TODAY IS MY FIRST OFFICIAL CHEAT DAY!! though the past 8 years have been one long cheat day! But this is the first one after doing this for a week! I am excited, but honestly a little scared. Scared of ONE day being one and half...or two...though im pretty confident it wont be. I am feeling the most motivated than I ever have...i'm winning $25k! heheh!! so today, I CHEAT. the question is...to what extent? heheh!
have a great day!
You're free to choose of course, and you might have a couple of tasty things as a reward, or you could choose to really pack in the calories and junk. So what's it going to be? I chose to go to the gym and do an extra workout, to explore and learn new excercises at a relaxed pace. I typically enjoyed a blueberry scone with a protein shake after my morning workout, and in the afternoon had a beer with about a half cup of dry roasted peanuts. Is there a rational reason to slow our progress down by 1/7? Won't you really be cheating yourself? I feel like every day is a free day, because I don't crave the garbage and junk I used to eat. I crave things like broccoli, and deli turkey on whole wheat with tomato and lettuce. Just the thought of eating things like a big greasy burger with fries or a fattening milkshake makes me literally queasy, and I know I would feel slow and lethargic afterwards.
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ahhh, the 1/7 rule! hehe!! i like that thought process...with only one week in, i'm not exactly craving broccoli yet. I hope to some day say that emphatically! and honestly, breakfast i had thougt of a big greasy plate of mexican migas...instead, i had some cereal, though it wasnt wheaties...maybe a start? i wasnt gonna do much today in the way of a workout...but had thought about a few leisurely walks...maybe instead of vegging out on my laptop right now, i should lace up my sneaks and take my dog for a walk.....hmmm....be back on later....my shoes are calling!
I love the 1/7 thing! If you break it down further....I have a cheat meal from time to time, a healthy dinner out is a cheat for me, because i know it's loaded in salt. ;)
But if I don't miss a meal for two weeks...that is 84 meals....one out of 84 ain't bad. :D A lot better that cheating on one meal when I was only eating one or two a day. ;)
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hey kmiec~ i love the 1/7 also! i actually laced up...and what started as a walk...turned into a speed walk...which in then, turned into a jog...i felt good afterwards! 1.5mi later....i think i will still take another walk this afternoon...so, i'm not TOTALLY being naughty!....
My FREE day is always on SUNDAY.. I have found that the longer I stick to my "clean eating" plan the choices of "free" food doesn't appeal to me as much! I enjoy all types of food esp. INTL. but i've noticed that i do not eat as much anymore so ENJOY whatever just stop when your body says ENOUGH!
Hey endurance~ i had a burger and fries for lunch...i ate half the burger...but ate most of the fries...now, my insides are rumbling and i have indigestion. I mean, just 1 week of clean eating?? wow! i had my gall bladder removed years ago...I forgot how this happened years ago when i did BFL ...it gets aggravated....the past 8 years i have been thinking i just had irritable bowel syndrome....i think it may have just been my body screaming ofr help! hhehe ...and i only ate HALF a burger...wtf!...i can usually put it down...but halfway thru, my tummy started rumbling....crazy.
Well, lisadgreat1, I'm thinking your experience proves my point. I always try to remind myself to eat for my body, not for my mind! With that said, I currently have 6 racks of baby back ribs on my smoker, and they should be ready about 7 pm this evening. I'll enjoy a half rack (5 or 6 ribs), with a Leinenkugel's, and call it my free day (sans fries of course).
Jacium~yes, i thought about our conversation all day...i didnt go as haywire as i had before years ago, and as i had thought i would.....i ended up walking/jogging 1.5miles after our conversation, and went on a more leisurely 1mile walk with my very pregnant daughter at 9pm. i intended on icecream, but after not eating well at lunch and dinner, my stomach wasnt even up for it. and to be honest, it wasnt THAT enjoyable. so today...starts week 2.....waiting on the gym to open....tick tock, tick, tock....
Isn't it funny how, when we're free to make poor choices, we're choosing wisely? Jacium, you bring a lot of wisdom and I like your common sense approach. Eating for your body and not your mind is something that is so important on any plan. Food is gas in the tank and nothing else. It's not your friend, it's not your enemy - it's fuel. Period.
I had my Free Day yesterday. I knew I had dinner plans with my sister and niece, so I woke up planning for a free day. Aside from not making it to the gym for my cardio, all my choices were good ones, and I even chose a good dinner at the restaurant. I allowed myself a small dessert and three Ommegang Abbey Ales. Am I beating myself up today? No. I don't feel like I lost any ground at all. I was proud, at the end of my first Free Day, that I chose wisely all day and allowed myself a few tasty rewards at one special, planned meal. I still see and feel my progress.
Lisadgreat1, you have the right mindset and I wish you all the best in this Challenge!
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WannaBeABrickhouse - you're getting it. I've concluded there are three things required to do BFL successfully (i.e. as your way of life). 1) Motivation, 2) Understanding, 3) Time. Nearly everyone who starts the program has 1) and 3). It's the understanding part that will ultimately make or break them.
I totally agree about the free day. Personally, I find it hard to work hard and eat clean for a 6 days and feel like I will just throw away my progress if I eat bad. Food to me was like an addiction. If there was junk in the cupboard, I was gonna eat it. I need to totally break the bad habits, so my free day is more relaxation, rest, and keeping my mind in the right spot to get ready for the coming week. Although, I also agree that one questionable meal after a week of good stuff is better than the alternative of no workouts and bad diet. You need to live a little and be able to enjoy life too. Making working out an obsession in the past has made me burn out and totally quit. I must find the correct balance to be successful and make this a part of my life for years to come, not just 12 weeks.
Jacium, I like what you say and how you put it!
My last Free day, I could actually feel my stomach growing from that nasty food.
I will CHOSE to eat more wisely.
I think my free day is the only thing that is going to keep me going for the full 12 weeks. I need a break from these foods. I don't plan to go crazy, but if I want some ice cream, or frozen yogurt, or to make some lasagne or tacos, etc....I'm gonna do it. By doing that, I start off refreshed and ready to go for another 6 days. I don't know how many people do the full twelve weeks without a few indulgence. Also, I do think it is important to pull your body out of starvation mode. I have witnessed this in the past without trying. I would be eating good for awhile, and then have a day where I ate a ton (usually TOM), and the next day, I would get on the scale to assess the damage, and to my surprise...down 2 pounds...or one or maintained...but rarely ever gained. Now, if I keep it up for 3 or more days, the scale starts to show it.
"The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday!"
Your post says, "Also, I do think it is important to pull your body out of starvation mode." This should not be happening. BFL book emphasizes the need to keep your body fed well. Perhaps you should increase the amount of fiber in you diet with more fresh fruits and especially green vegetables?
My indulgence: chocolate. Yes, it's not on the banned list. One square of dark chocolate, 50 cal, after my workout.
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