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CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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5/12/13 2:11 P

The 1st time you went over by that much in 8 months-that is a positive. Think of how many times you weren't over.

You tracked-that is a positive. Maybe that will help you at the next cookout. You will remember how those calories added up before.

There are going to be times when you indulge a little.

You are doing great!

5/12/13 12:04 P

First, there's no such thing as "bad food." That kind of thinking will drive you crazy. Food is neither good nor bad. It's just food.

Second, do you have any idea how often some of us go over our daily caloric limits? I know that at least three times this week I went over mine. I've learned that I have to go over sometimes. My body tells me when. If I don't, I will set myself up for binging and craziness. Being focused is good. Being fanatical will cause you troubles.

Don't beat yourself up about this. Don't "work your butt off" today. Make room for special days in your meal plan. Trust me. It'll save your sanity.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (240,597)
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5/12/13 6:25 A

This journey isn't about deprivation - it is about balance MOST of the time. It is about exercise and healthy nutrition, MOST of the time. We all have times, whether it be a wedding, birthday, Xmas, or just a party for party's sake, when we will eat and/or drink too much. One day on occasion isn't going to break the bank. When I was in weight-loss mode, I actually practiced allowing myself one day every 2 weeks to eat whatever I wanted without regard to calories etc. To accommodate this I mostly ate at the lower end of the range. I still lost weight - weight I wouldn't have otherwise lost if I hadn't weighed and recorded all of my food, and stuck to the plan the majority of the time. I reached my goal over 2 years ago, and I STILL practice this method, except now it is one day per week, and the rest of the time I eat like I am in weight-loss mode. It works well - I haven't gained weight back!

There are times with this method where I have sometimes gone a few days over, or some days sooner, but it balances out overall. As I said earlier, it isn't about deprivation - just common sense!


LADYSTARWIND SparkPoints: (82,219)
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5/12/13 12:36 A

Both of you are amazing!! Congrats on your long term successes....and your ability to keep this in perspective!! Keep Sparkin'...

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 950
5/11/13 11:59 P

Today was one of those days for me. Started off well enough, but being with family, going to a rugby game with friends, going out to eat and having a couple of beers, the calories really add up.

The thing is, at least for me... This isn't a make or break moment. I know that for the week I still have a deficit, and while I might gain a few pounds due to water retention (chinese food and beer, salt and alcohol will do it), I'll also lose them in a few days when I even out.

I actually don't feel too bad about it- I had a great day, it was a ton of fun, and if I went over on my calories, so be it. Some days will be like that. So, I planned my meals for tomorrow, made sure to include a LOT of veggies and keep within my normal calorie range and do my spin class. This is life, and I cannot expect 'perfection' ever day. If I did, a day like today might make me feel guilty and throw in the towel, and I know I don't want to go *there*.

Best of luck (and way to go at making it 8 MONTHS without going over, that is amazing).

MELJONES3478 SparkPoints: (15,754)
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5/11/13 11:37 P

Today was not a good day! It was my first bar-b-q since beginning this journey. I almost doubled my daily calorie allowance. I made it through Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and did not go over my calories, I have been so good. I am so proud that I have lost 51 lbs and then I went and knowingly ate "bad food". My sister, the host of the bar-b-q even grilled me chicken so I would not be tempted by everything else...but I went for it anyway. I am just disappointed in myself. I didnt think that I did that bad but when i added it to my nutrition calculator it blew my mind. Normally I plan my meal in advance and I add everything to my nutrition tracker first thing in the morning, this say I can adjust my meals & snacks if I am going to go over my daily limit - Today was an eye opener. I know it is not really a set back. It is the first time in 8 months that I have gone over my calories by that much. Occasionally I will have up to 1700 calories and work my butt off the next day but that is a very rare occasion...I am very diligent about my calorie intake - I guess the only good thing to come out of this is that I feel horrible and I will be more prepared for the upcoming summer cookout season.

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