Tag Archives: Health

Does my bum look big in this?

19 May

Every time I go away on holiday my body hang-ups seem to manifest themselves ten fold. I obsess over every other female in a bikini comparing my own body size to theirs. I spent today trying to fit in as many laps in the pool as I could, thinking it might go some way to help ‘tone’ my body to look marginally similar to some of the size 8 bikini bodies I seem to be faced with everyday around the pool and on the beach. I have been left thinking that the majority of these women probably do not do anywhere near the mileage I do each and every week yet I will probably never look the way they do. Why? Genetics.

I am not afraid to admit my body insecurities, and sometimes feel if I am more open about them people might then ‘forgive’ my size. I often feel embarrassed to admit I run so much as people must think, ‘how can she she run that much and be that size.’  I know the way I am talking is as if I am a size 26, when in reality I am a size 10 -12, but in my ‘fat goggles’ I see a Hippo staring back at me.

The funny thing is, I could never eliminate food from my life to make myself look any thinner. I love food, and for me I know how important it is to fuel me on my runs. However it is important to control how much and what you eat. The heavier you are the harder it is to run.

I have been born with a ‘big frame’ something I will never be able to change. I will never have small hips, a small rib cage and a wasp like waist. That’s just not the way I have been built. Unfortunately. It doesn’t make me feel any better about myself though. I end up just staring at girls who have been blessed and wishing I looked like them. Both my sisters are two people whom have been blessed!

All I can do to ‘improve’ my body, is keep fit, stay trim and remain toned and controlling my portions. I still won’t be happy though. I think in some ways though this is often what keeps me putting my trainers on each time. If it works for me though and keeps me fit and healthy, then for now I will have to put up with it.

Staying Trim, eating thin 

There are a few things you can do though to ensure you stay trim, and many runners watch their portion sizes. Runners try to stop eating before they get too full. Runners make sure they eat slowly and pay attention to when they start to feel full.

What to Do:

Here are some tips to help you watch your portion sizes:

  • Get familiar with standard portion sizes. They may actually be smaller than you think. For example, three ounces of meat is about the size of a deck of cards. One serving size of pasta or rice is about the size of a tennis ball.
  • Eat slowly and eliminate distractions. You’re more likely to overeat if you’re not paying attention to what or how much you’re eating. Don’t eat in front of the TV or the computer. Chew slowly, you’ll enjoy your food more and eat less.
  • Try putting smaller amounts of food on your plate or using smaller plates. If you put more food in front of you, you’ll eat it because it’s there.
  • Eat your fruits and veggies first. They’re low in calories and they’ll fill you up, so you’ll be less tempted to eat more of the higher-calorie foods. For example, start your dinners with a salad and a low-calorie dressing.

All of these tips should go towards helping you stay trim, as running alone won’t work. I will keep running and trying to watch my portion sizes! And one day I’d like to look in the mirror and like the body that stares back at me.

I’ve got my mojo back!

26 Apr

 

I’ve got my mojo back! The chiro has been fantastic and I am feeling much stronger already. The core work she gave me to do has really help and I have been given a really great programme at my gym to start focusing me on strengthening my glutes, hamstrings and core. I am also working more on my upper body as this is often neglected by runners but still just as important. For me it is also partly a vanity thing, I have never liked my arms so the exercises I have been doing will hopefully start making a difference.

Running really is a science, and I don’t think I have really appreciated how much before my Chiro started to give me exercises to improve my posture and core. I can honestly say i have already felt the difference with my running, especially hill running.

You might not think runners are the most likely athletes to be in the gym hitting the weights, many top Olympian runners strength train on a regular basis as part of their training. In conjunction with building strength through weights, building your core has endless benefits to your form. A strong core allows you to relax your legs and balance with ease. If you’re looking to increase speed, a strong core is important.A strong core also improves balance and coordination on unlevelled terrain.
Here are some recommended strength training and core exercises you can try:
1. Step-ups
Step-ups work the legs in a manner similar to running, making them a good strength exercise for runners. 
Stand in front of a weight bench, box or other stable platform. Step one foot on to the top of the platform and then use that leg to quickly lift the rest of your body up. Step back down to the ground and then repeat for six to eight reps. Do two to three sets on each leg.
2. The Bridge Exercise
This exercise strengthens your core and helps add stability to your pelvis so that it can maintain holding a level position.
Lie flat on the floor head facing the ceiling and fix your eyes on one spot on the ceiling. Now lift your bottom and back and hold yourself up with your legs. Try and hold the position for 10-30 seconds and try 2/3 times.
3. The Leg lift
Try this using a ball or a chair (a ball will give the opportunity to also work on your balance, finding your core and maintaining balance through your core.) By practicing this exercise, you will strengthen your lower abs and core, which will support the leveling of your pelvis during all levels of your running.

So start by sitting square with fit shoulder width apart and lift your leg straight out and hold for 30 seconds, try this twice on each leg.
You can also try lifting your leg with your knee bent.
 

 

Never judge a book by its cover

23 Jan

Why do people run? … lose weight, a personal challenge, get fit, raise money for charity? …I started running to lose weight. I love food so much, too much in fact that I knew I had to do something about it or one day I would require a crane to lift me off the sofa. Seriously, food is always on my mind! … So running rescued me a few years ago and I have never looked back until last year when I had my horse riding accident and was not only unable to run, but exercise altogether. I felt so revolting and hated myself. I ran everyday in 2010 up until my wedding, I didn’t give myself a day off at all, I never allowed myself to make an excuse and just kept thinking about how i would feel on my wedding day. I haven’t managed to keep this commitment up though, I suppose life got in the way and I had a husband who didn’t really appreciate his wife running here there and everywhere at any available opportunity! I kept on running though and entered races to ensure I had goals, but last year I was unable to run the Great South and Great North amongst others because of my riding accident. I felt like such a failure last year for having to defer or pull out of all the races I had booked onto at the beginning of the year, and whilst trying to recover and rest I just felt lazy and restless and I really wondered quite how I ever lived without running and whether I would ever get back to where I was.

Running has brought more to my life than just weight loss though, it has given me confidence and a real sense of achievement. I don’t always feel like going for a run, I can’t say every day I am bouncing about and raring to go, but once I’m outside and running I realise ‘why I run.’ Running gives you such a sense of freedom and an opportunity to put the world to rights. I have some of my best ideas whilst running, I make plans, think about the next day or the day I have just had. It helps puts things into perspective.

It’s surprising how many people you see running… I always wonder whether because I run I notice them more and maybe wouldn’t have before, or is it more popular now? I think everyone should try it, so many people say to me ‘i am not a runner, I’m not built for it’ but how do you know unless you try. You would be so suprised at all the shapes and sizes at races, and one thing that running has taught me is to never judge a book by its cover.

93 miles run so far…1,919 left.