Monday, March 22, 2010

A Healthy Lifestyle Should Not Feel Like Punishment

Last night my husband and I attended an amazing event in Annapolis. The Junior League of Annapolis, Inc hosts "Chefs by the Bay" every year. This is such a beautiful event where chefs from the Annapolis area show off their best dishes; this year it was hosted at the Loews Hotel. Party goers were able to sample delicious dishes while also browsing exceptional items that were part of a silent auction (I was lucky enough to score a great basket, a cleaning service, several gift certificates to local venues in Annapolis and an artfully decorated drum for my son!)

I bought a sexy black dress, hot pink sandals and prepared myself to step out in my new body. I was feeling pretty good! I didn't for one minute stress about what I was going to eat or drink and I went out with every intention to enjoy my evening! I sampled all the dishes; pastas, soups, crepes, chicken satay, cake, sushi, etc... It was FANTASTIC! I even had a glass of Pinot Noir and didn't bat an eyelash!

When you're working hard in the gym and cleaning up your diet, that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a splurge every now and then. Its important that you allow yourself a break to take in the frills of life that you enjoy! If you feel like you're always missing out or giving up on those things, you're not going to feel rewarded or good about all your hard work. I know that as I get closer to my competition, I won't be able to allow a splurge like that, but last night was a perfect example of allowing myself to just relax and enjoy.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't stuff my face all night and drink myself into a frenzy. Everything was in moderation. I was polite to taste everything, but if it didn't suit my fancy, I tossed it. Choose your splurges, enjoy them, but don't let them derail you from your healthy goals. Remember, if you find yourself "splurging" more than sticking to your plan, than you can't really call it a splurge anymore. A treat every now and then is good for you though, it keeps your mood up, you feel satisfied, but you're able to keep your focus on your goals! Today, I feel refreshed and motivated!!!


  1. I so needed to read this post today!!! Thanks for the reminder. I was getting down in the dumps b/c I haven't been giving it my all in the gym and I have been "slurging" too much - all this is leading to DEPRESSION for me- THANKS for the wake up call

  2. Heather, I'm so glad this post was helpful for you! Keep up the good work and keep pushing it!