Monday, August 20, 2012
So I've always been a rebel, but this is a little different. I've stayed completely on track all week- except yesterday. Got my workouts done everyday, planned my meals and kept healthy snack choices around for quick grabs or emergency munchie moments. Sunday didn't start off any different, was on track until mid afternoon- then I was in a place where I had no control over what I ate. We went to an expo and all the food in the building was anything but healthy, then we went to a ball game- concession stand food doesn't have much of a better selection. But I decided not to panic! After considering all of my choices, the only thing that was clear was that I would have to get off track. So what did I do? I marched right up to the food vendors at the expo- then right up to the concession stands at the ball park and I ordered! I made 2 absolute rules when I decided to start this journey- until I was in a healthier place, there is going to be no fried foods and no beer/ alcohol (and I'm a HUGE fan of trying all sorts of new beers!). That being said- I stayed true to those 2 rules, I ordered as best I could (splurged just a little), and made sure that I was taking extra steps, walking to the further vendors, to the furthest restrooms, and even made a couple of extra laps around the expo! And just to make sure that I was being honest- I was going to record everything I ate. When I got home last night I really felt like I hadn't gone too far over my calories, and I knew that I had gotten in enough fitness minutes with all of my walking. WOW- I was wrong! Of course the fitness minutes were good (hard to miscalculate those!), but the calories taken in were exactly 1192 over my limit!
I'm sure you're asking yourself how I can be proud of this? In the past I would have just given up on my goals and given in on the temptation to go all out! Then the next day I would have decided that it was hopeless and continued off course until the next time that a new diet or great plan crossed my mind. So I'm proud of a number of things:
1. I didn't break my 2 absolute rules.
2. I still made the better choices- like a baked potato w/ cheese and unsweetened tea instead of nachos and a beer.
3. I took extra steps to try to offset some of the damages.
4. I was honest about what I ate and I LEARNED how quickly the calories can add up!
5. I made the decision to continue in a healthier life style!
Let's face it- we're not always going to be in the comfort of our own kitchen, or in a restaurant where we can decide to hold the dressing and add extra veggies!And honestly- I don't want to feel imprisoned by those imaginary walls everytime I thinking about going out to enjoy myself. This is real life, not a diet, and I choose to make it a healthy life. I'm not going to beat myself up for doing the best that I could do under the circumstances. I'm going to go stronger this week and be proud of what I did do, rather than constantly reflect on what I didn't do. I'm not going to quit! It's simply like making a wrong turn- I just punched everything back into the GPS and got back on track to my destination! Look out healthy- here I come!