Feeling better than you look

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    Feb 23, 2011 11:06 PM GMT
    Ok guys, I was wondering if anyone else has ever experienced the same thing? In April 2009 I got injured in a motorcycle accident, broke my left ankle completely and injured my left shoulder. I am still in mild pain from both injuries. I was on crutches until October for my ankle and started working out in November as directed by my physical therapist. My body weight naturally went up when I was off my feet and no longer boxing/training. In November of 2009 I weighed 249lbs and was 39% body fat. I been working out 4-5days a week, cleaned up my diet and hit an all time low of 200lbs last summer. I slowly gained some weight, back to 214lbs now, but think that's its lean body mass. My body fat has consistently and slowly decreased to 20%. My workouts have increased 2-3x the starting weights on all exercises. My arms and chest are much bigger and defined, I am totally happy with my upper body, but... I still have a stomach and really frustrated. The thing that really puzzles me is I workout for 2-3 hours, 4-5 days a week, feel awesome after every workout. I have as much energy as I did when I was 18, even though I am almost 36 now. I feel so good doing any physical work, even my job which is totally physical. My question is how could I feel so good on the inside, and perform all kinds of strenuous activity with ease and still look like total crap in the mirror? Thanks for reading guys, any advice is welcome.
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    Feb 24, 2011 12:27 AM GMT
    gsxr07 saidMy question is how could I feel so good on the inside, and perform all kinds of strenuous activity with ease and still look like total crap in the mirror?
    Because you're not patient enough to let your body adjust before making a judgment call on your progress.
    Fitness ain't instant. icon_wink.gif

    PS. You're working out too much, too. You're not giving your body enough time to heal. The healing process is what makes your gains.
  • Anto

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    Feb 24, 2011 1:27 AM GMT
    My question is how could I feel so good on the inside, and perform all kinds of strenuous activity with ease and still look like total crap in the mirror? Thanks for reading guys, any advice is welcome.

    People just aren't built the same or respond to exercise the same. You can be stronger and physically healthier than a guy that has a visually more appealing body for example. Two guys can be on the same diet and exercise and not be of the same physical health or appearance.
  • LJay

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    Feb 24, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    Get some advice from a trainer about the efficiency of your routine.

    Add some aerobics?

    Keep working on the weight. You will be bound to keep up your energy level without it.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Feb 24, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    This nutritionist on TV recently said our bodies are 80% diet, 10% excercise, and 10% genetics. How much sugar and fat are you eating on a daily basis?
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    Feb 24, 2011 2:14 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidThis nutritionist on TV recently said our bodies are 80% diet, 10% excercise, and 10% genetics. How much sugar and fat are you eating on a daily basis?


    That is my question, too. If you are burning 1,000 calories in a workout, but taking in 1,000 additional calories each day, your weight will stay the same. You are probably building muscle underneath the layer of fat.

    A good plan for calorie control is to figure out what you need in a day (2,300?), then subtract about 500 calories a day to lose weight (2,300 - 500 = 1,800). Now split those calories up into 5 or 6 meals (300 calories per meal). That's about a turkey sandwich with cheese, or a good salad, etc. Just some rough estimates there.

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    Feb 24, 2011 2:27 AM GMT
    Been there. Beats looking better than you feel.
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    Feb 24, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    gsxr07 said The thing that really puzzles me is I workout for 2-3 hours, 4-5 days a week, feel awesome after every workout.


    Wow! Isn't that overkill?
    I can hardly lift after 45 minutes or so. I work hard.
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    Feb 24, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    Thanks for the input guys. To clarify some things, my 2-3 hour workout is 45-50 minutes of weight training, followed by 45-50 of cardio. Then I swim for 15-20 minutes and finally hit the sauna for 20-30 minutes. I do eat more fruits and raw vegetables, than I ever did. I know it takes time, and progress does not happen overnight but it has been almost 1.5 years so far. I am just stumped at the fact that I can physically feel so good and do so much, yet look as if I am unfit.
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    Feb 24, 2011 9:20 AM GMT
    Hmmm can't really say, but few things I wonder are:

    1) How much and what kinds of sugar and carbs are you eating? Reason: the whiter and lighter these are the more simple sugars your body gets which it barely has to digest, these are also the fastest and first to convert to storage potential (Hello mouth! Hello waist line!). Carbs arn't bad, you just don't want too consume considerably in excess of what you need as your body will store as much of any access it can, also make sure they come from a variety of sources.

    2) How much of your diet is highly processed foods? Reason: The greater the amount of processing the greater the amount of chemical alterations and preservative. What we do to food to make it last forever... its just unnatural, and then we put it in our body? Some of the stuff we can't actually process (if bacteria and the like can't do it why would we be able too?) and if we can't do that it leaves 2 options get it out or store it. And whats the best way to store something that we can't process? Sure maybe the liver, but actually it turns out its in fat. Second, guess what a lot of that highly processed stuff breaks down into? Estrogen derivatives! and guess what elevated levels of estrogen can do? They help us store fat! So the less processing the better, your not going to necessarily make your own bread and pasta, but keep it in mind when you shop.

    3) Are you missing something in your diet? Reason: If a component of our diet is perceived to be missing our bodies try to work without it, but in response it may begin to stock pile other things.

    4) How much water do you drink? Reason: A) Water is a great filler B) sometimes we mistake thirst actually as hunger, but instead of drinking something we eat more which actually doesn't solve the problem and we still have that feeling C) Juice and pop are very high in sugar (back to point 1) D) stressing your body for such an extended period may put your body in shock if it becomes dehydrated, and while we're not camels, we can begin to store water and fat if we continually over stress ourselves in the same way.

    I have to agree with Paulflexes, you may be working out too hard and not giving your body enough of a rest. Your body might not be letting go of this weight in part because its viewing your extensive working out and cardio as a crisis. Its almost like yo-yo dieters who ballon when they start eating after trying to crash lose weight. Your body might view something you are doing as a stressor that its trying to accommodate for, as a result instead of drooping the weight your body is actively holding it as a fail safe.
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    Feb 24, 2011 9:33 AM GMT
    Ahhh....and what did Fernando Lamas say via Billy Crystal...."It don't matter how you feel, what matters is how you look...and, "You look Mahvelous!"

    Keep plugging away, man. You look great. We're our own worst critics!