Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Slipping and Sliding

Time to talk about something I'd rather not discuss. But this would not be an honest blog if I only shared the good without sharing the struggles and the not-so-good.

I mentioned before that I have trouble with the eats and treats while camping. This time I did not bring as much junky food with us. I packed a lot of fruit and some popcorn and Fiber One bars (thanks, Tricia!). And yet I still think I did not do too great with the eats. And I did have a couple of beers around the campfire. It was just so relaxing listening to some music playing lightly in the background and the crackle of the fire. The good news is that I was very active during the day so it probably evened out in the end.

When we got back from camping we went out to eat. Bad choices again. And I also had a couple of beers.

Yesterday was a very productive day. I did school with the kids until 2 then we headed to the library. Stayed there for an hour then went to the Y. Swam for 45 minutes there. WOW! Swimming is a great workout! My heart was pounding and I was breathing hard. I'm not sure how far I swam but it was a great workout.

We left the Y around 5:20 and every one was starving. I was pretty sure the kids were going to start eating their seat belts any moment. I still hadn't gone to the grocery store so Chuck suggested going out. I had a $25 gift certificate for a local restaurant so we decided to try it for the first time.

The restaurant was terrible. Service was slow. I ordered a Diet Coke that was nasty. Instead of just getting tea or water I ordered a glass of wine. It was only $2 for happy hour. I also had half of a fried chicken sandwich, a few fries (not many, really!), one cheese stick, and 2 slices of Rachel's pizza. Did I mention that I also had another glass of wine and a beer? No?

Speaking of pizza, Rachel's pizza did not come out until we had almost finished our food. Terrible service. Even though I have another gift certificate we probably won't be going back.

To end the evening on a worse note, I had a Cadbury creme egg. Stupid Easter candy! Why must you tempt me?

And after all of that I was feeling pretty craptastic. Ugh.

The good news (if you can find good news in all of that) is that I am not going to have any alcohol for a while and I am rededicating myself to healthy eating and living. This slipping business stops now. It's so easy to slip and slide back into bad habits. I will not do like I did last summer and gain back 20 pounds. Not going to happen. It's too hard to lose even though it's so easy to gain. Just when I thought I had everything figured out. Oh well. It's not the end of the world and it wasn't that bad. I just need to be diligent.

I also forgot to share a valuable lesson I learned while camping: denim chafes after 3 miles of use. Friday I was hiking all over the place. Sometimes I'd walk and sometimes a wild hair would make me start running the trails. I'd chase the kids or they'd chase me. Sometimes Chuck would chase after us. We'd run to get in front of each other. It was a lot of fun. Oh, except that I was wearing some cute denim capris. Why I did that I will never know. A momentary lapse of reason, I guess. By the end of the 8.13 miles I had some serious chafing. It was so bad that the chafed area was raised. I'm still recovering from that little episode. Cotton is rotten for running but denim will tear you up.

Hey, if you notice I'm slipping up please feel free to show some tough love. Hopefully that won't be necessary. :)


  1. No tough love, just a smile and big cyber hug!

  2. *Sigh*.
    I guess I will have to get rid of the rest of that beer myself. Except for that nasty smoked beer.

    On a serious note, don't be so hard on yourself. You really are doing well, all things considered.


  3. Your camping sounds like our dune trips. I start out hoping to do well and then suck it all up. We come home and it's pizza and beer. From there I can go into a large down slide into "crap"ville, but I am starting to learn that Monday is a new day and it's back to taking care of myself. Just remind yourself that the trip is over back to YOU!! Being naughty is easy, but being healthy is so much more worth it! Don't you think? :)

  4. For me its totally the nicer weather, pulling out of the cold snow and blech of grey that makes me thing Vino? YES PLEASE...Beer? Yes Please! And of course then my eating just isnt as good. I've been doing really well about laying off of the booze, but some times a lady just needs to have a beer or three. Is it wrong to skip dinner to drink my points/calories lol?

    Youre back on track now lady, the past is in the past, you worked your bootie off with all of the hiking/walking!

  5. Slip ups happen. Or indulgences happen. If you nip them in the bud, they are just that - indulgences. If you keep going, then you are on the slippery slope.

    That's the difference between making healthy changes for life and dieting. Knowing that a bad day here and there does not make too much of a difference in the overall scheme of things, but multiple ones create the yo-yo effect.

  6. Hey Kelly,
    No need to send tough love. I think you recognize what went on and are vowed to change it. That's all you need to do.

    And you HAVE to live life. If you go camping and you want a beer (or two), then go ahead. You just need to monitor yourself. Write it down, keep track. But don't deprive yourself! That's when you start slipping *permanently* !!

    Hey, on my own personal note, I started a blog!! Yay me! But I only posted 1x so far. Check it out and let me know what you think. I have no blogging experience so let me know if you think something will help me out!

  7. What Lori said. Just put it behind you and move forward...you are doing really great when you look at the big picture!

    Looking forward to April 18th - are you still going to walk it or do you want to run with me?

  8. This is one of my fears Kelly now that summer and camping is coming up. I like my beer when sitting around the campfire. I gained 10lbs last summer and have been struggling to get it off ever since. I'm not sure how this year will be different but I am a LOT more active. I don't have any words of advice but if you get any good ones - let me know so that I can learn too :)

  9. I'm so feeling you on this post. For the last two weeks, I've been being a naughty girl with food and lack of exercise. Not only that, but this is my birthday week, and I am literally FIGHTING myself to eat healthy.

    This whole losing weight/new lifestyle thing is so hard sometimes. I'll show you tough love if you return the favor.

  10. Hey Kelly...I just wanted to pop in and tell you I'm back on WW and have actually started going to meetings. I too have recommitted myself to healthy eating. You can do it...I can do it!

  11. Kelly - I totally hear ya...My philosophy is that you may want to have a beer or glass of wine now & then, but just make sure to keep it in moderation. If I say NO to one thing I do really good for a while and then a month later i totally binge on it! those are my 2 cents!!


  12. Listen to your Chuck! You're doing great, so stop being so hard on yourself! Just being able to go out and do all that outdoorsy activity is a testament to your new active lifestyle and no one expects you to be perfect all the time! Plus, I'd like you way less if you never slipped up :P

  13. Well, no one is perfect!! No excuses of course. But, for fuck sakes! Even if you manage to reach your absolute and ideal weight...I'm SURE there will still be cadbury eggs that just WON'T shut up until yous tuff them into your mouth. I think your fantastic. Oh...and thanks for the heads up about denim. I wonder if there really is a "wonder fabric" for running when your thighs rub together?

    Kelly...you're my hero!

  14. I've got spandex exercise shorts that I use all the time for running, hiking, etc...I may even put them on under jeans if my wife wants to go for a walk.

    Now, I really NEEDED them a lot longer ago when my thighs were on an intimate basis with each other. I continue the habit, though, because...it is a habit after all.

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  16. I had a slip up too, but I'm back on track today! I know how you feel. It seems like one bad choice turns into another. Let's turn this around!

  17. This isn't a major slip up....this was having a great weekend with your family, where you managed to pack in a LOT of FUN exercise!!! Good for you!!!! It's just a weekend...nothing more, and nothing to beat yourself up over...it's just time to get back to your regular schedule, that's all!!! :)


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