This also includes food-hangovers. I had one yesterday. My husband and I had a wonderful day planned, out and about. As we are both dedicating our time and energy to our entrepreneurial efforts, we still feel it is important to get dressed and get out of the house every now and again :)
I had an early hair appointment, so I grabbed some Amazing Grass powder, mixed with unsweetened hemp milk, and headed out the door. I thought the taste was great, and that it would be enough to hold me over until after my appointment (I bought a sampler pack to use on our upcoming road trip). Fast forward nearly 4 hours later and I am way beyond hungry. I'm in that toddler state of confused, cranky, and can't be trusted to make a decision mode. And, after having walked by the cronut line at Dominique Ansel's bakery earlier, I found myself inside. A mean New Yorker was impatiently waiting to order her ice coffee behind me and I couldn't handle the pressure (Seriously?! Why are you at a tourist spot full of beautiful sugary creations ordering an ice coffee?!), so I walked out with an almond croissant, a chocolate croissant, and a kouign amann. Damn. Not even money well spent in a fancy bakery! (Don't get me wrong - I love a good croissant, but I would have been more adventurous without the woman tapping her fingers on the counter) .
I took a bite, and with the bag in my hand, I instantly felt guilty. The bread and sugar isn't at all what I needed, or what I really wanted. I was heading uptown to meet the husband for an afternoon at the MET. Frustrated and hangry, I found the nearest subway station.
Husband said he made us pb & j's, so I was going to try and hold out a little longer. I wandered by a Dean and Deluca on the way to the MET and popped in for a pre-made, but bottled in-house, green juice. It was a little too sweet, but I was hoping it would do the trick.
We make it to the MET, sneak in our sammies, and I enjoy every bite on the roof. The second part of our fancy day out was dinner at the one and only Nougatine. Let's keep it short and say I enjoyed myself. Bread, a cocktail, a glass of wine, and they sent us a third dessert (I make friends in all the right places). But, I also had a beautiful gazpacho, a simple tofu entree, and a tomato salad. I did make sure to drink a little kombucha and lots of water before bed. At least it was an early night!
Let me tell you, it wasn't pretty. Side cramps, gasping for air (more than usual), legs feeling like lead. It felt terrible. I was a little disappointed in myself. But then I realized the importance of my choices and their consequences. Did I enjoy dinner? ABSOLUTELY! Was it worth feeling less than optimal the next day? Maybe not.
The point is, we can truly have it all. I believe living in moderation is the only realistic way to live. I have thrived on a hardcore vegan diet in the past. And I had a period of time where I had few rules (this is speaking in terms of my adult life, not what I grew up eating). I now am comfortable calling my eating habits "plant-based" because they are just that. 95% of the time I eat plants. That other 5% is saved for cake during a celebration, or fancy cheese if I know the source. Do I drink? Rarely, but when I do, I enjoy it. It is an occasion and I savor it. But let me be honest with you, I have gotten to the point in my life where it just isn't worth it anymore. Maybe it is the 29th year talking, but I like to feel energized, strong, light, alive, joyful, and consistent. Days of laying around because I indulged too much the day prior just aren't fun, or productive anymore. Now, I would rather stick to my guns than to feel less than my best.
When you remove excuses and just get out there, a pretty powerful thing happens. You are reminded of your strength. You are reminded of the control you have over your life and your well-being. Sure, you sweat, you huff, and you may even cry - I've hit that wall once or twice -- but, you show up for yourself.
I challenge you to impress yourself once this week. Skip happy hour to go to that yoga class you've been rescheduling for months. Wake up early to get in a jog before work (and before you come up with all the reasons why you’ll wait until tomorrow). Say "no thank you" to the cheap donuts that a co-worker brought in.
Or start even smaller. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier. Have one fresh raw fruit or vegetable. Drink one more glass of water. Walk away from a gossip-filled conversation.
Own your choices. Enjoy the consequences. Surprise yourself. You are nothing but potential. Yet all the good intention in the world means nothing without action to back it up.
In order for change to happen, you have to move outside your comfort zone. Find one way to make that happen this week. The results will empower you, and will make you mindful in the future when temptations come your way.
Love your body and it will love you back. It is really that simple.
What is one area of your life that needs more focus?
What is one activity that you know you could limit?
What is one activity that you need more of?
What is one thing you could be doing for your health right now that you are not?