The exercise counter comes in many forms. Currently, I’m simply using a step counter on my iPhone. I try not to look at how many calories I’m burning each day.
Well, let’s just use today as an example. Chris and I went on a hike.
It took us 2 hours (For real? That’s all?!?!) to complete the trail. My shoes are ruined. Chris pulled something in his back sliding on one of the inclines. And more than once I questioned the reason someone cleared this trail with this grade.
But we did it.
And we felt accomplished at the end as we collapsed into the car.
Then Chris read how many calories we’d burned. Not enough to burn off a Big Mac.
Man, this hike left us feeling accomplished until we realized how few calories we’d burned.
Here’s where things get real.
For years I’ve done some type of exercise. Often even used MyFitnessPal to log my food. But I’ve used it as a trade off system.
I can eat the Big Mac (in addition to my regular caloric intake) if I hike for 4 hours today in strenuous conditions. I earned it by my exercise. Oh, this ice cream won’t hurt. I got an hour of cardio in.
And instead of losing weight, I’m actually encouraging myself to eat poorly because I exercised.
Why do we do these things to ourselves?!?!
So, I hiked today. It was hard. But I didn’t reward myself by making a bad food choice. These things work together, but not as a trade off situation. It’s both exercise AND healthy eating habits that lead me to my goals.
What’s your struggle on the journey to health? Do you struggle with trade offs like me? Or something entirely different?
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