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.

Conclusion

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.

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Beware Of Get Skinny Quick Schemes

Jan 16

Beware Of Get Skinny Quick Schemes

Have you ever talked to someone that was always getting involved in a get rich quick scheme or a get skinny quick scheme? They are so motivated for the first week or so and then they realize that it’s not going to work.

I’m not sure why these same people are so willing to try these schemes or scams over and over again. The fact of the matter is that they just don’t work.

As for the get skinny quick schemes, someone tried to explain to me why the one that they were doing was a good idea. They were certain that if they were able to stick to the 2 week plan; which promised they would lose some god awful amount of weight, then they would just maintain their weight from that point on.

I can’t remember all the details of this particular diet but it was basically a detox. They were only going to consume liquids for a week and then slowly reintroduce solid foods. Now let me first say that I have nothing against detoxing. I think it’s a wonderful thing when done correctly. It’s a great way to purify the body and yes you will lose some weight in the process. The problem I have isn’t with detoxing, it’s the people that think detoxing is the end all be all to weight loss.

What I tried to explain to this person is that they would indeed lose some weight from detoxing but once their diet returned to normal, the weight was going to return. They assured me that this was not going to be the case for them. They were going to keep the weight off and the only reason they needed to do it was to give themselves a boost.

Reality

The reality of the situation is that nothing worth having is going to be easy. I try to explain to everyone that I talk to about health and fitness that it’s a lifestyle that most people aren’t willing to adapt. Weight loss happens when you make up your mind to change your lifestyle. You have to become more active and resist the urge to indulge in certain foods (unhealthy foods) all the time.

Conclusion

Don’t believe the hype. There is no such thing as a get skinny quick programs. These programs will fill your head with false dreams and take your money, but don’t be discouraged. There are some really good programs out there, some that will help you develop healthy habits and keep you accountable throughout the week.

For more information about the Slab World Fitness Program, fill out the form on our website and someone will contact you and help you get started with a new and excited healthy lifestyle.

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How’s Your New Year’s Resolution Going So Far?

Jan 08

How’s Your New Year’s Resolution Going So Far?

We haven’t even made it through the first half of January and many of us have already done something to sabotage our New Year’s resolution.

So what does this mean?

Lack of Dedication or Poor Structuring

It could show a lack of dedication, or it could be poor structuring. Chances are since we are so early in the year, you’re desire to be healthier or more fit hasn’t fizzled out yet. The problem is that you haven’t structured your days to fit the goals you’ve set for yourself.

Now that we are back into the flow of work, kids are back in school and the monotony of daily living is back upon us, what adjustments did you make to meet your goals?

If you’re still waking up at the same time, going to bed at the same time, still watching the same amount of television, etc., it’s going to be hard to implement new habits. You don’t have time to implement new habits because your 2015 life is starting off just like your 2014 life ended. There is something that is occupying every 24 hour slot throughout the day and you don’t have room to make adjustments.

Switch It Up

We can read every health and fitness article or blog known to man but without some type of action there won’t be any change. In order to create change and implement new strategies we must first make an assessment of what we are currently doing. If being too busy is a hindrance, we have to figure out what can be removed from our lives that’s not adding value or contributing to our goals.

Only a small percentage of people can honestly say they are effectively utilizing every single hour of their day. I read a meme the other day that joked about someone being too busy to workout but they were able to make it to the last level on Candy Crush. That meme pretty much summed up how most people’s lives are.

We seem to find time to do the things that we really want to do but make excuses when things are a little challenging. To combat this we have to ask ourselves, do we really want to do what it takes to reach our goals?

If you do, you have to switch up the routine. Something has to be removed in order to add workout time or extra prep time for cooking healthier meals. We only have 24 hours each day, so concessions have to be made.

It’s going to Be Hard

Being totally honest with you, eating healthy and consistently working out is not easy. If it were there would be way more people walking around with beach bodies. Some people find it easy to workout but struggle with their diet and vice versa.

I’ve heard some people say, they’d rather be fat and happy because the time and energy it takes to have a beach body is too much. I’m not mad at these people because it really is that hard. Next time you go to the gym, pay attention to the most fit people there. They are pushing themselves to the limit. It doesn’t look like the most fun thing in the world…it actually looks excruciating, but once they’re done they seem to walk with a bit more confidence than everyone else.

Conclusion

This tells me that the reward is greater than the pain. So don’t give up on what you want. Yes, it will be hard and there will be days that you will want to quit. Find your inner strength and keep fighting. You may have to remove some luxuries from your life like Candy Crush, but we are all given the same amount of time and there is nothing holding us back but ourselves.

Written by: Gminski Stubbs

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