I have to share this cool infographic that I found on FitKit the other day. Did I mention that I’m part of their community now?
Basically FitKit is a personalized fitness package. You fill out a survey and they recommend different things based on your needs. It’s pretty cool. If you have a minute, check it out. In the meantime, read about the importance of sleep (also, sorry about the random Christian symbol in it. No, I’m not going all religious over here, and it’s silly that they picked the most dominant American religion to represent spirituality).
In other news, I swear my friend Laura reads my mind. She posted this on Tuesday, probably as I was writing my big post about cracking down on my nutrition and working out.
Short and sweet. This is the Kitchen Workout. It’s not a workout really, or even a diet — but a mantra of healthy eating habits that all of us can use.
Want to join? Then do it. Grab the graphic (any of them will do), pin it, share it, and start living it.
Also, I’ve got issues with the fad of “clean eating” as a diet. It’s not a diet — well, it’s not a diet in the sense that you normally think of a diet (like low fat, weight watchers, atkins, etc. — things that are passing phases). I see people treating clean eating like it’s this horrible, tasteless thing (like weight watchers low fat faux foods — gross). When in reality, clean eating is just eating the most whole foods you can find and there are so many different combinations and varieties to choose from. It’s not rocket science. If it has more than 10 ingredients, it’s probably not clean. If you can’t read an ingredient, it’s not clean.
I’m not on a diet. I eat a certain way because I feel good when I eat this way. Plain and simple. I pay attention to what my body feels like when I eat, and its reactions to different foods. The obvious example is the way you feel after eating or drinking caffeine. If it’s a good feeling, then keep ingesting caffeine. If it’s a bad feeling for you, then cut it out of your diet. This is how my body feels about processed unclean stuff — it does NOT like it. So I don’t eat it. The end.
And with regard to that little rant, I must address cheat days or cheat meals. I don’t believe in using the word “cheat” — it implies that you’re on a diet. If I want to eat something that doesn’t fall into my clean eating rules, then I ask myself two things: 1) Am I going to feel bad (not guilty, but sick feeling) after I eat it? And 2) have I been eating a lot of this kind of stuff lately, perpetuating the craving for fuel my body doesn’t need? If the answer to both is no, then I will probably eat whatever it is that’s in front of me.
Regarding diets, I don’t think that it makes sense for anybody to be on a crazy nutrition plan or diet — UNLESS it is for a short-term goal they want to achieve, like a figure competition, fitting into your skinny jeans for a high school reunion, etc. Just know that if you do a crazy diet or nutrition plan to achieve results that these results aren’t going to last if you go back to eating the way that you normally would eat.
And that concludes my ranty ramble for today.
So what about my fitness for this week?
Here’s the run down (pun intended). I’m giving you last week too because I’m pretty proud of it and I skipped last week.
Thursday (Thanksgiving): 6.4 mile run — hills — back home on my favorite route (minus the hill). My claim to fame back home is that Brad Paisley was in town for a concert and he couldn’t make it up this hill (he apparently runs before shows). I used to run this sucker every. single. day.
Did I mention it was almost 70° in Iowa on Thanksgiving?? BEAUTIFUL.
Black Friday: much needed rest day
Saturday: 7 mile run — hills on the same route as before — out in the country. I love this route SO MUCH — aside from aforementioned hill, that is. And it was much chillier than Thursday. Boo.
Sunday: rest day (travel)
Monday: unplanned rest day (lazy)
Tuesday: 45 min arc trainer/stair stepper + 25 min lifting
Wednesday: 25 min 5K — whoop! 8 minute mile, I’ve missed you. I’m hoping to get my 10K time down to an 8 min/mi pace, but I’m still workshopping my injury.
Well that was a mouthful. What have you done to improve your health and wellness this week? And would you be willing to join the kitchen workout?