I’m going to introduce this post with just a few comments drunk Cay made last night
- *on my first hot dog* There’s not THAT much gluten in a hot dog bun
- Is McDonalds open?
- Will you build me a McDonalds so I can have an M&M McFlurry?
- *on my second hot dog* I have to try it with the potato chips crushed in this time
- I’m not going home without ice cream
- *on my third hot dog* I’ve already had two I think it’s safe to say the gluten is in me at this point
2 Tips For A Guilt Free Night Out
Step 1: Put the evening in perspective of your life as a whole
Keep in mind that it takes an additional 3,500 calories over your average intake to gain a pound. So unless you had something like seventeen hot dogs or three pints of Ben & Jerry’s, you have not gained weight. A night out every once in awhile is not going to have any significant effect on your body composition, weight, or progress. Remember that a healthy lifestyle is one that makes you happy and probably also includes:
- moderate exercise
- more whole foods and less processed diet products
- lots of water
- minimal stress
- social elements
So if you’re doing most of those six things on most days, you’re in great shape. Cut yourself some slack and give yourself permission to dance, be silly, stay out late, have drinks (and snacks), and then wake up tomorrow and applaud yourself for doing so.
Step 2: Use Self-Love when you Interpret Your Evening
“Uh Cay, what the heck do you mean interpret my evening? I just want this headache to go away.” – people who are currently hungover. This won’t take too long or too much energy, I promise. You’ll be free to nap peacefully in just a moment. Honestly, it boils down to showing some much deserved kindness to your mental health and your body.
Last night in the taxi ride home after my many a Smirnoff Ices, hot dogs, and strawberry cheesecake ice cream, I felt the dark cloud of shame fill my head as I began to convince myself that my belly was pushing its way out of the skirt that was loose just hours earlier. I turned to look out the window and caught a glimpse of my boyfriend smiling. And that smile reminded me of all the joy I missed out on in the past due to my fear of calories and weight gain.
I thought about all the nights during my sophomore year of college where I stayed in instead of partying with my friends and how isolated I made myself. My eating disorder convinced me that I was “saving myself” by keeping my tummy tighter than it would be if I drank/drunched, so that when I started dating someone he would be proud to have me on his arm. But looking at my boyfriend smile last night I realized that having me participate in his world, watching me get to know his friends, and share laughs together meant so much more to him than having a slim, sexy chick on his arm ever could. And then I realized how much I had been smiling that night and it became pretty clear that memories are worth more than model looks.
disclaimer: I am not advocating nor encouraging underage drinking, binge drinking, or endorsing alcohol consumption as a whole.
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