Let me know if this sounds anything like you –
- Monday through Sunday afternoon, your diet is absolutely perfect. You could not have eaten cleaner.
- Friday night rolls around and you’re ready for an EPIC CHEAT MEAL so you have everything you’ve been thinking about all week – pizza, cake, cookies, ice cream, take-out.
- Saturday comes around and you don’t feel like total crap yet, but you’re still craving different types of food, so you keep the cheat party going! You order Chinese food and you go diving into a box of Oreo’s.
- Sunday is finally here and you know you gotta clean it up, BUT Monday is the start of your clean eating week, so you say f*ck it and eat and drink whatever the hell you want. Sunday Funday, right?
- Monday is here. Man do you feel like sh*t now.
When I’m writing you throughout all of those last sentences, I’m actually thinking about myself and my previous behaviors. Maybe this sounds nothing like you and you cannot connect with it, but if I went through it, I’m guessing some of you have or continue to.
I think the weekend downfall all has to do with personality types and figuring out what yours is. For me, restricting myself and telling myself I couldn’t have something Monday-Friday meant I was ready to rebel by Friday night. Telling myself that I was only allowed “cheat meals” on weekends not only put a negative outlook on food itself, but it made me want to rebel against myself. I became my own worst enemy. It’s sometimes hard to explain, but in a shortened version – restricting myself just led to binging later on….