Happy Monday! I have a confession to make: I’m not perfect, and I screw up sometimes. I had a huge setback this past weekend. Now that I’m not training for a race, I seem a bit lost and my discipline with healthy eating has escaped me recently. This weekend was really bad. On Friday I went out to eat for lunch with my husband and pigged out on non-vegan eggplant parmesan and I think I had about 5-6 pieces of bread to go with it. Then on Friday night we went out again with a friend, and I ate fried appetizers, along with a black bean burger with cheese and thousand island dressing and French fries. I even had a bit of that goopy nacho cheese sauce – can we really call that stuff cheese? Anyway, not only did I fall off of the healthy eating wagon, but off of the vegan wagon as well. I’m so ashamed of myself.
On Saturday, I woke up and vowed to just forget the day before and get back on the healthy, vegan track! I started out with a lovely smoothie made with kale, banana and frozen fruit. I then went grocery shopping for the week and bought lots of healthy fruits and veggies and I was excited about the healthy things I would be eating throughout the week. However, when I got home, my youngest daughter begged to go eat Mexican for lunch and she had helped with some chores around the house, so I caved and ended up having Mexican food for my lunch. By now my stomach was protesting and the shame and guilt were eating away at me, so on Saturday night I made a healthy soup made with cauliflower and roasted acorn squash. Yesterday I went for a 6.2 mile run which went really well and so I felt like I was finally back on track.
Then I stepped on the scale this morning. OMG. I’ve gained 6 pounds in the last month since completing my half-marathon. Six pounds!!
I’m sort of at a loss right now, and I’m feeling a bit frustrated with myself. I know that beating myself up isn’t going to achieve anything, so I’m trying to come up with a game plan.
I hate having to track my food, but I think that I’m going to have to do that, at least for awhile. Also, I picked out my first marathon to train for, but it’s not until June, and so my training won’t start until January or February, so in the meantime, I have to kick up my workouts somehow to burn more calories. I tend to lose weight when I run every day, so perhaps that’s what I need to do over the next couple of months.
I’m human. I’m not perfect and I’m going to screw up every now and then. I’m going to fall. I just need to get back up again, dust myself off, and start fresh, right?