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Cheat Day?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I've noticed that some Sparkers have what they call cheat days. Days where anything goes. Where they eat what they want and don't worry about calories. They don't worry about exercise. They cheat on their healthy lifestyle.

Personally, I can't do it. I've worked SO hard at changing how I eat. Readjusting my attitude towards food has been so incredibly difficult. I love food. My grandparents owned a restaurant when I was growing up. Food was comfort, food was love. I took great pleasure in eating. And not just eating a little, eating a lot. Eating anything and everything I wanted. I justified it by saying I'm loved, I can buy clothes that fit, I'm basically healthy. I was playing the game.

Do I want to eat an entire box of Girl Scout cookies? Some days. Does it bother me to turn down a dessert? Absolutely. Do I wish I could still eat a bag of chips? Sometimes. But will I cheat on myself to do these things? No.

Am I saying I'm perfect? Not even close. There are days I go over my calories. There are days I stay within my calories, but it's not the best food choices. There are days I eat pizza and chocolate and chips, but I try to eat less than I used to. But I WILL NOT cheat on myself. This was too long of a journey.

Here's my inspiration for not cheating. This guy is holding 5 pounds of fat. I've lost 10 times that much. No food is worth adding THAT back onto my body.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DIVAMAMAOFTWO 3/24/2013 8:35PM

    Great perspective! Thanks for sharing.

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KARENLEIGH32 1/17/2013 4:49PM

    Cheat days don't work for me!

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QUILTANDKNIT 1/17/2013 11:16AM

    I can't have a cheat day either. I am always one step away from a binge. If I gave myself a free day I'd eat thousands of calories and undo all the work of the previous week.

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SPARTAN40 1/17/2013 9:44AM

    One of the women I know at work lost over 100 pounds. At first she gave herself one cheat day to eat sweets, but the rest of the week she ate none. As she lost weight, she found that the cheat day needed to turned into a cheat meal and then into one dessert. Now that she's maintaining, she allows herself one big dessert per week. She makes sure that she takes her time and really enjoys it (ie she doesn't eat ice cream while watching TV). Everyone's different and you have to go wtih what works for you.

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MONIQUEDVA 1/17/2013 9:28AM

    Never thought about it...but maybe I'm not that far down the road on my journey. It's definitely something I will think about & determine. I have learned that I'm not ready for buffet situations yet & this strikes me as similar.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/17/2013 8:21AM

    I agree. Cheat days would never work for me. Have a wonderful day.

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TURTLESLOW14 1/17/2013 8:07AM

    Great blog thanks so much for sharing

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YELLOWDAHLIA 1/17/2013 8:05AM

    I had to figure in a cheat day on my plan. It was what has worked for me in order to not feel deprived.

This is how I look at it:
Some people can work in a little piece of chocolate into their plan every day. Me, I'd rather just eat the whole candy bar on Saturday. That's just an example. I rarely eat candy anymore.

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    Food is like a drug, it's my addiction! If I had a cheat day, it's like an alcoholic having a cheat day. I usually can't stop for a few days!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/17/2013 7:48AM

    I don't have cheat days either! I know how hard I have to work to burn the calories, and its just not worth it to go off track with my eating. I have a treat every once in a while, but its just one thing, not a whole day!

Congrats on your awesome weight loss so far!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 1/17/2013 6:06AM

    I am with you. Cheat days completely hurt my stomach and take me so long to rebound from. Plus I pay a lot for my gym membership so I want to use it. If my stomach is upset from eating food that does not make me feel good, there is no way I will be able to go to the gym.

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/17/2013 5:41AM

    I have cheat moments but no way in hell can I have a cheat day, like you my body is way too important for that emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEANIES_MOM 1/17/2013 4:12AM

    I can't plan a cheat day either. I've noticed that my self control is not all that great so if I let myself slip and eat some of my favorite unhealthy foods I go on a bender.

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SLIMINDOWN31 1/17/2013 1:53AM

    Don't have cheat days either!

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