I had one of those days the other day that I hate to admit happened. It was one of those rainy days around here. After teaching my morning classes and having a Protein Shake I started the rest of my day. However, after that shake things pretty much went downhill. You can likely see where I’m going with this . . .
I had not planned my snacks and meals well for the day. Around lunchtime I found myself pretty hungry but nothing seemed to sound good. I did have some healthy options in the fridge, but a salad just did not sound appetizing, nor did the leftover vegetable soup. So, I fell back on my really old, and bad, habit of picking a few things to nibble on. A little hummus with cucumbers, followed by some string cheese. Then a cup of tea. That was okay for a while, but later in the afternoon I was back in the kitchen. A few almonds, half an apple, a couple of crackers . . . you get the idea.
Back to picking at this and that, not really making a plan for a well-rounded snack or mini meal. Since I wasn’t doing a good job of combining protein, good carbs with a little fat, I wasn’t filling up and just kept picking at more stuff. Arrgh. Now, most of what I was putting in my mouth was healthy stuff, but we all know we can overeat on healthy stuff. Arrgh.
I’m not sure what set me off and what triggered the less than stellar food eating. Maybe it was simply poor planning on my part. Maybe it was the dreary weather, the time change making it dark so early. Maybe it is the beginning of the Fall Season, which always makes me a bit nostalgic. Whatever it was, I was not “practicing what I preach”. I was not handling the mindless munching and was not doing what usually works when triggered to munch mindlessly or start on a bad eating path.
I know to:
Walk OUT of the kitchen
Walk the dogs
Read a book
Do MORE laundry
Return those emails, pay those bills, finish that paperwork – all the stuff I put off
Pick up the phone and catch up with someone – anyone!
Anything but mindlessly graze from one thing to another.
When dinnertime came around, I made the conscience decision to have a normal, healthy dinner. I had a good salad with some protein and called it a day. I decided not to worry about one bad day. I would not beat myself up. The next day was NOT a Monday, but I would just treat it as a Monday and start all over with the healthy habits that I know work and make me feel good. One of my all time favorite characters is Scarlett O’Hara. If Scarlett can always look at a disaster and say, “Tomorrow is another day”, then surely I can have another Monday start following a day of letting some food triggers, poor planning and mindless munching take over.
So, learn from me. Don’t get down on yourself if you have a bad day. One day will not kill your good habits, destroy your momentum or ruin any gains you are making. Just look at tomorrow as a Monday and start over.
Do you have bad days? What are your triggers? Do the seasons and weather bring on some triggers? And are you a Scarlett fan?
Enjoy Your Day!