The Runner's Lounge topic this week was especially relevant because I'm thankful for running for one huge reason (pun intended): the ability to eat food I like. Since Thanksgiving is soon upon us, it brings me to one of my true loves: food.
Sure, there are other reasons I love running so much and am very thankful I can do it. It de-stresses me and allows me to think through problems while still burning calories. But I really love it because I really love food.
All of the experts tell you that you shouldn't live to eat, but eat to live. Yeah, I never got that memo or I threw it in the trash. Truth is, I LOVE food and enjoy ordering and eating it. I don't eat deep-fried Oreos (pictured left) or anything along those lines (anymore, that is), but I do enjoy good food and that doesn't always mean it's low calorie or healthy for you.
It also means that every once in a while I can indulge in unhealthy pizza or Chinese or cake or whatever and not feel guilty. I don't allow myself to do it much, but if someone offers a piece of cake and I want to have it, I let myself have it. I've earned that indulgence.
Quite related, I'm so grateful for running because I'm able to look at myself in the mirror and be happy with what I see. I fit into clothes that I could never fit into before and I feel great about what I've accomplished. While walking started it for me, it was running that really took off the weight. It's a life-long process, but I'm glad to say that running will continue to stay with me for the whole way.
This was written as part of the Runner's Lounge: Take It and Run Thursday. This week's topic was "Thank goodness for running day".