This is the first week I’ve started to feel the challenge of the holidays: meaning maintaining a healthy diet through several weeks of festivities. The main events in the last week have included: my office holiday party, a weekend visiting my friend, a latke dinner (latkes have to be one of the most delicious yet unhealthy foods out there) and Neil’s office holiday party.
Neil’s holiday party was held this evening at Acadiana, a fancy restaurant right near my office. I was so excited to try it because I had never been. I was also excited by the open bar – with my favorite grey goose vodka. Knowing I had a big meal ahead of me, I decided to take a long run on my lunch break.
Even at 12:30, the weather forecast was 22* with the windchill. I really didn’t want to go outside. Plus the only pants I had at work were bike pants (the kind you put over padded bike shorts), so I wasn’t sure how they would fare on a run. I decided to hop on the treadmill at the office gym and play it by ear. After I finished a mile on the treadmill I was starting to get bored. But I was feeling warm, so I moved the workout outside. The Garmin took a while to load around all the tall buildings in downtown DC, but once it got going I could see I was maintaining a pace around @8:30. Keeping that pace was hard when I was going into the wind! I was so happy to be outside and breaking up my work day though – and finished another 4.5 miles on top of the 1 mile treadmill run.
Of course when I got inside and hopped in the shower, my legs and stomach turned bright red and itchy – a sure sign I was under dressed with all that wind. The bike pants were falling down the entire time so I do not recommend them for running in any weather. Also I have to remember sunglasses next time because my eyes were watering so much. Other than that, I’m ready to take you on winter! (Famous last words – did I just jinx us to have a terrible winter?)
After that run I was so excited to re-fuel with the four course meal: crab and corn soup, mixed green salad, snapper with sweet potato pancakes and roasted cauliflower and bourbon vanilla creme brulee for dessert. No pictures, but trust me it was delicious. I ended up only having 2 drinks so I shouldn’t have much trouble waking up for boot camp tomorrow.
I think it is important to enjoy and indulge during the holidays (check out a great post by Jen on this topic), but because I’m trying to lose weight I need to be careful. Since I used to freak out about my food when I had “eating events” I just try to eat my usual, healthy meals during the day and keep those meals within a normal calorie range. The biggest difference for me is upping the exercise. It makes me feel great, and gives me freedom to enjoy extra treats.
How do you approach eating events?