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!