This is traditionally the week I always seem to lose it! In January, right after the push for a resolution to getting healthy, it’s not too hard to stay on track. Even the grocery store fliers seem friendlier toward showing healthy food and even cut you a break on the price. (Side note: Shopping healthy can be a bit difficult for me sometimes because I’m pretty cheap and always looking for a good deal!)
In January, I strongly commit to the ideal and person I want to transform into. I can diligently follow my food plan, and I’m beyond motivated to work out in any manner. I probably even get less sleep in January because I tend to obsess while lying in bed thinking about how much weight I want to lose, how long it will take me, and one thought just leads to another and – ta da! – insomnia induced by weight loss excitement. It’s amazing how great I can do a workout in my head and the endless energy I have, at like, midnight. I’m so serious about my mission!
Well, along comes February, and this little big deal called the Super Bowl! Now I know people say that the holidays are full of irresistible food, but to me, the cheesy, greasy, finger food delights found on platters and spreads that day are the epitome of irresistible. These types of foods are always hard for me to resist, but after I’ve been so strict with myself for a month, they beckon for me to eat them even more! If you think of eating it, it’s probably part of the spread my dad has prepared. (Thank you, Dad, you throw a great party!)
Now I’m not sure how everyone else does it, but it’s like two rounds of eating. You arrive and promptly stuff yourself. After a few minutes and your stomach allows, it’s let’s have some dessert! At halftime we are all indulging in round two. The spiral begins when we get sent home with food.
With many diet plans, there is a flex day, or a cheat day, and so I try to plan all week long for this momentous day of denying myself nothing and enjoying all the savory delights. I even try to work out more consciously. But, I’ve never succeeded in staying on track after that Sunday! It derails my progress and my mindset so hard that it’s not like one day of bad eating but turns into like three weeks? I’ve noticed this pattern, and I’m not sure why this day always tackles me, but it does.
So my goal for this Sunday is to not eat with unbridled desire, but to have the things I like, taste everything, but to make a conscious effort to be reasonable. This year, I’m focusing more on the game, and it doesn’t hurt that my favorite team is in it, and less on the food. I’m hoping that because I’ve discovered that this is a pitfall for me, that I can somehow avoid it this week! For anyone who has ever worked out knows that it takes so much longer to burn off those calories after taking them in, and I’m not interested in having all my hard work in January be cut short by backtracking from one day. I already feel successful because I’m aware of my behavior, and I’m modifying it before the day has even arrived. I can’t say I’ve ever done that before, so that makes me at least one step ahead this year than last and much more likely to succeed.
Ooh, and one last point that I think will make me succeed. This year, it’s held at my house, and I’m packing up all of the goodies and sending them home with my guests, so that my house can go back to a healthy environment!
Wondering how much you’d need to exercise to burn off overindulging during the game? Here’s the breakdown (Super Bowl puns included).