Can you cheat at Thanksgiving dinner?


Of course you can cheat at Thanksgiving dinner, but cheating isn’t even a productive way to think about it. Cheating implies you did something wrong. Doing something wrong implies you should be punished. Being punished implies shame.

You’re not supposed to be shamed on Thanksgiving. Instead, consider this idea from lifting and throws coach, Dan John:

“Absolute strength is the glass. Everything else is the liquid inside the glass. The bigger the glass, the more of everything else you can do.

Lifting weights is the quickest way to build strength. As your strength goes up, everything else can be expanded, too.


The more I teach this point and listen to the excellent feedback, the more I hear real world examples of this.

Recently, a woman told me her friends can’t make a mistake.

What? Well, what she told me was this: Since they were attacking fat loss with aerobic work and strict dieting, they didn’t have any wiggle room. The woman, who holds herself nearly year-round at a very impressive 19% bodyfat, told me she enjoys desserts, cocktails, BBQs and fine food. But, and this is a big but, she can also do 10 pull-ups. She is very strong in the weightroom. In other words, her glass is so big, she can afford to cheat a little here and there.

That made no sense to me. Then I watched her train and thought about some other women I work with. When she presses an impressive kettlebell overhead (half her bodyweight with one hand!), her entire system has to gather up resources and then adapt and recover from the effort. When little Edna at my gym thinks a five-pound dumbbell is heavy, she isn’t going to tax her body very hard.

Edna can’t eat cake.”

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