Today's uncomfortable realization was that I will never be able to run the way I want to when I'm carrying so much extra weight and fueling my workouts with fake food instead of the real deal. In the last six months, I've gained 15 pounds, even though I've been working out all the time. I might not always run, but I do something physical every day (walking, strength training, a class at the gym, etc). The reason for the extra weight? I've been using my workouts as an excuse to indulge in junk food - chips, candy, french fries, etc. I need to go back to the way I was eating last year and save the junk food for the occasional indulgence instead of the daily treat. I need to start using food to fuel my body.
Let's be real. Food is delicious. I'm never going to be skinny because I love food too much, and even my short runs make me feel hungry. That being said, there is no reason why I can't satisfy my cravings with real food instead of junk food. I know that I need to start eating healthier. I need to start satisfying my cravings for sweets with fruit instead of candy. Carrots or nuts could work when I'm craving something crunchy. Do I want something creamy? Yogurt would be a good choice.
Don't get me wrong. If someone offers me a slice of cake, then I'm going to eat it. But I'm not going to eat an entire cake in one day.
I love broccoli, you guys. I really do. Especially roasted with some garlic and carrots. Mmmm...delicious. But I haven't been eating it very often because it is so much easier to stop and buy a cheeseburger.
But you know what? Not only am I gaining weight, but I just don't feel all that great. I feel tired and sluggish pretty much all the time. My recent health problems could be at least partly caused by a terrible diet. It is time to buckle down and eat right. This will help improve my health, my running, my budget (all that junk food is expensive, y'all), and my waistline. It is an all around win!