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Exorcising demons...or finding that sweet spot between exercise and nutrition.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

I had a 5 day long binge this week. Fortunately, there wasn't much damage from it, and I was able to press on.

The problem is that I love being active to the point that I'm burning an INSANE number of calories, which also means I have to eat a bunch of calories to make sure that I stay healthy. With the number of calories, I am headed towards that slippery slope of compulsive overeating again, which scares me.

However, I am at a loss as to what I give up as far as exercise, since I'm training for a half marathon, need to continue the strength training to preserve my muscle, swimming and stair climbing help my VO2 capacity, plus stair climbing will help me with climbing those hills during my races this year, and I love my spin classes. It's definitely a struggle to figure out how to cut back, but if I don't, I worry about going back to some of those old habits.

I know I'll figure it out, but just needed to put it out there in words and vent about my struggle a bit.

Hope all of yas are having a great weekend!
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IJUSTNEED10 2/18/2013 3:38PM

    Congratulations on your determination, i think balance is defiantly something we all have to learn how to do, just keep at it and defiantly watch your behavior.

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HLTHYLIVN_BAM 2/14/2013 9:32AM

    There was an interesting SparkRadio segment in Episode 7 about "7 hidden signs of over training" that you may want to check out if you haven't already. I *think* they had said that once folks start training over 750 minutes there are diminishing returns.

I have to admit over training is not one of my problems so I remember the point to exercise at least 250 minutes to get better results, so you may want to listen to see if they had any good suggestions for cutting back. They may have just said, "cut back" which you seem to recognize, but maybe listening to the episode will give you some more motivation/reasons for giving up or postponing one of your activities. (I'm not sure you should think about "giving up" something rather than switching some of your activities week to week which your body might like too!)

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BIGPAWSUP 1/23/2013 12:50PM

    You'll find your balance! I have faith in you.

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THESLIMMERME1 1/21/2013 12:52AM

    emoticon on your efforts to date!
Wishing you all the best with finding your calorie in - calorie out and exercise 'balance'. emoticon Small Changes Mean Big Rewards emoticon

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PASTAFARIAN 1/20/2013 7:24PM

    I'm in the same situation. KRISZTA11's answer was pretty close to what mine would be except I recommend flax seed oil instead of olive oil. And I have to be careful when it comes to chocolate as I can't fall asleep if I have it late in the day.

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WATERMELLEN 1/20/2013 5:43PM

    Really a difficult problem. I have to say that exercise (and although I am not as active as you, I AM active: cardio and ST at gym, XC skiing, golf) it really doesn't make a big difference in my calorie burn. I still can't eat much more than 10 calories a day per pound I want to maintain . . . that's my metabolism

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TAGSUIT2 1/20/2013 11:17AM

    I hope all work out for you either direction that you take.

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KRISZTA11 1/20/2013 5:03AM

    I understand your feelings, as I had a similar situation last winter.
It is not easy to fill such a big calorie budget with enough healthy foods, and it is very easy to exceed with eating crap, and eating crap induces cravings and so on...

At that time I added high calorie density foods that are safe, meaning not inducing cravings.
Walnuts, almonds, cheese, olive oil worked very well for me.
Dark chocolate worked well most of the time, but I got into trouble a few times (well, they do induce cravings sometimes).
Another trick was eating enough during the day, in order to have a reasonable number of calories left for dinner.

Good luck to finding the balance!
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FAVALL 1/20/2013 1:03AM

    I recently experienced an abrupt cut in my ability to exercise due to a broken ankle. It really threw me into a panic because I had been exercising so much with very slow weight loss. My fear was that I would gain weight fast without the cardio. It turned out to be a good thing. I had to change the SP fitness setting that lowered my calorie ranges and adjusted my meal plans. I learned that I COULD loose weight without all of the exercise and that I was less hungry,, too. I had been exercising to eat more (verge of compulsive behavior).

You may want to try cutting back and train your mind that it is ok to eat less and workout less. Best wishes to you!

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PEZMOM1 1/19/2013 8:18PM

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CMRAND54 1/19/2013 7:07PM

    I understand. I spend a lot of time at the gym (I go every day) but I enjoy it all and don't want to stop. You sound even more active than I am!

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LATTELEE 1/19/2013 6:41PM

  Good luck!

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