So I’m writing this post pre Easter weekend. I am assuming that the majority of you reading will have just celebrated it in a variety of ways.
I can’t speak to the rest of the world. but in the U.S. it will involve family and faith and all kinds of tasty foods as well as a plethora of candy.
It is however, now Monday and you may be feeling guilty over your “self indulgence” of the weekend. You maybe feel like you enjoyed those stolen treats out of your kids basket a bit to much.
Heck, I usually have plenty of left over stuff I don’t need to raid their stuff ( and yeah, I still make my adult kids Easter baskets 😉
Seriously, though. I have a deep appreciation for chocolate although now days, it just takes a little for me, to much makes me feel yucky.
Of course I see things circulating on the internet that always make my skin crawl… meme’s that talk about doing certain exercises to “negate what you ate”
For the love of chocolate bunnies, you can’t undo something that’s already done!
Of course, there are things you can do after the fact…..like… move on and get back to your regular routine. Move forward…life as usual… you know, normal stuff.
Did you enjoy your time with your family? Was the food good? Did you have fun watching the kids experience the day? Whatever your day looked like, was it good?
Life is good. It’s meant to be enjoyed. That means there will be times we have celebrations and food and its food we really love ’cause it’s special to that event. Life isn’t about constant restrictions and feeling guilty over what we put in our mouth.
A “diet” shouldn’t ruin our holiday celebrations. On the other hand you shouldn’t use it as open season to just eat like an out of control person because it is a holiday.
Balance. Moderation. Be sensible. It works.
One thing I’ve learned on my health journey that’s been freeing is that the food is always there. The chocolate is there. I don’t have to just drop into the deep end and gorge like I’ll never have it again.
I know I can. I know I will. I just let myself live in those boundaries.
Will I maybe have more than “usual” of food or treats over the weekend?
Most likely, yes.
Will my body let me know it’s not used to it and get back on track ? Absolutely.
That, my friend is how you need to train yourself too.
After a celebratory weekend you should be focused on getting back to what you do ( which is hopefully eating well) .
You don’t have to throw in the towel.
You don’t have to wait till another day to “start”.
You don’t have to feel guilt or beat yourself up.
You don’t have to go to the gym and workout longer or extra hard to burn off calories you’ve consumed days before. ( PLEASE! don’t)
What can you do? What should you do ?
Don’t weight yourself! It’s not “fat” you’ve gained but a healthy dose of water weight. If you need to weigh yourself, wait at least one day before you do. You don’t get “fat” from eating some extra calories for a day or two.
Be thankful for the day you had with friends and family.
Be thankful you were able to enjoy good foods and treats.
Pick right up with your balanced and sensible eating.
Do your exercise ( whatever you do) do it how you usually do. Don’t attempt to push yourself harder ( you may get hurt)
Refocus on your goals and remember living a healthy lifestyle also enjoys room to breathe and enjoy life and get back on track again.
Love yourself. You’re doing a great job.
The key to success is to keep moving forward and staying positive.
I understand this may be a foreign concept to you, but with a little practice and patience, you will learn to implement it into a part of your healthy lifestyle 🙂