Hi friends! I hope you all had wonderful weekends. I spent the weekend in Pennsylvania at Dickinson College for their alumni weekend – it was my 10 year reunion! I can’t believe it’s been that long.
I had such a fun time being back on campus, taking a trip down memory lane, and seeing my college friends. The campus was looking lovely, too – we had absolutely perfect weather. (Also, hi to longtime blog reader Kim who works at Dickinson – loved meeting you!)
Here are a bunch of us outside our freshman dorm, Davidson. Meeeeeeemories! (Missing from this photo are Sarah and Lisa!)
On Saturday morning, I was excited to see on the agenda that my friend and 2004 classmate Camille was teaching a yoga class out on the main quad! Matt opted out and went for a run, but a few of the girls and I headed over to get our namaste on.
For my Baltimore friends, Camille teaches at Charm City Yoga – check her out! Loved the class – beautiful morning for it. I’m in the green tank in the middle in the picture below, which was pilfered from Dickinson’s Instagram page.
We grabbed lunch on Saturday at one of my old favorites – Back Door Café. Their tuna sandwich rocks (plus a side house Greek salad).
For dessert, we all walked over to Massey’s, another old favorite.
The rest of the day involved a beer tasting:
And then lots more socializing, dinner at Market Cross Pub, and more beer, not gonna lie.
Now that the weather is nice and summer BBQs and travel are in full swing, I’ve been talking more to my AnneTheRD clients about not beating yourself up for indulgence – but at the same time, making sure that when you do indulge it’s a “worth it” situation. Sure, I eat healthy most of the time, because it’s what makes me feel good, but not always – what would life be without a little spontaneity (and ice cream)? I’m sure reading my blog and knowing I’m a dietitian you might think I eat healthy all the time, but that’s definitely not true. The rest of Saturday involved a whole lot of beer and a burger and fries for dinner. And you know what? I don’t regret it at all. It was totally worth it and I had a blast! A lot of my clients struggle with feeling like they are failures or like they’ve totally ruined everything if they have an evening or a day with more indulgences than usual. That can often lead into either overdoing it even more since they feel like it’s all or nothing, then feeling really overfull or sick, or into restricting later (and then often overdoing it again, continuing the cycle). My point here is: do not feel bad for indulging if you have decided it’s worth it. Before you indulge, stop and think: is this a worth it situation? Will this experience be enhanced by whatever indulgence I’m considering? Do I really want it or am I just having it because everyone else is/it’s there? If you do decide it’s worth the indulgence, then by all means enjoy it. Part of being a healthy eater is not ALWAYS being healthy – there’s no reason to feel guilty. Just enjoy the experience, stop before you are too full, then move on. I’m not a perfect eater and you don’t need to be, either! Okay, stepping off my soapbox.
What was the last thing you indulged in that was totally worth it?
Speaking of healthy living – the Summer Shape Up launched today! If you’re participating, don’t forget to check in daily over on the week 1 meal plan page and on Gina’s week 1 workout page to be entered for the sponsor prizes. I tried out the week 1 workout this morning and it was awesome!