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Avoiding bad decisions

Thursday, August 02, 2012

If its one thing I have learned on Spark, its that I make bad food decisions when I am tired.

Today has been a slog. We went to the County Fair last night. Yes, I brought my calories in and splurged on a few things, but overall nutritionally successful. The night before we went to a friend's new house for a bbq dinner, also nutritionally successful, but both were late nights. I'm dragging today.

So I finally threw myself out of the house today with a 10 min promise. I made it to 15 and then gave myself permission to quit. Also because I knew my brain was fried and I'm prone to snacky nibbling -- I made some edamame (although didnt eat) and a lunch that was 2 crunchy fish patties and the rest of the plate was fresh from the garden, gently sauteed in some olive oil, beet greens. About 1.5 cups worth.

Snacks were a cucumber and a nectarine.

Tonight was Homemade Hamburger Helper (the last time I bought the box it was so salty that I swore never again) but with turkey and a few extra veggies in the skillet. While the volume was a little bigger than I would if I wasnt delirious, I still hit all my nutritional goals today. I made iced tea from scratch for a "keep busy in the kitchen without adding calories" project. The beet greens for lunch and green beans, cucumbers and swiss chard for tonight dinner were from my community garden. Which I walked to.

So despite the tired obstacles -- I managed another pretty successful day.

Moral (because I'm loving morals lately): when you are tired, give yourself permission to skimp on the exercise but watch that nutrition like a hawk.
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    I just read another blog with the same scenario: tired = trouble. You're taking a great approach for keeping it under control, though! I hope you had a restful weekend and that you're able to get off to a great start with the new week!
    1540 days ago
    It sounds like you did GREAT! What a great variety of healthy choices!
    1541 days ago
    It can be done and you proved it! I love that your little bit of exercising was instrumental in getting to your garden and getting the healthful food to eat. emoticon
    1543 days ago
  • YDAVIS23
    So much of it is about preparation and having a full fridge (or garden) of veggies. Congrats on making good choices in a tough situation!
    1543 days ago
    Congrats on still getting 15 minutes in!
    1543 days ago
    You crack me up: "I threw myself out of the house..."
    1543 days ago
    That was great. I'm so happy for you.

    1543 days ago
  • MISSG180
    A good lesson.
    1543 days ago
    I tend to make poor food decisions when I am tired too. My solution? Just don't buy the junk. If I wouldn't eat it when I am thinking clearly then it doesn't belong in my pantry! Good for you for packing in your calories for the Fair.
    1543 days ago
    Congrats. Love to hear about other people's good choices. Especially when I'm struggling to make a few myself. And good on you for knowing what one of your food weaknesses is and working actively to combat it. Sounds like you were quite successful.
    Now. *waggles finger sternly* Go get some sleep. Sleep does a body good.
    1543 days ago
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