Why is it so hard to stay on track with healthy eating during the weekend? It’s like my brain hears “It’s Friday!!” and suddenly all I can think about are all the foods I shouldn’t be indulging in. Ice cream…macaroni and cheese…cheeseburgers…poutine…it is a never ending barrage of imagery, like a torturous slide show in my head.
I’ll admit, I had a few unhealthy meals during the past few days. One meal in particular took place on Sunday morning in which I had breakfast with my parents at a local diner in town. I just couldn’t resist the allure of pancakes with syrup.
Now those who know me know that I can be a bit of a sugar junkie, but since I’ve been eating fairly clean over the last couple of weeks I’ve let go of a lot of refined sugar out of my diet. I know sugar isn’t good for me, but I don’t know if I really understood just how not good for me it really is. Until I ate those pancakes.
To start, they tasted fantastic—all warm and light and fluffy, and the syrup sticky and sweet. I was in food heaven. I ate them, enjoyed them, and tried to not feel guilty about indulging—sometimes you just have to enjoy! After breakfast my brother and I went to run a few errands which included going to Target and the grocery store. Five minutes in at Target I was talking a mile-a-minute, bouncing all over the place, with my brother staring at me like I had lost my mind. This is the part of the sugar rush I love—happy, fun, all energy. I try and hold on to this feeling as long as I can because I know what’s coming.
It hit me just as we were heading into the grocery store. The crash. Suddenly I’m exhausted, achy and if I could have, I would have laid down in the grocery store parking lot and had a nap. This is the part of the sugar rush I hate. I felt like I’d been hit with a wrecking ball and just longed to lay down and sleep.
(The interesting thing about my body on sugar is that it’s the same feeling as my body on alcohol. When I’ve had too much to drink I’m high-energy, go-go-go…but when I’m done, I’m done. I suddenly get really tired and all I want to do is go home to bed.)
If anything, I definitely learned my lesson this weekend. Sugar truly is the devil. Although I might be able to indulge a little bit every now and then, I definitely need to be very aware of how much I’m consuming. I don’t want to feel like that again. It was an awful reminder of the way I used to eat only two and a half weeks ago! Look at me, I’m growing. 😛
So, as I say every week – let’s get back on track (I wonder if I’ll get through a whole week without feeling like I need to get back on track).
Get in those workouts, eat consciously and push hard this week!! 🙂