11/17/14 Katie's Healthy Eating Journal: Wednesday

by Katie (Jenny Craig 2009 Poster Girl) 17. November 2013 19:23

Yesterday my aunt came over for my very first excursion by myself (no baby!) since I gave birth!  I have to say, it was a rush of emotions!  I felt a surge of freedom to do what i wanted yet a pang of sadness to leave my baby boy.  Haha it also made me feel like I was forgetting something.  I've so quickly become used to making sure I have all of the baby's necessities, the baby, and then all my stuff.  I felt like I needed a diaper bag, car seat, and a baby in my arms in order to leave.  But, once I was out it felt great.

 I'll be honest with you, this is a health website, and a health blog, but I have a very unhealthy habit that I do know is extremely dangerous for me.  The reason I bring this up is because I'm sure you're wondering what I did once I had a day by myself:  I went Christmas shopping (very fun!) and tanning.  I have had this horrible compulsion to do all the things I was unable to do while pregnant - drink coffee, drink alcohol, eat feta cheese, and...tan.  Since I have been in high school I say with embarrassment that I have literally been addicted to tanning.  The more my mom tried to educate me on the health risks the more I wanted to do it.  I have family that have had skin cancer and know some horrific cases resulting from tanning.  Sick that my brain is so messed up that I am having difficulty stopping.  I worked at a tanning salon for two years while I was teaching to help support me while I was getting my master's degree.  Conveniently it was just across from my school, they let me choose my own hours, and sadly it continued to feed my addiction because I was able to do it for free.  Just about a year ago I decided to quit and try and break it.  I thought I would do spray tan but it's not as relaxing and it's really expensive (i know, bad excuses).  Anyway, since I have been able to "do what I want" again with my body the desire to tan has come back.  It relaxes me so much and with everything going on with my mom it's been a way to destress.  I certainly try other ways to destress such as hiking, exercising, reading books but there's something so alluring about tanning.  I need to break the habit because I'm associating relaxation with something that is dangerous for my body.  On a positive note, I did have a terrific day by myself and needed it very much!


Breakfast - 

100 cal English Muffin, 1/4 cup Break-free eggs, 1 turkey bacon


1 cup fat-free organic milk

Lunch - 

Smart Ones Pasta with Ricotta and Spinach


Fat-free yogurt

Sugar-free jello

Snack - 

3/4 cup strawberries

Dinner - 

2 oz. Laura's Lean Beef with 1 cup macaroni and cheese

Caesar salad with light dressing

Snack - 

Skinny Cow

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