I knew that I would be spending my Friday evening with Brandon’s family eating a buffet style dinner of party food, so naturally I had to plan for this in my workout and nutrition throughout the day. I wouldn’t normally have a cheat meal on a weekly basis, as I don’t feel it works for me, but there has been a number of social events in my diary this February and I figured if I’m working out 5 days a week I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. I actually have come to enjoy being slightly flexible and not beating myself up about it. I now have a much healthier relationship with food than I did 26 days ago!
I pushed myself a little harder in the gym this morning to make up for the fact I’d be indulging later on. I ran 7km continuously and managed to burn 520kcals. I’m making great progress ahead of my 10km in June and feel confident that I’ll get there!
I may have burned 520kcals but I definitely consumed a lot more than that:
- Nutrigrain Blueberry Bar
- Nutrigrain Granola Bar
- Vu Blueberry Chews
- Chicken Breast w/ Peri Peri Seasoning and Couscous
I then lost count with all the party food. I don’t love buffets for this reason; it’s easy to overeat when there’s lots of small bites sitting in front of you. I did indulge in a delicious slice of New York cheesecake with caramel and I loved every bite! It just means I’ll have to stay focused tomorrow and get back on track with my nutrition. I don’t feel any guilt about the food as I know it’s not something I choose to do on a regular basis. I’ve managed to change my lifestyle but still allow for a little treat now and again when these social circumstances arise. I know that if I’m going to have a cheat meal I just have to work a little harder in the gym that day, or eat a bit less throughout the day.
I’ve found the balance and I could not be happier.