As shocked as I am to write this, I realize it is true. I came down with a cold over the weekend that foiled my plans to run on Saturday morning and this afternoon. This morning as I stepped on the scale I cringed, thinking about how I seemed to just eat and eat and eat the past few days. No worries, though, I am down another pound! I credit this to the fact that since I knew I wouldn't be running, I knew I had to watch what I ate more closely. That was one of my favorite things when I was training for my marathon; I ate whatever I wanted because I burned so many calories during one run. (But just for the record, I never binged or anything... it seems when you are really fit you don't crave as many bad things anyway.) I am so glad to see that I can use that same discipline in reverse.
So as much as I would like to credit all my weight loss so far to running, it is not the truth. The truth is that I have gotten to where I am (BMI of 23.7 or something) through drinking a LOT of water (at least 60 oz per day as often as I could), monitoring my food intake some, and exercising a LOT doing things I love (including volleyball, pilates, running, and walking). So what is my running tip for the week? Unless you are on a training schedule for a race, don't run if you aren't up to it. I don't usually get sick. This cold is the worst I've had in quite some time--I hope nobody here in the library catches it because of me!--and it has kept me from running, but not from sticking to a weight loss plan. You can always make adjustments to what life throws at you. We all understand that weather is unpredictable, so have ways to exercise indoors. Perhaps run on a treadmill, exercise to a DVD, or do any number of workouts that Alex has posted on here (like the stairs or Paso legs). For great abs, try the workouts that Sarah shared with us or follow online workout videos like this one that Lauren recommends.
The bottom line is that you always have more options for workouts than you might think. I always think of running first, but sometimes it just makes sense to do something else. So thanks to all my friends here on The Skinny who have shared excellent workout ideas. I'm sure there are plenty more that I didn't mention. Browse around and let us know what your favorite exercises are. Is it something we have shared or do you have a new workout to add to our collection? When you can't do your favorite workout, what is your fall-back workout?