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RONSWIFE1028
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5/29/13 5:48 P

I exercise until I can't feel my legs and I love the feeling of knowing that I've pushed myself to my limits, I struggle with my diet a lot if I could get that under control I know I would be at my goal weight by now.



JCWIAKALA
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5/28/13 3:53 P

I think it's common for people who are losing weight to shift their obsession from food to exercise. If you feel like you're never exercising enough, it might be a good time to do some self-analysis. WHY do you feel this way? What void are you trying to fill. The truth is, if we just swap one obsession for another, and ever actually address the problem, we might end up right where we started.

Not saying that's always the case, but it could be.



TORIAMAE
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5/28/13 3:46 P

Right now, I do whatever exercise I feel like doing, as long as I do at least 30 minutes more days than not.

But that's what is aligned with my fitness goals.

What are your fitness goals? That should drive your decision about how much is enough exercise. If you are doing enough to reach your goals, you are good to go!

For what it's worth, I've had the same struggles as you in the past. And I've found it crippling. Right now, I am in a good place and it feels good.



CELTICBRIDE2B
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5/28/13 2:45 P

Mplane37, I think you've got me pegged---I have this weird issue where whatever I'm focusing on (whether exercise, a healthy diet, or something else) takes over my life...I struggle to compartmentalize and balance focusing on more than one thing.

Maybe it's just because I'm in between jobs at the moment and have too much free time on my hands?

I'm definitely going to try and up the intensity of my work-out regimen; I sometimes have trouble convincing myself that I can go further than I realize.



-CORAL-
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5/28/13 2:41 P

I'm with LEC358. I work myself to exhaustion and to the point where i really can't take one more step or lift one more weight (usually). This completely spent feeling is awesome and satisfying, and completely makes me feel accomplished to the point of not needing to do any more that day. So try increasing your intensity and really push it.



MYAKAYAH
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5/28/13 2:13 P

I think if I am exercising 120 minutes in a day (2hrs) than I am pretty well satisfied with my activity for the day! Plus in concert with eating as well as I can it satisfies any feelings of I need to be doing more. I also take any opportunity I can for doing movement during the day and that is when I know I am doing all I can for my physical, emotional and mental health its that simple for me. I tend to overthink and strive for a lot in my daily life but I don't want to go overboard and either injure myself or lose motivation because I'll never measure up~



MPLANE37
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5/28/13 1:59 P

I think the idea is that you must make exercise part of your life, but your life should not be made of exercise for the most part. To this end, a sane exercise schedule helps. I have M-W-F strength training, 45mins tops, sometimes 35mins. Over the weekend, I have two sessions of 35mins of HIIT on the elliptical or outside running. That is all there is for me in terms of exercise.

I actually struggle to keep this schedule. If I can keep 80% of this schedule, I am happy.

Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 5/28/2013 (14:01)


JCWIAKALA
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5/28/13 12:19 P

I don't struggle with this because I know that for me, my diet is more important than the amount of exercise I do. Besides, I only have so much time in a day (we all do), so we all have limits on how much we can exercise based on our circumstances. I schedule my workouts (as the PP said), but I know that sometimes life happens and I do what I can do. I only feel guilty if I don't do a scheduled workout for a silly reason.



ZORBS13
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5/28/13 11:41 A

I've done enough when I've finished what I had on my schedule.

Sometimes at the gym I'll have more time and I'll actually stretch (which I never do) but I won't do more sets of weights or run farther "just because".



DROPCONE
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5/28/13 10:41 A

I don't struggle with this issue of feeling like I could do more with exercise, but I do often feel I could be better in other areas in my life.

With exercise in particular, I find I do have to change it up every few weeks, because my body gets used to the routine and it becomes less challenging. So, maybe switching up your routine could make you feel challenged by your exercise again. Some people also find that having a training goal (like a 5K or a half-marathon) can help as well.

I guess I don't have this problem with exercise because I don't really like exercising. So, I do what the experts say is good for my body, and not much more.

About the niggling feeling of inadequacy, I feel it about other things. I work on accepting both my strengths and my weaknesses, and also reality-checking with people I trust. It's an ongoing effort!



LEC358
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5/28/13 10:30 A

I go to they gym first thing in the morning and workout for an hour and by the time I hit the showers I am exhausted. Its all about the intensity for me. I push myself such that by the time I'm done with an exercise, I *can't* do more. Frankly, the feeling of my body when I've worked to my maximum is one of the best feelings out there.

Instead of increasing your time of exercise, think about increasing the intensity. Up your weight on strength training, work to increase your heart rate during cardio.





CELTICBRIDE2B
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5/28/13 10:12 A

I struggle with this in other areas of my life, so I figure it's a character flaw (just haven't figured out if it's due to perfectionism or trouble with a lack of direction).....

but how do you know when you've exercised adequately for the day? No matter how awesome of a work-out I have, I still feel like I could be working out more. It's not entirely a guilt-trip thing ("ugh I should be working out right now"), but kind of me wanting to take advantage of every opportunity I get ("hey, this time would be better spent doing some sort of physical activity").... I'm sure there's a bit of nagging guilt in there, but it's just frustrating because no matter how accomplished I feel after an on-track day, I'm constantly wondering in the back of my mind what exercise to do next.

Does anyone else struggle with this? Any advice?



 
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