I decided when I started this journey that in order to make this change sustainable I would need to allow myself some breaks from eating so strict. So I decided to give myself a meal/night off. It gives me something to look forward to and keeps me motivated to eat healthy the rest of the month.
It not only keeps me motivated, but I cherish the experience and appreciate the food because I don’t get it all the time. In the past, I ate and drank whatever I wanted so it went into my mouth without consideration or appreciation. Now that I don’t eat certain ingredients for most of the month, I appreciate and savor them when I do get them.
That means if I eat ice cream, I’m not going to wolf it down. I’m going to take my time and enjoy it because I probably won’t eat it again for a month. I’ve had more fun with the experiences around the food too because I want to make the night worth it. I decided not to call it a “cheat” day, because cheating is negative and like I’m doing something wrong. So in order to make sure I was making this a positive and conscious thing. I decided to say a day off.
In the past, when I would be on diets like Weight Watchers, I would give myself a day off a week. Really messing up any progress I would have. Or if I would be on something really strict and not give myself a break ever, I would give up entirely and go back to my unhealthy ways.
Last month, I went to an awesome restaurant Stoic and Genuine on a date night with friends. If you live in Denver and want a food experience head there. They specialize in seafood and while Denver is landlocked it is probably the best seafood restaurant I’ve ever eaten at. I savored each course and got the stuff that I’ve always wanted to try. We had 3 courses and drinks and I felt satisfied and happy with my choices at the end of the night and I haven’t felt like I’ve missed out this whole month.
This month, my night off was to go to the Florida Georgia Line Concert with my husband and some of our good friends. We had a blast! If you’ve never been to see them in concert, it is really worth it. FGL are great performers.
I decided to have a couple drink and a gyro. I love gyros. Something I haven’t had in awhile.
All in all, it was a
super fun night and I’m so blessed to have such awesome friends and such a fabulous husband who supports me in whatever crazy thing I do next.
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