Remember a few posts back, when I mentioned that I was having trouble eating healthfully? Well, I’ve really fallen off the bandwagon of late…a full-time job, freelance work on the side, planning my upcoming travels, and half-marathon training have turned me into a complete emotional-eating stress case.
Case in point: I just ate two corn dogs for breakfast.
And, to top it all off, my long weekend of shopping and mayhem left me with a rotten cold/sore throat/cough/burning lungs combo that’s reduced me to a pathetic, phlegm-y, couch-bound mess. (I am the worst kind of sick person. :)) I’ve gained back 4 pounds, haven’t gotten a decent night’s sleep in days, and haven’t run at all this week. For that matter, I’ve barely gotten off the couch at all this week.
But all is not lost. 🙂 At this point in any other healthy-living scheme I’ve tried, I would have stayed off of the proverbial bandwagon, drowned myself in a pile of frozen pizza and chocolate eclairs, and watched the double chins pile on. But this time, I know the blog is waiting and that I’m going to have to be accountable…funny how a little piece of technology can keep me honest. (Hence this post-corn dog confession.)
I have a friend who went to Catholic seminary. He mentioned that the priests-in-training call the confessional the “sin bin.” Well, 12 Month Marathon is my personal sin bin. 🙂 So I’m going to admit to you all that I have been putting the worst of the worst kind of foods in my body. That I haven’t been drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, or giving my body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and get stronger for running. I’m also going to forgive myself–because, to quote more fitness magazine wisdom, one period of unhealthy eating does not equal failure.
…and maybe I’ll lay off the corn dogs. 🙂
What do you do to get back on track after a setback?