Weekday Lunch Date & Food Balance

Posted: April 14, 2011 at 8:33 am

You all are such a fabulous resource for racing tips! Thanks for the great suggestions in my last post. Some popular ones included:

  • don’t go out too fast
  • hydrate the day before so you don’t have to drink too much before the race <--- my weak bladder appreciates this one
  • get enough sleep the night before
  • believe I can do it

I am so excited for Saturday! Now, hopefully the weather will hold off from storming. Any tips on how to change the forecast? 😉

So, yesterday I had a nice little mid-week lunch date with Peter.

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We had yet another Groupon to use up before its impending expiration date and I figured breaking up the week with a meet-up could serve us both well. We visited The Rising Roll – a “gourmet” sandwich shop found in the metro Atlanta area and a few other locations in Texas. They had a wide variety of sandwich choices, but one kept drawing my eye back to it. Clearly, I had to order it.

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The Rhythm & Blues on multi-grain bread. Chicken salad topped with blue cheese, bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

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It involved many of my favorite sandwich components all in one sandwich. Yes, please! On the side I had some delicious carrot salad with carrots, cranberries, walnuts, and apples in a light dressing with a hint of cinnamon flavor.

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We picked up a brownie to split as well. They looked too decadent to not try one! And they were. Super fudgy inside with a nice chew on the outside and a bit of crunch from some nuts on top. Perfection.

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This made for quite the pick me up during a rather standard day and week. In my opinion, little moments like this truly make such a difference.

On the drive home from my lunch with Peter, I got to thinking about how differently I approached that meal compared to years ago. Even though I currently am working towards achieving my “happy weight” post-baby, I felt no need to deprive myself of what I wanted for the sake of ordering something “good”. I originally did plan on eating one of their lighter sandwich options and did not anticipate having any dessert. Then, when looking at my options I knew I really felt like what I ended up ordering. I feel no guilt for it, either.

Beforehand, I would have found myself in a binge from this scenario. I would have felt so deprived and restricted from not ordering what I wanted that I would inevitably binge out of frustration. Or, on the other hand, I would have felt so guilty for “blowing my plan” that I would have just given up on trying to “be good” that day and binged as well. Now, I know that consistent choices for my health brings me my progress. Consistently not going overboard, paying attention to my hunger, honoring cravings reasonably, and not putting myself down will work to my advantage. I know I can have special meals and treats like this on occasion because on the whole I still make very wise decisions with how I choose to eat.

I enjoy my food, don’t allow myself to feel deprived, and therefore keep up my healthy habits, which bring me progress. Please don’t think you have to eat super strictly and never indulge to make progress on your fitness goals. If you can’t achieve a goal with some fun along the way, then you are probably working towards an unrealistic one. That’s my two cents anyways. Now, go find a moment of fun while working towards one of your goals today. I promise it is possible.

  • What is a goal you’re working towards? How do you keep it fun/exciting?

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64 Comments to “Weekday Lunch Date & Food Balance”
  1. Lunch looked DELISH! Whenever I get bored with my running goals, I download new music or get a cute little running outfit. When I get bored with weight goals, I try new healthy recipes. It’s important to keep your goals fun AND balanced – which is looks like you are doing a great job at!

  2. chrissi says:

    that lunch looks so good!

  3. I’m working towards my third half marathon. I really want to PR, so picking up the pace on my runs keeps it interesting!

  4. Stacy says:

    I totally agree with you! There’s no reason to deprive yourself when striving for a goal. I’ve been trying to lose the weight I gained towards the end of college. Over the last year I have lost 25 pounds and I still have a few more to go, but I always like to keep it fun by signing up for races and eating plenty of satisfying food (ie chocolate and cheese!).

  5. amy says:

    I’m working on finding a healthy balance with eating and exercise. I’m recovering from anorexia and recently lost some weight and I’m having a hard time cutting back to 4 days a week working out instead of 5 untill I gain back a few pounds. I feel so guilty.

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