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Bowl…Bowl…Bowwlll

Anything sounds weird if you say it a hundred times.

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How I Met Your Mother, anyone? Smile

It’s true, though. Try it. Pick a word, and say it over and over again. Eventually it starts to sound weird and lose its meaning. It takes on an entirely new connotation, and eludes its original definition.

I think the same thing happens with life. Have you ever had something happen to you, and you think about and think about it, overanalyzing every single detail, so the thing that happened has completely transformed? It’s as if what actually happened is now a completely different event than what happened in your imagination.

If you tend to be an over thinker, like I sometimes tend do be, then of course you have. It’s something I’m working on – overthinking things. I think it’s extremely important to let negative, worrisome, or anxiety-producing thoughts to roll off my back like water on a duck.

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For me, it’s important and as simple as staying healthy. Stress most definitely affects us in a physiological way.

My overthinking word right now? Deadlift. deadlift. deadlift. deaaad liiiiiift. See? such a funny word.

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Not so funny of an action.

For the past three months in the gym, my goal has been to get as strong as eff, by increasing my deadlift, front squat, and chin up. I had a great thing going during my workouts, and built myself a solid plan. But after 12 weeks of the same thing, and my deadlift now stalling out, I need to stop, and change my views.

I didn’t come to this decision easily. At first, I was annoyed, and just a little obsessed with getting stronger and better. But then after realizing I was getting burnt out, a little achy, and not excited for my workouts anymore, I decided it was time for a change. Besides, just like I change up my clients programs to get results, I usually change up programs at least every 12 weeks anyway. And although I gained a few pounds while lifting heavier, I’m mostly definitely not changing because of striving for leanness or getting bulky.

So what am I doing now? Every now and then I like to just go back to the basics – just to make sure my form is still great and I don’t have any imbalances – and if I do, correct it. That means a lot of alternatives to the deadlift, as well as bodyweight, bodyweight, bodyweight. Get ready to see a lot more at-home workouts coming up Open-mouthed smile

Do you tend to be an over-analyzer?

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  1. Yup, I’m right there with ya on the over-analyzing thing! It’s a great thing I have a husband who is more logical and NOT an over-thinker. He helps me put things into perspective, and it helps so much.
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  2. Chatelaine says:

    I over analyze too much……… it’s not fun…….. and just like you, I burnt myself out at the gym recently and am switching it up. I’m not making any gains right now but I’m not only using muscles differently I’m also giving my brain a rest and focusing it differently too. Too much over analyzing is exhausting!

  3. Oh yeah, I’m good at overanalyzing everything! I’m working on it, though and it has gotten better, especially with things that really mean something to me (my trainer certification, workouts, hobbies in general). But other than that my brain just seems to be unable to stop, especially if it’s a work-related thing. Drives me nuts!
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  4. Just like staring at a word for a while makes you think you spelled it wrong…

    I’m all for switching things up!!

  5. I love How I Met Your Mother! :D
    I am an over-analyzer which takes a toll on my happiness sometimes.
    I need to always have that moment where I realize I need to take a step back and relax.
    I’m learning to find balance in my life and stop obsessing over certain things.

    I’m happy to hear you’re doing what’ll make you happy!

    Have a marvelous week! <3
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  6. Definitely an over-analyzer but will say it’s gotten much less prevalent as I’ve aged. Or maybe it’s having a kid :-) I noticed a small jump on my scale since starting Crossfit a month ago and at first was having a little pity party over it. Then I noticed I could actually feel the muscle mass growth in my thighs and realized that’s so much more important than a silly number! Muscle = weight!
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  7. Alexandra says:

    Such a thoughtful post! Unfortunately, I am an over analyzer and a worrier. I know mental health is important, but I never thought about prioritizing it just as I would my physical health. I work out 4-5 days a week, so why can’t I be zen and meditate, read a nice book, escape from the stress of the world for an equal amount of time?

  8. I am DEFINITELY an overanalyzer & I completely agree with getting burnt out with workouts. I love to lift & lift heavy but my body needs an adjustment to my lifting routine after a while! Can’t wait to see what you’re changing too, I am sure it will continue to be great!
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  9. Sometimes bodyweight kills me. Other times, I feel the need to lift heavy things… or do yoga.
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  10. I tend to be an over thinker myself but learn in my daily life (work and family life) not to be. I still over think my fitness life though :(
    I found that after 12 weeks on the same program, even 8 sometimes, is too long for me and I change it up. Otherwise I don’t get excited about exercising anymore. Like for instance, I was with my coach beginning of November last year and only rotating programs with him next week but I had to change things up beginning of January because I wasn’t excited about my exercise anymore.
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