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LNTHACKER94
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2/13/13 10:06 A

No one's perfect, everyone slips up. Just move on and keep doing what you're doing. During Christmas I ate what I wanted and gained about a pound then lost it very quickly.



CBLENS
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2/13/13 10:06 A

yes, but It isn't necessarily a slip up, you should not restrict yourself wholly or when you do slip up, it will be in a big way. I incorporate meals or food and just adjust around them, add more activity or alter the other meals on this day. But don't do it every day.



PUNZIE73
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2/13/13 9:59 A

Yup...what they said.

I usually call it a "metabolism awakening" versus a slip up. I don't diet, I lifestyle. I find that occasionally upping my calories one day a week sets me up for a bigger loss (keeping things in perspective) I try to get as many whole, nutritious foods in that I can, but when I want to indulge, (like I did at Cheesecake Factory this week) I compensate by being on the lower end of my calorie range for a couple days afterwards. I find it works itself out in the end as long as I'm getting in my water, fiber, freggies, breaking a sweat most days and keeping my fat grams in check.



CDCSMITH2013
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2/13/13 9:14 A

I don't have much more to add that hasn't been said already. The slice of pizza doesn't sound like a slip-up to me, even if you went over your calorie goal for the day. If you look at your eating over the course of a week, you might find that it ends up averaging out in the end. Personally, I have one day I set aside to not worry about the food. Saturdays. The day I might go to the pub for Guinness and fish and chips with my husband, or a pizza for supper. The thing is, even on those days, I find that I tend to go with lower calorie food options earlier in the day. I think the key is getting back on track, maybe sticking closer to the lower end of the calories on the other days, not slipping by eating the whole pizza, the whole ice cream container, whatever it is you slip up on, and being as prepared as you can be to stave off hunger.



MARYJOANNA
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2/13/13 5:55 A

Yes, you will lose with an occasional slip-up. Sometimes I feel it jars your metabolism when you have been strict on your diet. The important thing is not to give up when you do slip-up.



NICKYCRANE
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2/13/13 5:06 A

During 6 weeks holiday in Turkey, I ate all I wanted, including something chocolatey and caalorific every day. I also walked a lot. To my amazement I only put on 1 1/2 kilos, 1/4 kilo a week. Usually I expected to put on 1/2 kilo a week when on holiday and eating unrestrainedly. During 6 days visiting friends recently, I counted my calories, as best I could estimate them. I did choose to indulge in some very calorific items, e.g. a tiramisu drink that seemed to be mostly pure cream. When we are at home with our friends, I limited the cakes, baklava etc. To my amazement I put on no weight that week - and took off a kilo the next week, despite eating nearly up to, and sometimes above, the upper end of my calorie guidelines. Maybe the week away revved up my metabolism??
I count my calories religiously at the moment, but I count my calories to live - I don't live to count my calories! I'm now 2 kilos below my original goal for end of February, and have already reached my unofficial hope for end of February! 2 more kilos to go to the lower limit of my provisional end goal of 57 when at home, so as not to go up beyond 60 when away from home and not in control of what's put in front of me.
I now intend to experiment, as I did on my recent visit, as to how far I can combine living it up with weight maintenance.

Edited by: NICKYCRANE at: 2/13/2013 (05:07)


SUSANBEAMON
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2/13/13 12:36 A

i don't have "slip-up". to have them, i'd have to have some sort of rigid "diet" with no-no foods and gotta do exercises. i don't. i refuse to have them. i have a healthy food and life plan that molds to my daily needs. inaddition to loosing weight, i want to shrink my body, firm up and get strong, and improve my balance. that's the goal, not some idea of perfection.



JOYOUS1917
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2/13/13 12:12 A

Just try not to make A slip up into day after day, week after week.... emoticon



GZELLEFRO
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2/12/13 11:38 P

Yep! We all "slip up" at one time or another. "To err is human..." there's nothing wrong with it. Use it as a learning experience. Write down what caused the situation, and what you could do differently, and you'll be more prepared the next time it happens. emoticon



ASYREETA
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2/12/13 11:05 P

Absolutely!



MARY2009
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2/12/13 8:43 P

Don't look at it as a slip up....it's called Life!! I am the champion of Life so I have to forgive myself and move on. And I know that most of the time I am eating well, and better than most people. My annual physical and lab work tells me I am doing great! Besides, my life would be boring with some chocolate in it! = )



AZULVIOLETA6
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2/12/13 8:20 P

One piece of pizza might even be something that you could work into your nutritional goals for the day. It's really not that big of a deal. Record it as well as you can and look at the whole day before you panic.

If you slip up, start again the next day and don't give in to all-or-nothing thinking. None of us who have made it very far on this journey have been perfect--we just keep moving forward.

Have you tried making salad in a jar? That is my go-to solution for healthy meals when I am busy and not wanting to be tempted by less appropriate options.

Edited by: AZULVIOLETA6 at: 2/13/2013 (11:46)


MARIAJESTRADA
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2/12/13 7:29 P

Yes, I slip up maybe every three weeks or more. Sometimes the slip up is going over the fat grams I think I should eat for the day. However, when I go over my calories, it doesn't happen chronically. Besides, I think zig zagging your intake isn't so bad. If you didn't slip up, you'd be aiming for perfect, and I don' think anyone can do perfect. Who can keep up with perfect? Not me. Think of these times as opportunities to practice compassion and forgiveness.

Edited by: MARIAJESTRADA at: 2/12/2013 (19:29)


JULINA4
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2/12/13 7:01 P

And hey, we have pizza every Tuesday. You just have to plan for it. Forbidden foods will set you up for a lot of problems. Trust me.



JULINA4
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2/12/13 6:59 P

I'm living proof you can! As long as you get back to it, you'll be just fine.



MANDIETERRIER1
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2/12/13 5:53 P

Yes you can, I have lost weight in spite of my slip ups.

Now I plan better so that I am not out in junk food land and starving. I still slip up though.



AMHAMP
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2/12/13 5:06 P

Your success is based on the long term, not the daily. If you move on past slip-ups and get back on track you'll succeed.
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HAPPYMENOW58
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2/12/13 4:35 P

Yes, an occasional slip up is normal....Don't beat yourself up..Get back on your program the very next meal!!!!! emoticon emoticon



LIVINGSIMPLY355
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2/12/13 4:06 P

Yes, I do believe you can lose weight even when you slip up once in a while.
For me, I allow myself a treat here and there mostly trying to keep within my calorie limits.
But once in a while I might splurge at a party or while watching tv. The idea for me is to mix things up so my body is kept guessing.
Somehow that keeps the pounds coming off.





SHERRY28269
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2/12/13 3:40 P

I've slipped up or went way off track the last two days. I worked out today and plan to get back on track tomorrow. I hate when I do this but I know I need to stick with it and allow myself to enjoy some good food in moderation without feeling guilty. These posts here make me not feel so bad.

Edited by: SHERRY28269 at: 2/12/2013 (15:41)


CLARAELIZABETH1
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2/12/13 11:16 A

After reading these comments, I feel better about having "slipped up" for the past TWO days -- actually calling what I've done "slipping up" is an understatement, but just reading these posts motivated me to get back on track today! Thank you so much!



MOINSDEMOI
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2/12/13 8:52 A

Are you eating enough during the day, not just the day you thought you splurged? It will make losing weight more difficult if you don't eat the minimum number of calories required. Sounds crazy, but true.



JULIELYNN37
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2/12/13 8:27 A

Yes, i believe splurging once a week is key to any weight loss or just maintaining your current weight. For me allowing myself that one day a week usually sun keeps me from splurging during the week. I have kept all my weight off for 2 years so it must work.



NQUIDORE35
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2/11/13 8:33 P

I definitely think so. On Saturdays I usually have an early dinner, around 4. I go to a local Colombian restaurant and I enjoy all the food that I love. Chicharon, white rice, garlic shrimp, tostones, arepas and sometimes I even have dessert.
During the week I have my daily menu planned out and I always write down what I eat. I just feel that I need to enjoy a meal out and I don't want to deprive myself of anything.



BLUEANNIEDOG
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2/11/13 7:17 P

Absolutely YES! You can overeat or make a high calorie/low nutrient value choice and still lose weight as long as you get back on track immediately after. Don't beat yourself up about it. Definitely avoid the all or nothing mentality. "I already blew it, so might as well pig out the rest of the day." Instead say, "I just ate 6 cookies and I really enjoyed them, but I am going to make better choices now."



EARTH-ANGEL
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2/11/13 6:17 P

YES! you can. I am living proof that you don't have to be 100% to see success. In fact, I haven't even BEGAN to exact my full potential and I've been doing this for 3-4 years now and I've still made huge leaps forward. The body is a complicated calculator. There is no black and white, its quite grey so you can get away with more than you think.



SINAED
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2/11/13 6:07 P

one piece of pizza is hardly a slip up.....i eat 4 slices of pizza and half a garlic bread every Tuesday night....the rest of the week i eat healthy and exercise regularly.....result i lost 30 kgs or 66lbs in 6 months.



BONITA-GORDITA
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2/11/13 4:10 P

Definitely!

It is a life-long battle for me. I'm losing weight that I've already lost before. For me, slow and steady (it's hard, I'm not patience) is working right now. This morning I went out for breakfast with my husband. It's been a while. We used to do that all the time. Now we do it once a month - even less. But we enjoy it. I had a pancake breakfast - and then hit the gym. A year ago we would have just had the breakfast an then went shopping or whatever, and not hit the gym. So, in perspective it is a win.

We won't do it again for a while, and that kind of used up one of my larger calorie meals for the week, but I feel OK about it, and need to do that sometimes.



LEXAPAIGE
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2/11/13 4:04 P

Thank you everyone. You guys really helped me feel better. I did my tracking and I actually was a little UNDER my goal even with the pizza. I tend to beat myself up about things when I shouldn't. Today I am going to go to the gym and feel super refreshed after. From now on I'm listening to my tummy WAY before 1am. emoticon



GARTHBDS
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2/11/13 3:54 P

I am new at this still but I managed to lose 2lbs in a week after eating double my calorie count during super bowl weekend. I just kept up my workouts and behaved the rest of the week.



DIANAHALLOCK
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2/11/13 3:27 P

Given that it is a life style and not a diet, there can't be "slip ups' just days that you are more healthy than others. Up your % of healthy days and ignore the rest!



LUCKYNUMBER23
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2/11/13 3:16 P

One piece of pizza is not going to ruin your diet. Now pizza everyday will.



SUMMERDAYS8
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2/11/13 2:16 P

LOL NOT HELP.. UP I MEAN emoticon



NADDY23
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2/11/13 2:13 P

I'd like to think so, so long as it is only occasional, and not every week!



SUMMERDAYS8
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2/11/13 2:12 P

YES WE CAN .SLIP UP.ONCE IN AWHILE.. iTS OK .WHAN U DO DONT BEAT YOUR SELF HELP..THERE TOMORROW.BE GOOD 2 YOUR SELF



GRACED777
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2/11/13 2:03 P

Human beings slip up--are you one of us :) ? As others have said, going off the path happens--it's better to plan for it, and get back on sooner than later, but slip ups happen. So do treat times--just work to make sure they don't dominate you.



RIET69
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2/11/13 1:26 P

The key word here is: OCCASIONAL. You will be fine


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NANLEYKW
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2/11/13 1:23 P

Did you eat anything other than the protein shake, kashi bar, and one slice of pizza? I hope so! If not, the slip-up is that you didn't eat enough, rather than you ate too much.

As others have said, your best bet for the future is to plan ahead and bring some healthy snacks with you so you aren't starving. But yes, even with days when you eat too much, as long as, on average, you are keeping to your calorie range, you will lose weight. (For example, this weekend, I had dinner with a friend I haven't seen in a while. I wanted to just relax and enjoy the evening and not worry too much about what I ate. I did plan ahead and check the restaurant menu to pick a reasonably healthy option, but decided when we got there that I would split an appetizer with her. That put me over my range for the day by about 130 calories, but even with that, I still lost what I expected to this past week.)



APPLEPIEDREAMS
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2/11/13 1:17 P

It sounds like your occasional slip-up isn't even a slip-up. A healthy diet has room for a slice of pizza every now and then.

If a slip-up means downing a pint of Haagen-Daz Butter Pecan ice cream in about an hour a couple of times a week (been there, done that), then it's going be hard to still lose weight.



GETRESULTSMDMEE
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2/11/13 12:42 P

absolutely I give myself one day a week usually on the weekend to eat some things I really enjoy. it encourages me to stay on trace for the treat day coming.



ODDMENTTWEAK
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2/11/13 12:41 P

Everything in moderation, including moderation!



BUNNYKICKS
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2/11/13 12:27 P

Are you sure you even "slipped up"? Did you go over your calorie range for the day? You started your post with "I didn't eat much today..."

A single piece of take-out pizza is only going to have 300 calories or so. If you were at the low end of your calorie range (or below it), that slice of pizza would fit in your day easily.

Even if you did go over your daily range by a couple hundred calories - it's nothing to feel "guilty" about! Track it and carry on. Take it as a lesson-learned; now you know how NOT to eat on campus, and how important it is to arm yourself with some portable healthy choices to prevent you from getting into this undernourished-starving situation next time :)

Edited by: BUNNYKICKS at: 2/11/2013 (12:27)


BOKJOY
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2/11/13 12:02 P

If you couldn't lose weight despite slip-ups, not a single person on the planet would have ever lost weight. Why? Because every single person is a mortal human being who messes up sometimes. Don't give up--remember that literally every person who has ever been on a diet in the history of the world has made mistakes on that diet. Every single one!

Figuring out how to learn lessons from your mistakes, shrug them off, and move forward with better knowledge is what really will help you be successful, not striving to be perfect 100% of the time.

(And P.S., eating the best available option when your body is hungry--pizza included--is NOT a slip up.)

Edited by: BOKJOY at: 2/11/2013 (12:04)


CALLMECARRIE
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2/11/13 11:38 A

Yes, you can still lose weight with a slip-up! I slip up all the time. The ideal weight-loss plan is one that has the possibility of occasional failure built right into it. In other words, assume you'll slip up once in awhile; don't let it get you down. It's a little discouraging, but the key to success is not perfection, but not giving up.



HAPPYONENOW
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2/11/13 11:21 A

Yes, you sure can! I have one "cheat " day. In other words, I have one day where I have a couple slices of pizza, a beer or something else I don't normally have during the week. I usually eat less the day before and the day after and exercise a bit more. It balances out and I still am losing each week. Don't be so hard on yourself..you are doing great, this is real life and it will happen. Just have a plan when it does. Enjoy that slice of pizza and realize you can do this and you will be successful.



SWEDIEPIE
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2/11/13 11:09 A

You certainly can! I wouldn't even call that piece of pizza a slipup! I have slipups that are daily, weekly, sometimes hourly. ;) Just keep going!



HENRYNOLAN
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2/11/13 9:56 A

of course you can! that's the difference between a 'diet' and a lifestyle... i know that life for me will always involve christmas treats, birthday cupcakes, celebratory dinners, and the odd comfort eating session. i just need to not berate myself, know that i will make good choices most of the time, and i will keep exercising even if my eating isnt exactly as i'd like



MARF226
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2/11/13 8:59 A

Yes, you can! In fact, I bet most of us on SP have lost weight despite our slip ups. No one is perfect, 100% of the time. And a piece of pizza every once in a while, or even once a week, isn't going to undo all the good you do the rest of the time. (An entire pizza is another story...) So don't feel guilty about it. Remember every day is a new beginning.

I agree with the PP -- don't wait to eat until you're starving. If you aren't starving, it's easier to turn down that piece of pizza. That's why keeping healthy snacks handy is key! Fruit, nuts, trail mix, etc. Things that you can carry with you while you're on the run.

Also -- keep up the good work on your couch to 5k program! Good luck.
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BUBBLEJ1
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2/11/13 4:25 A

Yes, you can. I did! But I usually had calories available for the 'slip ups' (which I always planned, so they weren't really slip ups). It's all about averages, so if you eat at the lower end of your range for a week and then go over by a little one day it shouldn't make too much of a difference. However, the real issue I see is that you are under prepared for your situation. If you know that you will be on campus and be lacking food options then you need to plan ahead and have healthy snacks available. I understand the "OMG I'm so hungry I'll eat the first thing I see" feeling, but being prepared will help to stop that happening so often.



LEXAPAIGE
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2/11/13 2:19 A

I worked out today. Did my Couch-to-5k run and then some weights and abs. I didn't eat much today because on campus all there is is junk food. So I had a protein shake and a kashi bar. That was not a good choice because at 1am I was starving!!! My boyfriend offered to run over a get me a piece of pizza (that is seriously the only thing open). I was literally so hungry that I said yes. Now I feel SO guilty. It was only one piece, but I was doing so good. Can I still lose my weight with these slip-ups? It happens a least once a week. Food is my weakness, it's awful emoticon



 
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