Walking through my gym, I see these posters: “RAPID BURN.”
I have to be honest, I feel discomforted by these words. They make me feel weak. Personally, my workouts don’t feel “killer” or like “rapid burning”.
Whatever that means?
I want my workouts to make me feel strong and empowered.
Why do I need the burn? And why do I need it so rapidly?
More importantly, why do you need the burn?
In my experience, rapid weight loss only means rapid weight gain.
You go too big, too hard and too fast, and you just end up going home. You wash out. You quit.
But we see these words all the time. These harsh drastic words; rapid burn, killer workout, pain is gain.
I’m sure it is supposed to feel motivating, but to me it feels like we’re punishing ourselves.
Punishing us for the mistakes we’ve made. Being a little overweight. Punishing the body fat we’ve gained and are a little ashamed of. Punishing our mindset or our habits.
We make these decisions, then we take it out on ourselves after; looking for the “rapid burn”.
Trying to burn those calories that we ate last night during the cookie binge. Or the extra drinks and snacks at that work function.
Years ago, I was in that same place, falling for every rapid, every killer, every pain gaining…blah blah…blah.
I lived for it.
Always working out. Hours of it. Alway feeling extremely tired. Exhausted was my vibe.
I was so tired all the time, I didn’t even notice at first that I had become ill.
I was suffering from Lyme disease. And because of my workout obsession, I hadn’t even noticed!
And it all stemmed from the feeling that I wasn’t good enough.
Working out, hard, was my identity. My mask.
I wanted people to see the tough and rough girl. But I was hiding. I didn’t know who I truly was.
Now though, in 2019; I’m using a different approach.
I left the rapid burn behind. No more “pain is gain”. No more killer workout.
I move because my body needs to move, and I lift heavy shit.
Practicing a new kind and loving way for myself. And from it, I have a newly discovered love and understanding for myself.
I want to be healthy. I want to have muscle. I want to have my blood flowing.
I don’t want to punish myself. I’m not “revving my metabolism” or burning off calories.
I want to love myself.
So I do. And know what? The illness is gone. The tiredness is gone.
Now, when I feel tired, I take a break.
I went from training 7 days a week, to just 3. And 1 day of True Movement (Garuda) to lengthen and stretch those muscles.
I have muscles. I’m toned. And most importantly, I am feeling very happy in my body.
No more gimmicks. No more quick fixes. Just real movement.
And that’s what I want for you!
Strong healthy bodies for strong healthy women.