Talkin’ Sassy to Myself

March 13, 2008 at 2:33 am 1 comment

Because I was sick on Monday and super busy on Tuesday and Wednesday, I didn’t get my stairs in as a I usually do.  I did my two strength training workouts at home, adding 10 straight-leg push-ups to the second day (after reading the study I blogged about earlier), but no cardio.  I’m sure it’s no big deal, but it does make me a bit anxious.  Seems like it’d be awfully easy to give in to the comfort of not doing regular cardio, and I worry a little about gaining weight since I don’t have the calorie burn to compensate (although I have adjusted my eating accordingly these last couple of days).

Am I stressing too much?  According to the book Fed Up!, signs of an unhealthy exercise obsession include:

  • You turn down dates or miss activities with friends or family to keep up your exercise schedule.
  • You exercise even if you are ill or injured.
  • You push yourself to exercise at your maximum capacity almost every day. 
  • You feel upset and anxious if you miss a workout.
  • You feel anxious when you relax, because you feel you are not burning enough calories.
  • You calculate the amount of exercise you need each day to burn off the calories you eat.
  • You believe that you will gain weight if you miss even a single day of exercise.

Not all of these apply to me, just the bolded ones, and I only feel anxious about relaxing if I haven’t done my workout as planned.  (If I’ve done my workout, I fully enjoy my down time.)  My BF says, though, that I have the tendency to exercise when I’m ill or injured, and he has to tell me not to.  I suppose it’s like my concerns about my eating; they can sometimes border on the obsessive.

No worries.  I’ve given myself a sassy talkin’ to.  Hopefully I’ll get my stairs in tomorrow and Friday, but if not, I’ll survive one week without working out.  In fact, it might be a good break for my body.  I’ve decided not to stew about it and instead let it be.  After all, I’ve been doing this for five and a half years now.  I can trust my commitment to myself. 


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Suzanne Langley  |  March 14, 2008 at 1:22 am

    Great article – wish I could add or comment further to this.
    But it is early morning here in Aussie and I’m a little hungover.


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