Fasting Creates Exercise Motivation
Two girls were lost in the frozen tundra. It was bleak. A day prior they’d set out to explore the world, only to be separated by a storm and caught out in the wilderness, each by herself. Pinned under a total whiteout, with a small amount of water and ration, they faced a decision.
The first girl said to herself, “if I wait long enough, a passerby may save me.” Then she thought, “if I stay still long enough, I may save up enough energy to make an escape.” Last, she thought, “if I eat all of the ration and drink all the water now, I may be strong for the journey back.”
There was no journey back.
The second girl?
She said nothing. She fought like hell and escaped.
We are descendants of the second girl. But we’re always thinking like the first one - the one who didn’t survive. Under the pressures of life, we await a bailout, we stay still, we fuel up, we look for the right moment to begin. An entire life passes without a journey back.
Being fasted increases motivation to workout: https://joe.bioscientifica.com/…/jo…/joe/aop/joe-19-0213.xml. This is yet another reason why the idea of “burning off” calories ingested can never work. You are not as motivated to exercise in the presence of food. The hormonal motivation is less when fed, which, frankly, is why most of the dogmatic advice to eat before exercise comes from chronic drug and steroid addicts in the fitness communities. They are always manipulating hormones of motivation through pills and injections, and thus don’t have to rely on fasting strategies and sleep/stress management as much as everyone else.
Moreover, you are descended from the ones who made it. The fighters. The soldiers. The warriors. The brilliant ones. The ones who drive forward during famine, in discomfort, in lack, in dearth. The ones who do not paralyze when they analyze. The ones whose ingenuity leads to DOING, not talking.
Abundance can enslave you. Scarcity can set you free.