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Aug 19

Food is Fuel

Posted By iamincontrol | August 19, 2014

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By Clancy

My freshman year of high school I was involved in many sports, but it wasn’t until track season that I thought I needed to lose weight. The other girls on my relay team were not the same size as I was. I thought that because I was bigger than them, it was slowing me down. I began restricting what I would eat and when I would eat it. I wouldn’t eat lunch on race days because in my mind, there was a correlation between my weight and my race times.

I was frustrated when my times weren’t improving and thought the only explanation was because I needed to lose more weight. I had already lost around 15 pounds in 2 months, and my coaches began to notice my lack of energy. My race performance actually began to worsen.

I confessed all this to my mom, and she had no idea what had been going on. She thought I had lost the weight from being more active. She explained to me that food is fuel. My mom became a lot more involved with keeping our family meals healthy and reinforcing healthy eating habits. Once I started to eat more nutritious and filling meals, my performance improved. I kept improving and made it to the state competition where I ran my personal best time. My eating habits continued to improve throughout the years, helping me be a member of my university’s track and field team. Without the help of my mom, I wouldn’t have seen food as needed fuel. It’s important that you get the food you need to keep up with your activity level.

For more information on how to eat healthier, without restriction, read the IAMincontrol post below.

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