Family is great for the mood, bad for the waistline.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Last weekend I got to travel back to Colorado and it was great! The main reason B and I went back was to attend my sister's engagement party. They're not getting married until next May, but are getting the celebrations started early. Personally, I don't really see the point of the engagement party...especially since it was announced on facebook and at family gatherings, so everyone already knew and had already congratulated them... The change of pace and chance to go home was totally worth it though. The weather was great, my family was fun, my niece/goddaughter was adorable as always! Chasing her around and jumping on the trampoline with her sure kept me more active than usual. Not being tied to my computer at a desk helped a lot too! I had so much fun playing with her that this is the only picture I have of the two of us from the weekend and we were fast asleep!!
So home was great, the only problem was THE FOOD! I'm not sure if it's a cultural thing or what, but a lot of stuff in my family revolves around food. There's always breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but then there's snacks when we sit down to play cards or hang out at night, all you can eat sushi with my godmother, platters of food at get-togethers, and plenty more! Usually I love this stuff. Food = fun with family. This time though I realized that it didn't fit in to the healthy lifestyle I've been trying to carve out for myself since the start of the 5% Challenge. I didn't want loads of bacon for breakfast or three rounds of sushi, but it's so hard to say no. I also found that when we're all sitting around a table laughing and eating, I eat WAYY more than I should. I ate like 6 See's Chocolates and half a bag of popcorn without even realizing what I was doing. I've gotten good at keeping track of this stuff.
Luckily my body tried to take matters into its own hands which made me realize what I was doing. After a big breakfast of bacon and eggs and juice, compared to a normally small (or occasionally skipped) breakfast, my stomach flipped and sent me to the bathroom after not being used to such a big morning meal. The same thing happened a few times over the weekend, but my desire to eat healthy was still really low around my family.
Now, my family isn't super-unhealthy - mom has Type 2 diabetes, dad has heart problems, and my sister is trying to lose weight for the wedding next year. Even with all that though, the way they eat is so different than what I've gotten used to on my own. I love them all to pieces, but I need to figure out a better strategy for next time...