"Do you take sugar? One lump or two?" - Def Leppard
Saturday, July 06, 2013
I totally got myself set up for success today. I got up on the earlier side for a Saturday and left early to go to one of my favorite yoga classes. I pushed myself in yoga and left feeling great. I got a slightly "junky" breakfast from the co-op, but co-op "junk" is not the same as real-world junk -- it was a small vegan biscuit, vegan sausage and gravy, and scrambled tofu. Not brutal. I headed to farmer's market for fresh, local, organic produce, and then to Whole Foods to get grocery shopping out of the way -- mostly produce plus a few staples.
So far, so good. I had plans to go to a friend's pool for the day so I grabbed a few pieces of fruit for the road and headed out.
On the plus side, I got a lot of swimming in, thus had a pretty good workout. With that said, I knew I was in trouble when I finished my margarita and realized how strong it was -- being buzzed is not conducive to healthy or reasonable eating.
I don't need to get into the specifics. What I will say is I ate too much snacky food, too much junky food, and more importantly was not mindful of any of it.
The worst part was when my friend asked if I wanted a cookie or cupcake for dessert. I said "Neither -- I'm full" and she said, basically, "No, you're having one." I have no doubt she was just feeling guilty about wanting a treat herself, and normally I would never, ever give in -- this isn't middle school and even then I didn't do peer pressure! But for some reason, I said, "I'll have half a cupcake but please don't bring me a whole one." Of course she did bring me a whole one and I told her I was throwing the rest away. Which was, of course, terribly hard to do even though I did it.
I just estimated my food consumption in my tracker to the best of my ability and I, surprisingly, wasn't over my calorie range. With that said, over 1/3 of my calories came from alcohol and another 1/3 come from the "healthy" popcorn I brought that I mindlessly snacked on. I ate dairy and all sorts of processed, conventional junk.
So now I'm home and still hungry because I stopped eating "real" food around noon. I have a bit of a headache. And I'm completely tired. I don't know that this is from my eating habits, but it's a reasonable guess.
Anyway, this is a blog, not a confession. I spend time every day commenting on peoples' blog posts, giving them advice and feedback and I feel like I'm typically knowledgable about healthy eating. So I want to focus on lessons I was reminded of today:
1) Bring healthy food with me to parties -- I enjoy it and others usually do, too. Then if/when I get hungry, I'm not put in a bad position.
2) Don't show up hungry. Eat first and eat healthy.
3) Be firm when I say no. Again, I learned this lesson before middle school. Next thing you know, I'm going to be shooting heroin with the way I acted today *rolls eyes*
4) Be careful when drinking alcohol. I'm not a huge drinker, but I'm not going to swear off of drinking. I just have to be mindful when I drink.
I'm going to take a bath and unwind. I'll probably go over my calories by 100 or so because I do need some real food before bed, but I also haven't gone over my calories any other day.
Every minute is a new minute that gives me the power to make new decisions.