When it comes to balance, I’ve realized something: I find it via extremes.
I think I’m in the midst of one of those wobbly, I’m trying to figure this out and balancing and teeter tottering spots when it comes to my eating.
Exhibit A (Saturday–which involved no studying but a great bike ride in sarnia, some fun at Opa Fest, and making an even bigger mess out of my apartment):
So, you could MAYBE say that things went “downhill”. Or you could say…
- I’m doing a really good job of figuring out how to eat more real food, I just had a weekend day where I ate some foods that maybe weren’t ideal. It’s not the end of the world–it’s one day out of a whole week, month, year, life where I eat mostly real, whole, healthy foods! This does NOT mean I’m a pig or that I need to restrict or work out harder to make up for this, it means I need to focus on eating well for the next couple days to make sure I feel better.
- I’m in a really stressful period right now: good stress from graduating, etc. and bad stress from having an exam to “worry” about. All in all, I’m doing a pretty good job of staying calm and collected–what I need to remember is that food issues are easy to worry about, life issues (which are the ones I SHOULD focus on), are tougher. Just cuz they’re tough doesn’t give me a reason to distract myself with petty things instead…
- I biked a pretty long ride in the morning. I didn’t really refuel properly and I feel sick. My eating is off for more reasons than emotions.
- French fries under the bridge = accomplishment because they’re a tick off my summer bucket list. PLUS they were enjoyed with friends!
- I got to see my friends last night (and take some more ridiculous photos).
- Today’s a new day. And I started it with a healthy bowl of yogurt, banana, oats, walnuts, and honey.
I think what I’m trying to do here is head off a full on binge or downward spiral by reminding myself that when you’re headed in the wrong direction, you don’t have to keep going. I realize that yesterday (and the last week, to be totally honest), I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants, eating a lot of things that really have left me feeling blah, etc. Instead of feeling guilty, I’m going to be grateful: feeling off and feeling sick = indication that this isn’t working for me. The beautiful thing is that I can change what I’m doing and it’s never too late and I’m not too far gone because I spent a week eating junk food. Looking back, I had a lot of beer, froyo for dinner twice, some night time trips to the kitchen, and a whole bunch of food that actually left me feeling so sick. Common sense says that since I feel like poop because of it, I shouldn’t keep on this path. So I’m going to listen to common sense here, be proactive, and commit to eating plenty of fresh and whole foods, drinking more water, and saving the worries for things that are more important than what I am eating for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (my exam, bootcamp plans, travel plans, fall plans, etc. are much better uses of my energy).
Do you ever get caught up in something petty (i.e. what you eat) when you have bigger worries? How do you bring it back to what’s important?
How do you get back onto a healthy train when you feel like you’ve gotten off track?