…because I run marathons.
30 – 50 miles of running a week means I can eat fried chicken, cheeseburgers, pizza, fries, beer, wine, bourbon, tequila, soda, pumpkin pie, candy, pastries, pasta, white bread, ho-ho’s, twinkies, sticks of butter, and a tub of crisco and it won’t add a single inch to my waistline – all because I run. I run and run and run and that’s why I’m thin/slender/lean – that’s why no matter what I eat, I still look good!
Okay, well, no…not really.
But a lot of people assume that. They’ll look at me and say, “boy, you must be able to eat whatever you want!” If I choose to indulge in something decadent while out with non-runners, the response around the table is, “he can do that because he runs so much.”
Those statements are only half true.
The truth is that I can run the way I do because I eat healthfully; I don’t regularly eat the fried chicken, cheeseburgers, pizza, fries, beer, wine, bourbon, tequila, soda, pumpkin pie, candy, pastries, pasta, white bread, ho-ho’s, twinkies, sticks of butter, and a tub of crisco – and BECAUSE I generally eat healthfully, I can occasionally indulge in a ridiculous meal without having to pay the price for it on my waist.
Physical activity is a huge part of being in good cardiovascular shape. However, I could run a marathon a day for a year, but if I ate like crap, I would continue to look like I ate like crap.
Eating healthfully doesn’t need to mean eating grass, nuts and berries. There are plenty of websites out there with tasty recipes. Personally, my taste buds can be satisfied as long as whatever I’m making involves olive oil, lemon juice, some chili powder and a dash of kosher salt. The point is, you can still eat “well” while eating healthfully.
It all starts with what you fuel your body with. If you normally feed your body junk, it’s gonna look, and way more importantly FEEL, like junk. Feed it right, and the junk will eventually peel away, leaving you looking better because you’re FEELING better! Your energy level will rise, your ability to be active will soar, and running (or whatever physical activity you choose) will become easier – you may lose a lot of weight OR you may remain the same weight and simply redistribute it into leaner, denser, sexier muscle.
Yes, I CAN eat anything…every once in a while.
But it’s not because I run marathons; it’s because most of the time, what I choose to eat is tasty, satifying and good for me.
What will you put in your body today?