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Reality check.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

April
24
2007

After writing about how guilty I felt for having an unplanned cheat meal this past Saturday, I received a significant amount of email and PMs from JSF members, visitors and my trainer, Mastover. The message was unanimous: “Dude, chill out! You’re human!” 🙂

I think the reason I was so irritated with myself (and embarrassed) is because earlier that same morning I wrote in my update about how I was not going to give in to my cravings, and then I failed to deliver the goods. I’m a man of my word, so my pride was really stinging when I wrote Sunday’s update. Of course I didn’t have to admit my dietary “transgression” to the whole world, but I’ve always been 100% honest about every aspect of my transformation. Covering up my unplanned cheat meal would have been far worse than the cheat meal itself.

So, with the help of all you fine folks, I’ve managed to put things in their proper perspective. I heard from a former National-level wrestler who said something that really hit home: “Just remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Feeling guilty for eating fajitas and salsa is NOT healthy.” He’s 100% right. Being healthy, eating right and working out is something I enjoy a lot, but if I’m going to beat myself up for having a cheat meal every month or two, then something’s wrong. There’s dedication, and then there’s insanity. I’m not a competitive bodybuilder or a fitness model, I’m just a regularly guy who set a fairly challenging goal for himself. It’s going to take hard work and dedication to reach my goal, but what’s the point if I’m going to drive myself insane in the process? I’m not saying I should give in to all my cravings (if I did that, I’d get fat again), but there needs to be a healthy balance there.

I have about six weeks left in my cut, and I may very well go that entire time without another cheat meal. However, if I do wind up having one or two meals off my planned diet during that time, then I’m not going to drive myself crazy over it.

Thanks for the reality check, my friends!

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