All In Moderation
Monday, June 18, 2012
I loved this past week.
It made me truly feel that "all in moderation" is the best philosophy to have. Sometimes I get so caught up in the 'eating clean, training mean' mindset that the rest of my personal life gets put on hold. I justify it with "BUT! Exercise makes me feel soooooo good!!"
... it does. It really, really does. When I'm pissed off, I stomp the street with my running shoes. I take my aggression out on my resistance bands and my thighs. I sweat it ALL out. It makes me see things clearer; I always find myself focusing on goals and dreams (sometimes just to block out the burning!), but sometimes, I feel like we all have to step away temporarily and really focus on other great aspects of our lives -
This week, I celebrated a birthday with a friend on Wednesday and took Adam out for his 31st birthday on Thursday. Despite my concerns about eating out, I had a great time and still ate some delicious foods (lentil soup, veggie gyro, caprese salad, black bean veggie burger with garden salad). I splurged a bit and had some wine and rhubarb strawberry crisp, but honestly - I let myself savor it. I've worked my butt off! And although I'm sure there was white flour and sugar involved in the crisp, it was made with whole grain oats and fruit.
Most importantly, I got to celebrate two wonderful people!
I think sometimes the idea of adopting a healthy lifestyle becomes black and white, do or don't -- honestly, sometimes I wonder if the amount of STRESS people feel over making the right (and wrong) choices is actually worse for us than the choice itself. I think it's important for us to all put things into perspective -- myself included.
In other happy news, Adam and I headed to the fair this weekend and I was beyond astonished to find that there was a vegetarian-themed menu at a fish taco stand. I had an amazing veggie burrito made with pinto beans, fresh veggies, fresh salsa and vegan cheese all wrapped up in a spinach tortilla! No oil, no lard, nothing artificial -- it was heaven-sent to find it amongst the deep-fried butter and 2lb. turkey leg wrapped in 1lb. of bacon, which I find hilarious. If you can stomach it, more power to ya! ;)