My little brother is back in Ontario visiting for the week. To celebrate, my parents hosted an ‘open house’ where neighbors, friends and family got together and we all had a chance to catch up.
We also ate.
Actually, given the way I was eating, I’m not sure if anyone else even had the chance to eat.
I was a glutton. I’m not sure why, but I think I subconsciously decided to either start training to be a professional eater, or was just trying to see if I could make my stomach explode.
It was THAT bad.
Personally, between you and me, I blame my sister-in-law-to-be’s Xmas cookies. They are amazing, and they are what caused me to “break the seal”.
To use lingo from my alma mater (the University of Guelph) – I crushed it.
Xmas cookies, walker’s chocolates, muffins, some AMAZING meat balls (thanks Mom!), more muffins, more Xmas cookies, pastry, even more cookies….and a stick of celery 😉
It wasn’t until my stomach actually started to hurt and BEGGED ME TO STOP that I realized I had gone WAAAAY overboard.
But this is what happens when you hit the holiday season. You over eat and when you do, there is a chance you overeat BIG TIME.
But here’s some interesting info for you: At the height of my stomach busting gluttony, about 1 hour after my eating frenzy, I tested by blood sugar.
5.5 mmol/L (about 100 mg/dL)
Not even postprandial (the amount you would expect from an average person after an average meal).
Thank you 2 years of fasting and weight training.
I ate sugary cookies and pastries until I could barely keep my eyes open and still had a normal blood sugar reading.
Here is another great thing I want to share with you. On the drive home, I obviously knew I had overate, but I also knew it wasn’t a big deal.
I knew I wasn’t going to wake up 5 pounds heavier on Monday (I checked this morning..just to make sure)
And since I knew I could fast twice this week I still had everything under control.
So here’s my point – We all mess up. And chances are if it’s gonna happen, it’s going to happen during the holidays. Yes I could have been a little better, but (AND HERE IS THE IMPORTANT PART) there is no need to stress out.
Devoting your entire life to losing fat and not taking time off to enjoy the cookies every once in while is a recipe for a very boring life.
Don’t let your quest for weight loss get in the way of what truly counts.
Food, family and friends.
PS – Freedom comes from knowing that you CAN eat less. That your metabolism won’t slow down and you won’t lose muscle just because you decided not to eat for 24 hours.
you can also under-eat without stressing out.