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The wrong way to think like a minimalist

Sunday, March 17, 2013

1. I've been eating too much over the past few days. It started with a huge binge on Friday. I don't know why. I wanted sweet, I wanted salty, I wanted nothing, then I wanted it all. On Saturday, I didn't say no very much. I didn't eat as much as on Friday, but was still very much over my calorie range. Today, I just kept eating. Part of it was the desire to finish the dessert that I had made so that it wouldn't be around any longer to stare me in the eyes. I know that is the wrong way to approach the situation, but it is already done, so I need to move on.

2. The quinoa breakfast bake, as cool as it seemed really turned out to be not worth the calories. After eating one, already caloric, portion, I didn't feel satisfied. I didn't like the quinoa bake by itself but adding yogurt only added more calories. This is not good for me because I've noticed that if I eat a lot in the morning, that sets the tone for the rest of the day. I prefer to eat a little bit but to eat something that, like cottage cheese, will keep me full for a while.

3. My final thought is that I have been thinking too much like a minimalist when it comes to exercise. My goal has been to work out 3 times per week. While that is a noble goal, it is pretty much the minimum, no? The problem with this is also that I always aim for 3 but often come short at 2. Also, I hate to spend a lot of time on exercise on any one day, so I end up not working on all of the areas that I want. Yesterday, for example, I focused more on my arms and neglected my legs.

So my solution will be to go to the gym more often, but to try to vary my exercises. For example, do cardio every time but focus on arms one day and focus on my legs the next. Not sure, maybe I'll try to search SP for some tips on exercise.

Wishing a great week to all!

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    Sounds like you've figured out some good stuff! That's how I work out too, I do legs and core one day, and arms another, but I try to do cardio every time. You'll do great :)
    1861 days ago
    Thanks for the comment! You're absolutely right about finding what I love. Actually, I enjoy running outside, but not in the cold. So I joined a gym meanwhile. I hated the treadmill at first, but now I am kind of enjoying interval training. I do want to join a volleyball team or a start hiking (I live in Switzerland, so that should be an obvious activity), but I am really busy writing my Master's thesis right now. In a few months, I will be free from the 24/7 thesis work and will start enjoying a variety of activities! (or so I hope)
    1861 days ago
    Don't get me wrong, food is key, but I do very firmly believe that doing exercise you LOVE is what keeps you active. If you have to convince yourself to go to the gym every time, you're not going to win every single time. If you've found something you love and schedule it into your life, then it will feel odder not to go!

    That's why I climb, and I skate, and I swim, and I play softball, and I dance. That's why I'm having so many troubles with weight lifting right now! I love the former, and I'm bored with the latter. Forcing myself to go to the gym never worked for me in my prior "get healthy" binges, but finding hobbies I loved whose benefits included an active lifestyle? They worked.

    1861 days ago
    Thank you for the comments & for the support!
    1861 days ago
    The important point I take from your blog is that you are discovering things about yourself and figuring out what works. You put time and effort into analyzing the past few days and have come up with conclusions and a plan. emoticon
    1861 days ago
    Great decision to up your workouts. Good luck! emoticon emoticon
    1862 days ago
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