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Loosening the Reins Just Enough

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Came across this interesting article about loosening the reins on weekends and its correlation with long-term weight management success:

This is very encouraging for me as it describes the pattern that I've been able to work my way towards over the past several years. Although I struggled for a time to keep my weekend indulgences to a reasonable level, I believe I'm reaching a nice middle ground--one that allows me to relax and enjoy a few treats every weekend without majorly stressing me out the rest of the week. My weight trend over the course of a typical week follows the one described in the article and I think is a pattern I can live with in the long term. Perhaps knowing that I need to be mindful the rest of the week to offset my indulgences at the weekend is good for helping me keep my head in the game.

Naturally slim and healthy? I think I'm getting there!
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GREGGWEISBROD 3/12/2014 12:32PM

    Yeah, I put so much attention into watching what I eat during the week (which for me, having a 9-5 and evening activities and responsibilities, makes that very manageable) and that way I don't shed a single ounce of regret or trepidation over a scoop of ice cream with a yummy homemade brownie beside it - or that extra slice of pizza which touches the depths of my happy place, lol - or that extra glass... erm... bottle... of wine shared with my lovely lady friend. :-D In case I haven't made this clear enough, there is no single person along my weightloss journey that has positively impacted and molded my philosophy as it relates to my health and lifestyle as much as you have. You are amazing, Tina. Thank you.

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TORTISE110 2/26/2014 5:42AM

    Great to find a pattern that works, as you have. I liked the article as well.

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TEMPENATIVE 2/23/2014 4:20PM


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GLORIAMAJDI 2/21/2014 11:09PM

    Great article, thank you for sharing! I definitely believe in those small indulgences...I try to have some treats each week. I think it is a good that we don't deprive ourselves and it lets us enjoy those social occasions or special treats. Mine aren't necessarily on the weekend but I do usually plan them ahead of time.

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PAMAPPLE 2/21/2014 5:51PM

    Thanks for the article... it reinforces most of what I do during the week, and helps me know that I am on the right track. emoticon

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GABY1948 2/21/2014 5:13PM

    Great article, Tina! I saved it!

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KONRAD695 2/21/2014 11:41AM

    I'm still trying to get this concept to sink into my head better.

I can push it like a crazy man, but then it all comes falling down. The times I've let it go a bit seem to work so much better. I now call race days "Free Days", have 5 good days, and a "Rebuilding" day. This has really helped me during the rough times in life.

Guess who's guidance has helped me with this.

Yup, it was you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

You're emoticon

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BANDITOBOY 2/21/2014 9:46AM

    It is hard to get past the mindset of "It somehow didn't register on the scale last time, so I'm going to try it again." The more you get away with something, the closer you get to the danger zone!

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BKNOCK 2/21/2014 8:52AM

    Awesome! Great article, thanks for sharing.

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LORILEEPAGE 2/21/2014 8:49AM

    I love that you are really coming to that wonderful point of "living with ease" which is my goal for myself and my relationship with food.

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JODROX 2/21/2014 8:38AM

    Great plan for maintenance! I'm so excited to get there............. soon!!

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    This pattern worked for me for a number of years.......although Mondays were not without some guilt and angst!
Recently, I had kind of wondered if this pattern might be better than most thought.
I have thought that maybe it reassured your body that you were not starving it and thus kept the metabolism going. It also keeps a person from feeling deprived.
Plus it repeats the behaviors of many cultures in many areas....where they have periods of work but are occasionally relieved by socialization, celebration, and indulgences. This gives a much needed break in the routine and opportunity for release. Since this behavior is universal, it would suggest that it is perhaps "normal" human behavior, in the grand scheme of things. The article does suggest limits on the week-end behavior, which I think would only be sensible, it seems to me.

The week-end can also be viewed of as an opportunity for behavior that is different than during the a longer exercise session, interesting activities with friends, the time available to try a new recipe......etc.!

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KAYATLANTA2010 2/21/2014 6:56AM

    Nice blog! Thank you!

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2BSCOOBIE 2/21/2014 6:30AM

    This was a great article. I am really beginning to think about the future and maintenance and how that will look for me! I appreciate that you posted this.

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MICKEYH 2/20/2014 11:56PM

    Great article. Thank you for sharing!

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JANTHEBLONDE 2/20/2014 11:01PM

    Awesome blog! Thank you so much forced sharing this article! "loved it"

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GINA180847 2/20/2014 10:50PM

    I love that idea. I really want to think that I can enjoy something extra once in a while. When the kids were small we allowed them to have treats on Sunday so we were not being asked for candy and pop all the time. It is much the same principle.

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POSITIVEHOPE 2/20/2014 10:19PM

    I'm retired. Is it Thursday or Saturday? Afraid I need to track daily. Yet, some room for indulgences helps from time to time. I like the 90% healthy 10% extras that my slim healthy friend observes. I may have to come up with my own numbers but the concept seems "reasonable" to me.

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DALID414 2/20/2014 10:12PM

    Hmmm... I log my weight on Sunday mornings! I'm gonna start weighing in Friday mornings starting tomorrow. And comparing it to Sundays, of course emoticon the scientist in me.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/20/2014 9:11PM

  Thanks for sharing the article. HUGS!

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CAROLISCIOUS 2/20/2014 8:49PM

    Thanks for sharing this article. This is exactly what I do to maintain. But you are right...overdoing it too much on the weekend can lead to gaining no matter how good you are during the week.

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POOKASLUAGH 2/20/2014 8:45PM

    Ooh, I love Brian Wansink! He's got some great ideas about how the body works, and he's so easy to read despite being a scientist. :D

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WATERMELLEN 2/20/2014 8:12PM

    Very reassuring article: we don't want the price of maintenance to be total social isolation with no weekend get-togethers!

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MANDELOVICH 2/20/2014 8:05PM

    You are there for sure!!!

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