I have not participated in the actual race very many times, but I always participate in the eating frenzy that occurs at my parents house after the race. Fried chicken, salads, veggies, rolls, desserts; never a shortage of food when the family gets together with friends. This year was no different as far as the food and fun were concerned. But I was different.
I am trying to relax when it comes to tracking my foods. That's not to say I am not tracking, but I know there will be times through my life that I will not be able to know EXACTLY how many points are in certain foods, or there won't be a measuring cup or measuring spoon handy. During these times I will have to guesstimate and use what I know about healthy eating in order to stay on track. So today I planned ahead and took healthy foods (veggies, olives and caprese salad) with me, and didn't stress over every little bite. I ate a couple deviled eggs, I had a small piece of the white meat of my husband's fried chicken. I avoided the potato salad and the rolls, and I didn't eat any of the salads that clearly had mayonnaise dressings, and I ate a lot of veggies. When I got home I logged in the foods as best I could, but I didn't stress. I did not eat too much; I did not binge. I even had enough points left over to enjoy my favorite nighttime snack--frozen berries and yogurt with a sprinkle of Fiber One.
I call today a success!! I faced a challenge and I came out a winner. I wish I would have participated in the actual race too. I actually liked the shirt design AND color.
Next year I will run Bloomsday!
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