I went on a run today. I haven’t been running at all lately, and it’s on my list of things to do…start running again. It’s a ridiculously beautiful day in Charleston, and I just decided it was a good opportunity to go for my first run of the year. For probably the first time ever, I didn’t have a heart rate monitor going, I didn’t care how far or how fast I was going, I didn’t even consider how many calories I was burning. I just ran because I WANTED TO RUN. This is such a major shift for me. I can’t tell you how hard it was for me to reprogram my brain to think that a quick 30 minute workout was enough for the day when I first started this program. I would finish my workout and feel like I need to go on a 6 mile run or hit up a spin class. I finally let myself trust the process and the mental shift has been incredible. I just enjoyed my time outside.
It got me thinking about another shift that has happened. I haven’t looked at the calorie content or added up calories in my head in 6 months. For so long, I let my life revolve around nutrition labels and calorie counter websites. And now I get to just focus on eating clean, delicious food. I could not be more thankful for this new relationship with food, and I wish that I could show all the calorie counters in the world that there is another way.