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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.
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    Drinking a margarita makes me want loads of chips, beans, salsa, enchilada, etc. Not horrendous choices, yet high in calories & sodium. And I do get every bit of salt off the rim of the margarita glass, too!

    Your lessons learned are all good ones. Especially if you eat quite differently than friends, I find it helps to bring at least one item I'm confident in eating.
    1747 days ago
    Sometimes friends only pressure you to eat crap because they feel guilty by the healthy steps you are taking to better your own life. It's their own little insecurities shining through... If this were a really good friend, you shouldn't feel peer pressure. :( Your tips for yourself for next time are great :) thanks!
    1747 days ago
    It was only one day and only a half a cupcake. It could have been worse and I know you're going to go right back to good decisions tomorrow.

    Practice saying "No thank you, I don't want one." You won't regret not having the cupcake next time and the other person probably didn't want one that badly to begin with or she wouldn't have been a food pusher. The more you practice that, the easier it will be next time.

    You've got a great list of things to remember!
    1748 days ago
    Oh, I'm sorry you had a rough day, but it's days that don't go as planned that give us the knowledge and the tools to do it differently next time. It sounds like you learned a lot from today and probably had a pretty good time with your friend--sounds like a positive day, even though you went off plan. emoticon

    1748 days ago
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