May 05

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I Fell Off the Wagon

Not only did i fall off the wagon, but i rolled down the hill too. Which wagon you ask? The clean eating wagon. Sometimes it happen, and i always feel beat up when it does. Now is the time to shrug it off, remind myself that sometimes life gets in the way of your best plans and you do the best you can.

Last week my mom fell and not only broke her hip, but fractured her shoulder and foot. She had hip surgery and appeared to be doing well. Then her heart became irregular and her blood pressure dropped. Her heart had went into Atrial-fibrillation. She had never done this before so my sister and I were freaking a bit. Ok, a lot. The doctors thought it was blood loss related and gave her 2 units, which did appear to fix the problem. 24 hours later it started again – cue freaking again. And to top it off, i live 5 hours away – so it’s not like I can just hop in the car and be there. But the scare made me re-arrange my schedule and leave a few days earlier than planned. Which is how i fell off the wagon.

I had planned to leave Thursday morning and drive up to see my mom and relieve my sister from some duties. The plan included shopping and packing clean eats to take with me so I wouldn’t have to worry about cooking or shopping after I arrived. Sometimes the best plans get sidelined. Because of the complications, I doubled my workload on Monday, packed Monday night and left on my trip Tuesday morning. Tuesday afternoon, they transferred by to a rehabilitation center for therapy. The first night was a little nerve wrecking for both mom and me so I spent the night; a.k.a. very-little-sleep.

For the past 5 days my meals have consisted of oatmeal (breakfast every morning, i get points!), sandwiches, chips, a snack size Twix bar, hamburgers, pizza or nothing at all. One day I realized I had went 7 hours without eating. But I had plenty of coffee on hand – they kept it fresh at the nurses station!

Needless to say, I now feel like a soft, mushy marshmallow! So it’s time to detox and get back on track. I just heard someone gasp – Lori is going to do a detox? Yes. But not the no food, liquid only type of detox. Maybe the word i need to use it reset. I will be resetting my system with a clean, whole foods program. Lots of lean protein and lots of veggies, berries, and apples. And lots of sweat inducing workouts!

The plan is simple, just clean whole foods. Nothing processed. Not even Ezekiel bread. The only grains I will be eating are oatmeal and quinoa, and only before 2:00pm.

To hold myself accountable, I will be posting my meals and workouts each day of the reset. It will last 7 days. Would you like to join me?

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  1. Lisa

    I’m actually glad to know even those that are so good, fall every once in a while. It makes me feel better. Good luck on your reset.

    1. getfitnaturally

      Thank you! Even the best have off days, showing that indeed, we are all human! LOL 🙂

  2. Maribel

    Great post! As much as I try to stick to a clean diet (and I usually do 90% of the time), sometimes life gets in the way. You can’t beat yourself up for it, especially when there are bigger concerns, such as your mom’s health. I like the term ‘reset’ because it is a bit of a do-over to get your system back on track with natural foods which your body craves after awhile. I’m doing a reboot of my diet now by trying to balance out my meals so I stay energized all day, which is really hard when I spend 10hrs at work sitting in front of my computer. So I guess I’m joining you for the next 7 days if you’ll have me!! Hope you mom is doing well and best of luck this week! 🙂

    1. getfitnaturally

      Let’s do it! I also sit a lot, driving and at a desk, lets challenge each other this week to get up every hour and do 15 squats, push-ups, and tricep dips!

  3. Jody - Fit at 55

    First, I hope mom is better & keeps getting better & family comes first! 🙂

    As I said on Instagram – no mistakes just learning.. Now that I see what caused this, don’t beat yourself up. As I have written often & you are doing now, just get back to it & all is good.. it will take a few days so not to worry! 🙂 The main thing is that you were there for you mom! 🙂

    1. getfitnaturally

      Thanks Jody! Yes, family first, but i am also glad to be able to get back into the gym – really missed those workouts – they are great for stress! 🙂

  4. Sandra Goldstein

    Wonderful post and it shows how relative stress is to changing our situations. It is always motivating to read about someone else’s struggles because it shows you that you are not the only one paddling up stream. Two years ago when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer I too fell off the food wagon. I had worked so hard to lose some weight I had put on, but as soon as we received the diagnosis my life went into overdrive with doctor’s appointments, surgeries, and recovery plans. On top of that having to balance motherhood and a marriage of my own, it was difficult but I got through it. I read a lot of positive affirmations and didn’t focus on my food setback, instead focused on getting back on track and it worked!

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