The Best Advice

I am often asked for nutrition, diet and running advice. I take it very seriously when someone asks my advice.  I know that the times in the past when I’ve asked others for advice I was really anxious for help. I started to think about the best advice that I’ve ever been given on this. I truly believe the best advice is not given with words, but shown by example. I heartily believe in leading by example and my favorite blogs are the ones by women and men who live a healthy, balanced life and don’t feel the need to apologize for or justify what they do.

I am still in the process of becoming an Intuitive Eater, so my choices are not always the best, but I do strive to live a balanced life – whatever that means for me. I am aiming for progress, not perfection and think I am making progress everyday. I try to lead by example 🙂 But, since my BFF has been asking for advice I’ve been very philosophical about quotes. Caitlin actually posted about quotes this morning and I started thinking about my favorite quotes! Then, I came across this one today on Twitter:

GreatestQuotes“Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.” – Rob Gilbert

It’s funny how sometimes you come across exactly what you need to hear at just the right time! This is very motivating to me right now. I am trying my hardest to conquer my bad habit of tired/emotional/bored eating. This is just the mantra I need to repeat to myself when I am in that situation.

Question: Do you have a quote you tell yourself when you need motivation or have a problem?

Me: I’m going with the one above for now! But I also have a running quote I sometimes tell myself on long runs…

“All your life you are told the things you cannot do. All your life they will say you’re not good enough or strong enough or talented enough. They will say you’re the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or be this or achieve this. They will tell you No, a thousand times no, until all the no’s become meaningless. All your life they will tell you no, quite firmly and very quickly. And you will tell them Yes“

Now I need a good life in general quote! The search continues…

Lunch was boring! I really need to switch it up. But, after dinner when I make my sammie my sweet tooth is alert and all I want is something sweet so I end up making a sweet sandwich = PB&J. I’ve been thinking about eating a half a PB&J for a snack so I can enjoy more savory and filling food for lunch. IMG_0993I am now snacking on some pretzels because I feel hungry and I just ate lunch! IMG_0995I definitely need to pack something different for the rest of the week! I promise I am going to have something besides PB&J for the rest of the week!

In other exciting news I am taking 2 courses toward  a Nutrition for Optimal Health and Wellness Certificate! They begin tomorrow! Yeah!

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My old Nike ad

I have had this Nike ad since 2004 (I know because it’s dated on the bottom). I had it up in my room for years and took it down recently when I moved, but made sure to keep it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it before the marathon because I wanted to share this inspiration with all of you. I love this one. Sometimes when I am running I say it over and over to myself. It helps me keep going. I love it because I feel like it’s something I would say, or it was written about me. It’s an ad for the Nike Women’s Marathon in 2004 (benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)…

 

No one runs in my family.

I am not built like a runner.

My bones aren’t weightless.

My legs aren’t gazelle-like.

As a child, no one ever said,

“Now that one…she’s going

to be a runner.”

I am not a marathon runner.

But, I know that no one

is a marathon runner until

they actually run one.

 

I am not built like a runner. If I didn’t tell you, there is no way you would think I look like I run. I actually am reluctant to tell people I run for this exact reason. I don’t want them to look at me and think to themselves, “Why isn’t she thin if she runs so much?” I feel bad that all my hard work doesn’t result in a slim, “gazelle-like” runner’s body. Boo.

But, I finally feel like a runner. For some reason the marathon has given me the confidence and reassurance that I am a runner. I am so proud of myself. I am very surprised at what my body can accomplish. Right now I am about 15 pounds overweight (from where I like to be), but I ran a marathon. I appreciate my body and everything it does for me. I am so happy that I didn’t put off running the marathon until I reached my goal weight. I think it means that much more that I did it despite my weight. The reality is I will never look like a thin runner type, it’s just not how I’m built. But, I can still love my body and live my life however I want.

Nike Ad on Competitor Magazine

I found this new Nike ad on the back of Competitor magazine. (Competitor is a mag that had info about athletes and races in the area. I get it a Jamba Juice for free.) I loved it so much I read it out loud to the boyfriend and anyone else who would listen. I hope you get inspired by it too…

“You pretended the snooze button didn’t exist. You dragged your butt out of bed while others slept. While others ate their pancakes you had a feast of protein, glucose and electrolytes. You double-knotted. You left the porch light on and locked the door behind you. You ran 5Ks, 10Ks, 26.2 miles. Some days more, some days less. You rewarded a long run with a short run. And a short run with a long run. Rain tried to slow you. Sun tried to microwave you. Snow made you feel like a warrior. You cramped. You bonked. You paid no mind to comfort. On weekends. On holidays. You made excuses to keep going. Questioned yourself. Played mind games. Put your heart before your knees. Listened to your breathing. Sweat sunscreen into your eyes. Worked on your farmer’s tan. You hit the wall. You went through it. You decided to be man about it. You decided to be woman about it. Finished what you started. Proved what you were made of. Just kept putting mile after mile on your interval odometer. For 25 years, you ran. And we ran with you. How much farther will we go? As far as you will.”

Happy Running 🙂

I am thankful for Beyonce…

My family didn’t go around the table this year saying what we were grateful for and I was disappointed. I told the BF when it was my turn I was going to say “I am thankful for Beyonce.” Seriously, after I saw her Single Ladies video I was so thankful that you don’t have to be anorexic to be considered hot. I am thankful for Jennifer Lopez and Kate Winslet too. These ladies are great role models for me. I feel like crap when I compare myself to actresses and models, but it’s hard not to do sometimes. I used to hate my butt. I was so self concious and would always wear long shirts and sweatshirts to cover it. It did not matter if I was at a good weight for my height – my ass made me look fat. I wanted to be thin, not curvy damnit! Why didn’t God make me skinny?

After a while of watching girls like J Lo. and Beyonce I started to appreciate how I was built. This booty is not going anywhere! No matter how much I run or how much weight I lose this is how my body is shaped.  I know it must suck for stars who are curvy because the press says mean things and they have to deal with it. But watching them in videos has made me like my body more.

I am thankful that there are role models like them out there for girls like me 🙂