(Closed) Fit Bees – Does being fit run your life?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Hm. I work out every day as well – at least an hour, sometimes two. So to me your schedule seems pretty moderate. Can you give some details on what your lunch workouts consist of?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Nope. Sunday’s cheat day is my friend. Working out and feeling good should add quality to your life, and that requires balance.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

I resonate with your post!  I definitely have body dysmorphia (as a result of being obese for years).  I’m now within a ‘normal’ BMI – but, I definitely feel like maintaining weight is a full time job, for me.  I’m a size 10, but would love to lose some extra weight and comfortably fit into a size 8.  Years ago, I would have thought size 10 was impossible.

I really think it depends on the person – meaning, for some it comes naturally (to not overeat and to exercise regularly).  

Me, on the other hand – I’m prone to overeating and have to make an effort to exercise.

As I get older (I’m closer to 40 than 30!), I’ve noticed that my body doesn’t respond to exercise the way it used to and I have to be a lot more careful about what I’m eating.  If I have a string of days where I start sneaking things in or over eat – I will gain weight.  It’s no joke.  And, that’s not gorging on tons of food (in my mind – but to others it probably is!) –  it’s just adding a lot of sugar or comfort foods (like a couple bowls of granola – hello 1000 calories).  

Just like weight loss, weight maintenance differs from person to person.  I have little wiggle room when it comes to food and have to make an effort 24/7 to eat lean protein and veggies and stay away from bread and cheese.  I love my glass of wine at night – but it usually turns into 2 and then in comes the munchies.  Because I have little self-control, I have to restrict winen to the weekend, if at all (or, at least, that’s what I’m trying right now).

As for your 30-minute workout – I think that’s awesome!  What are you currently doing for your workouts?  If you get your heart rate up in intervals and add resistance/weight training, I think you’ll be golden!

I think wanting to tone and lose weight is a normal part of our culture and society.  I think whatever parts of our body we dislike (for me, it’s my flabby gut) will always be there no matter what our size – meaning, even if I do get down to a size 8 – my proportions will be the same and I’ll probably have more of a gut than I’d like to have.

I was talking to my doctor about wanting to drop 15 pounds and he said – well, you have to decide if it’s worth it.  You could kill yourself to get there, but you have to live and enjoy life sometimes too.  πŸ™‚  I thought that was an interesting perspective, considering I ‘felt’ overweight.

 

 

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I use to be exhausted. All I would do is come home, eat dinner, and lounge! For the past 9 weeks I have worked out 6 days a week for an hour each day. Instead of wanting to go to bed at 9 because I was so tired. I now stay up until 10:30. I do 4 days of cardio and 2 days of strength training and toning. I limit my bread intake and eat almost no pasta. I LOVE spaghetti, instead of pasta I use Speghetti Squash. I can eat a HUGE plate and load it will parm cheese and it’s under 250 calories πŸ™‚ Remember maintaining weight or losing weight is 90% what you eat. I have lost 21 lbs so far and that was in 8 weeks. Cardio is what is helping me lose! I have slowed down in lbs dropped per week since my body is getting used to the 6 day a week regimin. It sounds like you need to workout for longer than just 30 mins.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Yes and I am so so over myself. I worry I have a problem πŸ™

Every time I eat I worry about calories, every time I skip the gym or do a lazy session I beat myself up. Its all consuming but the second I stop focusing on the details I gain weight.  

I was very sick when I was younger, I lived in hospital for a month in a month out for about 7 years. It was not food related exactly, I just couldn’t keep food down for weeks. My stomach would go into convulsions so I couldn’t eat or sleep unless they drugged me up so my body would relax. Poor little FauxBoho πŸ™ 

I grew out of it once my hormones settled down but it destroyed my metabolism as well as my body image and relationship with food. Over the years I have been proked and prodded by so many doctors who havent helped, physically or mentally so I just handle it alone. 

I’m sad/happy to know there are others with similar issues to me but I really don’t know what we can do about it. It is very unhealthy. I too am a healthy weight (5’9 and 152 pounds) but always trying to lose. I know it’s unhealthy because even when I was 5’9 and 125 pounds I was still unhappy πŸ™

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I am definitely more aware of what I eat, so I do THINK about it more than usual. Also I’m going to start working out next week so I’ve been trying to figure out my workout schedule…I’m not sure if it runs my life but I am more “aware” nowadays.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I wouldn’t say being healthy “runs my life” but it’s true what they say about being healthy/fit being a lifestyle.  I do find that having a regular schedule of exercise, making sure to only have healthy foods in the house (including lots of lean protein and fresh produce), and limiting my alcohol and “bad foods” intake requires making decisions all the time, but as long as you’re doing these things and you agree that you’re a healthy weight, you don’t need to obsess over your weight so much.

It’s especially easy to fall prey to weight/fitness obsession when the media bombards us with super-skinny celebrities whose job it is to work out like fiends and have private chefs serving them celery sticks and tuna all day.  But we’re just regular folk, we’re not being photographed by the papparazzi in our bikinis all the time, and we gotta cut ourselves some slack.

I only manage a 20-40 minute workout maybe 3 or 4 days out of Monday-Friday because I’m busy with work and the rest of my life.  On the weekends, I try to get in a nice hour-plus workout because I’m not rushing off to work or to make dinner.  But sometimes, I don’t feel like it, or it’s a special occasion and I eat appetizer, dinner, and dessert, and then just gotta make sure I eat lighter the next couple days.  It’s all about balance.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I definetly think about it alot. I have struggled with my weight and food issues over the years and now that I have developed severe stomache issues I need to watch what I eat all the time. I would say I’m obsessed with the gym and go about 5 times a week..if I dont go I feel mega guilty. I think I also have body dysmorphia….everyone tells me I’m small but I still think I look huge and its even worse now that I’m trying to get smaller for my wedding

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

For me, fitness is just life. I don’t stress about the time I spend working out, or feel that it is “running” my life (pun intended) because it’s just how I live. I don’t question if I’ll work out, or food. Crap meals aren’t an option for me. I was brought up in a home that embraced sports and good food, so I guess I just never stopped living that way. Plus, gym time is “me time” and I just relish that!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@BlondeBee:  I could not have said it better!

I always watch what I eat, and the general rule of thumb is to stay around 1200 calories a day. I work out at least an hour a day, sometimes longer. It all depends on whether I do cardio after lifting weights, or if I dedicate the entire workout to HIIT. Pizza, McDonald’s and all that other crap is just not an option for me. I do not drink ANYTHING besides water and coffee, ocasionally tea. The moment I stopped letting my life revolve around food, I not only lost around 40 pounds, but I also changes the way I look at fitness in general. Fitness/healthy eating does not run my life simply because it IS my life, that is just the way I live every single day. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MsJ2theZ:  I think it’s delish!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

When I am fit, yes, it does, because I unfortunately have the worst metabolism, hate working out, hate eating well, and really really have to work hard to get and then stay fit. I really can’t do it halfway or I see no results. Granted at the same time, when I don’t do that, I get very down on myself and my body and THOSE thoughts take up as much of my life as exercising and eating food I don’t like do, so it’s a Catch 22….spend my life upset with my body and feeling down on myself for eating badly and being lazy, or spend my life upset that I can’t eat the things I want to or just sit on the couch after I get home from work (only time I have to workout). So basically I’m just doomed for unhappiness which is my own psychological problem hahaha

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