I'm not proud, but at the same time I'm definitely not regretting everything. Those pancakes were totally worth the bloat ;)
Anyway, it's been a busy week. I've finally worked out how to sew hotpants :D AND I have fabric that doesn't show your pants. O. M. G. It's exciting ;)
In the past two weeks we've gone from....
I even did some magic this half term. Transfiguration. I turned this...
I also managed to fix my shop section :D Go have a peek, I've uploaded all of the cool slogan t-shirts for #liftlikeagirl and #polekissed with more to come!
It's over here...
We had a pole photo shoot this week (my first ever, it was both knackering AND scary!) but of course, I had to fly the #liftlikeagirl flag - I even got a selfie post photo shoot ;)
Anyway, on to the progress bit.
As I said earlier, I made some bad food choices in a week I felt a bit poorly so the changes haven't been what I'd want, but I think there has still been some good progress from the start of the challenge!
Which is why I'm happy to talk about the scale. The scale says I've gain 4Ibs (putting me at 158.4Ibs). Tape measure wins in my estimations! This is why the scale is a dirty little liar. It reads ONLY what you put on it. If you're all bloated up with water from a huge, salty, carby meal the night before it WILL reflect that. That doesn't in itself mean you're going to have put fat on.
Which brings me onto the title of the post. Three reasons why "going native" isn't the blow you think it will be. I'm not condoning eating crap all of the time or bad habits but we all slip up from time to time and it's not the disaster you immediately feel it is going to be!!
Reason 1: I ensured I ate in DEFICIT to my maintainence calories last week but I ate what I wanted to. Yes, I'm bloated with water from it but I've LOST INCHES on my body. That indicates my body is still losing the fat!
Reason 2: It gives your brain a break. Calorie counting, dieting, restrictions - they all wear on you. Sometimes it's healthy to take a break from that and remember that food IS actually enjoyable. Have a treat. Just don't make every day, every meal a treat. My daily "treat" is a Milky Bar Yoghurt *drooling now*
Reason 3: If you add calories on to your usual routine and maybe, MAYBE you even exceed your maintenance calories in a day what do you get? Not fat. Not on ONE DAY. What you get is an increased appetite for good food, increased energy levels and renewed motivation - because you've just PROVEN that you can control yourself. That habit is THE most important thing you have to learn. Enjoy treats, but make them TREATS. Every meal isn't a treat ;) Restricting your diet for long periods of time does show that you have great will-power, but in my opinion it also shows you don't trust yourself very much.
So, my dear readers: have any of you gone off the reservation recently? What GOOD came of that happening?! Leave me a comment and share your good stories :D