Summer running for me (and Geno) means no singlet. It's just too hot. Also, the idea that I don't want any wiggles and jiggles while I'm running keeps my dietary choices in-check!
I know weight is a touchy, touchy subject--but it makes me SO sad when I hear people who are about month or so out from a vacation say that they are going on a diet or going to start exercising to "get ready for the beach." It is that type of thinking that holds so many of people down and keeps them in a rut. Your LIFE and your HEALTH are more important than how you look in a swimming suit...and crash dieting, diet pills, and gimmicks are no way to go about achieving permanent weight loss.
LORD KNOWS I have had my battle with weight. Up, down, Up, down...I finally got stabilized when I realized how important exercise is, and that I could have whatever I wanted as long as it was/is in moderation. I spent TOO many years denying myself the simple food pleasures of life, because I considered certain foods BAD or off limits...then binging on them and feeling sick and defeated!
Balance is the key....
Two quotes I came across recently that started me off on this tangent:
1. "Stay ready, so you don't have to get ready!"
2. "You can't out-train a bad diet."
That second one is SO true. Once I started running and losing weight (10 years ago), I thought I could eat whatever I wanted, as long as I ran the next day. This mentality led me to overeat, and then try to "fix" it by adding miles the next day, or another hour on the elliptical, or more weight lifting...you catch my drift! THAT led to overtraining, nagging injuries, and a feeling of being tired/sleepy all of the time...and grouchy!!!
I would say from the age of 25 to 35, I was basically a hot mess when it came to body image and self confidence. At 40, I'm finally feeling like I might have this thing figured out.