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Fitness Friday – Fitness isn’t just about working out
|March 16, 2012||Posted by Carrie under attitude about food, balance, diets don't work, Fitness Friday, Running|
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I had the best workout yesterday. Thanks to my day off, I was able to get in a decent length workout. I was even able to coordinate with my gym buddy and meet her at the gym. After 50 minutes of pretty good intensity on the cardio machines, I pulled out the foam roller and rolled my calves while my friend was doing weights so we could continue our conversation (priorities).
The weird part happened when I went to the treadmill. I’m trying to keep up my every other day running schedule, so I just wanted to run a mile. I guess the previous 50 minutes and the foam rolling angered my calves a bit and they did a lot of cramping for the first half of my run. I was only running a mile (I know, serious ultra marathoner I am), so I didn’t worry too much and just pushed through. I kept bumping up my pace ever few minutes (how I entertain myself on the TM) and finished the mile in 10:33. The cool part about that time is that I start at 12:00. So, it end up that the last 1/2 mile is in the 9’s. It makes me happy to see that pace, even if I’m only keeping it for a few minutes. I’ll get there someday.
But, today my calves are sore. Like that ‘after-cramp’ sore, not the ‘good workout’ sore. Bummer. However, I thoroughly enjoyed my post-workout endorphins all day. And, I really needed the mood lifter yesterday.
So, that’s the good news of the day. On a more serious note, I had a little wake up call yesterday in the form of my jeans. The jeans that always fit me with a lot of room to spare. They were the first pair of jeans I bought when I was close to reaching my goal weight 3 years ago (no, I don’t shop very much). Well, they’re too tight. Muffin top creating too tight. Not pretty.
I spent the day reminding myself to be positive, not to beat myself up that my jeans are tight. At my workout before putting on those jeans, I had been wearing my Surf City Half Marathon tech tee. I kept reminding myself that I’ve come a long way over the years.
Here’s the thing: I had an injury, my workouts went from major mileage each week to almost nothing. Problem #2: I am a stress eater. I wrote this post a long time ago about being fearful of being hungry. That still holds true. I am a slave to a routine.
I did a lot of thinking yesterday. Really focusing on ONLY eating when I was hungry and paying attention to how I was feeling when I reached for food. What I noticed is that I tend to reach for snacks and meals according to a schedule. I’m so busy that I feel like food needs to happen at a certain time. I’m afraid to hit the next activity and possibly be super hungry when it ends and I can eat something.
The thought goes through my head “I’m not really very hungry right now, but I’m heading out the door, so I should have a snack so I don’t get super starving later.” That’s what has to stop. It’s pretty easy to throw an apple in my purse and it’ll be there when I’m really hungry.
Yesterday, I made myself get a little hungrier before I ate. That old advice to rate your hunger on a scale of 1-10… well, I think I usually eat around a 4. Yesterday, I tried to eat more at a 6 or a 7.
I haven’t stepped on the scale or pulled out my calorie counting devices. I know from past efforts that isn’t going to work for me. That leads to major disordered eating for me. The plan is to stop the mindless snacking, step back into the workouts and to only eat when I’m hungry. It’s not like I’ve been eating horribly – just too much and not mindfully.
I know how to be healthy, the balance I strive for just tipped a little too far in the wrong direction. It’ll get back to where it needs to be. The bad habits that have crept in are being called out and sent packing.
In my efforts yesterday to keep everything in perspective and to not go so negative on myself, I came across three great articles. Go read about Diet Sabatoge: Breaking Bad Eating Habits from BiteSizedWellness.com, How Disordered Eating has become the Norm from FoodandYoutopia.com and How to Stop Food Cravings from dietriffic.com.
Fitness isn’t just about working out. It’s about caring for my whole self. Healthy is staying positive when I know there are some habits that need to change. Healthy is strong and I’m both of those things. Fitness Friday today is about all of that.
Thank you for reading.