Seriously, I had not had a "binge" day since last May. When I kicked into high training mode for the tri, I was laser-focused, all the way to... yesterday.
In retrospect, a couple of elements of HALT came into play yesterday. I was even aware of them at the time, and it didn't stop what happened from happening. HALT, most of you already know, is an acronym for four danger flags. "Never let yourself get too: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired."
Well, I was definitely tired, fueled by the late night (for me) baseball game on Friday, followed by getting up at the normal time on Saturday. The hungry bit came in because I've been training hard, and running at a deficit.
As I said, I could see it, like a train wreck in slow motion. I started eating a little more in the late afternoon. And I started with healthy stuff: veggies. This would not have been an issue if I stopped there.
But then I opted for a sugary "late snack" after supper, and that triggered my "I want more" reaction. I ended up going through both sweet and salty things, and exceeding the calorie range by a lot. Then... I slept really, really well.
The scale this morning shows the effects. BUT... I know from experience that ONE such episode will not unravel my program. I know that if I just get back on, re-establish my routine and my training, majority of behavior will prevail. Like an athlete that breaks training (which, face it, that's what it was, breaking the training routine)... I can recover, by simply recommitting. Not going to extremes... just getting back up on the horse and riding!
If two years of maintenance hasn't taught me this lesson, not a whole lot would. Here's to NEVER letting a slip become a complete reversal.
Because LIFE is good, and worth living. Spark on!