Bordering on Craziness

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    Nov 23, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
    I've always have been a disciplined guy when it comes to diet/fitness/exercise but lately I've increased my workouts and diet habits to some crazy levels.

    I'm spending over 2 to 2.5 hours at the gym almost everyday and running HIIT schedules and long distances after my intense workouts. When I get on the treadmill aiming at running just 20 minutes with intervals, I end up an hour later still plugging along and running up stupid mileage/time totals.

    On the up side, my body has never been better, more muscular (I need to upload some new photos) and my body fat levels are probably single digits. I'd probably have even more muscle if it weren't for all the cardio work.

    My diet has also changed as I've added all the protein shakes, creatine, glutamin powder, vitamins and herbs that I've researched to death.

    When I get up in the morning, my mind's focus is already on my gym time and diet needs. I have an organized plan that I set out with and always follow through with but I throw in so many extra reps/exercises and core work, I struggle to get out of the gym in less than 2 hours.

    I'm finding that if something comes up at work or with my personal life and my gym time is compromised in any way, I get frantic and upset.

    I'm just wondering if anyone has had some similar stuff happen to them. I haven't told any of my friend's or family any of this but the more time I spend in the gym, the less they see of me.

    I am single and frustrated with the whole dating scene so I'm sure I'm probably overcompensating gym time with this issue and probably more issues.

    I do notice a certain "high" after all my workouts and running.

    Any observations/suggestions would be welcomed.

    Thanks in advance guys.

    Jim



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    Nov 23, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    When you work out a lot your brain produces endorphins. They are the brain's way to kill pain. Endorphins are related to morphine and work the same way. And like morphine, endorphins are addictive. Working out a whole lot has gotten your brain hooked on those endorphins. You are a junkie ....and your own supplier all in one. The thought of not getting your "fix" of endorphins sends you into a tizzy, just like any junkie would react. You need to take a break. Ease yourself off these work outs. Get your life back under control.
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    Nov 23, 2010 3:17 AM GMT
    Runner's high = awesome. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 23, 2010 3:23 AM GMT
    Been there, and I can tell you that it is almost certain that your routine and diet, has you on a crash course with severe over-training syndrome. Let me tell you from personal experience, that sucks very, very, very badly. You will end up feeling like hell for months before your body completely recovers. You send your body through hormone hell with your testosterone levels crashing, as well as many others. Keep this up and eventually you will feel exhausted, weak and depressed. You need to get some moderation as soon as possible. I once heard a 75 year old recovering alcoholic give the best definition of addiction I ever heard..."if it's causing problems and you keep at it, its a problem". Attention, focus, motivation, persistence, dedication and commitment are honorable characteristics, but when they turn from commitment to compulsion, and from focus to obsession, it's time to reevaluate things. I hope for your sake you do it before your body decides to do it for you.
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    Nov 23, 2010 6:17 AM GMT
    Welcome to "The Zone."

    Only a Real Jock gets it.

    You found it.
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    Nov 23, 2010 6:56 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidWelcome to "The Zone."

    Only a Real Jock gets it.

    You found it.


    A "Real Jock" is NOT a one-dimensional fitness addict.

    To the OP: previous posts have hit it spot on. Read again if necessary
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    Nov 23, 2010 7:39 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidWelcome to "The Zone."

    Only a Real Jock gets it.

    You found it.


    God you are clueless. It sounds much more like obsessive training which is likely to lead to burnout and/or injury. I don´t say this because of the time you spend in the gym or because you are so aware of your diet. The real problem is that:

    "I'm finding that if something comes up at work or with my personal life and my gym time is compromised in any way, I get frantic and upset."

    Sounds like you are using the training as a psychological support framework (I have done this in the past).
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    Nov 23, 2010 7:52 AM GMT
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    chuckystud saidWelcome to "The Zone."

    Only a Real Jock gets it.

    You found it.


    God you are clueless. It sounds much more like obsessive training which is likely to lead to burnout and/or injury. I don´t say this because of the time you spend in the gym or because you are so aware of your diet. The real problem is that:

    "I'm finding that if something comes up at work or with my personal life and my gym time is compromised in any way, I get frantic and upset."

    Sounds like you are using the training as a psychological support framework (I have done this in the past).


    Perhaps psychological and physiological.....icon_idea.gif
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    Nov 23, 2010 10:02 AM GMT
    sounds a bit obsessive to me I'm afraid.
    and over-training is not good at all.
    in some extreme cases, obsessive training can lead to anorexia athletica.