Is It Worth It

I read this blog post the other day titled “Is being lean really worth it” and felt the need to enlighten. I was obviously intrigued by the title of the blog because HELL YES ITS WORTH IT. I love strutting around in spanks and bikini tops and feeling amazing while I look in a mirror- cocky, I know.

But is it worth it?

Most of you know that I have genuinely been dieting for the last few weeks to get into peak shape for my wedding. While I hold a pretty awesome body through maintenance I wanted to push it further. And my body has responded really well.

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But is it worth it?

The last two weeks I have done something I have never done before. I cut out all alcohol (hint: this is a big freaking deal for me). Since I have increased my workouts, tightened up my diet and stopped drinking I’m… well.. a bit damn cranky.

Scratch that. I am scatter brained. I am whiny. I am distracted, cranky, stompy and overall just a bit pissy.

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Everyone keeps asking me why I’m doing this myself? If I already have a rocking body why push it? And really, I just wanted to prove to myself I could. But the thing is, when you start cutting (those final lovely three weeks) your workouts start to suffer. You don’t have as much energy as you’re used to, your weights decrease and your muscle recovery sucks.

Top that with being the DD at your own rehearsal dinner and you’ll understand where whiny comes in.

So is it worth it?

I’m still not sure. Don’t get me wrong. Like I said my body is responding and I am super excited by it. But I also remind myself that this is not maintainable. I do not enjoy going to social gatherings and passing up everything. I am well aware that I will more than likely revert back to my normal maintenance body composition after the wedding, and that’s okay.

Normal me

Normal me

It is not normal to be “shredded” all the time. Some of us are lucky enough that genetics allow us to be. But most of us have to work beyond the normal realm challenging to stay that way year round. And while I can appreciate what my body is doing right now and why I am pushing it so far. This is definitely not something I could continue with for the rest of my life.

So I guess where I’m going with this is.. make sure you know your goal is worth it before jumping in. Yes goals – fat loss in particular- require dedication and consistency. But they do not require 2 workouts each day and not one bite outside of a meal plan.

Remember what is important to you and strive for balance. Not perfection. Simply balance between being fit and living ife.

 

Happy Dancing ๐Ÿ™‚