My Fitness Journey: Eating Intuitively and Rediscovering the Joy of Running

Today, I want to share with you my recent fitness update and how my mindset has shifted over the past four years. I have decided to start eating intuitively and focus on enjoying my runs rather than tracking every calorie. In this article, I will take you through a day of my intuitive eating journey and show you how I still maintain a high-protein diet without tracking macros. Let's dive in.

My Fitness Update

After completing a marathon, I felt a bit lost with my fitness goals. I realized that running is about more than just the numbers on the scale or the time it takes to finish a race. It's about the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from pushing my body to its limits. With this newfound perspective, I decided to take a break from calorie tracking and focus on eating intuitively.

Tracking calories can be helpful when working towards specific aesthetic goals, but I no longer have those goals. I have developed a good sense of what's in my food and how many calories I'm consuming. So, I decided to listen to my body and eat based on hunger and satisfaction rather than strict calorie counting.

A Day of Intuitive Eating

Let's take a look at what I'm eating today:

Breakfast: Honey Vanilla Heart-Shaped Cheerios

I start my day with a bowl of my current obsession - honey vanilla heart-shaped Cheerios. These are not only delicious but also a great source of carbohydrates to fuel my morning.

Mid-Morning Snack: MyProtein Crispy Wafer and Watermelon

I'm incorporating more fruit into my diet now that I'm not tracking every calorie. Today, I'm enjoying a MyProtein Crispy Wafer and some refreshing watermelon.

Lunch: Roasted Chicken, Rice, Salad, Guacamole, and Salsa

For lunch, I'm keeping it simple and convenient by using pre-roasted chicken. I combine it with rice, salad, guacamole, and salsa for a balanced meal with protein, carbs, and healthy fats.

Afternoon Snack: Nut-Free Pesto Pasta

I found a nut-free pesto sauce, which is perfect for me as I have a nut allergy. I mix it with protein spaghetti for a quick and tasty afternoon snack.

Rediscovering the Joy of Running

Running has always been a passion of mine, but after the marathon, I found myself focusing too much on numbers and losing the joy of running. I realized that I need to go back to running for fun and not worry about times or paces.

I have decided to stop training with my coach and go back to running three times a week - a short run, a medium run, and a long run. This way, I can run at my own pace and distance and enjoy the freedom of running without pressure. It's important to listen to our bodies and find a balance that works for us. Remember, running and fitness should be about enjoyment and personal growth, not just numbers and aesthetics.

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