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#128 - Weekends/Vacations.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Hi Spark Friends.

I hope all of you enjoyed your weekend.

For the weekend, I went out of town to see the South Carolina Gamecocks play the Kentucky Wildcats (baseball). This was my first time at an SC baseball game, and I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it. I usually only go to the football games, but over the last couple of years, I’ve somehow become a baseball fan. I guess I love watching people be active since becoming more active myself.

As for being healthy myself, it was a couple of hits and a lot of misses this weekend. Here are the positives:

1. I drank *some* water.
2. I completed both workouts that I had planned for this weekend.

Here are the cons:

1. I got back on the soda train this weekend.
2. I did not choose to eat any healthy foods at all.
3. I had gluten, dairy, and sugar (and lots of it!).
4. #3 actions caused me to feel crummy, moody, and sleepy.
5. My legs are *so* sunburnt. Ouch!

By Sunday afternoon, my body was not a happy camper. I was feeling terrible. I felt so sleepy and crummy that I wanted to miss the last baseball game of the series which wasn’t like me at all. After doing that cleanse, I am well aware that my body doesn’t do well with sugar, gluten, and dairy. I’ve been *trying* to limited it as much as I can. Unfortunately, these three things are what I crave the most, and I don’t have much self-control in the food department.

Vacations and weekends have always been trouble areas when it came to being healthy. For some reason, I allow myself to do whatever. I’m not really sure how to deal with weekends and vacations when it comes to being healthy. It’s tough because I have a boyfriend who likes to eat out a lot, and when I say “get what you want, I am going to eat at home”, he kind of gets irritated. Plus, when we are going out of town, it seems just easier to throw out the healthy eating and grab fast food.

Even though I know I should not be, I am beating myself up over this weekend’s food choices. I’ve been doing much better than in the past, but this weekend revealed that bad habits can come back. I don’t want that in my life anymore. I want to feel good about the choices I make. I want to have self-control, and if I want to indulge a little, then I want it to be a decision I made instead of an impulse.

I’d love to hear how you treat weekends and vacations when it comes to being healthy. Any suggestions?
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    I have the same problems, although vacations are worst for me. I used to feel really bad about it, but then I realized it's not worth making myself so upset. I don't go on vacation a whole lot, so when I do and if I slip it's ok. I'm meant to enjoy myself on my time off, and if eating junky stuff makes me happy then so be it.

    I just try to make more of an effort to be better once that time is over. I don't ever weigh myself, or hold it against myself. If working out for an extra 30 minutes is going to put my mind to rest, then so be it. Or if eating low carb, etc for a week will make me feel better afterwards that's what I'll do.

    Don't worry too much Sam, you're not alone and you shouldn't feel so guilty!

    1788 days ago
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    It is so hard to handle cravings/temptations while on vacations. emoticon I think it is excellent that you know your body well enough to recognize the signals of what is good or bad for you personally. That is truly an amazing accomplishment! emoticon
    1791 days ago
    Sounds like you had a fun weekend, sans the food challenges. I have similar issues, and cave in when I shouldn't. Sorry the choices made you feel so bad. Maybe you could identify one item you'll eliminate for the weekend and figure out your options ahead of time?
    Good luck!
    1791 days ago
    it's a big struggle for me too. for me, i have to avoid "bad" foods completely (at least for now). i have zero self control after the first sugary bite. i hope that eventually, i'll be able to do treats in moderation.

    i guess my only advice (and boy, should i follow it myself) is to eat before you go, pack healthy snacks with you, and have a chat with your boyfriend about being more supportive. maybe he feels that your healthier choices are making him feel guilty, and so you're tempted to give in? maybe he just wants you to loosen up every now and then? who knows, but once you figure out what's triggering his reaction, maybe you guys can come to a solution together. maybe plan a treat into your weekend, if you feel like you can get back on track later. but if the gluten/dairy is bothering you so much, you need to seek out some snacks that are safe for you.
    1791 days ago
    Last week and this week were horrible for me too food wise. I went to a conference with free, unhealthy food and then came home this weekend still in that mentality. You are not alone lol.atleast you know your weaknesses and can use the memories for the future...I hope :)

    Don't be so hard on yourself! Just get back on track! emoticon emoticon
    1792 days ago
    I wish there was some way to balance it all out. It seems that the more we remove foods completely, the worse we feel when we add them back, and it makes me wonder if we just didn't notice the crumminess before, or if our bodies were more used to it and didn't react as much, or what...irritating!
    1792 days ago
    I seriously struggle with weekends/vacations. I usually just eat like poo. Sometimes I keep it together for breakfast/lunch, but dinner can sometimes be a free for all + I really enjoy alcohol. I've gotten much better at sticking with exercise on the weekends. I have time for a nice long workout and then I don't feel as guilty about my food choices.

    Hmm...that is not really helpful. When I'm doing well, I stick to my guns and have a grilled chicken salad or lean steak w/grilled veggies or whatever other somewhat healthy option may be available when eating out. If anyone gives me a hard time I tell them how delicious it is and that it's what I like. No fries for me. No one really gives me a hard time about it, but I also think it's cause I order with such conviction.

    Haha, I dont' even know how one would order with conviction, but it sounded convincing.
    1792 days ago
    I hate weekends and I hate vacations when it comes to this. I tend to eat ridiculously on the weekends and am a lot lazier than I would like to be. This is one of those things that I really need to work on. I would probably be that way during the week also if I wasn't so busy. Anyway, I'm sorry that you had a bad weekend this way but learn from it, overcome it. Don't let it beat you up, let it motivate you. You can do this.
    1792 days ago
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