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I have Quit Smoking except for One Free Day per Week!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I have Quit Smoking except for One Free Day per Week!

I think as long as I do not smoke from Monday through Friday I deserve to reward myself with cigarettes on the weekend - this will keep me quitting the smoking the rest of the week.

I smoked up to 3 packs daily when I smoked and now I barely smoke a pack all weekend!

What do you think of my plan?

Makes about as much sense as having a cheat day, doesn't it?! It makes more sense to learn how to work into your plan the foods you just cannot live without.

Article after article here at Spark tells us that you can gain 9 lbs per year by not adhering to your meal plan one day per week.

This Blog is not aimed at anyone in particular, it is just my humble opinion of needing to have a cheat day every week. When I thought of the Cigarette analogy I just had to share it.

For me it put things into perspective.

**edited: No, I quit smoking when I was 28 and I do not smoke now.

**edited again: Eating food is the way we nourish our bodies; we cannot live without food and eating. And no one can resist temptations 100% of the time. Work it in or at least track it. There is nothing wrong with going over on our calories sometimes - this is not the same thing as having a cheat day of no tracking and eating whatever is desired.

A dear friend just blogged about such a day where he ate over 11,000 calories - but he tracked it and is trying to learn from it.

**3rd edit: I don't consider BlackHeart's one meal as a cheat day. Cheat days are very dangerous in the wrong hands. Going overboard but tracking is not having a cheat day - it is trying to stay with your program. A day of eat whatever you want, whenever you want, as much as you want, and don't worry about tracking - that is a cheat day.

But the saddest part is the only one being cheated is the one doing it. No one is cheating me by not adhering to their own program. The only one that can cheat me is me. And it is not an option. I want me to succeed too much to do little mind games on myself.

**4th edit: I was attacked in another person's blog because of me posting this one. I gather "this person" recognized himself or herself and so I am to be shot and hung immediately for my opinion. Why is it I am not allowed to have my own opinion in my own blog?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KATERUNS 5/18/2009 11:28PM

    Absolutely love the anology! As an exsmoker what you say makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing.

As for people who post about other people's blogs, don't worry about it. Everyone's got an opinion and blogs are for expressing our opinions! People are people. It has taken me a long time to realize that if something someone else says or does is really bugging me it's because there is some truth in it for me.

Thanks again!

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JERSEYGIRL24 5/13/2009 11:12PM


I agree with you (as usual). I don't see the point of a cheat day. That isn't to say that you won't ever cheat. But personally, I think one of my biggest problems has come from taking too much latitude. That is a very central theme in Kirstie Alley's story about how she regained all her lost weight. From what I have read about Kirstie, she was aware that she was steering off course but just could not right the ship. I really think this is a big danger in having a cheat day.

This is getting a little off topic, but there is an organization ( that tries to promote high fructose corn syrup!!!! I don't want to get started on this, but one of the ads they run claims that HFCS is ok "in moderation". What is moderation? I think that even one high HFCS drink per day goes beyond the realm of moderation, but who is to say? Maybe some people think that five drinks a day is moderate.

The point is that I think that having a cheat day is an invitation for trouble. I can see Gail (Blackheart's) point that she has dinner out once a week. I don't really consider that cheating. But having a no-holds barred day every week is too much, I think.

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DEBIPOGUE 5/13/2009 11:02PM

    WOW! A lot of truth and a lot of wisdom. Thank you for that insight.

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GRALLEN 5/13/2009 1:46PM

    I have a cheat day too. But really it's only one cheat meal out of the entire week. I still eat clean on cheat day except for the evening meal and that's the one night a week we go out to eat.

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_VALEO_ 5/13/2009 7:14AM

    Excellent blog!
Lots of food for thought once again.


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SASSYSACY 5/12/2009 7:26PM

    Wow! That was worth the read. Very good point and you certainly got my attention!

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MARTY19 5/12/2009 6:00PM

    Well, that was good food for thought.


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