Diet Cheats…Affordable but not Free

April 19, 2011

The problem with having a scheduled cheat day is that it can possibly be a trigger to more bad eating, which in turn could really sabotage any weight loss progress.  I think that may have been the case for me this week.  I had a good “cheat day” on Sunday and since then I have been struggling with cravings.  I usually do ok with my cheat days.  But for some reason this week, I have been struggling.  Last night and today in particular have been the most difficult since I began this weight loss program.  It scared me because I recognized the feeling of wanting to go back to my comfort zone of being free to eat what I want when I want.  I know this is one of the reasons why the experts say that diets don’t work.  Diets equal deprivation.  But the truth is, whether it’s called a diet or “lifestyle change”, you can never eat what you want when want.  Anyway, I was pretty discouraged and then it happened.  My husband actually had some really good advice for me!  Yes, I am shocked.  He is usually not really good at this diet thing; I think he tries to steer clear of it.  But he advised me to go ahead and have the cookies, but get a good work out in first.  And if I still wanted to cookies after the fact, at least I would have paid in advance.  Brilliant!  Why didn’t I think of that?  So I did just that.  I pulled out a work out DVD and did a pretty good cardio work out.  Strangely enough, I didn’t even want the cookies anymore.  I was satisfied with having my salad for dinner and a weight watchers snack cake instead.  I guess the workout reminded me of my goals.

Lesson – cheating is not free.  You will pay for it in either pounds or sweat.  I choose sweat!