I allow myself one cheat meal a week. I can eat whatever I want. I added in this rule so that the feeling of deprivation wasn’t as extreme. Throughout the week when I want to fall back into my old eating ways I channel my cravings by trying to decide what I want for my cheat meal. It works pretty well. The rest of the week I stick to a very vegetable heavy diet plan. However, the last two weeks were spent losing the weight I gained from my cheat meals.
You wouldn’t think cheating would have such grave consequences. That one little cheat could break my week. Last week I gained two pounds from my foodultery and then spent the next 7 days working off those two pounds and one additional one. The week before it was 3 pounds. No wonder I have struggled with my weight. If one meal can pack on three pounds it’s a wonder that I’m not starting this journey at 900 pounds!
So here I am, questioning the cheat meal… is it worth it? Is it the one thing that has been keeping me on track during the week and making the lifestyle changes bearable? Or, is it just a crutch to my old lifestyle and hindering my weight loss progress? I am starting to think the latter is more like it.
Part of this lifestyle change is to ultimately create balance. Balance in my diet. Balance in my weight. Balance in my health. So is a cheat meal doing more harm than good?
I see a pros cons list in my future:
Even looking at the list I still fear letting go of the weekly cheat meal… what do you guys l think? If you have ever had to lose weight did it help to have a cheat meal or was it cold turkey and you have never turned back? It’s never quite that black and white, is it? I guess I need to just keep reminding myself of the goals I have set and determine if something is working for me or not… bottom line is the cheat meal is not helping me in my weight loss goals… however,I don’t think I can let go of it yet. Oh my gosh I have some serious food issues…
and maybe a selfie addiction, but we knew that!