After watching the Republican debates a few weeks ago, I almost had the urge to start planning my presidential campaign ten years out. I’m 25. Why not just go for it?
But also: I’m a woman. I run my own business. I know international policy more than Donald Trump. I think I’d have a pretty good shot.
But seriously. As an International Relations major at Johns Hopkins University, we were buried in the policy textbooks, including all things economics, immigration, abortion, gay marriage, and various other social issues – writing papers, defending opinions on the spot, and debating with fervent nerdy classmates until my blood reached its boiling point. Looking back, I was most fascinated with the topics of national security, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction. And shockingly enough, I enrolled in a course called WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. You may picture us in a classroom all day talking nukes, blowing shit up, hating on the Middle East, or making fun of Kim Jung Il’s platform shoes and extensive Marilyn Monroe movie collection. While there’s some truth to this, we learned everything about the nuclear weapon – how it can be made (this was a bit scary considering one of us could’ve left the classroom and snuck into the Hopkins chemical labs to practice what we learned), how countries prepared for nuclear war, but also how countries strategically used nukes as leverage for preventing war on larger scales.
Some political schools of thought argue that nukes are the panacea for world peace and stability. The more nukes to go around, the more peace there will be between countries. But how exactly would that work? Enter: nuclear preemption.
To give you a simple definition:
Preemptive strike = a surprise attack that is launched in order to prevent the enemy from doing it to you.
Basically, a country strikes their nuke first at a threatening foe, forcing them to recoil, retreat, and negotiate. In the end, a major all-out-war is avoided if the preemptive attack goes smoothly, and the enemy realizes they have no shot to mobilize and fight back. Certainly, we could dive face first into the weapons of mass destruction debate, preemptive war strategy, and the effect of nuclear proliferation on emerging world peace, but then I would have to launch a separate blog discussing the inimical psyche of Kim Jong Il and how nukes alleviated his “rone-ry-ness.”
So what does this all have to do with anything even CLOSE to fitness? Or cheat meals?
For most people, a cheat meal is tantamount to an all-out nuclear war waiting to happen…on the weekend. Throughout the week, we keep our diet restricted and tight, knowing the threat of the cheat meal is on the horizon Saturday or Sunday. Perhaps you prevail 7 days a week with eating clean, but for the majority of us, we fall off the wagon and face plant head first into a bag of peanut M&Ms.
In the past, I have advocated cheat meals to stay on track for mental/hormonal reasons, until they hijacked my ability to maintain my weight. Depriving ourselves in any way will eventually propel us to fall off the deep end into more binging down the road: full jars of peanut butter, fried food at happy hour (because shit, it’s Friday!), or a whole box of Oreos over Netflix. It is too difficult to muster up every ounce of willpower to eat clean 24/7 without cracking at least a couple times.
But, what about a more strategic alternative to cheat meals?
Enter: preemptive cheats.
The preemptive cheat allows us to feel fully satisfied MONDAY THROUGH SUNDAY. No cravings. No deprivation. No going overboard when shit hits the fan on the weekend. Still physique friendly, preemptive cheating daily allows us to enjoy small treats every single day, ultimately deterring us from the all-out binge war on a planned out day of the week. I prefer this method because it’s easy. It’s balanced. And it’s literally something I can sustain my ENTIRE LIFE. Holla! 🙂
Committing to preemption on the reg rids us of the weekend’s detriments – stuffing our faces with toxic sludge, thousands of calories, and loads of sugar in one sitting. And because of this, I’m energized 24/7. I glide into my Mondays feeling satisfied, energized, and content. Instead of being weighed down by the weekend’s overindulgences, my mind is clear and sparkling to start each week.
Some examples of my preemptive cheats I sprinkle into my schedule:
*Salsa and Guacamole with pita chips
These foods are strategically blended into my diet to help me maintain my weight and sanity, as I prevent shit from immensely erupting on the weekends. Because wtf. Being deprived SUCKS. And eating chicken and broccoli out of tupperware sucks even more.
So think nukes. Think strategy. Think preventatively. Proceed with caution and enjoy small treats every day. When it comes to the old school method of planned cheat days, ask yourself is this mentally and physically healthy? Or is there a better strategy to spread things out and hone in on balance a bit more?
So with that, I will leave you with a quote from one of my favorite political leaders:
“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”
– Winston Churchill