There are so many, many reasons to derail from your healthy eating plan.
- Long work trips
- Birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, weddings
- PMS (if you have those parts)
- Stressful days
- Sad days
- Happy days
- Cheat meals
Whether your preferred plan is “clean” eating, Paleo, Gluten-free, Low Fat, Atkins, Vegan, Veggie, whatever… sometimes it just feels like the universe is determined to throw temptation at your feet.
I post pics here and on Instagram all the time about my meals being #cleaneats or #Paleo… but I also make sure to share my treats. We are all human. I’m certainly not perfect with my eating habits and have no problem showing my followers that I too, have my moments of indulgence.
Because, would I lie to you? Absolutely not.
The past few weeks, I succumbed to more than one derail-er on that list. I was away from home, out of my routine, staying in a different place (or in a hotel) for twelve days. And even though I had days where I managed to stay fairly on track, there were definitely many more that I didn’t. During my time away, it also happened to be a holiday weekend and I attended a birthday barbecue, plus dinner in NYC with friends… yikes. Temptations were everywhere I looked.
I indulged. I drank amazing beers, ate amazing food and enjoyed every bit of it. I actively chose to ignore the guilt-trip voice in my head over every bite of a chocolate croissant or spoonful of REAL sugar in my Dunkin’ coffee. There was ice cream cake, cookies, pizza, cheese, cereal, gelato, oh man … so many yummy things I have spent the last year doing my best to avoid. I could feel my ass getting bigger, I swear.
I did manage to cook a few healthy meals with my love, though. He is awesome for volunteering to grocery shop ahead of time… especially once he saw my crazy list of weird foods! The man has never bought almond milk in his life and had to google what a spaghetti squash looked like. Damn, he must love me. He did SO GOOD.
I did manage a few decent choices while eating out:
But now that I’m home, I have to face the music. I got on the scale this morning and watched in horror as the digital numbers crawled up to a weight I haven’t seen since I went to Vegas with Nette and Russ in October. It’s no coincidence that I splurged hard on that trip too. ProTip: Any time you go to Gordon Ramsay’s Steakhouse in Vegas, do it up. It’s worth the extra vacation pounds.
But you know what? Overall, I’m okay with it. I went way, way out of my normal eating habits, had some fun, and put on a few pounds. I wasn’t drinking my standard 2-3 liters of water a day and I only went running ONCE the whole time I was away.
Big picture? SO WHAT.
Is it great that I put on weight? No. But I also know that it will probably only take one solid week of eating clean and exercising to get back down to my “normal” weight. There’s no sense in self-bashing, because good grief, this is life. You derail, you get back on track. It’s not the end of the world to let go and enjoy yourself for a period of time. It’s just important to not let those indulgences take over and become your new routine.
Speaking of new routines, I’m also in between CrossFit gyms at the moment. I made an incredibly tough choice to leave the gym I’ve been going to for a year and this extended trip came at the perfect time. It’s allowed me to do a few trial workouts at a new gym and decompress from CrossFit and that pretty intense world for a few weeks while I was away. Now that I’ve had a little break, I’m really looking forward to getting back into some different style workouts (this new CrossFit gym does not follow HQ programming of workouts) and incorporating more running into my exercise routine. I’m thinking 1 or 2 CrossFit workouts mixed with 2-3 runs per week. Not sure how I’m going to split up the days or where my rest days will fall, but feel like changing it up is going to be great for me. It will be fun to figure out what I like best!
In the meantime, if you derailed over the holiday weekend and are struggling this week, join me in getting back on track with your diet and exercise. Starting right now.
We’ve got this!
What did you enjoy over the long weekend, boozy or otherwise???