Celebrating Yesterday's Victories
Friday, November 27, 2020
I am taking a couple minutes to document how proud I am of the decisions I made on Thanksgiving yesterday. I knew there wasn't going to be time for exercise, so I planned for it to be a rest day. I knew I'd be going over my calorie goals, so I made adjustments earlier in the week and have plans for what to eat heading forward. So it was a stress-free, guilt-free day.
Of course there were pre-meal snacks, and I ate my share, but focused more on the healthier items than those that were less so. Snacks ended up being a life-saver, actually, as my stepson cooked the turkey and grossly underestimated cooking time. What was supposed to be a 1pm meal ended up hitting the table after 5pm. So my cheese and whole grain crackers, veggies and dip, and stuffed mini peppers served as lunch. At dinner, I didn't go crazy with portions. I had my corn, squash, and turnip without butter... just asked him to set a little aside for me before he mixed all that in. I used enough gravy to flavor my potatoes and stuffing, but didn't drown anything like I would have in the past.
Mostly, I am so psyched that I didn't eat dessert. I know... one piece of pie won't make or break me... but for me it would. I quit eating refined sugar at the beginning of the year. (I still eat natural sugars like raw honey and real maple syrup.) It's the best decision I've ever made for my health. Sugar does NOT agree with me. When I eat it I get gerd, I have problems with my skin, and I feel terrible, and when they say that sugar is addicting they are not kidding. I had done this once in 2018; I didn't eat sugar from January until a Thanksgiving dessert ("I'll just have one little helping... it looks so good!") derailed me. I ate a little 2018 trifle and barrel-rolled off of my healthy plan into a vat of sugary junk and it took me until this year to get back on track. So I've been steeling my resolve leading up to turkey day this year telling myself I wouldn't break... and I didn't! I am so very proud.
So today I woke up feeling great, both physically and mentally. I'm going to work out, get in a run, and eat the food I've planned to eat. All is on track and exactly as it should be. I've made so many bad decisions regarding my health in the past, and I know how hard it can be to forgive myself for those and move on. Today I'm feeling the joy of choices well made!