Wow... so I just had about 4 days in a row that I was majorly off-track with my nutrition goals. I kept to my daily fitness (I have to keep that streak going!) so I have come out of it not feeling too horrible about myself.
First of all, my mom was visiting which was really nice! But we are eaters by nature and tend to eat more when together (although she says she eats much better when she is with me... how is she eating at home that is worse than what we did the past few days?!). Since Friday, I haven't tracked my food so all I know is that I ate way more than I felt comfortable with and very little of it was healthy - fries, hamburgers, pizza, alcohol, chocolate, chips and dip, etc.
We went to a concert on Sunday night, drinking a glass of a slushie wine mix my mom had brought before we left. It was a party-in-a-bag type thing that came with a dip mix and these amazing chips - horrible for us. So much salt. Then on the way to the concert we stopped for burgers. Then at the concert we drank more and had cups of boardwalk fries... On the way home I felt like a slug that had been dropped in a salt bucket. I was so bloated and miserable!
Monday I vowed to turn things around and push myself back into healthy eating habits. I took my mom on my favorite 8.5 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail and then we made pizza with a homemade cauliflower crust (found the recipe on SP!). I tend to feel guilty eating pizza, but the crust was much healthier than a normal pizza. We burned close to 1500 calories hiking, so I think it was ok to indulge a little for dinner - even though I was indulging the ENTIRE weekend.
So... Moving forward! I'm pretty sure I got whatever unhealthy eating urges I was having out of my system. It's almost as though my body can't handle it any more, and to think that I was eating like that every single day before I came back to SP in July.
This week my goals are to track my calories everyday, stay in my range and stick to my fitness goals. I am in my last week of the 5k training plan and week 2 of the 100 pushups challenge! I feel pretty dehydrated after this weekend - I let my hydration and sleep habits slip a bit! This week I will drink 2-3 liters of water everyday and get back into my sleep schedule.
I feel ok about taking a small detour and just want to keep moving toward my goals. I'm not mad at myself - maybe slightly disappointed but it could have been much worse! It was probably good for me to see the way my body reacted to the habits that used to be an everyday thing. I definitely see now how much better I feel when I'm eating right and staying hydrated and active! What's great is that I didn't beat myself up about anything I have done over the past few days. I just kept telling myself "I am making the decision to eat/drink this, and I will make the decision to get back on track when I am ready." I didn't completely push my goals out of mind, I thought of it more as a short diet vacation.
Today, I am ready to get back on track!