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It stuck with me

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I was listening to John Tesh last night as I drove home. Most of the time he doesn't say anything that I haven't already heard on SP. But last night he said something that came back to me this morning so apparently it's worth a second visit/blog!

From his website ( ) He reported:
The biggest mistake people make is working out simply to burn calories. So they’ll keep walking on a treadmill for an hour while flipping through a magazine. What matters more is exercise intensity. You’ve got to push yourself. Why? Because vigorous exercise dulls your appetite. Moderate exercise stimulates it. That’s why you get off the treadmill and immediately feel like eating. You can un-do an hour on the treadmill with one lunch-size bag of Doritos! So push yourself – if you’re exercising at the right intensity, you shouldn’t be able to carry on a conversation. (article link:

When he intro'd the segment with why you shouldn't read a magazine while on the treadmill I assumed it was because of advertisements in the magazine stimulating cravings. But this is far more interesting a concept. And when I stopped to think about it, when I exercise, I mean REALLY exercise and push myself, I'm usually not hungry for some time afterwards. THAT gives me more motivation to work that much harder I think. I'm having an awful time with cravings lately (for bad stuff, no less) so the idea that if I jump on my step routine for 5 min just to make it go away works for me!!!

The other part of that segment that struck a cord (but didn't stick like the other until I brought up the article) is that you should NOT work "toward a number." You need to work to be happy and healthy, the rest is all just numbers they won't fix anything or make your life better. You have to be okay with YOU first no mater the numbers. Being able to chase the kids or give them a run for their money is WAY better than getting below x weight, isn't it? And maybe, just maybe, you'll be able to chase them even BEFORE you hit X and that's still good!
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    Thanks for this Kris! I always used to read on the bike or I see, if I can read I can't be doing it right! I've been enjoying ramping up the challenges on our Tag team & everywhere else I workout... it definitely does help with the mood & the food! And while good numbers on the scale would be nice, they're not be be-all end-all anymore. Now it's beating my last speed/distance/minutes.
    2920 days ago
    I have also found that when I get ticked off at work, or my mood swings get out of hand... I go to the back warehouse and pace round and round and round.... through 2 or 3 songs. I find the movement, the walking.... gets me past the mood.
    2921 days ago
    awesome. glad it stuck with you.
    ive never listened to john tesh. is he on a station around here?
    some good things to think about.
    2923 days ago
    AWESOME blog but even better article to share!! Mine is not the same as yours but in the article the second point really hit close to home! 'Using food to compensate for what you’re lacking' is so true for me. I love the pie exercise. From the book I had already gathered that there is a crisscross aspect to my weight gain. Time for me to start working on those other areas of my life! Thanks for sharing!
    2923 days ago
    Great blog and link! Thanks for sharing, Kris!!
    2924 days ago
    Thanks for sharing Kris!!! All so very true. My hardest workout by far the last month has been when I am mowing. GREAT EXERCISE! and you know, it does stave off the hunger quite effectively. Awesome info...
    2924 days ago
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