{Friday Musings} Too Much of a Good Thing?

When does a good thing become a bad thing?

Sometimes, I let my life get taken over by things that start out as good things.

What that means:

  • I can get totally wrapped up in something to the point where I don’t realize that it’s taking over my life (in that I get cranky if I can’t do it).
  • Once someone points out to me that  whatever it is is  taking over my life, I realize that I don’t mind so much.
  • Then, once I have time to think about it, I realize that I do mind.
  • And finally, the thought that something has taken over my life and I didn’t realize it, scares the crap out of me.

For the past few years, the things that I’ve let take over my life have been “healthy things.”

It could be drinking green smoothies or post workout shakes religiously to the point where I get anxiety if I miss one.

It could be throwing an angry-baby-mini-tantrum if I can’t find time to work out.

Even though those are “good” things (eating greens and exercising are both things you usually do to increase your health), can doing too much of a good thing be bad for you?

I think the answer is yes.

Why? Because it throws your life out of balance.

In health counseling, I use a concept called Primary Food, which I learned while in school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®.

Primary foods are the non-food areas of our lives: our relationships, spirituality, career, physical activity etc.

If one of those areas is lacking, it can throw everything else out of balance.  An easy example of this is the work/home balance: if your career takes up too much of your energy, you home-life begins to suffer.

I realized this week, that my “too much of a good thing” throws the other areas of my life out of balance in the same way that “not enough of a good thing” throws life out of balance.

In my example above work= bad thing, home = good thing. Too much work = not enough home.

What if  too much green smoothie drinking = not enough spirituality.  I know: not super realistic.

Or too much exercising = strain on your relationship? Way more realistic.

What do you do when you find that your good habits are starting to become not-so-good habits?

I’m sure that many Crossfitters in the audience can relate.

Crossfit is sometimes seen as a cult. To me, the word cult implies that there’s a little bit of obsession involved.

When do you stop what you’re doing and take a look at the big picture? What do you do when you realize that there is too much of a good thing?

Balance is so important to life.

Every part of life is so intricately  intertwined that one  might not exist without the other.

When does the balance of “good” things tip toward become “bad” things?

Think on this.

Do you ever notice your good habits taking on a life of their own? Controlling you in some way? What do you do to find balance in your life? Feel free to share in the comments below.

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2 Responses to {Friday Musings} Too Much of a Good Thing?

  1. jaffney roode March 25, 2012 at 9:00 PM #

    But CrossFit IS a cult!
    Just kidding. On a serious note, I think passions become too much when they disconnect you from other people. I stick with my passions (CF, yoga, cooking, etc) because they make me a better person: more patient, more fun to be around.

    You’re right, balance is so important. I was lucky enough to just go on a week-long vacation. It was rejuvenating in that it reminded me that I need some planned downtime, better self-care, and more FUN in my life! My fitness goals are now being supplemented with other important goals like: get a pedicure when I want, see friends more, etc.

    • Allison March 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM #

      I really like how you said “passions become too much when they disconnect you from other people.” That’s it in a nutshell. Thanks for sharing your passions, lady!

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