I ran on the treadmill today because it was about 93 degrees out and humid. I just wasn’t up for that kind of run. I ended up doing a “pyramid” where I keep increasing the speed until about the 2.5 mile point and then slowly decrease the speed for the next 1.5 miles. I ended up doing 4 miles in 36:52, with the incline at 1.5.
While running on the treadmill, I watched my usual Discovery Health show, X-weighted. Usually this show features women who have a LOT of weight to lose. Every once in a while, I learn something useful, but mostly it just reminds me how easy it is to allow a lot of small choices add up to major weight gain.
Today’s show was about a woman who had decided she wanted to lose 30 pounds. Looking at her, I would have said she had a whole lot less than that to lose. Her whole goal was to look like the women in magazines and to be attractive to men. She had this attitude that you had to be seriously THIN to attract men. I found the whole show a bit bothersome. She followed an incredibly strict diet and worked out for two hours a day (oh and there was a small mention of some sort of metabolism enhancing drug that the trainer told her not to take, but she did anyways). Then, at the end, she managed to run 1.5 miles in just under 12 minutes, instead of the fifteen she had done the first time. She also got to do a photo shoot in a bikini.
I just felt like the show sent the wrong message. Usually it’s about making healthy choices and regaining control over your life. Today, it felt like “eat nothing, take drugs, work out obsessively, and you too can look like a cover model.” Bleh.