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Cheat meals, not days, and weight lifting

Thursday, November 01, 2012

So yesterday, a friend of mine was traveling for his company and ended up in my city. I haven't seen any of my college friends since May so this was great. Even better: he had a company card so we went out to eat to a very nice Jappanese steakhouse and sushi bar for dinner.

It was delicious. So much fried rice, and the chef cooked everything right in front of us (He used so much oil and butter!) We even got a sushi appetizer before the meal and I discovered that I really liked it. I ordered the teriyaki steak and shrimp and it was all around just an excellent and filling meal.

I tracked it and by my best guestiamte, everything was 1600 calories and 80g fat. Now for the good part, I knew we were going out for dinner a day in advance and wanted to order whatever I wanted. I ate a lightish breakfast and lunch and had no snacks. (unfortunately I wasn't able to turn down a piece of co-workers birthday cake, but I did choose the thinnest interior slice) Yes, this led me to being a bit hungry and my energy levels low, but I only went over my daily calorie goal by 500. Today, I'll go under by 500 and call it all good. I woke up 2 pounds heavier than the day before, but a lot of that had to do with the amount of soy sauce (sodium) they used.

The even better part is that I got a good lift in just before we went. This way while my body is recovering its muscles, I feed it a large surplus of calories with decent protein. This way more of that caloric surplus could have gone to rebuilding muscle, than being stored as fat. I tend to do the pre-lift thing a lot when I know there's a cheat meal coming up. At least to me, it seems like a very good idea.

So after the meal, we were feeling very full and good, and then someone brought up going out for cheesecake to a specialty bakery. I was the perfect level of fullness and content with myself, and now people wanted to get a massive sugary and fatty dessert!? I could walk away happy from that day if I didn't add a 700 calorie slice of cheesecake to it.

We all drove together and next thing I new I was in line at the cheesecake bakery. Now, with the wait, I was feeling great after a filling meal, and I knew my church was doing a group supper on sunday so I was going to again eat a lot, this time with more sweets. I was able to turn down desert and feel great about myself for being able to do that. Especailly since it would have been free. It did stink watching them eat it, as they looked amazing and I severely craved a slice.

But I was able to have a cheat meal I can work off today, and I didn't have a horribly overboard day. Planning on doing the same type of thing again Sunday. Hope everyone is doing well with the surplus of candy still around after Halloween!
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    Sushi is wonderful ! If you ever get the chance, you should try the soups. Japanese noodle soups are very yummy, very filling and low in calorie as compared with fried rice. And it's okay to slurp !

    And I mean the fresh made soups, not the pre-fab Ramen noodles. Try Udon some time. yum... noodles.

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    Comment edited on: 11/4/2012 3:36:46 PM
    You are doing great and understand much more than so many, so just continue as you do and you'll be fine. Keep the faith
    2057 days ago
    I've never been to a Jappanese steakhouse before but it's sounds really good, well except for all the oil. Even just a little extra oil tears me up. I think having a cheat meal is a great idea, especially if it's planned. I was at a group thing at my church, I did well with only eating what i'm supposed to, then afterwards while everyone else was filling their plates with a piece of every dessert, I had a small slice of lemon pie without the crust of course. And I didn't feel left out, awkward, or guilty.

    2057 days ago
  • SLEE103
    yay for discovering sushi!! and also for being strong and reasonable on your cheat meals and workouts
    2060 days ago
  • MACMOM57
    Thats awesome you have a great plan. Glad you had a good visit and time.
    2060 days ago
    Thanks Williams! I actually decided not to do that this weekend. I didn't like how last minute things were and didn't have all the information. It was just too much stress so I backed out. Haha, I'd be worried about making weight if I ate that meal and had to weigh in in 3 days. Sodium and water retention primarily.

    I might be entering a tournament the weekend before thanksgiving, or the first weekend in Decemeber. Those'll give me time to actually know whats going on and not feel like I was thrown into the deep end of the pool and told to swim.
    2060 days ago
    Wow! You handled that so well! I always cringe when I watch someone cook my meal and they are ladling or squirting ungodly amounts of oil everywhere! I am 90% sure I wouldn't be able to turn down a piece of cheesecake! Great job balancing your meals out and good luck this weekend in your fight!

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