Hi friends! Happy Tuesday.
Today, I wanted to blog about getting back on track after an indulgent weekend.
What a weekend we had! Both sets of our parents came into town starting on Friday night. On Saturday we took our dads to the Badger vs. LSU game at Lambeau field. We had given them the tickets on Father’s Day + we were all really looking forward to it. The game was AWESOME + it was an experience that we won’t forget. Our mommas made it possible by watching Maxwell while we were gone. It was the longest I’d ever been away from him, but it honestly went really well. I missed Max, but I made sure to embrace the day with my dad, father-in-law, + husband. Side note: being a pumping momma is sometimes a little difficult. I fed Max + pumped right before we left, left the group at the bar + pumped right before the game (in the car), + left the celebration to pump immediately after, + pumped when we got home. Ooofta.
Sunday we spent the day on Pewaukee Lake with more family + friends. Max went on his first boat ride! Drew + I got to take a spin on a jet ski + soak in the last little bit of summer.
On Monday, Drew golfed 18 with a few friends. I was excited to take care of Maxwell all by myself. 🙂 I love sharing him with his grandparents/aunts/uncles/friends, but after a few days of this I was ready to have momma + Max time. He was very tired + snuggly after such a long weekend, so it was pretty perfect.
Getting Back on Track.
With all of this action came more snacking + different food choices than I would normally make. Everything from tortilla chips with taco dip (ultra yum!) to chocolate chip cookies.
While at a BBQ or game I do try not to go way crazy. Examples: When I knew that we were going to stop for dinner on the way home from the game, I stopped snacking. On Sunday when I wanted 4 chocolate chip cookies, I stopped after 1. All weekend I focused on drinking just water + sparkling water instead of alcohol or other calorie laden drinks (I did have 2 drinks before the game).
Even so, I felt so ready to get back to a routine on Monday.
Here are my suggestions:
- Don’t dwell on it. Sometimes when people are too indulgent they feel SO bad or down about it + spiral. This is not my style. I freakin loved that chocolate chip cookie I had + do not feel bad about it. Being a healthy person doesn’t mean that indulgent food has to cause a panic attack. To me, it means MOST of the time you are making the right decisions. It is more than okay to indulge, as long as it isn’t happening too often. How you define too often is probably a good indication of your health 😉
- Get back on track. After the weekend or a vacation, it’s time to get back in the saddle. This started yesterday for me. I started the day with a big glass of water + a healthy breakfast. I planned my workout for the day + the rest of the week. Even if there is still naughtier food in the house (we still have leftover pizzas), STOP eating it. This one is challenging because it is right there, but you’ve gotta stop sometime.
- Get organized. Even if your weekend was super busy, it is best to carve out a little time to get yourself ready for the week. For me, this means: a) a clean house (or at least kitchen), b) laundry done, c) meals prepared. I’m about to go into a busy stretch at work, so this is vital for my success.
- Take a break. One thing that is nice about working every other weekend is that if I do have an indulgent weekend, I know the next weekend will not be. I always eat healthy at work even on the weekend because I treat it like a weekday. For me, if I’m working…I might as well be eating healthy. I don’t know why that’s an easy association for me, but it is. After a holiday weekend, lower key plans for the next weekend might be best for you body + mind.
Have a great start to the week! -Ames