Sometimes, it's hard to be motivated. It's Monday, time to git yer arse out of bed and into the week. When this happens, sometimes I try to think about certain things in the not-to-far-off future. For instance, I like cheat days. Sunday was a cheat day. I had a cheeseburger. Lots of chips. Some nighttime snacks. Things I usually try and avoid.
Cheat days are good though, and necessary. I put in a lot of work during the week and it's hard sometimes to pass on that extra serving or drink water instead of a beer or diet Sprite instead of regular Sprite. But if I know I can let my guard down and have a second helping of something that isn't the greatest of things, and maybe drink a regular soda down with it, it makes some things go by easier.
Typically I try and stay around 1800 calories a day but if I get close to 2000 that's not the end of the world. I probably should lower those figures to 1600-1800 but I guess that's another topic for another day. On cheat days I don't go up to 6000 calories or anything ridiculous. In fact, I woke up this morning with an uncomfortable stomach, partly because I'm not used to snacking at night anymore.
But I used to have cheat days all the time. Every day was a cheat day, and I wasn't happy with how I looked. I still have some of those same urges as before, but now that I can organize and compartmentalize those, it makes a great difference and I don't quite feel guilty about having a second helping. At least not on cheat days.