The Cheat Day From Hell

Jan 20

The Cheat Day From Hell

I’m sure it’s happened to all health conscious Pancakespeople, a cheat meal or cheat day that went a little too far. I fell victim to the cheat day because of convenience. I know that’s not a real excuse but hey, it’s better than no excuse at all, right?

What Went Wrong?

The day started off wrong…as far as eating healthy goes, otherwise it would have been considered great.

Just keep reading you’ll see what I mean

My wife decided to treat the family by cooking breakfast. She was being a sweetheart and decided to make her fluffy pancakes.

Now we all know that pancakes; ones made the old-fashion way, aren’t the healthiest thing in the world, especially when you have some Aunt Jemima syrup on the side, but they sure are good. Combine that with cheese eggs and turkey bacon and I can’t think of anything better.

I tried to be strong and figured just because it was my favorite breakfast that I didn’t have to totally mess up. My wife knows I usually allocate a cheat day for myself so she was just giving me a treat. I stuffed my face as fast as I could and when I thought I was done, I heard those magic words, “there’s more”.

I couldn’t help myself, I had a second FULL plate. Along with the food, she poured me a glass of orange juice and milk. Yep, I drank them both.

The Rest of the Day

I knew I had really messed up so I decided to tone down the rest of the cheat day, especially since I had just eaten enough for a small elephant. Well the day took a turn for the worst. I promised to take my son shopping because his Christmas money was burning his pockets. All those discussions about saving money only lasted about 2 weeks, but that’s another subject.

We left the house before lunch time and I didn’t get a snack before we left because of how much I had for dinner. Before we made our first stop, my wife and son were both complaining that they were hungry. Like most families out riding around, they had the bright idea to just make a stop at a local fast food restaurant. I figured that would be fine because I could just order a grilled chicken sandwich.

The idea was good but the execution was bad. I order a grilled chicken sandwich at the drive-thru like I planned but when I opened it up I discovered the most beautiful fried chicken sandwich I had ever seen.

Now keep in mind that I’m starving at this point. I didn’t order any fries so I figured if I just eat the sandwich that it wouldn’t be too bad, besides, it’s my cheat day.

I gobbled the sandwich up and then once again my beautiful wife sabotaged treated me again. She said, “I don’t want these fries, do you want them or should I just throw them away”?

Now you know good and well that I’m not going to just throw food in the trash. So being the resourceful person that I am, I ate the fries.

As soon as I was done, I felt like crap. I said to myself that there is no way I can eat anything unhealthy for the rest of the day. I told my wife that I was going to have a salad and water. She looks and me and says, “You forgot, didn’t you? We have a dinner party tonight”.

Capping Off a Terrible Day

I had no idea what was going to be served at this dinner party, all I know is that the last time we went to this couples house they had food and booze for days.

When we arrived, it looked like they were preparing for the last supper. There was so much food I didn’t know what to do with myself. So what do you think I did? Yep, I decided to declare this day as the world’s worst cheat day.


Yes this was my cheat day, but I went a little overboard. The fact of the matter is that sometimes things don’t go the way we plan. Whenever you have a day that you know you completely messed up your diet, the best thing to do is start planning for the next day. There is no sense in beating yourself up over spilled milk. Learn from the experience and have a game plan for the next time
you’re going to be out and about.

Yes, I should have exercised willpower during breakfast. No, there wasn’t any reason for me to have 2 extra-large servings. Yes, I should have taken the fried chicken sandwich back and not eaten the fries. As far as the dinner party I should have…well I had a blast there.

Sometimes you have to let your hair down and have a little fun. Don’t stress yourself out too much when it comes to food. A cheat meal from time to time isn’t the worst thing in the world. It actually keeps me sane. The key is to plan out your meals, including cheat days. Improper planning leaves room for mistakes that could have otherwise been prevented.