Off-Kilter

Today I’m a bit off. To be honest, I have been a bit off for about a week-and-a-half. Five days in Colorado, followed by five days of just not feeling great are taking their toll.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of off-kilter is not in perfect balance, a bit askew. That would be a good description of me right now.

Last Wednesday I ran four miles without any pain in my leg. It was awesome. It made me remember why I love running. It totally renewed my love affair with my running shoes, spring weather, and endorphins.

Then I hopped a plan for Estes Park, Colorado, where I spent an amazing five days with some great women and heard from God. Despite the fact that I never ran (I was a bit afraid of the altitude, not to mention there wasn’t really time) we were hoofing it all over the place so I was plenty active, and they served some vegan options on the buffet each night. It was mostly steamed vegetables, and salad, but that’s alright.

Once I got home, something hit me, although I am still not sure what it is. An achy body, a stomach “off,” headaches, and overwhelming fatigue have not been my friends this week. I haven’t been up to exercise at all. One night I slept for 12 hours straight. I haven’t been hungry much, and when I have been I have wanted stuff like pizza, macaroni and cheese, and anything filled with “Twinkie” filling (except Twinkies). I finally just gave in to the pizza craving last night. All veggies, but still, I felt pretty gross after eating it. Gross enough that I am not craving that again.

That’s the thing about eating well, you feel so much better than when you eat badly. Then, on those occasions you splurge and have some kind of comfort food, it makes you so uncomfortable you don’t want to feel like that again.

And I don’t want to feel like that again.

So, the challenge for me is not to give in to convenience (it’s pretty convenient to order a pizza on my iPad while laying on my couch and then wait patiently for it to be delivered), even when I am off-kilter and not feeling well, and that is so hard.

What convenient comfort food is your “go-to” when things are off-kilter in your life?

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