So I hit the big 40 yesterday! I thought I would be depressed and sad. Instead, I was thrilled! With age comes experience, with experience comes wisdom, and with wisdom –confidence. My crazy office family welcomed me with quite a production! Then, I spent the evening with my beautiful family! I have to laugh at their choice of posters to harass me with! My poor friends and family are so sick of hearing me rant about eating healthy that they chose to really get me back! They even made me eat fried chicken and brownies! And yes, I felt kinda sick after. When you walk the health food path for a while–you don’t miss the bad stuff. Thanks to Kevin Deeth for the concept of the Cheat day because I can completely appreciate it now! And thank you to all my friends and family for continuing to support my dream! If you believe it–you can do it. No matter how crazy anyone thinks you are!
This last month has been filled with parties for the Henriksen clan! Celebrations over high school graduation, softball championships, and birthdays! Not that I am complaining about the wonderful accomplishments that we have to celebrate, but it does make it hard to stay healthy in mind, body and spirit. The stress of cleaning, planning, shopping and lack of sleep have driven us all to the edge. The menus can’t always include healthy food and scare away all of the partygoers. The idea of serving kale chips, veggie kabobs, and vegan desserts to Sidney’s 12yo softball cronies was absolutely horrifying to her! She said she would rather me try to sing “Call Me Maybe” than serve that disgusting food to her teammates. Therefore, in effort to provide less ammunition for her to tell her therapist years from now after I have royally screwed her up with poor parenting antics, I settled on hotdogs, chips, and cake. When we planned Emma’s 5th birthday shindig, I didn’t even try. Instead, my adorable husband stayed up until 3 am pretending he was the Cake Boss making her a fantastic Lego cake while Emma and I played Martha Steward making a Pinterest wreath. Sometimes, you throw in the towel–have a cheat day and then try to get back on track. After all, YOLO!
Who couldn’t enjoy celebrating the accomplishments of these fabulous kiddos!
Dee—I must admit that I broke down last week and had a Dairy Queen blizzard—I only got through half before I was feeling the pain! Kevin Deeth is right about the cheat day—It is necessary, however it isn’t so pleasant to the aroma of the household when you go running for the toilet! Never trust the silent but deadly! Keep on the plan! The tortoise always ends up winning the race and especially when it comes to really treating your body right! It’s not our fault! We are victims of a food industry and are simply ignorant.
Throughout the past few weeks, I’ve had days where I simply throw in the towel and eat/drink whatever sounds good. Even though it’s really fun in the moment, it is SO not worth it. For example, a couple of weeks ago, I had a package of all-natural chicken breasts and I made a last-minute decision to make homemade chicken fingers. I found this Southern breeding mix that you shake the chicken in and deep fry it. They are the most incredible fingers you’ve ever had. They tasted amazing, especially with my authentic Buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese. I probably had about six and the next day I thought I was going to die. After not eating grease for so many weeks, all of that grease sat like a cannonball in my stomach for the entire next morning. Also, for some reason, if I eat perfectly well for a few days and start to lose a couple of pounds, eating poorly for part of one day undoes so much good. It’s like six days of healthy food might take off three pounds and one day of eating junk puts on five…seriously…not fair, but it is so not worth it.