What a Health Coach ate for her Birthday
I’ve been a fitness business owner for 6 years now, and a lot of the questions that I get revolved around food. What to eat, do I always eat healthy, do I eat this or that?
It’s even funnier when I’m at work (I’m a Senior Email Marketing Manager for a retailer in Texas) and my coworkers joke about if I’ll eat a piece of birthday cake for someone, or have that slice of pizza. I am a healthy person – but I think the common misconception is that I NEVER eat unhealthy food --- which is untrue! I’ve just made the decision to eat less of that type of stuff and do my best at work (on weekdays) to focus on the food that I prep and bring into work.
I’ve always said that I do believe in the “treat-yo-self” mentality, as long as you have earned it. I used to be the gal that went YOLO Friday – Sunday and then couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t losing weight, ha. Now I allow 2-3 treat meals a week as long as I’ve stuck to my workout schedule and healthy eating.
Yesterday was my BIRTHDAY and I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted the entire day. I wanted to share some of my favorite treats!
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology, banana, peanut butter (Jordan made it for me!)
Breakfast 2: Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Latte, cheese Danish
Lunch: Chips and Queso, Chicken Tacos at Taco Diner
Dessert: Birthday Cake (Vanilla / Vanilla)
Happy Hour: 1.5 glasses Rose
Dinner: We ate at Bonefish, and I told Jordan I wanted to go ALL OUT and have whatever I wanted. We started with Bang Bang Shrimp, mussels and bread. For dinner I ordered Pecan Baked Trout with potatoes and broccoli (I ate half of it). For dessert (I always have room for it) I had Crème Brule. I also had 2 raspberry martinis throughout the meal.
I ended the day full as can be. But honestly, it was a day full of all the foods I LOVE, with no regret.
What’s happened to me in the past, however, is allowing a birthday or celebration turn from one day into three days into a week, into more days that I’d like to admit. The goal is for that not to happen this year. Here are the steps that I take after a day of treats to get back on track:
Have a plan when it comes to food the next day. Post birthday I packed a lunch and have dinner made already in the fridge.
Drink a gallon of water the next day to help flush out everything in my system.
Skip the drinks for a few days.
Get a workout in.
Done regret anything you had! Just move forward and work to get back on track.