I didn't notice it right away (really it took about two months) but "suddenly" my pants were tight. I hopped on the scale and freaked the heck out to discover I had gained TEN pounds since the triathlon.
That's right. TEN.
It turns out that eating like you're training for a triathlon is actually helpful while you are training for a triathlon, but afterwards? Not so much.
That discovery of the bulge was about two weeks ago. Since then I have been super diligent about my diet and exercise and will weigh myself in two weeks to see how I'm faring. If I do it before then and I see any positive movement on the scale I get all "IT'S WORKING" (I say this like I'm Lo Pan from Big Trouble in Little China) and then slack off.
So, I'm staying on "budget" with my calories, pushing my inner gym rat to go hard ... life is good, right?
It's never that simple.
Have you ever gotten in a fight with one of your kids? Like, they're being all "I'm a kid and I'm gonna try and challenge your authority all freaking day and then I'm gonna take my anger out on all my siblings because my life is so hard because you asked me to wipe down the kitchen table when it wasn't even my turn and you are being so unfair that you would take away tv time/Wii/computer time and expect me to just PLAY OUTSIDE?" And you respond by being all, "I'm not going to engage in this with you because I'm an adult who knows better than to participate in a battle of wills with my own child because that will never prove my authority but since you just left the room and mumbled something passive aggressively under your breath that I totally didn't hear but could ascertain that whatever you said was completely disrespectful now I'm totally going to engage because my pride demands I have the last word." And the pair of you are now off on an awfully awful exchange.
Now I'm not saying that ever went down at my house,
But it happened anyway. And I knew the rest of the day was going to be an avalanche of deliciousness as I allowed myself the quantities and combinations of food I have been successfully keeping at bay for two weeks.
Then I had an epiphany.
I was at Boot Camp later that day (where I burn around 550-600 calories for the hour - hoorah!). I was in plank position (where I do my best calculating) and realized that my binge wasn't that huge, and my "I totally screwed up today anyway, so I am going to stop by McD's for a giant Big Mac and fries and maybe even real Coke on the way home from the gym" plan wasn't really necessary. In fact, I hadn't even really screwed up all that bad in terms of calories; it was more the lack of self-control I was upset about. My McD's plan is what really would have wrecked me.
I never do this with money. If I shouldn't spend any money and I buy a pair of shoes, I never go drop $500 at the mall "because I already messed up." How stupid is that? But I still think like that with food. Duh.
Epiphany. Hey, Kel, stop and think before you do any more damage than the initial damage done. Word.
Do any of you struggle with this? What thoughts/actions help you?