Wednesday is always a run day for me. It used to be a speed workout day but now it is just an awesome hangout and run at whatever pace I want day. I did a total of 8 miles and wanna know the coolest part about it?
My sweet tie dye purple socks. These are my good luck socks just because of how fierce they look.
After my doctor’s appointment I went straight for another sandwich and had just enough mula on my gift card to get a cookie too. I cannot resist the smell of their cookies when you are standing at the cash register about to pay.
A few readers left comments on yesterday’s post like this:
I thought I would talk a little bit about the emotional side of having to gain weight. For some strange reason weight is a very emotional thing for most women, whether it is gaining weight or losing weight there are definite emotions tied to it. I haven’t quite figured out why but it could be because:
-We are bombarded with a trillion images a day of what the perfect body should look like.
-We are perfectionists and can be pretty hard on ourselves.
-Estrogen makes us crazy.
-Every magazine out there is plastered with ways to lose weight and why you should.
Even Runner’s World is full of diet tips and ways to lose weight. I subscribe to them by email and almost 1/2 of the articles they send out are about weight loss and becoming a leaner lighter you.
After I found out about my femoral stress fractures and talked to my doctor I knew I had to gain weight. This would have been hard on its own but what made it especially difficult was that I had to do that and I wasn’t able to exercise at the same time…..running makes me really happy and I wasn’t able to run to help with stress and emotions. I didn’t have to gain a huge amount of weight, about ten lbs is what got my period back but still the idea of it was really hard for me. The eating part of this was definitely fun because I really like food especially in the form of pizza but the emotional part was not as easy. What I did:
-I realized that if I wanted to continue to run in the future and help my body heal faster I had to gain weight. Personally being able to run is more important to me than the number on the scale.
-I didn’t want to be 80 years old and look back on my life and think about how much I obsessed and worried about weight. It really wastes a lot of time and energy.
-Realize that you have control over the situation. If you have to gain a few lbs that does not mean you are going to lose all control and wake up 100 lbs heavier one day. You have control to get to and stay at your bodies healthy set point.
-Fake it to make it. Sometimes you just have to do tough things. The best things in life are things you have to work for….aka being healthy!
-Come up with your own real reason for why you want to do what you want to do. If you don’t find your own reasons for it you will lose motivation very quickly. For me it was that I knew that I really wanted to eventually have kids.
-Reward. This one is going to sound silly but my mom told me that when I reached my goal of getting to a healthier body fat percentage that she would buy me the boots that I had been eyeing for months. I am materialistic. I really like boots.
-Talk to people about it. Getting it out in the open really helps and allows people close to you to help you. You can always email bloggers like me about it too for when you need some extra support.
-Seek professional help!!!
What else would you add to my list?
Is weight an emotional issue for you? Why do you think this is so in our society?
Have you ever lost or gained a significant amount of weight?
Do you have favorite socks? Running socks?
Are you a fan of Subway cookies?