After being shamed by Danielle, I went back to Body Pump yesterday (I'm sorry Danielle! I'll think of you and how well you have dealt with your boot every time I want to skip it!)
Although I feel obligated to tell you, I decided my new plan is Body Pump once a week, and swimming once a week, because avoiding death by drowning took precedence in my mind over Michelle Obama arms. Sorry biceps.
I started this morning with a 6.5 mile run that sort of transformed into a tempo run in my head last night, made official by me updating my tempo run playlist. I do have that half marathon coming up April 30 that I would like to run decently fast at. I was happy to discover I didn't leave whatever "speed" I may have had on the streets of Virginia Beach last month. My splits:
9:44 (warm up)
9:04 (started as a cooldown, then I changed my mind halfway through)
last .5 mile average pace 8:16
Not amazing but not bad for having done NO speedwork for almost a month.
When I was warming up, I heard on the news that we've discovered how to prevent obesity. It's just eat tangerines. It was discovered to prevent weight gain in lab rats.
Um, not be a negative Nancy, since who doesn't love a nice juice tangerine, but didn't we already known how to prevent obesity? Isn't it just eating less?
Now, I named my blog chocolate is my life, so obviously I know it's not as easy as all that. Food tastes good, and can be somewhat addictive, and healthy eating requires time, money, equipment, access to a kitchen, etc - resources not all of us are lucky enough to have. But that doesn't mean we don't know what we should be doing to prevent obesity.
I know if my husband and I get McFlurries at midnight, that leads to obesity. Will that cause obesity in and of itself? No. That's why we don't do it daily, weekly, or even monthly. But I don't appreciate these crazy studies on the news telling me to go ahead and hit the drive through at 11:30pm every night, as long as I eat a tangerine first.
I'll admit I read a decent amount of magazines (the elliptical can get boring!) and it's rare to find one that doesn't have some magic formula for how to get skinny.
Kara wrote an interesting post on this a few weeks ago and I commented that I wanted to write an article for a magazine titled “A REVOLUTIONARY WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT” 1. Put down fork 2. Put on sneakers 3. Move.
I know this is easy for me to say because I have time, I don't have kids, etc etc and I don't want to sound insensitive to the struggles people face on this journey, but my point is just lets stop looking for a miracle cure or quick fix and focus on helping people get healthy using the method that we all already know.