Hi Friends, the past two weeks of vacation sure have been eye opening for me and made me realize the importance of non-scale victories. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you will have noticed I splurged in the food and beverage department a bit too much and have not had any scale or non-scale victories to say the least the past two weeks.
In addition to the 6 lbs I gained according to my trusty Aria Scale, low and behold my Fitbit told me my HR went up 2 bpm as well and worse of all I also got sick and feel really inflamed and achy. Not a cool thing to not feel well, and it has really got me thinking.
I thought I could do it, I thought I could take two weeks and eat and drink what I wanted to. Heck, I was still running and skiing burning tons of calories each day according to my Fitbit so what harm could some birthday cake, a few pieces of Naan bread and maybe a bite or two of nachos do? Ok, some cosmo’s thrown in as well. I’m burning it off surely, and I was beyond active.
Well, at the end of the fun on Friday, I came down with a nasty cough that turned into a full blown sinus infection by Saturday afternoon. On top of that I was bloated and gained 6 lbs. Clothes still fit, but I felt crappy. Granted most of it had to do with sneezing and coughing non-stop, but I felt like a giant slug. Ok, a bit extreme but heck I felt like another person.
I discovered my body is just really sensitive, and I am an all or nothing person. I can’t just have one piece of cake as all I think about is the second, same with the cosmos. I can’t, I just can’t do it.
I also discovered coming back after my vacation in the past few days, that I am way too plugged into the Fitbit data. I constantly monitor resting heart rate, weight charts, calories in/calories out and it is taking a ton of time each day and I’m not sure mentally what benefit it has that is positive other than obsessing and adding unneeded activity into my life. The numbers are useless unless I feel well.
Does it matter I lost 2 lbs already since I came back? No, not really. Does it matter that my sinus infection is getting better each day because I am eating right? Yes, 100%!
I say unneeded activity, because if I would just do what my body needs me to do nothing would matter. If I just eat organic lean meats, veggies, fruits, drink my Shakeology daily, and keep up my running and working out I am golden.
If I eliminate sugar and alcohol completely, there are no worries. My body will do what it does properly and the numbers on the scale wont matter as I will look and feel healthy. They really don’t matter. If my HR is low I sleep good, does it matter if it goes down or up 1 bpm? No, not for me.
What matters is…
How I feel
How I sleep each night
How far and fast I can run
The time I spend with family and friends instead of obsessing over numbers.
So with that, I am freeing myself from the data and spending all my energy focusing on eating right, meal prepping and planning and staying on track. If I am on track, it all falls into place.
Have you gotten too caught up in the data and have you eliminated and just focused on the basics of clean eating and exercise? What benefits have you noticed?