I've found myself a bit flaky when it comes to my diet lately. When I say "a bit," what I really mean is that I want to eat anything and everything in sight. I am human, after all, so that shouldn't come as a surprise. However, I have been surprised by how strong the urge can be at times.
A couple of weeks ago, my church had a cupcake social for parents, and that's when everything started to go downhill. I was going to abstain, but then I saw the most delectable red velvet cake mini cupcakes and couldn't resist. My rationale: this will be my cheat day. Then I saw the lemon mini cupcakes and then another and another until, truth be told, EIGHT cupcakes had "found their way" into my mouth and down into my "unexpectant" and (now) unhappy belly.
Not until after I had done the damage did I think about the results that I have been training so hard for and how what I had just consumed didn't necessarily negate all of the hard work, but it definitely didn't help it. Why, oh why, didn't I think about that beforehand? Again, the pull of the cupcakes was too much for this mere woman to sustain...but that doesn't make it ok. Granted, it had been awhile since I had had a cheat meal, but come on, EIGHT mini cupcakes. (Notice I keep putting "mini" in there.) Overall, I was disappointed with myself. Not until later did I realize even more so how much damage I had done.
Later that night, not only did my stomach HATE me, but I also had a headache and was sweating like crazy. My body was rejecting those cupcakes. It was angry at me for my weakness in the time of temptation, so now it was punishing me. Those were some of the more immediate side effects. What happened next was unexpected by me. The next day, all I wanted to was sugar sugar sugar. I wanted it in any form that I could get it which brought me back to the realization that sugar should be classified as an addictive drug. When the body is not used to having it and then has as much as mine did, it wants to more and more.
I now understand why it is so challenging for some people to give up their sugary drinks that come in the forms of sodas, sports drinks, coffees, teas, and even fruit "juices." The body is used to having a certain daily allowance and when the needs aren't met, the body is unhappy. So, now that my body (even though that was the first bit of processed sugar it has had in many many days, possibly weeks) had a taste, it wanted more. What's so difficult about that, though, is that I knew at that moment that I COULD NOT have any more. And fortunately, I have a trainer that I alerted to my mini cupcake indulgence. He promptly told me that I am not to have a cheat meal for the rest of May. That was May 2nd. It is now May 11th. Talk about difficult.
- Have the intentional meals.
- Take the time to prepare myself mentally and physically each day.
- Be aware of the food temptations in the school office, cafe, etc.
- Don't think that justification will work off the poor food choice.
- Remove myself or the tempting food item.
- Remember that "mini" anything means you'll foolishly eat more of them (see justification above!).