These days I have noticed a lot of my family and friends telling me I’m obsessed with my weight loss/fitness. Usually when somebody tries to ridicule what I’m doing I manage to stand up for myself but this thing about being obsessed stayed with me. I know all of them were telling me out of concern and nothing negative so I did get a bit concerned
I never thought I was obsessed I thought I was dedicated, nothing I do for my weight loss effects my mood negatively, according to me I'm healthy, I don’t starve and I workout just the right amount for my body.
If I can control what goes in my mouth or if I workout even when the weather is bad or if I plan my entertainment around my fitness without it effecting me negatively I'm happy. I always felt all this just shows my hard work paid off. I never looked at it as an obsession instead I thought I was dedicated and all this has somehow become a part of my life.
But on the other side I have never really consulted a nutritionist or a doctor (I did not feel the need to) nor have I ever hired a personal trainer. Everything I have done till now is more based on what I read on blogs, magazines, fitness articled, workout DVDs and a little bit of my common sense.
So back to why I was concerned ‘I might not be overdoing it or maybe I'm ?’ I was not sure, my aim is to become healthy and fit. I could do better (there is always room for improvement). Maybe my food planning could be better or maybe my workouts could be scheduled such that I benefit more from how much I put in.
What if I took advice from a professional nutritionist or a trainer to confirm if I could improve my existing plan? I think I will only benefit by asking somebody who knows more than me and that will also give me more confidence in what I'm doing.
My conclusion to all this:
Dedicated Vs Obsession
Being dedicated is not an obsession till it has a negative effect on your life and health. It’s good to be dedicated but it’s also important to be safe. Asking for help or sharing your ideas with somebody professional is always useful.
How do you know you are overdoing anything?
I think if you overdo anything it will have the wrong side effects, you might be crankier, tired instead of energetic, your body might not repair as fast after your usual workouts.
Always good to be safe
By talking to a professional you can make sure you are on the right track and they can further guide you to improve your fitness levels. You don’t have to have a few days a week with the PT, even a consultation session should be good to know if you are on the right track
Have you ever had a similar experience? What do you do?
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