I definitely needed to read this - in July I started from doing NOTHING, and jumped into hitting the gym hard (twice a day, an hour each time, split between lifting and cardio), which I managed to keep up for about 9 weeks. The problem was, I was just worn the heck out. Between the increased calorie burn and the reduced calorie intake, I lost 40+ lb, which is great... but I was feeling stressed / frustrated that I wasn't losing as fast anymore, and felt that my workouts weren't paying off, *and* was starting to get down on myself for being lazy.
I dialed back for about a week, and feel much better now. I'm still going twice-a-day during the week (lunch and evening), but weekends now have me cutting back to once a day plus doing some kind of "active recovery" (housework, walking around my neighborhood, etc.)
- 9/22/2013 1:11:27 PM