I’ll admit–I’m jealous

Julie can have a bigger slice of our shared birthday cake!

Julie can have a bigger slice of our shared birthday cake!

One of the weekly runs I do with my friends starts and ends at a local bakery. After we finish, we head inside for coffee and/or treats. One of my friends, Julie, always has a big, frosted cinnamon roll. Me? I almost always forgo a treat and have tea. The difference, you see, is body type. Julie is one of those people we all envy–she’s tiny and can get away with cinnamon rolls with no waistline repercussions. I cannot. (She will also always be able to crush me at a race, too–yes, more green monster!).

It makes me jealous, for sure. Wouldn’t it be nice to never have to worry about what you eat? To indulge in a big, sugary treat after a run and not have to think about the effect on your weight? That will never be my reality.

Instead, I have to be very diligent about my diet and exercise. I’ll have the occasional treat, of course, but overall, I find that I have to be that much more on top of it all than the lucky Julies of the world.

Truthfully, that’s ok. I’ve made peace with my body type and know what my limits are. And with the way that I eat, I honestly don’t even want that cinnamon roll. Plus, a diet of cinnamon rolls isn’t going to make my insides any healthier, nor is it going to get me to a finish line any faster. That’s the bigger picture and the one we all should focus on, much more so than outward appearance. (For the record, Julie eats a very healthy diet overall).

So I’ll continue with my tea and a  healthy breakfast at home, while Julie has her cake and eats it, too. We all have to learn to work with what we were given and that’s what I’ll keep doing.

Your turn–cinnamon role or tea? If tea, are you ok with that?

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  1. says

    I am no good at dieting… I have Doughnuts and slabs of chocolate every day, and I know if I stop running I would be in big trouble. Now with a couple of big races in the next 2 weeks I think I should try and be good!!!
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  2. says

    Once I hit 30 last year I had to start paying close attention to my diet! I had thyroid cancer as a teen and have had intermittent difficulty with my metabolism, but it never manifested as weight gain until this year. Now, no more bags of candies sitting around for an after work treat for me!
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  3. says

    I’d go for the tea and not even for my waistline but for the stuff that makes up that cinnamon roll. I’m not really envious of people eating cakes, cookies and such. I probably sound like an uber health snob and that’s not exactly true (god knows I adore pizza and even nachos). Now, if someone handed me a healthified version? All bets would be off 😉
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  4. says

    I would skip the cinnamon roll most of the time because it isn’t something that I crave! Now potato chips (yep even in the morning) on the other hand are harder for me to resist. This post is interesting and now I’m sitting here thinking if I am, at least on occasion, jealous of the way other people can eat. I don’t tend to obsess a lot about eating – I try to be mindful and not eat something just because it is there and/or others are eating it. If I really want it I will go ahead and have it but if I don’t then I am happy to just sit and chat. (now if we are talking evening events and wine then I’m pretty much in!!)
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  5. says

    Ah…we all know one of those ladies. The lucky ones. I, on occasion, will pick the cinnamon role but am inclined towards the tea. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are lots of us in that same boat.
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  6. says

    I’m a mix. I can indulge, but if I give into treats too often, it starts to show quickly. Side note, huge pet peeve is when my friends say I “can eat whatever I want.” Nope. That’s just not the case. I think they forget how much hard work I put in behind the scenes.
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  7. says

    I definitely indulge in sweets & treats every now and then. And sometimes more often! Overall our entire family eats a balanced diet, and I want my girls to understand the importance of healthy eating. At the same time, I’m a big fan of all things in moderation. If I’m going to bust my butt at the track cranking out 400s, I’m not going to beat myself up for having a small bowl of ice cream later. Life’s too short. Eat dessert! I’m not a big tea person, so I would probably go for the cinnamon roll occasionally!
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  8. says

    My husband is a Julie but sadly I am not (I think men are built that way more often than women are) – makes preparing meals that we both want at dinner a bit challenging at times!
    No tea or cinnamon rolls for me – I’d be too hungry with just tea but a cinnamon roll wouldn’t make me feel satisfied either. I’d probably order a glass of milk (chocolate milk if it was a long or hard run!)
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  9. says

    I’m the tea person although I can eat treats and get away with it waist-line wise. It’s just my GI rebels when I eat anything out of my usual diet. I love those sugary sweets when I’m eating them but then I either get a head ache or awful stomach distress. :(
    Given the repercussions, I’m ok with not eating the “sinful pleasures”.
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  10. says

    Mmmmmm I would love a cinnamon roll. Dripping with icing. But I can’t remember the last time I had one. Years, for sure. What I do remember is how gross I feel after. And also that something way more moderate will make me just as happy. No, more happy because I won’t feel gross. Plus after a run I have this thing about not eating crap. Ha!
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  11. Terzah says

    I used to be able to have the cinnamon roll after a run, but I’ve never been able to eat whatever I want. I’m more at peace with that than I used to be, but it’s hard–I love sugary things. I’ve been really good during this training cycle for Chicago–almost no sweets have passed my lips for several weeks–but I’m going to reward myself after the race with a week of not worrying about it. Then it’ll be back to the wagon.

    I do get jealous of those with speedier metabolisms than I have, but it’s gotten easier to call it a first-world problem. :^)

  12. says

    Like Lisa, I used to be a Julie but I now find that I feel the affects of a giant cinnamon roll- I’m not sure if I would feel it as in gaining weight, but I definitely feel sluggish and just icky after a big indulgence which makes me less likely to do it… but I definitely still do now and then. Or I like the idea someone made of splitting it- I’d go for a few bites!
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  13. says

    I am like you – I have to be super careful. Even when I am running very high mileage, I still have to be careful of what I eat. For the most part now I enjoy healthier foods, but dang… cinnamon rolls (gluten free!) would be a weakness! :)
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  14. says

    I too have to be forever diligent. Even when I’m training for a marathon. And I too envy those who can eat whatever they want when ever they want but that will never be me.No I don’t have a weight issue but I know I could if I stopped being vigilant. It’s just as well that I don’t love cupcakes.
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  15. says

    I am not a Julie, but I have the cinnamon roll anyway. I don’t do well when I deprive myself of something I really want. It comes back to bite me later. So I follow an intuitive eating approach, which does involve more sweets than maybe a health nut would allow, but is much less than when I was constantly worried about my weight (thinking about how I couldn’t have something just makes me want it more!!). I’m much happier this way. Yes, I have accepted a few more pounds than maybe most runners would, but you have to decide priorities for yourself. I have personally decided that cinnamon rolls are more important to me than vanity 6-pack abs!

  16. says

    I had a cinnamon roll once. After I ran a particularly fast marathon. It tasted delicious because my body was so depleted. I just don’t crave stuff like that and the sweets I do, I have in moderation. Stick with your tea and be proud!!
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  17. says

    Oatmeal and nut butter-any kind- is hard to beat. And Coffee.

    One thing I try and work hard on, especially as I enter my 30s is to do the best I can, but be flexible every once in a while in diet (ditto to wine!!). Most importantly, and women seem harder on themselves than guys (sorry gals)-is it’s important that I avoid comparing myself across the board. Easier said than done, but worth it. Luckily, I know what I like and don’t like, and sugar is not really my thing!
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  18. Debbie @ Deb Runs says

    Since I’m not a fan of tea, I’d have water and occasionally treat myself to the cinnamon roll. With me, it’s not my body type, but my age that makes me not be able to eat like the Julies of the world!

  19. says

    Cinnamon roll for me….I try to cut back a bit if my weight starts to move but otherwise I indulge…in lots of really bad snacks, ice cream being the biggest! I find so much of my weight gain/loss at this age is hormone controlled that sometimes it doesn’t matter what I eat.
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  20. bob says

    Seriously? You run all the time and you can’t eat a cinnamon roll once in a while? And aren’t you the one who walks on a treadmill while you’re doing work? Come on… Sorry, but I think too many people are kind of crazy about eating and diet. There are too many other things to really worry about to get all worked up about food.

    • MissZippy says

      Bob–yes, I could have one now and again, but…truly my body is happier w/o it. And I am definitely not one of those people who can eat what I want any old time–I’m 47 and those days are gone!

  21. says

    I pick and choose my indulgences – but yes – I started racing to lose weight, then it looked like weight management – and now it’s absolutely necessary for body & mind & STILL I have to ‘diet’! But as long as my husband and I stay in the same ‘weight gap’ we married at, we agree not to get too crazy about the details.
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  22. says

    “One of my friends, Julie, always has a big, frosted cinnamon roll. Me? I almost always forgo a treat and have tea. The difference, you see, is body type. Julie is one of those people we all envy–she’s tiny and can get away with cinnamon rolls with no waistline repercussions.” <<–I think this is silly. It sounds to me the difference is mindset, not body type. It seems almost that you feel like you have to punish yourself by resisting treats and are jealous that she doesn't. Having a treat sometimes isn't going to make you slow or fat.

    For me, a weight about 5lbs above my lowest weight produces faster running times. It's not always about being the leanest you can be.
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    • MissZippy says

      Karen–in all honesty, this whole thing should be taken lightly. I’m not punishing myself, nor do I feel deprived in the least. But I do think some body types are more susceptible to weight gain than others (me) so I choose not to indulge that way. Now, do I have a bit of dark chocolate as a treat almost every day? Yep!

  23. says

    Ha ha I hear ya! I always get a skim latte at Starbucks, no treats. Ordered for a friend the other day who is super skinny and NEVER works out! She got a mocha…with the whipped cream! But like you said, I’ll take what works and know I’m doing myself a favor. I type this having just inhaled half a chocolate bar, of course. 😉
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