Eat all of the things! (for a limited time only)

Posted: September 10, 2013 in diet, health, nutrition
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This weekend I ate terribly.

By terribly, I really mean awesome.  I regret nothing.

The best part; I don’t feel like I should regret anything.  You know that feeling where you think that you should feel guilty about something but don’t and then start wondering if you’re a sociopath?

Just me? Again?

Cue the Law and Order music.

Really though, I did have a great “cheat weekend”.  I went out into the city one night with friends and had a great time and followed that by driving out to the country and camping with other friends.  All of which involved alcohol, meat, and carbohydrates in various other forms.  I didn’t flinch or have a Gollum like reaction at all, it was great!




Now, I wasn’t really expecting to beat myself up over it because I’m just not that guy.  But what I really wasn’t expecting was the feeling of refocus I returned with.  Maybe it was the time spent with good friends, the West Virginian mountain air, or even the moonshine; I don’t know, but I feel good.

                                           Note: Probably from the moonshine.

It all depends on your goals, but I truly believe taking the time to live is just as important as making the effort to eat right and exercise the rest of the time.  I hadn’t allowed myself to do that since vacation earlier in the summer and I enjoyed not worrying about my macro intake or what was really in that mason jar I was drinking out of.

Everyone seems to stress the importance of rest days when it comes to work out routines, but what about mental rest days?  We all get inundated with stories of people who seemingly burn out from their health kick and end up yo-yo dieting back to where they started at.  I firmly believe that giving myself these mental/nutritional breaks has allowed me to make more consistent progress that is going to last far into the future.

That all being said, I think you need to know and understand exactly what it is you’re doing so you know your limits.  For me, it was, “This weekend, I’m gonna have great time from Friday-Sunday afternoon and then I’m back on the wagon Sunday night at work.”

Then, that’s exactly what I did.  When I pulled back into my house after getting back from West Virginia, the first thing I did was fire up the grill and start cooking chicken for my work week.  It didn’t bother me to do this.  I didn’t have any feelings of self deprivation.  I didn’t crave what I had just spent the weekend eating at all.  Mentally, I came back stronger and ready to buckle down and keep the fitness train moving.

And also I chugged water like a champ.  I’m still not sure what was in that jar.

Live a little.



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