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11/22/12 10:26 P


AM_MORRIS87 Posts: 703
11/22/12 4:37 P

I'm going to be honest, unless you are maintaining, I see no purpose to having a "free day." All that's going to do is slow your progress down. I could see having one cheat meal if it was a special occasion, like maybe once every 2 or 3 months. But having an entire day could lead to thousands of extra calories. And it's way too hard for me to get back on track if I have a cheat day. That being said, if there's something I REALLY want, I find a way to work it into my meal plan. Just because I want one piece of cake, or one burrito from Chipotle doesn't mean I need to overeat all day.

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11/21/12 5:24 P

Every day is a free day--you are free to make good choices about what you eat. Eat to live--don't live until the next free day to eat what you want.

Each day is a great new start for whatever you need it to be. Embrace each day.
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV

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11/21/12 5:16 P


11/21/12 4:33 P

If I found it difficult to get back on track after a free day, I would steer clear of them. I enjoy a treat every day - mostly a piece of dark chocolate. Being too restrictive never works and makes us miss stuff we want. Better to practice a balanced, portion-controlled lifestyle of eating than to risk a binge that leads to more of the same.

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JENNN77 SparkPoints: (83,848)
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11/21/12 3:58 P

Everything in moderation. I don't have free days, but on special occassions I will relax a bit. In no way is this eating whatever I want without regards to health and calories though.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
11/21/12 3:44 P

I eat what I wish, in moderation, rather than a one-day full-out indulgence

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11/21/12 3:36 P

I have always practiced giving myself permission to have whatever I want and as much (within reason) on a "one-day-every-two-week" basis and have never had problems getting back to the norm. To do this I generally eat toward the lower end of my range most of the time. BUT, if you have found that you have great difficulties doing this, then I suggest you use portion control and choose wisely, and remember alcoholic drinks are high calorie with no nutritional benefit, so limit those.

Apart from that, just enjoy your week-end.

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CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (82,010)
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11/21/12 2:57 P

The way I see things, every day is a "free day". I can eat and drink whatever I want to each and every day. But I choose to try to eat healthfully and mindfully.

You don't have to eat the whole thing.
JICKEE Posts: 411
11/21/12 2:52 P

I do have days where I go over my goals, but I still track all of the food and beverages that I consume. Since they are recorded and in my database, I would hardly call them free days. In fact I found that I usually pay a pretty hefty price for a so called free day.

Do you track your nutrition on a "Free Day"

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
11/21/12 2:48 P

I can't help you any. My free day would turn into a free week, a free month a free year and then........... For me it's all about a healthier life style. I don't miss all that junk in my life. If I do want something I eat in small doses. So that cuts my need for a free anything. I ate a small hot fudge sundae yesterday and that satisified things for me. I did not have the need to want anything else.

11/21/12 2:26 P

How do everyone feel about giving yourself a freeday or weekend for anīspecial occasion. As in - you can eat and drink anything you want for a holiday or a celebration. II have tried it and fin it really hard to get back into the swing of things afterwards. Do anyone have good ideas of how to make "free days" work?

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