Exercising and Dessert Buffets

I consider myself lucky that despite all of my food craziness, working out has never been an issue for me.

Since I was a kid and all through high school, I was a tomboy, always playing organized sports, and when that ended I would join a gym or just work out on my own, and then I ended up being a runner for 11 years.

With compulsive overeating and bingeing since I was a kid, I’m certain that I would have gotten to much higher than my highest weight of 172 on my 5’3″ frame had I not always been an exerciser.

I need to thank my lucky stars for that because I’ve been learning via the blogosphere that exercising is foreign to many people and they have a hard time motivating themselves to get to the gym.

For me, going to the gym four days a week is like brushing my teeth. It’s just something I do, without fail, it’s just part of my schedule. If something comes up that forces me to miss my gym time, I panic at first, then put a plan into place to still get in a workout somehow.

For instance, if one of my kids stays home sick from school and it’s a gym day, I will just workout on my treadmill and lift weights at home. I embrace it by thinking that I’m working different muscles, which is a good thing.

For me, exercising has always been a great stress reliever and it has been key in helping me get down to my “happy weight” along with, of course, not bingeing for over two years. I know, like eating healthy, that it is something I will need to do for the rest of my life.

And from happy words about exercising I switch to my vulnerability… tonight we are going to a function at our synagogue which among other things, will include an *ulp* big dessert buffet. Man, just knowing that I’m going to face that tonight makes my heart palpitate. Even after 2+ years binge-free, these dessert buffets are still troublesome for me.

Deep breath, stay calm. You can do this!

I’m trying to frame this properly, to not set it up in a terrible light. It is just food. (Food that calls to me, begging me to eat it!)

Because not going is not an option, my plan is to peruse the myriad of desserts and pick the one or two that really look good and have a little bit of those couple of things.

The intuitive eating I’m trying to incorporate in my life says to enjoy the stuff that is really good. Life is too short to skip really good desserts. So I just need to remember that, enjoy the couple of things that are really good and not feel bad about it. Most importantly, I need to not to pull up a fork and a chair to this glorious buffet and blow my abstinence.

How about you, does exercising come easy for you or is it a struggle? How do you handle dessert buffets?

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  1. christie @ honoring health
    05 March 2010, 6:45 pm

    Exercise does not come naturally to me. I have to really force myself to do it most of the time. If I go by what I typically feel like doing, it would be once every couple of weeks.
    .-= christie @ honoring health´s last blog ..Crazy Glad =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i hear that from so many people. there are other things in my life that i feel like doing once every couple weeks, like ironing. =) i guess i take for granted how lucky i am that exercise is so ingrained in me.

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  2. Kim
    05 March 2010, 6:45 pm

    Well, I’ve always been pretty content with my exercise level. It’s not until I was well into my eating disorder and comparing myself to others that I wondered if I was doing enough. I’ve never been into cardio, but I did gymnastics, softball and various other sports when I was younger. I was on track team too, though I didn’t run; I did high jump 😉 I’m not really built for burning lots and lots of calories; I’m built more for agility and flexibility. I really love yoga, walking/hiking. That’s about it. I’m at peace with that now, though occasionally I still wonder if I should have a gym membership. I think my body likes what I’m doing though, so I’ve stopped worrying about it 😉

    As for dessert buffets, they overwhelm me too. I feel this need to “look normal.” I think it’s good to put 2 options on my plate, like half a brownie and some pie, for example. I usually just eat those slowly and engage in conversation at the same time to keep my thoughts at bay. I think you’ll be just fine 😉

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    it’s great that you know what your body is good at, kim, and what makes you/it happy. some people never figure it out.
    man, what i would give to put two small things on my plate and eat them slowly! i’m working on it, but i typically eat like the world is about to end and i’m going to win some magnificent prize if i finish all my food first.

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  3. Diana
    05 March 2010, 7:13 pm

    So not easy for me. I definately struggle with it. I wish it was something I liked to do or a habit, but nope.

    I’m sure the buffet experience will go well…you have some great tools and planning in place!
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Hiya =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    working out isn’t for everyone, i’m sure whatever bits you do get in are great for your health and well being.
    i appreciate your support. i’ll blog about how the buffet experience went tomorrow when i’m not fighting to keep my eyes open. =)

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  4. amanda
    05 March 2010, 8:28 pm

    Right now that is how I keep my weight off with my compulsive eating on 1-2 times a week. No one really knows I have a problem because I also exercise compulsively. At least exercise is better than binging but still not great. As for dessert buffets…ummm yeah I have been known to put away over 18 + cookies and other desserts at a time. The more variety the more I want to eat everything.
    .-= amanda´s last blog ..Food Porn =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    most people who see me would have no idea i’m a recovering compulsive eater either. finding a balance between eating and exercise and feeling comfortable in your skin is SO hard.
    so you can totally relate about the buffet. who invented those torture chambers anyway?!??! =)

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  5. Lisa
    05 March 2010, 8:49 pm

    Yes, exercise does come really easy for me. Thank goodness. It’s my prozac 🙂

    Dessert buffet. Yikes. That is a really tough one. Any buffet would be really hard for me. I hope it goes well. I have a big ol’ chocolate cake in my house right now. It makes me nervous, but I to must remember it is “only” food. It feels like it has magical seducing powers at times!!! Good luck with the beckoning desserts.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    exercise is my prozac too.
    i love how you put that, lisa, it IS like food often has magical seducing powers! i know logically it is just food, but my brain is just wired to make the food seductive. i’m a work in progress trying to quiet the seductive voices.

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  6. Patsy
    06 March 2010, 2:59 am

    You’re very lucky that you love to exercise. It’s only when I actually get up the motivation to DO it, that I realise how much I enjoy it! Weird, eh? lol
    .-= Patsy´s last blog ..Perfect 10 – Week 9 Update and a Rant…! =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    not weird at all. i find i kind of dread a lot of things until i’m actually doing it.

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  7. Bobbie @Anonymous Fat Girl
    06 March 2010, 9:15 am

    Dessert buffets… so hard! I know you can do it though, you’ve come two years already, so I have no doubt that you’ll come through without having issues.

    As far as the exercising thing, it was pretty foreign to me until I started working out with my trainer back in November. I hadn’t really done much exercise-wise since high school. I’m to the point now where I do not like to miss a day. And I agree with the other commenter that sometimes I dread it, but once I get going I find I LOVE it. I guess it’s all those endorphins! 🙂
    .-= Bobbie @Anonymous Fat Girl´s last blog ..Photos of a sweaty, fearless, tough (and happy) girl =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    you have been amazing at the gym and have been seeing such great results, it’s no wonder you hate to miss a day! I think the hard part is getting yourself to the gym; once you are there, all the good juju kicks in.

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  8. Gina Fit by 41 Maybe 42
    06 March 2010, 11:12 am

    Exercise is not a habit, yet. I will make it one. I have to.

    Dessert buffets…so evil. I used to avoid church functions because of the table-loads of junk. Once when I was in charge of a function, I made the suggestion of healthier foods and a simple dessert in a limited quantity with options for diabetics. You should have seen the look I was given!
    .-= Gina Fit by 41 Maybe 42´s last blog ..For Mature Audiences Only =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    good for you, that is the spirit!
    dessert buffets should be banished! =) i can just imagine their faces when you suggested healthier foods! like, how dare you! lol!

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  9. Lisa
    06 March 2010, 3:20 pm

    I’m an exercise physiologist, fitness trainer and coach, so no, exercise is not foreign to me, in fact, it’s pretty much my life! Having said that, I do sometimes abuse the privilege of being able to exercise to “erase” a bad afternoon or evening of eating…I am guilty of that from time to time. However, last night, I ate pizza, knowing I was taking a group out on a 10 mile run this morning. I never eat pizza-it’s a trigger food-BUT, I wanted it-had 2 slices, felt guilty for about 2 1/2 minutes, and then forgot about it-by the way, the run was great! Living and learning on a daily basis, that’s what it’s all about…thanks for sharing your stories with us and good luck tonight at the buffet-have only what you LOVE!!!!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i don’t think there’s anything wrong with working out a little extra once on a while, i think a lot of people do that to some extent. glad you enjoyed the pizza! yup, great point, lisa, living and learning on a daily basis is what it’s all about. life’s a journey, not a destination.

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  10. Holly
    08 March 2010, 9:15 am

    I am the same as you…I think after you do it for so long, it’s hard to imagine life without it! And truly, it’s my “me” time. It’s my time to deal with stress and random thoughts going through my head. Plus it makes you feel SO great when you’re finished. Some people don’t believe me, but I LOVE exercising – I consider it a hobby! I do get burnt out at times, but thankfully it doesn’t last too long. New music usually helps motivate me. 🙂
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..Rock Climbing =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    great point, holly, once you’ve been doing it for so long it’s hard to imagine life without it. that is exactly how i feel and i’m grateful to feel that way because i know for others it’s not that easy.

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