Cheat what?

It was the last day of my first year of grad school and there was a big party with cake and pizza and donuts and candy and everything.

I was good. I brought a salad and half of a turkey sandwich, but eventually I was just too tempted. I didn't binge eat, but I ate the crappy food until I was full. Cue the guilt and feeling like I wasted a whole week.

How do you come back from a cheat day? Do you fast the next day? Do you work out the day of even though you may feel super gross? How do I stop feeling guilty?

This has always been an issue for me. I can't help but sulk in the regrets. What do you do that helps?


  • cityruss
    cityruss Posts: 2,493 Member
    The world still turns.

    Carry on as normal.
  • endlessfall16
    endlessfall16 Posts: 932 Member
    Just eat lighter the next couple meals. Enjoy the added energy. Maybe put in some extra exercise. Feel happy instead of guilt. Do something different this time that it won't be just another "cheat day", a continuation of an issue. Nothing changed, nothing learned.
  • kimny72
    kimny72 Posts: 16,023 Member
    Life happens. If you let one bad day knock you off course, you are always going to struggle. What you do one day doesn't determine your success, it's what you do every day. So get back on plan tomorrow, and try to get a little extra exercise the rest of the week to offset the possible damage. Fasting, over-exercising, or wallowing in guilt will just perpetuate the cycle. No reason to feel guilty about food, unless you stole it :)
  • MommyL2015
    MommyL2015 Posts: 1,411 Member
    Hey, congrats on making it through your first year! :) Life is worth it sometimes!
  • MsBuzzkillington
    MsBuzzkillington Posts: 171 Member
    You learn to stop feeling guilty for indulging once in awhile. Just carry on as normal tomorrow. It's no big deal. You didn't waste anything, you didn't ruin anything, you haven't failed.
  • diannethegeek
    diannethegeek Posts: 14,776 Member
    How do I stop feeling guilty?

    I like interrupt the negative thoughts and concentrate on the good things. For one, you now have conclusive proof that you're human and not a robot!

    Seriously, though. None of us are perfect. We all slip up from time to time. You didn't binge, and that's a plus. You've already taken the first steps towards getting back on the horse, and that's good too. You're learning from this. And you got through your first year of grad school. Congratulations on all of that!

    I don't know how much guilt you're feeling right now, but in the long run it's probably more than a few donuts and some snacks are worth. We're all a work in progress. Some days will be worse than others. Dust yourself off and keep going :flowerforyou:
  • kgirlhart
    kgirlhart Posts: 4,786 Member
    edited April 2016
    It was a special occasion. You don't do that everyday. I just log it when that happens. Tomorrow is a fresh new day.
  • LPflaum
    LPflaum Posts: 174 Member
    I eat like a tiny bodybuilder 6 days a week and allow one or two cheat meals on the weekends. it helps keep my sanity. don't beat yourself up over it, just resolve to do a little better tomorrow than you did today. Hell, maybe you'll have a ton of carby energy tomorrow and you can go for a run or do a little interval training.
  • chelseafxx
    chelseafxx Posts: 251 Member
    Just move on.
  • Francl27
    Francl27 Posts: 26,372 Member
    You log it and go back to your normal deficit the next day. As long as you're eating at a deficit - you'll make up for it in a couple days. Not a big deal at all.
  • rankinsect
    rankinsect Posts: 2,238 Member
    I wouldn't feel at all guilty about doing something like that. On special occasions, I definitely indulge. (I also work what you call "crappy" food into my normal diet a lot, just in moderate portions). As long as you don't celebrate special occasions like "the longest consecutive number of days I've been alive" you'll be fine. Say you overeat twenty days per year. What is really more important is how you eat on the other 345.
  • jen_bush
    jen_bush Posts: 679 Member
    The best thing for me is logging the binge - to make sure I remember in the next few days and can make up for it. :)
  • Budjola
    Budjola Posts: 148 Member
    cheat day is cheat day, u go balls deep in it and continue normal next day. no regrets or it will mess u up mentally
  • Carlos_421
    Carlos_421 Posts: 5,132 Member
    Don't worry about it. It was one meal.
    Carry on tomorrow just like you would otherwise.