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The Perfect Storm

Here it is...the perfect storm to sabotage my efforts - low back pain, bachelorette party in Nashville, Easter Sunday, Maggie’s leg twist/sprain, sleepless nights. All of this happened in the past week. A recipe for disaster. Some of it handled very well, some of it, not so much.

Early last week my back started hurting. This happens every so often and I think it is due to the extreme inflexibility of my hamstrings and hip flexors. Whatever the cause, it hurt enough for me to not be able to workout for a few days. At this point, the perfect storm to self-sabotage my healthy lifestyle efforts was brewing.

I had known about my soon to be sister-in-law’s bachelorette party for months. And for the past 14 weeks of Body Back, I have been thinking about how I would handle this weekend. Like most bachelorette parties, I knew we would be drinking a ton and probably eating like crap. I don’t drink a ton, really not much at all, so dealing with the unhealthy eating that typically comes along with drinking is not something I’ve had to worry much about. I was all ready to make healthy choices, make “better” choices, while in Nashville. I even brought some Larabars to bring along with me so I wouldn’t be tempted to order loaded nachos or cheese fries. And I cruised through much of Thursday mainly drinking Miller Lites and making some good choices, food wise. Then Thursday night came along, and I was about 12 beers in. We ordered pizza. I must have had about 15 pieces (they were small squares, but still!!). Of course drinking all day didn’t help my decision making skills. Friday wasn’t much better. Beers, cake pops, cheeseballs, BBQ, mac n cheese, huge slice of pizza on the way home from the bars. Not good at all! Well, the food was fantastic, but my decision making was horrendous! BUT...I did do a workout Carly sent me on Saturday morning. However, that was no match for what I consumed at brunch later that day. I ate (split with two other people)...biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and fries topped with pulled pork. I had a cramp after I finished eating. I know, horrible. I’m actually a little ashamed of my choices. But, I made them and my self-sabotage, perfect storm, did not stop there.

Hello Easter Sunday. The one day of the year that I know I eat like complete crap! And this year, I didn’t disappoint. My brother and sister-in-law hosted brunch. The food options were unreal. Donuts, cookies, bacon, sausage, ham, cheesy potatoes, egg casserole, and so much more goodness. And my plate was full of all of it. Yes, there was salmon, but I somehow did not see it when I was making my selections. Later that night, after a fantastic Easter dinner at my mother-in-laws, I indulged in an ice cream sundae. Not a big one, but still! After everything I ate earlier that day, I felt the need to just put the damn cherry on top by stuffing that in my mouth! My pre-body back self took over. I completely threw in the towel on Easter. I ate like crap in Nashville, so why not just ride that through the remainder of the weekend. This used to be my normal. Really, this is how most of my weekends would be...pre-Body Back.

During the day on Sunday, I sent Carly a message about my major slip up. Her response really helped me get back on track for Monday. She reminded me that one weekend won’t ruin the progress I’ve made since starting Body Back. And to get back to my planner. Eat healthy, exercise, drink tons of water. And that is what I have done. I’m back on track. I’ve eaten extremely clean since Monday. No slip ups. I went to Stroller Strides on Monday, but was unable to attend Body Back on Tuesday night. My daughter, Maggie, hurt her leg while we were riding down a slide at the park earlier that day. We took her to immediate care just to rule out anything serious, and she is fine. Just a twist/sprain of her left leg. But she was in a ton of pain and wasn’t able to sleep much Tuesday night. So, a sleepless night for all of us, except my other daughter Cate. I don’t know how she stays asleep through Maggie’s crazy loud crying! Needless to say, I was exhausted all day today (Wednesday), the babes were on opposite nap schedules which equals one baby up all day. And Maggie wasn’t able to walk or move around much. So...I haven’t been able to workout for a couple of days, but that is ok. My clean eating is taking care of everything. I am not worried about missing the workouts and know I’ll get back to it once we get back into our normal routine. Plus, it is nice to have a little one on one time with my girls. Doesn’t happen very often.

Pre-Body Back Bridget would have used this hiccup as another derailment. Instead, I am using it to really focus in on my eating. Make sure I am making the best possible choices because after all, eating healthy is the biggest part of this weight loss puzzle. This is another reason I am so thankful for this program. Before Body Back, all of this would have set me back at least a few weeks on my “healthy lifestyle” routine. But now, I won’t let three and a half (I’m giving myself credit for Thursday until around 3pm) days of crap food and tons of beer derail me. I’m back on track...thanks to Carly and Body Back!

Talk soon,

Bridget

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