There are weeks where I have no trouble eating salad for lunch every day and incorporating good nutrients into every meal, but some weeks I find that I am craving froyo, chocolate, and a walk from my apartment to Voodoo Doughnuts too frequently. Ever since reading Amy’s post on balancing vodka and veggies, I have really been working to consciously balance my life better so I don’t feel like I have “good weeks” or “bad weeks.” I have always had a sweet tooth, and am working hard to find a way to meet my goals without going down the path of negativity and restriction.
[A mid-afternoon walk to Voodoo Doughnuts balanced by a huge dinner salad topped with baked salmon]
I am currently working hard to clean up my diet and pay attention to slowing down while eating all the delicious food that I normally eat at light speed, and a lot of that involves making sure that there is room for treats and indulgences to make me feel normal and not on a “diet.”
For the first few weeks when I began thinking about how to revamp my nutrition, I would feel guilt when having an ice cream cone with friends or one square too many of dark chocolate while watching TV. I knew that thinking would get me nowhere positive, and instead have refocused on making my healthy meals satisfying, planning my time at the gym so I stay focused (music is a big part of this), and by being selective with dessert so it fulfills my sweet tooth. This positive attitude has made me feel like a million bucks, because it has allowed me to feel motivation to succeed without the pressure of failure.
[A day of exploring Rocky Mountain National Park followed by oreo soft serve at Lewis Sweet Shop]
As the summer nears closer, it is far easier for me to feel satiated after eating a huge salad for lunch with hard boiled eggs, sliced veggies, and fruit or yogurt on the side, but come wintertime, I know I will have to work to keep up these habits I am working hard to develop. My changing habits with exercise has also been a huge part of my increased self confidence, and I will write about that more in the coming months.
[Hitting up the froyo truck at Food Truck Wednesdays after an hour of morning cardio and a walk at lunch]
Looking back on the last few weeks, I have found balance between the leafy greens and the ice creams (it rhymes that way haha!), without feeling deprived or unable to indulge in a treat- and I’m proud to say that I don’t feel guilt for the first time in awhile. In an effort to be healthier and ditch my negative attitude, this balance is treating me well.
Come back Monday for a seasonal and delish dessert recipe, okay? Deal.