Back in the day, this shirt would have suited me to a tee (hahaha). No, really, it would have.
When I was training for marathons, I was running between 30-40 miles a week. So ice cream, brownies, cookies – you name it – I was “allowed” to have them, right?
Lisa had an excellent post on an article posted in Shape Magazine, “You Ate It – Negate It!” Basically the post says that the calories consumed in one slice of apple pie = 50 minutes of dancing. Like Lisa, I sort of have a problem with this. Is this to say that EVERYtime we want a slice of pie (or bowl of ice cream…or brownie, or whatever), we need to ensure that we burn all of those calories consumed?
I definitely used to think this way. In all honesty it’s been VERY hard to get rid of that way of thinking. When I go out with my friends and know I’m going to be drinking 5 or 6 beers and inhaling an order of some breadsticks late night, I FEEL like I should workout more that day to “make up for it.” But you know what? I DON’T have to burn off all those calories. My weight hasn’t changed, either. I think it only set me up for the negative cycle of thinking, “I can only have (insert food of choice) if I (run/spin/swim/exercise) for XX minutes.”
My friend (who also teaches spin class) that I adore remarked to me recently that she only spins in order to eat chocolate and drink wine. And though I understand that way of thinking to a point, it only makes me think of making that statement in front of my niece or another impressionable mind. Do I want them to think that, in order to have chocolate and winejuice they, too, have to burn XXX calories? NO. I don’t. I want them to realize that it’s important to be active and move in some way everyday, but also that it’s not about “indulging” only if you’ve worked out for at least an hour that day.
Have you ever struggled with the need to “make up for” treats by exercising?
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