Fit, not skinny


These are my new best friends.

I’ve packed away my scale (because I’m sick of weighing myself) and replaced it with specially prescribed running shoes. I’ve decided to love my body no matter what the scale says. My focus now is to simply get fit.

OK, what a difference a proper pair of shoes makes! No more hip pain, no more shin splints. Just good and sore muscles.

I went to The Running Lab and had my stride analyzed. Apparently, I “pronate”–meaning, my ankles turn in when I walk. I’m also a wee-bit pigeon-toed and have high arches. Pretty much my feet suck at running. Which is why I need a particular kind of shoe to correct my stride and keep me from injuring myself. As I told you before, I’m a born swimmer. But oddly enough, this running thing is growing on me–mostly because it gives me energy and I feel so good afterwards.

This past Monday, I clocked my fastest mile. 8:53. Which is still heffalump-slow. But compared to my last timed mile of 11:59? It feels pretty good.

I also found some proper running clothes on sale and bought myself an official running outfit. Hello, wonderful invention of clothing that “wicks” away sweat.

I’ve been doing bootcamp for about 6 weeks now and I can already tell a huge difference in my energy level. I seem to entirely skip that 3pm afternoon lull. Yes, I’m going to bed early–but at least I can power through my whole day without feeling like I’m crashing during the Witching Hours of 3-7pm.

The other benefit is that hard exercise in the morning really acts as a stress buffer through the rest of the day. During this whole sell-the-house-and-move-thing, exercise is helping me remain calm and happy.

Lastly, I’m totally enjoying my food more. Since having babies, I usually focus primarily on dieting. I’m a big fan of The Zone diet and have used it for years to great success. However, when I’m on The Zone, I’m always hungry. Furthermore, dieting doesn’t give me that same energy high.

I really love being able to work out and then enjoy my food without feeling guilty. I still eat pretty healthily. But it’s nice to enjoy myself.

I even signed up for my first 5K. I know, I know. Crrrr—azy. But I’m doing it with friends who’ve promised to walk with me if I can’t run the whole thing.

Hold up. Is this blog turning into a running blog? God help us all.

  • KatR

    If this blog turns into you telling people how to shave off marathon time by pooping in the bushes, I’m quitting.

    Ok, I’m never quitting, but I will start sending you a stream of mildly hysterical emails.

    So nothing will change, basically.

  • marie

    “fit, not skinny”. . .I love it.  This mentality works so much more effectively than trying fight or conquer your body and food. 

  • Carrie

    I’m on this journey also. I hope to get to the place of self-acceptance.

  • Emily

    Good for you, EE!  I hate running, (I’m a yoga kind of girl) but you almost make me want to try it again. ;)

    • Emily

      But I did want to point out that you’re already skinny.  Really.  Look at the photo in this post. :)

  • Lucie

    That you manage to run at all while taking care of a home and five kids continues to be a source of amazement to me.  And you look great for having had five kids, if I haven’t said it before!

  • Sabahmom

    I’m a born “sitter”, actually. Got inspired by your blog to maybe consider going beyond walking and aim for some running. Bad feet here, too. Went to a running store a week ago to get shoes to prevent (more) injury to my 50+ body. The young man there matter-of-factly asked me to “just run across the room” so he could observe my stride. HUH?!? But here I am now, with good fitting shoes, and what a difference. An 8:53 mile? Wow. I’d be happy with your 11:59 one. Or not. It’s the self-acknowledgment and self-acceptance with every single step, isn’t it. Love your blog and the stuff it nudges me toward.

  • Rachel

    I made that determination about a year and a half ago. I still struggle to look for healthy instead of skinny and re-program my brain and emotions but it has been a enlightening and eye opening journey. Way to go!

  • David Ozab

    That’s the best way to look at it. Live healthier and the rest takes care of itself. 

  • Lindabriseno

    Umm… HELLO? GF, what have I been trying to tell you all these years about why I love riding my bike so much? You are so right about how hard exercise gives you more energy, acts as a stress reliever, and usually gives you a better night’s sleep. SO happy for you and your new found love of exercise!

  • Elizabeth Erazo

    If you’re already a swimmer, you should do a triathlon! I know it sounds intimidating (at least, to me it did), but if you start with a sprint distance, it’s a great experience. I learned off the book Slow Fat Triathlete by Jayne Williams. :)