Wednesday, April 23, 2014

All aboard...

Let's not beat around the bush. Last week was really hard (thank you all for your sweet comments on my last post!). I spent the majority of the week eating my feelings... which I don't regret for a minute. There come some (occasional, hopefully) times in life where you just have to throw in the towel and eat ice cream for dinner, pour another glass of wine, and dig the emergency Thin Mints out of the freezer. Hopefully not all in one night, but... you do you. I'm not here to judge. I'm merely stating facts: personally, I find comfort in food, and there are moments where I just want to stop thinking about eating healthy and eat like I feel like eating (carbs and sweets, all the way). And so I did.

It looked a lot like this:
Gelato, enchilada casserole, TJ's treats, ravioli with mushroom sauce... yum.

And it was delicious. Don’t you doubt it for a second. I believe that it helped me get through the week (because Reese’s eggs are the cure for all problems, amiright?) and come out on the other side functioning.

But here’s the thing about making the decision to eat my feelings: there comes a point where I make the decision to stop (and you can, too!). I gave myself a week – I got through the time when C wasn’t home and when things were the hardest, and after that, I said enough already. Time to get back on the train.

I tucked the candies back into their hiding spot (out of sight = out of mind) and put the emergency Ben & Jerry’s back underneath all the frozen fruit. I got my butt to the gym for BodyPump on Monday evening and again last night for yoga. Two for two, y’all. It’s the little things! I hit up the store and loaded my cart with veggies and fruits, I made a meal plan, and I switched out the wine for water (ugh, rough). I had my week of throwing it all out the window, and it was fine. The world didn’t end, I didn’t gain 10 pounds (somewhat shocking), and I didn’t collapse from lack of salad. But then I stood myself up straight and looked myself in the eye and said, “time to leave this station, Lindsay!”

Thanks, BodyPump. The train is a-comin'!

We can all get back on the train. There is nothing wrong with getting off the train - honestly, you have to get off the train to get the true experience at each station; you can't just watch it from the window… (am I taking this analogy too far?) The locations beyond each station are delightful! ...But in order to get to the next place, you have to get back on the train. Continue the journey. Don’t get stuck in a rut!

The truth is, I feel better when I eat well, and I feel better when I work out. There’s not some big mystery out there about how to be healthy – it’s pretty simple. Treat your body well, and it will treat you well. So, I spent a little time treating my emotions, and now I’m back to treating my body. It’s a smidge less delicious (a lot less sugary), but it’s the right call. So, I’ve got salad for lunch and I’m off to fill up my water bottle… someone eat a cupcake for me.


Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

LOVE this! I think it's so easy to get caught up in the guilt factor when you fall (or leap wildly like a crazy person) off that train, instead of just realizing that it's sometimes what you need - as long as you make the point to get back on. Just like you wouldn't say that someone who eats fast food 99% of the time and then all of a sudden for 1 meal eats a salad is "healthy", you shouldn't say that someone who eats healthy a majority of the time but at one point has a cupcake or a cheat meal/day is "unhealthy". Life is all about moderation.

And now that I just wrote a novel... I'll go eat a cupcake for you ;-P

Caroline {Virginia Sweet} said...

Hahah I love this post! I just downed a bag of popcorn while reading your post and finishing this commet with Starbucks.....I need some Lindsay motivation STAT!

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

I always feel better after workng out- it's just getting myself to do it that is the issue!

Lisa C said...

Sometimes, the carbs just make you feel better.

The Lady Okie said...

Emergency thin mints? What a brilliant idea! I know what you mean about the skinny train. I do feel so much better when I eat healthy. Sometimes, you just have to eat your feelings, though.

Lindsay @ Typically Late said...

Accurate. Emergency times call for emergency carbs.

Lindsay @ Typically Late said...

That is a GREAT comparison... definitely true!! And we will go ahead and just consider every day last week it's own individual "cheat day" so I don't have to think about "cheat week"... ha!