Catchy title for a post, yes?
Well, when you run in pants that don’t fall down, it is something to get excited about.
Yesterday morning was freezing. Actually it was below freezing. Quite a few degrees below freezing.
I layered myself all up:
- Lulu tank
- Lulu Run Swiftly long sleeve
- GapFit half zip with hood
- Lulu neckwarmer thing.
Those gray pants you see in the picture are GapFit Gfast leggings that I purchased last year but hid in the back of my drawer because every time I ran in them, they would slip and slide.
I will brave the elements. I will run in the rain, in the heat, in the freezing cold. I will run through the bad runs, mediocre runs and the runs where my feet feel all sorts of weird but give me pants that slide down and I will quit right then and there.
For some reason, I decided to try these blasted GapFit pants again.
Imagine my excitement though when I noticed they didn’t budge. Not a drop to the side, not a slip of the waist. Not even once.
Now, it is quite possible that the shirt layer I elected to tuck inside the waistband helped.
Or, it is also quite possible that my lower half has bulked up since last winter assisting the pants to stay at the desired place near the hip.
I have not gained weight, although really, I don’t know that for sure. I don’t own a scale.
I would totally love to fully discuss why I don’t own a scale and why I don’t pay attention to what I weigh but that’s a whole other post for a different day.
The bottom line is, I now have full length running pants for this winter and I don’t have to go and spend $100 on new Lulu pants!
So, if I did gain weight or bulk up somewhere, my wallet is grateful.
Of course today’s tips have to do with the upcoming holidays, how could they not?
Although, if you are looking for tips on how to squeeze in and maximize a 5-minute workout in the bathroom of the house you are at for Thanksgiving so that you can quickly burn off some cornbread, I can’t help you.
What I can help you with is how to happily indulge in the flavors of the holiday.
THREE TIPS FOR ENJOYING YOUR HOLIDAY MEAL
1. DO NOT SKIP BREAKFAST OR LUNCH!
Skipping meals is never recommended. This rule applies for holidays as well.
Oh, so you think that you can save up all of your calories for later in the day? Think again.
Not only are you slowing your metabolism, but you are setting yourself up for disaster.
Choosing to skip meals leaves you overhungry, overcranky and more than likely to overeat beyond what you would indulge in any way for the holiday.
There is absolutely no reason you can’t have your normal breakfast, normal lunch and may I even say, snack before you reach the festive meal.
Often times people look at holiday meals as forbidden foods, labeling them GOOD and BAD, walking around saying, “Oh, I am going to eat so BAD later therefore I better eat GOOD now, or worse, NOT EAT AT ALL.
This is NOT OK.
Thanksgiving is but one day of the year. You will not gain weight or destroy everything you have worked for in one day. Or even two days.
Give yourself a break.
It is OK to indulge and enjoy the flavors. It is what you do the rest of the year that matters. It is your overall lifestyle, your daily runs and workouts, the strive to eat a balanced diet and keeping up with everything in moderation.
#2: ENJOY YOUR FAVORITE FESTIVE FOODS!
You heard me, ENJOY!
The phrase “just a sliver” has no place in my vocabulary. In fact, spell check should underline sliver in a bold ugly shade of red.
If you love stuffing, eat it. Have seconds. Have a few rounds of sweet potatoes, corn pudding, apple crisp and mashed potatoes and pie.
Eat what you love, what you look forward to all year. If you label the foods you fancy as forbidden or only allow yourself a teensy, tiny amount, I can pretty much promise that you won’t feel satisfied, go home hungry and end up eating again.
With this in mind, I will say to avoid loading up on any unnecessary appetizers or foods that you don’t totally admire. Leave room in your stomach for the good stuff.
This is the Festive Meal. Not your Last Meal. No need to eat everything in sight.
Choose the foods you love and skip the ones you don’t. You can tell Aunt Bethany that Meredith said you didn’t eat her quiche because you needed to leave room in your stomach for apple crisp.
#3: PROCEED AS NORMAL FRIDAY MORNING!
Please, please, please. Do not skip breakfast Friday morning to “make up” for all that you ate on Thanksgiving.
Do I need to explain again what skipping meals will do to you?
Proceed as usual. Have your morning bowl of oats, peanut butter and jelly English muffin, plate of eggs or two-ingredient pancake as I am sure I will be eating.
Do not get angry with yourself for waking up hungry. Do not punish your body for operating as it normally does each and every day of the year.
You should be hungry! You just slept a few hours and need to break the fast and get your metabolism going for the day.
Even if you think you are still full, even if you feel bloated since you ate foods you aren’t used to, please rev your metabolism with breakfast.
Drink extra water, throw in some cups of green tea, consume your fruits and veggies and you will feel just fine.
***Links of interest from Runner’s World***
Good thing I have been grating sweet potatoes like nobody’s business for my sweet potato latkes.
I promise to share my recipe this week. Be patient, it isn’t even Hanukkah yet. I feel like I am talking to the little boy.
I NEED TO KNOW:
Are you ever guilty of skipping meals?
Favorite pants to run in?
What are you most looking forward to eating this Thanksgiving?
Do you make your own latkes?