The weather in NY this past week has been pretty crappy 🙁 Rain and humidity have taken over but I had high hopes today the sun would shine because that is what the weatherman predicted but it didn’t, that’ll teach me to listen to the weatherman. I have resigned myself to running in the rain and I am planning on being happy about it so I figured I would get my chance today after work but it stopped raining and I was left to run in a cloudy, humid 75 degrees……I was wishing for rain.
I am always happy to run but this 4 miler proved to be difficult as you can see by the last mile. When I hit mile 3 my legs just felt like lead and it was rough but worth it!!! No matter what, good or bad, I always feel better after I run.
When I got home I went on Twitter to find a not so nice remark to my retweet of McDonald’s tweet that they were sponsoring the Rock’n’Roll run in San Diego. Check out how the conversation flowed:
I have no problem with people expressing their opinions but when the come in the form of personal attacks I get slightly upset. First of all I like McDonald’s and they are not responsibility for the obesity epidemic in the United States. I think we can safely say that everything on McDonald’s menu is not healthy but you can make healthy choices at McDonald’s if you choose. I love some of their healthier items like their Southwest salad with grilled chicken and I also love some of their not so healthy items like Big Mac’s and french fries. I try to make healthier choices every day and I haven’t had a Big Mac in over a year but if I wanted one then I would have one because I also believe that you can have everything in moderation while living a healthy lifestyle.
People tend to blame places like McDonald’s for being overweight but that’s like blaming Morton’s salt for hypertension, just because it’s there doesn’t mean you need to eat it. As a healthcare professional I am also empathetic to people who have difficulty losing weight for reasons beyond what they eat and I know it is not so easy for everyone but if you are trying to lose weight you should not be eating high calorie fast food everyday because you will not lose weight that way. Again, we all make our choices, McDonald’s does not kidnap people and force them to eat their food.
As far as the personal attack goes, I have never claimed to be the epitome of health, I am just a regular person trying to live as healthy as possible. I have never claimed to be anything but who I am which is a work-in-progress trying to motivate and inspire others to do their best everyday. I am far from perfect and I do make unhealthy choices but when I do I let it go and move on and I make my next choice healthier one. I also believe that everything can be enjoyed in moderation and that we should not live in deprivation because health not about being perfect it is about finding a balance that works for you.
I try to respect everyone’s opinion whether or not I agree but when personal attacks are made it is hard to overlook the attack and listen to or respect anything that particular person was saying in the first place. As a healthcare professional I educate people everyday on diet, health, their diseases and how they can live healthier, what I find in my field is that when you are respectful of others and their opinions even if you disagree then they listen to you and respect what you have to say.
After this whole tweeting incident I was a little worked up and quite annoyed so I decided to run again with my husband. He usually only does 2 miles so I figured this was a doable distance after running 4 miles just a couple hours before we headed out.
I felt much better after running the extra 2 miles bringing my total to 6 miles for the day!!! Running truly makes everything better!!!!
How do you deal with negativity and personal attacks?