Is it possible to become "obsessed" with exercising?

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    Dec 06, 2012 9:51 PM GMT
    So hear me out.

    I've really started exercising much more consistently within the last 6 months. Running, hiking, biking, weight-lifting, swimming, etc. . . Just exercise.... basically anything to increase my heart rate....and break a sweat. .

    Lately, I feel as if I'm obsessing on it. Like if a day goes by where I have not run, lifted, hiked, something! I feel like i'm going nuts. Completely unsatisfied with the day. . Like I cant stop exercising for fear of feeling like shit. My whole day begins to revolve around where and how I will exercise. The timing of my meals has to be precise... I cannot eat and then exercise within the same hour. I give myself at least 2 hours after eating before I allow myself to exercise. My whole day will revolve around me eating a good breakfast, and a even better lunch as to prepare myself for a hard-ass workout later in the day... followed up by a large dinner and tons of healthy snacks (nuts, oatmeals, proteins shakes, etc)...

    It's annoying!

    Thing is, it's hard work to exercise, it's not comfortable, it's not easy, it's not necessarily pleasureable, yet it feeels so fucking good at the end....when im done. It feels like "ahhhhhhhh" I can relax now.

    It's getting to the point as to where I'm turning down social activities because it interferes with a meal I need to eat or the actual act of exercising. Like, for example, being asked to go see a movie.... I turn down the offer, I couldn't be bothered, I much rather exercise and eat a bomb ass meal afterwards, a movie does nothing for me physically.

    fuck, I even turned down an opportunity to go hang at someone's house because it interfered with my eating and exercising. Is this normal or am I turning into a fucking weirdo?

    even my boyfriend I'm starting to wanna turn down to hang with. Like tonight, he wants me to come and pick him up and go out to dinner. Sounds nice and all, but my thinking is "uhh, I'd rather go for a long ass run...come back, cool off and then prepare a meal of my own choice because I know it will be better for me" "I know it will benefit me physically, whereas the going out to dinner with the bf will not benefit me physically" so I am hesitant to committ to dinner with the boy......cuz it gets me nowhere. I just would rather exercise.
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    Dec 06, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidGod, I want to be that obsessed. icon_sad.gif

    I'm there for the food (don't even like eating anything I don't make anymore), but I can't find that kind of time to hit the gym, and I wish I could.


    U can though, dude. I know you could.
    Cuz I said the same thing. I mean I have a full-time job, I have a bf, I have other committments that take up tons of my time. You make time for exercise. You have to, it's the only way. . . . which is kind of where I'm runing into problems. The little time I have to spare, i spend it exercising at the neglect of social activities.

    I dunno what to think about that. is it weird and obsessive? or not?

    I have so little time to exercise, but i am determined to do it. I want to do it I like it, but i think it's beginning to affect me socially, like in my above examples. I'm seeing less of people because I dont have time. I'm prioritizing exercise over them.....and I dunno if that's the right or appropriate thing to do
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    Dec 06, 2012 10:55 PM GMT
    AHAHAHAH... I'm the same! I get pissed if anything happens to delay or upset my gym schedule. I don't have a bf so no such distractions. But seriously I sometimes have to tell myself to lighten up and enjoy life a bit. Ya know what they say about all work and no play... icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 06, 2012 11:45 PM GMT
    It's better to be obsessed with exercise and fitness than obsessed with a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle.

    *nibbling raw broccoli as I type*
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    Dec 07, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    Physical health at the expense of mental health.

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    Dec 07, 2012 4:27 AM GMT
    It's called dedication and a habit.

    It's very normal for a person who has been consistent to develop a habit and have the dedication to maintain that habit that others will see as an obsession.

    Your not obsessed your dedicated.
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    Dec 07, 2012 4:37 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidIt's called dedication and a habit.

    It's very normal for a person who has been consistent to develop a habit and have the dedication to maintain that habit that others will see as an obsession.

    Your not obsessed your dedicated.
    There is great meme potential in what you just said. From drugs to gambling to OCD. Imagine the possibilities!

    edit: oh dang it's already been done
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    Dec 07, 2012 4:41 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidIt's called dedication and a habit.

    It's very normal for a person who has been consistent to develop a habit and have the dedication to maintain that habit that others will see as an obsession.

    Your not obsessed your dedicated.


    I read this lovely quote somewhere:

    " 'Obsessed' is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated."
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    Dec 07, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    I wish I could get obsessed with it. I would have a rockin bod
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    Dec 07, 2012 4:44 AM GMT
    hahah my day revolves around what time i need to be at the gym :p not obsessed with eating though
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    Dec 07, 2012 4:45 AM GMT
    You can become obsessed with pretty much everything
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    Dec 07, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidIt's better to be obsessed with exercise and fitness than obsessed with a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle.

    *nibbling raw broccoli as I type*


    + very true! BINGO.
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    Dec 07, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    Yup a little obsessed you seem~ Since it seems to interfere in your social life it seems~ if it interferes with your work life! then that's bad......I wanna be like that haha. well a little more like that I need to go to the gym and such more. buuut yeah you can become obsessed with anything. Sooo yeah.
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    Dec 07, 2012 4:55 AM GMT
    Moderations is the key a typical note, but then I wish I could programme myself to about 70% -80% obsession on exercising fitness and stuff, cause anything in obsession "Can" / "Might" kill a person whether its mantle or physical.

    On your statement yeah its definitely good.

    Just don't have Perfection with Obsession thats dangerous, it kills.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 07, 2012 4:59 AM GMT
    Balance is always important in your life and that can be a challenge with exercise.. it can be a drug (a good one, but still) if you let it get out of control. Must try and keep a healthy balance. We want a fit (and healthy)
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    Dec 07, 2012 5:13 AM GMT
    Too much of anything (even good things) can definitely do harm over time.

    Why risk damaging all the work you've put in so far from overdoing it? Your muscles have to rest and recover somehow.

  • kew1

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    Dec 07, 2012 4:08 PM GMT
    Yes, a friend used to be into drink & drugs but replaced them first with body-building, then long distance bike racing.
    Now his day starts at 5am with 2 hours cycling, breakfast, work, gym at 5pm , home, bed at 9pm (weekdays). Racing (just for fun) on Saturdays or Sundays .

    His wife's not that happy with rarely going out, even his mother's telling him to have a drink (after years of badgering him to cut down). He's replaced one addiction with another
  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 07, 2012 5:59 PM GMT
    Let's see your body- maybe you're working out harder no smarter.icon_idea.gif
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    Dec 07, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    Sounds like OCD... Compare yourself to people who are overweight and barely exercise. Muscle growth (if that's what you're going after) Happens only if you rest enough and eat enough.. Don't let training overtake you! A week or two weeks break is actually nice!
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    Dec 07, 2012 11:50 PM GMT
    Import said

    U can though, dude. I know you could.
    Cuz I said the same thing. I mean I have a full-time job, I have a bf, I have other committments that take up tons of my time. You make time for exercise. You have to, it's the only way. . .


    You couldn't be more correct, you absolutely have to make the time. I have to exercise everyday too or else I just don't feel right. I, also, have pushed other activites aside for exercising. I used to do it late in the day, but would worry about not having the time after work, or something coming up which would keep me from exercising. During car show season it was much worse. Now, I just get up each morning at 4am, at the latest, and do my hour and a half's worth of exercise. Then afterwards I feel like I can relax as I have the rest of the day to myself and don't have to worry about anything interfering with exercise time. The trade-off is I have to be asleep by 9:30 or else I'm a bear to deal with the next day.
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    Dec 07, 2012 11:53 PM GMT
    Trollileo saidYep. It's possible. I started blowing off friends to work out for a few weeks. That was a bad idea.
    Yep, blowing off your friends is a bad idea. They should be blowing you off instead...and swallowing. icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 07, 2012 11:57 PM GMT
    yup, it possible it can become an addiction.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exercise_addiction
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    Dec 08, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
    Stuttershock saidyup, it possible it can become an addiction.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exercise_addiction
    Interesting! I'll be waiting on the results of the study. Sometimes I have to force myself to take a few days off to rest. And without fail, those are the days my riding buddies wanna go ride. icon_lol.gif
  • Timbales

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    Dec 08, 2012 12:14 AM GMT
    you can become obsessed/addicted with/to anything
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    Dec 08, 2012 12:24 AM GMT
    Timbales saidyou can become obsessed/addicted with/to anything


    That's true, like posting on RJ... I should probably go to bed....

    Oh, just one check of the main page.