Tuesday, January 10, 2012

“Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.”

FIRST

I know you all know what BIC Bands are.

From their website:
These amazing headbands started all as a fundraiser for my run with Team In Training. I was looking for a way to raise the necessary funds to run my first half marathon. I had started to make some handy dandy headband that didn't slip because I was cheap and crafty~ friends said they'd buy them, so I decided to try my hand at making and selling them. My small little venture began and I started sewing. I donated the profits to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Proceeds from the sale of BIC Bands go to support different charities each month.

For January and February, these proceeds will be going to PCRF and Team Gab!

BIC Bands has over 200 styles of bands from thick...

Minnie Mouse?

....thin...

See you later, alligator...

...skinny...

Valentine's Day is coming!

...to my favorite, the Minnie (in sparkles!)


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Moving on....

I don't talk much about weight loss here, because... frankly, it's just not something I'm terribly concerned with.

Don't misinterpret this as "I'm perfect and don't need lose weight/change anything," because that's certainly not the case. I am about 12 pounds above my goal weight.

The dirty, dirty truth is, I just don't really feel like it's THAT big of a deal. Sure, it'd be nice if that 12lbs came off. I'm just not committed enough to evicting 12lbs that I'm willing to pass on delicious snacks. I'm pretty happy with how things are. I feel better than I can remember feeling in... ever.

I'm content with my body, mostly, and it's lovely.

But this is the thing that really screws with my "Plenty Happy/Happy Lazy" plan.

To get faster, I need to move less of me around. And I really, really want to get faster. I'm tired of being slow.

Sooooo... That means, I guess, that I put down that second cookie. Or maybe not snack on everything I can find from 1:30-4pm (my every-day ritual, food-scavenging. Like a hyena).

I use My Fitness Pal when I want to track my calories. Without getting rocks thrown at me, I have a tough time getting IN enough calories, unless I'm really paying attention. I also have a tough time not justifying that extra cookie because I just ran 10 miles and I know I deserve it, so I suppose it really balances out in the end.

I have lost around 30lbs in the last 2 years. I haven't done anything extraordinary. I just move more, and make more conscious choices about what I eat. I don't even necessarily make GOOD choices about what I eat, I just pay more attention to what I'm shoving in my face.

The problem with running and trying to lose weight, is you're HUNGRY. A LOT.


Maintaining my weight has never been a problem since I've started running. And whenever I take a few weeks off (hello, Jerk Shin), I instantly drop a few lbs. That's cute, and all, and it's nice because those few lbs don't come back. But not running isn't an option.

And I'm also not really a fan of any... "Diets". My philosophy is, if it has a number of days attached, or restricts anything, or asks you to forgo meals... I'm not doing it, there's no way, I'm not interested, and I'll side-eye you for trying to talk me into it. Especially if you come at me with a miracle pill.


I feel pretty strongly about this.

There is no miracle to weight loss. It's just about making decisions. It takes time. It requires a change in your overall lifestyle, NOT just for 7 days, or 30 days; the answer is not in restricting "certain" foods. It's more than that.

Since I've been running, I've been pretty much eating what I feel like. I eat what I want, and it's GLORIOUS, you guys.

But there's a disconnect between what I expect FROM my body, and what I'm putting INTO my body.

If I'm expecting improvements from myself, I need to be fueling myself to perform.

Bah. It doesn't really sound fun, does it?

But it sounds worth it. So I suppose I'll give it a shot.

Um. Yeah. that's all. Go shop BIC Bands. Thanks.

8 comments:

Losing Lindy said...

I ordered two!

Penny said...

Running is the only way I can keep my weight off or at bay. I just plain like food. One of the things that helped me was cutting out bread. I cant believe by cutting out bread my body would be more mucsluar and more defined. Plus one of the things that I notice when I cut out bread was that I stopped craving choc and sweets. When I ate bread I had to have something sweet an hours or two later., One choc would lead to eating the whole bag. I'm am so loving my body right now and I will be turning 50 this year. 50 IS THE NEW 30.

Nicole said...

I like food too much too (I'm sitting here sucking down a pouch of Justin's all-natural Maple Almond Butter right now and it is way yummy!) And I'm like you, I could lose a few pounds, but I don't like diets and I hate starving myself. So I try to do the "everything in moderation," it doesn't always work, but it's a work in progress. I think you're doing great. I may have to order some bic bands!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Great post, great post. Scavenging for food like a hyena...me too, at 3pm every day. The eating/being conscious part should stop this, right?

I agree with you, that extra 10 lbs doesn't bother me all the time either. But, ah, if it was gone, the running would be helped immensely. You go girl!

Run with Jess said...

Seriously... what is it with the afternoon?! That's my BAD time too! I love food, and thankfully running keeps me where I'm at, but I've got a good 30 to go yet...

Becka said...

I eat all day, every day. I would like to tone up a bit around my waist, the number on the scale doesn't mean *too* much. Until I get too close to the "danger zone." I just love food. All of it. I too, lose a bit of extra weight when I cut out bread. That is SO hard though. I adore bread.

chacha said...

I'm with you on the "diets" - the latest craze that pisses me off is Paleo. As if it's been at all recent that we've lived like cavemen. There has certainly been some evolution of the human body since then.

Anyway, I lost about 10-15 pounds in 2010 by calorie counting. I basically just aimed to be under my total expenditure. And not under by a lot, just not over. Worked pretty well. Took about 3 months to lose it.

Deirdre said...

Sounds like a hot topic these days! I agree with your post completely. The idea of a diet just doesnt work for me. I did ww once and had some good results but let it all come back. I need to get more active to feel like I want to eat better. Move more, feel better, feel more inspiried to make good food choices. That is how it works for me.

I knew there was a reason I hadn't bought a bic band yet and now I know. Perfect timing, thanks!

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