I must admit, today was a pretty awesome day. Nope, I didn’t win the lottery or meet my future husband but it was quite awesome for a regular rainy Tuesday. I made a Facebook post about how I had planned ahead, by packing my lunch last night so that I would be prepared and not tempted to eat fast food at work today. As I was prepping my salad, my co-workers came running up to me and screamed “STOP!” Confused I replied, “Ummm it’s just a spinach salad.” Then he told me the department attorney was taking us out for Staff Appreciation Day. I put away my salad and we all went to one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. I was committed to eating healthy, I did not eat a single tortilla chip. Miraculously, the world did not stop spinning on it’s axis, and I was still able to enjoy everyone’s company. I ordered a fresh salad topped with tilapia. I was so proud of myself for not letting “free food” derail me from my healthy eating plan. Free food is such a weakness for me, like I’m still a broke college kid excited about a free meal outside of the dining hall.
Later that afternoon, I ate some peanuts before my counseling session to curb my dinner appetite that often temps me to go to the drive thru. I told my counselor that I’m struggling with the idea I should probably never eat sugar again and didn’t want to accept that. She told me to plan a strategic “cheat day” once a week. Of course I’ve thought about a planned cheat day, but I never really implemented it. I might give it a try, everything else she’s suggested has done well and works for me.
I called my Gym Cousin afterwards and told him to meet me at the gym. Of course, he was already planning to go anyway. I got on the elliptical stair climber thingy and climbed for 30 minutes. I remember when I first started going to the gym I couldn’t do it for even five minutes. Unfortunately, it made my feet hurt, and my knees a little sore, so I don’t think I will do it for that long next time. I’ll probably stick to the regular elliptical machine and the treadmill. My cousin arrived just as I finished, and we got on treadmills next to each other. We talked about celebrity gossip and who’s dating who. I was also catching a sneak peek of my gym time guilty pleasure the Kardashians. Some of it is clearly scripted, but it’s so doggone entertaining… I did an easy walk for 30 minutes. My cousin told me he was “just getting started” and I told him my hour was up, and I was headed home out getting of the rain. Once I got home I had to really give myself a pat on the back. I was able to sync up healthy eating and fitness and caring for my emotional well-being all in one day. It feels great to go to bed in peace knowing I made healthy decisions.