of additives added that will undo all of your hard work.
  3. Cook more.  If you search the web many people feature their food prep for the week on Sundays.  They are broiling fish, steaming veggies and packaging them in advance to minimize the urge to eat out.
  4. Drink water.  It helps with satiety and keeps you hydrated.  I keep bottled water near my bed and drink a 16 oz bottle first thing in the morning to get my system moving.
  5. Don’t go to the grocery store hungry.  I know this has been said over and over but it is SO TRUE! Don’t do it.  I am a witness, you will begin making bad food choices.  You do not want convenience junk food to be convenient to reach.  Keep it out of the shopping cart.
  6. Everything within moderation.  Life won’t stop if you eat your favorite ice cream, cake, cookie, etc.  Just don’t eat as much in a single sitting.  Decrease your cake slice size, break off half a cookie to eat or only take 2 scoops of ice cream instead of three. 
  7. Try your hardest not to let your body get hungry.  If you aren’t eating multiple times a day (listen to your body because everyone is different) to the point your stomach is never empty, you will look up, find yourself starving and falling prey to a poor food choice.

Read this great article I found by Healthy ~ The New Slim on diet vs. exercise and fat loss by clicking the photo.

So there you have it, some of my tips to help you avoid sabotaging your workout.    

What additional tips would you recommend to help someone not derail their fitness goals by poor food choices?

11 Replies to "Workout Sabotage"

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    March 17, 2014 (6:14 am)

    these are great tips. I think I’m one of those who sabotage my own workout.

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      DSTPRL March 17, 2014 (6:16 am)

      My girlfriend said it to me best, and opened my eyes. “Girl you work very hard just to be maintaining”. She didn’t mean it as a slight but listening and digesting what she said – she was right. I was sprinting, doing all types of push ups, going up on weight, etc. JUST to remain the same simply because I refuse(d) to change my diet. We all have choices – what do we choose?

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    Joey March 17, 2014 (3:28 pm)

    Exercise does make me SO hungry! Fortunately I’m at a point where I’m maintaining my weight, not trying to lose any, so my justifications seem to be working out okay. I’ll save these tips for the inevitable failure of my metabolism that I know is waiting for me someday!

    I’m in the SITS Spring Fling Group #3 – nice to meet you!

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      DSTPRL March 17, 2014 (4:09 pm)

      Nice to meet you too Joey! It seems many of us are struggling with this little secret doozy. I always tell my trainer – you can’t outrun ice cream. It has a faster pace than you. LOL. That is my weakness. So I just have to keep it out of the house. Thank you for stopping by from SITS Spring Fling Group #3!!!

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    Jennifer March 17, 2014 (9:04 pm)

    Love these tips! I definitely feel like I “deserve” something else if I work out hard. Moderation is something that I need to work on!

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    Marla March 19, 2014 (10:40 am)

    Some very good tips! I think we need to be very cautious with manufacture’s buzz words especially the all natural. It means nothing at all. I believe in eating organic and local harvest as much as possible. Visiting from WOW Wednesday lInk up. Have a wonderful healthy day.

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    The Frugal Exerciser
    March 19, 2014 (11:36 am)

    Great tips and I will share on my business timeline. I would add, surround yourself with others that are trying to lose weight. Sometime, family members can sabotage your weight loss plans.

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    Becca March 19, 2014 (3:00 pm)

    I think you summarized well! I’ve never heard the 80% nutrition, 20% working out thing before. It does make sense- as you stated, that if you’re eating right, you won’t have bad things to burn off.
    Thanks for sharing at the Healthy Tuesday hop! 🙂

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    March 20, 2014 (8:40 am)

    All great tips. I try not to bring the junk into the house (although we do have ice cream in the freezer right now!). If I buy a box of cookies, then it’s going to be the first thing I reach for, and I will eat too many. I save desserts for when we are out. One Subway cookie once in a while is better than an entire sleeve of Oreos sitting in my cupboard waiting for me to devour at 9pm. Thanks, great post!

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