A lesson learned.

So the running isn’t cutting it any more.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still running.  But losing weight via running only works when you don’t reward yourself with a bowl of chocolate ice cream after you finish.

It’s funny how that works, isn’t it?

I’m kidding.  I don’t really do that.  Well…not really.  Okay, I sort of do that.  Which made me realize that I needed more exercise in addition to my running.  So I’m back working with a trainer.  A different trainer this time.  A male trainer.  A trainer that isn’t going to let me quit.  And that is such a good thing.

Last week during our workout he brought up a great point.  He talked about how many calories you burn in a typical 45 minute work out and how we sabotage ourselves with the things that we eat.  And you know, I’d never really thought much about it before.  I had the mindset of, hey I worked out really hard so that affords me to put whatever the hell I want in my mouth for the rest of the day.

But the reality is that with the workout that my trainer is putting me through, I probably burn about 500-600 calories in 45 minutes.  And that could quickly be ruined with one Grande Latte at Starbucks after I’m finished!  Which totally explains why spring of ’09 I worked out harder than I ever have in my entire life for 6 months and only lost 12 pounds.  I wasn’t being honest about what I was eating.  Working out that hard made me hungry, so I rewarded myself by eating whatever I wanted because hey, I was working out harder than I had every before and I deserved it!

Herein lies my Aha Moment–weight loss isn’t about working out; it’s about eating.  Is working out an important/necessary/required component?  Absolutely.  But let’s face it.  I am not on the Biggest Loser.  I don’t have time to spend 8 hours a day in the gym.  I have got to start paying attention about what I am putting into my mouth or all of this hard work will be for nothing!

The crazy thing is that I’m loving it–the working out with my trainer.  He is kicking my butt and I’m begging for more!  As a matter of fact, yesterday I willingly got up at 6 AM (the key word being willingly) to go and do an hour of cardio.  6 AM people!  Willingly got out of my cozy bed to go sweat in a gym!

Yes, it’s quite clear that I have lost my mind.  Now if I would only lose some weight to go along with that…

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