cheat day christmas and christmas eve
ok every christmas eve we have honey baked ham at my moms and and potatos and different kinds of fruit salads. and pie then christmas day we go to my aunt and uncles house to eat turkey and stuffing gravy potatos 3 different kind of sweet potato and chips and dip and pies up the wazoo:) how do i fit my cheat dat in when its a two day affair?
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I'll answer anecdotally. I remember that you also posted about Thanksgiving cheat day. This time of year is tough for people on any diet, and SCD seems to be no exception.
I was on vacation for a week for Thanksgiving (I'm lucky that my work allowed me to do that) and I will be on vacation again for Christmas through the New Year. Being out of town, going back home to friends and family, it's basically impossible for me to maintain the SCD as over half my meals are with friends and family. Also, Northern California Mexican food is complete garbage compared to Southern California Mexican food, so I get my fill of tacos, burritos, sopas, albondigas, mole, god... everything while I'm down there. I didn't even get the chance to do a high-protein breakfast many mornings. I wasn't happy about that last part. That is super important, and I probably would have been able to bounce back even better if I did.
So it was about a week of eating complete non-SCD crap. I brought PAGG with, but I didn't even take it about 40-50% of the time. I ate a ton of grains, sugars, wheat products... Drank a lot, including mostly beer. Just totally strayed from the diet. But a week of doing that made me feel absolutely disgusted with myself.
I didn't do inch measurements over this time period, but I was at 226.4 lb before my vacation, and shot up to about 235 upon arriving home. I immediately went hardcore back on SCD as a crap-week really strengthened my resolve. The 235+ weigh-in was the Sunday after Thanksgiving... So the 27th. That day, I started back with the SCD, including kettlebells 3x a weekk. I even screwed up a bit and did a cheat day and a half the following weekend. This past week, I started again with the cold showers (which are amazing if you haven't tried them. They sound painful, but make you feel great afterward). I'm down to 223.4 as of today, and I'm going to start up again with measuring Total Inches as I'm so inspired by the bounce-back.
One thing that I've found with this diet is that as long as you can find the resolve to start it again after extended cheat days or cheat periods, it make me incredibly resilient.
My point in all of this is that sometimes the holidays may require you to break the diet plan a bit. I'm still in my 20s so my body is quick to recover. Don't lose focus, and don't get discouraged. My weigh-in at 235 made my heart sink, but it strengthened my resolve to bust my ass, and following the diet, along with kettlebells and cold showers have launched me back into it. I'm nearly at a low point for weight since I started SCD (I started at 260) and the Cheat Week is long behind me. Of course I have one ahead too This time I ordered some cissus and will use my friends' and families' exercise equipment to help with the insulin sensitivity, but the bottom line is after my Thanksgiving Cheat Week, I'm sooo not worried about it anymore.
Of course you have to find the strength not to keep cheating after 2 consecutive cheat days, and sometimes that can be the toughest part.
Also, if I've completely missed the point of your post with my ramblings, just remember to space your cheat days at least 5 days apart, so that if you take a double cheat day, just wait 5+ days for another one.
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