Honestly, it all depends on how you, personally, define "treating yourself".
In my definition, I "treat myself" all day, every day because I only eat foods that I really, really like. Each meal and snack could be considered a "treat" because I choose foods that I look forward to and enjoy --- and because I *choose* to consider them to be a "treat".
A snack of plain yogurt? I'll add some almond extract, and almonds, and a tidge of maple sugar, and some berries, maybe some spices - ooh, yummy - definitely a treat!
A lunch of sauteed cabbage and onions and mushrooms and left-over chicken? I'll add a couple of Tbsp of a super-tasty sauce to make it a treat.
A snack of an apple? I'll thin slice it, add some ricotta cheese, some berries, some cinnamon, and a tidge of maple sugar - warm it up and serve it in a buckwheat crepe. Who wouldn't consider that a treat?
A dinner of fish & veg sounds pretty humdrum, doesn't it? I'll chop up some onions and tomatoes and garlic, saute it in a bit of olive oil, throw in some red wine or red wine vinegar and a pile of spices and cook cod fillets on top - serve the fish with caramelized brussels sprouts and the "bruschetta" on top, with a sprinkle of crumbled feta or parmesan... Serious treat material here!
Like a bit of protein before bed? A cup of cocoa (milk mixed with natural cocoa powder and a tsp of sugar then heated) and a square of really high quality dark chocolate fills the need and yet is still definitely a treat.
I'll occasionally go over my daily calorie range with a special meal out, or with an especially calorific dessert, but haven't felt any desire to do so more than occasionally, since every single meal is a "treat". I also pay more attention to my monthly averages than I do to each individual day, and have found that these occasions fit quite nicely in to my ranges over the course of a month.
I will admit that it's pretty easy for me to look at it this way, since some of my absolute favourite "treat" foods are asparagus and brussels sprouts (yeah, ok - I'm weird), but this mindset of continuously "treating myself" with fabulous foods has worked pretty well for me so far...
Start weight: 240 lbs
Goal weight: 155 lbs (reached March 7, 2014)
Revised Goal weight: 150 lbs (reached May 27, 2014)
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