I didn’t watch what I ate yesterday, which I think is fine to do every once in awhile. And as long as you don’t freak out by what the scale says the next morning, then all will be well.
I am the queen of holding onto water. I’m 3 pounds heavier today than I was yesterday, which would usually (and sometimes still does) get me down. But I know the extra weight is just water and poop. I didn’t eat enough yesterday to gain a pound of fat, so I’m not worried.
Here’s what I ate yesterday in case you are wondering:
Breakfast – 1 serving corn flakes with 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
Lunch – 1/2 serving of salted french fries, 1/2 plain hot dog, 8 oz apple cider slushie, 1/2 soft pretzel, 1/2 of a delicious S’more cookie, 1/2 of an even more delicious chocolate chip cookie, 1/2 snickerdoodle cookie, 1/2 oreo chunk cookie (Ben and I went to a Peach Festival and had fun sharing food!)
Snack – 1/2 oatmeal raisin cookie, 1/2 snickerdoodle cookie (I went a little overboard with the cookies today, i know!) All in all, I only actually had 3 cookies.
Dinner – 1/2 chicken patty with lettuce & tomato on a kaiser roll, 1 serving barbecue chips, genoa salami/ham on a kaiser roll with pickles, banana peppers, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, & a little mayo, 6oz sparkling apple cinnamon cider
I didn’t drink enough water, and I had way too much sodium (chips, pretzel, salami/ham, sandwich toppings, etc). Add on the fact that I shouldn’t even eat wheat because I have a sensitivity to it and it bloats me and binds me up (and I had a lot of it!), and it’s no surprise that I’m 3 pounds heavier.
But it’s okay. Having a day where I can eat what I’m craving keeps me in line for the rest of the days where I’m eating only healthy foods. This works for me. I know it doesn’t work for everyone, though. If I ate like this all the time I would feel guilty but because I incorporate it into my week and plan for it, I don’t feel guilty at all. In fact, it makes me feel better prepared to keep going with the weight loss.
What works for you? Have you found “cheat” meals helpful or sabotaging?