Cheat Day? or Rest Day…

stmartin4That term has been haunting me recently. Cheat Day. It sort of implies I have been very disciplined throughout the week in terms of my eating and drinking and now the weekend is here and I can go wild.

The idea of a cheat day does take some getting used to. I found that, with my schedule of working out and training clients and teaching classes, that indeed by Friday I had gone into a kind of calorie deficit, so I could reward myself with all that I had ever wanted, regardless of whether I actually wanted it at that moment. I had to eat that extra large cinnamon bun NOW because what would happen if I didn’t get another chance in the next 24-48 hours?

Unbeknownst to me (I know that’s impossible because I am writing this), my good habits have started to outweigh the “other” habits. Why not feel as good on Saturday, with some time to catch my breath, and fill up on good food. The treat can be the time it takes to enjoy the food, without rushing out the door to heave-ho. Just have some good food, and as much good food as I want. Some whole grains, extra free range eggs, an extra peanut butter banana treat and a home made whatever for lunch. I don’t need to run out and stuff a huge piece of pizza or a drive thru burger down my gullet, which I wouldn’t normally eat anyway.

How about a glass of wine? Maybe pay an extra dollar for a nice wine that demands to be savored slowly and not guzzled because it’s cheat day? I wonder now, what a Monday morning will be like, with a good sleep and not a sweaty tussle with my stuffed midriff getting in my way as I roll over and punch my pillow.

Toss out Cheat Day. Here’s to healthy take my time, nourish myself, sit and relax eat and recover day!

 

Published by: Andrew Binks

I am a writer living in rural Ontario, 2 hours east of Toronto. I was born and raised in Ottawa but spent the last 15 years in BC. Glad to be back. My first novel, The Summer Between, was published in 2009 by Nightwood Editions. My website is www.andrewbinks.ca My fiction and non-fiction have been published in Joyland, Galleon, Fugue, Prism International, Harrington Gay Men's Literary Quarterly (U.S.), Bent-magazine, The Globe and Mail, and Xtra, among others. I am a past honorable mention of the Writer's Union of Canada's short prose contest, Glimmertrain’s Family Matters contest, finalist in the Queen's University Alumni Review poetry contest, and This Magazine’s “Great Canadian Literary Hunt.” My poetry has also appeared in Quill's “Lust” issue and Velvet Avalanche Anthology. Harvard Square Editions will be publishing a chapter from one of my novels in their upcoming anthology "A Voice from the Planet," this fall. My satirical play, Reconciliation, about Native land claims, Japanese internment, and political corruption, was read this spring in Toronto as part of the Foundry play-reading series. My play Pink Blood received a public reading, from Screaming Weenie Productions in Vancouver this June. I spoke at the AWP conference in New York City in 2008 on the merits and challenges of multi-genre writing programs.

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  1. Love the idea. I always feel better when I take good care of myself and going for a long walk on the beach is always more of a treat than bad food. Thanks for the inspiration! On Feb 15, 2016 11:27 AM, “The Movable Beast” wrote:

    > Andrew Binks posted: “That term has been haunting me recently. Cheat Day. > It sort of implies I have been very disciplined throughout the week in > terms of my eating and drinking and now the weekend is here and I can go > wild. The idea of a cheat day does take some getting used ” >

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