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?