My weight loss journey has been a doozy. I lost weight and got a little too small, gained weight back and felt a little too big, there were a few years in there where I was just right, but of course, I didn’t know it, and I was always striving for perfection. Now I’m 34 quickly approaching 35 and the way my body responds to clean eating and exercise has changed.
When I was younger, I could think about losing 10 pounds, do some extra cardio, even eat a few cheat meals and the weight came sliding off. But that was the past and right now if I cheat I can see it. No matter what I do, these tights aren’t going anywhere. I lost a couple of pounds last month, and it all came from my mid section. Some would think that’s a great thing, and no I’m not complaining, but I would like to get my lower body back into my favorite skinny jeans one day soon.
Back in the day, I was able to have a cheat day, or two every week. As long as I avoided the bread basket I was good to go. A few months ago I noticed a spare tire was starting to appear around my midsection. I pride myself on my voluptuous shape and the fact that my stomach is relatively flat so I had to figure out what the issue was. My diet is pretty clean; I drink a lot of water, the only thing I could think of was my alcohol intake and my cheat days. Maybe eating fried rice once a week wasn’t the best meal plan for my body. Cutting back hasn’t been easy, sometimes I don’t mind, but sometimes it feels like severe torture especially during the weekend.
I believe in cheat days. I eat at least one salad a day, and for dinner, I usually broil a piece of fish and braised kale. It might sound boring to some, but I love my eating schedule. Now I only allow one day a month to eat my favorite foods which are usually fried rice and fried shrimp. I allow myself another day to eat all the take out/fast food I crave, which usually never turns out well. My tummy doesn’t like grease, and most places cook non-meat product with meat products, and my stomach isn’t a big fan of that either.
So why am I sharing all this with all of you? Because I love sharing my body struggles for two reasons:
A lot of people think I have none. I get a lot of compliments on my body, some say they would die to look like me, and I want those people to know it’s still a work in progress. As much as you think I have it all figured out, I DON’T
The other reason is I needed to tell myself out loud I CAN’T HAVE WEEKLY CHEAT DAYS ANYMORE. I hope this article helps me curb my cravings because I want some fried rice RIGHT NOW!