I’ll have a recap of the Manchester Road Race soon. It was so much fun, and despite not technically running it (although if I had run it I would’ve SMOKED it….I ran the course a few days ago to test it out, so much fun!) I had a blast run/walking with my best friend, high-fiving passersby, and seeing all the costumes (my favorite was the group of guys dressed as Chilean miners).
But basically here’s a small rundown of my day yesterday:
Woke up, fueled up, did the race, came home, hopped on the elliptical to open up my hips a bit, ate lunch, was lazy for about three hours reading magazines and drinking tea…and then stuffed myself silly.
All about balance, right?
My personal belief is you only get three or four days a year to blow your diet. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and your birthday (and maybe the Super Bowl). And even then, it’s only one meal on that day. I make sure to work out before the meal, eat sensibly, and then I try to even make the dinner/entree portion as veggie-laden as possible. I usually only splurge on dessert. Last night, I was full after dinner, but after a little bit of hanging around and giving myself time to digest, I was ready for some sweets! And I even didn’t really have THAT much, just some sweet potato pie a la mode, a small pumpkin cookie, and a few bites of the rest of it. But the fiber I ate during the meal really did me in!
But like I said. It’s all about balance. I am not planning to starve myself today, nor work out into exhaustion. I plan to finish my breakfast (I woke up starving. Typical) of an apple, yogurt with peanut flour, and a light English muffin, then get in a good elliptical workout, then possibly attend a power yoga class or do a podcast. Surprisingly, I am not in a sugar coma haze. I believe I got full last night due to all the Brussels sprouts I ate!
Last year, I burned close to 800 calories on the day of Thanksgiving, then proceeded to eat one small plate of turkey with green beans, along with some sweet potato pie a la mode. The next day, I believe I took a diuretic.
Did I overdo it this year? Of course. But my mindset is so much healthier. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
Also, I have some hilarious racing footage I took with my camera. You will die.