That ‘only once and a while’ thing.

Yesterday, it was physically one of the laziest days I have had in a while, but under the circumstances, it was incredibly emotionally and mentally draining. I have consistently gone to bed at night for the past couple of nights in Manitoba thoroughly exhausted. While normally a long run or a big bike ride would leave me this tired, it was emotional stress this time that tired me out!

While I have kept up with my training runs, and dominated a strength workout at a local gym on Sunday, I haven’t been doing my “normal” training routine. I am looking forward to being back in the groove when I get home tonight but it really hasn’t stressed me out all that much not getting my typical workouts in. I have really enjoyed being around my family… and it’s like a million degrees right now so I am satisfied with my 30 minutes of cardio. 😉

With that said, I got a lovely run in yesterday before my grandma’s funeral and before it got super hot out again. I had 4 miles on the schedule so I did an out-and-back route that started slow and finished fast. I caught up to my dad on his walk as he turned the corner of the street so I raced him back to my other grandma’s house. 4.0 miles at an 8:30 min/mile pace… shockingly fast if you knew how sore my glutes were from the glute session on Sunday!

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I did really well with what I am calling my “training nutrition” over the weekend. There were cakes, tarts, bars, loaves, pastries, and basically every single baked good you could imagine at my grandpa’s house and while I am not a huge fan of sweets, when they are there, it’s hard to resist! I ate a ton of vegetables, brought veggie burgers and egg whites to gatherings for protein, and chose the best options I could find for delicious healthy food at all occasions.

Then this.

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My dad and I have very similar taste buds in that we aren’t huge dessert people and consider a big bowl of watermelon plenty of sugar for our “sweet toothes” but there is a local ice-cream shop called Syl’s that is very well known in the area for it’s buzz burgers and ice cream cones. My dad wanted to stop on the way out of town last night for an annual ice cream cone and I decided I really wanted one to. So I had one. It was a party in my mouth.

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It is safe to say that I dine on ice cream “only once and a while” because I truly have it maybe two or three times a year. I am often really unsure of how to talk about the term “moderation” in regards to nutrition because while many people, including myself, talk about enjoying a variety of foods in moderation, there is a little bit of confusion as to what “moderation” is. Once a week? Once a month? Once a year? Does that apply to sweets only or to just candy or just chocolate, and if it’s a small portion do we get to eat it more often? Is a daily dessert healthy? SO MANY QUESTIONS.

While I don’t really have the answer to any of those, I think finding the line between habit and treat is key. That ice cream cone was incredible and I know that I will not be back to Syl’s for at least another year, and when I want to “treat” myself, it has to reeeeeeally be worth it. Good quality chocolate, local ice cream, a once in a blue moon kind of deal for me to feel it was worth it. I work so so so hard in the gym and to destroy those efforts with a lack of nutrition would be pointless. So I ate ice cream… and I ran. And I still don’t know if I can say I know what “only once and a while” means but I think I’m getting closer. 🙂

I’m driving 13 hours home from Manitoba with my family today – tell me your favourite healthy road trip snack!

Summer treat you just can’t resist? 

4 Comments

  1. Ice cream is one of the things that I miss about not having dairy. Although I cheat and have dairy on occasion (recently those occasions have been frequent), but the end result of that is a massive migraine. Totally not worth it 🙁

    Fav road trip snacks are raw cashews or almonds with cranberries. Or chips 😉

  2. Yeah, I think everyone’s ‘moderation’ or ‘balance’ is different. Some people prefer to treat themselves daily, others prefer a few times a week. I definitely have more of a savoury tooth- I love things like crackers or chips instead of sugar.

    Ice cream is definitely my fav summer treat! There are so many great ice cream places in Calgary I’ve been visiting. 🙂

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