Workout of the Day:
Three rounds, 21-15- and 9 reps, for time of:
95/65 lb. Overhead Squats
I Cheat In My Dreams
Written by Michele Vieux
I “cheat” once a week and in my dreams—this seems to be enough to get me by.
When I started CrossFitting nearly two years ago, I also started Zoning very strictly. I cut out all alcohol for six months and weighed and measured all of my food precisely. I did not allow myself a cheat day because I was on a mission to lose 30 pounds and regain the physique and athletic ability I possessed in my high school and college playing days.
I’m not going to lie; following a strict diet was really hard and it took a level of willpower I was not used to. I wanted to “cheat” but kept my nose to the grindstone. For those first six months, the only cheating I did was in my dreams. Almost nightly I dreamt of loading my plate at a never ending dessert buffet or of guzzling schooners of beer while scarfing massive amounts of mashed potatoes. I have even dreamt of swimming in a chocolate river a la Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! When I wake up from these tantalizingly tasty trances, I feel satisfied and guilt free!
When I reached my fitness goal, I began to allow myself one cheat day per week. It is unreasonable and unrealistic to think you will never eat your favorite food again once starting your strict regime.
Cheating serves two purposes, in my opinion. One, by allowing one day to eat whatever you want (within reason, of course) you begin to look forward to that day and it helps keep you honest the rest of the week. Two, it shocks your system by providing a constantly varied diet (CrossFit methodology applied here people) therefore making it stronger and less sensitive to the “unfavorable” foods.
The holidays were tough to keep on the Zone, especially when I traveled home to the Midwest where every meal is loaded potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, and every other unfavorable carb you can imagine.
As of December 26th, I have committed to a Paleo-Zone diet (with dairy) of thirteen blocks and one cheat day per week (including alcohol). I am on a mission to make it to the CrossFit Games. That mission and my cheating ways in my sleep are what keep me on track.
Last night I had a dream I ate a bowl of blueberry muffin cereal the size of my living room. This morning I woke up and ate scrambled eggs, a pear, and some coffee with heavy cream instead.