If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past several years, it’s that consistency is extremely important for me when I’m trying to reach a goal. If I want to create a new habit, I need to do it every day. If I want to resolve to lose weight/get fit? I also need to work on it in some form every day.
I know a lot of people will say that if you’re embarking on a “diet”, that it’s good to give yourself a cheat day during the week so that you don’t go insane, and when I first started on this new goal of mine, I told myself I would do the same. But once I got started, I found that I didn’t WANT to. It was really weird at first, but in the back of my mind I sort of knew that once I had a cheat day, I’d probably go a little too overboard with it and then the next day, would want to keep cheating.
Saturday was technically my first cheat day of the month (though I should clarify: I have been letting myself have little treats here and there on all other days too. Just within moderation and nothing overly indulgent). D and I were celebrating our 3.5 year anniversary and we decided to do something we don’t do nearly enough: go out to eat and have a date night! We decided on the Melting Pot, which we had both been to at some point in our lives, but never together.
It was a great meal and pretty much exactly what you’d expect from the Melting Pot: indulgent, decadent, delicious, and WAY too much. I had two cocktails while we were out on top of the cheese fondue, chocolate fondue and a house salad. Both of us left feeling like our stomachs were going to explode. So: cheat day was in effect!
Being that it was a special occasion and a restaurant we almost never go to, it was worth it and I don’t regret deciding to go out. However, I have been a little off on my diet since then, and since that meal on Saturday, I also haven’t tracked my calories at MyFitnessPal.
It’s time to get back on track! We’re about halfway through the month and I have about half of my 6.5 pounds left to lose before the January Diet Bet comes to a close. Let’s see what happens!