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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Yesterday I faced a new challenge. This was not a challenge for health or for fitness, but it is something I literally had to MAKE myself do. I had signed up to be part of a walking team from my work for a local event: Crazylegs Classic. It is right in the middle of downtown, and the roads there are (in my opinion) really screwy. I never drive there (there isn't really ever a need for me to) and in addition, things were going to be nuts because of Farmer's Market, the race, and a convention that was in town. In past years, I have carpooled to the race so I don't have to drive, but this year, no such luck! I debated with myself long and hard about going because the thought of driving there under the conditions I listed had me seriously stressed out! Instead of allowing myself to be a quitter, I put on my big girl panties, got directions, looked at maps, got up extra early, and made extensive plans. I made it there safe and early and home again too. As I read over what I just typed, I imagine you all might be thinking, "So what? Anyone with half a brain can get directions and get places!," but really, for whatever reason it was a big deal for me and I didn't let it get the better of me, so I'm proud.

For the walk (and the trip back to my car afterwards), I got over 10,000 steps in 70 minutes. I also substituted fruits and veggies for almost everything I normally eat for breakfast and lunch. That is the only way I could make my 7 servings fit that day. I felt full enough, but I didn't really enjoy it. I'm thinking I may not do very well on the fruits and veggies challenge this week because I just don't like not eating other things at all so I can eat veggies and fruits and still stay in range. Another thing Chef Meg makes look easy, but I haven't learned how to fit correctly in just yet.

In the evening, the hubby and I had some errands to run back in Madison (not in downtown) and we decided to go somewhere new for dinner. The place had no calorie charts or nutrition facts. I know the meal I chose was not particularly healthy, but I set half aside right from the start and still didn't drink pop (my personal challenge). The food was super fried . . . and super good. I haven't had burgers or fries, or anything like that for months. As I was eating, I was thinking how many of my Spark friends say that eating poorly makes them feel physically sick. I was almost hoping I'd feel that way too, but it just tasted good - no bad feeings. I still feel fine today.

On the way home, I thought about it a lot. Spark always says you don't have to be perfect and that each better choice counts (for instance setting part aside). They say you can't beat yourself up when you choose the not so awesome choice (like eating something fried) and that you can have all things in moderation (like only eating the correct serving size as I did). They say you can adjust calories over the week and food quality to help (like eating only fruit and veggie based things all day before that!!) I think I'm not going to beat myself up over that food because as I pointed out, that is the first time in over 3 months that I ate anything resembling a burger and fries and I made plenty of other good choices.

When I got home, I made the mistake of starting a project at like 8:30pm. I thought it was going to be a snap. Wrong! I love technology, but it wasn't working for me the way I wanted it to, so at 10:00 when I went to bed, I was SUPER FIRED UP and could not sleep. Good news is, this morning I got to sleep in a bit.

Well, I'm off to teach children's church music! Have a great day, everyone!
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    Thank you for sharing this. I won't regret the choices I made with food yesterday, but the way you worded it really helps my brain wrap up why I won't regret those choices. :)
    1758 days ago
    My anxiety and I do not like driving in crowded unfamiliar areas so I can totally understand what you mean. Yesterday we went out to lunch and I tried to stay on point as well and did not beat myself up because I knew it would make it all worse. We all need those times of breaking away from habit, your body needs it sometimes. Also, this physical challenge this week I am sure will make any junk we eat fall off. LOL!
    1758 days ago
    LOL you sound so much like me! I too have often wished eating poorly would make me feel bad like others say it does for them but no such luck!! That's ok - I believe in the 80% rule. If we eat right 80% of the time we'll do ok!! Its working pretty well for me though my weight does move up and down a bit.
    1758 days ago
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