Wednesday, September 17, 2014

An Update on Exercise

So I thought a lot about it and realized that my relationship with exercise was still off.  I still sometimes think of it as an equation, where I inadvertently compare the amount I burn versus what I consume.  I have to keep reminding myself that I am no longer trying to lose weight - if I exercise more I just need to eat more.  So logically, I can definitely exercise less and I will probably not be as ravenously hungry all the time. 

So far, it is working.

I decided to take a step back this week.  I have taken two rest days already and I plan to stick with that schedule.  I also am changing the length of my workouts two days a week from an hour to about 30-45 minutes.

It definitely feels uncomfortable to exercise less, but that just goes to show that I am stuck in old habits. I have noticed by appetite lessening a bit, so I think my body is processing everything properly. It is definitely challenging for me to trust it - but I keep reassuring myself that I am at my set point now, I have definitely stopped gaining weight.  I have pushed through uncomfortable before and I know I can do it again, everything always gets easier. 

I will leave you with another epiphany worth noting. 

If you ever have a chance to dance with a fox with glowsticks... You dance.

Sorry, feeling a little punchy tonight, it was a long day.

Oh!! And I almost forgot to tell you...

I am engaged!!!

I will share the full story soon, I am still beaming :)


  1. I can totally relate to this- it's tough to scale back when you've grown accustomed to that daily, intense sweat session. But you will reap the benefits of less exercise- more free time; less sore joints; not being hangry if you don't eat every two hours ;). Overexercising is so inefficient- not only is it a ton of time, but you have to put so much time/effort/money into fueling yourself properly.

    And agggkhsdgkhsdg I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS!

    1. Thanks Steph! Yes, thanks for reaffirming my thoughts - it helps to hear other agree with me on this. It is hard to change things up, but I am crossing my fingers that I will be all the better for it.

  2. Congrats!!!!!! I think the best way to get rid of the exercise caloric burn mindset is just to exercise enough to get your heart rate up but not long enough to burn too many calories. Making such good progress though good work!!!!

    1. Thank you Tiffany! Such a good point. This morning was another rest day and it really does feel like an addiction because I pop out of bed early and I have an urge to run. But I have found a good strategy that helps me get through the uncomfortable feelings. I get up, roll out my yoga mat and stretch. It makes me feel really good and semi-active. I really appreciate the support, so thanks for your message.