I ate three cookies yesterday.

So. I ate three cookies yesterday.

They were delicious. Super sweet. And I enjoyed every last bite.

It wasn’t a mistake; I didn’t “lose control”; I wasn’t low on willpower.

I simply made the active decision to eat a few more cookies than I usually would.

This doesn’t happen everyday – in fact, it hardly happens at all. But when it does, I guarantee you that there’s no guilt involved.

Walnut chocolate chunk cookies

Today, I’m back to business as usual. Back to consuming ample protein, plenty of vegetables, and guzzling my water. Yes, I’ll still be eating carbs today. No, I’m not cutting back on calories to “make up” for yesterday’s indulgence.

I’m going to use that extra fuel to hammer out a kickass deadlift session later this afternoon. And then I’m going to move on with my life.

When it comes to my nutrition, I live by guidelines, not black-and-white rules. I follow these guidelines about 90% of the time, and that’s good enough for me. Let that be good enough for you, too.

Own your decisions. Take accountability of *your* actions. You are not a victim. Food is not a moral quibble.