Since I’ve had this opportunity to race, I’ve been experimenting. I believe that your body does not become better physically with exercise. When you exercise consistently, you’re training your body to need it. Once you stop, get ready to explode.
On the days I ran, I gained weight. In fact, I ran the half marathon eating a 280 calorie Clif Bar and drinking a 160 calorie box of chocolate soy milk. After I ran, I wasn’t hungry at all. I came home, took a shower, and I had gained a couple pounds. I had gained weight after running for two hours straight!
Extreme exercise is useless and I will go to my grave blogging about it. Why do I keep talking about this? The reason making this point is so important to me is because I felt misled as a former anorexic. Exercise and you’ll lose weight. That’s what all those asinine health magazines say. It’s total bullshit. I wish I had a blog that I could have followed where someone told me what was reality.
The truth is if you constantly exercise, you need it. Why is it that Olympic gymnasts like Shawn Johnson suddenly balloon up after they stop training? They’ve trained their bodies to need the exercise.
I wasted years of my life running and taking spin classes because I thought that was what I needed to get skinny again.
If I’d known to treat my body like a temple: good food, good wine, and no pain, I would’ve gotten over my eating disorder a lot sooner. To anyone out there who struggles with body issues, eat and be happy.