The Gym Vs. Comfort Food

First up, in case you missed it, here’s my guest post over at Leslie’s blog, And Her Little Dog Too. I wrote about “The Top 10 Worst Things That Can Happen During A Run” (and, of course, tackled how I deal with them).

Now, onto the curious case of The Gym Vs. The Bowl of Pasta.

I had every intention of doing Chisel tonight followed by Spinning. Melinda—my favorite spin instructor—has made her triumphant return to Crunch, and I can’t resist her class.

But tonight, after doing roughly 1,000 squats during Chisel, thoughts of sweatpants and a warm bowl of pasta kicked Melinda’s butt.

No spin for you.

Well. No spin for me, rather.

I felt guilty about skipping class for roughly 2 seconds before I put on cozy clothes and headed home (it was flurrying outside when I left the gym—yuck!).

And when I got to the apartment, I put a pot of water up to boil, changed into the comfiest things I own and curled up on the couch next to ABS who, for the first time in months, was home from work before 8 pm.

It’s a Winter Day miracle!

Anyway, I guess the bottom line to my rambling is this:

It’s OK if you don’t want to work out.

It’s OK if you want a big, carby bowl of pasta.

(Um, especially if you’re a workoutaholic — carbs aren’t the enemy, they’re your friend, and they keep you moving.)

Now that the holiday season is really heating up (metaphorically, of course—it’s cold as heck here), I feel like every article I read or person I talk to obsesses over the same thing:

How not to gain weight during the holidays.

OR

How to burn off those pounds of pie you just inhaled.

OR

How to resist your Christmas cravings.

You know what article I want to read?

How to enjoy indulging a bit during the holiday season because Christmas cookies are delicious and I don’t always want to work out when it’s 10 degrees.

Just a thought.

TELL ME: Do you allow yourself to indulge around the holidays? Or do you beat yourself up a bit?

I obviously still try to be good, but when faced with anything warm, chocolate or homemade, I dig right in.

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7 Responses

  1. Umm…pretty sure since you ran 6.5 miles AND took a chisel class, that not going to spin also is JUSTTT FINE. 🙂 Personally, when it comes to holidays, i let myself indulge. Yes, sometimes I notice a difference, but, I think that holidays are meant to be celebrated. As long as every day of the year isnt a all out celebration, its all fine.

  2. Amen sister! My goal is to maintain over the holidays by enjoying my daily workouts 🙂 The holidays are all about having fun! Speaking of which, maybe we should go ice skating to get some exercise! Also, want to join Sara and I for a workout extravaganza on Saturday from 9am-11am at our Equinox? 🙂 My treat!

  3. no reason to feel guilty, you are so in shape! i didn’t end up staying for tai box because i knew i wouldn’t be able to make it through the class after all those squats.
    i totally indulge, then vow not to do it, and then indulge again. it is a vicious cycle.

  4. Love it! Sometimes you just feel like gettin’ comfy and staying in! I try to be good during the holidays, but it doesn’t always end up that way 😛

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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