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Binge Exercising?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Walks by myself are becoming my favorite thing. That surprises me. I do not like being alone. I have 3 sisters and 1 brother all close in age. I am used to hustle and bustle and lots of activity and have created my life to be very similar with 5 kids of my own (two now out on their own). So I am a little pleased w myself for recognizing how independent I've become, not that it's all good of course, there is a balance in it. But walking alone allows for much thinking time. I get to sing and pray some ...but quite a lot of thinking, organizing, planning, etc.

Today's reflection was on my tendency to be an ALL-OR-NOTHING sort of girl. I can go full force, and give 110% into a project or not want to do it at all. That's scary, and yet, I know I have approached fitness this way. (Notice I did not say dieting.) I have, in the past, cut out all sugar and all flour to see weight fall off in large numbers, I have, in the past, worked out for 2+ hours a day 5-6 days a week. I have looked pretty good too. But it didn't stay that way. (There is that ALL-OR-NOTHING girl again.)
I read an article on SP a few weeks back and I've been chewing on it ever since. It asked the question, When is enough exercise enough? Do you want to put in another workout in even if you've already had some fitness today? Do you cancel friend/hubby time because of exercise? This is like bingeing; cramming it all in, never feeling satisfied, more, more, more. I could see that echo within me when I read it.

My conclusion? Enjoy life. Stop and smell the roses (and take pictures!) For me, the only way to get fit and trim and healthy, body, soul AND mind, is to stay out of the extremes. Everything in moderation isn't just for food ya know! Now I'm not talking about having to intensify occasionally to get over a hump (plateau). I am talking about adding more and more and more. I promise here and now to never let fitness be more important than my relationships, family or God! Not in that order. And that goes for food too, or what I "can't" eat! (It may have to wait in the fridge or freezer though.)
Today, I got my walk in later that normal, leaving about 4 pm and WOW, it got dark fast. This winter is really putting a crimp in my style! But look at what I saw on my way home Ahhhhh, life is good.
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  • LUV2RUN72
    It is all a balancing act, that's for sure. This blog really speaks to me as I am increasing my exercise intensity significantly right now. One of the blogs I read here, can't remember which one, mentioned that whatever you do to take off the weight is what you will need to do to keep the weight off. Thanks for sharing!

    And another beautiful picture too!

    3441 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10197796
    Beautiful picture AND insight!! I love blogs like this....ones that make me think and reflect on my own actions, attitudes, etc.

    Well done!!
    3444 days ago
    Beautiful! It's funny ... I saw the sun come up and go down through the little window at work ... Winter is a serious style cramper! I believe that, for me, it's ok to have a scheduled work out and to walk on the same day. I love to have one challenging work out at least 5-6 days a week but walking is different. I think a 30-40 min walk is the perfect way to spend part of my lunch hour. It helps me get re-focused, to calm down if the morning has been hectic and get centered so I can come back energized and ready to go.

    I know that I am blessed that my husband and I share alot of our exercise time. That is one of the things I contribute alot of my success to. He challenges me to stick with it and I challenge him to keep up with me ... Perfect harmony! emoticon

    Good questions, good observations. Knowing what is a priority for you is the most important thing ... I think!
    3445 days ago
    I love to walk alone, though I know you and I have been trying to walk together! Last night I did Flab Fighters with Eda, today I nursed my sore muscles, tomorrow I'm doing Flab Fighters again but with 2 of my staff who want to go to the Studio but don't really want to do it alone. So, I'm going to be the "experienced" one...

    I'm sure I'll still be able to walk (though not very fast!) tomorrow afternoon. It might actually do me some good to walk after that flab fighter class...it's small weights, lots of reps, kind of a butt kicking! So, I have you in my phone, I'll text you or you shoot one to me...My dd has some performances tomorrow so I'll be running but dh has his casts off so he can drive now...I know you might be working, but let's see if we can get a mile or two together. I can go up to 3 miles and then I start to blister...

    I hope that you will find balance, but more than that, I hope that you find a groove, a rhythm that works for you, to take off weight, builds your fitness, makes you feel good about you. You are quite a lady and I enjoy our MOnday Moxie nights and SP with you! Blessings...
    3445 days ago
    Gorgeous sunset you captured tonight Beth! You are SO right about trying to live outside the extremes. I was reminded of that very same thing by the trainer today in a different way. She said "You don't need to spend hours at the gym if you use the machines correctly." That had been a concern of mine upon joining....How many hours is this going to need from my week? She's put my mind at ease on that one as it won't be nearly as much as I thought.

    I'll be praying for you as you find that balance and your priorities are definitely in the right direction...family, God, relationships, fitness BUT you must keep exercise (and eating) a priority for YOU so you don't get lost in the shuffle.
    3445 days ago
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