I haven’t eaten well the last four days. And I feel it.
I’m not talking about weight gain (haven’t checked) or feeling bloated (I actually don’t). I’m talking about my insides. I feel… off now.
Let me back up. Tuesday was Jon’s birthday (the big 3–0!) and we celebrated on Monday. But…. on Saturday was didn’t want to wait for cake, so I split the batch and made 2 small ones. Meaning I ate cake Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Plus there’s more left to get me through the week.
I also didn’t have enough fruit and veggies. We ate enough to avoid terrible, but not what I normally do.
But my biggest food offense is that I’ve had so little water!! I drink water like it’s an unlimited resource (ahem) so to go 4 straight days without enough feels awful. No, that’s not too dramatic. My insides don’t feel good.
Now we all know we need to drink plenty of water, but let’s review. We need water to regulate temperature, protect our brains and nervous system, support joints and rid our bodies of waste. Lack of water leads to dehydration, which causes fatigue, headaches, irritability and makes our hearts work harder. Oh, and “Without water, you will enter a coma and die.” (Source)
Add to all of this the fact that it stormed off and on 4 days straight, effectively thwarting all plans for a run or long bike ride. Jon being sick all weekend was the cherry on top.
I don’t like the “bandwagon” thought process. I don’t like using an illustration that is on again, off again. It’s so polarizing; so you do it right or you fail; so….. Heidi Klum. “One day you’re in and the next day, you’re out.”
Do I feel like I failed the last few days? Yes.
Do I feel like I failed at living as healthy as I can? Nope. Not in the least.
If that’s all it takes to be out, this isn’t a group I want to be in. In fact, I don’t want to be part of group that kicks people out at all. The healthy living/running/blogging/tweeting community – at least that I interact with – isn’t like that, but I think we feel like it is. Sometimes I think we make up pressures or judgments or ridicule; we assume people are going to notice the bad days and think we’re failures.
Yes? No? Maybe?
The reality is most people don’t have a clue (unless you broadcast it on a post, of course). Second, repeat after me: it doesn’t matter. Third, tell yourself this: I am beautiful, strong, healthy, intelligent, creative, committed, fit, [fill–in–the–blank]. That’s what matters.
And guess what? That’s not just a bandwagon.
Do you feel guilty after some not–so–healthy days?
How do we get away from that feeling of failure?
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