Motivational Monday: Death by cardio

By Blake Dykes

Well, I hope all of you had a great weekend and managed to eat better than I did. Friday I found myself eating handfuls of puppy chow and the following night, I resulted to eating chocolate cake from the pan. Now, I’m not justifying the poor eating choices, but I think it’s pretty much obvious  that every once in awhile you just can’t cure a craving with low-fat Greek yogurt. What is most important about these unhealthy binges we all occasionally encounter is that we don’t let that one time affect how we eat after that. Sometimes people will make one unhealthy eating choices and think, “Well, I ruined my diet so I might as well quit,” and then proceed to eat a bag of Cheetos. This is not ok. Recognize what you did wrong, forget about it, next meal eat your healthy food, and go work it off. I’m not saying this is a free pass to eat a gallon of ice cream, I’m just saying if the inevitable happens, move on and don’t let it get in the way of your goal you’ve worked so hard on.

With all of this being said, I find it appropriate that we talk about how to control these random cravings as much as possible.

  1. Wait 20 minutes before going to the kitchen. This gives you time to actually think through all that you are going to eat and the affects of it. Try to find something else to do to preoccupy your mind, and maybe you’ll forget about the urge to all the donuts.

  2. After you’ve waited it out, and unfortunately just know that you will end up eating donuts, see if there is any healthier alternative recipe, or other snack that could satisfy your needs.

  3. If not, set out a reasonable about of food you wish to consume. Don’t let this be a free pass to eat a whole pack of Oreos. Remember portion control. Never just eat out of the bag, or like me, the pan or package. (In all fairness I only had like three bites.) You’ll lose track of how much you’ve eaten and overeat, probably leaving you with one huge stomach ache.

  4. Never eat dessert when hungry. It shouldn’t be considered a snack or a meal. If you’re hungry eat something wholesome and healthy, and then if you still want the dessert you can have it.

Those are just a few things you can do to limit the amount of calories you take in on those nights that your sweet tooth is really calling for some sugar. But here is a nice little workout that you can do later to not feel so guilty.

Death by cardio

  • 100 jumping jacks

  • 30 frog jumps

  • 75 mountain climbers

  • 25 jumping lunges (one each leg)

  • 100 jumping jacks

  • 20 push ups

  • 75 squats

  • two minute plank

  • 60 high knees

  • one minute wall sit

  • 60 butt kickers

  • 50 crunches

  • 100 jumping jacks

  • 50 mountain climbers

Now go get off the computer and get started on this workout.

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