Something we have to deal with after every holiday party is the inevitable weight gain from eating too much, or from eating foods that aren’t Paleo. This time, it was too much food and drinking lots of alcohol. All the food Sherry made for our Halloween Party was Paleo, but that didn’t mean that eating a lot of it was okay. But… we didn’t care. We ate all night and drank a lot as well. Why? BECAUSE HALLOWEEN PARTY!
And do you know what? I’m completely okay with that. I’m up 5 lbs over yesterday. Yes, a solid five pounds. Where did that come from? Well, it’s mostly water that my body is retaining as a result of drinking so much alcohol. I know it’s physically impossible to have gained actual 5 lbs in one night, and I also know from over two years of experience that about half of that will go away today, and the rest will disappear over the next 3-5 days. By Friday, I will be back to a normal, more acceptable weight.
Why do I do it? Why put my body and myself through this? Well, in a word: Life. Why would I want to miss out on things like celebrations, parties, and time with friends celebrating the fact that we’re all alive at the same time, at the same place, and enjoying each others’ company? There’s no good reason to forego that, and I refuse to live a life without celebration.
Call it a sacrifice. It’s something I give for myself and my friends: going off the rails, a little bit, to enjoy life to its fullest.
I fully enjoyed myself last night, and had an amazing time with a group of people who mean the most to me in this world. Many of these people are like family to me. These are the people who matter most, and I lived it up with them.
Today, I started the day a little naughty; I put some Swiss cheese into our eggs. But outside of that, I’m back at it, 100% Paleo, and I’m dedicated to eating healthy and I may even run a little later today (and if I don’t, I will definitely do so tomorrow).
Don’t beat yourself up for enjoying life. If it’s a once-in-a-while activity, it’s completely okay. Just don’t make it a daily habit or you’ll never recover.