I have been over weight or obese basically my whole life. I've dieted/exercised on and off, for various amounts of time and my weight has yo-yoed. But I've always (until now) looked and diet and exercise as a package deal.
The problem is, since I have issues with binge eating, I can eat healthy and controled for only so long, then I'll go off the deep end and binge. Sometimes a binge can last a few days (for anyone that binges, you know what I mean). But in the past when ever I went off my diet, I immediately gave up exercise too.
This time I've separated the two.
And when I binge, or am eating poorly. When I eat the wrong foods or whatever, I still go to the gym.
And I have found that doing this has really helped me see exercise as a part of my life and not just something I only do when my eating habits are perfectly healthy.