Black or White

Susan Howard explains that being too strict on your health and wellness journey can be a drawback in the end.

By Susan Howard

If your goal is weight loss, muscle building, or somewhere in-between, chances are you are being mindful about what you eat, how much you workout, the amount of sleep you get — the whole lot. Cruising along on My Fitness Pal (an app I love by the way), tracking your every move, you are getting some success and feeling great.

Then the BOMB hits.

You go on a trip, get off your routine, have a cheat day, and the whole plan goes to pot.  Something as simple as a cheat meal can derail a well meaning fitness seeker.

“Well, this is my cheat meal so I might as well have a third glass of wine, a troth of pasta, and a huge piece of cheesecake.”

Remember it’s not a competition.  You should be pretty healthy MOST of the time.  The more deprived you feel, the more likely you are to go off the rails. Try and find shades of gray. (Not that kind of shades!)

If you’re out and feeling cheatish ask yourself, “How can I minimize the damage?”  Buy the small portion, have a bite or two and throw the rest out, or share with a friend.

Yes, you can ease up on the shoe strings a bit, but on Monday morning, you make it back into the gym, back in the zone.  Agreed?  Pinky swear.

Keep it loose.  Keep your game face.

Stay Ready.

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