Sunday is my weigh in day, and often it is also a more lax eating day for me. What is it about a weigh-in that makes it seem like you can let your hair down and eat a little more loosely? Just one of those things.... I don't always do it, but sometimes if I have been craving or wanting a certain food all week, I keep telling myself "if you still want it on Sunday, THEN you can have it." Often, I don't even want it by Sunday. Sometimes I do, though. And it is so lame sometimes, because I want some certain food *even though* I know I will pay a price in lower energy or joint pain or feeling bloated. I wish that weren't true; I wish I just always preferred feeling great to eating a sandwich, but I don't. Not in that moment. Not always. I am much, much better at saying no than I used to be, but I do sometimes have a lax Sunday.
Today I did not count all my calories, either. I had no way of knowing how many calories was in that Cuban panini sandwich I had for dinner. But the nice thing about having that one food is that it made is easy to turn down all the chips, juice, cake, and snacks at a birthday party I went to earlier. A lax day doesn't mean I eat a ton of junk or binge on everything in sight. It just means I have something I usually wouldn't.
I have my reservations about doing that kind of thing. Some people call it a "cheat meal" and plan for it every week, but I don't see it that way. I just use it as a delay tactic for all the things I crave during the week. Maybe it's a good tactic. Maybe it's not. Would it be better to *never* eat something that is not on plan? There is no way this sandwich would ever be "on plan" for me because the calories are unknown, unless I took it home and dissected it, weighing each ingredient and adding them up. Even then I have no way of assuring an accurate calories-per-gram for the various ingredients. So it was either wait til Sunday and just eat it with a moderate breakfast and lunch, or never eat it at all. I suppose not eating it at all would be better. But after awhile, historically I get burned out when I feel deprived, and I am trying to avoid that now.
So I weigh 218, same as I weighed 3 weeks ago but up 4 pounds from 214 last week.
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