For a while now, I’ve known that I’m so not-so-subtly an “all or nothing” soul. I’m exactly this way with exercising- it’s so easy to go ham and all in only once a day for an hour or two max. But, I’m not this way with my dieting.
There’s one thing that sticks out in all of this: it’s that it’s easy for me to be “all or nothing” in working out because I’m all into working out. But, it’s not so easy when it comes to dieting because, well- food is my life.
I feel like a failure when I do something dumb (like not getting all of my steps in an hour or when my Fitbit says I haven’t been active enough) or lazy. But the silly thing is that it’s so easy for me to get up and keep going when it comes to something like step counts or active minutes. However, when it comes to eating, I mess up and I eat something that I’m not supposed to eat and then all of the sudden in the face of disaster combined with my “all or nothing” personality, I choose nothing.
That is, I decide that I’m going to eat everything instead of just one small thing and end up hurting myself in the long run. But it just dawned on me this week that it doesn’t have to be like this- it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. There doesn’t have to be some finite definition of what failure is.
On one hand, it takes oneself to know oneself and on the other hand, fear of failure is real but it’s not enough to stop you.
Dieting is something that is a battle every step of the way.
It’s not something that you can check off really quick and go to bed. It’s something that’s continuously a will-powered movement that will test you at every second of the day.
Trust me, I know.
My diet has been struggling lately because I’m in a cutting season. Thus, it’s all protein and a calorie deficit that I am certainly not used to. Sometimes all I want to do is eat all the Halloween candy that’s obnoxiously for sale right now even though it’s September. Sometimes I just want to smash some chicken nuggets. And sometimes I do, which is what I want to share with you. Being that I’m in a calorie counting position, I don’t believe in cheat days. I don’t believe in being able to skip a whole day of counting calories.
What I do believe in is being clever enough to fit in what you really want to eat into a day.
My last post on eating a piece a cake proves that enough.
If you can have enough willpower to eat all the protein you need in the day, you can have enough willpower to mathematically rearrange your calorie schedule so that you can eat the food you want to eat once your protein is inside of you WHILE staying on a cut AND WHILE staying within your goals.
All you need is a pencil, your protein, and a calculator (if you don’t like to do math like me).
And, that’s all lovelies. Stay healthy! Stay motivated! Stay strong!