Alrighty. So, I did the Taco Bell planned cheat today. It was TOTALLY worth it. I should clarify by saying that I didn't experience any negative side effects aside from the slightly uncomfortable full feeling I had. No TacoBellRuns here. I ordered a Nachos Bell Grande, a Bean Burrito with no onion and a Cheese Quesadilla. Yum, yum, yum!
The Insatiable Host asked if I shoved said items directly into my mouth and inhaled, or if I savored them. Love the question. I sat lovingly with the tub of nachos first and smelled them. Then I sort of cooed over them like they were my baby. Then I ate the baby slowly. I started with my fingers, pulling chips out, and then decided I needed a fork. I took quite a while to eat the nachos. Then I moved on to the burrito and about half-way through realized I was eating it too quickly. I savored the second half of the burrito. I was pretty damn full by the end of the burrito, but was NOT going to NOT eat the Quesadilla. (Hello, food-finishers-anonymous...) Plus, it was my damn cheat, so I was gonna get all I could out of it. The cheese wasn't exactly melted inside, and it wasn't the best cheese quesadilla I've had from Taco Bell, but I was still happy. By the time I was eating it I'd kind of lost the magic, but I couldn't stop myself from finishing the damn thing.
I feel completely satisfied in my craving, and ready to get back on my normal eating plan tomorrow. :) Now, it's not all hunky dory because I am battling some little voices telling me that I shouldn't have done it, and that I'm going to regret it when I see that water weight creep up on the scale tomorrow. I feel a little guilty. But for me, this was a small exercise in allowing myself a little bit of room to be human and to indulge a craving or two. I enjoyed the food, and I need to just remember that I can get back on the horse tomorrow.
I will say that this is something I did after dieting my face off. I haven't had sugar in over two months, so I did the TCBY at the airport. And I've not had Taco Bell in about eight months. This is not something you'll see me doing weekly, or monthly. It was a gift to myself for losing 55 pounds. A lot of people do "cheat" weekends, and I think that's fabulous if you're at the point in your journey where you are maintaining your weight. For those of us on the weight loss wagon... I don't know if cheat days or cheat weekends really help us to our goals. I can only share what works for me, and 99% of the time, that means being on plan every day.
I'm just saying, I don't want anyone to read this and decide to eat crap every week and see stalls in their weight loss. Just keep going on your journey, stay on plan, stay active, and drink tons of water.
SO! Moving on... Here are some other photos from the trip!
My Brother and I:
Me and my Mom:
Oh, and I can't stop thinking about this... it's my desktop background:
And did I mention?
Stay tuned for some really cool stuff and a giveaway tomorrow!!