The answer to that, of course, is “YES!” Forget the New York and Chicago styles. Cauli-style pizza (not Cali-style, mind you) is the way to go. Spinach crust is even better. Spaghetti squash crust ain’t bad, either. But I digress.
The real question: “Do you ever cheat on your diet?”
Some weight-loss programs, bless their hearts, allow for cheat days or cheat meals or occasional cheating. When I was on Weight Watchers, you could use all of your daily points on so-called cheat foods if you really wanted. Want to cash in all of your points for a piece of cheesecake? Go for it! Just plan on nibbling stalks of celery the rest of the day — or working out a couple of hours to earn back some points.
Knowing that I’m on a structured health program (that is working awesomely, FYI) does cause people to wonder if I’m 100 percent faithful. I’m sure there’s another group of people who’ve seen my yo-yo dieting over the years who are waiting for my interest in this plan to fizzle, too.
So do I cheat?
In some ways, yes.
I don’t perfectly adhere to all of my program’s guidelines. Sometimes I use more hot sauce, salsa or veggies than is suggested. There’s been a couple of times where I ate a few more ounces of lean protein than I’m supposed to as well.
Not to turn this into a dieting confessional, but I still drink way more diet soda than is recommended, too. I’m pretty good at getting in 100 ounces of water a day, but I haven’t been able to break my habit of gulping down Fresca or diet cream soda. (For the record, I’ve been off of caffeine and my beloved Diet Coke for 15 months and counting.)
As for the other kind of cheating — the kind people really want to know about when they ask — the answer is no.
This week is a perfect example of that.
My wife, 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter returned from their humanitarian trip in Kenya on Tuesday. We were all pooped and I’d just received a gift card for a popular Utah burger joint for a TV appearance I’d made (see below), so we ended up at The Training Table for dinner that night.
I usually order one of their calorie-laden burgers or a Hawaiian chicken sandwich (with tasty sauce and pineapple) and, of course, a honking pile of cheese fries with their BBQ/mayo fry sauce concoction.
While my family mostly ordered burgers and cheese fries — and, wow, did they look and smell good! — I opted for something that fit within the guidelines of my health program. Go Team Salad! (For the record, it was chef salad with a good amount of turkey, ham and cheese on it and the dressing on the side.)
I left with a satisfied stomach and a boost of confidence. Success is built one good choice at a time, so this was another in a string of victories for me.
My family was in Park City, Utah, this weekend for a lacrosse tournament — go Utah Outlaws! — and we’d promised our kids a visit to one of our favorite restaurants in this neck of the woods, Granny’s Drive-In in Heber City.
If you’re familiar with Granny’s, you know how incredible their thick shakes, burgers and fries are. While they enjoyed that meal, I ate a small healthy snack. When we got home, I then tried out the spiralizer that’s been sitting in our cupboard for who knows how long. I made zucchini noodles — zoodles, as the cool Whole Foods-frequenting kids call them — and covered them with very lean ground beef and a low-carb spaghetti sauce.
Was it as good as the shakes, burgers and fries that my family ate?
Of course …. not.
But this was another good choice. A few fries and bites of a shake wouldn’t have derailed me, but not cheating, so to speak, reinforced my resolve and motivation and put me one good choice closer to the success I’m seeking.
In another situation, the Utah Jazz PR staff provided pizza for media members this week. I declined and jokingly asked for a cauliflower crust pizza. They ended up serving me a nice salad.
I’ve had plenty other chances to cheat, whether it be by nibbling at the mac ‘n cheese or corn dogs I made for my kids, grabbing a handful of buttery popcorn at the movies or enjoying cake and ice cream on my birthday. Would any of that kill me? No, not on the spot, at least. But it’s just not worth it for me right now.
Will I ever cheat?
Of course I will. If I have anything to say about it — and I do — that won’t happen anytime soon, though. Instead of cheating, I’m focused on another c-word: commitment.
This week’s weigh-in results:
- Starting weight (March 6): 373.7 pounds
- Last week’s weight (June 3): 318.9 pounds
- This week’s weight (June 10): 314.5 pounds
- This week’s loss: 4.4 pounds
- Total loss: 59.2 pounds