I Run to Eat

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I run so I can eat

“I run to eat,” was pretty much my signature phrase from junior year of high school on. You see, in my junior year I was injured AND developed hips. For a distance runner, it was pretty much the worst case scenario ever. I gained a sizable amount of weight and even parents commented on it. To sum it all up… it sucked. It also caused me to adopt the thinking that as long as I worked out on a consistent basis I could eat whatever I wanted to because I was not gaining weight anymore. While I still fall into this habit of mind A LOT, I’ve also gotten older and have learned a lot about nutrition. While I indulge myself in delicious, albeit unhealthy foods, I’ve been attempting to cut back lately. I am doing this in order to feel more comfortable in my skin and to feel healthier and strong on the inside too. This may slightly affect the types of foods or the amount of food posts on my blog, and I hope you don’t mind. Please don’t take this as my advice for anyone else, it is just what I am deciding for my own good.

Along with better eating, I have also been working out more than I have in recent years. My shin splints have finally mellowed out and I am able to run 45 minutes fairly pain free on grass again. I also indulge in some of the circuit training I put my middle school students through. Two recentcircuits that we completed were the following:

Circuit #1:

10 squats
10 situps
10 lunges
10 pushups
1 lap (of running)
Repeat this for 5 rounds

Circuit #2

10 planks (plank position on hands-raise one foot at a time for 10 reps total)
10 lunges
10 burpees
10 situps
1 lap (of running)
Repeat this for 5 rounds

All of this being said, I ran with one of my best friends this last Sunday and made turtle brownies immediately after *her idea*….

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I promise I only ate a minuscule piece and made her bring home the rest! Here’s to healthy eating in portions! (BTW yes, this was a box mix and I enjoyed it!)

****Please note that I am not a trained or professional nutritionist or fitness trainer and all thoughts are my thoughts alone for my own health. In no way am I suggesting that these are the habits every person should have.

Have you taken on any healthy eating initiatives lately?

What types of fitness do you enjoy doing?

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