As I sat at my desk eating my (cold) fish and broccoli my colleague asked me a great question. She said, "Do you ever cheat on your diet, or do you always stick to it?"
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They call their coach/trainer in tears and need to be "talked down" or out of their derailment. But this question made me think of a number of things. Foremost, I'm the only one accountable to myself (and I feel very accountable to my coach). I'm also very committed to bringing my best to the stage.
When I begin this process, I am all in. It would be a lot of work to only sort of do your best. While my diet is very strict, I am not starving. I don't feel terribly deprived - I get used to eating what I "get to" eat (because it gets me to my goal). I don't have wild cravings. You already know I look forward to my weekly re-feed meal.
I'm also eating a fair amount of food and I eat frequently. In fact, I eat more than most people around me - just differently. I am also proud of my progress. The progress is motivating and that keeps me on track. It's a big ol' positive reinforcement deal. Behavior begets results, results drive behavior.
I am also driven by the fact that my competition, the dedicated ladies who will be standing next to me on stage, are also doing their best every day...and I want to do better.
"Nope. I never cheat," I said. "I'm the only one on stage in my VERY tiny posing suit on contest day. I'm accountable to that." And I never do cheat. I don't even think about it.