Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Mindless...

I am running tonight.

Me and the treadmill.

Loud, loud music in my ears, listening for the interval, listening for the beep.

I find I am revelling in the mindlessness of the treadmill and the monotony of electronic beat.

The treadmill has its flashy electronic numbers.

(I have never taken much notice before. I have generally been too busy trying to not fall off and not have a heart attack.)

I am always starving about an hour after a run.

After I have run, or indeed done any exercise, I have that lovely smug feeling of having done it. Of being moral and healthy. I thrive upon it.




I also bargain with those feelings; unashamedly.

Ohhhh, I ran tonight. So it's probably OK to eat BBQ shapes?

A whole hour of mindless jogging on the treadmill burns off 429 calories.
Mindlessly eating half a box of BBQ Shapes in 10 minutes costs 522 calories.

See the deficit? The numbers just do not equate. The figures just do not stack up well enough.

Note to self - do not do mindless. Do not waste those calories burned...



23 comments:

  1. Those figures don't stack up well at all do they?

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  2. C'mon, Lucy. You can make it to the end of the treadmill!

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  3. Oh Lucy - I so desperately need to get back into my exercise. I'm just making up excuse after excuse. Not good. Guess I'm waiting for that magic moment to happen. I'm slowly learning there is no magic moment. I just have to DO IT.

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  4. I hear you loudly ...(ove rmy rumbling tummy) the numbers just don't add up do they.

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  5. It's definitely more about the food! Don't eat it in the first place because you're just running and running and running to burn it off.

    I'm so pleased that you get such satisfaction from exercise, Lucy. It's also the KEY to mentally staying thin and healthy! x

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  6. I hear you. It's so easy to justify in a split second!

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  7. Scary, very. And I love BBQ shapes! Last weekend I ran 12km, including the gruelling 1000 steps (it's where people come to train for things like walking Kakoda and Mt Everest, as one man was doing that I chatted to as we puffed our way up)
    What kept me going was the thought of bacon. Lots and lots of bacon.
    Pointless! Thanks Lucy, I'll just have to be more mindful and choose another carrot to dangle in front of me!

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  8. lifespan fitnessFebruary 15, 2011

    I love the picture with sticky notes on treadmill.

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  9. It's amazing isn't it! You really have to be aware of the calories burned in fitness. Coz it was such hard work, you REALLY DON"T want to come home and eat say a piece of cake. Because you just wasted your time and all that sweat was for NOTHING! BBQ shapes is noice. Maybe just 3 and put them away! (or in the bin!) x

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  10. Mindless eating sure is costly!

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  11. Absolutely spot on as always. I'm always looking for new inspiration - am reading I Can Make You Thin - Paul McKenna at the moment (has a CD with it that I'm yet to listen to, but wondered if you knew about it as you're the CD queen?) The main message I am taking from him at the moment is not to eat mindlessly. You really can stop yourself pretty quickly when you focus on it. xx

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  12. PS I stopped eating donuts when I found out that you have to run four kilometres to burn off one cinnamon donut. Ouch..xx

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  13. I love BBQ shapes too! Thanks for reminding me of the cost/benefit of them. One hour you say?

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  14. My gosh, the bargaining is the worst isn't it? I finally signed up to group personal training sessions at my local gym yesterday...I had a great work out but then I "allowed" myself WAY too many treats to reward myself that I am sure that I outdid my good work...

    Gill xo

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  15. Just wanted to stop by and thank you for your gorgeous post on Ed's blog. I loved it so much and thought it was just beautiful - thank you again for sharing your gift of writing with us.

    PS I suck at running. So I just go straight to the bbq chips.

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  16. One hour for just half a box.....criminal.

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  17. Thank you, so much.

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  18. So annoying, isn't it. I "chose" to "allow" way too much crap, I really do.

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  19. I love his book and CD - you have reminded me I need to dig him back out! xx

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  20. Always better to be mindful rather than mindless.
    I was watching people sprint on the treadmills today at the gym. I marvel at how they don't fall off (at full speed...)

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  21. Life In A Pink FibroFebruary 16, 2011

    Oh how I needed this post today as I eye off the cheese and bacon shapes. ..

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  22. therhythmmethodFebruary 16, 2011

    I don't buy shapes for this very reason. I find myself more mindless with food (and yet more mindful of other things) after starting blogging. This is such a great post Lucy. :)

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  23. I find the treadmill soooo boring, I wish I could stay on longer, I wish I could feel the same satisfaction you do after you've ran...... I admire you :-)

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