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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I've been listening to Sparks Radio and also reading articles on exercise and nutrition and they seem to advocate the group activity.

For instance, they say - tell people about your weight loss goals/journey/plans. I have found that when you tell people that you are trying to lose weight, it becomes a referendum on what you are eating. You pick up a piece of cake, you eat rice, you buy a hamburger and they are like I thought you were on a diet. Then you have to tell them everything in moderation, or a planned for it. They probably mean well, but it's like they are saying 'oh you are not trying to lose weight'.

Then with exercise, I joined a running group. It comprised runners of various pace differences - some really fast and some like walker level. The walkers wanted the runners to hang with them and the runners wanted everybody to start at the same time but their pace would result in leaving the slower members behind. There were these subtle digs at each other and sniping. On top of that who wants to hear about goal pace all of the time. When you participate in a race, the 1st question at the finish line is 'what is your time?'.

These 2 things significantly influence my decision to go it alone. I can eat and run in anonymity. I don't have anyone monitoring every morsel that goes in my mouth. I am flexible with my exercise and at the end I look at my watch and what it says is not a national debate. At the end I am accountable - win, lose or draw.
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  • MISSG180
    I haven't had that problem, but I count myself really fortunate. The running group sounds like it needs some better leadership.
    1965 days ago
    I know what you mean. That is why I'm glad there is SP! I can use the tools to keep track on my own, inspiration from others' trials and successes, good health info and companionship with others with similar goals. I like how SP is flexible enough to be tailored to each person's needs too.

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    1966 days ago
    I don't tell people, I just do it. When it comes to eating, it's nobody's business except your own. I do have to mention to people that I'm gluten free, because at work people tend to bring in goodies.

    As for the running group, I've found a wonderful group with walkers, fast runners, people at different levels of fitness, and they all love each other. However, the group is 35 miles away from me (minimum distance, usually their runs start 40-45 miles away), so it is difficult to run with them. I run with a running partner who is much slower than I am, and it is very difficult to run together. It is frustrating for both of us. My best runs are alone. I really like the group, but I can only get to them once a month. So I waddle through a slow run with my friend, and I get my "me" runs by myself.

    And yes, we are accountable for our own stuff. You are absolutely correct!!
    1966 days ago
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