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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Food Guilt?


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I've just come back from vacation and I admit that I didn't watch what I ate at all. I ate all the wrong things and way too much of them. Heck, isn't that the purpose of a vacation. As a result of my overindulgence, I put on a few pounds, real ones, and just generally felt like crap for about a week upon returning home. While vacationing, I did get my runs in, but they were more to keep my sanity than for weight control. The few miles I ran were like trying to extinguish a blazing inferno with a teacup of water. During a conversation with someone around the office, I was recounting how I ate lots of crappy (great tasting, fat and sugar laden) food and how terribly I felt. She had also had a "bad eating" week and she asked me a question that got me thinking:

Did you physically feel bad, or did you feel guilty?

I was taken aback. Guilty?! I didn't even realize that was an option. No crime was committed. Feeling guilty would mean that I had done something wrong and I did nothing wrong. I make a conscious decision to eat those foods and I knew there would be a price to pay, but the benefit, for that week anyway, was worth the cost. After the week of being back at home and feeling like crap, I think that the extra calories and rest from that vacation have actually been beneficial in terms of recovery from all of my recent training. Now I'm ready to get back to work, as they say.

Accept the decisions that you make regarding the food you eat and accept the consequences of those actions. No one is perfect. No one! Not me, or even that fitness model on the cover of a magazine. Accept that you will eat desserts, you will miss workouts, and move on. You are not a failure, you are human. Don't let those indiscretions discourage you from continuing to make good decisions. The key is to get back on the program and keep moving forward. Remember, two or three steps forward for every one step back is still moving forward.

Do you feel guilty after overindulging on foods that you perceive as being "bad"?

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