I can remember vividly how excited I would get on the day of my weekly Weight Watcher's meeting. Yeah, I was excited about seeing whether or not I'd lost weight that week, but I was also excited because it was CHEAT DAY! You know, you fast until WI, then eat everything in sight for the rest of the day. It's the end of your WW week, and the slate is wiped clean the next day when you start over. I've talked to others at meetings who did/do the same thing, so I know I wasn't alone.
Since I've restarted this journey with WW, I've abolished CHEAT DAY. It wasn't something I'd planned, just something that happened. Why cheat, if you're not on a diet? On WW, you are allowed to eat anything you want in moderation, as long as you stick within your daily point range. So instead of going into it with a diet mentality, I decided when I started WW on 8/25 that I was going to follow the plan, but allow myself anything I wanted. No deprivation. I know that's the only way I can stick to this for the rest of my life. So after my first WI, I didn't feel inclined to go crazy on ice cream and pizza. I just didn't want it.
I've been reading blogs on weight loss, and I still read about people who have CHEAT DAYS, or who reward weight loss with food. Isn't that defeating the purpose a little? I've decided that when I do that, I'm only cheating myself. If this is truly a lifestyle, then I have to get to a point where I have a healthy relationship with food. I will not use food as a reward, and I will not use the scale as an excuse to binge. That is the "old" me.
I have three children. My oldest, who is my 11 year old daughter, struggles with her weight. She is not fat by any means, but if I let her have her way with food she would be. I look at her, and I remember how fat I was at her age, and how ruthless kids were as they made fun of me. I NEVER want her to know what that feels like. So I limit portions and the availability of junk food in the house. I also try to encourage physical activity for all of my children. We have a huge yard, and I make them play in it. But my eating habits affect my children, especially my daughter. Several times I have found food wrappers and soda cans in her closet, so I know she is sneaking the food I won't let her eat. This just kills me, because I know it's my fault. But what kind of example have I been setting for her? I need to practice what I preach.
The only way I can teach my children how to have a healthy relationship with food, is to have one myself. If I eat my veggies and live an active lifestyle, they will, too. I pray that it's not too late to set a good example for my daughter. My other two children are younger, and if I have it my way they will never remember that their mommy was ever fat and miserable. They will only know a healthy mommy, who cooked nutritious meals and took long walks with them. I now realize that by cheating myself, I'm cheating them, too.