“What was the best part of my weight loss journey? When I let go of being skinny!”
Stand in front of a mirror, naked, and ask yourself what you see. If you can honestly say, out loud, that you love your body in that very moment, then listening to today’s episode is not worth your time. Actually, if you can truthfully say that you love your body in that very instant, then I don’t believe you. Keep listening!
Today I discuss my personal experience as an overweight runner. Like most, I started running to drop weight. Once the weight stopped coming off, I was left with having to redefine my purpose as an athlete. Marathon training made me physically stronger, and mentally tough, but did not result in that 18-year-old physique that I was striving for. So, what next?
There are both risks and benefits to living life as an overweight runner. I review my personalized list of benefits, along with a quick review of the literature in regard to risks, followed by advice designed to help any overweight runner wanting to learn to pound the pavement like a pro. Finally, I quickly describe the Body Positive movement and Intuitive Eating approach, conceptualizing each as part of a holistic method of approaching lifestyle transformation.
I look forward to hearing your own stories of triumph and challenge, along with your feedback about this rather challenging topic, a journey from self-loathing to self-actualization. I hope you enjoy!
Important References Mentioned Today
- Food Psych Podcast
- Weight Loss and Body Mass Index
- Are Larger Runners More Injury-Prone?
- Overweight Running Tips
- Best Running Shoes for Heavy Runners
Top Three Bigger Person Running Shoes I Recommend
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