What People Won’t Tell You

17 Jan


People are (hopefully) always so supportive when you decide to start a new workout routine or diet. It’s usually a chorus of advice of programs that have worked for other people or magazine articles people have seen. Don’t Be That Girl and Don’t Be That Guy covered what not to do as a newbie at the gym but I thought it only fair to give warning to the New Years Resolution-ers(?) that are sticking with it…

1. You will mess up. No ifs, and, or buts… there will be a day where you eat WAY more than you should or indulge a little too much with the wine or… whatever. It happens, it will happen, it will be okay. This is why we have cheat days.

2. Your scale might become your best friend… but it might be your worst enemy. If you’re starting to lift heavy, chances are you’re putting on muscle. Which means you might not always see the weight drop you were expecting right away. Don’t throw away your scale but make sure you’re taking other measurements too (hit up a trainer at your gym to track your body fat). On that note… your weight will fluctuate. The other day I got on the scale and it was way higher than what I was used to seeing. I told hubby knowing he would say something reassuring and checked it again the next morning (I don’t usually check it two days in a row). It was back to an acceptable level.

3. People will try to screw you up. They might not mean to. It’s a simple “oh come on one night won’t kill you” that turns into 4 drinks later and probably some late night munchies that goes beyond what a cheat day should. See number 1.

4. People will say stupid things. “Aren’t you afraid you’re going to get bulky?” (No) “Are you sure you want to do this?” (Yes) “Men don’t like it when girls look masculine” (Thank you?) Etc. Etc. Take it with a grain of salt, they probably aren’t at the gym busting their butt to accomplish a goal.

5. At some point, you will probably hit a plateau. Look into a trainer, look online for a new program, but you need to change something because it indicates that your body has adapted to a routine.

6. Everyone has advice, it doesn’t all work. Most people are very well meaning but be careful who and what you listen to. If it sounds too drastic or too good to be true, it probably won’t work or isn’t actually good for you.

7. Lastly, you will always have problem areas. It’s been said time and time again, we are our harshest critics. Look at the big picture, stick with it.

If you are already into a solid routine these are probably all things you’ve heard multiple times. What other “unexpected” downfalls or issues did you have when you started working out?

This made me smile…



13 Responses to “What People Won’t Tell You”

  1. Colin DeWaay January 17, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Good advice! Number 4 is always from the people who aren’t doing a thing. Basically jealousy is an ugly thing! Hater’s gonna hate!

    • fitandbusy January 17, 2013 at 9:27 am #

      Exactly! And what’s worse is when people are like “well yeah I want to be toned but I don’t want to look like..” and point to some woman busting it for a show… kills me when people tear each other down. If you don’t want to be a body builder that’s great but no need to be rude.

      • Colin DeWaay January 17, 2013 at 10:25 am #

        Most of the time the people who want to be toned stop themselves from getting toned because of the irrational fear of getting “too big.”

  2. a_ramz January 17, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Great advice! Just started getting back in shape and working towards a goal but this puts things into perspective along the journey 🙂

    • fitandbusy January 17, 2013 at 9:28 am #

      Just keep the big picture in mind! Good luck 🙂

  3. Lacey January 17, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    I definitely get bored with routines and my body adjusts pretty quickly (No longer challenged) so constantly have to up the intensity/duration which isn’t fun of course lol to get the same results.

    I am not a ‘gym hopper’ but in some ways I am. I love to get a cheap deal so for the last year or so I have gone between running outdoors/treadmill/on my own work outs then doing 4 – 6 weeks of a boot camp (from Groupon or LivingSocial) then I will do a month or so of my own stuff. That way I never get too bored always running, always doing boot camp, always taking gym classes, or always hitting the weights alone. Plus it is easier on the wallet! I also get really pumped with new music….which slowly fades to “I am so sick of this song” which requires a new playlist (aka more effort).

    I REALLY REALLY agree with your #1. No matter how much pizza you ate, wine you drank, ice cream you inhaled… 1 mile jogged slowly is better than none. 20 minutes of easy weight lifting is better than none. Anything active is better than nothing so if you feel like crap put in a super easy work out just don’t quit. If you overindulged don’t throw in the towel, just start fresh the next day. It’s kind of like a friendship/marriage in that you will continually mess up – keep forgiving and starting fresh the next day. Don’t break up or divorce your workouts/active lifestyle! Nothing worthing having comes easily and it is a lifelong relationship of ups & downs, there is no end/destination/completion of the process. It’s a lifelong challenge and really worth it if you apply yourself and don’t quit.

    Sorry that got really long lol

    • fitandbusy January 17, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      hahaha love it. So true though and hopping between boot camps and your own routine is a GREAT way to stay fit on a budget.

  4. We Are 2Fit2 Quit January 17, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Always enjoy your blogs! TY!

    • fitandbusy January 20, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

      Thank you! Glad you’re following and enjoying. Love yours too!

  5. Sheslosingit.net January 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Great advice!

    • amedicstudent January 18, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

      Absolutely agree!

      • fitandbusy January 20, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

        Thank you both!


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