i've always been better moving
than i am standing still.
It took me a long time to realize this:
We get to choose what defines us.
―Sarah Addison Allen
|rachael runs | y o g a | outfits |
it is both incredibly satisfying and saddening to watch birkenstocks come back into style with such a vengeance
because on the one hand i’m over here like oh hey yep started wearing these in early 2002 and never really stopped, and yes thank you i do remember when you gave me crap in 2007 for my “grandpa shoes” so i’m real glad you love them now har har har aren’t you trendy
and on the other hand i’m like oh my god i’ve literally watched a trend go completely and then come back and i sound like my mom talking about the sequins she used to wear to discotheques as i gaze at another generation from my rocking chair ”oh i used to wear those sandals when i was a jr high tween after track meets”
what a time to be alive
(This article is honestly one of the most accurate things I’ve ever read and knowing I can relate to every point makes me feel incredibly proud of myself.)
alright i’m actually gonna answer this one because i’ve gotten it a few times and this is something that grinds my gears, as a highly logical person. so strap in.
our bodies are physical entities. as such, they obey the laws of physics, and in particular the laws of thermodynamics. this is why we are predictable. metabolism is as predictable as the free fall speed of gravity, which is why those seemingly arbitrary calculators you plug your height/weight/age into come very close to accurately pinpointing your body’s energy use. it’s the same reason i can use the laws of motion to predict a car’s velocity.
because these aren’t debatable aspects of our physiology or physical universe. they’re facts. okay so moving on from that basis:
the premise of the “unlimited calories from fruit and you won’t gain weight” is inherently false, because a unit of energy is a unit of energy. i don’t care if you’re eating bricks, or leaves, or fruit, or gnawing on wood all day. i don’t care if it’s carbs, or fats, or protein. if your body is successfully digesting and converting it to energy, and you’re taking in more energy than you’re using, you gain weight.
okay so, then how come some people claim anecdotally that unlimited fruit won’t make you gain weight? well, fruit it is mostly water. it is high volume and low cal. so it is feasible that the diet could seem “unlimited” (keyword being SEEM) in the sense that there is literally only so much fruit that one human can physically fit into their stomach in a day for digestion, and it is possible that the total calorie intake of that maximum quantity is equal to or less than what they burn in a day. in this case they would maintain or lose weight. but it’s also very feasible (and very likely) that it could be more than what they’re burning in a day, in which case without adequate exercise to compensate for the excess, they will gain weight. fact.
do i have a problem with people who only eat fruit? nope nope. whatever floats your boat. i will juggle oranges with you, friend. but i do have a problem with people who say they eat only fruit and ignorantly claim that in doing so they somehow sidestep the laws of physics.
*gets off soap box*
thanks! I’ll be flying Halifax-Honolulu on Thursday (17 hours total) so I’ll likely post the photos the day after. :) lots of airport hangs and adventures haha
now you get to relax and run stress free! even without a specific race in mind you can challenge yourself without any pressure. set little goals based on your own performance and even if progress is slow, each time you get out and run at all it’s a success no matter what. plus the goals you set are all your own - you get to be your own motivator and reap the benefits of your dedication, knowing you pushed yourself.