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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! ;)

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  • MAD-RUNNER-CHIC
    Great blog, I couldn't agree more. I'm trying to break my pattern of black and white thinking and move towards a more mindful and moderate relationship with food. It's great to be healthy but letting health life get in the way of ... life? That seems silly. Let's have our cake and eat it too, sometimes! :)
    2845 days ago
  • CHANGINGSAM
    I agree - I find it so difficult to balance this out especially right now since I've "started over" again. However, I am really glad that you were able to find a healthy balance last weekend. Thanks for posting this!
    2938 days ago
  • CLRWILLIAMS25
    You definitely wrote this at a perfect time for me to read! I needed to hear "all in moderation." I've been back and forth lately with the "I worked so hard so I deserve this" mentality, and I think it has been hindering my progress. I may be having the opposite problem as yours, but the same mantra still applies. Thanks for posting!
    2939 days ago
  • RORYLYONS
    emoticon your doing a great job... emoticon
    2939 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11791838
    good for you and I agree with u its all in moderation
    2939 days ago
  • LIZ1147
    It really is so hard to find the right balance between working out and eating healthy and having a social life. It seems like I either have to give up my social life, or go out with my friends and not drink while they do, or splurge and regret it later. It's hard to find decently healthy restaurants too. I'm glad you were able to find that healthy balance between healthy and having a social life. It's awesome that you were able to find some healthy food at a fair too! There's hope that healthy food will become more readily available at restaurants and fairs.
    2939 days ago
  • FREEDOM710

    I celebrate your determination and your motivation to be healthy.
    2939 days ago
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