Challenge Update Week 4

This will be short and sweet.  I totally sucked on my nutrition.  I’m not going to lie because we are all human and s**t happens.  I was good for the most part in terms of my breakfast, lunch, and snacks… but let’s face it.  I’m an emotional eater and I had a stressful week.  So yes – on Thursday when we had our holiday school lunch, I ate 2 helpings of turkey and noodles with mashed potatoes, green beans, side salad, AND a slice of pumpkin pie.  No, I’m not ashamed of it.

To top it off, I’m pretty sure I ate my entire drawer of chocolate that is was stashed in my teacher desk on Friday (what lead to this shall remain unknown, but it was not a pleasant morning for me).  That night was our staff Christmas party in which I then proceeded to eat 1/4 of a pecan pie (plus other finger foods before that) before meeting my husband for dinner at the local sushi restaurant.  Yes – I am aware of my sickening indulgences… the bloat in my stomach kept reminding me for following few days.  But did that stop me?  NO – I was on a downward spiral with no end in sight.  Again, I started out strong with breakfast and lunch but then it was my neighbor’s birthday party and someone brought chicken bake casserole and pepper jack macaroni and cheese… YUM!  And instead of just eating 1 small portion of each, I went through the buffet a total of 3 times.  While I’m being honest with you – let’s just go through everything I ate… 2 helpings of pepper jack mac & cheese, 3 helpings of chicken bake casserole, 1 scoop of sloppy joe (no bun), a few carrot sticks and broccoli to make me feel  better about my gluttony, 2 frosted lofthouse cookies, 1 red velvet cookie, and 1 slice of chocolate fudge cake.

Waking up feeling like crap and totally lethargic on Sunday, I then asked myself if it was all worth it… the honest answer is no.  So here I am, starting week 5.  I did pretty good today, back on track for the most part.  However – those staff meetings will get you every time with their little buckets of chocolate sitting right in front of you.  It took all I had not to eat the mini cupcakes that were sitting out (all my friends know I have a weakness for cupcakes).   I’m ending the day on a good note.  I had an awesome pot roast filled with turnips, parsnips, yams, carrots, and onions for dinner and now it’s time for bed.

I’m refocused and rejuvenated to get myself back to where I need to be!  Thanks for listening to my confession.  🙂

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About Food4Thought

I am no fitness expert. I am simply someone who has found joy in fitness and nutrition. I am a certified group fitness instructor. I’ve been teaching at the local health club for about 3 years now. While Zumba was my first love, I have since added Total Conditioning, Bodyworks plus Abs, and Core to my repertoire of classes. I work with a personal trainer to help me reach my fitness goals that I cannot obtain through group fitness alone. This year I ran my first 5K and plan to run my first 10K in March. To further my knowledge in the fitness realm, I have begun reading Strong Women Stay Slim, New Rules for Lifting Abs, and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women. On my list to read next is Wheat Belly. I am always looking for new ways to further my education and knowledge to better serve the members that take my group fitness classes. Lately, I have started tinkering with recipes, buying healthy cookbooks, and finding easy, tasty, and healthy foods to make. Like I mentioned earlier, I am by no means an expert, but the things I share with you have helped me tremendously with my fitness journey. It is my hope that with these easy tips and recipes, that you too can make these tiny steps and see big positive changes in your life.

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