Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.
You would be proud to hear that I am still living up to my New Year’s resolution to run every single day in 2012. You would then be surprised to hear how on the sixth day I drove to a popular fast good joint where I ordered from the super size menu.
Without any sense of irony or guilt I ate the entire thing. What followed was a terrible food hangover and not 10 minutes later I felt sluggish and bloated then came the “indulger’s remorse” – those feelings of regret. I felt as if I could never eat again, but three hours later I was ready to eat a small country. Thankfully I opted for a big salad with all kinds of veggies and a Thai chicken pizza on honey wheat crust. When I finished eating I felt satisfied and energetic – nothing like my lunch experience left me feeling.
I share this story with you for many reasons, but mainly to spotlight why I went rogue on my body. I was starving! For days I made my usual healthy food choices but without adding the extra calories I needed to sustain my new exercise routine. Once this became clear I realized I needed to take the advice I give others all the time.
Keep your body properly fueled by consuming the amount of healthy calories necessary to maintain your weight and exercise routine. And if you are trying to lose weight remember that not consuming enough calories will sometimes make you gain weight.
Do not attempt to undo a bad food choice by starving yourself. Instead, wait until you are hungry at your next meal and make the good food choice you wish you had made earlier.
One mistake does not undermine all of your previous efforts. The best way to rebound is to recognize your error, understand and learn from what led you to it and then start over immediately.
A healthy lifestyle is a lifelong endeavor so make sure you are kind and patient with yourself and never, ever give up!
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