Have you ever been told to eat and exercise in moderation?
Have you ever actually eaten and exercised in moderation for any extensive amount of time?
For most of us, we can answer a solid yes to that first question. But when it comes to the second question, not so much. Almost any news report on diet and exercise eventually concludes with the overly simplified statement to eat and exercise in moderation however living this concept is a whole other story.
The Typical Pattern:
“I feel like crap and I hate my body”
You see an amazing “before and after picture” promoting a new workout and diet program and you think “If I could look like that my life would be so much better!”
You make the decision to sign-up, buy the dvd’s, join the class, ect
You clean out your kitchen. Throw away all the “bad” food and only have “clean” food in the house.
You do the workout everyday (sometimes twice a day). You make a pinterest board with all your favorite fitspiration quotes and fit body celebrities. You post your workout details on Facebook and Twitter.
You are doing it! Living the goal! Everyday!! YES! You Are Rockin It!!
Something unexpected happens (Life has a funny way of doing that)
You get worn down, tired, exhausted, “cave into cravings”, “Take a break”, ect.
You are back at square one. Not taking care of yourself and feeling like crap.
If this sounds familiar, don’t worry. You are in good company.
You are living your life as a pendulum.
Not sure what a pendulum is? Take a look at the picture below:
As you can see there are 2 extremes from which the pendulum can be released from and this is where far too many of us like to hang out in regards to our exercise; either in extreme “no pain no gain” mode or the “no pain no pain”. Neither is a good place to be. And when you live in one extreme for too long the pendulum will always eventually swing back in the other direction.
So why is it so hard to exercise and eat in moderation?
Because for the majority of us, moderation is something that we have never even experienced when it comes to exercise. And it’s really hard to practice something when you have no idea how to do it in the first place.
Imagine if I asked you to practice Beethoven’s 5th symphony on the cello (assuming you have never played a cello). Would you have the slightest idea where to start? NO! So why do you expect anything different when it comes to moderation?
What is moderation anyway and why is it so important?
The definition of moderation is this:
Being within reasonable limits; not excessive or extreme.
So what is a “reasonable limit”? Ahhhhh…. That’s the tricky part…..
“Reasonable limit” is a place unique to each and every person. It cannot be defined or pinned on a Pinterest board. It is not something you can find in a before and after photo or on the cover of the latest Fitness Magazine. It is a state of equilibrium in the body, mind and spirit and it is something that is always fleeting.
Living in your reasonable limit is the best possible place for your overall health and wellbeing.
So now that you know
What moderation is
Why it’s so difficult to practice moderation when you live life as a pendulum, and….
Why it’s so important to practice moderation
Now ask yourself this question:
What areas of my life need some reasonable limits?
And stay tuned for next week’s post on how to get off your swinging pendulum.