Monday, April 30, 2012

I've got the blues

I am not dealing with this injury well mentally. Friday's 4 miles felt fine, NO PAIN! Saturday I decided to do another 4 and now I'm back with shin splints again. It's only in one leg though - not sure if that makes it any better? Probably makes it worse actually because then my body starts to compensate for the the splint.

I'm mad. Frustrated. Anxious. I want to run so badly. I don't need to be fast, I just want to be able to run! I can't do that with this lingering injury.

It's like that Murphy's Law for Runners: once you start to love running, you will get injured. Awesome.



See any other Murphy's Law for Runners that relate to you?
How do you deal with an injury?

Running with accountability

I cannot stress enough the value and importance of accountability. Accountability comes in various forms whether it be a workout buddy, food journal, or calendar planned for future workouts. You are way more likely to stick to a plan if you have some form of accountability.

I recently thought about it and I need more accountability for my running. It's not that I don't want to get out there and run, its the fact that I'm clearly not doing it right. (Hence, shin splints!) I have some news that I am very excited to share with you guys: I've joined an online running program from Running and Reading Long.
The program lasts about 12 weeks where a group of 15 women will be reading (about running), running according to specific plans, and encouraging each other. How cool, right? I am just starting to get familiar with the training program, weekly twitter discussions, etc. but I am very excited to be a part of this opportunity.

Here are the program objectives:

Program Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to demonstrate their understanding of correct race training (applying what they have learned about form, training plans, nutrition, injury prevention, etc).
  2. Participants will understand the history and “sport” of running.
  3. Participants will compare/contrast different runners, running distances, and reasons to run.
  4. Participants will compose and present their own rational for “why they run.”
  5. Participants will become motivated/inspired to be self-defined runners.
If you are interested in this opportunity, I believe there are 2 spots left! The program begins on Monday, May 7.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Roadmap For Success Part 2

After you've read part 1 for the roadmap to success, I hope you are feeling optimistic and most importantly, that you CAN do this. Together we can tie together the loose ends, debunk the junk, and ease confusion.

If you are completely new to clean eating, make sure you check out this diet proof read I did of someone who has a typical american diet.

Quick major points:
  • You now understand the fat loss and weight loss are NOT the same.
  • Every person has a unique body with a unique set of genes hence what works for your momma's grandma's sister's uncle's baby's aunt may not work for you.
  • We need to get in tune with our bodies; specifically energy levels, mood, and overall health in relation to our diet.
  • Not many people can change everything at once and stay on the bandwagon. You must establish what you are and not willing to give up. Make sure to check out this post.
1. Pay attention to carb vs. fat vs. protein ratio instead of the amount of calories - This is hard for so many people as we've always been taught to focus on the evil calorie number. You think our ancestors 200 years ago looked at calorie labels? Nope. Focus on getting adequate amounts of quality macronutrient and the correct calorie amounts will follow.
2. Notice how you feel after eating a high carb meal. Think about it. Same thing with a high fat or high protein meal. How you feel is probably what is going on inside your body. We need to be in tune with our bodies. 
3. Realize when you are mindlessly eating - Are you really hungry? Are you emotionally eating? (Check out this post for more information about this!) This is a toughy because I know PLENTY of people can relate. I know I can. Many people will tell you to cut out all mindless eating and I completely disagree. This is a habit you've picked up. You CANNOT cold turkey bad habits all at once. You becoming aware of the mindless part is a great start to get you moving the right direction. If you "have to" be snacking on something, try to snack on clean options! Berries, celery, carrot sticks, etc.
4. Notice the Timing of Food - This is tough because people have different schedules, changing lives, etc. but its best to eat smaller meals throughout the day. It keeps your metabolism working, feeds your body constantly and helps you maintain constant energy levels.
5. Drinks are Usually More Calorie Dense Than We Realize - A great first habit to ween yourself off of is drinking away your calories with sugar. Sodas are sugar. Plain and simple. That blended mocha you're drinking, yeah that's probably anywhere between 300-600 calories. It's all about perspective.
6. GO-TO FOODS, TACTICS, AND HABITS WILL HELP YOU TREMENDOUSLY - Once you start figuring out cleaner options that you LIKE and use them to replace your old "dirty" habits, you will become much more successful long term. It's definitely a process but think about it: there have to be SOME healthy foods you like! Start with those and move forward.

An Example In My Life:

I used to be a huge coffee addict. Okay, that's a lie, I didn't used to be, I am a coffee addict. But I used to be all about caramel macchiatos, white mochas with whipped cream and even those caramel blended drinks...but then my pants got tighter. I didn't get why. It was just a drink, right? Wrong. Those suckers are loaded with sugar and I'd usually get one with lunch...while I was eating a carbohydrate dense meal...talk about an insulin bomb! Now, I'm not ready to give up coffee altogether, but I have moved to just drip coffee with cream and sugar; sometimes even americanos. I still drink coffee with lunch but now my pants aren't so tight. See how I'm not going cold turkey? I am making minor adjustments to slowly move my habits to "cleaner" ones. This tactic will help me successfully reach my goals and maintain them long term.

It's a journey to find foods and habits that you enjoy and can live day-to-day with; this is why its not a diet. 

As always, please please please contact me with any questions!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Review: Drymax Socks

Workout - 4 mile run

I bought these beauties about a month ago because I wanted to try a running specific sock. I did as much research as I could and found these to be highly rated and very affordable. I believe they were about $8 a pair on Amazon. Some running socks were outrageously expensive! No thanks, I'd rather be able to afford food than to wear socks that cost as much as my paycheck.

I knew that I wanted to find a sock that was light weight and wouldn't irritate my foot while keeping it protected. A "no show" sock would have definitely been a plus too since I think they're more stylish. That's just my personal preference though, I really know nothing of style or fashion or how to match my clothes. Stripes with polka dots match, right?

After browsing E-harmony Amazon, I finally found a likely suitor!
So he was lite-mesh (light weight), would keep my feet dry (no irritation plus protection) could I have found the one? I knew it was meant to be with the No Show Tab.
Ah, love.

I've been running in them for about a month now and to be quite frank, I love them! 

They're super comfortable. I never feel like they're going to move around while I run.

No blisters. No weird rashes. No weird odors.

Dry Max socks have "active odor control" through the addition of an antimicrobial called 'MicroZap'. 

I'm noticing a lot of running companies going to "no odor" workout gear. Have you guys noticed that? 

From their website: "Our MicroZap is a zirconium phosphate based ceramic ion-exchange resin which contains silver. The silver antimicrobial is not a topical treatment; it is molecularly infused into our Drymax fibers as they are being extruded. This special process makes it non-migratory,  non-toxic, and produces long term Active Odor Control for our socks." (source)

I asked Eric to smell my feet after a run, he refused to partake, but I haven't noticed any funky odors after running.

I would will definitely be purchasing more of these socks! I'd also definitely be open to trying other Dry Max products because I truly am impressed with their great quality and affordability. Thanks for the great product Drymax! I will be wearing these socks on my next race.

[Updated] I also forgot to answer this question:
What do I fuel with during races?
I've only used Gu gel packets. Mainly because I spotted them at my race's expo. I do like them (chocolate flavored was pretty good!) but I would be open to trying other forms of energy during races.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

You mean I'm not superwoman?

Workout Yesterday -
25 min walk/run intervals on stairmaster
2 mile jog/sprints

Workout Today - work (which is basically 7 hours of farting I mean darting around behind a coffee counter) and rest day

Still takin' it slow. I do not want to waken then shin splint gods.

These shin splints have made me become a lot more disciplined about stretching, icing, and compressing. I am realizing (its a no brainer, really) that I'm not invincible and need to take good care of my body if I'm asking it to run so many races and train consistently.

You mean I'm not superwoman?

I guess those rules are true: RICE; Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate Eat Froyo  

What is the best way to prevent common injuries?
Sometimes preventing common sports injuries is beyond our control, but many times sports injuries are preventable. “Some injuries,” William Roberts, MD, sports medicine physician at the University of Minnesota says, “we bring on ourselves because we're not conditioned for the activity.” His advice: “Work out daily and get double benefit — enjoy your weekend activities and garner the health benefits.”
"Every workout should start with a gentle warm-up to prevent common sports injuries, says Margot Putukian, MD, director of athletic medicine at Princeton University. “Getting warmed up increases blood flow to the muscles, gets you more flexible, and could decrease injuries,” she adds.

"Overuse injuries are common and preventable, according to Putukian. “Don't come out and hit the ball for an hour after not playing for a while,” she says. Whether it's hiking, running, or team sports, do some “pre-participation training” first by lightly working the relevant muscle groups in the weeks before the activity.

And learn to recognize when you've already left it all on the field. “Stop when you are fatigued,” says Roberts. “Muscle fatigue takes away all your protective mechanisms and really increases your risk of all injuries.” You can always come out to play again next weekend — if you don't get injured today.


Then it made me wonder: what are the most common injuries?

The seven most common sports injuries are:
  1. Ankle sprain
  2. Groin pull
  3. Hamstring strain
  4. Shin splints
  5. Knee injury: ACL tear
  6. Knee injury: Patellofemoral syndrome — injury resulting from the repetitive movement of your kneecap against your thigh bone
  7. Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)

Have you ever had any injuries from this list? Do you use the RICE method when dealing with an injury?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

More Giveaways!

I'm thinking we can almost call the devil shin splints gone. I've been doing some easy-peasy miles, taking note of my running terrain, taking my supplements, icing, and compressing like a freak.

Don't mind me, just icing like a G
Sorry about the horrible picture quality. My father is just getting into the whole "camera phone thing" so he assumes every picture he takes turns out like a Kodak moment.


What supplements am I taking?
L-Glutamine
Glucosamine
A Women's Specific Multivitamin
Align (for digestive issues - yes I'm 21 with my own GI doctor)
and of course drinking cherry juice! 

Giveaways
Missed out on winning the BIC band giveaway? Don't worry! I've collected a few other giveaways for you guys!

**A cute tank from DA Active, Inc. with 1 month of free personal training from Angelique Kronebusch!
**Amy's Recipe For Disaster is giving away Aspaeris Pivot Shorts and Sweat Pink Shoelaces!


Spinach is cheaper than a Big Mac

Congratulations to #13, Monica for winning a BIC Band! Please e-mail me at danielle@fitgirldaily.com to claim your prize :)

If you didn't win a BIC Band this time around, don't worry, I'll probably end up giving away another one eventually. Or, give one a try yourself! They're great quality and a portion of every band sold goes to charity.

Also, I just noticed these awesome sporty bands! What a great gift for an athlete you might know.

This week I'm working hard at incorporating more spinach in my meals. Why? Because its so amazingly good for you! Plus, I need to make sure I'm fueling my body with plenty of nutrients for my challenge!

Eric and I went to Trader Joe's last night and I picked up this guy for only $1.99!
That's definitely cheaper than a Big Mac

This morning I decided to combine jalapeƱos, red bell pepper, spinach and 2 eggs to make a veggie scramble. 
For the record, yes I used canned red bell pepper which is a "no no" to many clean eaters but here's my thing: 
1. It's what I had on hand 
2. 210mg of salt for the entire can is not that bad; It's not like I'm licking salt from a can by any means
3. It's better than eating this for breakfast:


Sidenote - did you know that those tempting, devilish pastries found at SBucks and Coffee Bean are usually loaded with salt? Just sayin'

Here's my creation

After the magic of heat
Where did all that spinach go?

I wish I would have added even more spinach but it definitely did the job of filling me up. That's always the biggest test: do I feel like I had an actual meal, or was that just an appetizer? 

Do you each spinach at all? How do you sneak in your greens?




Monday, April 23, 2012

Cherry Juice

 It came! Words could not express my excitement when I came home from class and saw this sitting on my door step.                                                                 No Words.
I rip the box open to only find out that I have to charge the thing for 3 hours before I can use it! What a buzz kill.
I am so not patient.

So since I have to wait 1,000 years before I can test out this life changing device I am trying to distract myself by learning about cherries and cherry juice.

According to Livestrong.com:
"Tart cherries are loaded with important nutrients. You would have to eat an entire sack of them to obtain all of the nutrition you can get by sipping the juice. Many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents are in tart cherries. Tart cherry juice is beneficial for cancer prevention, heart health, as an anti-inflammatory agent and offers protection against a host of other conditions."

A few months ago my dad started drinking the juice to help with his gout issues. He said the cherry juice helped a ton with his joint pain! I plan on drinking a little bit of the juice every day (or eating real cherries when in season) to keep my joints healthy. 

Here's a few more excerpts about tart cherry benefits from the article:

"Extra Cancer Protection

Carcinogens, harmful substances in air, water and foods, may damage the body's cells, triggering changes that may lead to cancer. Tart cherry juice offers more than anthocyanins. It is loaded with three disease-fighting chemicals that may be beneficial for halting cell transformation (that often leads to cancer). These powerful chemicals include perillyl alcohol, limonene and ellagic acid. Citrus peel offers limonene and berries offer ellagic acid but only cherries offer all three chemicals. They are particularly protective against cancers of the breast, lung, liver and skin.



Protection Against Muscle Damage

In a study published in December 2006 by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers DA Connolly, MP McHugh, OL Padilla-Zakour, et al., tested the efficacy of a tart cherry juice blend in preventing the symptoms of exercise-induced muscle damage in 14 male college students. The dosage was 12 fl oz. of a cherry juice blend or a placebo taken twice daily for eight days with a series of elbow flexion contractions performed on the fourth day of supplementation. Pain and strength loss were significantly lower in the cherry juice trial versus placebo. Similarly, tart cherry juice may offer relief from gout (a painful form of arthritis). It may alleviate the pain because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties."
Read more benefits here.


Drink up, friends!

In Other News:
-- I updated the FGD Goals page 
-- Time is ticking to enter the BIC Band giveaway!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Recipe: Baked Tomatoes with Garlic Olive Oil and Cheese

This is one of my favorite snacks to make while I'm studying because its super easy and always hits the spot.

The ingredients are simple and the prep is simple. I could use all the simple I can get while I study for my complex biochemistry exam! Could you tell me how many molecules of ATP can be generated from 2 triglyceride molecules? You must include ATP generated from glycerol going through glycolysis. Any takers?


Ingredients:
  • Tomatoes 
  • Garlic Olive Oil (this is the best part in my opinion but any olive oil will do!)
  • Cheese of your choice
  • Basil
I don't include any amounts because you can make as many or as little as you want. Plus, each person may have their own preference on the amount of cheese/oil/basil they use.

My tomatoes.

Start by cutting the ends off like so

Now you can scrape out the middle part or not. I do this when I want them to be a little less "juicy" to avoid the juice spraying when I bite into it. Sometimes I'll just cut out the middle "hard" part and leave the rest. It's really up to you and what you like!
Then I add strips of this
Sprinkle on some basil which I forgot to take a picture of because I was too excited about eating them.
*Imagine basil*
And drizzle this
They should look something like this
Put them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes and BAM! side dish or snack is done!
They should look something like this.

Yes I did learn this in culinary school. Yes I am practically a chef.
 But for real, I love these! And I think you will too.
Unless you don't like flavor. Or deliciousness. (ahem, Eric)
You HAVE to try this! Let me know what you think!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

12 in 2012!

This is my favorite day of the week because its the one day I have entirely off! No school. No work. Win. Since it's my favorite day of the week I thought it would be perfect to share my exciting news with you guys:
Finally! I've made my first challenge for myself: 
12 Races in 2012! 
If the title isn't obvious enough, my goal is to successfully complete 12 different races in 2012. I think this is a completely realistic goal for a beginner runner such as myself. I want to stay injury free (getting RID of these shin splints asap!) while continuing to grow as a runner and I believe this challenge will help me do that.

Now that I've shared it with you guys, there's no turning back now! I thought about signing up for 12 half marathons in 2012 but after thinking about it, I realized that my body probably isn't ready for that hefty of a challenge. I do think 12 races (a mix of 5ks, 10ks, and halfs) is definitely doable though!

Completed Races: 2/12

What's on the menu for 2012?
I've signed up for 6 half-marathons this year. 


Tinker Bell Half-Marathon - January 29, 2012



Half-Marathon of the Harbors - April 1, 2012



Ojai to Ocean Marathon and Half - June 3, 2012



Disneyland Half-Marathon - September 3, 2012


Rock'n'Roll Los Angeles Half-Marathon - October 30, 2012



Santa to the Sea Half-Marathon - December 11, 2012


If you do the math, you can see that I need more races! If you know of any races in Southern California (large or small!) please e-mail me at danielle@fitgirldaily.com and let me know! I'd love to come out and support a race and work towards my goal.

This page is where you can stay up to date with what races I have coming up and how far I am into completing my goal. If you would like to support me in my challenge you can always post words of encouragement on that page.

--Don't forget to get in on the BIC Bands contest

Do you have any challenges for yourself this year?
Any tips you can give me on staying injury free while having a plate full of races?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Jeff Galloway's World

It's a beautiful day out here in Southern Cali so I decided to catch some rays while reading Runner's World Magazine.


This month's issue of Runner's World is a Special Beginner's Guide. Perfect for someone like me who is new to running!




What do I mean by being a new runner? 
I count myself as a new runner because I've only been serious about running for about 6 months. I make the time to run, enjoy the run, and do my research on how to become a better runner overall! To me, those are traits of serious runners.

I've been getting a few e-mail questions lately about what I recommend for beginning to run*.
This is from the cover of Runner's World on their Beginner's Guide. I believe there is a lot of truth to these statements! You do need to start out easy, add miles safely, lose extra pounds (very arguable, I know), and stick with it to be successful.
With so many magazines, products, endorsements, etc. how do you pick the right methods and gear for you? How do I know what shoes to buy and what the heck are compression socks and Gu? (First time I heard Gu, I thought of baby food. True story.)
The truth that there is no way around: do your research.
Also, always note the bias (if any) of your sources. 

What method do I recommend?
I am a huge huge huge fan of the walk-run method from Jeff Galloway. Especially for beginners who have never ran any amount of distance before! His method involves walk-run intervals of set times in order to work up your distance. For example, you may start out with a 45 second run followed by a 45 second walk. You repeat these intervals for a certain amount of time. 
His method will also improve your overall pace! You end up teaching your body how to recovery quickly and increase your lactic acid threshold (aka you will fatigue less quickly). You will run faster and longer compared to trying to gut out the miles.


  • Some exciting things are coming your way this week! :)
  • Have you entered the BIC Band Giveaway yet?
  • Also exciting news I will announce later tonight or tomorrow!

What methods do you use to improve your running?


*Disclaimer: I am not a health professional, certified personal trainer or dietician. I am sharing knowledge from my own studies, research, and personal accounts. What works for me may not work for you. You can, however, trust my honesty and integrity when posting information.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

BIC BAND GIVEAWAY!

Remember how I recently posted a review about B.I.C bands and how much I love them?


Because I love them so much and believe that everyone should give them a go, I'm giving away a gift card toward any BIC Band of your choice!







<---BIC Band in action.







Hello, wrinkles.




BIC Band not in action --->











How to Enter the Contest:

Like Fit Girl Daily on Facebook and
Like BIC Bands on Facebook


*For an extra entry you can share the contest on your Facebook wall. @Fit Girl Daily must be tagged in the post so that I can see you actually posted it. (All you literally have to do is go to the Fit Girl Daily Facebook, find my update about the contest and click "share")

That means you have two chances to win! 
Not a sparkly freak like me? 
Don't worry, they have a ton more to choose from I promise!

Please post separate comments below for each entry (up to 2 entries per person)

  • One comment for liking both Fit Girl Daily and BIC Bands on Facebook 
  • And a separate comment for sharing the contest on your Facebook wall.

I will choose the winner through a random number drawing. The winner will be posted Wednesday morning (April 25th)! The deadline for all entries is Tuesday, April 24th at 11:59PM.

What do you have to lose? Nothing! Go, go, go! Click here to start browsing for your favorite band!

Shopping Spree!

Guess what I just purchased!


I think I have Boston fever after yesterday. All I can think about is improving my endurance, pace, and running wardrobe. Mostly #3.

Speaking of running wardrobe, Eric and I made the mistake glorious decision of visiting Lululemon on Friday afternoon.


My goodness is that a dangerous place to take me! E-moneybags (Eric) didn't have any intention of buying anything, just "going to browse" he said. "Don't want to spend that much" he said. "Lululemon is your store, not mine" he said. Guess who broke down and got 2 items! I am so proud. I know I shouldn't be, but I am.

A lot of people think their apparel is totally overpriced, and truthfully I think it is expensive. However, there are some things that I believe are worth it. In my opinion, the crops, shorts, and pants are worth the hefty price tag. I used to be a Nike capris and shorts girl but they always rode up when I was running - it drove me nuts! Lulu's do not move. Seriously. And are so freakin' comfy. Seriously.

I ended up splurging on some pants.

The best part was that they hem the pants for free and ship them straight to my house! I always have issues with pants since I'm on the shorter end of the stick; 5'1" (I argue 5'2" but the doctor always says otherwise.) I get tired of stepping on my pants and I cannot be rocking high waters!

I know I could buy similar "yoga pants" for about 1/3 the price but from my experience, after a few months they end up falling down when I run. Not okay.
***
After I got off work today Eric and I met for lunch at The Habit. One of our favorite spots for sure since we can both get exactly what we want. E-bland-man usually goes for a hamburger plain. Literally just lettuce tomato and meat. Yawn.
Boring.
I, on the other hand, go for a Double Charburger, lettuce wrapped, no mayo, no onions, add mustard, add avocado and no fries. Yes, my order takes up a major amount of room on the receipt and they double check with me like 5 times. But its cool because its exactly what I want.

He also likes to make fun of me for getting a large drink and only filling it up with water. He just doesn't understand my logic:
1. I prefer to drink water from a straw because I end up drinking more water overall. 
2. $1.90 for a large drink (water) or $2.20 for a 12 oz bottle of water. No further explanation needed. 
3. I fill it up before I leave and take it home with me so that I can drink even more!

How much water do you usually drink per day? 
What are your favorite workout brands?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Boston

Workout - 1 mile 6:36

For those of you that may not follow the running world or live under a rock, today was the 116th Boston Marathon. I have read so many Boston stories and I am beyond inspired. From what I've heard, this was an extremely tough race due to heat.

Some people didn't finish, but many more did.

This woman, Sharon Cherop finished 2:31:50
Her PR is an insane 2:22:39 (Dubai, 2012)
Last year at Boston she reportedly came in 3rd place but this year she took it home!

I can only imagine the excitement and energy in the air at Boston. I mean, you just hear the word Boston and you're like, dannnnng.

So, in respect to Boston, I decided to run 1 mile today. Yes, just one measly mile. But didn't I just run a half marathon? Yes I did. And I was in pain the last 3 miles and limped for 2 days. I am focusing more than ever on not getting injured, listening to my body and pushing myself harder when I need to. Yeah, 
I could have farted out a few miles but it wouldn't be anywhere near a 6:36 pace.

I also tried something new: I wore my compression socks while I was running. No shin pain what-so-ever! Granted, it was only a mile so I'll need to test it out further but so far I am loving my compression socks for the most part. My only complaint is that I am short (5'1) so I have to roll them down so that they don't go above my knee. I'm not quite sure if that is bad for the socks? 

Someday I will be able to run an entire half marathon, followed by running an entire full marathon, and finally, someday I will run Boston. Mark my words.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Would you Kick an Old Lady's Cane?

Last week a dietician came to my class to discuss food issues and how at a very young age food evolves into deep emotional issues. Did you know that at merely 4 years old children start to associate food with social occasions and emotions? Children are sponges; they watch what you eat and they associate emotions with food just like you do although they may not realize it.

I was dumbstruck at how many children (I'm talking elementary school age) clients she councils for eating disorders and body image issues. I was and still am alarmed that the amount of children under counseling is drastically increasing! I'd guess that the majority of you reading this aren't children but you were a child once. Thus, you must have created your own emotions towards food (both good and bad). Thinking back, when did food become emotional for you? What events made this relationship with food ignite?

She also brought up the point that if you keep talking about "dieting" your child is most likely picking up on that. Since I don't have kids, I am wondering what you parents think of that. Has your child ever mentioned "going on a diet"?

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. Someone may know all the correct things, and in fact many people do or think they do at least. Veggies = good Soda = bad... right? You could give someone all of the advice and direction in the world but unless they make the decision themselves, there will be no permanent, lasting changes.

The RD gave us the analogy of an old lady walking with her cane. Just as the old woman is dependent on that cane to get by in life, many (many, MANY!) people are dependent on an emotional connection to food to get through life. You wouldn't kick her cane would you? You cannot rip away people's "canes" to get them to eat better.

She kept emphasizing the importance of balance. We cannot escape the fact that society has placed food on a pedestal for rewards, special occasions, and for being an emotional crutch. Think birthday cakes, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas cookies, etc. The RD continued to say that sharing in these events is an important part of development. Guilt, obsession, stress, frustration, anxiety, depression, I could go on and on... cause us to beat ourselves up over eating a cookie. Deprivation is not good and can lead us to do extreme things like eating an entire batch of cookies instead of just one. Then, we enter that same emotionally dependent, "beat ourselves up" cycle and we just feel like our world has ended. Eating one cookie is not the reason you are overweight. More clearly stated: a dietician was telling me that eating a cookie will not kill me. I REPEAT: EATING A SMALL COOKIE WILL NOT KILL ME.

Yes, I can accept that eating a cookie may not help move me toward my fat loss goals. 
No, I will not feel guilty about having a cookie. Actually, I refuse to because my relationship with food needs to be healthy.
I need to focus on my relationship with food and not on the cookie itself.

Truth is we all have different goals. We all have unique bodies that respond to various foods and exercises in different ways. If you're aiming to look like a fitness model I wouldn't head straight to the dessert table but not everyone is aiming to be a fitness model.
At the end of the day, the most important lesson to learn is not carb cycling or saturated fats vs. unsaturated fats. Its how to have a healthy relationship with food.
Let's end this cycle.

Today you may have an emotional crutch with food and I'm here to tell you that you are not alone. Thousands of women and men feel the exact same way you do. The answer isn't to kick the cane, the answer is to look deep into yourself and figure out how that cane got there. From there, you and only you, can put down the cane when you are ready.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

New Socks!

This morning I had hoped to run in an Earth Day 10k but the coffee gods (aka my bosses) had other plans for me. I got called into work which is probably for the best since my shin splints keep coming back. I've been wearing compression nonstop lately to combat the dang things.

I may try to do a light few miles tonight running on dirt later on but we'll see. It's super windy out there! Like cray cray windy. I think I might put it off until tomorrow morning.
It's hard to document the wind.

On a happy note, look what came in the mail today! 
Can't wait to try these guys out when I run! I'm tired of blisters and black toe nails. They just aren't my style. 

What socks do you run in? 


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