Happy Monday guys!
I am really going to have to feel out the pain in my foot and see how it goes. I’m happy to take the week off running if that means I can race the half on 3/6, and the Rock N Roll Transamerica Half on 4/3. However – it is more important to make sure I’m healthy first and foremost.
With that – I wanted to talk about MyFitnessPal (MFP). Basically, it is an app where you can set goals and then track your food to meet the caloric and macronutrient goals. As many of you know, I count macros and I think it is a great way to get a handle on your intake. It also teaches you to enjoy a treat here and there in moderation. Get your veggies and micronutrients, but fit in “fun foods” too. I can’t say enough good things about IIFYM and reverse dieting.
That said – I’m obsessed with it. I am not kidding – it’s like a nervous tick. In addition to that – I’ve been struggling with fueling and body image a bit lately. I know SO MANY people that go through this. On the one hand, I want to fuel like athlete – but on the other hand, I have these aesthetic goals too. I really don’t think you have to pick one, but I do think that sometimes we set ourselves up for failure. For me, the aesthetic goals are kind of always just out of reach (for example, I will ALWAYS want a flatter stomach – and that is probably more in my own head than anything else), and I need to learn to appreciate how my body is NOW.
At any rate, I have been feeling like both the app and my worries about body image are just taking up WAY too much of my head space lately. I have a beautiful body, that can run fast and lift weights. I am lucky enough to be able to feed myself very well and that I have the ability to run races. I NATURALLY choose good foods! I actually like veggies (most of the time). When I read this post from Chelsy at Fit & Faithful, it resonated with me.
I am the happiest camper when I am training for a race.
Whether you are religious or not, I like how she talked about that it is important to take a step back and listen to your own hunger cues, rather than aiming to hit a certain amount of grams of carb per day, ect. On the other hand, just because I am not tracking meticulously, does not mean I have an excuse to binge eat crap food. Just find my body’s natural equilibrium. At the end of the day, I am a good eater – I make smart choices, and I like good-for-you foods.
Here are some things I always stick by:
- Eat every 3-4 hours – preferably a mix of carbs & protein
- Drink A LOT of water
- Vegetables at every meal
- Fruit or protein mug cake are great if you are craving sweets
- Be aware of serving sizes – sometimes things that are packaged in one cellophane wrapper are actually two or three servings. Like those gas station muffins – they are 3 serving sizes, and the label says 290 cals. That means if you eat the whole muffin, it is 870 calories!!! Who eats 1/3 of a muffin???? NO ONE.
- Eat slowly and stop when you are full. Eating slowly is SO hard for me. Ask anyone who has eaten a meal with me. I pretty much inhale my food. Of course, when you do that, you sometimes miss your stomach’s cue to your brain to stop eating before it is too late.
- Balance – eat really well, but also know that it is OK to have the damn pizza!
With love, fueling & pizza,