Last cheat meal for 5+ weeks…sad

Posted: February 14, 2011 in Diet/Food

Contest prep has been plugging along. Cardio, sometime twice a day. Heavy workouts. And the dreaded diet. I have been eating clean (mostly) for the last 7 months but the last couple of week has been a much stricter diet. Reduced calories, reduced carbs leaving me…we somewhat crabby. It has also left me craving foods I would not normally seek; such as french fries (well anything fried), cookies (Chips Ohoy, with a big glass of milk), Coldstone ice cream, just to name a few.

I have allowed myself one cheat meal about once a week. Normally my cheat would be a clean meal with maybe a little extra rice or potato and 1 glass of wine. This normally helps to keep the diet monster at bay knowing that I only had to make it another 6 days before I could have another treat. But…

Saturday  was the 6 week mark and I still have a little ways to go; when I put that bedazzled bikini on I want to look my best and know I put 100% into it. So Saturday was my last cheat meal…that means over 5 weeks of restricted diet, low carbs and NO alcohol. Well needless to say I went a little crazy. So I guess this is a little like confession

We had dinner at Mucho’s in Manhattan Beach, where I had chips and salsa and a margarita to start. So you say “That’s no so bad”. You missed to key word “to start”. Then I ordered Mexican short ribs, slow cooked in a rich red mole sauce, with honey glazed carrots and jalapeno al gratin potatoes. Nothing clean about this meal. Oh and if that wasn’t bad enough, after dinner we walked across the street to Cupcake Couture and got 4 different flavored cupcakes.

Lemon Cupcake

Oh cupcakes are my weakness. We got Lemon, which had lemon curd filling, Chocolate Mint, chocolate cupcake with this york peppermint patty filling, A “Glitz and Glamor” which was French Vanilla butter-cream frosting and white chocolate shaving on top, and lastly Double Chocolate Fudge…no explanation needed.

Now I didn’t eat all the cupcakes myself, I cut them in 4’s and had 1/4 of each. I have some self control.

After this huge meal, I sat on the sofa feeling very sick and ashamed that I had indulged in such a way. I think back and it didn’t even taste all that great…well the cupcakes were pretty Yummy, but I think a little would have gone a long way. I also would not have felt as guilty. I did feel guilty so much so that I decided to atone for these sins with an extra half hour of cardio on Sunday.

Stairmill, my BFF

I know that the next 5+ weeks are going to be tough but I can visualize myself on stage in that bedazzled bikini and know that I did

everything I could to get there and that I look better than I have ever looked. So this small sacrifice, the food that I “think” I want to eat is going to be a snap. I just have to keep telling myself that and visualizing the goal. I can also count on a great support system to keep me on track. I would not be where I am today without all of them.

So here’s to the next 5 weeks…cheat free.

  1. Freddie says:

    It wouldn’t be so bad it the cupcakes were angelically delicious… You’re going to rock the bedazzled bikini anyway! Kind of appropriate that you over-indulged at a place called “Mucho.” LUB

  2. bikiniorbust says:

    Cheat free and successFULL. 🙂 Liz, you’re doing amazing and now you know what you don’t want to do for the next 5 weeks. You’ve got this thing! Cheering you on from Canada!!

  3. Mom says:

    Sometimes the body just craves certain foods and if we don’t answer the call we go crazy, figuratively … ohhhh that was a good word to use for you, my dear, figuratively. Anyway don’t beat yourself up. We are, after all, only human!!! Rock On!!!

  4. Liz – I am right there with you over the next 5 weeks. We can do this. The cheat/treat meal I’m finding weird. I almost always eat to much in the context of this one “meal”, and then feel terrible afterwards. Somewhere along the way the pleasure of tasting the good food stops and it’s just about eating because I’ve given myself permission.

    Stay strong the next five weeks. Keep your eyes on the prize. You are right there! Go get it!

  5. You can do it! The five weeks will fly by because you’ll be dizzy with prep! and when it’s all done you can indulge a little!

    What is it about the cheat meal that makes us over indulge? It always makes us feel gross and guilty, but why do we feel the need to do it? I am allowed cheat meals 2 time a week (I’m far out in my prep) and for the most part I’m like you, I allow myself extra carbs, maybe a clean eating muffin, but last Saturday I went out with a friend and I ate myself sick. I didn’t even initially intend to do it, but it happened and I felt so terrible after. In fact everytime I have craved bad food since, I just try to remember how aweful those indulgences made me felt. The tasting only takes a few seconds, but the pain and cramps can last a few hours. I should make that my mantra.

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