What do the words "healthy lifestyle" mean to you? Eating Right? Exercising? An all around effort to be healthy?
I think alot of people don't really understand what it means, while it probably means different things to different people I think there is common ground in most meanings. And I am not criticizing anyone in this post other than myself, I am guilty of everything I am writing about but I also have started to evolve my train of thought on the subject.
In the past I would eat healthy 6 days a week and workout most of those days. Then the magical day 7 know as the "CHEAT DAY" would find itself on my front door step. I will be the first to admit I used to love that day! I would treat myself to anything I wanted for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I would convince myself that what I was doing was OK, I worked out and watched what I ate all week for crying out loud! Things have changed for me, CHEAT DAYS and my goal of living a healthy lifestyle cannot coexist in my world. I hate the term and I hate the idea behind it. Who really would want to cheat themselves? Not me! Also why in the world are we rewarding ourselves with food?! For me it has the same agenda as emotional eating, when bad things happen emotional eaters eat, so when we do good things we are supposed to eat also? This makes no sense to me, and I think it goes against the idea of a healthy LIFESTYLE. Why not reward yourself with a new shirt or a day at the spa, it could be anything other than food.
So the new me is done with cheat days, its no longer a word in my vocabulary. I don't eat healthy foods so that I can eat whatever I want on a certain day. I eat whatever I want on any day! I just happen to choose healthy food on most of those days because I have chosen to live a healthy lifestyle. That doesn't mean I cant eat junk food or fast food. In fact the other night I took my 8 year old cousin to see Toy Story 3, afterwards he wanted to go eat at Five Guys and I said ok. I ate a cheeseburger, we split a order of fries, and I drank water. My meal had 1,150 calories. I knew exactly what I was eating and I knew exactly how many calories it had before I ate it, to me that is living a healthy lifestyle. I know the food was not healthy, but I also knew that I don't eat like that everyday. There was no emotional eating involved, I was in complete control. I have learned to distinguish between when I am really hungry and when my emotions tell me I am hungry. I am achieving a health lifestyle by my own choice.
For people who use the cheat days I am in no way talking down at you, like I said before I am just as guilty as anyone else. I just wanted to give a different point of view. I really do believe that a healthy lifestyle is what you make it, and in my case I just wanted to be honest with myself.
BOTTOM LINE: Never cheat yourself