I am currently giving my head a mental shake, and let me tell you why. Today, I had a nice, easy 4k run planned. 3.5k is the longest I’ve run since, oh, probably August or September, back when I injured my left IT band, so I’m trying to very slowly increase my volume while keeping my intensity low.
So, instead of maintaining a nice, easy pace for the duration of my run, what do I do? I progressively increase the speed of each km, so that the last km, I’m basically running at as fast a pace as I can maintain – which, let’s be clear, is still quite slow by most standards. Not only that, but the weather here is not particularly nice, so the path was icy, rutted, and/or snow-covered its entire length AND it was getting dark as I was finishing up. Let me give myself a big, forehead-smacking “doh!” (But it seemed like a good idea at the time.)
To compound my idiocy, I came home and demolished a chocolate bar after consuming my relatively healthy meal. And then faced with studying, I polished off another. And then some Mini Eggs. (It didn’t seem like a good idea AT ALL at the time, but I did it anyway.) Emotional Eating, thanks for stopping by.
I’m going to assume I’m not the only one out there who sometimes strays from “the plan,” so I think you may be familiar with the guilt, disgust, and sugar blues I’m experiencing right now. Just, ugh.
There’s nothing to do about it now. At least I have now eaten all of the chocolate in the house – ha! – so there won’t be any for me to stress-eat tomorrow. I should probably review this post on coping with stress eating by Erin over at The Healthy Apron next time I have the urge to stuff myself with Mars bars. You might want to take a look, too. 🙂
What’s your stress-eating food of choice, or do you handle your stress in a much smarter way than Mars bars and Mini Eggs?
P.S. Ate 4 servings of veggies, drank 8 c of water, and journaled my food – just didn’t post it here.