All hail the magnificent cheat day, where we can indulge in guilt-free pizza with extra cheese and extra pepperoni, because we’ve earned it. Whether we’ve persevered through a week of work or stuck to our exercise and diet routines, the cheat day can be the light at the end of the tunnel and we should take full advantage of it.
Pizza and the wonderful cheat day go hand-in-hand. This perfect match both soothes us and nurtures us, simultaneously reminding us to unwind and have some fun. For me, it’s hard to fathom letting a cheat day pass without some form of pizza making an appearance.
On a crisp fall Saturday afternoon I decided to cheat to my heart out. I’ve worked out, eaten clean and put in extra effort at work all week, so now it’s time to pizza party. This cheat day I passed a Little Caesar’s and spontaneously pulled a u-turn for a “Hot N’ Ready”. I haven’t had Little Caesar’s since college and a cheap greasy pizza sounded like it would hit the spot. The power of the cheat day took affect, anything goes.
I picked up a “Hot N’ Ready” and in true cheat day fashion I splurged, spent an extra $1 and got the “Extra Most Bestest” which is an extra cheese and extra pepperoni pizza. I even got an order of “Crazy Bread”.
Many may argue against the likes of Little Caesar’s, but I do not discriminate. That Saturday afternoon Little Caesar’s, the notoriously cheapest pizza of them all was exactly what I wanted and that’s all that matters in a quality cheat day. The point of cheat day is to fulfill your desires and indulge on your every whim.
Now and again we need to give ourselves a break.
Taking some time off is just as important as the hard work we put in. Having a good balance in life keeps us sane and makes all of our efforts feel worth it. By allowing ourselves to take a breather, we can stay focused and avoid burnout. We can reflect on our accomplishments and rejuvenate, so we can get back at it again.
Not only is the cheat day soothing for the soul, but it can also be good for us physically. Tim Ferris references the cheat day in his book The Four Hour Body “I make myself a little sick each Saturday and don’t want to look at any junk for the rest of the week. Paradoxically, dramatically spiking caloric intake in this way once per week increases fat-loss by ensuring that your metabolic rate (thyroid function and conversion of T4 to T3, etc) doesn’t downshift from extended caloric restriction.
That’s right: eating pure crap can help you lose fat. Welcome to Utopia.”
Recharging the batteries
The cheat day after some hard work is truly a beautiful occurrence. I believe there are several components to setting yourself up for a righteous cheat:
- Work hard, eat pizza hard. Make the cheat day a goal at the end of the week. A cheat day has to be earned, otherwise it doesn’t mean much. Likewise you have to commit to yourself to return to your normal routine/work habits following the amazing day.
- Take mental notes: I’m a planner, so I like taking note of all the cravings that have teased me all week and I try to make them happen in some shape or form. This leaves me feeling satisfied after my cheat day has come and gone.
- No regrets: Be prepared to forgive yourself for whatever debauchery occurs on cheat day. Tim Ferriss says “There are no limits or boundaries during this day of gluttonous enjoyment”.
- Live in the moment. Feel gratitude for the day you get to indulge in. Let go of last week’s worries and future anxieties and enjoy the present. Go with the flow, eat whatever pizza your heart desires.
- Let yourself off the hook. Don’t worry about other people and just do what you want; satisfy that craving with pizza your partner or friends don’t normally care for. Go easy on yourself for a day.
What pizza taught me:
We have to have balance in our lives. A healthy dose of relaxation is just as important as the hard work we put towards a goal. There is no better occasion than the cheat day to enjoy some guilt-free pizza.
What I’m eating: Little Caesar’s Hot N’ Ready “Extra most Bestest”.
What I’m reading: The Four Hour Body -Tim Ferriss