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Are you working too hard?

I know, it’s funny to think that we can work too hard, isn’t it?

As you know, I am on a fitness quest to be in the best shape of my life. It’s a part of my life that I have yet to master. But I AM and I WILL DARN IT!

I was reviewing my workout and eating schedule with a professional who is an expert in these matters. He rocks. And I showed him what I am eating, what I am doing every week. And to my SHOCK he told me I was working out too much.

C’mon! Really? He told me that I am already eating nutrient dense meals that are calorie deficient, but it still takes energy to lose weight. He says that adding too much stress to the body actually prevents weight loss, because it puts our bodies in a state of holding on to what it has because it thinks it is starving. CRAZY! Never thought about that. He also said that working out too much isn’t sustainable long-term.

It was a total mind reversal that I had never yet considered. Could it be possible that I am working out too much? And you know me, always gotta go deeper on it. And this idea totally ties in with what I was writing about earlier in the week – taking time away for ourselves so that we can show up better for others.

It really seems that this is the message The Uni-verse is trying to send to me right now – slow down Mastin. And, I’m such a hard worker, I get a thrill from hard work, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and being “great” that I am starting to see how this quality also has a dark side. And that dark side is not serving me.

So, I’m in a state of reevaluating my life and seeing where else I am working too hard. Because normally when we have a trait in one area of our life, it tends to be pervasive in all areas of our life.

Today’s blog is short and sweet. Could you also be working too hard and not getting enough rest? Could you be pushing yourself over your limits for short-term gain that isn’t sustainable for long-term health and happiness? There are a lot of comments in the community having this discussion on the BLOG, so head on over there and let’s discuss!

Much love & rest,

Mastin

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  • Koos

    It just could be you’re hitting the nail on the hat Mastin,

    Thanks for sharing this
    Koos 

  • Koos

    It just could be you’re hitting the nail on the hat Mastin,

    Thanks for sharing this
    Koos 

  • http://www.theheartofthriving.blogspot.com/ Brooke Baker

    Ooof, Mastin, this could for sure apply to me. I am working so hard towards a better life for myself that everyday from about 5 am to 10 pm, I am HARD at work. I apply for new jobs first thing in the am, then go to my reg. 9-5 job that is really taxing, study for the National Counseling Exam on my commute and then some more when I get home, THEN I workout, then I do more job search stuff. I finish out my night by tending to my soscial networks. Phew. It’s a lot. You made me really look at my current lifestyle as leading me potentially towards burnout. I need to remember to put some time for fun for the sake of fun in there somewhere! Thanks for the wake up call, Mastin! love and light, Brooke. @Brooke_R_Baker

  • BrookeBaker

    Ooof, Mastin, this could for sure apply to me. I am working so hard towards a better life for myself that everyday from about 5 am to 10 pm, I am HARD at work. I apply for new jobs first thing in the am, then go to my reg. 9-5 job that is really taxing, study for the National Counseling Exam on my commute and then some more when I get home, THEN I workout, then I do more job search stuff. I finish out my night by tending to my soscial networks. Phew. It’s a lot. You made me really look at my current lifestyle as leading me potentially towards burnout. I need to remember to put some time for fun for the sake of fun in there somewhere! Thanks for the wake up call, Mastin! love and light, Brooke. @Brooke_R_Baker

  • Bluey

    Could “The Daily Love” take the weekends off? Your fans would support this, Mastin…. I’m sure.

    • Raineleerose

       I agree, maybe TDL can take a break on the weekend. I love the TDL emails but I usually don’t read the ones on the weekend as that’s my time off away from the computer.

      • ruthzack

        I read them but would support a few days off for Mastin.

        • dosneffect

           Love doesn’t take holidays! Now get back to work Mastin, I need inspiration damn it! Truth be told, I would wholeheartedly support Mastin taking days off as needed. Then the TDL would be more of an intermittent, pleasant surprise. Right now I take for granted that it will be in my inbox every morning at 6 AM CST.

          Time for some yoga, who’s with me?!!!

  • Bluey

    Could “The Daily Love” take the weekends off? Your fans would support this, Mastin…. I’m sure.

    • Raineleerose

       I agree, maybe TDL can take a break on the weekend. I love the TDL emails but I usually don’t read the ones on the weekend as that’s my time off away from the computer.

      • ruthzack

        I read them but would support a few days off for Mastin.

        • dosneffect

           Love doesn’t take holidays! Now get back to work Mastin, I need inspiration damn it! Truth be told, I would wholeheartedly support Mastin taking days off as needed. Then the TDL would be more of an intermittent, pleasant surprise. Right now I take for granted that it will be in my inbox every morning at 6 AM CST.

          Time for some yoga, who’s with me?!!!

  • Emma

    Thanks so much for writing this one. I think it’s time I turn off my computer now, so I can get to bed before midnight! I’m sure the work can wait :-)

  • Emma

    Thanks so much for writing this one. I think it’s time I turn off my computer now, so I can get to bed before midnight! I’m sure the work can wait :-)

  • Lisi Chavarri

    Thank you Mastin. I am a mover and a shaker by trade.  I work 40+ hours a week, am involved in a few charities-volunteer, am studying for two courses and training for a strength and endurance competition all the while still trying to balance my social life. For the first time in 30 years, my body is just not responding like it used to and I don’t have the “oomph/go-getter” attitude I’ve always had…Just yesterday I was sitting at one of my charity/fundraiser meetings getting ready for a our yearly benefit and all I could think about was going home and decompressing. With that came thoughts of guilt. And then I wake up to this e-mail today. I may be spreading myself too thin and working hard on different planes. But it is okay to slow down and rest, especially when your body and soul crave it. Keep on keepin on! Your daily emails are a source on strength and inspiration. I connect with them daily but I had to take the opportunity to thank you. Wishing you a great week. God bless you

  • Lisi Chavarri

    Thank you Mastin. I am a mover and a shaker by trade.  I work 40+ hours a week, am involved in a few charities and 

  • Birit

    I am a fitness instructor, wellness coach and raw food coach.  I tell people this all the time about physical exercise.  BUT, I was just telling a friend the other day that I need to work all the time right now to get ahead.  That I can’t go out an socialize anymore and I just want to push through work 7 days a week… meaning spending a tremendous amout of time on my computer and alone.  Seems I get this “too much is not good” idea in some aspects of my life, but not at all in others.  Too much of a good thing is never a good thing.  Love.

  • Birit

    I am a fitness instructor, wellness coach and raw food coach.  I tell people this all the time about physical exercise.  BUT, I was just telling a friend the other day that I need to work all the time right now to get ahead.  That I can’t go out an socialize anymore and I just want to push through work 7 days a week… meaning spending a tremendous amout of time on my computer and alone.  Seems I get this “too much is not good” idea in some aspects of my life, but not at all in others.  Too much of a good thing is never a good thing.  Love.

  • Jill H

    Hi Mastin!

    I am so glad that you had someone tell you that you are working a bit too hard.  I totally understand and get your fitness goals, but awhile back you posted your workout schedule and I have to admit I was shocked that there were no off days or days where you take it a bit “easier”.  I think the days that you had for easier days, if I remember right were still by most standards pretty intense.  I have been spending the last year coming closer to my femininity/being less masculine/aggressive.  A LOT of the work that I have done includes SLOW really self loving yoga like yin or restorative.  I think you might benefit a bit from the same.  To come just a little closer to loving the body you have instead of  “whipping” it into a particular shape.  

    Just a little food for thought!

    with daily love,

    Jill

  • Jill H

    Hi Mastin!

    I am so glad that you had someone tell you that you are working a bit too hard.  I totally understand and get your fitness goals, but awhile back you posted your workout schedule and I have to admit I was shocked that there were no off days or days where you take it a bit “easier”.  I think the days that you had for easier days, if I remember right were still by most standards pretty intense.  I have been spending the last year coming closer to my femininity/being less masculine/aggressive.  A LOT of the work that I have done includes SLOW really self loving yoga like yin or restorative.  I think you might benefit a bit from the same.  To come just a little closer to loving the body you have instead of  “whipping” it into a particular shape.  

    Just a little food for thought!

    with daily love,

    Jill

  • http://butterflymaiden7.blogspot.com/ Kathleen Reynolds Chelquist

    I have found when I am working too hard, I am distracting myself from what REALLY needs tending to.  I just wrote a blog on how I kept a secret from my husband  and often I was in such denial, I would not even consider it a secret.  I would work hard on everything else…including “working out” to avoid the inevitable monster in my womb.  On Labor Day I finally gave birth to it and told him.  I have never felt more in love and closer. Is there something you are avoiding Mastin?  By reading this last sentence, you will know your answer just by what your body is telling you in this HERE,NOW moment.  Our EGO wants to avoid the question and retaliate.  Our heart wants you to be FREE! Don’t forget.  butterflymaiden7.blogspot.com/ 

  • http://butterflymaiden7.blogspot.com/ Kathleen Reynolds Chelquist

    I have found when I am working too hard, I am distracting myself from what REALLY needs tending to.  I just wrote a blog on how I kept a secret from my husband  and often I was in such denial, I would not even consider it a secret.  I would work hard on everything else…including “working out” to avoid the inevitable monster in my womb.  On Labor Day I finally gave birth to it and told him.  I have never felt more in love and closer. Is there something you are avoiding Mastin?  By reading this last sentence, you will know your answer just by what your body is telling you in this HERE,NOW moment.  Our EGO wants to avoid the question and retaliate.  Our heart wants you to be FREE! Don’t forget.  butterflymaiden7.blogspot.com/ 

  • http://www.alicebcreative.blogspot.com/ alicebcreative

    This was a good reminder.  I’ve been challenging myself to walk more each month (with the wonderful Endomondo app), and surprised myself by walking 95 miles in August!  I didn’t even know I could do that.  I’ve joined a challenge to walk 100 miles in September.  But is that sustainable for the long term?  I’m working to make regular walking a habit, but winter is on its way and I’ll surely not be walking 4-5 miles every day.  Constant adjustments are necessary, and it’s hard when you’ve come from being a total couch potato to trust that taking a day of rest doesn’t mean you’re the old you.  I guess the concept of making exercise a new habit ensures that after rest you are happy to get back to it – the day of rest isn’t going to turn into a month of sinking into the couch.

  • http://www.alicebcreative.blogspot.com/ alicebcreative

    This was a good reminder.  I’ve been challenging myself to walk more each month (with the wonderful Endomondo app), and surprised myself by walking 95 miles in August!  I didn’t even know I could do that.  I’ve joined a challenge to walk 100 miles in September.  But is that sustainable for the long term?  I’m working to make regular walking a habit, but winter is on its way and I’ll surely not be walking 4-5 miles every day.  Constant adjustments are necessary, and it’s hard when you’ve come from being a total couch potato to trust that taking a day of rest doesn’t mean you’re the old you.  I guess the concept of making exercise a new habit ensures that after rest you are happy to get back to it – the day of rest isn’t going to turn into a month of sinking into the couch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=211800444 Stephanie Cassella Barrett

    Hi Mastin! My husband and I were just having a discussion recently about how I work too hard and never take time for myself. I am glad you wrote about this a lot this week. I need to take a time out from doing too much for others and focus on myself more so I can be a better wife/mother and all around person. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=211800444 Stephanie Cassella Barrett

    Hi Mastin! My husband and I were just having a discussion recently about how I work too hard and never take time for myself. I am glad you wrote about this a lot this week. I need to take a time out from doing too much for others and focus on myself more so I can be a better wife/mother and all around person. 

  • Roberto

    After many years of doing the same thing… religiously working out (to the extreme), watching every morsel of what I ate, being accountable to what I thought to be best practices in the science of being healthy and losing weight – the scale would hardly budge.  I didn’t get it…  

    Then I learned if I actually worked out less and ate well treating myself here and there or taking off one day a week – the weight literally fell off of me.  

    The best way for me to lose weight now is to literally restrict my calories the healthy way and do nothing.  I lost 15 lbs this summer and I barely left my house. I barely moved. I was so consumed with work and deadlines, I just didn’t make it a priority.  

    Now, I’m not saying this is the way to go… I much prefer to be active a few days a week, but when I am active, the best weight loss tool in terms of movement is Vinyasa yoga 0r Hot Yoga.  It’s the perfect recipe for weight loss.  

    Killing yourself in the gym is actually a deterrent for weight loss.  Read more about hormones and cortisol…  when you work out hard, you’re literally sending your body into flight mode and it will hold on to every last bit of fat – for what it feels is your survival… when you continually tear at and build the fibers in your muscles your cortisol levels spike…  running is another activity that makes your cortisol spike and makes it more challenging to lose weight…

    It all seemed counterintuitive to me – but it’s true and it works.My recommendation? Eat right and do yoga 3-4 days a week. You’ll lose weight, feel better, and build a sustainable practice, one where you’re not killing yourself.I find once I have lost the weight – those other activities like running, weight training, aerobics?  They can become a part of my fitness routine to mix it up…  Lose the weight first and then add in other training if you feel like it and want to push yourself.

  • Roberto

    After many years of doing the same thing… religiously working out (to the extreme), watching every morsel of what I ate, being accountable to what I thought to be best practices in the science of being healthy and losing weight – the scale would hardly budge.  I didn’t get it…  

    Then I learned if I actually worked out less and ate well treating myself here and there or taking off one day a week – the weight literally fell off of me.  

    The best way for me to lose weight now is to literally restrict my calories the healthy way and do nothing.  I lost 15 lbs this summer and I barely left my house. I barely moved. I was so consumed with work and deadlines, I just didn’t make it a priority.  

    Now, I’m not saying this is the way to go… I much prefer to be active a few days a week, but when I am active, the best weight loss tool in terms of movement is Vinyasa yoga 0r Hot Yoga.  It’s the perfect recipe for weight loss.  

    Killing yourself in the gym is actually a deterrent for weight loss.  Read more about hormones and cortisol…  when you work out hard, you’re literally sending your body into flight mode and it will hold on to every last bit of fat – for what it feels is your survival… when you continually tear at and build the fibers in your muscles your cortisol levels spike…  running is another activity that makes your cortisol spike and makes it more challenging to lose weight…

    It all seemed counterintuitive to me – but it’s true and it works.My recommendation? Eat right and do yoga 3-4 days a week. You’ll lose weight, feel better, and build a sustainable practice, one where you’re not killing yourself.I find once I have lost the weight – those other activities like running, weight training, aerobics?  They can become a part of my fitness routine to mix it up…  Lose the weight first and then add in other training if you feel like it and want to push yourself.

  • Nathalie Zarate

    Hi Mastin 
    I am a subscriber of your newsletters and I receive your email all the time, funny that I just opened this one because for the past 6 months I’ve been working none stop, pushing myself to the limit,”trying to make things happen” . Sometimes like in this case I don’t get to even read the emails that interest me, because I am doing it all! I don’t believe in coincidence but I do believe in signs, and for some reason last night I had a brake down for been too tired. My fiancee was telling me how I should take a few days to recharge and make decisions with a clear mind. Woke up today to do it all over again, and then I read this blog. Thank you, because I do think it was what I needed to allow myself a break to recharge. I need to evaluate my life and make some serious decisions. 

    Thanks for your inspiration.
    Nathalie 

  • Nathalie Zarate

    Hi Mastin 
    I am a subscriber of your newsletters and I receive your email all the time, funny that I just opened this one because for the past 6 months I’ve been working none stop, pushing myself to the limit,”trying to make things happen” . Sometimes like in this case I don’t get to even read the emails that interest me, because I am doing it all! I don’t believe in coincidence but I do believe in signs, and for some reason last night I had a brake down for been too tired. My fiancee was telling me how I should take a few days to recharge and make decisions with a clear mind. Woke up today to do it all over again, and then I read this blog. Thank you, because I do think it was what I needed to allow myself a break to recharge. I need to evaluate my life and make some serious decisions. 

    Thanks for your inspiration.
    Nathalie 

  • ruthzack

    As I read this I thought about the fact that you are working too hard….this is such a USUAL thing for a recovering addict/alcoholic (etc), we all obsess and go too far in almost everything that we do, even the good things….which is  still better than the BAD things taken to the nth degree!!! The point is I think that moderation in all things we do, given that we CAN control them,is the best road to take. Believe me, I’m still a driven drama queen, just of the recovering type and am now able to take a step back when I finally realize I’m off the deep end and get ahold of myself. Progress not perfection. Truth. Thanks Mastin for all of your hard work and these daily love blogs I receive from you…my day is not complete without your thoughts that always resonate with me in some way!

  • ruthzack

    As I read this I thought about the fact that you are working too hard….this is such a USUAL thing for a recovering addict/alcoholic (etc), we all obsess and go too far in almost everything that we do, even the good things….which is  still better than the BAD things taken to the nth degree!!! The point is I think that moderation in all things we do, given that we CAN control them,is the best road to take. Believe me, I’m stilla driven drama queen, just of the recovering type and am now able to take a step back when I finally realize I’m off the deep end and get ahold of myself. Progress not perfection. Truth. Thanks Mastin for all of your hard work and these daily love blogs I receive from you…my day is not complete without your thoughts that always resonate with me in some way!

  • http://www.wellinla.com/ erin @WELL in L.A.

    Finding the balance with fitness and food feels like a full-time job! I was terrified that if I slowed down I would lose what I had worked so hard for when it comes to fitness, but found the opposite to be true. I focus more on the food than the fitness (still working out 3-4 days a week and being active via bike/walking on non-gym days) and feel better than when I was working out intensely 5-7 days a week. Kudos for you for listening, finding the right support and slowing down as needed! 

  • http://www.wellinla.com/ erin @WELL in L.A.

    Finding the balance with fitness and food feels like a full-time job! I was terrified that if I slowed down I would lose what I had worked so hard for when it comes to fitness, but found the opposite to be true. I focus more on the food than the fitness (still working out 3-4 days a week and being active via bike/walking on non-gym days) and feel better than when I was working out intensely 5-7 days a week. Kudos for you for listening, finding the right support and slowing down as needed! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.meindl Anthony Meindl

    The key is to be focussed and committed but stay relaxed! If we work too hard we might get tense and loose sight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.meindl Anthony Meindl

    The key is to be focussed and committed but stay relaxed! If we work too hard we might get tense and loose sight.

  • cleocreek

    Ohhh, Mastin.  Take a day off!  (Meanwhile, thank you for being you 24/7, even when we do not hear from you.)

  • cleocreek

    Ohhh, Mastin.  Take a day off!  (Meanwhile, thank you for being you 24/7, even when we do not hear from you.)

  • T.L. Parks

    This is such a powerful post and speaks personally to me and probably to most people in some way. It is almost a sort of self-sabatoge, when I think about myself for example–swinging the pendulum from too far right, to too far left is a behavior that comes up when one wants to find balance. You want change and you gear up rain or shine, you are determined to make things happen. It sort of makes me think of a snake that is too close for you to see, or the truth that is right before your eyes, but as we process things, we tend to do this, it is human nature, and I am glad that Mastin had the courage to share it. It happens much more often that any of us would care to admit. http://asimpleguideforus.blogspot.com/

  • Kylie Gow

    Hi Mastin!
    i find that if you truly find it difficult to ‘switch off’ the exercise button and have a rest day, replace it with something less intense.  I like my ‘off’ days to consist of nice walks, hatha yoga, etc.

    Good luck in trying to find a balance!
    Kylie

  • http://twitter.com/AnisQiz Anis Qizilbash

    Great post and I’ve also realised the same. After reading Primal Blueprint, I realised that running 10miles and swimming 3km a week was too much. Spending 1 hour a day, 5x a week in the gym amounts to over 375days in the gym over 25 years! What a waste of time! 
    After tweaking my already semi-paleo diet, by eliminating excess insulin and glucose from my blood (reducing sugar and carbs),  I’ve re-programmed by body to burn fuel more efficiently, the way it’s supposed to. So instead of aiming to run 3 miles in 24.30 seconds, 3/4 times a week, I walk fast for 20-30 minutes a day. And twice a week a do 20 minutes of pushups/squats/pullups. After ONLY 2 weeks, fat is falling off me and my muscles have become more defined, and my skin has transformed from pubescent to vibrant! 

  • http://twitter.com/Almas_Q Almas

    Great post and I’ve also realised the same. After reading Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson, I realised running 10miles and swimming 3km a week was too much. Spending 1 hour/day, 5x a week in the gym amounts to over 375days over 25 years! What a waste of time! 

    After tweaking my already semi-paleo diet, by eliminating excess insulin and glucose from my blood (reducing sugar and carbs),  I’ve re-programmed by body to burn fuel more efficiently, the way it’s supposed to. So instead of aiming to run 3 miles in 24.30 seconds, 3/4 times a week, I walk fast for 20-30 minutes a day. And twice a week a do 20 minutes of pushups/squats/pullups. After ONLY 2 weeks, fat is falling off me, my muscles have become more defined, my energy levels are constant, I’m less hungry, and my skin has transformed from pubescent to vibrant!