Week 39: Taking the Good with the Bad

Have you been good this week?

Not me. I’ve been bad. I’ve been bad these last couple of weeks.

It started out on a work trip to Las Vegas a few weeks ago. I brought along my workout clothes with every intention of working out in the hotel fitness center. I even conjured up the tidbits I have learned about how to eat a healthy meal at buffets, avoiding diet disasters on vacation, and steering clear of the happy hour bar.

But, contrary to popular opinion, what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas.

It came back with me, in the form of a bloated stomach, a crummy lethargic feeling, a guilty conscience over all the “bad” foods and drinks I had consumed, and the lack of working out that took place.

I thought that as soon as I returned home, I’d get back on track. I did, in some ways: I got back on the running track at the gym and knocked out most of my workouts that I had planned. But I found myself skipping one here and there, because I was “tired” or just didn’t feel like it (a.k.a. lazy).

The healthy eating didn’t seem to return as easily, though. After eating pretty much whatever I felt like for a couple days, I was amazed at how hard it was to discipline myself again. A few days went by after my return, and yet I still felt lousy due to the ban of fruits & veggies that had somehow been placed on my diet. I tried to lift the embargo, but something in my head kept feeding carbs and sweets and other bad foods into my mouth.

And then, there was the big game last weekend… Let’s just say it was my worst day of being “healthy” out of the last few weeks. A smorgasbord of food, sweets, and brewed drinks? Yep, that spells disaster for any dieter.

BUT. But. Finally, I have turned a corner.

Practice makes perfect, so after practicing good habits again the last few weeks, I finally feel back to “normal.” Looking back over that period of indulgence, I haven’t really been “bad,” per se, because I have been making many smarter choices than I would have in the past…while giving in to little cheats here and there that I wouldn’t normally do if trying to lose weight.

The positive that has come from this story is this: It feels good to realize that my “normal” now is a good, healthy, happy feeling.

But, you know what else I’ve decided? I am going to stop using those “good” and “bad” terms. At the end of the day, I’m trying to be smart and healthy, not view foods as good or bad. Food is fuel; it’s something to power our bodies and to be enjoyed, and as long as I’m smart and healthy about it 90% of the time, that’s good enough for me.

Fat Stats:
Starting weight: 166 pounds
Last week: 146.5 pounds
This week: 148 pounds (whoops)
Goal weight: 145 pounds

Happy Friday,
Amanda
@jockey_amanda

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