Moving on from a bad day...
Friday, August 15, 2008
Well, yesterday was a bust. Do you ever feel like you can see a bad day coming, but you are powerless to avoid it? I tried to prepare myself for yesterday, but I was not sucessful.
I had a cocktail party to go to after work. I knew about this ahead of time, so I have been trying to plan my week accordingly. I knew I wouldn't be able to go to the gym that day and that I'd likely go over my calorie limit. I had built that into the rest of my week by adding extra cardio on the days that I knew I'd be able to get to the gym.
Well, despite my best intentions, I still blew it. I went to the party and limited myself to two glasses of wine and a few treats here and there. The problem was, even though all of those things added up to a dinner's worth of calories (and more), they did not feel like a dinner. I came home feeling hungry and irritable, and ended up eating a bowl of cereal, a handful of chips, and two chocolate cookies. OOPS. Instead of going over a few hundred calories, I went far beyond my daily limit.
I'm trying to look back on the day and think about what I could have done differently. I did not go to the party hungry - I'd eaten a well-balanced breakfast, lunch, and snack. I tried to fill up on the few healthy options that were there like fruit and veggie, while still allowing myself some treats like cheese and crackers and wine.
Maybe it was a mental thing. Maybe I was trying TOO hard. Maybe my efforts to be "good" ended up making me feel deprived, even though physically, I wasn't.
Whatever the reason, it's over. What's done is done. The truth is, even though I feel like crap right now, one bad day will not ruin my week. I have still logged some pretty good deficits this week.
I will try not to put too much pressure on myself to make up for yesterday, even though it is my tendency to do that. I will go to the gym tonight, but I'm not going to force myself to do more than normal. I don't need to pressure myself that way. I want this to be an enjoyable process. I hope that I can put yesterday behind me and just move forward.
Have a good weekend everyone!