Once a cheater, always a cheater?

I knew this day would come…  I knew this weekend would happen sooner or later…  I did a little cheating this weekend.  Unfortunately this translated to no pounds lost for this week.  But it has been a month since I started this challenge, so the fact that I haven’t been unfaithful to my new lifestyle is a true testament to my determination.

But so many of you talk to me about how hard it is to lose the weight and work out regularly, so I feel I owe it to you to be honest with you.  I’m a cheater!  Well, I’ve always been a cheater.  It’s a big part of the reason I could never lose weight before.  I would lose a few pounds and “treat” myself to a binge weekend drink-a-thon or a whole pint (or two) of Ben & Jerrys.  Not healthy and not the way to “reward” myself.

I wasn’t “BAD” this weekend…  just off my chosen path a bit.  Friday night, my friend Karen & I, went up to boat night in Port Huron.  This was a great chance to visit one of my old favorites, The Raven Cafe.

http://www.ravencafeph.com/home.html

It’s a very unique cafe/bar/coffee shop.  It reminds you of a bi-level library but with food and drink and live music!  I had forgotten just how good their food was.  It’s all fairly healthy food, but I should have just stuck with my Annabelle Lee Gorgonzola Cherry Salad.  Instead I also had their delicious appetizer that is Gorgonzola cheese, red onions, scallions, pecans and a touch of brown sugar all on top of a warm and fluffy pita bread!  All topped off with a glass of reisling.  None of this is bad in moderation, but I am sure, way beyond my 1230 daily calorie allowance.  I followed this up with a mojito fest on Saturday, thanks to my Cuban roommate who has nearly perfected his mojito recipe.  Then again going out to eat Saturday, we went to Pronto’s in Royal Oak where I was pleasantly surprised by the plethora of healthy and vegetarian foods.  I stuck with a vegetarian roumalade  wrap sandwich and sweet potato fries.  This of course after sharing their hummus (you have to try it) and a roasted garlic with red peppers and chevre cheese appetizer.  Again, none unhealthy, but definitely in excess of my 1230 daily calorie allowance.  And I figured since I was cheating, I may as well top it all off with a Sasha dirty martini at Gracies, although I did refrain from eating my blue cheese olives.

Now I should mention that I busted my ass in the gym this weekend too.  I did 2 hours of spinning Thursday night, and hour of spinning Saturday morning, 1 hour boot-camp in Memorial Park on Sunday followed by a very active afternoon playing in my friends Ivana’s pool with her daughter (who I am convinced is part mermaid).  Had I not done all this work, I am sure this weekend’s outcome would have been pounds gained!

So what I took away from this weekend is that every so often I need to give myself a break and indulge in a few delicacies that I love.  But only after a good stretch of sticking to my plan.  I could be beating myself up over this right now (which would only send me reeling towards a 3 cheese pizza) or I can understand that I have lost 17 POUNDS IN ONE MONTH!!! So I took a break this weekend and as of Sunday, I was right back on track. It also puts the upcoming pub crawl into perspective for me…  Do I really want to drink a bunch of empty calories and negate all the hard effort I put in this week?  I guess we’ll see.  But I am still in this to win it!

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9 thoughts on “Once a cheater, always a cheater?

  1. You need to have a weekend like this every now and then our you will snap, if you stick to it this week I bet you will see a nice weight loss next week, don’t worry about it.

    • I agree Holly… I think that was the lesson learned. For this to work, I need to give myself a LITTLE slack once in a while. Just no binge drinking weekends or ice cream comas! 😉

  2. ivana says:

    well since you “gave in” this past weekend, maybe you should reconsider the “pub crawl”…just think about it…is it really worth it, or can you do something else more productive and fun? Just a thought…you are doing so well…very proud of you!

    • I will think about it… gonna bust my ass this week and weigh in Friday morning… might just allow myself a few small drinks. The Port Huron night taught me that’s it’s not all that fun being sober when everyone else is drinking.

  3. Laura says:

    When you said cheated – I thought that meant you ate meat! We all have to have indulgences sometimes… Glad to hear you are back on track. It’s been 3 months since I’ve eaten meat. I haven’t missed it yet!

    1200 calorie range seems low, especially with all the exercise you do. Would you consider seeing a registered dietician to ensure that you’re following the best route for you?

    You are doing fantastic. 17 pounds in a month! Thats so much to be proud of!

    • Still no meat!!! It’s been 3 weeks now and I bought two new cookbooks this weekend for Vegetarian cooking! 🙂

      What’s the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian? Do you know of one? What’s the average cost?

      Thanks for the support. I do feel great about what I’ve accomplished so far!

      • Laura says:

        A nutritionist doesn’t require any degree and aren’t monitored by any state boards. A registered dietician is licensed and requires a minimum of 4 years education.

        I’ll forward you more info.

  4. Laura says:

    I sent you two emails earlier.

    Do you miss meat? I used to be a huge red meat lover but now I don’t even miss it. I never loved chicken or pork.

    What veg cookbooks did you get? I’m always looking for great recipes. Let me know if when you come across any. We’re having quinoa stuffed peppers for dinner tonight, from the peas and thank you site.

    • Laura says:

      I highly recommend the quinoa stuffed peppers. So good and easy!

      Todd still eats meat. He supports my decision, but sometimes it difficult to prepare two dinners. So sometimes he just gets vegetarian dishes…

      You’ll have to let me know what you think of the cookbooks. I’m not a fan of soy or fake meats. I’d rather have no meat than fake.

      I crave carbs after my workouts. Funny how we all differ.

      Corn quinoa salad sounds great! I will check it out.

      You won’t regret if you contact the RD. Even if you just go one time.

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