Cheat meals...it's one of those things that some people say don't every do, others say once a month, others say once a week. I have a little bit of a different philosophy. If you are craving something, you are better off having it. At the same time...that shouldn't be all the time. I keep track that I cheated on my logging template, but I don't beat myself up over it. For instance, I have had company in town for the past week. We went out drinking on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Friday, I decided to just chill with everyone and did not drink. I also ate before we went out and didn't end up indulging that night when they all had burgers and quesadillas. While it was hard, it wasn't impossible. I also knew that it was going to be a hard/long weekend. On Saturday, I did good with breakfast at home, and everything else I just gave in. This was my drinking day. I was ok with that, because I had already decided it the day before by choosing not to drink. On Sunday, I had two tasters of beer at different breweries, but really chose what I wanted. I indulged with food a little, but kept the beer to a minimum. While it wasn't a perfect weekend, I did what I could to manage the situation, not overindulge, and keep things under tabs.
The point is this...if we never indulge, we will just keep wanting it. If we do sometimes, we don't need it as much in the future. At least that is the way I look at it. I probably won't have beer again for another 2 weeks or so and when I do, it will only be a tiny bit. I won't be eating out at food trucks and what not, but rather will stick to my plan at home and continue with my once a week dinner out. That is my plan. If I think too much about it, I will make myself miserable and crazy. If I go with the flow a little more, my overall attitude will be better than if I fore myself to be "good" all the time.
Do what is best for you.
My name's Amanda and this is a blog about my story and my life. My hope is to motivate some of you to get going on your weight-loss journey as well as help people along the way. If you have questions about how to get started, or anything else, feel free to ask.