Recovering from a Cheat Day

I had my first ever full-blown cheat day on Saturday.

I woke up and had a yogurt because the Actor and I had planned on this day to be something we did together and he wasn’t awake yet. Once he got up we went to a restaurant and I had everything on my plate, which is something I rarely do. I inhaled my veggie burger, dipped all my fries in ranch, and drank 2/3 of my Corona.

Then we got home and had a few spoonfuls of the Reese’s spread, I had a cookie at a friend’s BBQ, and then we ate pizza and ice cream for dinner.

Needless to say I don’t plan on doing that any time soon. Everything was delicious, but I feel completely satisfied now. That’s important. I have a history of an eating disorder so being in control and not feeling the urge to binge is important and a good sign on a cheat day. You don’t want to ruin your cheat day with negative thoughts and create a bad relationship with food.

The days following Saturday have been easy eating wise. I got right back into eating healthy and feel great because I know I’m giving my body what it needs. However, I use an app that works best when I weigh myself daily, and my weight has not been pretty.

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But, I know it’s not real.

The important things to think about are moving on with your goals. I know that my body is smart enough to figure out what to do with all that I ate on Saturday without it being detrimental to my goals.

I also know that I probably won’t have a cheat day on that scale ever again. After eating as clean as I could for the entire month of April I’ve kind of gotten off the sugar and artificial foods train and don’t care for pizza or ice cream as much as I used to. I can probably be just as satisfied with half a serving as I used to on a full serving.

Things to remember:

– Food is not everything. It is fuel.

– There is no “good” or “bad” food. Some have more nutrients than others, and others have more emotionally-good things than others. We all need an apple and we all need chocolate.

– Everything in moderation, even the fruits and vegetables.

– One bad day of eating will NOT ruin everything. Consistency is key, and we’re all human. We slip up, and sometimes we need that cookie more than we need the broccoli.

– You cannot gain weight overnight unless you physically eat your TDEE plus 3500 calories, and that’s just to gain 1 pound.

– Enjoy your cheat day. It’s your emotional health day.

– Don’t feel bad, though I understand if you do. Try to move on. Every day is a new day and a new opportunity. Jump right back into eating healthy after your cheat day and move on.

What is your favorite cheat day food? pizza is probably my favorite, and the ice cream I had was pretty darn good.

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College and Weight Loss

If you are a college student who is trying their hardest to get in their top physical shape I applaud you. Being a college student myself I get how hard it can be to juggle the gym and classes, and possibly a job or two. Life can get pretty overwhelming. It can also be tough if you’re living on campus and are stuck with a meal plan for on campus food. Let me share with you some tips that have helped me successfully maintain a workout routine while working and still passing my classes.

1. Homework comes first. I am a huge supporter of a healthy body, and I think that exercising is just as important as breathing, but school costs a lot, and you’re not doing yourself any favors by picking extra gym time over study time. My tuition for this year just got raised $2000 so you can bet I’m going to be spending more time focusing on my homework. You really only need 30-60 minutes of exercise a day 3-6 days a week. Make those workout sessions count and leave more time for studying. Bring your book to read on the bike if you have to. It’s kind of fun, anyway.

2. A healthy diet>lots of exercise. If you can’t exercise 30-60 minutes a day 3-6 days a week all the time, that is completely fine. Just make sure that you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and lean protein. Stop by the salad bar and fill up your plate with good colorful things. Ask for a chicken breast from the burger place sans bun, cheese, and condiments. Ta-da! A nice chicken salad packed with lean protein, carbs, and vitamins. Get creative in the dining hall. There is nothing wrong with ordering something off menu. As long as it’s not busy, the workers should have no problem making it for you! It is absolutely ok, even necessary, to sometimes indulge in a scoop of ice cream or crazy decadent milkshake. Just not every day. I’m a sucker for pumpkin anything, and ice cream is my favorite dessert so right now pumpkin pie blizzards from Dairy Queen are my weakness, but I balance it out with a good diet.

3. Walk as much as you can! Walk to your classes. Walk to the gym. Walk to your friend’s house. Be safe! But walk. If you can’t get in a workout for the day at least you tracked a mile or two in just your daily life. That’s more than the average person gets in a day.

4. Make a schedule and stick to it! Before the start of every quarter I make a pretty excel doc for the week. I plug in my work schedule and my classes and then I see where I have time to fit in the gym. Once I pick that time I stick to it every day for the rest of the quarter. If I am working on a group project I make sure not to sacrifice my gym time for it, but something else, like the time I spend on Tumblr. Think of your gym time as another class or job, and not just something to do in your leisure time. It’s important. Once you schedule your gym time you’ll be able to focus all that other time on homework, and have something to hold you accountable for going to the gym.

5. Exercise is great stress relief. Once midterms and finals come around you’re probably going to be stressed out. Do not give up your healthy diet or your gym time because you are stressed. Eating less healthy and more greasy things will not help you focus or pass, and going to the gym is a great break from studying and stressing out. I have avoided many a breakdown by simply walking away from my text books and going to the gym for a nice lifting session. Once I’m done I feel recharged and ready to tackle my finals.

Five tips to help you stay on track in your journey to healthy while being a college student. Remember to never give up, never surrender, and keep working towards being the best you that you can possibly be.

Until next time.

-Aja