Saturday, June 22, 2013
It's been a whirlwind here, the past few months. A dear friend had an accident and was in a coma for over a week in April, an intensive finals week came and went, I hosted a fundraiser party for a non-profit in my town, and this week a new roommate moved in!
So, in the context of ALL of that...I backslid, but only a little. Besides the occasional splurge (for example, last night i had a grilled chicken breast on a white flour bun and had fries on the side), the only real problem I had was at the fundraiser. It was also my birthday. So, on top of having to buy a few hundred dollars of food that would be enjoyed and tempting by everyone attending (the donation was optional, so I wanted to make the spread real nice to up the guilt factor, hehe), there were birthday cupcakes.
I only had two cupcakes and gave the rest to my neighbors and friends, but when the party was over (and over $400 raised!), we had an entire bag of frozen meatballs and a large pan of ziti (my favorite pasta dish) leftover. I've left the meatball eating mostly to my dog and boyfriend, but for days all I would eat was ziti. Ziti lunch, ziti dinner. On a rare occasion, ziti brunch. This was 10 days ago, so only in this past week I've started transitioning back to my normal routine.
I just spent $130 at the farmer's market and Publix (I'll post a picture later, to show all the delicious and healthy food I got), and I'm happy to do so because in the past 2-3 weeks I've discovered how quickly you see signs of doing poorly:
-I started feeling tired again, all of the time. And constantly thirsty for water.
-My skin, which had for quite a few weeks been almost entirely clear and radiant, started breaking out again
-I felt and looked bloated.
-Gained a few pounds (hopefully retained water weight, but still)
I'm glad to know these things will happen, though. It's not only motivation to keep me from slipping up again, but it is also nice to know that I won't unwittingly slowly fall off the wagon and not realize I'm messing something up until my pants don't fit.
also, for my beauty queens/kings out there (YOU!), I discovered that most types of produce can be used as a facial afterwards. For example, rubbing banana peel on skin will do a variety of wonders -google it- and after I have infused water with cucumber, I will rub the cuke slices on my skin and relax for awhile. I've also used egg yolk as a face mask since i rarely use it...now I don't feel nearly as wasteful!
Hopefully soon I'll post an update after a week or two of being back on track, and feeling much MUCH better!