Tuesday, April 09, 2013
I did a rare and stupid thing yesterday. Coming in late from my week with my parents, I found myself hungry, tired and a little irritable. I opened the pantry, fridge and freezer to find a snack. In the freezer was an unopened container of Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream that had been bought for dessert when we had friends over for dinner a month ago. What did I do? I opened it. I had never had Chunky Monkey. Before I thought twice, I had eaten 2 serving sizes.
It had been 3 weeks since I'd had any sugar other than fruit - which I only added back to my diet this week (did the South Beach purge). I felt ill immediately and had a GI "reaction" (nuff said). The stupidity of that action hit me as hard as the sugar had hit my system. I knew I had to burn those calories to maintain my "Daily Calorie Differential" (LOVE that report in SP!). I got on my bike and rode for 45 minutes, berating myself with every turn of the pedal.
My differential report was sustained, but I don't like turning my exercising into a chore. That defeats the purpose of finding exercises that are enjoyed.
I learned a few lessons:
1) Processed sugar must be poisonous to my system. Why else would there be such a violent reaction from my digestive system when I consume it?
2) If those foods have to be in the house (such as for serving guests), keep them in the spare fridge in the basement, NOT within easy reach.
3) Don't allow myself to become so hungry. I should have eaten a snack at my parents' house before I left. I keep healthy snacks there, but chose not to have one.
4) Address the situation immediately. Don't wallow in guilt over it. Expend those calories and get right back on the wagon.
5) There is no need to provide options for dinner guests. I had bought 2 flavors of ice cream when our friends came over. They opted for plain ol' vanilla over the Chunky Monkey.
I threw away the remaining ice cream - got that "Monkey" off my back! No one in my house needs it!
Live and learn ... every single day....