Cheat Days - Are You Faithful?

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The weekend is swiftly approaching - with all of its willpower-stretching social gatherings, free time, and the ever-popular institution of the Friday Evening Happy Hour - and I am faced with a choice: to cheat, or not to cheat?

Last year, I was unfaithful. I stuck to the plan 5 or 6 days out of the week, but I let myself slip, often over the weekends. I'd go out to the pub to meet some friends and order the fried fish (Because it's still fish, right? ... right? And beer is like bread... in a glass...), make a choice based on convenience instead of wholesomeness as I rushed out the door to Saturday evening plans, or enjoy a bit of Scotch during a quiet evening at home.

Did I still lose weight? Yup. I'm sure not as quickly as I could have, but I did. I do eat well (most of the time) and between yoga and the WiiFit I've got exercise down pretty well. 

BUT: Did I pig out on Twix miniatures after a particularly bad day and end up with a killer sugar hangover that should have reminded me why I don't stuff my face with that sort of crap anymore? That too. 

I'm having trouble making up my mind as to whether or not I want to keep sneaking around on Sensible Eating in the dead of night and hooking up with Junk Food behind its back. On one hand, I know that "cheating" can be an important part of staying motivated - you eat well all week, and you get a reward in the form of allowing yourself a day or meal free from counting calories or calculating carb/protein/fat ratios. On the other hand, as I'm sure many people already know, the siren song of forbidden food is strong: it may just be easier to "stick to the program" 100% of the time and find healthy alternatives to your vices, rather than potentially lead yourself astray by so much as looking at a cheesecake? "I'll just have one..." so easily becomes "Well, I guess I need to buy more because I ate them all!"

So, how faithful are you? Do you allow yourself some diet leeway in the name of staying sane, or do you stick to the plan, knowing that one bite of brownie will often lead to you devouring the whole pan?

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Comments (2)

Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Sarah -  a VERY well-written post!   I guess it all comes down to personality.  With some people the wheels come right off the bus with a small cheat.  With others, like you for example, you can manage 5 or 6 days and need that small break.

When I'm on a program, I stick to it 100%.  Only because I am stubborn and impatient!  I want it done yesterday and will support short term sacrifice for long term reward.  For me it was all about getting the weight off quickly to allow me to up my exercise (without worry of injury) to be able to sustain the loss.  So far so good!

Jan 08, 2011 04:54 AM
Sarah Bennett
Seattle, WA

I think I may end up going with what you did, Susan - sticking to the program! I'm lucky enough to have found an eating plan that works well for me and lets me feel satisfied (physically and mentally) without feeling like I need to stray outside what I know is healthy and helps me lose weight. I AM one of those people whose diet wheels fall off if I take myself past a certain point with treats - a little dark chocolate here and there is soothing to my spirit and A-OK within my eating plan, but once I dig into some processed candy or a loaf of bread, it's game over for the whole week. 

Jan 10, 2011 06:26 AM