So this week I've been told two things that though I LOVE hearing, neither of which are true.
First - I got an e-mail from a little magazine called "Runners World". How this magazine got my information is so far beyond me I can hardly wrap my head around it. Unless, of course, they've heard me say every week for the past 6 months, "I just really WANT to be a runner" (in which case, they're marketing / sales people are INCREDIBLE and have VERY good hearing). Here's the first line of the e-mail:
You're a runner. Whether you run for your health, to lose weight, or the sheer joy of hitting the road, running is an important part of who you are – and who you want to be.
I had two responses to this e-mail in my head. The first went something like this:
Dear Runner's World,
Thanks. I've been trying to be a runner for the past few weeks (and have only really run like a 1/4 of a mile at a time before thinking it's not nearly as much fun as I thought it would be). However, now that I got this e-mail I guess I can quit trying, because, as you stated, "I am a runner." Which is really all I wanted...and now I've got proof.
The second goes something like this:
Dear Runner's World,
I assure you, I'm not. I don't run for my health, I don't run to lose weight, I don't run for the sheer joy of hitting the road, and it's very much so NOT a part of who I am. HOWEVER, it is who I want to be. I love watching people run, I want to run for my health, I want to run to lose weight and even though I don't think it will EVER be the case, I want to run for the sheer joy of hitting the road.
So from that I haven't yet decided if I just keep with walking, since, ya know, I'm already a runner. Or I use that to be my motivation to actually BE a runner. I'll keep you posted.
I haven't addressed this yet to the blogoverse (I don't think at least), but Mom & I are hitting up Weight Watchers again. It's the only "diet" that's ever worked for me and I truly believe it's because it's not a "diet" at all. It's healthy style of eating & living life, all about balance, and is easy as pie for me to follow and figure out. Plus, it doesn't teach depriving yourself of things you like, you can eat whatever, you just "pay" for it in points. So up until today I've been a big believer of what WW is telling me. I went to the dreaded Weigh-In today and much to my surprise and delight, I lost 3 pounds! Taking me to a total of 10 pounds! And when I went to enter my weight today, this is what WW told me:
Please note:You’re probably excited to be losing weight, but you’re losing faster than is recommended. Although it’s normal to lose over 2 lbs in one week, if you lose more than an average of 2 lbs per week over a 4-week period, this could pose health risks, such as heart irregularities, anemia or loss of muscle mass. Please slow your weight loss; your doctor can help you do this if you’re not sure how, or ask your Leader for ideas.
Dear Weight Watchers -
I assure you, I am not. Please note those three weeks where I didn't lose or gain anything because I went back and forth between NO you can't have that pizza, eat a salad to, Beer? Sure. Mexican? Hell yes. Late night McDonald's Hamburger? Yes, please. Even though I had a great week and lost a whopping 3 lbs, I assure you - I am not losing too much weight. And I can even promise you, that will never be the case as long as Beer, Mexican and McDonald's Hamburgers exist.
P.S. I clearly do not need help finding ways to slow my weight loss down. See: The reason I am here :)
So in conclusion, I am in fact NOT a runner and I am DEFINITELY NOT losing too much weight. But damn, I can't be told those too things often enough!