I know you heard the saying “you are what you eat” but I am here to take it a bit further and say you are what you do, as well.
I think many of us sort of evolved down the same path to the way we eat and workout: we wanted more out of our body and whatever we were doing at the time just didn’t cut it. Like I mentioned in my last post, there are two types of weight gain out there and you would probably think then that there would be two types of weight loss, too, but no…there’s a bunch. (There are also more types of weight gain but that really gives a good synopsis.)
Ok, so maybe you’re not running in the Olympics but some of you are racking up that kind of mileage without any “Olympic” results.
One of the ways I see all the time (and watch endless frustration with) is running to get a great body. Now notice I did not say to lose weight. You definitely can decide to get up tomorrow and start running and possibly lose some weight but the odds of you getting that body that you desire are slim and the risk you run with injury and overuse is quite high. Running for a hot body without a concise plan is like heading to the bakery “to pick something up” for a party you’re going to later on—we all know that ends badly with bread tasting and cupcake snacking so let’s just be honest about it. Go with a dessert already set in your mind, get in and get out or bring someone with you to bail you out when you go down hard.
Running is addictive to many women. It’s easy, cheap, hard in the beginning so it is a great challenge, relaxing, rewarding and… *completely unsatisfying in the weight maintenance department* so the more we run, the more we have to. We keep looking at the covers of the running magazines wondering why they have a hot body and we don’t although we log mile after mile after mile. Yes, from the waist up you are getting there…from the waist down though you look like a Land O Lakes advertisement for their latest cheese product. With cellulite and dimples abound, you run and run and run and run. You have every color capris there is to own and you are an expert at tying your jacket around your waist.
But now you have solved that problem—or so you thought–because you became a savvy reader. You started following the girls out there who have the hot bodies and began to mimic what they do. You dropped your starches, cleaned up the diet, you lift now and yet, still…nothing. Instead, you have no energy, you binge on carbs every 2 or 3 days because you just can’t take not eating them and you don’t know how to fit lifting into your schedule the way they do it. What gives??
YOU HAVE AN IDENTITY CRISIS
- You are not a runner. You are a woman who enjoys using running as a means to getting the body that she desires.
- You are not a figure girl. You have no desire to get on stage—you want to run—but you want that body too.
- You are not your average consumer. You are willing to put in the work of eating clean and working out so following magazines that are telling you the same ole same ole like “top 10 superfoods” and so on is not helping much.
- You’re not a world class runner. You are quite competitive and have no desire to be the slowest runner out there but you are not a run-nut either. You don’t own the latest heart rate monitor and you just want to enjoy your run.
Honestly, girl. You need to know who you are so you can get what you want. Taking pieces of everyone’s plans and trying to make them work is frustrating and unproductive. I’m sure you’ve also noticed that the more you run the harder it is to lose weight. So what does the running world say about that? Run more. Ummm…how’s that working for you? Because at some point, you need to go to work.
We have much to develop over the next few weeks: nutrition, training, psychological warfare, supplements and so on.
Obviously this is an issue we need to really put on the table with some serious solutions for you. This is one of the top questions I am asking no matter where I go. Follow this series that I will talk about over the next few weeks and we’ll talk about taking off 5 pounds per 5K and tightening that bum. Cool?
I’m looking forward to it!! Woop woop!