We’ve all done it. We’ve all had a really good workout then felt we “deserved” a treat for it afterwards. Once we finish our 5000 calorie meal we feel satisfied, maybe a little sickly, but we feel like maybe we can still eat what we want and lose weight! That workout wasn’t so bad, and if I get to eat like this afterwards… Hecks yes I can do this!
And then a year later you’re 5 pounds heavier without the slightest clue how it happened. Because that one week I did work out really hard and lost a couple pounds, but then next month my old friend was in town and I couldn’t not go out for cheesecake and cosmopolitans with her, that would just be rude. But then the next month I did that crash diet and lost 10 pounds! Of course then it was Christmas…
Yeah. We’ve all done it. We lose an inch and gain a mile. I know I personally have done this to myself over and over and over again. I just worked out harder than I ever have before, what’s one bagel from Tim’s really going to do? Although that one bagel that one time may not make you gain 5 pounds, it’s that line of thinking that’s going to keep you out of your skinny jeans for the rest of your life. And thus I bring to you, our next Uncomfortable Truth:
Working Out Is Not A “Get Out Of Jail Free” Card
Every time you have a really good workout, then you go and “reward” yourself with junk in some form or another, you’re continuing the cycle. You’re keeping sugar up on that pedestal where it definitely does not belong. Having sugar after a workout is shooting yourself in the foot after a marathon. It’s lighting your painting on fire as soon as you finish it. It’s other ridiculous metaphors that mean it’s doing the exact opposite of what you should be doing. Working out should be your reward! Stop relying on sugar to make you feel good. Sugar is that jerk you dated in your 20s who made you feel like a goddess when you were together then never called you again. You need to tell that jerk to suck it, and tell sugar to take a hike. You don’t need ’em. You need you. Strong, powerful you. You need to stop looking outwards for things to satisfy you. Yeah, sure, that Caramel Nut Brownie flavor Luna bar may taste awesome after a workout (my former guilty pleasure) but you know what will taste even better? Sweet, delicious, non fat success. Putting on those “skinny pants” and having them fall off of you. I’ve been there. It tasted better than any chocolate covered anything ever could.
So the next time you’re working out and you’re looking for that carrot on a stick, that “guilt free” treat afterwards, that thing that motivates you to actually finish your workout, hang up your skinny jeans in front of you. Have a chocolate protein drink with some almond milk waiting for you afterwards. Have some self respect and tell yourself it’s not the chocolate bar you’re craving. It’s the drug inside the chocolate. It’s that fat girl in your head telling you that you want it. You don’t need to listen. You can be strong. The sugar addiction won’t last forever. That awesome feeling of success, that will last a lifetime.