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Hate the phrase "CHEAT MEAL"

Sunday, October 07, 2012

I have heard this phrase for so long that it drives me crazy to think that by eating something that is not so healthy could be considered cheating,I call it living. Hear me out. The main reason that so many of us fail at changing our lifestyles healthwise is that the minute we eat outside the heathly food zone we are made to feel guilty and worthless and ultimately the feelings grow and we think "well I might as well go the distance and eat my heart out". A lot of people have said that persistence is the key word not motivation. Constantly having to sike ourselves up in order to do what is beneficial for our well being is not living ,I certainly could not last.Imagine siking yourself up to bath and to wake up everyday.Really that would be torture.

This time around if I feel like eating white bread I will eat it but negotiate with myself to only have 1 slice and not make a big deal about it.The minute I start to feel guilty about it I mess the whole healthy eating program.

If I could join together all the times that I been motivated to gym and eat healthy ,I would have been slim by now.My programs were always broken up by some episode of binge eating which made me quit.Yesterday I felt like something out of the healthy range and told my self I will eat it and get back to my healthy lifestyle at the next meal..I am not making it a habit though but I certainly am not going to feel like I have cheated.

There are some people that are totally committed to eating clean and it has become a lifestyle for them but I know that once in a while they will eat what they crave for and still get back on the program. I want to be that kind of person.As a point of information,I unconsciously go for fat free milk and mostly whole wheat bread now.I cannot stand full cream now as I feel its too rich and I habitually reach for whole wheat bread in the supermarket.

My greatest achievement would be to not constantly think about food ,what to eat and what not to eat. I want to be able to unconsciously chose clean foods and also to eat fries when I feel like it and then go back to my clean eating without feeling like the world has come to an end.

I am blogging these thoughts so that when my spirits are low I can come here and read these blogs as a reminder of my overall goals. emoticon
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  • SHAZG321
    1944 days ago
    so true guys ,Onwards ,forwards we go.
    1956 days ago
    I also am not a fan of that phrase...
    One of the 'popular' Spark topics in the email today was someone asking about having a cheat day...
    I just don't get it.

    We all have a mental attachment to the word cheating...
    You hear about someone cheating on their spouse - That is a BAD thing!
    That is something we get all up in arms over!

    Cheating during a sporting event is cause for being eliminated or banned.

    Why in the world would anyone attach that word to themselves and to fueling their body?

    A healthy lifestyle includes indulging and/or enjoying something whenever you feel like you can fit it in.

    We all need to enjoy our lives.

    It sounds like you have such a good mindset and that is key to staying on the path of healthy living!
    1960 days ago
    So true, I'm one those people that's committed to eating healthy MOST of the time. Not all, I am human. One thing I don't see talked about often enough of is forgiveness. So you splurged and ate 1, ok 2 huge brownies or had a bad day(s). That doesn't mean you failed, it just means you're human. Brush yourself off, forgive yourself and move on.

    This lifestyle change does get easier. Just like how you think whole milk is too rich now. Other things will start to fall into place too. I used to love deep fried anything, now just the thought of it makes my stomach turn. Now if only the same thing would happen with chocolate...

    1960 days ago
    I completely believe that you should give into that craving, if you don't, then you'll most likely binge on that craving a few days later and eat a lot more of it than what you would have if you had just allowed yourself to eat that small amount in the first place.

    And that's great that you are allowing yourself to have those treats every once in a while, that's definitely on the right step towards a lifestyle change!

    Keep up the great work!
    1960 days ago
  • EWL978
    Keep on keeping do your best, what you believe and there's no one on earth who should judge.

    1960 days ago
    Keep going forward and try very hard not to look back (easier said than done) but we just have to keep on plugging each and every day..... emoticon
    1960 days ago
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