I have not been kind to my body over the past 7 days. I have enjoyed every moment of overindulgence, but it has left me feeling less than my best. I feel tired, bloated, and heavy. In fact, I gained 2 pounds. Let’s recap, shall we?
Wednesday: My brother and sis-in-law were in town. I didn’t eat too badly that day, but I did enjoy an ice cream cone while listening to live music.
Thursday: Kanye West concert. Four beers, one red wine cooler, fried eggplant strips, pizza, and a Magnum ice cream bar.
Friday: Not too bad, but Steve and I got home late and ended up making Digiorno cheeze pizza and cookies for dinner.
Saturday: 80’s party. I literally ate all day long on Saturday. Along with plenty of wine, beer, and cake. (Don’t worry, I am still trying to collect pictures for this post, but it is coming)
Sunday: Out to dinner before the fireworks. One beer, 2 red sangrias (the best I’ve ever had, they were made with coconut rum and spiced rum in the sangria). After dinner we ordered dessert and I destroyed a warm chocolate chip cookie with ice cream.
Monday: Out to eat before the fireworks again. Bloody mary, beer chaser, fried cheese sticks, watermelon & arugula salad with copious amounts of feta cheese. Two glasses of wine and a Drumstick ice cream at the fireworks.
Tuesday: Def Leppard concert (which was awesome!). One beer and three or four red wine coolers. Fried eggplant strips, Magnum ice cream bar. Oh yeah, and then there was the entire 8” pizza I ate at midnight after the concert.
So that brings us to today. Needless to say I woke up feeling less than stellar, mostly because of the late-night pizza I am sure. I have asked my body to process a lot of junk over the past week. Even though I usually have treats throughout the week, I am not used to all of the greasy food and alcohol. I normally can be found having a beer or two on the weekend, but rarely more than that.
Though I absolutely love living it up in the summer, it’s time for some balance. I am racing in a week and a half, and I do not feel ready. I am also entering the second to last three-week build in my Ironman training. I want to give my body the nutrients it needs to perform at my best.
So what to do about it? Today I refueled after my bike/run workout with a healthy smoothie.
Even though I slept in until 8:20 this morning, I still felt a crash in the afternoon. I took a 90 minute nap and felt groggy when I woke up. I dragged myself to the grocery store and stocked up on produce. When I got home, I roasted some carrots, broccoli, and sweet potatoes. I made a huge salad with kale, tomatoes, the roasted veggies, hummus, and a drizzle of balsamic.
I enjoyed this out on the balcony in the beautiful weather, and I am starting to feel better already.
I have also been making sure to drink tons of water. I am always really good about this during the day, but when I drink alcohol at night, I inevitably end up severely dehydrated.
I feel really good that I am back on the right track. I have some big workouts coming up this weekend, so I am also trying to make sure and get plenty of sleep. I really need to focus on quality training and quality nutrition over the next 9 weeks.
How do you get back on track after overindulging?