Wednesday, January 02, 2013
I've been listening to Sparks Radio and also reading articles on exercise and nutrition and they seem to advocate the group activity.
For instance, they say - tell people about your weight loss goals/journey/plans. I have found that when you tell people that you are trying to lose weight, it becomes a referendum on what you are eating. You pick up a piece of cake, you eat rice, you buy a hamburger and they are like I thought you were on a diet. Then you have to tell them everything in moderation, or a planned for it. They probably mean well, but it's like they are saying 'oh you are not trying to lose weight'.
Then with exercise, I joined a running group. It comprised runners of various pace differences - some really fast and some like walker level. The walkers wanted the runners to hang with them and the runners wanted everybody to start at the same time but their pace would result in leaving the slower members behind. There were these subtle digs at each other and sniping. On top of that who wants to hear about goal pace all of the time. When you participate in a race, the 1st question at the finish line is 'what is your time?'.
These 2 things significantly influence my decision to go it alone. I can eat and run in anonymity. I don't have anyone monitoring every morsel that goes in my mouth. I am flexible with my exercise and at the end I look at my watch and what it says is not a national debate. At the end I am accountable - win, lose or draw.