My readers are so sweet! Lots of great comments yesterday, and specifically Shelby‘s comment:
“Ok, so I know that I’ve only been following your blog for a couple of months, but I just have to say: there is no reason to get down on yourself. You are a hottie and an amazing athlete and I love that you seem to have a great balance in your life – of course beer and wine and good food are there to enjoy! The fact that you’re losing inches is testament to the power of your lifestyle. You work your butt off on the bike or in your running shoes – and yeah, you do earn that beer!
The only thing I might suggest, given what I have seen of your training (which may be incomplete, I know!) is adding in a day of speed/tempo/HIIT work each week. Doesn’t need to be anything fancy, buy I always find that I get leaner and stronger when I’m diligent about doing faster stuff.”
That comment really cheered me up and reminded me that I do have a good balance in my life and that I shouldn’t be so critical of myself!
The thing to take from what Shelby said is that life should be about BALANCE. Not denying yourself things you enjoy eating because you’re trying to lose weight. Yes I may drin/eat more than I “should” when trying to lose weight but I also biked up a mountain this weekend. 😉
Last night I met a friend and we went out to dinner. She had a gift card to a buffet-style restaurant. Normally I would avoid someplace like that but she said they had a salad bar. First off, it wasn’t as good as a Sweet Tomatoes Salad Bar (which I really like). But that turned out to be a good thing: I didn’t go back for seconds!!
I loaded the plate with veggies and some cottage cheese. The salad dressings weren’t labeled (seriously?) so I guessed which one was Ranch Dressing. I have zero hopes that it happened to be “light”. Oh well!
I got some fruit and a spoonful of jello. None of it was exceptional so I wasn’t tempted to get seconds. But I also ate it slowly and then sat chatting with my friend for awhile, waiting to feel “full.” I did and was happy to skip going back for seconds!
Another factor that kept me from going back for seconds was seeing the clientele at the restaurant. Not one other person besides my friend and I were a healthy weight. It was really disturbing to me.
QUESTION: Do you avoid buffet style eating, or can you make good choices when faced with temptations?
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