I have been unkind to my body. I get down on it for running slowly. I am frustrated when it is tight and in pain. I curse it for having stomach problems during runs. It isn’t fair though. Not at all. I have not been fueling my body properly. I’ve been eating too many sweets, too much junk. Staying within my calories doesn’t mean a lot when I’m eating empty calories like chips and candy.
My eating goes back and forth like a pendulum. A really good week, a couple of bad weeks, a couple of okay weeks, one really bad week, a really good week… you get the idea. I’m inconsistent at best. Part of it is laziness in the kitchen, part of it is busyness, and part of it is getting stuck in a rut. Right now I need to go grocery shopping. I am out of the foods I eat as quick and healthy snacks: cottage cheese, yogurt, applesauce, fruits, veggies, hummus. I have put off shopping for about a week though. Not because I don’t have money. Not even because I don’t have time. Just because it’s easier to live off of toast and Subway.
I know what I need to do. I know how I should eat. It isn’t rocket science and I’ve certainly read enough about it over the years. I need to eat to fuel my body for the demands I am putting on it. Running, golf, tennis, lifting, swimming. These activities are important to me. They are part fun, part passion, part hobby, and part social life. I want to have the energy to do all these things. I want to recover quickly from tough workouts. I want to feel strong. All of this comes back to nutrition.
Body, thanks for being patient with me. Now it’s time to get back on the “eating to fuel my body” wagon.