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Can getting healthy become obsessive?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I met someone who seems to be obsessed with exercise and healthy eating. I have to admit she is gorgeous and full of energy. And I love her. She brightens up the room when she comes in. She is petite but very busty. In her bright pink and bright blue bathing suits (water aerobics classes) she draws lots of attention. Blonde curly hair and always peppy. But...

her pace in water aerobics is about 5 times the pace of everyone else. I am not exaggerating. And daily she is describing her eating habits-the newest is getting a NutriBullet for green smoothies with protein powder. We are all interested in getting healthy but this seems to be over the line.

I am not berating her. don't get me wrong. Everyone loves her and she is "just herself." She prides herself on cheering everyone up. And she does do that. She knows all our names and takes an interest in everyone. She is very genuine .

I guess her manner of extremely fast exercising during the classes is what I notice most. Man! She looks insane when she does the exercises!

Chris
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PETALIA 6/15/2013 1:15PM

    From your description, my reaction is more antagonistic to her effusive character than something about health/fitness. Doing exercise really fast doesn't mean there is advanced strength/agility... Great athletes have wonderful alignment and control. Lifting weights slowly or doing ab work slowly, not using momentum, is really hard. I find that beautiful and motivating to witness. Not a turn off. To me, the never-ending, bubbly energy seems one dimensional, fictional, and ultimately a turn-off. I want to say, 'do your own thing in peace' but that splashy, fast moving and splashy look is quite attention grabbing I imagine. I wonder what she is like when she is alone?

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NASFKAB 6/15/2013 9:53AM

  thanks for sharing

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GAYLLYNNE 6/15/2013 8:10AM

    You can be obsessive about almost anything. If she is healthy and not gaunt then she's ok. That's probably just her personality and I would guess she does everything like that. Wish I could have half that energy LOL!!

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NOSNACKER-57 6/15/2013 6:01AM

    Poor thing needs attention it seems. Some people are born obsessive compulsive and anything they do is to the extreme. Or perhaps she is so excited she wants to help others...Perhaps add her to your prayer list she might be a lost soul.

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KATHARINEBRAY 6/14/2013 8:33PM

   

YOU MAY SEE HER AS OBSESSIVE . i LISTEN TO THE INSTRUCTOR AT WATER emoticon

SHE SAID GO AT YOUR OWN PACE . SHE SAID IF YOU CAN DO MORE THAN DO IT !!! FOR CARDIO
I GO MUCH FASTER THAN SOME . I AM DOING IT FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN HEALTH.
I CANT GO SLOW LIKE SOME ITS BORING. SHE MAY JUST BE HAVING A BLAST !!!!!
BESIDES YOU SEE HER AT THE POOL . NOW AT HOME SHE MAY emoticon FOR OVER DOING

Comment edited on: 6/14/2013 8:34:17 PM

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ANARIE 6/14/2013 6:55PM

    Ask yourself this; if it were any other interest besides health, would you think she was over the top? Say you belonged to a yarnwork club. If she crocheted that much faster than everyone else and talked all the time about new patterns and the best yarn store in town and whether she wanted to branch out into knitting as well as crochet, or maybe yarn embroidery... would you think she was obsessed then, or just really into yarn? As others have said, you can get obsessed with anything. But for some reason, we act like it's a finer line or more of a potential problem when it's health. If you imagine a different interest/obsession, it might be easier to decide whether her level of enthusiasm is too much.

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AANGEL3 6/14/2013 5:22PM

    I'm not obsessed with working out. But I do put myself though a huge guilt trip if I miss one of week day, lunchtime workouts. OK so may a bit obsessed? But only in my workouts. emoticon

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STITCH4EVER 6/14/2013 5:03PM

    YEAH - YOU CAN OVERDO ANYTHING. EXERCISE CAN BECOME AN ADDICTION. AND PEOPLE WHO CONSTANTLY TALK ABOUT HOW PERFECT THEY ARE EATING ARE AS BIG A BORE AS PEOPLE THAT ARE NO LONGER SMOKING AND CONSTANTLY TALK ABOUT IT.
EVERYONE KNOWS HOW HARD IT IS TO QUIT ANYTHING THAT IS BAD FOR YOU NO MATTER WHAT IT IS - DRINKING, GAMBLING, SMOKING, OVEREATING OR SOME OTHER WEIRD THING. ACTUALLY, I WISH I HAD A NUTRIBULLET BUT I WOULD JUST USE IT FOR REGULAR SMOOTHIES NOT SOME FUNKY GREEN STUFF - UNLESS THE GREEN STUFF WAS KIWI.
ERIN
IMAGINE A SMOOTHIE MADE WITH THESE THINGS: emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSG180 6/14/2013 2:38PM

    Addictive personalities will find a way to be addicted to something. Exercise and healthy eating are less destructive than a lot of addictions, but not dealing with the underlying issue of addictive personality may mean that she suddenly veers to something less healthy. I hope she gets some counseling.

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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 6/14/2013 12:20PM

  It is easy for all of us to get obsessive about something..just don't let it bother you. LOL.

Just go about your own business doing what you do and what works for you. LOL.

I got obsessive with sparkpeople a while back and kept going for all the points instead of focusing on my goal of losing weight by eating healthy and I also got so obsessed with exercising I could not even clean house or do what had to be done around the house each day I was so exhausted from exercising.

I quit sparkpeople twice but each time started gaining weight again.

anyways, I now am more balanced in this journey of weight loss and I am finally losing weight like I should be and am exercising each day without driving myself into exhaustion and am able to do all my daily tasks around the house and others outside of the house.

anyways, just ignore her and keep yourself tuned up in what ever way works for you because this really is a personal journey and one size does not fit all. LOL

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JIMDAB 6/14/2013 10:34AM

    I became obsessive about Sparking a few years back--became more interested in points and my spark friends than in my program. Dropped out for over a year, gained much of my weight back, reordered my priorities, and returned. It's working out well now...

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NANCYPAT1 6/14/2013 10:30AM

    I don't worry or even pay attention to that kind of stuff - maybe I am that crazy woman myself. I do my thing and compete against myself. I swim miles and not just laps - I do lots of strength exercises and try my hardest but it isn't about the others but about ME and about trying to get healthy. I am sorry that she tends to spoil your workout a bit. Smile and focus on having fun.

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TXMEMAW6 6/14/2013 10:08AM

    You can become obsessive about just about anything. I don't want to become obsessive, but I'd sure like to have some of her energy...lol.

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ZENRYAKU 6/14/2013 9:32AM

    "Let others be guides, not goals. You are your own unique person" - Spark People emoticon

I must admit it is refreshing to hear about someone that "looks insane when she does the exercises! " In a previous class it felt like we were moving through treacle. I must have been pulling faces, as I was asked whether I was alright. It's just that we were going so slowly that my thoughts were elsewhere, and they were obviously very serious thoughts! emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 6/14/2013 7:36AM

    We hear the stories about these 'athletes' who describe their bulimia or anorexia and all the time us ordinary joes were marvelling at how 'in shape' they were.

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123ELAINE456 6/14/2013 6:50AM

  You can carry anything to extreme. Weather she is or not only she, her Doctors and Trainers knows. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Day.Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/14/2013 3:46AM

    There are eating disorders that present with an obsessive need to exercise far beyond the normal capabilities of the body and always be trying new fad diets as a way to punish the body. I'm not saying this is what's going on with her, I'm just saying the mental health condition exists.

There are people who tend to operate on a heightened level compared to most. Many of these people are diagnosed with ADHD and given medication to slow down their brains. Again, I'm not saying that's what's going on with her, but it is a health condition.

There are also people who have narcissistic traits that leads to them putting themselves in the position to be the constant center of attention, trying to convince everyone around them that they're the most important person in the room. They will mold themselves to fit the situation and crowd, as they deeply crave the attention that will fulfill a psychological need they can't meet in other ways. No idea if that's what's going on with her, but it is a real mental health condition.

Essentially, there are many potential reasons why this woman is like she is, but there's probably little you can do to help or change her. For all we know, she drinks a large cup of coffee an hour before going to the gym so she's wired on caffeine and not realizing she's overdoing it. If she pressures you into doing something unhealthy you could gently convey a concern or a question, but other than that I'd say just be nice to her and let her do her thing.

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NYARAMULA 6/14/2013 1:49AM

    For some of us, the only way to stick to it is to get obsessive about it. I have been told I am obsessed with health and fitness, but when I try to be 'normal' about it, I completely lose my motivation. May not sound too healthy but it works for me.

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WALLAHALLA 6/14/2013 1:42AM

    Obsessed or dedicated. I wish I was more like her.

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SUSANBEAMON 6/14/2013 12:54AM

  i've seen people like her. i just shake my head and keep doing what i'm doing. i can only manage one life at a time, so she'll just have to take care of herself.

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FISHER011 6/14/2013 12:44AM

    You are describing my sister! As I've never seen her exercise, I can't say she is that fast- but boy can she move! She is super thin & always on the go- compulsively so!
Me, I'm "the horse's tail" & a slug compared to her. Once she told me if I walked fast & moved like her I could be slim too! emoticon
I think some people don't realize how compulsive they are when seeking to stay slim.
Diet pills, gimmicks, & even exercise can be over the top.
Also, it's good to be you & me! Thanks for sharing! It gave me a laugh when I needed one! emoticon emoticon
Debbie
Also, I love your background flowers- I can almost smell them emoticon

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INSIDEGIRL 6/13/2013 11:24PM

  This can be so challenging. I have a history of disordered eating (who doesn't, eh?) and I have a coworker who is very dieting and food obsessed. I find it very challenging to not trip over into my unhelpful thoughts about food when I listen to her chirping all day about calories, being "good" or "bad" and so forth. It can really put me into a tailspin!

I know she has issues with food and exercise. I have to keep reminding myself that they're HER issues, not mine. Even when she comments on what I am eating, it's her issue. She would not take it well if I tried to talk to her about it so I don't.

Do you feel a bit like it's a competition?


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JUDYAMK 6/13/2013 11:18PM

    Excuse me , I am sorry but I cannot stop laughing when you put" she looks insane when she does her exercise " !!!!! I know someone exactly like that as a matter of fact when I use to go to the classes I could not even look at her because I would start laughing. The first time I saw her in class I was so stunned by how she was working out that I stopped right in the middle of the class & kept staring at her because I was not sure if she was at first joking around or she was just being funny.
Gosh when she kept on going I knew this girl is serious about her working out!!!!!!! I felt like an old clod in slow motion !!! Now you got me laughing again!!!!
Judy

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SUSIEPH1 6/13/2013 11:10PM

    I guess we are all different .. But could she be hiding some sort of pain behind her busyness?.
Sometimes the life and soul of the party could be over compensating for a hole in her life .. Just a Thought!
Hugs my friend ..Susie emoticon emoticon

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