As many of you know, I was the marathon blogger for Be Well Philly last year during my training for the Philadelphia Marathon. When the editor, Emily, asked me if I would help out at the second annual Be Well Boot Camp by moderating the Conquer Your First 5K panel, I jumped at the chance. I also got to attend the event, which was awesome.
Local fitness studios, such as Ploome, Pure Barre, and Lithe held classes so people could try out the workouts without committing to buying any packages. In addition to free snacks, there were a ton of freebies as well as great discussions. While I didn’t get a chance to try any of the fitness classes (gathering up all the freebies took awhile) I was lucky enough to attend Ali Shapiro‘s “Truce With Food” lecture.
It focused on all of the other reasons that we eat, which for me includes…everything. Half of my family are emotional eaters, while the other half are Italian. There is ALWAYS a good reason to eat! My fight with food is probably why I struggle with my weight and accepting my body. Basically, Ali (who is seriously adorable) offered four guidelines for overcoming a food problem:
1. Choose one meal to make over per day. She suggested lunch. Make sure it has the healthy amounts of veggies, protein, fat, and carbs.
2. Take time to eat lunch. Make lunch your biggest meal of the day and sit down at some point from 12-1:30pm and truly enjoy your meal.
3. Eat lunch in a beautiful environment, whether it be a restaurant or a park.
4. Eat clean and destress as much as you can.
I’m going to incorporate these four steps into my lunch this week and see what happens. I will keep you posted, of course.
After that, it was time for my panel!
My panel focused on preparing and running your first 5k. I spoke with John from Moss Rehab, Ross from Philadelphia Runner, and Dr. Ballyamanda from Drexel Medicine. They had great advice on staying motivated and healthy while getting ready to run!
Overall, I think it was a great event. I can’t wait to attend next year!