When it comes to worn-out health and fitness terms, the words ‘Cheat Day’ have definitely had their day in the sun. Or shade, as the case may be.
You can find umpteen articles about whether having a cheat day is a good thing or a bad thing, but it really depends on YOU.
So, I once worked with a client who regularly complained that she would have a cheat meal…which led to a cheat weekend… and then it’s like starting all over.
I think there’s this mentality where you’re like: “Well, I already ate half the pizza…might as well go all the way.” And we also think – “I’ll worry about it tomorrow or Monday.”
Yeah, been there too many times to count.
After going through this with my client, I was inspired to share a SIMPLE shift that can help you break out of that cycle FOREVER.
In fact, it’s so important to understand… and it’ll make a massive difference in your long-term success and happiness.
Here it is: You are only ONE WORKOUT or ONE CLEAN MEAL away from being back on-track.
“Starting all over again” doesn’t have to be a big production. All you have to do is eat a healthy meal (whatever that looks like for you) or make it to your next workout.
That’s because if you adopt the “one workout or meal away” mindset, you are never “off” or “on” a program … you are simply living a fitness/wellness lifestyle.
Your “cheat” meals suddenly aren’t “cheats” … they simply are meals that contain foods you don’t normally eat. They are no big deal! That’s because you know that the next meal or the next workout, you’re back to your regular scheduled lifestyle.
Not only that, but you can finally stop feeling guilty if you eat something that’s not on your plan.
Guilt is a complicated emotion. In small doses, it can keep you on track. But too much guilt will poison to your mindset, results AND your happiness.
Guilt can make you literally feel heavier and make it harder for you to make decisions… will zap your energy AND your ability to concentrate.
The worst thing of all: guilt can tell you that you aren’t capable of achieving your goals and make you feel like you aren’t worthy of good things. (when that couldn’t be further from the truth).
Here’s the thing – Too much guilt is not motivating. In fact, it’s the opposite. Guilt makes me want to eat pizza and drink wine (well I always want to drink wine). And missing a workout or eating something considered a ‘cheat’ is not worth your guilt.
You’re human. It will happen. And we all have to learn how to shrug it off and say, hey. I did that. But…remember
You are never more than ONE MEAL or ONE WORKOUT away from being right back on track.
And then just make sure that next meal or that next workout is a good one- even if you don’t feel like it. 🙂 You’ll thank yourself later, of course.
So there is your one simple strategy for lifelong success.
Do you have a strategy that helps you when you feel like you’re off track? Leave a comment!
Thank you, Paige, for that simple (and as a recovering Catholic – GUILT-FREE!!) mantra to keep me going even when I mess up on occasion or life gets in the way of itself! You’re wise beyond your years…!!
🙂 Thank you Andrea! I’m not even Catholic but, my husband (also a recovering Catholic) said I should’ve been! Maybe we can all be a little bit easier on ourselves. Thanks for the comment. I’m going to go have pizza now. LOL