The holidays are a great time to enjoy rich foods, tasty cocktails and late nights with family and friends. I did all of those things and enjoyed every moment of it…until the alarm went off this morning.
Could it be time already to get back to reality? Was I really ready to start my day with a green smoothie?
Now don’t get me wrong, I actually stayed on track with my workouts – I ran in a Turkey Trot and still attended my Boot Camp classes. And I didn’t overindulge ALL day long; I at least tried to keep myself in check for the majority of the day to hold on to the most calories possible for the festivities.
But today was a great reality check for me.
Lack of Preparation
Even though I knew today was the day to start clean eating I hadn’t taken the time to go to the store to buy the things I needed. So after Boot Camp I was hungry and ready for a green smoothie but only had about half of what I needed so off to the store I went. By the time I got home I had no patience do deal with the washing and the measuring so I opted for turkey on a slice of Ezekiel bread. Was it still a good choice, sure, but not how I wanted to start the day.
Lack of Sleep
During the week I do my best to stick to a pretty normal sleep schedule. I’m definitely not a morning person so anything I can do to get going in the morning is a huge help. Over the past week I had stayed up late, gotten up early some days, slept in late on others and completely ruined my established schedule. The result: this morning was complete struggle. Between trying to encourage 3 kiddos to get their things together for school and trying to motivate myself for the shock of the cold weather and Boot Camp, the 8 hours of sleep I got the night before didn’t seem like nearly enough.
Lack of ‘Good Food’
As I said, I didn’t completely blow my diet but I did indulge in things I don’t normally eat. I can tell while I didn’t lack in the quantity of calories, I definitely lacked in the quality of calories. It’s a little difficult to accurately describe but in short, my mind doesn’t seem as sharp, and my energy level (and motivation) is clearly lacking.
So was today rough? Yes. Could it have been avoided? Yes. Would I have changed my past week? Yes, well some things.
I think we all need a break from a strict routine but we need to be mindful of how all of those decisions will work against us when we are ready to get back on track.
I’m thankful for the lessons of my tough day and in the future I’ll:
- Take a little bit of extra time to get my shopping done the day before
- Enjoy a night or two of staying up a little late but stick to my sleep schedule as much as possible
- Carefully consider what is worth indulging in rather than having a little bit of everything
So I would encourage you to not be discouraged by choices of the past holiday but learn from them. I know I have.
As a side note: check out the veggie turkey I made.