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Exercise...too much of a good thing?

Friday, August 14, 2009

I am starting to wonder if I am taking something that is naturally a good thing and turning it into a bad thing. It has been almost 2 years since I went down this path of over exercising and her I sit seeing it happening all over again.

I have noticed a lot of posts about how do you find the time, how do you make it a priority, etc....I wish I had that problem, but for me it is the opposite I give up everything else to ensure I get at least 1 visit to the club a day. If I didn't have my boyfriend I am scared to think how much more I would workout. Luckily I have him in my life and enjoy spending time with him, so I try to do all my workouts during my lunch hour or in the evenings when I know he will be gone because I do want to spend time with him as much as possible, however with hunting just around the corner he will be gone a lot and I will be left with the freedom to exercise all the time....will I be able to do it in moderation?

I am also currently experiencing shoulder problems again from over use and even though it hurts 90% of the time, there I am in the weight room lifting weights or doing modified cardio to avoid any swinging motion of the arm. I am going again Monday to the doctor hoping they can just fix the problem (3 opinion in 6 months), but I know they will just tell me the same thing...REST REST REST.

How can I afford to take off anytime from working out when I can't even lose weight with what I am doing now? I mean if I am barley maintaining now by working out intensely 6 days a week; plus nightly classes and eating the recommended 1300-1700 calories a day, what will happen if I stop....won't I gain a considerable amount of weight?

How do I start to enjoy exercise and not feel like it is a life sentence?
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  • JAMIEP931
    I now understand the broad spectrum of not enough and too much. Both can be huge problems for people who are trying to win the fight of weight loss. I work 6 days a week (two jobs), have two active kids, and still maintain a clean house and do all the laundry and housework associated with it. I barely have the time to get 3-4 bike rides in a week. I could possibly do something at lunch, but currently where I work, there's no where close by that I could get a workout in in time to get back to work on time. I know we all have our demons, but thank God for SP and all the members out there that share our same frustrations. Good luck K, and remember that we're all here for you. Maybe we'll figure all this out together!!! emoticon
    3174 days ago
  • KKESS11
    About 2 weeks I did go in and change what I was exercising because I was burning way more then they had listed and was frustrated when I was eating more then they recommended. Since increasing my calories expenditure it brought my calories consumed up 100 calories, but even with the 2300 calories burned it is still estimating my calorie intake range to be 1300-1710 because of my weight loss goal of 14 lbs by October.

    As for therapy, trust me I have been in treatment for the past 2 1/2 years for bulimia (both purging/exercise purging). I used to be a lot worse with my exercise addiction. At my worst I used to run 3 miles every morning, run 3 miles at lunch everyday, aerobic classes after work on TF and then when I couldn't sleep I would walk/jog 4-8 miles at night. My therapist told me that at some point I need to come to the conclusion that I might not medically be able to go past the 130 mark I seem to linger around.....seems hard to believe, but maybe I need to think like that.

    Thank you for all your comments and support. I am hoping that I can get the support I need to overcome this battle one more time. I have the insight now and hope with that and the support from SP, I can learn to enjoy exercise again for what it is.

    3174 days ago
  • TAMIA1575
    Just like we can overeat, we can over exercise and then we defeat ourselves and never reach the goals we've set.

    If you are exercising for weight loss/maintenance and health issues then you have to start telling yourself that. Reminding yourself that overdoing it is just as detrimental as not doing it at all!

    I also have a tendency to overdo things..especially exercising. I go to the gym 6 days a week as well as walk with my kids on the day I don't go. I was doing 50 mins. of cardio and weights...I cut the weights for awhile because I was not seeing any results and now just strictly do cardio at the gym. Finally I'm seeing results! I've lost 5 lbs since I quit the lifting.

    At some point I will bring it back into my workouts, but at lower weights and fewer times a week than I was doing.

    But for right now..when I use the weights I overdo things and can't seem to not do them...so I just don't and stick to my cardio.

    Good luck to you hon!
    3174 days ago
  • SHUWN74
    I agree with the other comment, I believe your body maybe saving or storing fat, if you are not eating enough, thus resulting in no weight loss. You have to recalculate based on your new weight. Good Luck emoticon
    3174 days ago

    Have you considered that you are excercising too much for the amount of calories you take in? Try this. Go through the set up page and enter the amount of calories you expend in a week. Average the last four to six weeks from your fitness pages. Enter in how much you aim to lose each week. I suspect that you may not be eating enough, or may be exercising too much. This may be how you can reduce the amount of exercise you get and still lose weight.

    Because you find exercise a punishment, would you consider talking to a therapist. You describe exercise as inhibiting your ability to enjoy life. I am concerned for your health.

    Take good care,
    3174 days ago
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