Welcome to your personal tour of our little farmhouse! To those who are new, we just moved back to Utah (from NE) after being gone for 4 months.
This is the happenings of arriving at our house a few days ago. My grandpa is kind enough to let us stay in his old farmhouse for the time being. It is 170 years old! We’re in charge of keeping the mice and spiders away. I was super nervous about coming home to a family of mice and nest of spiders…
Here we go!
This is the long 10 mph driveway to get to our cottage that’s hidden behind the trees.
Quite quaint isn’t it? We get water from a well. Tastes like sulfur. Yes, the house has a funny smell. But it grows on you. No air conditioning. That doesn’t grow on you.
Surprise! My mom wrote us a welcome home sign. She’s always doing something thoughtful!
Here’s the insides! Isn’t it cute? This is the bare, cluttered, ‘we just got home and are unpacking’ look. So pressure is off of me to be a pro decorator.
View from our ‘back yard,’ and my natural 3 mile track.
And the horse whisperer runs again…just kidding. But it looks pretty dramatic doesn’t it?
Working my glutes all the way up the hill. Sarge is making sure my form is right.
Oh and guess what?! I hit my pull up goal for the month! I did 8 in a row, allll the way down. I am super stoked about that!
And this is my horse, given to me as a gift! She is a retired race horse named, “High Tide Bride.” We call her Lady to be normal. I used to be her ‘exercise jokey’ back in the days of her racing years. After I run I take her out, because sadly, she got fat while I was away.
And for dinner we had zoodle spaghetti!
Try it out if you haven’t already. It’s a fun dish to make!
So that’s it! We’re excited to be here again. Turns out there was no family of mice, only lots of mice droppings. I’ll take that over a family. Only saw one huge spider…where are the rest hiding?? I spent a LOT of time cleaning up that place.
Remember how I showed you what I ate during our road trip home? McDonalds, Denny’s and doughnuts come to mind…
I don’t feel guilty if I eat ‘unhealthy food,’ because I know how to compensate, or re-calibrate. I wanted to show you how simple it is to compensate—or ‘make up’ for unhealthy eating. It’s not an excuse to eat garbage…but more like a way to keep balanced and enjoy a variety of food. I know that is controversial. I’ll refrain from explaining myself since this post is already long and I want to keep things short.
OK one second. The quick version is this: I’m not strict or restrictive with any types of foods, as you can see. I’ve easily maintained my weight for 4 years after losing 25 lbs. I think everyone just needs to get to know their body. As of now, I feel like I have mastered the way my body feels and works, so compensation comes naturally. I can gain and lose weight at will. I totally respect those who are more strict, or less strict. Everyone has their ways and that’s great.
I’ll show you how I’ve eaten since coming back and grocery shopping.
- Breakfast: (This was extended over a couple hours as I was in and out running and riding)
- Protein shake
- A couple spoonfuls of cottage cheese
- Egg and cabbage omlette
- Lots of water
- Bowl of cereal
- Homemade popsicles
- Dinner: Eggplant lasagna
See how I’ve compensated? My body feels a lot cleaner, lighter, and energetic as I’ve eaten small portions of mostly clean, whole pant based foods. This is what my body has been wanting. I’ve listened to those signals as part of intuitive eating. My body knew it was time to be clean again. One key to continued weight loss, if that’s what you’re looking for, is staying ahead of your ‘indulgences’ through smart compensation.
I am assuming that I won’t be in the mood for junk food for quite awhile, as my body compensates and re-calibrates. I am good at listening to my body, so I’m not worried about gaining weight as would be a common fear after all the junk I’ve eaten. More specifics on compensation to come.
Hope that makes sense! Sorry that was so wordy!
Have a super day!!
PS-Tomorrow I will be posting more about intuitive eating-honoring your hunger, as part of the weekly challenge. Keep in touch!
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Do you practice compensation? How does it work for you?
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