How badly did I mess up my routine?

  • Sep 29, 2011 3:35 PM GMT
    Oh, I've been bad. My trainer would kill me if he knew what I was about to say.

    My trainer, who I've been working out with since May, has put me on a high-protein, low-carb diet for a month to try and get rid of the residual flab clinging to my waist. About 6 meals of only 300-some calories each. No cheat days allowed. I asked. And it's been TORTURE.

    I've been really good for two weeks, even bringing protein bars to a swanky wedding and enduring my friends' ridicule. But I snapped a couple days ago while I was traveling with people eating real food all around me, and I ate. And ate, and ate. Oh, and I've skipped the gym for 2 days.

    I feel guilty, since I've seen some great results with this guy so far -- I've lost about 20 pounds since May, and that's on top of the 80 pounds I lost on my own when I was *really* big. I'm seeing actual definition for the first time in my life. And I feel like I set myself back. I also feel like I don't want to go back on the plan at all because I'm miserable when I'm on it, even though it would only be for 2-3 more weeks.

    How bad is it really when you deviate from a nutritional/workout plan like this? Is it like the last couple weeks on the plan might as well never have happened? It's just that this s pretty much the most miserable I've ever been while working out and I'm so frustrated!!!

    Off to the gym! icon_cry.gif
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    Sep 29, 2011 6:24 PM GMT
    Hey man, that's life. We get knocked down, make mistakes and things go wrong. The true measure of a man is how he picks himself back up and keeps moving forward. So yeah, you fell off your plan. It's not the end of the world. Get up and get back to work.

    Good luck!
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    Sep 29, 2011 6:43 PM GMT
    I would just get back on the "horse" and keep riding'll be fine.

    What do you eat with this particular diet?
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    Sep 29, 2011 6:47 PM GMT
    Sadly enough, the first thing I thought when I clicked on this thread was that you had flubbed the choreography in a dance routine

    *facepalm for me*
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    Sep 29, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    Its ok that you went down the wrong path, but the important thing is to pick up right where you left and move forward with even stronger determination.
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    Sep 29, 2011 7:01 PM GMT
    If your trainer is that much of a nazi about your diet and "NO cheats" then I'd say he isn't human. You are paying HIM to tell you how to eat and how to work out when you could save yourself bundles of cash and do it all yourself by doing a little research. Just saying.

    I think if you don't allow yourself a cheat every once in a while, you're setting yourself up for failure. Unless you are a serious athlete in training, its best to give yourself some wiggle room to enjoy your accomplishments and life in general.
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    Sep 29, 2011 7:14 PM GMT
    Make mistakes fast. Don't spend a day after it doing nothing because you feel bad about it.

  • Sep 30, 2011 11:46 AM GMT
    Thanks for the reality check everyone. There's really nothing that drives me crazier than watching every little thing that I eat, especially now that it's mainly cottage cheese and tuna every f%$#ing day. I guess I was just annoyed at myself for my lack of self-discipline.

    I did actually go back to the gym yesterday and started eating right again, and it did feel good. But I will be very, very happy when this phase of my training is over in a few weeks.

    @LVmotoJock: FYI my trainer is not a nazi, he's actually really nice and I think the world of the guy. He just said that I need to stick to this plan for one month so my body will burn off the last bit of excess fat. And it's working. The restricted diet and the constant workouts are just wearing on me though.