How many times have you woken up and decided that today you were going to give yourself a fresh start? Whether you’ve fallen off the wagon, eaten out too many times, or just feel like crap. You know that you want the cycle to stop, so you decide to hit the reset button. You wake up, determined to have a better day, but before you know it, you’ve messed up your clean slate.
These past few weeks I’ve eaten out a ton! We’ve had catered lunches at work, plans with friends on weekends, and have had family in town for the long weekend. I’ve also been lazy. With packed weekends, I honestly haven’t taken the time to prepare lunches for the week ahead. I got into a slump and was left feeling like crud this past weekend.
Saturday morning I woke up and decided to clean the slate. Even though we had plans to eat out with family during the weekend, I knew that I could make healthy choices and end each day feeling great. My plan was to back off from all the carbs I had been eating and to focus on protein and veggies until I felt better. I woke up, felt good, and then… I ate a blueberry muffin.
What. The. Heck? What happened to my plan? Why wasn’t I focused enough to turn down the blueberry muffin?
In hindsight, it was just a blueberry muffin. It didn’t derail me, but I was more mad at myself for forgetting. Since April I’ve learned that in order to lose weight and to be healthy, you have to be consistent. You have to stay focused and you have to be diligent about eating foods that fuel your body and leave you feeling great. When things start to spiral out of control, you have to retake control and refocus. It isn’t easy, trust me, but it can get really bad if you keep allowing yourself to eat whatever and whenever you like.
The blueberry muffin was just a blueberry muffin, but it represented my lack of willpower in that moment. It reminded me of how hard I need to work to stay on track and how important it is to plan ahead, to prepare healthy foods, and to stick to my diet no matter what.
It has been nice taking some time off work and refocusing. I’m ready to get back to preparing my lunches, to cooking all of our dinners at home, and to feeling better.