Reflections on a Cheatfest Birthday Celebration
I started a post on Monday night- Day 29. I wish I had saved it, but I’ll do my best to recap. I shared how great I was feeling, and how paleo was really feeling like a lifestyle. Paleo is easy, etc. In fact, for my birthday, I think I’ll enjoy a margarita and a small dessert, but other than that, I’ll stay paleo.
TLSP already knows how this panned out. I failed, miserably. I think that might be the biggest downfall of the 30-day challenge: it has an end date. All this time, I had intentions to continue beyond the 30 days, but everytime I spoke about the challenge, I was excited to tell people that it ended on my birthday. I’m thinking a name like “30 day kick off” might be more appropriate.
Now I have some confessions to make:
5:30 am: Worked out with my favorite 530 AMers: 27 birthday burpees plus Michael. (I have to put this in here… it is pretty much the only healthy thing I did for myself all day!)
7:00 am: Hit up Thunderbird Coffee, thought about treating myself to a birthday latte, but like Lyssa, I just couldn’t do it. (side note: I did ask the barista if they had almond milk. She replied “no, but we do have almond flavoring”…) I walked out with a black coffee and a breakfast taco…and I even threw away the tortilla.
8:15 am: My class greets me with all kinds of baked treats, including a spinach quiche. I’m still hungry (one taco didn’t cut it!), so I decided that a spinach quiche isn’t all that bad!
10:00 am: I shared my desserts with my class. Have you ever tried to tell 10 year olds that you are not eating sugar on your birthday? It’s tough! So I ate a chocolate covered coconut macaroon. It tasted like liquid sugar/crack. (Sidenote: Ordinarily, my students are not allowed to eat sugary snacks during the day. Since this was a special day, I made an exception, but only after they did birthday burpees in my honor.)
11:30 am: Lunchtime- it felt good to eat pot roast and vegetables. Followed by a chocolate cheesecake cupcake. Oops.
8:00 pm: Birthday dinner at Hula Hut was an all-out planned cheatfest. Fajitas, chips, margaritas, and dessert nachos! Delish.
10:30 I’m not done. A certain TLSP-er decided to derail my plans of making it to Molotov in favor of Whole Foods cream cheese brownies and gelato.
11:00 Enter sugar coma.
I honestly didn’t feel awful when I went to bed. I felt bloated, and stuffed, and anxious to get back to eating clean. But not awful. The next morning, however, was a different story. I woke up really congested- my ears and nose felt clogged, and my eyes were itchy and watery. I am really wondering if this could indicate a food allergy/intolerance- but it would be pretty hard to narrow it down considering that I added EVERYTHING back in at once. The other thing that was really surprising to me was that I was in an absolutely horrible mood. I’m sure this was at least in part due to a lack of adequate sleep, but I also really feel like it was due to how crappy I ate the day before.
Aside from a few tough days right at the beginning of the 30-day challenge, I found that I was in a really great mood overall. It’s not that any of my normal stressors went away, but somehow it all seemed easier to deal with. I felt more content, happy, and better able to focus. The day after my birthday- this was gone. I was easily frustrated, annoyed, and just unhappy. Today I feel a little better, but I still feel like I’m in a bit of a funk.
The good news though: I’m back on track. I’m really anxious to get back to that happy place feeling again. I do think these next two weeks leading up to Christmas will be a little rough, and I’m going to have to work on a plan to be able to enjoy myself at holiday parties but not find myself eating 5 desserts in 1 day. I know I can do it though. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by great friends- TSLP and others- who support and encourage a healthy lifestyle.