I’m sure you’ve never heard of it, because it’s a syndrome I invented a few years back when I was active on sparkpeople.com. It’s IDI Syndrome: I Deserve It Syndrome.
The Tuesdays on the Run linkup subject for today is where to find bargains on our gear/clothing/gadgets, etc. Which ought to be right up my alley, read my blog for any length of time and you’ll realize I’m a power shopper.Maybe I’ll get a few tips from you.
But right now IDI Syndrome is on my mind.
IDI is usually caught in childhood
In fact I would tell you that IDI is instilled in childhood. How do you celebrate good grades? A win in sports? A good recital?
With food of course.
I kind of cringe sometimes when I scroll Instagram and see the photos of parents taking their kids out for an ice cream sundae on these sort of occasions.
My parents did. Which is no doubt why one of my favorite treats after a half (if it’s warm) is a hot fudge brownie sundae.
I’m not saying parents shouldn’t treat their kids, of course. I just wonder, sometimes, if there are better ways to do it. Surely there is something better than to teach them to expect something super sugary and fattening if they do a good job at something. What about some one on one time? A movie? A museum?
I don’t really know the answer, I just know I’m lucky I don’t have kids to screw up.
IDI follows us into adulthood
I can’t tell you the number of hard long runs or just hard runs I’ve done that the thought of whatever treat I have waiting for me in the car gets me through. And I’ve already mentioned that sundae I’m hoping for after my next half.
Speaking of sundaes, Sunday I made sure to have some food pretty much immediately after my long run. My running buddy took off and went to work!
I sat in my car. And I consumed a few dark chocolate cherries, a few peanut butter pretzels, and a hammer recovery bar. I’d say that’s definitely properly refueling, right?
By the time I got home, I wasn’t terribly hungry. I made some tea, did my stretches and foam rolling, then had some tofu veggie soup and a banana.
Sounds like I hit the high notes, right? Protein, a little sodium, some fat, some carbs. And I wasn’t really hungry. But I still wanted something sweet after dinner. I think subconsciously it was IDI at work. I wasn’t hungry but hey! I ran 10 miles in the rain, and not a warm rain, either. I deserve it, right?
I fought with myself for a while, realizing it was a want and not a need, but in the end, I caved, and had a couple of protein balls.
IDI & exercise aren’t a good combination
Have you seen the graphic that shows you how many cupcakes you can eat for different races? I pinned it to my running Pinterest board in case you haven’t. Or how about this page about how long you need to run to burn off various “treats”?
It’s a slippery slope, my friends. It’s the reason it’s so easy to gain weight when you train for a race. It’s an invitation to an eating disorder.
Don’t get me wrong — I’m not saying it’s never okay to treat yourself to a brownie or cookie or whatever is your treat of choice. I’m just saying it’s a really bad idea to do it because “I’v earned it” (or deserve it, etc.).
If you find yourself uncomfortable in your own skin or clothes, maybe you deserve something better.