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Self-Medication


Friday, August 22, 2014

Self-medicate with food? Empty carbs, fat, salt sugar. Sitting on the couch. Mmmmmmm. The siren call of potato chips: manufactured and engineered to ignite all the pleasure centres in the brain simultaneously. Instant comfort. Ice cream's pretty good too.

Or self-medicate with endorphins? Yup, those good ol' endorphins which are spontaneously generated by exercise. Those mood-elevating endorphins that make me feel so terrific afterwards.

And which would probably be enough of a benefit, even if exercise didn't do anything else at all for me at all.

Even if exercise didn't increase my cardio fitness.

Even if exercise didn't tone my muscles.

Even if exercise didn't Improve my flexibility and balance.

Self-medicate with food that sabotages my weight loss maintenance. Or self-medicate with exercise that enhances my weight loss maintenance.

Tough choice? Nope. Not if I think about it. A simple choice. An easy choice. Not always so easy to do it, however. But I've already decided. And I'm doing it.


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ROXYZMOM 8/24/2014 9:45AM

    emoticon Endorphins help relieve stress too - a huge trigger for making unhealthy food choices.

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NANCY- 8/23/2014 10:21AM

    Ah the call of the siren, too bad the siren call doesn't happen for exercise. What sometimes it does, just wish it would happen more.

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_LINDA 8/23/2014 12:43AM

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You rock!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 8/22/2014 9:58PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/22/2014 9:02PM

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SANDICANE 8/22/2014 6:59PM

    You truly have the gift of words! Yes, the choice is simple, now that the choice is simple.

Thank you for your insight!

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BOOKAPHILE 8/22/2014 6:36PM

    THINKING about it is the trick. It's so easy to just coast our way to weight gain. Good blog!

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CARRAND 8/22/2014 4:30PM

    So true!

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PHEBESS 8/22/2014 4:27PM

    Isn't it amazing how we know exactly what to do, and the right choice to make - and somehow it isn't the easiest choice to make?

Mental toughness!!! That is you!!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/22/2014 1:41PM

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PHOENIX1949 8/22/2014 1:12PM

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_RAMONA 8/22/2014 1:08PM

    AMEN!

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DSHONEYC 8/22/2014 11:41AM

    You have put a great spin on "thoughtful" self-medication and once again emoticon

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KANOE10 8/22/2014 11:27AM

    That is exactly what I am doing..self medicating with exercise to relieve stress. You are doing well to choose exercise my friend. Good for you making a healthy choice..but sometimes not an easy one!

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/22/2014 11:25AM

    Way to go! I'm so proud of you! Great plan! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love,
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SLENDERELLA61 8/22/2014 11:13AM

    Yes you are!! Great choice.

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PATRICIA-CR 8/22/2014 9:49AM

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GABY1948 8/22/2014 9:36AM

    You are SO right! I always KNOW that exercise will take away that craving! I agree with FEEDTHEHUNGER it IS a simple choice WHEN we make sure to think about it!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/22/2014 8:57AM

    Totally the best choice!

And it definitely makes us look and feel our best!

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DDOORN 8/22/2014 8:34AM

    Thx for the re-frame...as I have definitely slipped in the food dept. as of late with stress hammering me both at the home and work front. Sometimes, despite steady workouts, it doesn't seem to be enough and the bad-old-ways come knocking...

Don

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/22/2014 8:05AM

    I never get out of the pool and think, "Gee, I wish I hadn't done that." That same thing cannot be said for various binges of the past.

Simple choice? When one thinks about it (a key ingredient) ... very!

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OSDOWNS 8/22/2014 7:41AM

    Good for you. :)

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KALIGIRL 8/22/2014 7:38AM

    Ah - depends on the food my friend - per new research we can 'self-medicate' with healthy food to fight mood disorders.
I wish I could get those exercise endorphins circulating in my blood, but as of yet, no luck, so no incentive...
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I also wished chocolate would give me the high of one of my girlfriends - dinner out was the smallest salad and largest chocolate dessert the restaurant served. You could SEE the change in her body and disposition
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Our experiments of one continue...
Namaste
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WDIPIM 8/22/2014 7:34AM

  Good for you

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