Let’s count how many actual holidays you take each year and on those days you will most likely eat way more than you normally do. This mindset coaching piece will provide some insight on cheat days gone wrong. Every day of the year can be a holiday if you if you let them be. From major holidays to coworker birthdays.
When we link emotions to events in life and give them an emotional bond it creates a memory. Then we give it a food source aka birthday cake or ice cream. The emotional tie we give to food provides those cheat days gone wrong. When we see the advertising for food there are certain emotional triggers that need to be turned on.
Happiness is the end result of the emotional trigger. At the beginning of any advertisement, they all pose a problem and give it some dramatical story. Then they let you in on the first thing they noticed and how they feel after they eat or drink whatever they’re selling. After they’ve roped you in on their product they show you how they’ve been doing and give you the best part of it all.
Then comes the cheat days gone wrong. It could be one day or many days tied together. Because you saw that advertisement you couldn’t stop thinking about how delicious the cookies would taste. Therefore your list of healthy foods for the week then have the ingredients for cookies. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all about cookies, cake and ice cream, but it has to have its place and time.
Why Do You Get To Cheat Days Gone Wrong?
Because of social media, we get notifications on when it’s someone’s Birthday. That alone is an everyday occurrence with me. So if I wanted to I would be doing out to dinner and/or drinks or even baking for these friends. That can get very calorie dense if you see where this is going. You don’t have to eat and drink all of the things just because it is a “holiday”.
I worked at a window manufacturing plant that had an average employment of 58 years old. The age is important here because they had at least one retirement party happening a day in that plant. They served cake and ice cream at every single one of them. So as an employee you could literally go and get cake and ice cream once or twice a day. None of us allow for that kind of caloric intake. Not even the Minnesota Vikings or whatever sports team you cheer for.
It’s time you started to ask yourself why you need those foods at that very moment. What is it that flipped your trigger? Cheat days are necessary at the beginning of any new lifestyle, but eventually, you’ll get to the point where you won’t need a cheat anything.
When you can see food as an energy source for your body and not have an emotional tie you definitely have broken free from the societal chains of food intake. That’s why the slow and steady mindset wins every time. Now, with this knowledge comes to practice. Each day you’ll be faced with a “holiday” if you let it. Simply stopping and taking a moment to visualize the process of eating what it is you’re about to eat and think of the amount of emptiness that will be there afterward. It may not be an emptiness that you’re feeling, but being aware of what emotion you feel will help you interrupt your patterns to create new ones.
Let’s get to the moving part and afterward start thinking about what kind of holidays lead to cheat days gone wrong.
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Cheat Days Gone Wrong | Workout Of The Day (WOD) #268
Warm-Up – 5 Minutes Cardio
- Double Leg Mule Kick – 10-15 Reps
- Sit Through – 20-30 Reps Total
- Sumo Squat – 20 Reps
- High Plank Jacks – 30 Reps
Cool Down – 5 Deep Breaths In Down Dog Pose
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