Day 39: 5 good things; plus, words matter

  1. My recovery time is improving, which means my cardiovascular fitness is improving!
    C25k week 3: 90 seconds running, 90 seconds walking; 3 minutes running, 3 minutes walking; repeat. Total running time: 9 minutes. Running-to-walking ratio: 1:1 (excluding 5-minute warm-up and cool-down walks). How it felt: hard; dying to stop running; not enough recovery time.
    C25k week 4: 3 minutes running, 90 seconds walking; 5 minutes running, 2.5 minutes walking; repeat. Total running time: 16 minutes. Running-to-walking ratio: 2:1 (excluding warm-up and cool-down walks). How it felt: do-able; could have kept running; plenty of recovery time. And this was only day 1 (we’ll see how it goes on day 2!)
  2. this nut/seed “granola” (thank you Awesome Åshild!). I eat it on Greek yogurt. Or by itself off a spoon. I bet it would be an amazing substitute for crunchy peanut butter on a PBJ. Or a delicious topping for a banana smoothie, or ice cream.  I have not tried the chocolate covered variant but there is simply no way it would not be the most delicious thing you could ever put in your mouth. (sprinkled with coarse sea salt… oh my.) I love this stuff. It makes me want to not buy peanut butter and yet I do not have the desire to eat more than a couple spoonfuls at a time.

  3. Yesterday’s workout was really fking hard but it was awesome. My shoulders, back, and biceps are sore but in a good way. I feel strong.
  4. I unsubscribed from the loseit subreddit. I have always found (and continue to find) the before/after pics motivating and they are a testament to people’s hard work, but the fat-shaming, food-loathing rhetoric is exhausting. No more.
  5. Went out to dinner and I am pleased with my food choices given that it was a sports bar where everything is deep fried or a burger.

Lastly, food for thought: for a long time I’ve used “eat day” as a substitute for “gorge day”, “binge day”, or “cheat day” because honestly I don’t think that eating “too much” is inherently problematic*  and I don’t like the vocabulary that suggests it is. But it occurred to me that “eat day” might be even worse because it demonizes eating, as if eating is something I do only on “bad days” when in fact I eat — and want to eat, and want to want to eat — every day, and that’s a good thing. I need a new term.** Possibilities: treat day, indulgence day. Is one of these better? Or do you have another suggestion? Ideas welcome.

*unless it happens all the time, or you feel like you can’t get it under control, or it’s associated with other symptoms of eating disorders, in which case you should talk to a specialist (psychotherapist, registered dietician) who can help you figure out what’s going on.

**In an ideal world in which I am not a typical woman and I have a perfect and perfectly healthy relationship with food, I would not need a term for this at all. But it is not an ideal world, I am a typical woman, and my relationship with food is complicated.

Fitness today
c25k week 4 day 1, walking (lots today)

Food today
8.30: 1 cup Greek yogurt, 2.5 Tbsp nut/seed granola, 2/3 cup frozen berries, 1 cup coffee
10.30: iced coffee with splash cream. YUM.
12.15: apple, 2 string cheese
2.15: 2 eggs scrambled with cabbage/shrimp stir-fry
7.30: 2 pieces battered & fried calamari, 1 pint stout, chicken sandwich (1 chicken breast, 1/2 white bun, 1/2 slice cheese, 2 slices bacon, 3 slices battered & fried jalapeno, mayo), oil & vinegar cole slaw (1 cup?)

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