I’ve never liked that term “cheat day”. It insinuates that you’re doing something deceitful and underhanded. Just take a look at how Merriam-Webster defines the word “cheat”:
- to deprive of something valuable by the use of deceit or fraud
- to influence or lead by deceit, trick, or artifice
- to elude or thwart by or as if by outwitting
- to practice fraud or trickery
- to violate rules dishonestly
So you mean to tell me that if I kick my OWN ass all week long, getting up at the crack of dawn to abuse myself with tortuous cardio and weights, and pre-plan my healthy meals to eat clean ALL FREAKING WEEK – if I decide to do those things repeatedly for many days in a row, and then at some point after those many days decide to eat a few cookies or load up my plate for a damn change, or order some takeout – THAT is called cheating?
I worked hard on my fitness all dang week. So if I go into the kitchen right now and grab a slice of pumpkin pie out the fridge (yes, it’s really in there right now unless somebody already ate it), I’m supposedly “practicing fraud and trickery” against myself? I’m “violating rules of dishonesty”? I’m “eluding and thwarting”?
Dude. I don’t think so.
To hell with a cheat day. That’s NOT in my vocabulary. It tricks the mind into thinking you’re doing something wrong. Giving yourself permission to indulge in a controlled fashion is NOT cheating. It’s called moderation. It’s called living. It’s called having balance and enjoying life.
But it’s NOT cheating.
Easter is here and that quite possibly means candies and chocolates and a BIG special dinner. Greedy-eating opportunities await. Isn’t that exciting!?
So live a little, ya know? Give yourself permission to indulge and then get right back to your regularly scheduled fitness frenzy as usual. So who’s with me on this one?