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D10 5 Ways to Make Running Suck Less & How You Can Apply These Tips To Your WLJ Even If You Don't Run!

I was scrolling through Facebook yesterday and this article popped up on my news feed. I've been running for a while now and I figured it would probably have information I already knew because I know it all...obviously! But I clicked on it anyways, why not!?

And I'm so happy I did! I actually found it funny and I appreciated the reminders because even though I knew things before I read it I wasn't applying them to my runs...but as I read I realized how much this article was a metaphor for other aspects of my weight loss journey! I can apply these tips to more than running, and heres how:

1. Get your chin down! Keep your jaw relaxed. Being aware of tension in my body is super important for me and it's especially important I'm aware of tension in my jaw. I get stressed, I clench my teeth and what happens next? I'm STARVING. Why? Because I'm tense and anxious, I'm not actually in need of food! If I can catch the clench and get to the bottom of what's causing it most likely I'll be able to avoid emotionally eating.

2. "Scrunching your shoulders up into your ears and forcefully swinging rigid arms back and forth isn’t going to make running enjoyable." I used to be guilty of this because I was forcing myself to try to go faster and harder and it was exhausting. Allowing space reduces tension makes things a lot more comfortable, and when you're comfortable things are easier and if things are easier you can build up to getting faster and stronger. If you are super rigid and trying like crazy to make sure you stay on track most likely you're going to burn yourself out. Maybe you'll feel like you're running slower if you're not swinging your arms like an intoxicated marionette but you're also not going to run yourself into the ground. Maybe you'll feel like you're not going to lose as much as fast if you allow yourself some indulgences and never enjoy a meal out or a desert with a loved one but if you don't have those things you most likely will run yourself into the ground. Anytime we try to force something that doesn't feel natural we run the risk of giving up. Ease into it, let it happen naturally. Maybe that means a little slower but that's OK!

3. "Ban sassy booty". This one made me laugh out loud! As far as running goes the author means to rely on your core but relying on your core is imperative for your weight loss journey outside of running or exercise as well. Think about this really quick, your core is what makes you YOU. Your values, your morals, the things that make you YOU-that's your core. Having a core "diet" is super important and for me that core is Weight Watchers. I love that I have Good Health Guidelines (dairy, water, fruits and veggies, healthy fats and exercise), a giant list of Power Foods that will keep me satisfied and I'm encouraged to indulge occasionally because Weight Watchers gets that I cannot be successful if I'm too rigid. I mean, does it get better than that? I don't think of Weight Watchers as a "diet" because first and foremost the word diet has the word DIE in it and I'd rather change my lifestyle and live. ;-) If you don't follow Weight Watchers, that's OK! But having SOME kind of a guideline is important. The same as starting an exercise routine, you need to have some idea of what you're doing so you're not in the gym throwing kettle bells and knocking people out. Find out what works for you, what is your go-to move? That's your core. When you start to veer off and you need to be brought back to basics, strip it down and focus on your core! Set yourself up for success by finding a core diet that works for you.

4. "Keep your feet under you". Longer strides may make you feel like you're getting there faster and who doesn't want to get to their goal faster? But by taking longer strides while running you're more likely to fatigue your legs and injure yourself. When embarking on a healthy lifestyle change we often tend to be thrilled and excited and we get ahead of ourselves. We might feel that we're super capable and unstoppable and then burnout because we don't see the results we want as quickly as we want or we tried to change too much all at once. By taking shorter, consistent strides and keeping our feet under ourselves we set ourselves up for success. Changing things one baby step at a time and reminding ourselves that this is a marathon not a sprint can really help prevent burnout and lead to long term sustainable weight loss. And who doesn't want long term sustainable weight loss? I don't know about you but I'm not interested in working this hard to lose weight and get healthy to get to goal and gain it all back. No, no. My intention is to get where I'm going and then STAY there!


5. Slow down!! This pretty much recaps this entire blog. Pay attention to your body, let yourself relax, find your core, baby steps add up BIG TIME as long as you don't rush the process.

Honor your body and your spirit by making changes that feel good for you. Be patient and be kind to yourself along the way and you won't regret it.

-t

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