Fitness Friday: Moderation

Posted Dec 26 2014 in , ,

Tired business woman fall down from exhaustion in hotel roomI’m on a constant state of searching for balance these days. I’m an all-or-nothing person by nature, a perfectionist if you will. Don’t get me wrong, that particular trait has done well for me in my life–but as with any great strength, it’s also a great weakness.

So, when I do things, I tend to do them very well, which (usually, though not always) garners me praise. HOWEVER, it also brings its own set of challenges.

Challenge Mitigation
It can take me a bit longer to complete tasks. I *try* to triple whatever time I expect something to take (since it ALWAYS takes longer).
I00 Percent or Nothing I *try* to spend 20 minutes doing something that could take a long time. That way at least I’ve done *something*.
Eat everything or nothing. A bite of something less-than-healthy can taste just as good as the entire piece. And having a bite doesn’t destroy a day or a week or a month of eating right.
Sleep deprivation doesn’t work So, I can do anything for a few weeks, but recently I spent months sleeping less than 5 hours a night. Some of you may find that enough; it’s not enough for me. I paid for it later. So now, sleep has become a much higher priority.
Self-negativity Beating yourself up doesn’t help anyone, much less yourself. Be kind to yourself. The golden rules applies to yourself as much as to others.
Exercise too much. I was on a roll exercising at one point, and I pushed myself beyond my limits. I didn’t listen to my body and tried to ‘work through the pain’ in an unhealthy way. It caused injury which cost me months of certain types of conditioning.  

On a journey to better health, something my grandmother used to say has really become more and more true with each passing year. All things in moderation: the good and the bad. Because sometimes good can become bad; and sometimes bad can become good… as long as it’s not too much, not too little, but JUST RIGHT.

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