Understanding indulgence and being thankful for it...
Monday, January 28, 2013
Today I succumbed to indulgence. First of all, I ate a brownie with my students to celebrate a birthday and then enjoyed a delicious dinner of fries and a cheeseburger at a gourmet burger joint with my DH. I won't lie. I enjoyed every single bite!
However, I also logged each bite and realized that what I ate this afternoon and tonight is what I am supposed to eat in a full day - WOW! How eye opening! Of course, I wouldn't eat like this on a regular basis - who could?! But, I have to admit that the food was well worth the wait and logging it was well worth the shock... Next time I go to this fantastic burger place, I'll order differently carefully considering what is "worth it" and what isn't. I don't believe in rewarding myself with food, especially unhealthy choices. However, I do believe that there are some things that are tasty that are worth the occasional indulgence - in moderation.
So, today, I ate a burger, fries and a brownie. Good for me! I ate a burger, fries, and a brownie TODAY - not yesterday and today, just today! Some people are plagued with eating burgers, pizza, sweets, and other foods in unhealthy amounts day in and day out. I am proud of myself and the ability to show restraint. I am proud of the fact that I can truly comprehend this indulgence as being a full day of calories and accounting for it honestly in my log. I am proud of myself for enjoying the dinner for what it was and for understanding the implications of eating it.
That said, I am thankful for SparkPeople for teaching me to better appreciate food and to understand it's true value in my life and in my health. I am thankful for understanding that I have a choice of what I eat and that I am blessed to have healthful food options available to me. And, I am most sincerely thankful that I now have a grasp of what my goals are, how to achieve them, and that I have the tools that I need to continue on this journey...
Thank you SparkPeople for teaching me to appreciate what food is, what an indulgence looks like and feels like, and for teaching me that what REALLY matters most is that I indulge myself with what it is ultimately best for my body, my mind, and my spirit!