Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Webster defines moderation as" avoiding extremes of behavior or expression : observing reasonable limits."
Of course, this concept never entered my mind.
If it did I would not have allowed myself to get to 211 pounds.
Through Sparkpeople, I have learned how to eat in moderation.
I'm even learning how to have sweets in moderation.
The bad thing is now I need to learn how to exercise in moderation.
When I first started to exercise I would do it for about an hour each day.
Then I started to enjoy it. When my husband would go with me I would only stick to an hour as well. He eventually stopped going with me so I bumped it up to 90 minutes each day.
I then started to see results with my weight loss so I increased it to 120 minutes each time.
Then my layoff happened and all bets were off. I now had tons of time on my hands.
I did not want to stay at home because then I would have the temptation to eat and snack. So, I used this time and put it into exercise. There are some days where I am working out for 4 hours at a time. Today I had a small victory. I had the opportunity to stay and exercise for 5 hours and I did not do it. I skipped a spinning class and came home to be with my puppy and knit.
Now, I have different reasons for the exercise. I like it and I feel yucky if I don't do it . It is a great way to work off stress or anxiety. It also lets me socialize now that I am unemployed.
So if you ever wonder why we are only allowed 120 minutes of exercise I am sure it is for people like me who are still learning moderation. I didn't even change my nutrition tracker for fear of going overboard on eating and exercising.
I hope everyone is having a great day!