A while back I wrote about “cheat” days. I mentioned that I don't have any. At the time, I was thinking about those days when you wake up and you get pancakes, generously pour syrup on them and to add a little salt to this breakfast, you cook a pound of bacon. The dog is looking at you lovingly because it thinks it will get some, it doesn't!
After such a breakfast, since you have already cheated so much anyway, you may as well have ice cream. The whole day is centered around eating badly. It's not a planned day, it just happens. You get out of control. Those were the “cheat” days I was thinking about when I wrote that post.
However a blogging friend wrote this: “I hate the term 'cheat day' because it automatically denotes doing something we shouldn’t do.” Please keep in mind I'm referring only to uncontrolled day we might have and not the “unrestricted day” some of you might allow yourself, but I'll come back to that later on.
I agreed with my friend and commented that I didn't like the word “cheat” either... However there are other words I don't like too: fat, obese, overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack, diabetes, etc.
So from now on I'll use the word “cheat” because it does denote doing something we shouldn’t do. If we allow ourselves to cheat we are getting away from our goal. DO WE ONLY WISH TO BE HEALTHY OR DO WE NEED IT? Be good to yourself, don't cheat, that's the message here.
It kills me to read that people I care about and who have so many opportunities where they could step up to the healthy plate but end up stepping up to junk food straight to their mouth. We are all different and I get that, what I don't get is if we don't get good results and we keep doing what we were doing, do we really expect a different outcome? You know that’s the definition of: c-r-a-z-y!
I started a No PS challenge which is a challenge about not eating the poison that is sugar, for a month. This is NOT a challenge between you and I, it's a challenge for each one of us, it's to cleanse ourselves of the sugar in our life. I am convinced this was my biggest weight problem. If we don't cleanse our body how do we think we can control the cravings?
My commitment is now a lot more involved than a month, I WILL NOT HAVE REFINED SUGAR like cakes (doesn't matter who's birthday it is), cookies, pies, soft drinks, chocolate or any other sweet I can control UNTIL I HAVE REACHED MY GOAL. Even then, it's not going to be a daily occurrence, it is going to be for special occasions. The portion size will not interfere with my health. I'm using every occasions to learn more about eating healthy and I think that when I resume sugar consumption it's going to be a very slow process... there is no sugar rush.
While at this point I may have lost all of you and no one is reading anymore, I might as well continue venting and get one more thing off my chest: “unrestricted day” I don't recommend it without some structure.
First, it shouldn't be about “unrestricted”, it should be about learning to eat as if you were at the weight you want to be and maintain. For me, if I were taking an “unrestricted day” I would eat like a 150 lbs man. Not like a 215 lbs man or whatever is my weight at the time. The reason is simple, I don't want to send any messages to my brain that I'm doing this temporarily and that as soon I have lost enough weight I'll resume to what I was doing before.
Second, I will not have desserts other than fruits. I want to stay away from what was my problem to start with. I could foul myself and say I'm in control and that a little piece of cake is OK but my brain is waiting for a signal that I'm losing control. It's all about mental attitude!
Third, I'll eat balanced meals, now and when I reach my goal! I won't regularly have junk food. I don't want to eat junks on my “unrestricted day” this would just send one more message to my brain: “Junk is good and as soon I'm off the thing...!”
I am not pointing fingers at anyone. All I want to do is be a real friend and maybe touch you in a way you might need.I hope you folks have a great weekend but what I really hope for the most is that you keep heath in your mind and you step way up.