Professional Eating Season

Professional Eating Season is what my trainer Rick calls the season between Halloween and New Years.  Basically, all of the Fall.  It does sure seem like every event is based around food and there’s no lack of indulgence anywhere you look.  Seasonal flavors are the rage, and usually come along with a hefty sugar tax.  Coworkers are cooking and bringing in treats.  Kids are bringing home candy.  And then there are those OMG meals that take all day to make and you end up eating them all week.

I made it through Halloween without eating any candy.  We went to our friends’ for Thanksgiving so that meant no leftovers.  I’ve made a dessert to share, and went a little overboard in Las Vegas during the marathon weekend.  This is crunch time.

I have realistic expectations when it comes to my diet.  I’m not going to be perfect, but I always find that when I have guidelines and deadlines, it sets me up for success.  So for the next 21 days I am going to be taking part in a challenge with my online Beachbody team.  It starts with a Shakeology cleanse, which works great for me because I have a surplus and pretty busy days for the start of the week.

Wouldn’t it be great to hit January 1 without the resolution hanging over your head after going off the rails for the holidays?  I intend to be a my lowest weight of the year on January 1st – not doing penance for few months of living like a cupcake rockstar.

This year will be different.

This year will be different.

Reboot, Reset, Regroup

I stepped on the scale today and I really didn’t like what I saw. Instead of getting angry with myself, going back to bed, or looking for the nearest sweet, I did something different. My rational brain spoke louder than any other voice in my head. “Well, why are you surprised? It’s been holiday time. You were given 2 plates of cookies. You had company and were out to eat every day. You drank quite a bit. And then there’s the NYE party where you drank more than quite a bit. This isn’t rocket science, kid. Time to get back to business.”

That’s what I’m doing. I’m eating breakfast. I have a healthy lunch planned. I have work to keep me busy all morning and not hanging out of the refrigerator.

I also have to remember that I’m keeping up with training, and that’s AWESOME. Yesterday I hit the strength deck hard, shredding my abs, and I’m upright and smiling about it all today. There are victories everywhere.

On days when my face won't smile, I can always refer to my smiling teeth cast to get through.

On days when my face won’t smile, I can always refer to my smiling teeth cast to get through.