Last week I took a week off my diet. The thing is I’ve been cutting carbs (except fruit – can’t live without fruit!) since February, and in April I changed my diet plan to less ‘strict’ one to mantain my body fat, but bulid some muscle. I added carbs back, but I was supposed to eat certain macronutrients at certain times. Not at certain hour, but for example before/after workout certain things and then fitting the rest macros around that, and I of course had to track them. I added a cheat meal every week, which sounds great, right? But… :)
I don’t think this diet in general would be difficult to follow, if I did it right away. I mean to me, the most difficult thing was to get the macros right, BUT I felt a bit overwhelmed by everything because I’ve been cutting carbs (and having cheat meals like every 10-14 days) before and did not go to simple way of eating clean. Instead I measured my food to be able to track it, and ate certain foods at certain times.
Also, cheat meals were a bit overwhelming, because they can go out of hand quickly = cheat meal turning into a cheat day. And if I said I have it on Fridays, why not having it next week on Thursday… It’s just a day earlier! And the same happens the next week. I really prefer having cheats whenever I feel like it and not having to commit to exact day and have it exactly once a week. Because then all I think of is what I’m gonna eat next week and that makes me crave stuff even when I don’t want them that much. I prefer eating healthy and have cheat meal whenever I feel, which is, again, every 10-14 days. :)
All that was a bit too much for me and I decided to go a week of eating whatever I want, no matter if it’s healthy or not. It didn’t mean I’d eat crap for every meal, but I have to admit, I ate something crappy every day – crepes, more baked patatoes than normally, pad thai… :P But I couldn’t do it longer than 5 days, I felt so bad – physically, not mentally.
I went back to eating healthy, but I still don’t track food intake, so this post is my motivation to start doing that. I thought if I share it online with ‘before’ photos, it would give me an extra push to work to reach my goals.
I think that sharing moments like this is important too, because it’s not always flowers and unicorns and we all struggle sometimes, but the important thing is to go back on track! :)