Dedicated.

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Good morning!

I had a great workout at CrossFit last night! I did the WOD as prescribed and finished in 9:17. Woot!

WOD:

“Annie’s Got a Gun”

For time:

4-8-12-16-20

Pistols

50-40-30-20-10

Abmat Sit-ups

*Each round of Pistols is the total # of pistols, NOT each leg.

The last time I did Pistols (one-legged squats), I needed to hold onto a bar to stabilize myself, and I really struggled with them. Last night, I did them without the bar! I used a 5-pound plate under my foot to help add stability to the bottom of my Pistol and busted them out. Ok, I didn’t “bust them out” at all (I was actually kind of slow on some of them), but I still did them with out the assistance of the bar. Yay!

The other day, my CrossFit box had this quote written on the “Quote of the Day” board:

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It definitely got me thinking, especially since I’ve been accused me of being “obsessed” with CrossFit. (If you think I’m obsessed, you should talk to my husband! Ha!)

Let’s see what Dictionary.com says about these words:

Obsession: the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.

Dedicated: to devote wholly and earnestly, as to some person or purpose.

I definitely think there’s a difference between being dedicated to something you’re doing and being obsessed with it. I think the key difference is dedicated means you can choose to invest yourself in whatever you are doing. Obsession is when that thing dominates your life in a negative way.

When I blogged about how much exercise is too much in response to a comment by Jillian Michaels a few weeks ago, I received all kinds of comments and the discussion even got pretty heated at times. It was interesting to read everyone’s opinions.

One of the comparisons that came up during that discussion was between exercise as a hobby/pastime and other hobbies, like scrapbooking and photography. Both types are fun and enjoyable, but a number of commenters made the point that most people don’t wake up at the crack of dawn or rearrange their schedule to scrapbook. True, with most hobbies, you find time to do them and you don’t plan your life around them, which sometimes happens with exercise. The difference is that exercise is often a lifestyle choice.

Exercise affects your whole body. It’s necessary for your health, and there are tons of physical and emotional benefits to it, which is why I enjoy it so much. When I’m out on a run or at CrossFit, I almost always enjoy myself, and when I finish a run or a class, I  feel happy (yay, endorphins!) and proud of myself. Exercise is just plain fun for me (I’ve referred to it as “playtime” in the past)””and often times I do it with my friends, so there’s the social aspect as well. I’d exercise everyday if my body didn’t need recovery days.

With that said, exercise can obviously cause harm to your body if you do too much of it. Just like with other hobbies, it can turn into an unhealthy obsession if it gets in the way of other aspects of your life. Personally, exercise doesn’t get in the way of other parts of my life because it’s so ingrained who I am. For me, it’s a lifestyle. It’s also an important part of my job. Getting my body moving in some way is what I look forward to each day. It doesn’t mean I’m obsessed with it, but I can definitely say I’m dedicated to it.

Dinner

Thanks to our trusty crockpot, dinner was a good one!

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Braised Flank Steak with Peppers and Onion! Yummm!

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No joke, it took me about 10 minutes to cut up the veggies and add everything to the crockpot, and then I just set it and forgot about it until after CrossFit. When we got home, Mal cooked the brown rice while I cut up the mango. It came together so well.

If you make this meal, Mal insists that you layer the different foods on your plate as follows: rice, veggies, meat, mango. He’s convinced this is the best way to eat this meal.

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For “dessert,” I enjoyed a few handful of granola.

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Question of the Day

What are your thoughts on dedication? Do you agree or disagree with the above quote?

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76 Comments

  1. I think there is a very fine line between being obsessed vs. being dedicated, especially when you love something so much! I think too that there are different levels of obsessions. For example, I would say I am obsessed with my husband and family because I base my life around them and spending time with them. The other ‘obsessions’ or ‘dedications’ I have include my work and my blog, my own personal time to myself, my religious values, and taking care of my body and my family by cooking and baking healthy meals. I think some obsessions can be good if approached in a healthy and sane way 🙂

  2. I agree with you–being dedicated and being obsessive are two totally different things. I am dedicated to living a healthy, fit lifestyle. And the people who have issues with that are the ones who have NOT decided to dedicate a part of their time to that….yet. Hopefully (from my example and others) one day they will 🙂

  3. This is a great post. I think other people who workout look at it as dedication (how I see your CrossFit workouts) and people who don’t workout see it as obsession. I think that at times, working out can be my obsession. If I plan to workout and for some reason I can’t, due to injury or time, I’m annoyed/mad/disspointed all day. In that case, I see it as an obsession. However, most days, when working out falls flawlessly into my day it’s a healthy dedication. I need to let those days just go when I can’t work out.

  4. I agree that there’s a difference between obsessed and dedicated, and that obsession can be dangerous. However, what I’ve noticed (and I think the quote is referring to) is that people who don’t/don’t want to understand your dedication choose to label it an obsession. To my out of shape friends who don’t workout, Crossfit is my obsession. To other athletes with similar goals, I’m dedicated. I hope that makes sense outloud like it did in my head.

  5. Eh, it’s not a quote I would use. I mean, not everyone is going to love exercising. In fact, most of the population I work with doesn’t even like exercise. They do it because they know it’s beneficial. So, I would not say that they are lazy because they don’t get all excited for a workout like I do.

  6. I agree with Lindsey that I wouldn’t necessarily USE the quote — but I’m not sure I disagree with it, either (I think I just don’t like the word ‘lazy’ when in reality it’s just people who just don’t get it… yet! 🙂 ) I’m not quite this dedicated to exercise now, but when I was a 6x/ week person (MOST of those days were one hour a day, but a few were 2 hours), several of my friends called me ‘obsessed’ — because they didn’t get it AT ALL. That bugged me because I called it “dedication” and “mental health”!

    There is a fine line between dedication and obsession and — for me– ANYTHING that I am obsessed with is wrong. My faith tells me that is a form of idol worship if anything other than God is occupying the primary real estate of my brain (I realize that is extreme to most people). So I use the same filter to determine where the line is between dedication and obsession: do I freak out if I have to miss a work out? Will it ruin my day? Can I think about other things besides my progress/lack of/ next workout? Like most things in life, it is a delicate balance.

  7. I totally agree with that quote! I read this article that Marion Nestle wrote about being “obsessed” with healthy eating — http://www.foodpolitics.com/2011/07/eating-liberally-unhealthy-food-obsessions/ — and she said it’s usually okay to want to be healthy and if people think you’re obsessed, it’s my thought that often their actually feeling insecure about their own choices (be they about food or working out or whatever you’re talking about)…

  8. I’m definitely dedicated to my workouts because I’m dedicated to my health. I’ve had comments about being “obsessed” but I think that’s because some people don’t actually get the difference between the two. Well that and they think I’m crazy because I will wake up at 4:30 to get to the gym before work. I am dedicated. 🙂

  9. First off, I think there is definitely a thing as “too much” exercise and I have seen those who have taken it past dedication to obsession.

    BUT, I also see those who are quick to (often innacurately) label those who are dedicated as “obsessed” as well. It all boils down to the fact that EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT.

    For you Tina, exercise comes easily. I don’t mean that the workouts you do are a breeze and that it takes no effort for you to complete them…YOU WORK HARD! And I absolutely look up to you for that. But I think for SOME it’s difficult to relate when you compare exercise to “play time”. To get up and get moving is rrreaalllly hard for some people. Myself included.

    I’ve exercised all my life. I’ve played basketball since I was in second grade and played four years in college. It’s not like I’m new to working out. But now that I’m out of school and don’t have basketball, I need something else to keep me active/healthy, so I’ve picked up running. Now, to say that I LOVE to run is a complete and udder LIE. I borderline hate it. Some days I dread it. BUT, I do absolutely love and adore the way it makes me feel when I’m done!!! And those happy feelings far outweigh the gross and guilty feelings I have when I don’t workout! Those happy feelings are what keep me motivated.

    I just feel like those who are quick to label people as “obsessed” might be those who don’t understand or can’t relate to someone who genuinely enjoys working out.

    Bottom line, you have to do what’s best for you. Everyone is different. Some people love workout out, and some people don’t! That’s a fact. But another fact is exercise and eating right is GOOD for you in a number of different ways, that you can’t deny. So in the end you just have to find what motivates you and go for it!

  10. At first, I loved the intention of the quote but just wasn’t in love with the wording. And then the more I thought about it whilte reading through the comments, the more I disliked the quote. Now I convinced myself to go back to the basic definition of the words, and I like it again. The only thing that gets me is that those are both powerful words diluted by the negative connotation of the word ‘lazy’. I think the intention is saying that obsession is the word people use who aren’t ready to dedicate themselves. If the quote had a more positive spin on it, instead of the demeaning approach, I would be more than happy use it for motivation and inspiration.

  11. I actually wrote a post on exercise addiction. It only really gets to be a problem when it causes harm to the body (overstressed bones, etc.) or when a person doesn’t eat enough to refuel themself afterwards. I don’t agree with that quote because it is possible to be dedicated to something without thinking about nothing but it. OMG they have protein granola?? I have got to try that! 🙂

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