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Old 05-07-2007, 06:04 AM   #1
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While I read this I luckily could really only identify with the first item of "bad moods" which isn't a great thing but it's better than it used to be when I was heavily into the bodybuilding type training and did in fact eschew social events to go train or it would have messed with one of my meals of the day. So while I've improved, I still need to relax a little bit more.

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Old 05-07-2007, 07:52 AM   #2
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I don't identify with any of them. Perhaps working out with an injury, but if I have an injury, I avoid that joint/muscle.

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Old 05-07-2007, 09:36 PM   #3
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Sounds like ocd rather than some specialized fitness disorder.
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:48 PM   #4
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** You frequently increase your intensity or volume to maintain a certain level of fitness.

** Your training routine makes it difficult to exercise with others.
Those two under the "unrealistic expectations" category? Hmmm....
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Old 05-08-2007, 06:56 AM   #5
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This is actually relatively easy to observe in others.

I'm so sad, in today's day and age, I likely have both eating and exercise disorders.

I call it self-discipline in the face of a well-engineered plan to create weak and sick people. But hey, that's just me.

Or...are there others???
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Old 05-08-2007, 08:41 AM   #6
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Those two under the "unrealistic expectations" category? Hmmm....

Exactly what I was thinking.
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Old 05-08-2007, 08:42 AM   #7
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I'm much more laid back about this stuff than i used to be. The teen and early 20's were pretty compulsive but those standards.

I would have NEVER tried something like intermittent fasting in the past for fear of muscle loss. ironically it has lead to muscle gain!

Heather Gibbons made an interesting point: "I dont smoke, I rarely drink...if I'm a little compulsive about working out it's not that bad in the grand scheme of things..."
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Old 05-08-2007, 08:43 AM   #8
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I see many people with the "more is better" attitude....so they spend hours in a gym....7 days a week....and wonder why they see little to no results.....

I thank the gyms, cardio manufacturers, aerobic tapes and other media outlets for promoting how many calories you burn per hour.....so people think they need hours a day....instead of wondering how can I keep muscle and burn fat through nutrition....but then again, it's that ignorance that keeps me employed as a trainer....
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:04 AM   #9
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I am definitely dependent. My job takes the brunt of it by design and I like to think that my family isn't really effected except on Saturdays when as my wife says, everything revolved around my *!%$#! workout. If I don't get it in then I am usually in a bad mood and we get in a fight. The one sport thing is true for me as well. Before I began focusing just on olympic lifting it was much easier to get a workout in and I could be more flexible, play basketball, mountain bike, etc. Now it is just workout, recover and eat. I do cut loose when it comes to drinking on the weekends which is a shame because it really screws my performance, especially balance for me. My wife claims she works out just so she can drink and eat chips and queso although I think she is in a bit of denial since she hasn't missed but one training session with her crossfit class since she started at the beginning of the year. The kicker for me is that once you start this olympic lifting thing, with a goal in mind, is that I can't just quit (or slowdown) or all that work will have been wasted.
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Old 05-10-2007, 07:49 PM   #10
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"The search for perfection continues although acceptable standards have already been met."

If that's insanity, check me in to the mental ward, Doc, stat!

I can see it now:

'Doctor, my son has a problem. He met this world-class weightlifter on a trip last year, and ever since then, he hasn't stopped training. He's broken all the USA records for his weight class and age, but when I tell him that he should stop training and just take it easy, he looks at me like I'm crazy and starts babbling about Greeks and Chinese. He won't have a second helping of dessert anymore. He's getting so muscular that his morbidly obese brother is starting to feel really self-conscious. I was trying to let it go, but last week he got suspended when he tried to get his P.E. teacher to let him go lift weights when the P.E. class assignment was XBox Live. I'm at the end of my rope. Please help me. I just want my little baby to like normal again!!!'

'It's all right, Ma'am. Just give him this experimental prescription sedative that's only been tested on chimpanzees. He'll be obese and playing his Xbox with his little brother like nothing happened... just call me if he starts experiencing sudden seizures or cancer, and everything'll be fine, kay?'
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