Definitely not doing cheat DAYS- and I'm not going to be doing "cheat" meals either. I'll be doing 'treat' meals if anything, but it'll just be foods with more carbs- no garbage.
I had a family reunion today but was mentally prepared knowing there would be shitty food there. Today was already scheduled as a carb-up day so I wasn't too concerned about food anwyay. I ended up eating two grilled chicken breasts, a burger (no cheese, no toppings, only half a bun), fruit (strawberries, pineapple, grapes), baked beans, and had a Quest bar for dessert. I did end up having A cookie, a rice krispy treat thing, and the top half of a cupcake. Not all at once- that was over the course of like 3 hours. It was hard to stay away when it was just sitting there and NOBODY was eating any of it.
My next mistake was on the way back home, we stopped at Panera and I got 4 bagels for sandwiches when we got home. I ended up eating all of them. However, anytime I get bagels (which is basically never) or any type of bread (which I haven't had in weeks anyway) I always pick out the excess bread in the middle and the outer most portion so it has about half the amount of carbs it would have otherwise. I just don't like THAT much bread.
I felt bad about some of that, but did spend a full two hours in the gym tonight. I am 7 weeks out as of today from the show and I don't anticipate any further setbacks like this. I realize bagels aren't really a setback and I never buy cupcakes or cookies or any shit like that nor am I ever around food like that so I'm not worried about having those temptations.
I did notice however while we were eating how much my tastes of changed. For the first time in my life I actually grabbed broccoli off my gf's plate and ate it raw. As a picky-eater that is a huge milestone for me. It didn't taste bad at all- actually tasted kind of like fruit. The longer I go on eating better/smarter, I swear the easier it becomes.