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Off Track But Okay

on August 20, 2013

It’s possible that I’ve had more carbs and sweets in a few days than I usually eat in a few weeks. I should probably be upset with myself but when the food is as delicious as it been, I’m really not.

Each year up here we put together quality meals. People take the lead or team up to prepare for the group as a whole. There’s bread from an excellent organic bakery and organic produce fresh picked from the farm across the road.

It makes me determined that if I’m going to veer from the low carb path, I will only do so for high quality products. None of that crappy store bought bread for me.

I have to admit that I feel a little bloated and my stomach and system have been a little out of sorts, but my taste buds are delighted.

Even the desserts have been great, including my brownies.

To compensate I’ve at least exercised a little with some paddle boarding, tai chi, and at least one power walk around the farm.

My time away ends tomorrow, then I have a couple days of staycation. I firmly pledge to get back on track. I may even do a couple of days of fruit and veggie smoothies and protein shakes to straighten out my system. I already plan to hit Zumba class on Friday morning and we have an extended Tai Chi class on Saturday.

You know, if I never give myself permission to temporarily go off the rails it will feel like my life is one never ending diet.

I’ve enjoyed every bite and taste, amid the warm love and camaraderie of my family and friends. I’ll be happy to once more eat to my food plan.

I’m okay and life is good.

4 responses to “Off Track But Okay

  1. Hope says:

    I like to think of things that are worth the empty calories. Sounds like what you had was worth them, at least for the duration of your vacation. šŸ™‚

  2. Pink Pelican says:

    I try not to think of it as going off the rails. “Normal” people get to eat cookies or brownies or bread without it somehow being a crime against nature. I’m “normal” now. I have built myself a lifestyle that can encompass both broccoli and snickerdoodles. It’s more a matter of being mindful about food choices in context of other lifestyle choices.

    I don’t have my mindset completely nailed into place yet, but I do find it helpful to be able to look at food as just FOOD, not so much as good or bad, but as what I need, what I want, and in what proportions. It helps remove the guilt issues and that helps take the stress and obsessiveness out of the equation, at least to some degree.

    • Mary Stella says:

      Very true, Pink. I’m working toward that mindset for when I hit goal weight. I can feel my relationship with food has already changed a great deal for the better. I still have work to do emotionally and while I’m finishing up the physical work I can put in the effort in other ways too.

  3. Skye says:

    “I’m okay and life is good.” And, really, what more do you need?

    I’m glad you’ve been having such a good time and eating high-quality foods. I need to remind myself that if I’m going to eat sweets or bacon or other less-healthy foods, then they should be high-quality. If I have a single, excellent chocolate truffle, I can devour it slowly and be completely satisfied. If I eat Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream instead of Dreyer’s Slow-Churned (lower in fat) ice cream, I get more satisfaction and so need less of it. When it comes to pleasure and indulgence, less can be more if the less is high-quality. (And today I didn’t take my lunch so I not only got a pre-made sandwich, but also an iced chai and a dessert which was way too much sugar and fat and it made me feel a bit ill. Not unexpected. Sigh.)

    It sounds like your couple of days of staycation will be very nice, too. I like how you already have them planned out to get you directly back into your routine before you begin again at work.

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