It’s a common phrase heard around the gym as the weekend approaches – “I can’t wait until this Saturday (or Sunday)! It’s my cheat day!” It’s understandable that after all of your hard work during the week that you’d look forward to a chance to “reward” yourself. However, maybe adding an entire day of destruction to your week and actually marking it on your social calendar may not be the best way to roll.
It’s important that you come to see the way that you feed yourself as less of a diet and more of a lifestyle. A diet sounds like something that is meant to be temporary. A lifestyle is something that we live – day in and day out. Part of building a lifestyle is developing habits. Just like we practice highly technical lifts like cleans and snatches repetitively to gain competence of movement, we must practice that same basic competence in making our food choices as well. Devoting a whole day to binge eating is like going into the gym and deciding to miss all of your lift attempts with a weight that is too heavy for you. How is that going to make you better?
Instead, it might be better to reward yourself every now and then with a single meal where all bets are off. This is more realistic. Going back to the analogy of training in the gym – if you miss a rep, you learn from that mistake and adjust to succeed on your next attempt. If you plan a cheat meal or life just happens (parties, Thanksgiving, Super Bowl, etc.), then you are just one meal away from getting back on track. That way the relationship with food becomes less destructive and we are able to reinforce good habits and get back on track.
WOD – 10.02.2012
15 minute Skill/Strength work: Ring holds (hold in support with rings turned out), Ring dips – band assist, strict ring dips, muscle-ups.
10m Bear Crawls
Handstand push ups
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