Have you ever heard the term “hurricane party”? Well, I grew up in Eastern NC where I have seen and rode out my fair share of hurricanes. For us, it was the preparation of having batteries, supplies, water and securing outdoor items to weather the storm. In addition to all of that, there was always the food. No, we don’t celebrate the storm or destruction it could potentially bring but we called it a hurricane party to get through the days cooped up in the house. Sure we had all the electronics fully charged, puzzles, games and plenty of movies. But we had food, party food, fattening food, snacks and desserts. I guess the food provided a certain amount of comfort as we laughed, nibbled and lazed about the house. After I moved more toward central NC, my family uses my house as their hurricane shelter. This year was no different. As Hurricane Matthew approached, we watched the weather closely and made the call to have them come to my house to weather the storm. It was exciting to have my family visit and know for myself that they would be safe. However, I knew food would be a part of the days they were here. I have established a great routine watching my portions, working out, attending support meetings, making better choices and losing weight along the way. There was little time to prepare so I scurried about the house making beds, cleaning bathrooms and baby proofing the house for my 18 month old niece. The wind had already picked up and the rain was pouring. I was still readying the quarters when the first 3 guests arrived to include my 13 year old, football playing, high metabolism nephew. I made a grocery list and thought about healthy snacks and meals. I was due for a grocery run and had nothing to feed 6 additional people for what may be 2 or 3 days. Because they had already purchased some food to ride out the storm, they put it in a cooler and brought it to my house. As they brought their food in the house, final preparations were made just as the second set of 3 guests arrived. All hungry and tense from driving 3 hours in the blowing pouring rain. I called for wants. Shouts started coming from all directions. Chips. Doughnuts. Cookies…2 different kinds. Oil to fry chicken. A pack of bacon, no make that 2. Soda. Juice. None of these items have been on my grocery list in months. Not that I can’t have it occasionally if I plan for it, but because I am making better choices overall. I am not pushing my lifestyle on anyone so I obliged their request. They know I am losing weight and I can stay on track. They have seen me in action several times, denying second portions, drinking water and working out. What I failed to do this time was have an EMERGENCY escape plan. I needed something I could break the glass on and get to on the fly. I loaded up my cart with a teenage football playing high metabolism boy in tow. I was more mindful than 7 months ago but my resistance muscles weren’t completely built up. I laughed and ate. I cooked and ate. I indulged in unplanned, unlogged calories and I am sure the scale will tell me so when I see it again. I moved. I was constantly up and down the steps. I even announced there would be a workout…but it never happened. They all have left and I can still smell the sweet scent of cookies, pancake syrup and fried chicken in the air. Lucky for me, all of the healthy items I purchased are there for me to recover from the hurricane. I will go back to my room where I can get back to weighing myself regularly. It is my college homecoming week and there are 5 workouts scheduled. I will need them all just to get back to where I was before the hurricane hit. Remember “get back on track right away”. I have that lesson in my arsenal and, unlike times past, won’t have to continue down this road. If you have gotten off track, turn right back around when you don’t have that far to go. I know I didn’t do everything I could to avoid my own storm, but I do know the sun is shining again and I am in a far better place today than I was in years past. For that, I give myself credit. Today’s hurricane recovery includes 2 workouts and I am stoked that it is a part of my current routine. Feel free to follow my progress as I continue on this weight management journey and comment on healthy things you do to make it through the storm. Winter is coming and I will need to put some things in a glass case to remember if I find myself in another storm.
Written by Purple Pearls