Today is a great example of how I handle “food guilt.” I woke up early, ran on the treadmill for 30 minutes, then did a Tone it Up work out.
I had 2 scrambled eggs with spinach and one piece of whole wheat toast with margarine for breakfast and 2 cups of coffee. Pretty healthy so far, right?
Then…lunch hit. And lunch hit hard because the company brought in food.
And by food, I mean pizza. And salad. And cheese bread.
I was a “good girl” and had some salad (with Ranch dressing). But I also had 4 pieces of cheese bread. “Bad Girl.”
And now, I’m back at my desk, feeling guilty. I shouldn’t have eaten the bread. I was doing so well…
Why should I feel guilty? I worked out hard this morning. According to my Jawbone, I’ve burned 1,600+ calories today. I wanted that bread, so I ate it! There’s no shame in that.
I’ve learned in my life that there are going to be “good” days and “bad” days when it comes to eating. There’s no possible way I could eat 100% healthy, 100% of the time. No way. I enjoy food too much. And by food I mean: gelato, desserts in general, bread, pizza, pasta, deli meat, red meat, anything that’s delicious but has no nutritional content. And you know what, that’s okay.
I can’t completely cut out the good stuff and need to be able to eat bread every once in a while. I know that if I cut back and focus on healthy eating and kick my work outs up a notch, I’ll get to my goal. I’m going to eat well 80% of the time.
So tonight, I’ll have a salad and eat the blueberries as dessert. I won’t have any alcohol and I’ll focus on water. Tomorrow’s another day to be healthy and push myself to the next level. I will no longer think of myself or my food choices as “good” or “bad” and start thinking of food as a treat or as something that will fuel my body to get where I want to go. Who’s with me?
How do you focus on being healthy? Do you experience food guilt?
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