We’re talking about race tees on the Tuesdays on the Run linkup: do you wear them in a race? After a race?
For me it’s simple: never, ever wear the race tee before you’ve actually run the race! I do like to wear race tees to work out in. I love visualization and symbolism. Reminding myself of something I worked to achieve, or a race I rocked? I find that incredibly motivating.
So not that that’s out of the way, you might find yourself veering off your New Year’s resolutions by now. All that clean eating? Shedding pounds? Cross training? How’s that going for you now that we’re almost a quarter of the way through the year?
Since the race tee discussion is pretty cut and dried for me, I thought I’d share a few tips on how I clean up my diet and get more movement into my days:
- No deprivation. It seems counter-intuitive, and anyone that gets to know me knows I eat pretty healthy most of the time, but that doesn’t mean I deprive myself. Depriving yourself is just an invitation to binge, or eat too much of the foods you know won’t get you where you want to go.
- Know your why. Maybe you know why you run. Maybe you know why you’re active. Do you know why you want to eat better or lose some weight? If you don’t have a reason, when the cupcakes come out, you’ll probably cave.
- Enjoy it, for God’s sake! Which kind of goes back to #1. Did I feel guilty about the turtle bar I indulged in after my long run? Heck no! I enjoyed every single, delicious bite! So put away the phone, the books, put your treat on a pretty plate, and enjoy the heck out of it.
- Get right back on track. There’s no “I already blew this so I’ll just restart Monday” thinking for me. Sure, sometimes I eat things I didn’t plan to eat and know aren’t the wises choices. The very next meal is an opportunity to get right back on track. One treat won’t make you fat; only treats on a regular basis will.
- Stop putting chocolate chips in everything. Um, maybe you don’t have this problem. Obviously, I do. I wrote about it here. It doesn’t mean I don’t use chocolate chips; it just means not everything I bake needs chocolate chips!
- Savory breakfasts. I love waffles, pancakes, muffins, breakfast cookies. Even though most of the ones I make are pretty healthy, the truth is I just don’t need sweet breakfasts all the time. Sweets just fuel the sweet beast. The weird thing is when I make a savory breakfast, I enjoy it and I don’t miss the sweets. I still have to force myself to do it. So if I’m eating waffles every day, I know it’s time to start throwing in some savory oatmeal or some eggs for breakfast instead.
- My Fitdesk. Ok, enough of the food already! It’s not just about the food, although food is probably the more important part of the equation. Running __ miles doesn’t give me the excuse to sit on my butt all day. Which is why my Fitdesk is useful.
- Standing to read email. I put my ipad on our kitchen counter on a little wire shelf. Someday I’ll get something prettier, but for now, it’s working for me. Instead of always sitting down to read my email, I stand up. Little things like that add up to big changes.
- Frequent walk breaks. I have my Garmin Vivoactive to thank for that. It lets me know when I’ve been inactive too long. It’s part of why I chose it over the 225. Most of the time I listen to it.
- Stairs. I haven’t been doing this as much lately, since I’ve been resting my ankle, but I’ll go up and down our stairs for no reason other than to get a little more movement into my day.
And one final thing: if you’re not where you want to be, if where you want to be seems to far away and too hard to attain, don’t beat yourself up with exercise. Trust me; that doesn’t work.
I’m not telling you to not move, I’m just telling you you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. Exercise is vital to a healthy life, but too much of anything isn’t good for you. Just some final food for thought.