Vacation... the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Well, I'm on vacation here in the Green Mountain state, vising with my parents who I haven't seen since Thanksgiving! And I'm super excited about getting to spend some quality time with them, but I'm also apprehensive because I ALWAYS overeat when we're together... it's like we share our love for each other through food! Needless to say, it's a big trigger for me to overindulge.
Take my arrival here this evening: As soon as I walked in the door, there were abundant appetizers set out - mixed nuts, fruits, cheese and bread - plus my dad hands me a glass of wine no sooner than I had set my bags down! And I do love it... don't get me wrong. I just have to exercise some restraint. I'm happy that I only had one glass of wine. But I was so hungry when I got there, that I grazed on all of the snacks to the point where I had consumed probably more than 600 calories by the time we sat down for dinner!
Luckily, dinner was healthy. Kale soup with chicken sausage (delicious!) with some crusty Italian bread (I just had a small slice). I couldn't hold back from dessert either. My dad is an excellent baker, and he made a chocolate torte with all kinds of dried fruit and nuts and a dark chocolate ganache glaze... to die for! The only good move I made was to have a teensy little slice, instead of the big huge piece I really wanted to take.
Now I'm trying to formulate a plan so I don't let this pattern of overindulgence continue for the next 3 days that I'm here. My mom and I are planning lots of holiday baking, but we intend to give away most of it to neighbors, friends and family. So as long as we package everything up immediately, I shouldn't be too tempted. I brought my Insanity workout program with me and my parents have a treadmill, so I can do some jogging for cardio. It's quite cold here, but we're going to try and go for a few walks when we can tolerate the chill in the air!
On the up side, I guess I was able to redeem myself slightly doing 40 minutes of Insanity Day 37 workout just now. But I still feel like crap from eating too much, too fast. Bloated and gross (again...) I just have to remind myself tomorrow is a new day, and I plan to start fresh; hopefully I've gotten all of the "pigging out" out of my system, for now. Time for a shower and bed! (The sound of the rain outside is making me so drowsy and the smell of the wood-burning stove is delightful...)