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9/22/13 12:16 A

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Good for you, Waycat!

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

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4/17/13 10:11 P

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Waycat, thanks for checking in with us and letting us know about the thoughts you were struggling with last weekend. Good that you were able to let go of the idea of the gym. Being injured is almost a blessing in your case, if it keeps you from logging more miles. Give your husband a big hug and it's wonderful that you realize what you are putting him through.

Somehow I think you will be ok if you keep on seeing past what this compulsion is trying to get you to do. I'm glad you are getting with your medical team. Know that you have Spark friends who are wishing the best for your recovery and health.


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4/17/13 12:23 P

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Well, managing newly diagnosed diabetes--which includes listening to my doctor, listening to the nurse and nurse-practitioner--is in danger of turning me back into the restrictor-orthorexic I'd been during the last of my gym-going days. Without the need of a gym, their personal trainer nor their sports nutrition program to help do this handiwork!

But it's a sticky-wicket. A judgment call.

I get around that problem by taking a masala bhangra class and a vinyasa yoga class, not particularly frequently. The rest of my workouts I do at home. In the back of my mind has been the thought that my body will not move in the normal way it had before--and supervision (even if occasional) is warranted. Notice I did not say "guidance", necessarily.

I don't think that my sister would accuse me of being an anorexia case THESE days ...


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4/17/13 11:55 A

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Vision_Quest2, I have read your post three times and it makes so much sense it's frightening!

In fact, what you have said echoes what my husband has said in all these years we've been battling my exercise addiction - that gyms are really there to get you in the door, get your membership fees, and then keep you renewing your membership by offering all sorts of facilities that you think you need.

After all, gyms haven't always been around - what did we all do for exercise before then? We simply got up and moved, went outside, walked, swam, dug the garden, etc..... and that was probably sufficient.

I perhaps also ought to point out that I am a recovering anorexic, and this has of course been augmented by my addiction to the gym - the two go hand in hand.

Happily, I'm now 108lbs, which is much better than my lowest weight of around 98lbs. But it has taken years to get to this point, and I'm still a long way away from being healthy. A lot of things need repairing, and along with a more sensible exercise routine I'm trying my best to increase my food intake to better reflect my level of activity. I have to remember that what I take in isn't simply what keeps my body running, but in my case it will also help to repair the damage done through years of restricting.

Anyway, thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my post - and I really hear what you are saying!

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4/17/13 9:38 A

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Sometimes an exercise addiction can act in the same way as an eating disorder.

Aside from the $$ cost, gyms can function as enablers to an exercise addict (or even an anorexic) ... because they can, depending on the facility, make you think you are exercising with less effort (classes! loud music! young, energetic people! distractions!) than you actually are. In addition, their ancillary (non-medical/holistic/woo-woo at times) services could ease physical pain and give the illusion of recovery/mastery, etc.

So--many years ago I'd been a compulsive overeater ... I did have my share of deli delivery and/or fast food Tex-Mex on the way home from a stressful job, to make it quicker, easier to feed my addiction. [Not that I can't cook, but I didn't have time or energy to make the dishes at home.] This is what the gym does for your compulsive overexercising.

The parallels are obvious.

Good call!


Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.

- Igor Stravinsky

Find a way.

--Diana Nyad

(Said after swimming from Cuba to Key West without fins or shark cages)

My blog is at tiniertina.wordpress.com/ (topics vary; words are the most important things)

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4/17/13 2:12 A

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Hello everyone

As you may be aware, at the moment I'm having a hard battle with myself regarding working out too much and trying to take a more moderate and sustainable approach to my exercise.
My previous topic entitled "Having Trouble Getting My Head Round This" should further explain the problems I've been having.

Anyway, over the weekend just passed I've been beating myself up because for some reason part of me wanted to re-join the gym after 18 months or so of working out at home.
The gym, for me, was probably what started me on the road to exercise addiction so you may well be wondering what in the world possessed me to to even consider re-joining.

Basically, it's because I have a couple of injuries at the moment as a result of over-exercising here at home, and I thought if I could re-join the gym at least I'd have access to things like the elliptical machine, stationery bikes and rowers - all good cardio but with little or no impact, thus allowing me to exercise through injury. Stupid or what?!

I telephoned three gyms (two of which I've been a member of in previous years), and almost went down to see the membership department of one of them just yesterday afternoon.
BUT - then I realised how stupid this would be - I'd be working out at home AND then dragging myself off to the gym later in the day, which of course is just a recipe for total disaster for someone like me.

SO - I'm pleased to report that the idea of re-joining a gym is now out of the question, totally.
I'm more than happy working out at home with my DVDs, weights, yoga mat - and when my injuries are better, running outside again.

My poor husband has been put through the mill these past few days - I keep asking him to help me make a decision, but no matter what he says he can't say the right thing! And of course, it's not his fault, it's mine.

Anyway, I know I've made the right decision - my main problem is still allowing my body rest time, both to recover from my workouts and also because of injury.
I have contacted my medical team (as per my previous post) and am awaiting to hear back from them with an appointment.

In the meantime, I shall try my damndest to scale back my workouts - I have only got one body and it's got to last me a lifetime!

Thanks for reading - it helps to get all these thoughts down on virtual paper!

Edited by: WAYCAT at: 4/17/2013 (02:14)
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