The 4th day of the S.B.D. saw me cheat.
A friend of ours was in the state, and my wife and I drove from Grand Rapids to Flint for a visit. Rather than be like, "Yo, y'all, I'm on the South Beach Diet," I ate a delicious meal that was offered. I also had some booze.
I have no regrets.
Had I been home, in my own house, cooking for myself, I would have followed the diet. But I wasn't.
Yesterday, the 4th day, following the diet would have taken away from my quality of life - which is not the point. I want to feel good, be healthy, and take control. Taking control yesterday meant enjoying a meal. It meant enjoying people I love and value. It meant being present in the moment, partaking in life.
I have no regrets. It was not a misstep. It was a beautiful evening that I will remember for a long time.
Today, day 5, I'm back. I had eggs, peanuts, and taco salad. I'm following the guide, and by doing so being healthy, improving my quality of life.
And that's the point.