I would like to preface this by saying just how false that saying is, because a few slices of pizza, chocolate cake, and Reese’s eggs taste so much better than skinny could ever feel. That is until three weeks later when your pants don’t fit so well and putting on a bathing suit sounds worse than getting teeth pulled. But that’s the way life works, the show must go on, and summer is still fast-approaching.
And let us please acknowledge the CUTEST ombre set from Gymshark. Not even exaggerating, you NEED it.
So I have come up with a sorta kinda way to make up for the few splurges a week I end up eating. I am no perfect woman, so eating kale and working out 67 hours a week isn’t always happening, so I like to make up for it however I can. And here I am to tell you my newest fitness secret. 🙂
Here’s what I do: I write down all of the “cheat” foods I have had that week in the notes section on my phone. Then I give each item a number, based on the amount I ate or what the food was, something along those lines (really I just make it up as I go).. And then I add up all the numbers and get a total for that week. Now that total number is then used to tell me how many sprints I have to do at my workout on Monday.
So here is mine for last week.. and what we are not going to do is judge the amount of pizza and Reese’s I ate, but use this as a guide, and realize it was a long week okay?? So last week resulted in 13 sprints this last Monday, and honestly, it felt so nice once those sprints were over, trust me.
I would like to say first and foremost, I hate running.. I think it is literally the worse thing to ever be invented, but it’s good for you. Now sprints on the other hand, I can get over with quick and feel like I just did a really long cardio session in 15 minutes or so. When I do my sprints, I set my speed between 8-11 mph, and do 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off. Also, I do not use this method of equaling cheat meals to sprints as a punishment to myself. I think of it in the sense that I workout in order to eat what I want, so adding in a few extra sprints on my first workout of the week really isn’t so bad.
Anddddd I am also aware that doing my few sprints to make up for eating Cane’s really isn’t an equal trade-off, but exercise is a mental game. By telling myself that I have something to burn off from last week, it makes me work even harder. Maybe you’re not a sprints person, so you could do something like 10 squats for each cheat meal you have.. and really eating some good food and doing your squats will get you that booty. Okurrrr.
I also like having this in place, because I like to be able to eat what I want and not beat myself up about every bite I put into my mouth. By being able to “cancel” it out and start fresh each new week, it helps me stay on track with my workouts, and even eat better this week so I have to do less sprints next week. 🙂
This post is ultimately just about finding something that works for you, and staying with a healthy routine to keep you feeling fit and happy.