I'm going to make these for the potluck ... Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Krispies
As you may know, I've been following a fairly strict diet for the past 5 weeks in an attempt to look like a Figure competitor year-round. I've been very successful with the diet too! In that timeframe, I dropped 7 lbs (which is a lot for a lil thing like me!). My clothes were fitting better, and I felt better about myself. However, due to hormones and staying strict for several weeks, last week my mind rebelled and I didn't follow the plan very well. Subsequently, I gained back a couple of those pounds. And then with this past weekend's trip to Carlo's Bakery, I gained back ALL the weight I'd lost.
Wait. What?! How could I gain back 7 lbs that took me 5 weeks to lose?!
Easy! I ate. A lot. Often.
Rather than remaining discouraged and frustrated, I accepted the fact that I gained back some weight, and reminded myself that I'm the only one in control of how my body looks and feels. I went right back to my diet on Monday, and feel better already! I'm already down a couple pounds, and it feels good to be back on track.
But there's a potluck at work tomorrow. And I love potlucks, cuz they allow me to sample so many different foods at one time. If I were in contest prep, considering the potluck wouldn't even happen. It just wouldn't be an option. But I'm in my off-season now, and although I'm still following a very strict plan, the consequences of not following the plan aren't as detrimental.
Since I'm a Type A Planner, I made a tidy little table to record my thoughts about participating in the potluck.
|To Participate||To Not Participate|
|I get to sample yummy food! (duh)||"Yummy" (ie sugary) food often upsets my tummy.|
|I won't feel hungry most of the day (like I usually do ... go metabolism!).||It'll throw me off my diet.|
|It's my off-season, so there's no absolute need to stick to my diet all the time.||My off-season is a time to do everything I can to prepare for next season.|
|If I diet so strictly even in the off-season, the mental discipline of contest prep is really gonna suck!||Following a clean diet will help me maintain a leaner physique so I won't have as much to lose during prep.|
As I review my cute, organized table, I realize that the arguments FOR participating are more mental-focused, while the arguments for NOT participating are more physical-based. I WANT to participate, but SHOULD I? My main reasons for following a diet plan now are to fit into my clothes and to feel good about how my body looks (cuz really, don't we all want to look good nekkid all the time??).
What do you think? What would you do? What do you think I should do?
Stay tuned tomorrow to find out what I chose to do!