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To Cheat or not to Cheat!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

True confessions time.

I guess some would call it cheating.

Me, well....

I have been trying extremely hard to eat as clean as possible but there are days when temptations set in and I joyfully dive into something that I should regret eating and don't because I of the fact that I do work hard.

I tell myself that I work hard and that I can eat whatever I want, so open mouth insert goodies..not necessarily a good thing I know..so to keep that under control I do allow myself a bit of cheating in moderation... but I usually save up for my cheat days. Its the spur of the moment days that can get me into trouble.. I like to eat clean as much as possible. So when I am faced with something I know I should not eat I usually don't but there are those days that i know would cause me more damage and misery if I didn't give in and enjoy.

So I really don't deprive myself of too much. But the really bad stuff is something I try to stay away from.

This is a plan that may not work for some but it seems to work for me.

Just sharing my thoughts for tonight because tonight was one of those spur of the moment nights.

Thanks for listening
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IAMDESSIE 6/28/2012 12:59AM

    Girl, you are not depriving yourself. Sometimes we have to do what we feel like doing. We all go throught that phase sometime or another. You make be tempted to eat someting and at another time you don't even want to see thjat thing. As long as you know that you are not going over board and you can take control of yourself you are doing well.

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GENEVIE5 6/23/2012 5:43AM

    I do the same! Rarely deprive myself of anything but enjoy it in moderation-or try. I log everything too so I only feel guilty when i run my report at the end of the day. I think we all try to save our cheat treats for weekends but we're only human! I know I cheat during the week too.

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SCRAPPY_RN 5/31/2012 6:07PM

    I think this is great. You should not deprive yourself of everything. That is when people give up

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AMANDASHRINKING 5/31/2012 1:04PM

    i think thats not cheating your staying on track and just have to have somethings that are off the track but your not stoping or changing your life SPARK ON GIRLY

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NATE-JANINE 5/31/2012 7:18AM

    Thanks for your comments. Do I sound like I am contradicting myself. I really am not beating myself up. I do enjoy when I have my treats because I know I work hard. When I look at my nutritional numbers along with my output in cals burned I hardly ever go over. I am definitely putting out more than I take in over a week. That's not my problem. I find that the "spur of the moment days" are the ones when I know I have not met those goals so I then find myself eating something bad. I still tend not go over but feel guilty none the less. I log everything, its a habit that I really do enjoy. I have came this far on my plan and it seems to be working so I will stick to it. Again just trying to accept my Spur of the moment days.

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SUNSET09 5/31/2012 3:07AM

  I find it easier to "diet" if you allow yourself a treat very now and again! The important thin is not to beat yourself up and accept it. The lifestyle change is what we're working towards. Dust yourself off and get back on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 5/31/2012 3:00AM

    Do you ever review your weekly "averages"? I know clean eating isn't the same thing necessarily as your nutrition numbers, but the same idea might apply as for someone "cheating" on their calorie range. If the foods you are eating on those cheat days were instead spread out over all the surrounding days, part of your normal meals, would you consider it acceptable on a daily basis?

The main time when "cheating" becomes an issue is when it's somewhat uncontrolled. For example, someone holding to 1200 calories a day who makes one day a week a cheat day and eats 3000 calories ... might just as well eat 1500 calories a day - since that is what they're really doing over a week.

A similar issue is having something as a rare treat that becomes less rare over time. I've actually done that this week and realized I have to nip it in the bud. I went for a hot chocolate and pastry yesterday. Rare treat. I did it again today. Not so rare. Whoops. (Still balanced it into my day, but that's not the way I want to be eating on a daily basis.)

Other than those, if it works for you and doesn't make you feel poorly, then really YOU make the rules - so YOU decide what is cheating and what is not.

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GRACEMCC45 5/30/2012 10:04PM

    The thing I learned that works best for me is having one day every 10-14 days that I can eay whatever I want. Really keeps me on track the rest of the time.

Do what works for you!

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