You may have noticed during the last week I have been MIA. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to share with you I promise. I was actually serving on a jury for a federal criminal trial. I could barely have my phone with me let alone a computer. Needless to say I’m happy it’s over.
While it was certainly an interesting process to be a part of I have to say it was a real challenge trying to stay true to my eating plan. Every morning we were presented with trays of bagels, muffins, croissants, cinnamon rolls, etc. and later on in the day for a little pick me up the jury room was set up with a candy buffet. On the day we deliberated they sent in enough deep dish pizzas for each jury member to have his/her own.
If you’ve ever watched the Biggest Loser it was similar to an episode every season where producers put the contestants in a room with all of their favorite “bad” foods to see how they will react. Let’s just say if cameras were rolling on us, viewers at home would get a kick out of the guy that ate three muffins and two croissants in the span of twenty minutes. I’m not going to get into specifics about my role in “Carbgate” but let’s just say I wasn’t surviving on salad alone either.
It wasn’t just that I was surrounded by unhealthy food options for eight hours a day for three days. Because of our starting schedule I had to miss three workouts at Shred415 which is something I really look forward to and enjoy. This is a class that makes me feel great about myself, helps me burn hundreds of calories, not to mention I get to workout alongside amazing friends.
My workouts have really become an important role in my daily life and I go out of my way to fit those workouts into each and every day. I had a choice, I could take a few days off or I could fit in a workout earlier than jury duty. As much as I didn’t want to wake up at 5am I did and went to FlyWheel. I walked in every morning yawning and walked out with the biggest smile on my face.
As horrible as I felt for eating the same crap that got me into trouble in the first place at least I wasn’t doing that and missing my workouts. And if I’m being totally honest (which is the whole point right?) while I enjoyed getting to eat all of my old favorite foods I have to say I don’t miss the guilty feeling afterwards. It was certainly enough days in a row to remind me that I don’t want to eat like that anymore. Not just because I don’t want to gain all of the weight back although that is part of it but even more so I felt so tired and sluggish afterwards. We were sitting all day and with my job I’m always on the go so it was a challenge to stay alert and not continue to shove food in my face because let’s face it when you’re sitting around in a room with a bunch of food what are you supposed to do other than eat it?
Today was my first day back at Shred415 and I was so excited to see my friends, get my butt handed to me by the one and only Tracy Roemer, and just enjoy being active. And of course I’m really happy to be able to be back sharing with you. Until next time!