Hello, friends! Happy Thursday! I hope y’all have had a great week thus far… My week has consisted of work, work, work *cue Rihanna voice* and more work. Today is finally my day off (before i go back to work all weekend). So I wanted to take some time and talk to you guys about something I have been going through the past week, that I think some of y’all will be able to relate to…
If you didn’t know, I live in New Orleans, LA… and you know what happens in NOLA during the month of February? Two words… Mardi Gras. Yup, Mardi Gras. King cake, king cake donuts, more king cake, drinks, drinks, and more drinks. Parties, balls, parades, more parades… and beads. Lots of beads… and more drinks.
Let’s rewind real quick…… Back in January, I started working with my coach again. (Hi, Coach Eric!). So, since January i had been working with my coach. I have been more diligent tracking my macros, drinking alcohol less, eating out less… just being more aware of what I am putting into my body and more consistent on a daily basis. And i pride myself on that. I like doing what I am told to do. I like following my coaches plan to-a-tee. If i am going to be paying someone to give me nutrition advice, I am going to follow it, no problem.
And i had been doing that… until Mardi Gras.
YUP.. i cheated.
I cheated on my diet. I cheated on my plan.
How did I do that? Personally, i “celebrated” Mardi Gras two different days. On Thursday… and again on Sunday. I went to parades. I drank. And i drank some more. I ate Cane’s chicken tenders while I was intoxicated. I stayed up late. On Sunday, i had District donuts to start my day (ya’ll know, i love district donuts… YUM) and then i refueled later in the day with some Juan’s Flying Burrito. Throw some more drinks in the mix and that pretty much sums up my diet on those two days… A hell of a lot of carbs, a hell of a lot of fats, not that much protein, and a lot of alcohol.
Now, this wasn’t a “binge.” I didn’t eat until i felt sick. I didn’t use being drunk as an excuse to eat everything in sight. This was a choice. I knew that Mardi Gras was coming up. I knew that i didn’t want to be “dieting” during Mardi Gras. I told my coach this in advance… I knew I wanted to enjoy myself, drink, spend time with my friends, WITHOUT worrying about hitting my macros… and i did. I enjoyed myself and Mardi Gras was a lot of fun.
It is easy to get caught up in feeling “guilty” or stressing out when you know you didn’t “follow the plan”. I get it, I do. I used to be a lot worse with this but that doesn’t mean i still don’t question myself when i don’t hit my macros or “don’t follow the plan” or whatever the f*ck you want to call it. So if you ever feel this way, just know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Monday morning when i woke up, after the Mardi Gras festivities, I didn’t feel my best … not going to lie lol. I felt slightly hungover, thirsty, bloated, watery…. I’m sure someone reading this can relate. But you know what i didn’t do? I DIDN’T STEP ON THE SCALE. I highly recommend not weighing yourself the day after you “go off plan” or what have you. That number is going to be high(er) than the previous numbers because of a) going out to eat b) sodium c) water retention … a lot of reasons… so don’t psych yourself by thinking you gained 10 lbs over night, when in reality the majority of that is water weight. You did NOT gain 10 lbs over night by having a few drinks and eating a quesadilla and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s with your friends… Trust me on this.
So, i didn’t weigh myself. I didn’t weigh myself on Monday. I didn’t weigh myself on Tuesday either. On Wednesday, i did. And i won’t lie, when i stepped on that scale I was a little nervous and all these thoughts rushed into my head…. “Oh, no… what is the scale going to say? What if the # is up like 5 lbs more than last time? What if i completely undid the little bit of progress i had accomplished? What is my coach going to say? *Insert other crazy thoughts here*….
Well y’all, let me just say that those thoughts were in fact…CRAZY. The scale was up 1 lb. from my lowest weigh in and not even half a lb. higher than my average… I was (kinda) stressing out … FOR. NO. REASON!!
I didn’t undo all of my handwork the past few weeks just because i went out, drank, and made memories with my friends. Mardi gras happens once a year and i made the choice to “not track, cheat, go off plan”- whatever- and I am okay with that and it’s so called consequences… And those consequences?? Were nothing substantial to begin with ! Lol.
Some of you may read this post and think.. she’s just trying to convince herself that it’s okay to get drunk and eat like crap… ok…. no, that’s not what I’m doing. I just want people to know that IT’S OKAY to enjoy events and parties with your friends without being tied down by numbers. IT”S OKAY to drink and not track everything you put into your body every single day. IT”S OKAY to choose to live your life and NOT feel guilty for doing so.
Consistency is the key to everything. Are you consistently making choices that make you feel good on the inside and out? Are you making healthy choices, eating your vegetables, and drinking plenty of H20? If yes, than one day of “going off plan” isn’t going to hinder your progress. You can still make progress and reach your goals without being rigid 25/8.
I would also like to say that i keep using the word “cheat” when i talk about eating out of my norm routine… and actually, I HATE THIS WORD. It’s not a “cheat meal” … it’s not “cheating”… Cheating has a negative connotation to it. It makes it sound like i did something wrong or that I’m doing something bad… and I AM NOT. AND YOU’RE NOT EITHER. There are no “good” or “bad” foods. There’s only food. It’s not cheating, it’s simply eating.
Can anyone relate to what I am saying? If yes, how so? Have you ever experienced guilt when you went off your plan? If so, i would love to share your experience in the comment section below.
This is a topic that i have thought about the past few days since I experienced it with Mardi Gras and I wanted to share my thoughts and rambles with all of you. If you have ever questioned if you should’ve “drank this or ate that” just know that you are not alone!! I refuse to let myself feel guilty for making memories with my friends, drinking, and having fun when I am consistently making healthy choices that make me feel good on a regular basis.
I hope that y’all enjoyed this post and if you have any topics that you’d like me to ramble about in the future, please leave a comment and let me know. Thanks so much for reading my post and keep checking back for more.