Working Out vs. Eating Right: Which is Harder?

October 29, 2012 · 9 comments

in HEALTH, LIFE, MISCELLANEOUS

Hey hey, how goes it? Well, I’m sure your Facebook and Twitter feeds are being inundated with status updates about Hurricane Sandy, so I’ll spare you a post devoted to bags of chips, cans of tuna and bottles of water. Namely because we didn’t buy cans of anything and we already ate the chips! If the power goes out, then the worse case scenario is that we’ll live on KIND bars and almond butter-banana sandwiches for a couple days. I can live with that.

However, if you follow me on Twitter (*ahem*), you know that my biggest concern right now is not safety. Would you believe that every single Starbucks location in the city is shut down for the day?! That, my friends, was the moment I realized that this storm was no joke.

Late afternoon yesterday, Luke and I decided to go to the gym since we knew there was a chance we’d be cooped up for couple days. In an attempt to a little save money as I pay off my credit card bill (I plan to be debt-free by the end of the year!), I actually have not had a gym membership in over a year. Can you believe that? I’ve just been doing a lot of running, circuit workouts and interval runs at my neighborhood track and lots and lots of yoga at home. (Sometimes I’ll go to a donation class.)

But we thought coughing up $10 for a guest pass would be worth it—it was quite windy out! My plan was to do a hardcore “last-chance” Biggest Loser-style workout, but it ended up being much more low-key. I ran two six-mile runs last week along with some interval training in between, and when I hopped on the treadmill, I felt pain around my ankle bone. I think my body was trying to tell me something. After about seven minutes of pushing on, I decided to stop and walk for the remaining 13 minutes. Then, I did 10 minutes on the elliptical, lots of pushups (my fave) and a little glute work. It was not an exciting workout to say the least, but it felt good to just get out and do something.

Every bar and restaurant we walked past had it’s windows open with music bumpin’. Places that I’ve never even heard play music before had old school gangster rap on—it was sweet! But while everyone was enjoying their last hours outdoors with alcoholic beverages, I had one thing on my mind: Food. I had scrambled eggs with tomatoes, toast and mixed greens for breakfast, but I wasn’t hungry around lunchtime, so I just didn’t eat. After the gym, though, I had a scoop of almond butter and handfuls of tortilla chips + salsa…standing up at the kitchen counter.

And that’s when I started to worry: Oh no, I’m going to be stuck indoors for a couple days—is my eating going to go totally out the window? I’m usually totally fine having a “snack” for any meal if it’s something healthy that I plan and eat sitting down at a table. But as I felt myself start to mindlessly munch on anything I could find in the kitchen, I decided to slow my roll and take control of my actions.

Luke and I agreed on a pizza + Homeland party on the couch last night. Just as I started to reassure myself that it would be OK to indulge more than usual since I was “good” all weekend, I reigned it and reminded myself that more than one piece of pizza wouldn’t really be worth it. Plus, hello, do you see this thing? It’s huge! After I finished eating, I made a cup of tea, ate a handful of strawberries, and any fantasy I had of stuffing my face with pizza quickly diminished. Mindful eating, folks, that’s how it’s done. It’s really not so hard, and I’m always glad when I practice it, which…is most of the time.

So while I have internet, I’m going to get some things done for work. Fingers crossed the power does not go out! I also plan to get my yoga-on, do this plank workout and do as many glute exercises as I can throughout the day. (I’m forever trying to pump up my pancake butt!) Being indoors  will prove to be quite the challenge for healthy eating. I know I will want to snack, snack, snack. It’s making me realize (even more than I already knew) that making consistent healthy eating choices is tough—much, much harder than exercising regularly. But I’m determined to stay on course!

Tell me: What’s more challenging for you: Working out or Eating right? And I’d be grateful for any TV or movie recs—I have a feeling we will be done with Homeland soon!

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Lilveggiepatch October 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Lordy, I have not exercised since last Wednesday- we were away- and it looks like I won’t be able to anytime soon, either.  Hope we don’t all get stir crazy!

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Wannabe Health Nut October 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm

@Lilveggiepatch I am considering coming up with my own staircase climbing workout in my building for this very reason! In the meantime, planks, pushups and butt raises will have to suffice. :)

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elrhoads October 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm

have y’all watched Justified?!  Timothy Olyphant is a hottie and the series rocks!  That’s our date nite show when the kiddo goes to bed.  Hope Sandy was kind to you all up there in NYC.  Oh, and eating healthy is much harder for me, but provides more of an impact.  :)

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Wannabe Health Nut October 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm

@elrhoads You are not the first person to mention that show to me. Once we get power back, we’ll have to check it out! And yep, so true…healthy eating (for me) is more challenging, but if I’m consistent with it, I feel and look better than I would if I was hitting the gym every single day!

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Lrios428 October 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Eating right is WAY harder than working out. I love working out and have no problem sticking to a plan…..I have problems not baking:-)

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Wannabe Health Nut October 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm

@Lrios428 lol, I’m with ya! Resisting ice cream is so, SO much harder for me than banging out six miles. Doesn’t that seem crazy??

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Lrios428 October 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm

@Wannabe Health Nut That’s how it goes though! lol. And they say it’s 80% what you eat, 10% genetics and 10% working out…..bummer.

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Wannabe Health Nut October 31, 2012 at 7:06 pm

@Lrios428  @Wannabe Ohh yes, genetics. I don’t think I won there in the metabolism department, but I try not to focus on it, or else I just come up with excuses and end up doing the whole “life isn’t fair” thing. That’s just a horrible attitude to have in general—an extremely ineffective for weight loss, too!

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usamen24 June 13, 2013 at 11:28 am

Hi, I do think that a workout is good and not taking pills but everyone is different and not all can do or should do strenuous exercises. Many people have other problems with their weight gain. Though, losing fat naturally is definately the way to go. I mention this on my blog site http://www.fizba.com/metabolic-weight-loss-a-key-to-diet-plans/

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