When You Have a Bad Day

I don’t pretend to be perfect. I have a sugar addiction and need chocolate every few days, I eat too many potatoes and once in awhile I have a bad day. Yesterday was a bad day.

I woke up Monday morning so grumpy and tired to death of the routine of my life. That’s not like me and upon reflection I realized I had not worked out in 5 days- I needed some endorphins! But I had my hatha yoga class at lunch and planned an easy run after work so I figured I would be fine.

But as the day went on I got crankier and crankier. My job felt so useless and boring and I was just counting the time until I could leave. Even my favourite lunch yoga class couldn’t get me out of this funk.

Let me explain- it’s stupid cold. Extremely cold. -25 and colder with the wind chill. I love snow, but when it is below -15 I don’t go outside! This lack of nature, fresh air and sunlight makes me a very unhappy person.

My crankiness got worse and worse and by the time 4:30 rolled around the last thing I wanted was to go to the gym and run. All I could think was “It’s -23 and will be all week!”

So I did what I normally do when I am stressed, I planned what comfort foods I would eat. I know! They say to never use food as an emotional crutch, but I do!

I bought a box of gluten free brownies and went to Saigonese for a large pho to go.

I sautéed and added celery to my beef pho for added veggies. This spicy soup always makes me feel good

I sautéed and added celery to my beef pho for added veggies. This spicy soup always makes me feel good

Pho kept me sane in the dark, grey days of my Seattle life. There was something about that large, hot, spicy dish that warmed me all over and put some pep in my step. Last night was no exception. I was only halfway into my meal when I started to feel better.

Then I changed into my comfiest fleece pants and put on Ryan’s biggest, softest hoodie and dug into an ENORMOUS portion of brownies!

Yes folks- I ate ALL THAT! And it was glorious.

Yes folks- I ate ALL THAT! And it was glorious.

I knew that I should feel bad for overeating like that but it felt so good! By the end of the night I was my usual, laughy self.

The point of this long narrative?

Don’t beat yourself up for being unhealthy once in a while! No one is perfect!

Sometimes it seems like most fitness bloggers are perfect and never stray from their clean eating and fitness regime (except when sick). I wanted to show that you can do really well some days and do really bad some days and that’s ok. Sometimes you just need large amounts of chocolate! So…. here’s to better days. And someone please bring on spring!!

Winter sucks!!

Winter sucks!!


  • Lauren @ ihadabiglunch February 5, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Okay first things first…I totally know where you’re coming from! That “holy crap wait what am I doing with my life right now” feeling comes in waves and can make you extremely emotional. If that picture is the true amount of brownies that you ate on this emotional day then you’re like the Hercules of healthy eating. On my bad days I go into a spiral of unhealthy eating that could run circles around those brownies haha. In all seriousness though I hope your day today is better and you don’t feel so driven to the comfort of food. Those days are the worst!

    • Betty LIVIN February 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Hey Laruen- thanks for the kind words! Winter sure kicks my butt. I’m ready to move to Hawaii or Florida now! 🙂

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