Sunday, April 17, 2011

Big Girls Can Run Too :)

I may be an *ahem* big girl - but I love running! I am on week 5 of my Couch to 10K program and it is going great. I am running intervals for 60-70 minutes, pouring sweat, and feeling strong.
So - if you have thought about running, but think you have to look a certain way or be a certain size - don't let that stop you! Start a program that builds you up slowly and be amazed by your body. Most women spend a lot of time complaining about our bodies - what they look like, what they don't look like, what they don't do. Today, take a minute and appreciate your body for what it can do. Our bodies are pretty amazing when you think about it - they get us around all day, they run even when we aren't feeding them good fuel, and they make babies for God's sake!
I find that when I appreciate my body, love it, exercise it, I also fuel it with better food as well.

1. Rank the following fats from most healthy to least healthy:
saturated fat, polysatured fat, monosaturated fat, trans fat

Answer - monosaturated fat, polysatured fat, saturated fat, and then transfat.

2. How do you measure portion control with your lifestyle?
Answer - Portion control is something I still need to work on. For me, I use a small plate, it a normal portion size and then make myself wait 10 - 15 minutes before going back for more. Often I find that when I wait I don't feel the desire for more.

3. What object does a serving size of meat compare to?
Answer -deck of cards

I wrote this blog post while participating in the Mamavation Blogging Carnival for a chance to win Chef’s Requested steaks


  1. Oh, yeah!! There are a lot of things (big) girls can do... it is amazing to feel our bodies getting stronger, our stamina improve and our confidence soar. Strong is always more important to me than size. Keep it up. I am so excited to hear more about your journey and the end of your 10K journey. :)

  2. YAY, Girl! Thank You getting my butt to run. I am surprisingly enjoying it.
    Run, Erin, run!!!
    XO and have a great week

  3. Whoohoo! I thought about joining the program, but feel I've got quite a ways to go before I'm ready for something like that. You're doing awesome though! Go you!

  4. Great post! I could not agree more that you can run no matter what your size if you take it slow and steady and listen to your body. And, if you LOVE it, way to go!

  5. I'm totally a big girl runner! I'm hovering around 185, and doing my first half in a couple of weeks. It's my own issue that I'll feel like an elephant among gazelles out there, but I'm there, and THAT makes me proud of what my body is doing!

    Great post! Everyone needs to have an attitude like this!

  6. Amen, amen, amen!! This big girl totally agrees!

    You are doing awesome, Erin! Keep it up!

  7. Did I mention you Rock?! Thanks for the great post!! I'm totally inspired!!

  8. Great post! Your attitude is inspiring!!!

  9. Definitely run and be a "big" girl. That is why there are Athena categories in a lot of races. Have a great week.