Lighter Side: My Own Worst Enemy

redwineThere have been some great articles right here on Lifestyle and Strength of late about the problems of alcohol as it pertains to weight training. I’m in awe of the dedication it takes to step away from a party for the sake of your health and well-being.

I cannot reliably be counted on to have the same dedication.

In fact, I might even go so far as to say that if it weren’t for the conversations that I have with my trainer Eli, I might have even less!  You see, he doesn’t just TRAIN me… he talks to me. Some might call it interrogation, but I try to be kinder hearted than that… usually.

I believe that the talking is just as important as the training. It’s a constant re-evaluation. And we really do talk about everything.

The obvious…

“What did you work last?”

… to the amusing…

“You tried skiing for the first time ever? Seriously Eli? And you didn’t take any pictures of the event for me to see? What kind of friend are you?”

He questions my state of mind and resolve regarding training and diet. He quizzes me on any potential areas of over or under training (I’m a little lax when it comes to bi’s and tri’s I admit). He asks limitless and if I may say, rather shameless questions about my diet.

After a recent, how shall I put it? errrr… indulgent weekend, we had a conversation that went like this.

“So how many days a week are you having cheats?” I honestly wondered if the slice of iStock_000016137667_spanakopita_lgphyllo wrapped feta showed up on my thighs that quickly.
“Does that include wine?” I thought I was being clever by changing the topic.
“Let’s start with the food.” He’s not easily distracted… sadly.
“Once maybe twice”
Wine?” Uh-oh I thought.
“Erm… that might be more.”
“How much more?” He asks, expression steely as always.
“Well, I like to say that I keep it to two days per week, but that doesn’t always happen… Are we counting seven days or Monday to Monday?” I smile, I hope disarmingly.
“Stace… how many days?”
“Okay more like three days.” Eyes downcast like a guilty witness on the stand.
“So how many glasses?”
“Three.” Complete honesty my only choice.
“Over the three days?”
I cock an eyebrow.
“EACH TIME?” He ask incredulously.
“Don’t judge… judger… sometimes parties just spring up around me… I can’t help it you know! I’m just that girl! I’m a party magnet!”

The conversation ends right there. Abruptly. Inevitably he thrusts a set of considerably heavier plates on the bar that I’ve been squatting. Then elegantly (or so he thinks) changes the subject. The topic is now focussed on determination, goals and muscle definition… damn him. It works every time.

I have a “party emergency” as partyI like to call it every couple of months or so, okay, maybe more often. But meeting with Eli on Monday mornings never ceases to help me see the problems I’m creating for myself. My own worst enemy as the old saying goes.

If I didn’t have him, I would have only my party animal friends to lean on. As fun as they are, I think we can agree they aren’t going to be particularly helpful in that arena.

And now I highly recommend that you flip back to the other articles outlining the problems with alcohol and weight training… I know I’m going to… Eli would be so proud.

Natural Bodybuilding With JC: Alcohol

Alcohol And Exercise

Alcohol And Dieting: Drunkorexia

Alcohol: mTor, Protein Synthesis And Aging

Happy Lifting!

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5 comments for “Lighter Side: My Own Worst Enemy

  1. March 4, 2013 at 4:29 am

    This article is close to my heart, I have given up alcohol for 4 months now, because I got stuck on a plateau for ages last year. I needed a break from hangovers as well. I find it really hard to make any progress If I am drinking. For me drinking in moderation is actually harder than quitting. So there you go life is all about choices, and forfeited alternatives…

  2. JC
    March 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

    It’s funny – I very RARELY drink alcohol , but when I do it seems that something happens that brings immediate attention to it. For example, in my police panel interview I was asked how often I drink. I said three or four times a year. Shorty after that interview I decided to take a year off, so refraining was not that big of an issue any more. I had some brandy a week ago and another glass a few days ago. At my polygraph on Friday I was asked how much alcohol I had consumed in the previous five days. What are the chances that I would be asked that question only two days after having one of the 3 or 4 drinks per year? I felt like a dirtbag nonetheless. Either way, it’s no big deal in the grand scheme of things. Know your limit, know your goals, and work hard to keep them both in perspective. Good read!

    • March 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      That’s called karma JC! LOL! Thanks for your comments 🙂

  3. March 3, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Don’t get down on yourself Stacia, just try to reel it in a little and get back on your plan!

    • March 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Reel it in… reel it in… okay! gotcha! that’ll be my new mantra

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