Yesterday was one of those days when I was tempted by lots of treats — a reality of the holiday season, of course. I was proud of the way it handled the day in contrast to the way I have in years before… but more on that in a bit.
I had to be up early to teach a class, so I skipped the gym. I made a breakfast wrap with scrambled eggs, avocado, a little bit of cheese, and some apricot preserve.I had some tea and fresh berries on the side.
Breakfast wraps are my failproof go-to for a morning when I need something quick and healthy — and filling!
When I got to work yesterday, a lot of the classes were having holiday parties which meant lots of food. I tried to make healthy decisions while still enjoying things I don’t usually get to eat.
I had a cup of smart food popcorn,
( I think they were covered in egg and stuffed with chicken and vegetables).
And a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie.
In years past, I would have freaked out about eating a cookie and fried food for lunch- and not having gone to the gym. I probably would have thrown my hands up and thought, “Well, I’ve ruined my day/diet so I might as well eat whatever is in sight.” And then I would have, and then I would have felt like puking.
I don’t get much into my disordered eating past here, but I realize how far I have come on days like yesterday. I have a different relationship with myself, and, therefore, a different relationship with food. This blog also really helps to keep me sane, to keep me accountable, to keep things in perspective. Yesterday, as I felt old thought patterns coming back, I watched them and I didn’t beat myself up for having a few goodies. I just said, “No big deal”- because it really wasn’t. And because I didn’t beat myself up, I didn’t overindulge. I got back on the bandwagon before I could even fall off and had healthy eats for snacks and dinner — exactly what I was craving.
I snacked on a low-fat yogurt from Trader Joe’s.
For dinner, I ate a big bowl of raw veggies with a little bit of dip.
And some shrimp gyoza from Trader Joe’s that I steamed and pan fried in olive oil. These were delicious!
I recently bought this great red chili teriyaki sauce and it went perfectly with the dumplings. I went back for two more!
I am usually really impressed with Trader Joe’s frozen foods, but these were especially impressive. They each had big bites of shrimp, lots of veggies, and a great consistency. They weren’t mushy or bland in the center at all — as many frozen dumplings are. They are also very healthy and full of protein, at about 50 calories per dumpling. I will definitely be buying them again and relying on them for a great midweek dinner.
I ended the day feeling satisfied but not stuffed- and my “bad eats” at lunch seemed like no big deal in the big picture. I finally feel that I am really moving into a new space with food, eating, with health, and with myself. I hope that it lasts into the new year and beyond. Thanks to you all for reading and for all your support. It makes a big difference to know you are there!
Hope you all have a great Friday! I am off on a big family vacation (more details to come) tomorrow night — if the weather permits! A snow storm is coming!