I’m off the next two weeks and already realize on day two that if I had more time, I’d likely be in better health. This morning, I got up and went to my usual 5:00 AM class at the gym. I figured it would be better to do this run based workout session during vampire hours than in the hot sun. I was the last to finish the six rounds, which consisted of running, jumprope and hang power cleans, but I did them all. I’ve been working hard at the gym trying to get myself on track again, yet each morning when I step on the scale the numbers are within the same range. Thankfully, I use the scale daily to ensure I’m not creeping up; but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed I’m not trending down rapidly for all the work I’m doing.
I’ve written and reflected on this before, but it’s definitely time to go there again. While I am seeing some gains in my running pace and measurements, I am not seeing huge gains on the scale. If I am honest with myself, I need to look to my nutrition because I know that you can’t out exercise a bad diet. In fact, research shows that about 70% of weight loss actually comes from your dietary choices and only 30% from exercise. I actually believe that for me exercise matters more than 30%, but there is no denying the impact eating clean has on my weight. Here is a video that demonstrates this 70/30 theory, but I definitely don’t agree with his statement that “cardio is a joke”. Cardio to me is an essential component in a balanced workout routine. – Eating vs Exercise
My food choices really haven’t been too bad, so it’s not totally that, but it is summer and we have been on vacation so there definitely are extra calories being taken in through my beverage choices. Sorry, but who doesn’t love a nice cold glass of sangria, beer or vodka on a nice hot day. I’ve also had a hard time maintaining a schedule since we got back from the beach and have hardly been cooking. I’m not saying we are eating out every day, I wish that were the case, but my intake hasn’t been the most balanced and I’ve not said no to fresh ice cream when offered.
I know what to do and funny, now that I’m off already have the motivation to cook – maybe I need to retire to get healthy. I love to cook, I just lack motivation when I’m at work all day and I’m tired of spending my entire Sunday in the house meal prepping. There has to be a better way. I’ve been researching meal planning options for meals that take 30 minutes or less to cook. I found many on the Paleo Grubs site and planned my week with easy, healthy meals – Keep it simple silly is my new mantra.
Today after my workout, I knew I needed a nice healthy breakfast so I came home and cooked a recipe I love. It’s super easy and super delicious and really hit the spot. Here’s the link to this delicious breakfast, which I would never have time to make on a work day. It could be a wonderful weekend treat after a tough workout for you though, so I hope you give it a try.
I generally follow the recipe as written, but I used white, sweet potatoes just because if it’s orange I think it tastes different. I know it doesn’t, but since they were available I used the white ones. Carmelizing the onions is a MUST as it truly enhances the flavor so much and I added a bit of red pepper to the process. I used hot turkey sausage and boy did they add a nice kick to this mix. I definitely did not eat all that food, I shared with my husband, the recipe is for two (2).
I’ve written on this topic before as my life seems to keep cycling through the same mess. If you have time, please read – You Can’t Out Exercise a Bad Diet
I’d love to hear how it’s going for you this summer. Drop me a line below and please, if you have any quick, easy meals, include a recipe.
6 thoughts on “Eating vs. Exercise”
You are 💯 right! All the exercise in the world will not let you lose the weight you want without proper nutrition. The balance of the 2 together is a daily struggle for me. I’m finding that cardio/strength training is key. Weight lifting definitely helps continue to burn calories but cardio is necessary. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes & advice!
Hi Jessica, thanks for reading and writing. Yes, I find exercise so much easier than the nutritional end. I have added the weight lifting now so let’s see if that helps. I’m in my second month of Crossfit. Not too much change on the scale yet. Just the same 8-10 pounds up and down. It’s quite comical. But I’ve seen growth in performance and weights. One day, one step at a time. If the weights cause burning after then perhaps I’ll start seeing some great changes.
You will! Weight lifting is how I began to see changes. The scale might not move as much bc your building muscle mass in the place of fat. A -5lb loss might really be -10 to 15 in fat loss, but 5 to 10 lbs of muscle gain. Let me know how it goes!
Thanks! That’s good to hear. I am hopeful. It’s funny that guys that started CF seem to lose faster. I’m measuring once a week now so let’s see.
This is a great reminder! I am also in the middle of taking a serious look at my eating habits and making changes where necessary!
Thanks for reading. Let me know any wisdom you can share. It’s such an ongoing process!