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Splurge day

Saturday, May 11, 2013

How many of you think you need a splurge day? I myself could never. In the past I have had those splurge days, and I came to a complete halt to the plan I was following. I went on a total binge and never returned.

Most of us cannot control it. A little bite here or a little bit there, and it led to big bag of whatever and a great big soda, or milk to wash it all down. That was me (not the soda, never a fan but I did love my milk) And of course if one had to have chips, you always accompanied it with the dip.

Well it never worked for me. If I had a bag of Hersheys kisses or several power bars or anything of multiples, they were eaten all at the same time. I could never dole out one a day,
Ha, that is even funny to imagine me doling anything in a one at a time effort. It's like that apple hanging over the horses head, to get him moving to try to catch it. You put it in front of me and it's gone, and not put away but eaten. I would have broken my neck trying to get that danged apple (sugar in my case)

I admire those of you who can control, and not bring on the binge, but I myself feel that it's just a precursor to eating out of control, when you have any sweets or chips or whatever smokes your shorts laying around, you can almost say good bye to whatever you are doing to work on your health.

If we restrict these things whether it be sugar, cheeses, pastas, chips. We are doing it for the fact, we are not strong enough to resist them, if they are around for our "Splurge days"
It becomes "Splurge weeks, months"

I fell off that wagon, multiple times. It's time for me to put a gate on "That wagon"

I know it sounds very restrictive, but could you do it?

The key word here is "Cheat" but only yourself, it doesn't involve anyone else. For me it's a lifetime commitment, because I choose health over splurges that will plummet me into a no bottom well.

I have declined a lot of social events, because no one understands and "Why can't you have a little of it"? I can't I would want it all.

I hope this changes soon, when I get where I want to be, and people won't think of tempting me, when they see what I am doing is beneficial to me. And maybe they will get on the wagon, and close the gate.
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    I think those trigger foods can be trouble, at least for me. And if I have a big bag sitting around, it won't be around for long.Even with all I have learned and how much better I do over the past 3 years, I cannot tempt myself with cheat days, weekends or vacations. And when I do allow myself to for whatever reason and I have...it never works. But, at least I can say I still count my calories, come what may and always stick with it-never have given up like I used to.
    And I eat anything I want, but know only to get very small packages (even if I have to pay more for that) and share!
    I love what you said about smoked your shorts and putting a gate on that wagon, got a good chuckle. Never heard that before! Kind of like when I heard doing the 2 pound cha-cha from another sparkfriend...love it! And the 2 pound cha cha is what I keep doing! One pound down, 2 up! I will figure this all out one day! emoticon emoticon
    1748 days ago
    You need to go with what you know and if they don't like it then just do what you know is right for you.
    1748 days ago
  • SKATER787
    OK I had to do a little search on this. From what I read, Cheat day is for emotional factor. I buy that. There are also rules for Cheat day as you can read from the link below. And it's not all you can binge! There is a 1000 cal limit among other rules. His diet does not work for everyone but I find his approach makes sense and got my thumb up along with JJ Virgin and her 'All In' approach. These are the new diet gurus and they have their own methods that should score a high percentage of success with a lot of people.

    1748 days ago
    For me, splurge days can just be "taste" days. Otherwise, they have to run the gamut - which can be from one day to forever!

    1748 days ago
    I do not stop myself from having anything, but I also do not have things in the house that I would not be able to control myself around (dang oreos!). If I'm having a craving for something, it's not in the house, but if the craving is strong enough I will have to find my way up to the store and buy a single serving size of that thing. Most of the time I'm too lazy to go up to the store and the craving passes.

    If I do go wild about something, I get right back on the horse when I'm done with it and go back to "normal". I do not beat myself up about it (too much), I just go back to what I was doing that was working. I don't dwell in the past, it happened and I know what not to do next time. It happens less frequently as time goes on.
    1749 days ago
    WOUBBIE gets the total picture. It just can't happen. Thanks for that insight.
    1749 days ago
    Totally agree. The food that is bad for me is just as bad for me on a cheat day as it is on a non-cheat day. And who, after all, am I cheating?

    Alcoholics cannot have cheat days.

    People with serious allergies cannot have cheat days.

    People with Celiac, or PKU, or a host of other conditions cannot have cheat days.

    People whose metabolisms can't handle certain foods without overindulging, or having cravings, or feeling sick cannot have cheat days either.
    1749 days ago
    I can relate to what you are saying. I can't have those days either because they become MONTHS! So, when I am out and about, if I am really craving something, I will buy the lonely candy bar or milk shake and move on. Thanks for sharing and have a GREAT weekend!

    Love, Chelsea emoticon emoticon
    1749 days ago
  • NHES220
    I don't think I need a splurge day and I don't really keep that kind of stuff in the house. However, for certain occasions, I will partake and I can control myself. Tomorrow, we're having cupcakes for Mother's Day from a specialty cupcake shop. I will probably split a cupcake with my sister and try 1 or 2 flavors. But I will have my sister with kids take any leftovers home. I will also watch my calories earlier in the day so I don't go way over and also try and get a workout in the morning. But I don't believe in a cheat day every weekend like some people do.

    1749 days ago
    I'm working on it. I think this is something that you achieve in small steps over time.
    1749 days ago
    We all know ourselves better than anyone else and know what we can handle (or not!)

    I know for me, to control my type 2 diabetes, the option for an occasional splurge just isn't there. BUT that's all right. As time goes on, my tastes have changed and I don't crave the sweets and salt (addictive, literally!) So, my solution is just not to bring them in the house!

    Now, I don't want to deprive my family of the occasional treat so when they DO indulge it is not withing my sight. That's fine by me. ON the whole both DD and DH eat really healhy . . . Hmmmm....could it be because I prepare the food!? ME thinks YES! LOL Funny how that works, eh!
    1749 days ago
    I'm right with you!
    Cannot have trigger foods in my house.

    However, I think it's ok to plan "special" meals that might be a slight splurge, but not trigger foods. Like vegie lasagna, in my case. And I sure couldn't do this once a week. Monthly, or for special occasions.

    Or give yourself a get out of jail free card, if you have an off program meal because of some special event. So you don't consider yourself as fallen off the wagon, and then give up...

    I'm trying to develope a new lifestyle of healthy eating. Not a diet that will end.
    And I know that theer will be times where I *can't* eat the way I planned, so I'm counting those times as splurges.

    1749 days ago
    Great points! I do build in splurge days, but the truth (and you know it) is that it's really just flat-out cheating, and -- in the end -- is self-defeating for those of us who can't control it. I am seriously thinking of taking them out, lately.

    Also, I love your "nope, lost it" photo! haha :) I thought I had it set to notify me when you posted, but apparently it didn't take, so I am sorry I have missed your blogs lately. They look really good and I am going to read some now!

    Have a great day!
    1749 days ago
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