Monday, November 29, 2010

Planning . . .

Yellow Week: Friday

I've come to the conclusion that life is about planning; healthy living is about planning.  Writing out every detail and making a plan on tackling it is important for organization and staying on track.  It prepares me to follow specific goals.  Even if I am not able to do it, I should list them out. 

Hence, Thanksgiving didn't go as "planned".  I didn't write out my plan.  My plan was to eat small, nutritious meals during and after the Thanksgiving dinner.  I ate way too much desert.  WAY TOO MUCH! I also ate things that contained oodles of dairy: egg nog (despite buying soy--I had the real stuff--a pint; sans liquor); sweet potato and brie gratin; mashed potatoes ( I make mine with light olive oil).  We had the sides catered locally.  We don't have the time or energy to cook so much food in our little kitchen.  We made the turkey ourselves.  I would have preferred a turducken--really, I searched for one.

Now, I feel sick.  I feel bloated.  I feel constipated (thankfully, the opposite of what dairy does to me).  And I feel like I let myself down again.  But this won't ruin my plans from now on.  I ate a hefty salad for lunch today.  Believe me, I need all the roughage I can get.  I didn't workout this morning, but I did some during the holiday break.  On Saturday, I walked 90 minutes on the treadmill while streaming a movie on my netbook--yay, Netflix!  Tonight, I will be on the spin bike while listening to my crazy Itouch that isn't shuffling songs. 

It is not the end of the world..  All is okay.  I may have to plan a lot better and do a lot more "to do" lists, but I can do it.


  1. Yay, Salad! I struggle terribly in the days following a feast. Now my body is telling me that I must eat carefully and mindfully on feast days avoiding the foods that will trigger cravings for days and weeks following.

    I'm very glad this Christmas will be low key and I will have no danger foods in our house except maybe my husbands chocolates. We will only have foods we normally eat so I shouldn't have to battle with the aftermath.

    Hang in there and don't give in over the next few days and you'll be fine again.

  2. I had a similar Tgiving. And, a similar day today: back on track.
    This journey is quite the roller coaster for me, but maybe just one day at a time we can make it work. Hang in there.

  3. I am also a planner; it is the only way I am successful. And you know, I have to have a day like your Thanksgiving Day every now and then to remind me why I don't live like that anymore. Every now and then I have to eat processed food or drink a soda to really remember awful I felt ALL THE TIME before I started living healthier!!

  4. you are right!! it has to be planned and thats why i have such a hard time because i'm spontaneous :-) Keep trying!! December is a hard month to lose weight


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