Lessons, Cheat Days, Sleep Eating

Yesterday’s official title is “Tough Lessons”.  Yes.  There was drama all around yesterday regarding these life lessons.  And no, the drama did not involve me.  How was I involved?  I was the one the people went complaining to about the crap they’re dealing with and I basically had to tell them “Sorry, that’s just life.  And sometimes it sucks and more often than not you have to do things you don’t want to because other people have screwed up.  Deal.”  Too harsh?  In my opinion, no.  It made for a taxing day.

Good thing I got to run this morning!  That sure helped ease the stress from yesterday.  The run FLEW by.  I worked on speed.  I ran 5.2 miles in 53 minutes.  YAY me!  I did another “random” cardio adventure, but this time on the treadmill.  I would run a comfortable speed for a minute or two, then crank it up for another minute or two and just played the random card.  Boy, did it make my run go by fast.  And truth be told, I never felt that I pushed TOO hard.  Hooray for finally learning my limits.  I didn’t realize how super sweaty I was after my run until people kept staring at me.  WHY DO PEOPLE DO THIS?!  I’m at a gym.  I’m working hard.  I’m SUPPOSED to be sweaty.  Any hoosier, a rock star leg workout followed my super-stellar run, followed by a 20-minute interval elliptical finisher.  My tank was on E by the time I got home and I couldn’t make my recovery shake fast enough.  Peanut butter powder, almond milk, bananas, cocoa powder, vanilla protein powder…I kind of want to run home to make another one!  YUMMMM!

Here it is…the moment you’ve all been waiting for:  Cheat Days Explained (courtesy of Greatist.com).  I love this post.  It basically supports the 80/20 rule that is applied to everything.  In this case, watch yo’ diet 80% of the time, cheat 20%.  My diet and thought process behind my diet has drastically changed in the last few years.  For me, cheating is now psychological.  Eating a few dark chocolate M&Ms before bed makes me one happy camper hanging out in the campground of life. Yes, technically I’m cheating by eating sugar (and fat), but the psychological benefits of that small “cheat” help keep me on track for the next day.  I’m at the point where I now get giddy for granola (my healthy version) with a few melty M&Ms…sounds a little pathetic, but GOSH is it delectable! 🙂

Speaking of my granola & M&M combo…I didn’t have time for dessert last night so when I got home I was going to allow myself to have some granola & M&Ms before bed to satisfy my sweet tooth and my stress craving/pouty-ness for something sweet to make my day better.  I brought a tiny little serving of it to bed (I watch TV, really sleep through TV for a few minutes before I call it a night). I wasn’t really feeling it.  Emotionally my mind & body were wrecked from work & other things and my poor body felt AWFUL after 1-too-many-cups of coffee.  So I fell asleep with it on my nightstand.  I woke up around 10:30 with the TV & lights still on (typical…) and decided I was ready for that granola.  It almost felt like “sleep eating” since I was in a fog and just kept grabbing for the granola without any thought at all.  HA!  Now I know that I should NEVER (ever, ever, ever) keep a mini fridge by my bed.  Not that I ever would.

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One thought on “Lessons, Cheat Days, Sleep Eating

  1. If I had a mini fridge beside my bed, I’d be in SO MUCH trouble. I only allow myself to take a cup of water to bed. Sorry you had to be the life lesson police – it totally drains you!!!! You deserved extra m&ms! OH! And did you know they have chocolate covered PEEPS?!?! Yes yes yes. Available in dark and milk.

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