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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    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!

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MISSIFISH 8/4/2012 7:55PM

    It sounds like you did GREAT! What a great variety of healthy choices!

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ATHENAPOWER 8/3/2012 9:40AM

    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

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YDAVIS23 8/3/2012 8:09AM

    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!

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    Congrats on still getting 15 minutes in!

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TNYTERROR 8/2/2012 10:23PM

  You crack me up: "I threw myself out of the house..."

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BIGPAWSUP 8/2/2012 10:06PM

    That was great. I'm so happy for you.


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MISSG180 8/2/2012 8:57PM

    A good lesson.

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LESLIELENORE 8/2/2012 8:49PM

    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.

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CINERICIA 8/2/2012 8:33PM

    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.

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