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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
November 4, 2018
There is a time when every person suddenly and without reason, hits a wall. For a lot of people, hitting that wall might just be a plateau in your fitness, and that means you are really gonna have to make some changes to your regimen. When you run into this sort of situation this is where you need to read up on some different styles of fitness and also figure out some possible changes with your dietary needs. When these sort of situations happen, take it in stride and try some different things. Maybe throw in some German Volume Training or maybe start doing some Olympic style weight lifting to help with your plateau busting. These kind of moments can be easy to overcome, especially when the effort change is all that is required. If you want to gun for better mileage or speed on your running, go for it! If you want to throw in something different, then do some cycling. Changing things up when you are having some issues in the fitness game are certainly tough to overcome, but can be overcome if you put some work into it.
Now this is not where I am going when it comes to the original question and the headline to this blog post. There are going to be times where you just don’t want anything to do with fitness at all. I will admit to you, I had that week for the first time in a heck of a long time. I really don’t know what was going on with me, but for the first time in a long time I just wished I was sitting at home, eating food, watching television or possibly playing some video games on my cell phone. I have a pretty good idea on what was the problem this week, but for the most part I was tired, poorly motivated and incredibly stiff. Monday I started feeling it, and even then I put in a good hour on the workout. Tuesday is where things started falling apart, where I barely lated 45 minutes. Thursday was even worse, where after 30 minutes I honestly felt like quitting the idea of fitness all together. There was this whirlwind in my mind that was telling me “What the hell are you doing this for? You should be at home resting and relaxing with your dogs rather than a gym!” I think for the most part, I was burned out. Like a candle that had been burning at both sides I had to call it that day and possibly call it for the week. There are some reason I will lay down later but there are plenty of physical reasons why we run into these walls.
NOT SLEEPING ENOUGH.
I don’t know how some people can say they only sleep a few hours a night and somehow go full throttle for hours on end, eating horribly and still looking lean. I see these people and I get angry as hell. I can only conclude that they must be the lucky few that has high metabolism. But for the rest of us, lack of sleep is a huge takedown on our effort. Without any real regeneration to your body and any recovery, your body will have some issues. https://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness/intimate-relationship-between-fitness-sleep/The biggest reason you need rest is the natural growth hormone you need to get stronger while also aid in your weight loss. Everything really evolves around this aspect of your life. So this is definitely a check against me because I have had some lousy sleep patterns this past week. Needles to say I have been napping too much after work and possibly disrupting my sleep patterns. Not to mention there has been a lot of strife and pressure at work this past week, starting life on a new team and dealing with unruly customers, overtime and a new supervisor that is more hands on and compartmentalizes a lot more than my previous supervisor. And of course, it is my own damn fault as well, reading too much or playing too much 8-Ball Pool on my phone and then realizing I only have six hours before I start work. So that is one strike against me…..I’m not sleeping enough.
People rarely talk about this problem, for those that are talking about this are the privileged type of people that made a whole bunch of money and then decide to be an Instagram travel photographer or a coffee roaster. Well, just remember the majority of these people had the money and capability to make such a crazy change. I saw one Youtube commenter complain about his old job, but that old job that made him a ton of “bread” allowed him to get top of the line recording, editing and computer to start a video game playing career as well as survive the two years he did not have a good enough following on Youtube to pay the bills. At least he is one of he few that states his old job gave him the means to start his new. When you work a week to week job and it starts bringing you down, finding the desire to maintain your non-work life can be tough for people. Its the big reason why streaming culture has gotten so huge, for you would just rather veg out for a couple hours rather than drag your tired, overworked and underpaid body to the gym. Right now, that has hit me pretty hard and the rigor of solving 40-50 problems a day is pissing me off. Also knowing I will be working on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and my birthday is not sitting well with me. So yeah, when you are discontent with work that can cause some problems with your day to day life.
Now, this past week has not been too much different for me. I probably ate too many potatoes and ate too many burritos at home, but I think the bigger reason is a simple one. Vegans run into one little problem, and that problem is B12. There are some ways to get that B12 without supplementation, but eating fortified coconut milk, tofu or a lot of nutritional yeast are staples I rarely engage in. When I was home on Friday I was wondering why the heck I had been tired so much. And then I realized I had not supplemented my B12 lately. I tried to remember when I last did so and pretty much could not remember when. So I hopped on down to CVS and purchased some B12. Needless to say I have been over supplementing this past weekend, but I figure I could use. The signs are certainly there. My tongue looked discolored and smooth. I was tired constantly. I couldn’t focus very well. My feet had a slight burning sensation, which body parts will have a “pins and needles” feeling if you are low on B12 after not moving for a while. My breathing was also labored, mainly because part of the job of B12 is creating red blood cells, which of course helps distribute oxygen. And most importantly….my muscles felt fatigued and weak. In truth, this problem might have been the true source of my problems this week, but I have to believe this was not the only reason.
My situation this past week cannot be uncommon for the average person. A bad couple of weeks can cause changes in your mindset in addition to nutrition and other issues. I can only hope this upcoming couple of weeks allows me to reset my heart and mind and continue with the vim and vigor I usually have. Always keep yourself in check folks, and never consider a problem to have a blanket reason. Either way, we shall see how these next couple weeks go.
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