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Monday, May 06, 2013

So I am somewhat disappointed after my weigh-in this morning. I was steadily losing all week last week up until Friday. I decided not to weigh myself Saturday and Sunday and decided to splurge a little... well I guess I splurged one too many because I gained back 3 lbs! :(

I seem to have this problem on the weekends. It happens whether I'm really busy or just relaxing at home, but I think it's an excuse to kind of "let go" and have comfort food or like...idk my brain thinks I have a free pass like I won't gain weight because it's the weekend or something (which obviously I know isn't true, it just "feels" that way).

I think part of it has to do with the fact that when I was in college, there was this pattern of partying, late night meals, and having hangover food the next day. So maybe I'm in the habit of having a bunch of comfort food? I'm not doing as muchof the "partying" so I'm at a loss.

Does anyone have any good advice for how they let themsleves splurge / have a treat on the weekends without going overboard and still lose weight?

Happy that I have a positive attitude... this is why I gave myself enough time to lose this weight so that I don't abandon it. I knew it wasn't going to be perfect, so I'm going to work out the kinks.
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MACSMOOTH 5/9/2013 9:30AM

    Don't beat yourself up, everyone slips up from time to time. I did have a couple thoughts:

First, how often are you weighing yourself? Hopefully it's not every day. The scale will fluctuate wildly throughout the day depending on a number of factors (how much fluid your drink, the amount of sodium in your diet, the weight of your food, etc.) I would suggest weighing yourself once or twice a week. Also don't weigh yourself after your cheat/splurge day, you'll be disappointed every time. Give your body sometime to process that meal and get it out of your system. For example my cheat meal is always on Sunday, but my weigh in day is Wednesday.

Also realize that gains on the scale don't necessarily mean gains in fat. Let's take your last weigh in as example. You said you gained 3 pounds. I highly doubt you gained 3 pounds of fat. To do that you would've had to eat 10,500 calories OVER what your body needs. You likely had a meal with a lot of sodium which is making you retain water weight.

What's worked for me in terms of cheat meals is taking a specified day out of the week, where I can have anything I want for ONE meal. So my cheat meal is usually lunch on Sunday. My last two cheat meals have been pizza and the cheat meal before that was Chipotle. If I'm doing well 5 or 6 out of 7 days a week, one bad meal (even one bad day) is not going to throw me off. The key is, you really have to work at it during your regular days.

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