No. Just No.
Running and Weight-Loss
I am starting to lose count of the number of people who have voiced their concern that I am running as an alternative form of weight loss.
On a blog that discusses running, and given that I have decided to support the Butterfly Foundation, I think it’s worth addressing this here.
Q. Are you just running to lose weight?
A. It had crossed my mind. I wondered if this was just another manifestation of me being crazy. But after a lot of thought, I’ve realised it’s not.
1. I’m on it – consider it dealt with.
2. Running has replaced a lot of old activity (doubles of Body Attack and Pump, Aerobics, Yoga, Elliptical…) – I do 90 mins of running-related activity, rather than 2 hour gym sessions
4. I have been open enough about my disastrous eating habits that no-one is going to let me lose a stack of weight. Between the video, my friends, and Mr The Rake, there is no way you guys are going to let me lose 5kg. It’s just not going to happen.
By all means, keep an eye on me – I’m really lucky you care so much! But I’ve got enough safety nets in place to prevent myself from going down that road. And you know what? I’m over it.
Running is goal-oriented. I love a big, fat, juicy goal.
As far as I’m concerned, it’s much healthier than going to the gym for the sake of counting calories.
And, oh yeah – I like exercise. And that’s OK!
Which leads me to my next rant -
Stop Bombarding me with your Weight Loss Articles/Goals/Rules
It is totally acceptable for people to blog about their weight-loss journey. Plenty of people do have weight to lose in order to be healthier, and these people deserve our support and respect.
On the other end of the scale however, I am tired of the barrage of weight-loss strategies, tips and tricks. I’m not talking about ’5 tips to lose belly fat fast’ ads.
Except everything there relates to weight loss.
This comes from a gym. Where people go to get fit.
Just to get a profile, I had to log my weight (I don’t weigh myself, so it was a wild guess) and whether I wanted to lose or maintain it.
I got a big yellow hazard sign next to each measurement I hadn’t filled out.
So my health score looked like this:
What is that?
Why is it not acceptable to get fit for fitness’ sake – rather than to lose the baby weight/last 5kg/holiday flab etc.
What happened to living well and eating in moderation?
I went so far as to query them, and this was the response:
Thank you for raising this, at this stage we don’t have a fitness goal section, however, if you like you can use the workout planners to keep you motivated. Also check out the blogs for some great info on a variety of topics (not just weight loss!
Kudos to them for responding. But no fitness goals? On a gym-goers site?
In sum, if you want to lose weight, great. I will not be using the site. It offends me, and makes me feel like I over-eat.
I think I’ll just go to the gym instead. And then eat what I want.