Life without Anorexia

My motto is
'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'

My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.

I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.

I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

How much cardio do i do? Do i enjoy it?

Recently i have been asked about how much cardio i do and whether i enjoy it or just do it because of my CF.

And i thought that now, after being out for an unexpectedly long and therapeutic walk, it would be a good time to answer. And all honesty, i will always be a cardio bunny. I love cardio and always will, though what type of cardio i enjoy varies and also how much i do. I used to run and play basketball when i was younger and because of my CF i do have to exercise each day (and even recommended twice a day and doing sports such as running and swimming). Strength training is still quite a new thing, though ive been doing it almost 3 years, but i would say that i am 50/50 regarding which i love most, strength training or cardio, i love both equally. But i am still the type of person who prefers to do super sets and tri sets rather than just doing one exercise and then resting a minute. I am also the type of person to do burpees inbetween exercises and prefer to do airsquats rather than 60kg squats.

You all know by now, i guess that i love running and that will always be something i love, though how often i do it all depends on different things. Sometimes i run 4-5 times a week and other times it goes weeks or months before i run. Sometimes i run between 7-21km several times a week and other times i just do 15 minutes of HIIT 2-3 times a week for a few weeks and other times i do powerwalks several times a week. It all depends on what i feel like doing, recently it has been more powerwalking and also using the stairclimber. The past few months i have found a passion for the stair climber... to just put my kindle infront of the screen and then stand there and "climb" while reading and the time just flies by, so this is a form of cardio i like doing alot though it definitely isnt as intense as HIIT or running. Though once again, how much cardio i do depends... sometimes i do an hour cardio everyday and sometimes it goes 2 weeks and the only cardio i do is walking to the gym. But i guess in a way i do cardio almost everyday as i usually walk to the gym as it is so close and also my warm up... and yes, i count that into my exercise... so if i walk 20 minutes to the gym and then do 50 minutes strength training, then it was a 70 minute workout.

I love doing cardio and love doing strength training and it can be hard to balance the two sometimes as i want to do both at once but instead i prefer to split it up such as either going for a long walk/run or going to the gym... not doing both in the same day, or dedicating an hour at the gym for cardio instead of doing strength training...  but i have found now that doing roughly 45 minutes strength training and ending with the stair master is a good way for me to do both.

I think cardio is great but remember that cardio isnt just running... there are so many different forms of cardio. And cardio is good for your body and it is NOT just for weightloss, but can actually be fun. However so many people associate cardio as a form of weightloss and so it as a chore, rather than an enjoyment... so whenever i do do cardio i enjoy it that is why i do it. If i dont enjoy it or dont feel like doing it, then i wont. Just like with walking places... if i dont feel like walking then i wont, it is not a must, but if you enjoy it, then do it.

Something which i dislike is all the hate which people get for enjoying cardio... i feel its unnecessary and let people enjoy what they do. However it is also important to find that balance, too much of anything isn't good, so sometimes even if you enjoy things you need to reign it back a little just to not overdo yourself. Its important to enjoy what you are doing, so if you dont enjoy cardio dont force yourself to do it.


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  1. Izzy, this actually is quite surprising. I thought you were not big on cardio? I have been following you for years now and I always thought you were huge into strength training! I did not realize you considered it a new thing in your regimen.

    I myself love running as my favorite form of exercise! It’s theo ne that makes me feel most accomplished, so it’s always nice to hear another person be so open about their love for cardio.. I really hope you are okay though Izzy. These past few weeks I have been really worried for you.

    Let me know if there is anything I can do for you!

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    1. I#ve always loved cardio :) Though throughout my years it has also been something i have done excessivly, and when i focused just on strengh training because i felt that i wanted to get stronger and bigger then i cut out cardio and barely did any but that affected my CF negativly as well so after a few weeks i had to add back in the cardio and find a balance between the two. So sometimes i do more cardio sometimes less, all depending on what i want to do :) But i try to not talk to so much about my workouts because i do them for my own sake and dont really feel the need to talk about them or tell others what i do... unless i run races, then i like to talk about them :)

      Dont worry about me, but thank you so much.

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  2. "Just do 15 minutes of HIIT 2-3 times a week".. I would consider that quite a lot �� hm and 7-21km several times a week? Isn't that veeeeery much? Especially as you strength train as well. How do you even have energy left to live life? ��

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    1. Foooooooodddd :p

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    2. That hiit amount isn't that much not for me anyway... you have to remember that everyone is different. For some a 30 minute walk each day is alot whilst others can actually manage 2 hours 6 days a week. It's all very individual and with the running it goes in phases. I don't run and do strength training on the same day, that didn't work for me :) so if I ran 5 days a week then I would just do one strength workout a week :) my exercise amount and cardio amounts vary greatly. And wuth energy.... food!! I eat so that I can live and that includes exercise. So to be clear I DON'T exercise to eat. I eat to live but of course have to eat lots so that I do have energy to do the workouts I do. But also when I was running 15-21km often then I was eating roughly 1000-1200kcal just for breakfast and my total for the day could be anywhere from 3500-5000 in a day (though I don't count so that is an estimation. Though I know I did eat roughly 1200 for breakfast /lunch the days I ran that far.

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    3. I like the unproblematic relationship between food and exercise that you seem to have. I tend to feel that I'm either too hungry or too full or too bloated for jogging ... pretty much all the time! Take care, and do enjoy all of this, may you get well soon from the darker places of life X

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  3. I didn't mean strength and cardio on the same day, but in a period of time. First of all 5 running sessions a week is A LOT, and on top of that one strength training session as well? I think this is the dangerous part of the whole "fitness trend". People train as they are elite Athletes and seem to forget to spend time with friends and other daily stuff because its all about training. Its not Longer "I had breakfast.." Its "I had a pre/post workoutfood". I mean it's up to everyone how they want to live Their Lives and if you're happy with it then perfect, go ahead! I just think that people need to stress down, that its really enough to do 1-3 trainings a week Or none at all, though we all need daily activity. I know that you have Said that as well, but I just think since There are many people in recovery Reading this, I know how sensitive they are in that stage. Maybe you think that you don't workout so Much because you compare with ppl on instagram, but compared to most people you work out hell of a lot x) I don't say its wrong, its just important to have some perspective :)

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    1. I know I workout Alot and I have said that. But the amount I workout suits me... this is not a post saying I workout this much each day and all I do is workout. Exercise is roughly 1 hour of my day. .. 1 hour out of 24 hours so all the other hours are spent studying, working, with friends, family, my boyfriend. I always tell people that exercise can be part of your life but not your whole life. And I am aware that I workout often I have never said that I workout little. And I don't compare myself to others, I couldn't care less the amount that others workout just like others shouldn't care about the amount I workout. Everyone is different. And I do more in my life than workout.

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    2. It's also important to note that when I was running such long distance I was training for a half marathon... and when people are training for marathons or half marathons or other things such as that then there are hours of work/exercise done. So don't judge me on that... If someone who was overweight and had lost weight began running 20km every week and some shorter runs because they were training for a marathon or half marathon they would get praise but I get critique just because of my past. ... think of the person I am now. Not someone who has an eating disorder, there needs to be some perspective to that. And as long as a person doesn't neglect the rest of their life just to exercise then it's ok. . But also to have energy to live and do other things. I had a week where I was sick and did no exercise and that didn't mean I ate less and I take rest days when needed or when I don't have time to exercise for example today I didn't have the time to workout and it's not the end of the world.

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  4. Yes, I didnt mean you in particular, but todays society. I know you are healthy, but I just think its important to be aware of in general :) My comments aren't pointed to you, so don't take it personal :) I don't know if I Said it the right way haha it was very fluffy xD oh well I hope you have a nice evening :)

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    1. I'm sorry I got a little rude :( :( but you are very right, unfortunately orthorexia and addicted to exercise are problems and I know that the way I live my life might not be the most helpful to people who struggle with exercise and food . though at the same time I want to be honest which is why I answered the post honestly and didn't just write. ... I never do cardio. I hope you have a nice evening as well :)

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  5. I'm currently struggling with eating enough and exercising. I typically exercise 4-5 days a week, sometimes 6 if I feel like it. I switch this up at the gym (doing strength training that I just started!) and cardio as a warm up sometimes and HIIT workouts at home. I feel like Im not gaining any progress in the gym and Im just loosing more weight which wasn't what I had intended but its really hard to eat enough :(

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    1. Ive answered you in a post this morning, so i hope that helps you :)

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