Gosh it seems like there was something happening on the planet yesterday as there have been eating blow outs everywhere, including me last night with chocolate!
I read an article that described dieting and exercise as a rubber band. The harder you diet and exercise without a break the further you stretch the rubber band. The more you push and push without stopping the further the rubber band stretches.
Eventually the rubber band either snaps back or it breaks. For a few people it actually reshapes and is able to continue to be stretched but that's rare.
When I look at it this way I don't feel like a blow out is that bigger deal it just tells me I stretched the rubber band too far.
When I looked at my day there were warning signals everywhere
- I was out of my comfort zone because I had become used to being at work every day, 12 hours a day in a controlled environment where I had all my food sorted and knew exactly what was happening at all times
- I was out and about and had not thought at all about lunch or taking a snack. I had not planned which is something I KNOW is crucial for my success. I finally found a place where I could get grilled fish and salad for some ridiculous price. The fish was tiny and the salad was actually pretty good but small. I was hungry for the rest of the afternoon.
- By the time I got to the end of the day and was driving home from work tired, I had only consumed about 60% of my goal calories....let alone additional calories that I could have consumed from additional exercise so I guess my body was feeling calorie starved.
And this perfect little storm all hit as I got home and resulted in much more chocolate than I should have had.
When I look back I probably *have* been undereating compared to my activity and calorie requirements and that has been setting me up for this kind of thing.
I am actually really happy that I can logically look at this and see where I went wrong. Its a moment of weakness in what has been weeks of great eating and exercise. Its not a big deal.
I'm already back in the saddle, eating well and exercising this morning .... and nursing an intermittent stomach ache and a sugar/carb hangover
And after all...
Failure is not determined by whether you fall down
It's measured by whether you get back up.
Have a great day all
EDIT 4 hours later and I still feel physically washed out and blah and gross from my excesses last night.
Finding it harder than usual to be active...and this is how I used to feel every day until very recently!
Gawd, how did I get through day after day feeling this way...AND smoking!?! LOL