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90/10 Rule.

I mean, sure I could have had a coconut cupcake. I sure do like coconut.  And it was homemade.  And huge.  And delish looking.  A huge, homemade mass of coconut deliciousness.


But I politely passed. Just wasn’t feeling it that day.  Not really a sweets person anyway.  More into salty stuff.  I can stare at a cake all day and not eat it (unless it’s my mom’s heart cake), but leave me alone with sour cream and onion potato chips and I’ll be elbow deep in that bag in no time!


So I passed on the gigantic cupcake. Honestly, I had another treat in mind.  I had beer and pizza on the brain.  Haven’t really craved beer much since the summer.  That day it sure sounded good.  And Amy and I had talked about picking up a pizza for dinner.  It was Friday night and it just sounded good.  Cupcake shmupcake, give this girl an IPA!


So that’s exactly what I did.


Normal breakfast.  Passed on the massive cupcake.  Packed a salad for lunch.  Apple for snack.  Dinner was 2 slices of margarita pizza, big salad and a deliciously cold IPA.  My fav.  Totally hit the spot.




See, I have this rule.


The 90/10 rule.


90% of the time I choose healthy, natural, energizing foods (ie: Fuel).


10% of the time I choose whatever the heck I want (ie: Fun).


It’s how I keep it real.


It’s my way of living this lifestyle.


I was never good at diets. Never could stick to any of the ones I tried.  I felt too restricted.


To me, the more you restrict (or even tell yourself you can’t have this food or that food) the bigger the splurge will be eventually.


It could be all I think about.  It could get ugly.  It could go something like this:


No, I can’t have carbs.  Carbs are the enemy.  Carbs make me gain weight.  Carbs are evil.  Skinny people don’t eat carbs.  Yes, I love my burger on a tomato slice “bun”, I really do.


This message.  This mantra.  It kills me eventually.  The more I say it, the more I want carbs.  Big piles of them.  Warm soft pretzels and toasted bagels.  Sticky rice and fluffy mashed potatoes.  As many starchy piles of wonderfulness I can find!


No, I can’t have a drink.  Drinks have calories.  Liquid calories make me gain weight.  Only water.  I can only have water.  No alcohol at all.  Yes, I love having a seltzer and lime at happy hour, I really do.


This one gets to me too.  The more I think about not enjoying a drink with friends, the more I want one.  A big glass of pinot noir to warm me up.  An ice cold beer to cool me down.


You get where I’m going with this?


The more we tell ourselves not to do something/not to eat something, the more we want it.


So why not just have it in the first place and not get all psycho about it?


Give yourself whatever you want:  10% of the time.


Skip the major splurges.


Pass on the binges.


Just work it in when you want it.


We totally use “everything in moderation” as a free pass to eat whatever whenever.


I believe 90/10 is more like what it really means.


90% of the time, eat right.  I don’t need to tell you that carrots are better than cake.


10% of the time, have fun.  Insert your sweet/salty/liquid treat here.


See, losing weight/getting healthy is only half the battle.  What happens when you get to the goal?


Practice a healthy lifestyle.  Not diets.


Being “good” on your diet typically gets you to the next, well… diet.


Practicing a healthy lifestyle gets you to this amazing place of confidence, energy and wonder.


Why not start practicing now?


I challenge you to ditch the diet.  Eat right.  Move m0re.  Move on!






13 comments on “90/10 Rule.

  1. Shirley
    December 16, 2015

    Love your 90/10 rule and glad it works for you.

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  2. fatgirlwalkinghere
    December 16, 2015

    Can’t see this working for me, i have 0 willpower and the 10 would soon become 100!

    Liked by 1 person

    • aschetler
      December 18, 2015

      I hear you… This is a tough concept to get used to and make more the norm than an occasional thing. The beauty of a weight loss journey vs. a diet is you have time to practice!! It’s not a sprint type approach, but learning and ingraining one little nugget after the next until you have a pretty solid foundation for a healthy lifestyle. This may not be for you just yet, but keep the 90/10 rule tucked in the back of your head. You may surprise yourself that someday this becomes the way you live… No diets, nothing off limits, everything truly in moderation to keep you sane. Regardless of the 90/10 rule, or anything I rant about for that matter, you’re doing great!!!! Keep doing what you’re doing and I’ll cheer you on from here!


  3. crazyphatmommy
    December 16, 2015

    Yup, this is my new life. I’m not sure how 90/10 I am but it’s pretty close I’m sure. I eat clean most of the time and treat myself when I feel the need.

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    • aschetler
      December 18, 2015

      Same here… Some days may be 90/10, others 80/20 or yikes 50/50 but the main thing is you’re being mindful about your choices and splurging when you feel you need it. I think you’re doing great!!

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      • crazyphatmommy
        December 19, 2015

        Yes it’s a learning thing. I think it gets easier each time I splurge, I’m learning what good and not so good choices do to both my mind and body. I’m also getting picky about what I want to splurge on.

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      • aschetler
        December 19, 2015

        I totally agree with what you’re saying and yeah I think it does get easier. When I was losing weight I had a cheat day and man did I go for it that day… Breakfast lunch dinner and bad snacks in between!! Then after a while I was like geez I’m working so hard to lose weight maybe a cheat half-day is more realistic… Eventually it was a cheat meal. It’s just a process that we all have to figure out on our own, you’re doing great!!

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      • crazyphatmommy
        December 19, 2015


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  4. Judy Schetler
    December 16, 2015

    Loved this one, April!  Good job!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. deborahcrocker
    December 16, 2015

    I have never succeeded in a diet for very long. So I agree with you about the dieting part. I also like your 90/10 rule.

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  6. Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet
    December 17, 2015

    Absolutely. Treats everyday but the 90% rule must be used first.
    Good post showing a sensible thought process about having naughty foods.
    Thats the way!

    Liked by 1 person

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