Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Problem with Thinspiration...

I'd like to apologize for the fact that I'm about get on my soap box for a moment.  There is a scary trend on pinterest of women posting pictures of emaciated women and putting things like, "The body I want," or "My weight-loss inspiration!"  We're talking about women who look like they've been starved for months, possibly years.  Like I said, it's scary!  I want to lose weight because I want to be healthy.  For me, it's not about a certain pant size or being able to see each one of my rib bones.  I want to be able to chase after my kids and not have to worry about all of the health risks that come with obesity.  I do have a weight that I have set as my goal, but it is right in the middle of the healthy bmi range for my height.  I don't need to look like Paris Hilton, I just want to look like a healthy me.  Don't get me wrong, I love buying a smaller size clothing and I love seeing the numbers on the scale go down, but I'm trying to keep my mindset healthy along the way.  It is about so much more than be skinny. 

Enough of that ;)

I found out today the major source of my recent running woes.  I have bronchitis and a sinus infection.  That would explain why Saturday's 9 mile run turned into 4.5 miles of running and 4.5 miles of speed walking.  My chest and lungs felt like they were on fire!  Anyway, I'm on some antibiotics now and I'm hoping I'll be able to run 10 miles sometime this weekend :) 

Monday's run was pretty decent!  Here's what it looked like:

3 miles @6mph
2.5 miles @5mph
Cool down

Total miles = 5.81
Total calories burned = 1028

I lost one lb last week.  That was pretty great since I was sick and didn't get to run as much as I like to.  I decided to join Weight Watchers just so I can be a bit more mindful about what I'm eating.  I've used the program a couple of times in the past and I really like the way it works.  I've had a hard time figuring out how much to eat since I've been running/working out so much.  This ought to help me figure it out.

We're going back to the U.S. for vacation!!!!!  I am downright giddy about this trip!  We're going to start attempting to catch a hop on Friday.  I can't wait to see family, friends and Target.  There are so many people and things that I've missed since we left.  We love Germany so much, but it's always hard to be away from all of the things you've grown up with.  I'll try to keep up with the blog while we're on vacation :)

Confession: I am eating ice cream while writing this post.  I had enough weight watchers points left for the day, so I decided to go for it ;) 


  1. Good luck with your WW. I am also doing it, but have not been following as I should for the past month or so. My goal is to start back next week when the kids go back to school. It really does work - I have lost about 15 pounds since I started and I have had lots of weeks of no exercise or bad eating. I think you will definitely see results with your running.

  2. Catherine! I have yet to post on your actual blog but am so inspired by your determination with running and getting fit! I certainly feel the need especially after babes #3, just to feel healthier in general. Also...hope you have a blast coming back to the states! I hear you on the Target thing...I live here and probably haven't been to one since you have since I live the backwoods of Wisconsin - ha!