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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Webster defines moderation as" avoiding extremes of behavior or expression : observing reasonable limits."

Of course, this concept never entered my mind. emoticon If it did I would not have allowed myself to get to 211 pounds. emoticon Through Sparkpeople, I have learned how to eat in moderation. emoticon I'm even learning how to have sweets in moderation. emoticon The bad thing is now I need to learn how to exercise in moderation. emoticon

When I first started to exercise I would do it for about an hour each day. emoticon emoticon Then I started to enjoy it. When my husband would go with me I would only stick to an hour as well. He eventually stopped going with me so I bumped it up to 90 minutes each day. emoticon emoticon emoticon I then started to see results with my weight loss so I increased it to 120 minutes each time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Then my layoff happened and all bets were off. I now had tons of time on my hands. emoticon I did not want to stay at home because then I would have the temptation to eat and snack. So, I used this time and put it into exercise. There are some days where I am working out for 4 hours at a time. Today I had a small victory. I had the opportunity to stay and exercise for 5 hours and I did not do it. I skipped a spinning class and came home to be with my puppy and knit.

Now, I have different reasons for the exercise. I like it and I feel yucky if I don't do it . It is a great way to work off stress or anxiety. It also lets me socialize now that I am unemployed.

So if you ever wonder why we are only allowed 120 minutes of exercise I am sure it is for people like me who are still learning moderation. I didn't even change my nutrition tracker for fear of going overboard on eating and exercising.

I hope everyone is having a great day!
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  • KAREN608
    Moderation and variety add spice to life.
    I tend to get injured if I push myself too hard.
    I have an addictive personality even for 'good' things so I can
    relate to a blog on moderation.

    Scheduling in fun things, crafts, a DVD, a DIY home improvement
    project, reading... all need to be our day or week at some point.
    If all you do is exercise, talk exercise, you might just get a bit
    lopsided, ya think?
    1697 days ago
    Wow! I'm so glad to hear you have realized that it is important to moderate your exercise as well. Glad you came to this understanding *before* injuring yourself! Take up some hobbies, maybe do some volunteer work if you need to stay busy. Exercise addiction is actually a treatable illness... ;)
    1727 days ago
    A very positive post. You are doing great.
    1727 days ago
    Moderation for sure!! emoticon emoticon
    1728 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I may be too heavy on the exercise part too but I love it and my body craves it so if I feel good, I do it. I work in a physically demanding job so I can't say I want to do quite as much as you but 90 mins to 2 hours especially on weekends works for me!
    I have a hard time taking a night off because I figure I can always just walk and that is not overly taxing. I guess if it doesn't hurt our joints and our body, we are ok. I will just listen to my body when it says to take a break.
    1729 days ago
    I guess I have this problem, too! Too much exercise! I just do not see it that way! IF I feel like I am over doing something, I, too will back off a tiny bit! BUT I love to exercise & it makes me feel yucky if I don't do all that I WANT to do! I generally do about 120-150 a day. A slow day for me is 60. I LOVE the endorphins! I am getting SO toned! I do usually 3 sections of exercise a day. Zumba in mornings 3 days a week, Walking LUCY pup, 4 days, swim 1/2 hour a day, usually in eve. Pilates 2 times a week, weights a tiny bit, Flash Mob dancing 2 times a month with rehearsals, etc. SOMETIMES I might miss 1 section in a day. But once I am dressed for exercise, I go for it! I DO NOT feel bad about it. YES! I have a compulsive personality..... that's WHY I am on SP! To help me keep my life's process going! I also, work almost full time, am helping my sweetie with his back surgery healing, Sparking, ect. Basically living life. I have always tried to live life to it's fullest. Whatever it takes!

    Also, I didn't change my food tracker, either! Then I started gaining weight. NOT an option for me! SO now I always eat at the highest end of my calories, AND my weight is coming back down. This maintenance thingy is REALLY tricky!

    Thanks for this blog! I CAN TOTALLY RELATE TO YOU & this "PROBLEM"!

    Have a Sparkling one!
    *~LIGHT emoticon
    1729 days ago
    Wow, I am way too lazy to exercise that much!
    1730 days ago
    I'm glad I read this blog today. I have the same problem with finding a happy medium, which I am sure led to my sore back. It seems you do well at anything you focus on, and I'm sure this will be no different. Good luck! emoticon
    1730 days ago
    I'm glad that you have realized what you were doing and backed off. An injury is a terrible setback that can occur from doing too much and no one wants that to happen. Maybe you can readjust your focus to meal-planning, cooking or finding a hobby that involves other people that can share with you time and interests. Possibly find ways to get your husband back into the grove of exercise? Just a few suggestions to keep you from over doing it or slipping back into the eating syndrome. Sounds like you have got a great handle on what it takes to be a success. What an inspiration!!
    1730 days ago
    When i was younger I would play tennis till I dropped and the more exercise the better. I had so many braces on at one time that I looked like Darth Vader on the tennis court. I have been dealing with knee issues ever since. This is a real bummer for someone who likes to exercise and do sports as much as I do.

    Fortunately in my 50's I found water aerobics and I have also added yoga and ST. I learned moderation through limitation. I hope you are smarter than me!

    Good luck and much success on your journey! emoticon
    1731 days ago
    Good insight.
    1731 days ago
    Good for you for knitting and loving your puppy! Exercise addiction is serious business - thank goodness you're addressing it now, and in a positive way!
    1731 days ago
    All I can say is WOW !!!!
    1731 days ago
    I know you will figure this one out, too... but, it's nice to know that some how, some way, I'll suddenly be overcome with the need to move. Hmmmm. Right now, though, I'm inclined to go take a nap. emoticon It's a mid-afternoon old lady thing. HA! Have a good one. JOY
    1731 days ago
    One time when you mentioned you went to 3 spin classes in a row, I thought, "Woah." And not in a good way.

    There is so much more opportunity to get injured if you exercise that much. Obsessions, even healthy ones, can lead to other issues too. And it's not sustainable in the long run, anyway: you will get a job (soon!) and will have to cut back.

    What other positive things can you do for yourself that use your time in a constructive way? Read? Informational interviews?
    1731 days ago
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