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LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (35,272)
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4/9/14 10:47 A

I eat what I want and track it. Most of what I eat is healthy, some of what I eat is not. If I want something that is high-calorie and low-nutrient (cake, french fries,etc.) I either make it work in my calorie range, or I don't have it. I do look at my calories over the week rather by day though, so the 3 glasses of wine I drank last night at my book club put me over my range for the day, but by the end of the week it will have been accounted for.

GEORGANNE39 SparkPoints: (43,303)
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4/9/14 10:06 A

once a week

4ANEWME2DAY SparkPoints: (123,583)
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4/9/14 10:01 A

If my Dh is home from work on a Friday, I will buy him a personal pan pizza and/or a cheesesteak. I will enjoy either a tuna or turkey sub which I will eat half and then the other half the next day.

4/9/14 9:24 A

That's awesome! I like the way you think :) I do the Paleo diet (no grains, dairy or legumes) but on Saturday brunch with my daughter I will have some non-Paleo food. Usually a piece of quiche (the crust isn't Paleo) and a beautiful and delicious dessert.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
4/9/14 7:59 A

I echo everything ICEDMETER said! I "treat" myself constantly.... just, with "good" food that I like, not "junk!"

I no longer see things like fast food, jumbo muffins and 700-calorie coffee-drinks as "treats" - "rewards" for having sacrificed and "been good".... i just no longer accept those kinds of items as part of my diet, period.

But I look forward to my food and love my food, every day! I will "treat" myself to fresh mangoes, or asparagus even if it's not on sale. I'll "treat" myself to a nice piece of sockeye salmon. I'll "treat" myself to a home-cooked breakfast even on the weekday/workday. And if i want a fancy dessert-type item? I'll treat myself to a single-serving of something truly high-end - an almond croissant from an actual, proper bakery (not Costco); a shared slice of chocolate ganache at a nice restaurant (not half a sara lee frozen cake-like item).

You've got to enjoy what you eat, or how could you do this long-term? I can't imagine facing every day as an exercise of sacrifice and deprivation, with the only light shining down the tunnel being the chance to cheat-and-treat-and-binge to escape the daily food-life of foods I *don't* like? I couldn't do it long term. I HAVE to love my food, right now, every day. This can take a bit of practice at first as tastebuds and habits have to be re-trained as part of this process.

NISSANGIRL Posts: 23,776
4/9/14 6:45 A

once a week

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
4/9/14 6:28 A

My treats tend to be mags, good books, a trip to my hairdresser, manis/pedis.

Only ocassionaly will it be a meal at a favorite restaurant.

STEELER71 Posts: 8,048
4/9/14 5:21 A

Saturday is my treat day.

XHUNTERX Posts: 974
4/9/14 1:25 A

all the time

KKLENNERT809 Posts: 10,742
4/8/14 9:23 P

Not often enough--there's never any money left at the end of the day!

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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4/8/14 9:07 P

IMO, food as treats is counterproductive to having a healthier mindset about food. If I want a cookie I have a cookie. And I count the calories in my tracker. I don't have to earn a cookie or a carrot. They are food.

My treats are a massage, a pedicure, new jeans, new shoes, hiking a new route, going to a movie etc. The hikes are fun but I don't really have to earn those! The movies, the shoes etc I get for working out regularly, so I try to do something nice for me every week.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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4/8/14 5:57 P

Every day, though not always with food,

MCCC75 SparkPoints: (25,022)
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4/8/14 5:51 P

ICEDEMETER -- totally agree with what you said. Exactly how I have been looking at my food. This go around and hopefully final time of losing large amount of weight, if I feel like a treat, I have it ... i just track everything...I think that is why I have been successful. I normally eat the same things pretty much every day which I love (I don't eat anything I don't love) but if I want a treat, I eat problem!

Edited by: MCCC75 at: 4/8/2014 (17:53)
210014631 SparkPoints: (35,652)
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4/8/14 5:48 P

too often

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,064
4/8/14 5:44 P

I am on Weight Watchers and they give you 49 bonus points a week. I use some of my bonus points on Sunday.

The funny thing is that if I [don't] use my bonus points I gain weight. When I do have an extra treat I lose weight. This is a lot different from my the cheat days I used to have. Since I still have to track my points

4/8/14 5:37 P

In the last three months I have bought two new items of clothing and I got a new hair cut.

ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
4/8/14 4:50 P

Honestly, it all depends on how you, personally, define "treating yourself".

In my definition, I "treat myself" all day, every day because I only eat foods that I really, really like. Each meal and snack could be considered a "treat" because I choose foods that I look forward to and enjoy --- and because I *choose* to consider them to be a "treat".

A snack of plain yogurt? I'll add some almond extract, and almonds, and a tidge of maple sugar, and some berries, maybe some spices - ooh, yummy - definitely a treat!

A lunch of sauteed cabbage and onions and mushrooms and left-over chicken? I'll add a couple of Tbsp of a super-tasty sauce to make it a treat.

A snack of an apple? I'll thin slice it, add some ricotta cheese, some berries, some cinnamon, and a tidge of maple sugar - warm it up and serve it in a buckwheat crepe. Who wouldn't consider that a treat?

A dinner of fish & veg sounds pretty humdrum, doesn't it? I'll chop up some onions and tomatoes and garlic, saute it in a bit of olive oil, throw in some red wine or red wine vinegar and a pile of spices and cook cod fillets on top - serve the fish with caramelized brussels sprouts and the "bruschetta" on top, with a sprinkle of crumbled feta or parmesan... Serious treat material here!

Like a bit of protein before bed? A cup of cocoa (milk mixed with natural cocoa powder and a tsp of sugar then heated) and a square of really high quality dark chocolate fills the need and yet is still definitely a treat.

I'll occasionally go over my daily calorie range with a special meal out, or with an especially calorific dessert, but haven't felt any desire to do so more than occasionally, since every single meal is a "treat". I also pay more attention to my monthly averages than I do to each individual day, and have found that these occasions fit quite nicely in to my ranges over the course of a month.

I will admit that it's pretty easy for me to look at it this way, since some of my absolute favourite "treat" foods are asparagus and brussels sprouts (yeah, ok - I'm weird), but this mindset of continuously "treating myself" with fabulous foods has worked pretty well for me so far...

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4/8/14 10:55 A

once a week

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4/8/14 10:42 A


CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (104,386)
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4/8/14 10:23 A

I try to treat myself with non-food rewards. In other words, if I want a treat, I try to enjoy something besides food. For example, I'll get a manicure or buy a new book. I don't reward myself with food because I'm not a dog!

SPARKGIRL811 Posts: 358
4/8/14 9:13 A

Not very often

JEFFGIRL Posts: 10,682
4/8/14 8:07 A

From time to time

NIRERIN Posts: 14,127
4/8/14 7:59 A

this is one of those instances where what you want really dictates where you need to be. you can't really deal with a chocolate square and a whole bloomin' onion in the same way.
the downside to the one a day is if you start doing multiple one a days without really realizing it. the downside to the bigger ones is that that can really kill your deficit if you have them too frequently.
i think identifying what you want to begin with is key. start a list on a pad of notepaper and then figure out what you want most from that list. in other words know that you can't have the twinkie and the starbucks and the snickers and the ice cream and the burger and the fries. run those like a bracket until you get what you want most. at least for me, it's a lot easier to skip something i want in favor of something i want even more.
the other thing you can do with that list is to see if there is a way to make what you want more reasonable. in other words, instead of a twinkie, could you make spongecake in mini muffin tins and have one muffin with a dollop of cream or greek yogurt? instead of your 600 cal stabucks drink could you get the 120-200 cal skinny version? if it's the atmosphere that you prefer, would a cup of tea or plain coffee be suitable, at least for most of the time? could you freeze a bag of fun sized snickers so that you could have one those instead of a 4oz one? would some peanuts in caramel or chocolate yogurt or pudding be an option? for ice cream would a fudge pop work? what about fruit, frozen and blended to make sorbet? yogurt frozen and blended up? could you make the burger at home? have carrots instead of fries? or what about having zucchini or squash fries instead of potato fries? or if the fries are what you really want could the rest of the meal be baked chicken and steamed veggies?
once you know what you really want and the calories it has, then you figure out how often you can work it in.

ROXYCARIN SparkPoints: (95,965)
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4/8/14 7:08 A

Since spring began been making regular trips to get ice cream.. So good!

NISSANGIRL Posts: 23,776
4/8/14 6:26 A

once a week

TRYINGHARD54 Posts: 5,292
4/8/14 5:57 A

not enough

ZENNITH SparkPoints: (38,420)
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4/8/14 3:24 A

Do you have a small item once a day, or do allow yourself a blowout occasionally? How does your decision affect your weight loss efforts? Just wondering what works for others.

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