The other day, Facebook reminded me of the picture on the left that’s from 2011. It was a day when I ran another marathon. This is me stretching pre-race.
I was pretty shocked for a second when I saw this… hard to believe I’ve ever even looked that way. But I did, many years! At the same time, I also had hypothalamic amenorrhea and I was severely overtrained.
Here's how I did it:
I ran so much, fasted a lot, ate mostly vegetables, fruit, oats and pasta but very little fat and barely any protein. I didn’t strength train at all.
There were things that were better back then then they are now: I was in a good running shape and fast (marathon PB 3:30) and I had no chronic back pain. Other than that – I can’t really say that anything else was better.
Now, on the right picture – yes I’m not a fast runner, I’m actually really slow. But we can’t have al the things all the time. I strength train, do a few runs here and there, lots of yoga too but I never obsess over my workouts the way I did back in 2011.
I’m much stronger physically, not to mention mentally!! My back doesn’t allow me to do everything I want (but the pain has nothing to do with weight gain) but I find my way around these limitations. I literally eat what I want and it never even crosses my mind to starve myself, run 2 hours on an empty stomach and “fuel” with 200 calories worth of oatmeal.
Don’t make yourself sick or obsessed trying to achieve that skinny/lean/muscular body.
1️⃣ It can be super unhealthy (eating disorders, no period, thyroid issues)
2️⃣ It doesn’t make you happy. I assure you that I’m much happier on the right because my mind and body are way healthier!
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