Most of the blogs I read are running/fitness/nutrition related. What I have come to notice is how motivated, dedicated, and put together many of these bloggers are. While I am completely aware that part of the beauty of social media is being able to filter out some of those “messier” things about oneself – I can’t help but wonder what is behind some of the perfectly toned muscle and well balanced meals with plates full of kale.
I will never be that person. I like eating healthy. I also like pizza (and tacos and ice cream). I love running and working out but I am no stranger to the all day Saturday TV binge. In an effort to celebrate less than perfect moments in the health and fitness world (in case my own
hot mess mess status isn’t readily apparent) I thought it would be fun to share some of my own shortcomings in my journey as a fitness junkie trying to live healthy lifestyle.
1. I sometimes buy trail mix just because I want the candy and don’t want the guilt of eating a whole bag of M&Ms.
2. I mutter under my breath (okay, talk to myself) when something annoys me during a run. These mutterings may or may not contain expletives.
3. I am really bad at drinking and taking in nutrition during my runs. Like really bad. This is more because of laziness than anything else (and something I need to work on).
4. I get extremely nervous before races and go into complete shut down mode. If you are in close proximity to me before a race I am nervous about I will likely be short with you. (Don’t take it personally, I am the complete opposite and on a complete runner’s high once the race finishes).
5. While I preach moderation because I strongly believe in it with regard to nutrition – it is not my strong suit. I am working to get better.
6. I will never hate carbs. Sorry I’m not sorry.
7. I have an addiction to running clothes. I have two types in my rotation. The “actual” running clothes that I work out in and the “dressy” running clothes that I change into after a workout that I don’t want to ruin with sweat. I wear my dressy running clothes at nearly all times.
8. If I have an early morning run I will sleep in my workout clothes so that all I have to worry about in the morning is socks and shoes.
9. I am obsessive with my mileage being accurate and I can’t stop a run at a non-round number. I will run around the cul-de-sacs in my subdivision multiple times to try and even things out. I have also been known to go on a run of 0.73 miles just to make my weekly mileage even.
10. Some of my best long runs have been after long nights out (following too many cocktails, lots of food, and very little sleep). However, I am still neurotic about everything being perfect the day before a race.
11. Picking out a race day outfit for a marathon can take as much time as training for the marathon itself.
12. No running shoes fit me. Seriously. I end up “trying” about 10 different brands before I can find a pair that works. I am incredibly jealous of people who can run in anything.
13. I have to eat something sweet (candy, cookies, ice cream) at least once a day. Despite those Yoplait commercials, yogurt just isn’t going to cut it.
14. I have ruined multiple electronic devices with sweat by carrying them on runs during the summer.
15. I don’t like (most) vegetables if they are not in salad form. I wish I did. I force myself to eat them anyways because I know I should.
16. I break a cardinal rule of marathon running and almost always wear new clothes that I haven’t worn (or run in) before. So far I’ve been lucky.
17. Even though I have run 5 marathons I still get nervous the night before my long runs (even if the long run is only 10 miles).
18. I have had the same running playlist for years (with only minor updates occurring the night before a big race)
19. I will shamelessly sit and wait for the “good” treadmill at the gym. I have started memorizing the “competitors” schedules and wake up extra early on certain days to make sure I get to the gym first.
20. The people I go on long runs with sometimes know more about me than those closest to me in “real” life.
Do you do any of these things? What are your true fitness confessions?