Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Okay, so I'm an English major once and forever; so be it. However I was musing on the treadmill this morning (on a slow interval) and I realized that my new eating habits and my new running habits serve as a metaphor for each other.
In the past, I tried to run and I tried to go all out. Then after about 30 seconds, I realized that I just couldn't do that. So, naturally, I just quit and didn't bother with that again. My attempts at losing weight went somewhat the same. I would get through a week, lose 5 or more pounds and realize that I couldn't do that for long enough to lose the weight I needed to lose. So, naturally, I just quit and didn't bother with that--til the next time I forgot the experience and was willing to try again.
Fast forward many many years. I began the Couch to 5 K program and realized that A) you don't need to go all out all the time and B) every little bit builds success for the coming interval. Coincidentally, that approach has worked for healthy eating and weight loss. I don't need to ban every food I love and eat 800 calories a day. Every day that I eat healthy builds a step toward the next day. And each day that I eat healthy, I am rewarded with weight that either drops or at least doesn't gain.
Who knew that as I approach 60 I would finally realize that moderation in all things is a pretty good basis for all my metaphors?