If you've been following my blog, you know that I took up running a couple of months ago and am LOVING it!
I ran my first 5 K race yesterday (a BEAUTIFUL sunny, warm day) and astounded myself by coming 7th in my age division. I was not competing at all - my goal was simply to finish upright and smiling (which I did). So, imagine my surprise when I found out afterwards that I'd done as well as that!
The reason I'm writing this blog, though, is that I had a "lightbulb moment" the day before the race. There I was, buying some groceries, when my DH asked if I'd like to pick up some chocolate. (I LOVE chocolate.) I thought about it for a minute and then said, "No, thanks, I don't want it to be sloshing around in my stomach for the race tomorrow." It got me thinking, though, about how many times lately I've said to someone, "No, thanks. I'm running tonight." or "No, thanks. I'm training for a race."
I'm starting a 10K running clinic on June 3, and will go directly from that to training for a half marathon in January. So, that means I have a built in excuse - a "get out of jail free card," if you will - for the next eight months! Anytime someone offers me something I know I shouldn't eat, I don't have to worry about hurting their feelings. I can just say, "Oh, sorry - I'm in training." It's brilliant! Before, if I said, "No, thanks. I'm trying to watch my weight." or "No, thanks. I'm trying to eat healthier." I'd always get the reply, "Oh, a little won't hurt." or "Come on, just for me." But when I use the training excuse, it's just accepted without any issue.
I've found the secret weapon! After my half marathon, I'll start training for the marathon the following year. There's ALWAYS going to be some race or other that I can be training for. Hopefully, my "food pushers" will eventually get out of the habit and I can get on with my weight loss goals!