Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday is my rest day from running. I should be doing some kind of strength training or yoga or something but at this point I donít do anything. So Monday is a true rest day.
My 10 miler on Sunday burned over 1,100 calories, so I was starving yesterdayÖall day long. I woke up late and had to eat a fast breakfast of a bagel and cream cheese with a glass of juice. Normally Iím an eggs, toast, and oatmeal breakfast eater but since I woke up over an hour late it was a scarf anything I can get my hands on and get in the car morning. Snack was a small banana and a Greek yogurt with fruit on the bottom. Lunch was spaghetti and chex mix. Afternoon snack was a Fiber One bar. By the time I got home last night I had the worst cravings for tacos. I made and then ate three tacos and the two handfuls of trail mix. I still havenít logged my dinner last night. Iím scared.
I knew that I under fueled myself for my long run on Sunday and I was for sure paying the price yesterday as I tried to catch up with the calorie burn. Burn too much and not eat enough is not a good thing. At this point Iím not really trying to lose weight. I wouldnít mind losing some of the fat I have around my belly but other than that Iím not looking to lose a bunch of weight. Iím 5í9Ē and I hover around 150 give or take a couple of pounds on any given day. Iím at a healthy weight, so weight loss isnít really that important to me, especially since running is packing on the muscle and we all know that muscle tissue is more dense then fat so Iím actually getting smaller while weighing more. My pants are a size 8 and a bit big but not big enough to go down a size. Iím a size 8, 150 pounds and 35 years old. My BMI is 22.5. Iím healthy and Iím happy. What more could I want then that?
As Iíve gotten older Iíve found it harder and harder to support that rail thing, waif look that seems to be popular right now. I see so many young women with no muscle definition, no curves, and almost no breasts and it makes me sad. There are so many places to go and things to see and do. I donít want to be too tired from being too thin and under fueled to do those things. My 36th birthday is coming up next week. If the weather is like it has been, Iím going to see Alcatraz for the first time, tour around Pier 39 and maybe check out Golden Gate Park. I want to be able to enjoy all of that instead of being exhausted. By no means am I saying that thin girls (or boys) canít do this. But the lack of muscle on the upcoming generations scare me. Is this new thin yet not healthy trend the new obesity?
Our country needs better standards of beauty and better role models. A size 10-12 model should not be considered a plus sized model. Thatís an average women to me.