Time off training - make me see sense
- 01-12-2011, 01:13 PM
Time off training - make me see sense
Hey all...im new here.
What do all you bros do here when you need time off training...i dont mean a break which you plan...i mean an unplanned break...as a result of health.
I have had a hard time of it in the past 7-8 months...i was dieting for a photoshoot and i have been pushing too hard with the diet and i have ended up with health problems and a few kidneys issues.
The doctors feel that having restricted my calorie intake too much over the duration of 2010...it has made my body a bit weaker...CNS a little tired...i generally feel exhausted...cold...weak in the gym...etc...
The doctor is continuing to do blood tests...the last set showed kidney problems...thyroid low...testosterone low...and low white blood cell count...and very high urea levels.
He has said i need a complete break from training and to actually eat more calories than i have been doing...so how do i go about this in a mental sense? I have never had more than 1 week off training since i started training 4-5 years ago...
The docs say he would like me to have a 4-5 week rest from training...and i also need to increase my calorie intake...i know i may put on some lbs...i am quite ripped at the moment...so this shouldnt be a problem...and i know my health is more important.
But why can i not seem to be able to relax about this...i know the doctor knows best...why do i feel lazy with resting?
I havent had any cheat food in about 9 months and i havent had more than 1 week off training since i started training.
How would you bros approach this and get your head around the fact you do need to relax and have time off and listen to doctor/and listen to your body?
- 01-12-2011, 01:19 PM
Well, what you have to look at is what in your diet helped cause this? either too low a carbohydrate diet, or too low fats in diet (coupled with high protein intake) can easily cause this. So you need to take that step back and realize that health is more important than looks regardless, and that maybe the route you took to get to your goals wasn't the best one.
Even if you eat more calories, that doesn't mean you can't still do some level of activity. walking, swimming, bicycling, etc. Not heavy duty high intensity, but low intensity should be fine, but still help.
So look at it as healing time. If you dislocated a shoulder, tore a hamstring, etc you'd have to take the time off, this isn't any different.
01-12-2011, 01:24 PM
01-12-2011, 02:31 PM
Do some very very easy stuff just to keep moving in some sense.
I think the best way to deal with it mentally is to quit thinking short-term. The strength game is a long-term pursuit and you should approach it as such. Taking a few weeks off to get back to good health will set you back way less than trying to push through and doing even more damage, which will require even more time off. In the long run you will make more progress by taking it easy for a while. Think in terms of months and years and not days and weeks.
01-12-2011, 03:02 PM
01-12-2011, 03:54 PM
I train 8 weeks hard then 1 week 1/2 intense followed by a week off. I'm making the best gains in my life. During my week off I blow my diet completely...no protein counting! I feel that it helps round out my life.
I used to train 3 times a day, 6 days a week. My life was the gym and health food. I did that for about three years. I was strong looked great and people came to me for training advice. I felt good about it but outside of lifting I didn't really have much to talk about. I lost contact with most of my friends and relatives because they just didn't fit in my life at that time.
The truth is that nobody cares what you look like. 15% body fat or 6%. Nobody cares but you.
Bodybuilding and Fitness can become an OCD for many people. A break is great. During your break check out all the local buffets in your area. Try one once a week. Post some of your experiences and advice here to motivate people here so you stay focussed. Spend time with relatives. Sleep in-my favorite.
You'll come back stronger and better.
01-12-2011, 04:14 PM
Thanks for the replies to my thread - you guys have been a real help - and it helps me to realise and think long term rather than the short term1. That is the way i need to look at it. If i train for the next 10-20-30 years, are 4-5 weeks going to make a difference?!? no not really!
01-12-2011, 04:16 PM
Like you say - people dont care how you look - people dont stop and look at you - unless you are amazingly unique in some way.
I might just enjoy this time off - let my body get back to normality - eat what i want - and deal with it at a later date.
01-12-2011, 05:34 PM
Life is definitely a LONG-term perspective and not short-term (although you want to keep that in mind as well, though).
01-13-2011, 09:03 AM
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