I can still remember the time in third grade when a boy in my class took my paper, erased my name, and turned it in as his own. The dummy flashed it at me so I knew what he had done. Not unlike villains in movies when someone tells them they will never get away with it. “I already have,” the villain says, flashing a wicked grin. But movies don’t end like that, so two scenes later he’s behind bars. The kid in my glass didn’t get away with it either. I got my paper back.
I wasn’t a cheater, you see. Lying? I told the occasional tall-tale, and even some more serious lies down through the years. I wasn’t always kind and I certainly didn’t show my parents enough respect. But cheating has always been a big taboo for me.
Except when it comes to diets.
It is so important to know your weight loss weaknesses so you don’t short circuit yourself. (Click to Tweet) What stops YOU from losing weight? For me, it’s the small cheat that turns into a complete upheaval of the whole diet plan. It looks something like this:
Monday-Friday: I ate super healthy all week, yay me!
Friday night: I’m going to reward myself with a dessert! (which turns into rewarding myself with pizza and wine and just falling off the wagon)
Saturday: I messed up last night and there’s a party today; I might as well just finish out the weekend and re-start the diet on Monday.
Sunday: Tomorrow I have to diet again, so how many of my favorite non-diet foods can I eat before I have to eat well again?
Monday: Huh. I’m back to last Monday’s weight. As though I didn’t eat well all week long until the weekend…
Does this sound familiar to any of you? It’s my cheating cycle, and it’s basically what short-circuits every diet I try. G.I. Joe says that knowing is half the battle, but I KNOW the problem and usually don’t do anything about it.
This time around with Nutrisystem, I’m knowing AND I’m doing something about it. You see, my week looked a lot like this: kids vomiting all over me and my house. The stomach flu ran rampant through three out of four kids (we’re waiting for the other kid and for us to get it) and it was a week of little sleep and a lot of Thieves cleaner.
What’s my go-to for comfort when I’m having a hard week? FOOD. (Yes, even while people are throwing up around me, I want to eat.) Glass(es) of wine were had. I doubled up on Nutrisystem desserts one day. (Those Red Velvet Whoopie Pies? Really good!) But knowing that I couldn’t toss out the great results I saw kept me from going totally crazy. When Rob came home with a whole pizza last night at 11pm, it was all I could do to not eat the whole pie. But I didn’t. I didn’t have so much as one piece! Because I knew I had to get on the scale this morning and see what all my cheating this week cost me. I didn’t want to negate all my hard work and the sacrifices of sticking (mostly) to my diet and seeing me go down two pants sizes in the last 3 weeks.
So today I weighed in and…(drumroll)…lost ONE pound last week.
Kind of a sad, little amount. But the numbers still went down. I’ve now lost a total of 10 pounds in 3 weeks. I’ll take it! And this week, even if the last kid gets the stomach flu, I’m going to be good. You know why? It feels really good to wear pants that don’t look horrible, but they still don’t really look great either. I REALLY want to go shopping and buy something that looks great, not just better. Chant with me: NEW PANTS! NEW PANTS! NEW PANTS!
When you’re dieting, do you know how YOU cheat? What’s your big weakness when it comes to eating healthy?
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