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Fell in love with the gym, now how about the nutrition?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Good weekend. Saturday I went to weekend workout & 30 min abs classes. I lifted weights Sunday for an our. I did a full body workout, upping several of my weights. I enjoyed the camaraderie with the big muscle guys.

Monday (yesterday) I did an hour Zumba class and kept up the pace. It was great to see the instructor. And I gave them both hugs. There were 4 songs I didn't know the choreography to. that's ok, I'm grateful to learn new steps. I've really built up my cardio fitness, because I was breathing hard, but could do the full hour with out stopping.

This is quite a change for me.: I've fallen in love with the gym. It's become a source of relaxation, satisfaction, pride and socializing.

Now, how do I fall in love with nutrition? Staying within my calorie range has been a challenge. I enjoy cooking, trying new foods and recipes. I don't hardly ever eat out. But still, how do I capture the joy? How do I relate positive emotions to dieting?

There was a time when I planned all my meals, and stuck to my plan. I didn't feel joy about it. It was a satisfaction of doing the right thing, day after day, building to week after week, and a feeling of accomplishment on the scale. But it wasn't love.




Minutes this week, running total:
Cardio: 90
Strength: 140
In calorie range:
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    1912 days ago
    Interesting question. I think that it is an important one. I see most responses are in the "food is fuel" thought pattern and another in the "make it interesting, sociable, share it, check out recipes" thought pattern. Well, it is certainly true that "food is fuel." But should we make it more than that?

    Looking through recipes and watching food shows makes me hungry! Going to social events where there is a wide variety of foods prepared by people we care about (and feel obligated to) makes me eat more. Thinking about holiday preparations always seems to involve lots of food. So much of what has become part of our standard menu for social events and on our dinner tables does not really have much food value and may even have the effect of making us hungrier! Yet, shouldn't we be able to have pleasure from food? Isn't this is part of being a normal, healthy human being?
    If we make our meals and snacks from foods that are "healthy", then they should be both satisfying to the tastebuds and to the body. I never understood all the food blogs on Spark before. Now I do get that. These people are working hard to come up with food choices that are nutritious AND delicious. I am trying to devise menues that are both delicious AND will be good for me. I think our tastebuds can be reeducated to seek out and enjoy the foods that will be nourishing. So rather than thinking of food as just fuel (gasoline comes to mind), I would think of it as the nourishment for our wellness, which includes our mind, emotions,and body. I really think it should taste delicious. (Just like I think we should do exercise which we enjoy......not force ourselves through it like it is a chore).

    1913 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/23/2013 7:18:22 AM
    I definitely find pleasure in modifying recipes and foods to make them healthier, but I agree with CAREN_BLUEJEANS, sometimes it really seems like a drag.

    KJELLYBEAN15 has a very interesting point... but maybe we can transfer that joy/love toward foods that nourish us rather than foods that do nothing for us.
    1913 days ago
    How about sharing your joy of cooking by inviting a friend or two from the gym to a healthy lunch or dinner that you have prepared?
    1913 days ago
    emoticon Lis has a great suggestion!
    1913 days ago
  • LIS193
    You are not dieting, you are eating healthy whole foods. See your food as fuel for your body, so you can enjoy the gym even more :)
    1914 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    Food is simply fuel so we can enjoy our workous
    1914 days ago
    If you find the answer to this question I hope you will let me know. I resent all the time it takes to eat healthy and exercise. I don't really have a spare 4 or 5 hours a day to devote to it.
    1914 days ago
    Maybe we aren't supposed to feel "joy" or "love" over our meals. Maybe the joy and love we have for food is what lead us to be overweight. I find that if I start looking at food more as only a means to nourish my body the less likely I am looking to it as a pleasure source.

    Great job on the workouts. I am in awe.
    1914 days ago
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