Monday, January 10, 2011
I alluded to this a little in my quick post yesterday, but I basically fell off the wagon recently. The bad thing is that it was a decision I made on my own, I decided that I was going to take a week off from not eating refined carbs. Not a meal, or even a day, but a whole week Ė actually a week and a half. I thought it would do me some good to let loose and not hold myself accountable for the week or so after Christmas (and Christmas of course) so that I could get it out of my system (the cravings). I thought that if I did that, planned it, I would have an easy time getting back to my routine of no refined carbs. Boy was I wrong. I have been struggling since Jan. 3rd to get back on track.
I had a couple good days last week, and a couple of bad ones.
I think that I just canít have a whole day, let alone 10, of eating refined carbs. I just felt so gross (headaches, retained water, broke out, grumpy, mean, irritable, hungry, tired, etc.) and I donít want to feel like that. I especially donít want to make myself feel like that on purpose. No food tastes good enough to make myself feel that bad.
So, I did learn that my body can tolerate a meal or two with refined carbs, once in a while, but itís not something I can do for more than a day without serious repercussions.
Today I have not eaten any refined carbs. Itís day one for me. I feel good. I know itís psychological because I havenít had even 24 hours of clean eating yet. I think Iím just feeling at peace with my choices and the fact that I am starting new today. I am human, and I will make mistakes. That doesnít mean I have to keep making them though. I am proud of myself for not giving up completely because that wouldíve been so easy. I am proud of myself for recognizing whatís best for my body and working to make it happen. I am proud of myself for today.
I am going to try to get back to basics this week. I am going to try to keep my meals pretty simple and stick to foods that I enjoy in their more natural state. No new recipes (one of my pitfalls last week was trying a new vegetable soup dish and when it didnít come out right I used it as an excuse to eat anything).
I am still training for a 10k, but I did miss 2 weeks of training due to a cold (1st week) and laziness (2nd week). I am getting back on track this week and will still complete the race next month.