It's important to stick to your guns on a lot of things in your daily life, however, it is important to learn to recognize what's most important and what is not. In other words, abstaining from cake or carbs, or bread, or anything at all times, is deprivation. That is exactly the opposite of indulgence. Are you supposed to have cake every all day? However, you should not take it in every day. Absolutely. It's true that indulgence can be all about giving yourself a break and enjoying this moment long enough to be grateful for the life you have. Learn to say "yes" more often and say 'no' less. Make it a point to have more fun, it will make you feel as if you're enjoying a luxurious lifestyle. Be open to invitations to socialize, meet new people, and let your hair fall a bit. The way we indulge is still just as enjoyable. It's possible that the activities differ, but at the heart of it all has been the way you perceive your body and the benefits you reap from an active and healthy life. Begin to enjoy yourself. You will feel good.