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Working Out Post WLS: Physical vs. Mental Game

Posted 02-16-2022 at 11:27 AM by Blondebaerde
Updated 04-14-2022 at 07:09 AM by Blondebaerde

Found another "I want to work out, become a beast mode (whatever)!" post elsewhere. Presumably from someone pre-op or just post who is tired of being...huge? Who wants results "right now." Just wow ... Op/Ed from 18 mon post VSG (a form of weight loss surgery) perspective:

By coincidence, the trainer and I were chuckling yesterday. He had a new client who wants to "Work out gaaaah!" 6 days/week to see results in...2 months? By spring? Meaning, the peculiar insanity that overwhelms various clients (and WLS patients). Woman in her 30s, just dumped by a guy and probably in epiphany phase. Tired of being 30 lbs overweight and realizing that today's dating environment is ruthless. He's concerned as it reflects poorly on *him* when clients fall hard due to burnout and blame the trainer. Instead of examining their own fracked-up thinking processes and how to make measured changes in life.

Perhaps instead: "Huh: I've developed a problem or have a chronic condition. Now is the time I'm choosing various steps to rectify. Might take awhile as results from WLS and/or training and/or choosing proper diet requires emotional energy as well as physicality. I need to consider what caused me to overeat/be a lazy ass in the first place. Mindfulness = taking care of the emotional and physical need."

Personally, I jump started nothing. More like walk-started, looking back in my Garmin logs. I had some missteps (literally) and damn near keeled over in the street. These were educational failures, aka teachable moments and thank you WLS! Fall 2020 I took it indoors to avoid wasting money on XXL rain gear. A not too clever used of capital during dramatic weight loss.

Sure enough 4 months later I could walk well (on the treadmill) and lost a goodly amount. I retained the trainer as weight lifting absent training isn't too clever either. No intention of "beast mode" anything as that's a great way to end up at a chiropractor. Four months after THAT (April 2021), I started light running and strained things once again. Once again, pain is educational!

18 mon later, I'm injury free and athletic...or almost. Consistency is key over time, not acting like a hamster on the wheel 6 days/week and burning out. Food for thought, bad pun intended.
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