Everything in moderation
Sunday, March 03, 2013
This is a phrase that you hear over and over again, especially in weight loss and weight loss maintenance communities. The kicker is learning how to actually moderate it! I have learned how to plan out splurges and to account for events by balancing out my meals the rest of the day or week.
For example, yesterday my husband and I were invited to a birthday celebration that involved dinner at Five Guys, a hockey game, and the bar scene. Recognizing the potential for total disaster, I sat down and put my dinner meal into the tracker before I ate one bite that day.
Realizing that my dinner was going to be fully half of my calories (actually, slightly MORE!), I pulled out all the stops for nutritious, filling, crazy low calorie meals the rest of the day. I started my day off by running 3.2 miles on the treadmill. This is a big portion of this. Then, I had a small portion of oatmeal and an apple for breakfast. My lunch was a bag of steamfresh seasoned vegetables and three ounces of grilled chicken, with a 1/2 cup of grapes on the side. I ate three cups of broccoli and cauliflower for my afternoon snacks. So, when it came to dinner time, my extravagant meal out (little bacon cheeseburger and 1/2 an order of little fries!) did not send me into crazyland.
With all of that, my total intake was 1700 calories (about 50-100 calories more than the upper end of what is typical for me). Not a disaster by any means!
The other huge trick for me was not allowing one splurge to send me into days or weeks of splurging. By being mindful for the rest of my meals yesterday, I did not adopt a new mindset at all. I'm still on the healthy eating train. And my meals today have definitely been in line with that!
So, truly, you can have everything in moderation, but only once you know how to moderate it yourself!