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LMABB402
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Unfortunately for me, I can NEVER have a cheat day. My metabolism is so sluggish and I have battled weight for many many years. So as soon as I have anything that is "bad" the weight loss that i have worked for ALL WEEK, comes back in one day!! But this time I will get through this! I will conquer this battle of the bulge once and for all!!



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I used to, but then joined Weight Watchers a couple of weeks ago. I am finding WW very easy to follow! I don't feel deprived at all and always have room for treats. :)

Edited by: KPMP1992 at: 7/1/2013 (00:27)
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Once every 2 or 3 months I go and eat at the Chinese buffet so I can have small portions of more things. I do limit it to 1 plate only. For dessert I have a piece of fruit. It is usually when I am going out for an evening with friends which is a special occasion. I eat on the low range of my calorie/salt intake for a few days before and usually 2 or 3 days later. I don't feel guilty because it always could have been worse -- 2 or 3 plates worse!

Slow but will get there!


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I get a stomach ache, too, when I do not stick to my healthful diet. In particular anything with wheat, corn, or sugar. Go figure. If I know I am going to get a tummy ache, I am more likely to avoid the food, no matter how yummy it tastes. Seems strange to crave chicken and fresh broccoli, but it makes me feel good! emoticon



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I have found that you just have to know the triggers. Sugar, processed refined anything that will cause your desires for the "wrong" kind of food, what I mean is GMO's and High sugar content. It's in everything! In all forms under seriously at least 40 different names!
I love pnut butter, but not processed. I opt to make my own, if desired. I love it rolled up in a lettuce leaf, with something like raisins or anything that will make it yummy!

Anyway since I started dropping these forms of food. 97 days ago, I have had absolutely NO
cravings. And I am discovering how wonderful this new lifestyle is. I have energy to walk 3 miles a day, never did before with any diet I tried. And believe me I tried all of them. But with all of them I managed to still get sugar in there somewhere, because I still craved it! It was still an ingredient in packaged items (Nutri system, Jenny Craig, WW) And I still binged because of the triggers.

I think with my own experience, guilty pleasures of eating things you know you shouldn't brings on not only the binge, (I want more) but the guilt trip. Oh yeah, been there done that. Most all the time I left the diet or plan I was trying to do at the time. How many times I went to Weight Watchers? How many times did I restart, feeling ok this was it? I did so many times I can't remember.

I have to commend those of you that can have cheat days, or eat that little bit of something that you know is a trigger, and still be able to remain faithful to your journey.

I am just one of those who can't. It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change. I have chosen to give
up "my" triggers. If I can still say this on my next 3 months of improving my health, and staying faithful to my plan. Than as Charlie Sheen had said "Winning"!!!!

Ok I think I just did a blog! lol

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Our reward is not food, but achievement. Many of us make the mistake of rewarding ourselves with food, isn't that what got us here in the first place?

SUGAR IS EVIL, DON'T USE IT!! IN ANYTHING!!


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6/29/13 2:56 P

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Every day is a "cheat day" haha or at least it feels like it for me. I've started to realize that diets don't work. deprivation NEVER works for me and always causes me to binge later. it's about a lifestyle change. If i feel like having peanut butter (my sin food) I let myself have it. the tick is I minimize how much of it I can have. Instead of downing the entire jar like I used to, i stick with the standard 2 tbs serving. I thought it would be hard to control myself, but knowing that I can eat whatever I want as long as I fit it in my meal plan makes it easier to control myself. I plan each day every morning and if I know I'm going out with my friends to a restaurant with a fattening meal that I love, I order it, portion it out and ask the waiter to take the rest of it away... not kidding. At any rate, a healthy lifestyle change should NEVER be about deprivation. enjoy life, and be healthy. everything in moderation ;)

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Call it a food celebration and enjoy it. Our unconscious has
many drivers and some really like to indulge in pleasures.
I know that if I attempt to over control my unconscious,
eventually I will lose the the battle. So we negotiate.

I balance my calories all week and plan in two lovely
high calorie meals on the weekend. I chose healthy foods
because I enjoy them. I also enjoy some bread, pastas, wine
and occasionally desserts. I do track everything everyday
no matter what I eat. At the end of the week, I still meet my
calorie goals. This approach has been so successful,
both in the weight loss phase and now maintenance.

Many of us who have struggled with weight issues have
developed a love/hate relationship with our foods. I have
finally learned how I can love food, and balance the pleasure
of food with the nutrition of food without fear. So relax and
enjoy your occasional indulgences. Know that they to
are part of your journey to a healthy lifestyle. Most
importantly, resume your normal eating the next day
while holding gratitude for the joys of health and foods.

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Today = casino seafood buffet!



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Ah yes!! My husband and I are planning a "bad day" once a month. We are so looking forward to going out to eat, breakfast and dinner. I will still be tracking it. I'll only eat half and take the other half home. It gives us something to look forward to. Just knowing that we can still enjoy things we like is such an encouragement to keep on going.



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NO WAY! I like progress, not regress.

I myself (known fact by experience) that cheat days derail whatever progress you make on your journey.

I do not believe in these, all they do is let the bad foods take over again. Sugar is my trigger, so I steer clear of it, in any form.

I don't need cheat days, I am planning on making my goal this year.

You can't turn a Boston Bull into a whippet.

Don't be afraid to walk on the moon.

Life is just a chair of bowlies
(Erma Bombeck)

My nutrition tracker is like GOLD to me.

Our reward is not food, but achievement. Many of us make the mistake of rewarding ourselves with food, isn't that what got us here in the first place?

SUGAR IS EVIL, DON'T USE IT!! IN ANYTHING!!


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I don't plan bad food days, but I do plan bad food meals- one a week or so. Eating pretty healthy the rest of the time means that despite how much I want the bad food, it doesn't usually taste all that awesome AND I fill up faster because I'm used to listening to food cues. The first time I left half a cheeseburger on my plate as well as fries, I almost had a heart attack. I also tend to lose more weight after this one "bad food meal" my husband does too. Or sometimes I'll let myself have a little bit of a "bad" item. i.e. dinner is healthy, dessert is grilled peaches- but I'll top them with a tablespoon of real whipped cream. I usually just put a bit where hte pit used to live. I also try to load veggies with stuff as well.

i.e. tonight is a cheat night, but I'm having pizza as well as a salad and I will make myself eat my salad first. The last "cheat meal" I had, I had a bowl of egg drop soup first- plus I packed the soup with veggies. .

Sometimes I "healthify" stuff too. i.e. I really like crab rangoon, but if I go to a store for it, I'll eat a ton. If I make it using low calorie ingredients (neufchatel, pack it with crab and green onions- bake instead of fry)- I still enjoy it a lot, but I eat less because I am still at home and somehow, thinking about what I'm eating, even if I'm not.

If I can, I like to make my cheat meal, because cooking at home takes so fewer calories and tends to taste better. So if I really want a cheeseburger I will make one as well as slice up a big potato and bake it for fries. I won't worry about size on it, I'll just love me some burger.





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Instead of having a Cheat Day -- which I presume means you don't track calories consumed? - I eat occasional treats, such as an organic dark chocolate bar. I LOVE Dagoba's Eclipse 97% Cocoa bar--almost no sugar at all in it, but somewhat high fat.

When I have a treat such as this, I may end up with a high calorie day, a day that goes over my planned daily calorie ceiling of 1406 calories. But I ALWAYS track everything I eat! This way, I can clearly see that I have many days of eating lower than my ceiling that more than balance out the high calorie day.

I use the Spark People Report called Daily Calorie Differential. If you have accurately tracked fitness and nutrition, then you can see each day whether you have a calorie deficit (consumed fewer calories than you burned) or the reverse.

This works for me. Since April 14th (approximately 2 1/2 months) I have had only 5 days on which I consumed more calories than I burned. The rest of the 2 1/2 month period has been a winning cycle, since I have lost 11 pounds. I keep a spreadsheet showing the daily numbers and the total (with a minus figure for the overage days). I divide this by 3500 (number of calories one has to burn to lose one pound), and get the total number of "theoretical" pounds lost.

I think if I had a cheat day, for which I did not track, I would end up sliding down that slippery slope toward carelessness/binging/weight gain. NO THANKS!

I use a FitBit One which very accurately counts calories burned 24 hours a day. And I track every bit of food that I consume. I measure and weigh everything!

So I still get to eat goodies, but in moderation, and they are all accounted for!

Edited by: OAKASHANDTHORN at: 6/27/2013 (22:50)
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Tomorrow is the Future,
But to Today is a GIFT--
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I try to avoid 'bad food days', but I always plan ahead when I know I'm going out with my bf or meeting friends after work. My strategies for these are pretty basic:
1) Chocolate cake for breakfast? Spinach for dinner. Eat good, nutritious foods that are filling and low-cal, like fruits and veggies. If I know I'm going out for dinner, I have a light, healthy breakfast and a salad for lunch.
2) Always leave some. When I go out, I rarely order a salad--I generally order steak and as many green veggies as they'll let me. But when I REALLY want the mashed potatoes, or the fries, or whatever, I leave a few forkfuls or a small handful on the plate. I've also been known to give them away and even ask my waiter to only bring me half.
3) Skip dessert, or share one. Self-explanatory. You have healthier sweet stuff at home than you're going to find on any restaurant menu!! :-)

Good luck--it's all about finding balance with your needs and habits, but these strategies work for me!

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This is such a tricky topic, and I think will be different for everybody. I think that we should all treat ourselves occasionally, as I find that it helps keep us on track in the long run. However, it can be somewhat dangerous for me to treat myself at certain times, as once I get a taste of something, I often can't stop myself in over indulging. I call it "breaking the seal" Once it's broken, I'm in trouble! If I plan things well, this usually isn't a problem. It's when I give in to a craving when I don't have a treat planned that causes the problem, usually.



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I read that Henry Cavill, had a cheat day, while he was training to be the Man of Steal. His fitness goal was to pack on as much big muscle as possible, as quickly as possible. So he was on an extremely restricted diet. But every so often he would indulge in a Deep Dish Pizza. He said it was just about keeping it in moderation and not going crazy. Which makes sense. And if he can have a deep dish, while looking like that, I think a cup of ice cream once a month probably won't destroy your own fitness goals (as long as it stays 1 serving, and only once in a while)

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I have read that having a "cheat day" is good for the metabolism. It sort of revs it up again for the days after.

Kim

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I don't think you should ever completely deny yourself something if you're craving it HOWEVER...here are some tips that have helped me curb snacking. PS- i love bacon too- if you can find natural and low sodium (or try turkey bacon) it's a bit better for you :) also cooking bacon in the microwave (using paper towel) helps absorb some of the extra grease and makes the bacon crispier :)

- don't keep unhealthy, empty calorie snacks in your home- i keep 1 bar of dark chocolate and salted nuts in my house at all times. those are my go to's if i'm craving salt or sugar. i only allow myself to eat a couple squares of chocoalte or a handful of nuts. i eat them slowly and savor them so that it truly satisfies

- if you have a tenancy to snack, don't eat frequent smaller meals throughout the day because you're training your brain that it needs food constantly. eat well balanced meals (unless of course you have a condition such as hypoglycemia)

- if you're calorie counting- green vegetables don't count. you can eat as many of them as you want. i was told this by my dr. the calorie count is so low and they are so full of good nutrients that you can eat a lot. good news- spinach, broccoli, celery, etc all help to make you feel FULL too :) you can also season them: garlic, spicy, etc to make them even tastier! kale chips are my go-to

- everyone always thinks eating low fat will help you lost weight when there are fats that are GOOD for you like olive oil, avacado, etc don't focus so much on the fat (unless it's saturated/trans fat- that's bad-- obviously). worry more about keeping your calories under control

- do not eat processed food. period. that alone will help you lose weight.

- watch your sodium intake- too much sodium makes you store more water/bloat




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I have a mini 1 bad food a week - A pop-tart for me this week, but still keep it in my calorie range, they 1 day a month on the 31st day) I have a open day that I can eat anything, funny thing is even on this day (and other than bacon) I still eat good food, just more of it emoticon



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Yes, I have. I believe that once in a while it's okay. It's about moderation. I'm also one of those people that if I don't eventually give in, once in a while, I will binge (massively).

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.

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I had a bad food day yesterday. Total of 3900 calories. My friend said, oh I'm not counting today. Sounded good, but I tracked anyway. I need to see what I did. Yikes, does it add up fast. Thank goodness I don't have another bbq to go to anytime soon. I did not plan or even eat conservatively at all. I threw caution to the wind, and felt like crap after for eating crap. Back on track today.:-)




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Easiest way to plan for any "bad" treat is to share it! I have 3 girls, ages 9, 7 and 3. Anything I have is fair game, especially to the 3 year old. It's sort of cool to get on spark people and take a single serving...and have to reduce how much I actually ate of it because I shared it.

Yesterday, my girls and I went with my mother and sister out of town (book store!). The day before, I asked where they planned on stopping to eat. I started researching online. I came up with a game plan for each establishment (top 3 choices), and though I indulged at one restaurant more than I had planned, I kept in my calorie range (and stuck to my top 3 choices at each place) because I had planned so far ahead. I knew what I was getting into.

Planning ahead is the best thing to do. I'm hypoglycemic and having to eat so frequently can quickly rack up the calories if you're not careful. I plan on Sunday what I'm eating for the week. I take a little time cutting and packaging for the week. For example, I section off 20 nuts per container because that's 1 serving. Section and wash a cup of grapes into each bag. A half cup of carrots. Mix one cup nonfat cottage cheese + tomato, pack the spoon...2 tablespoons of peanut butter or almond butter in a mini container, etc. etc.

Some things are mixed the morning of, but I have my lunch pail overflowing with caloric-range food items. There's no excuse then. A mother of 3 has to get moving quickly.

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I don't think you are cheating. It is possible to eat popcorn with butter, chicken wings and drink beer, and stay within reasonable calorie counts. Maybe not the healthiest but you indicated you would have salad and a smoothie. If those are fat free, you could be fine. Just take a vitamin.

Back when I went to Weight Watchers, the various plans over the years allowed for extra calories each week - all on one day or spread out over 7 days. Not so very different from what you propose to do.

I like that you are being accountable - planning for it, tracking how much, and knowing what food groups you will eat from - heavy on carbs, a day's worth of fat, and with some protein. So you are offsetting it with lighter, healthy choices like produce and getting in some exercise - you ARE doing everything right.

Have fun with your hubby and enjoy yourself.

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Many experience similar things - both the not feeling so good after indulging (they often choose to stay on track rather than indulge too often), and the losing better after they have a day when they eat more and indulge a bit. Maybe this is an indication that they are being too restrictive in their daily eating or maybe it just is a natural part of how some people lose weight. I have really weird patterns but looking back, I see definite patterns that seem to just be the way I lose and/or don't.

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My cheat day usually turns into a binge day,but I usually feel re-energized the following day. I don't feel hungry the next day and I more or less fast the next day. It has worked for me. Everyone is different,though.

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When I am planning a dinner out or craving something I fear I'll regret later, I log it in my nutrition tracker ahead of time. That way, I go in knowing the "damage" and can offset a bit with the rest of my day, or sometimes just decide its not worth it, delete it from my tracker and choose something healthier instead. Either way, I've made a conscious decision that I won't feel guilty about later.



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i have been "predieting" for a trip back home to NM where the food is loaded with cheese and much of it is fried! i am actually 2 pounds under the weight i find acceptable so this way i can eat and not feel too guilty! the only thing i am worried about is that now that i have been being good for so long i find that indulging makes my stomach hurt - has anyone else experienced this?



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Thanks for posting this--I thought I was crazy because I've noticed the same thing--that I lose more easily if I allow myself one day when I can eat what I want. As you said, a "day off" usually results in a slight weight gain for a short time, and then a drop! It's also much easier for me to eat carefully the rest of the week if I know I can relax my vigilance for that one day.



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The "diet" plan I chose actually requires that I have one day where I do not limit what I choose to eat. During the week I eat slow carb foods and I stick to it. But on the seventh day, after having a breakfast that fits the plan, I have whatever I want and I don't feel guilty. I do see a change on the scale the day after but it's usually water retention and carb bloating. It goes away within a day or so and the loss begins with a vengeance for the rest of the week. There have been times when I noticed a loss rather than a gain as well. I don't get ridiculous and eat everything in sight, but I do indulge in things like dairy, fruit and maybe some pancakes and other things I find myself craving the previous 6 days. (Frozen yogurt and mochi's are a favorite for me!) Sometimes I do this all day and sometimes it's just for a meal or a few hours. This "off" day, I'm already planning on homemade buttermilk pancakes with mixed berries, a tall glass of milk, a diet soda and some popcorn.

There have even been weeks where I just don't want to go off plan but I noticed it's more productive for me if I do. Crazy right?

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whatever works for you - if you are happy about how you handled it, celebrate it and enjoy it.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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cake cookie, and biscuits day? haha~~



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That is GREAT - celebrate those incredible successes. Add them together and it will mean a LOT of progress.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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OMG. fended off pizza +red wine cravings....! have a plum instead.... great job i did!



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Words matter more to some of us than to others - the nice thing I keep reading on this thread is that even those who call it a "cheat" day, a "bad food" day, or whatever, are ALSO saying that they put aside their guilt and STAY ON TRACK. I avoid the negative words because they really undermine MY personal journey. Others use them and still have the same basic POSITIVE message and it WORKS FOR THEM. I celebrate that so many have recognized that perfection is NOT a requirement for success and that guilt is a wasted emotion. So, however you plan for it or deal with it or what you call - we are really REALLY making success. CONGRATULATIONS to ALL of us for OUR PROGRESS.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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I had a cheat day yesterday: wings, beer and cheesy bread...followed by 3 sour apple blow pops. Today I got up and did 2 hours on the elliptical...not fretting!



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I have 2 birthday parties coming up, and they both will have cake, and ice-cream. That would be my special occasion. Maybe I can just have 2 small slices. One for each birthday, and then after that stop the junk food. If they don't have regular food I'll make sure I eat before I go. There! I'm planning a bad food day.



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It is interesting to read the stories of others. LOVE IT. Inspiring and validating. THe one thing that screams out to me is the words "guilt" eating and "bad" foods. I had to give up those notions in order to move to a healthier lifestyle. I only used those terms when my brain was wired incorrectly. Now I understand I can eat anything I chose, there is no bad food or guilt associated with eating. Just enjoyment and accountability. Weight is coming off, slow and steady, without any stress or feelings of deprivation (and associated cravings). What an incredible difference this makes!



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My husband and I plan for a "special" meal every Sunday. We do not go overboard but eat something that we may have been craving all week.We weigh ourselves Sunday mornings so it works for us. It makes it easier all week long knowing that we can splurge a little on Sunday.

Success is steady progress toward one's personal goals.
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You KNOW yourself and it sounds like something that has worked for a lot of people. The thing I like best about your new strategy is that it takes into account YOUR personality, YOUR expectations for yourself, and the realities of YOUR life. It is one more way that works for some people. Be proud of your losses even if they are not all that you might hope for - you can make them happen now.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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I totally have "bad food days"... I've lost 14 lbs since January (20 being my full goal, but life got in the way and I fell off the wagon, hard!)

I think this time around I'm going to instill "No Tracking Days" once in a while instead... Days where I'm not pressured to track everything? but still try to make smart choices. I know I can't track everything I eat forever. I'll become obsessive, that's just the way I am. If I'm still thinking about portion control, getting something grilled not fried, subbing veggies for mashed potatoes? I'm still getting somewhere and the healthy way.

I think it's important to give yourself freedom once in a while, but try to do it only once in a while, while instilling lifelong habits rather than "bad food days". Bad food days become a regular once I allow myself to do it too many times.



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I work in a doctor's office of all women and every Friday is "Fat Bi*ch Friday"! I haven't yet gone really "crazy", but whatever I order that is out of the norm for me is a treat.



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LCLAYO - I would PLAN for it and I would ENJOY it - I fit fried chicken into my eating regularly - I have made a few adjustments (actually my son has) that make it healthier. First instead of a flour or bread coating, he uses finely chopped nuts to add nutrients, he then oven fries it using a little olive oil on it. It is not exactly like fried chicken but it is delicious and satisfies my cravings for fried chicken nicely. He oven fries potatoes and roasted veggies to complete the meal. It is delicious and decadent and really tastes delicious and doesn't lack for either flavor or texture. Occasionally, I simply have the fried chicken done the old fashioned way and fit it into my calorie range but it is more difficult and has more fat and calories. When I have it I thoroughly enjoy it and then move on. With the alternative, the old kind doesn't happen more than once every 2-3 months any more.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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I agree that healthier lifestyle is the key. If focusing only on diet and exercise worked most of us would not have a weight problem.



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OMG I want fried chicken so bad. How do you fight the cravings.



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That is such an important point - this is NOT about deprivation and D I E ting - but about making L I F E style changes that improve your LIFE including those special treats - just not all the time - traditions, relationships, etc.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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I'll agree with special foods for special occassions. I believe that a "healthy lifestyle" is not limited to diet and exercise and weight management. Part of a "healthy lifestyle" is your relationships, your traditions, your holidays, your faith, etc.

I did not choose this path to not eat cake a piece of cake at a family member's wedding. I did not choose this path to go without some Christmas cookies, traditional holiday meals, etc. When the holiday is over though, so is the junk food :-)



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for weeks I have been craving coldstones coffee lovers delight, well I planned it in my day, went to coldstones, ordered the smallest portion of it, sat in a chair, put up my feet and thoroughly enjoyed it, and I didn't feel guilty about it either, dallas

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I plan "bad food" times, rather than have an entire day of bad eating.

Examples: I allow certain treats on certain days of the year.
July 4- strawberries and all the ice cream I want
Thanksgiving - 2 pieces of pumpkin pie
After driving all night (twice yearly) -a maple bar
fruit pie - at the county fair
bar-be-que ribs - once a year at a friends house
special favorite candy - December
extra cookies - one week before Christmas (nearly unlimited)
weddings - one piece of white cake

You get the idea. I don't have this junk food all the time, but on those special occasions I know I will have some and really enjoy it.



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I love reading the boards and seeing real people with the same real issues as me. Love how I'm not the only one who calls it a "bad food" day or an "eat" day haha. Yes the trackers are WONDERFUL tools for helping keep you in line as much as you can on a special occasion, or to alter what you eat before you go to the occasion. My next "bad food" day isn't just going to be a day, it's going to be a weekend -_-
Spending the weekend at the casino for my son's bday. But with the bad food comes a LOT of walking... that place is HUGE so I'm hoping to make it out without too much sabotaging myself.

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You are really making the BEST use of the program when you use the trackers in advance AND make substitutions so that you can celebrate and enjoy the birthday without sacrificing either taste or fun.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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They have great alternatives don't they?? ? ) emoticon

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I've started with SP a couple of months ago. Tracking has really helped especially when planning for a "bad food" day. Today is my husband's birthday and yes we are having some of his favorite foods. With the planner, I'm able to control the amount of calories earlier in the day and be able to adjust my dinner menu without getting out of control. It's made these special occasions and holidays much easier to manage. Since most of the food will be homemade, I've managed to lower the calories on some of his favorite dishes without sacrificing taste. Tracking has definitely helped. Thank you SP for creating such a wonderful tool.



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The idea of NOT feeling guilty is a really important one that has helped me stay on track when the scales don't always show the progress.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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I really appreciate this thread and the various points of view.

Frankly, that's a major point of why I embraced the SparkPeople philosophy and why I'm sticking with it nearly three months after I started it. It's about progress, not perfection. Most of the time, I decline sweets and really caloric foods. But I am choosing my moments (a slice of cheesecake at a wedding, the 6-oz. steak at a restaurant for Father's Day, etc.), and I'm not feeling a bit of guilt about those choices.

It's going to take me a long time to reach my goal, and I think that choosing small indulgences when it feels important is part of celebrating life's milestone occasions. It certainly prevents me from feeling sorry for myself or for feeling like anything is forbidden. I think it's a brilliant approach to life and food, actually.

Just be intentional about your choices. It's really an opportunity for empowerment, and you can do it!




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It is a journey and your comments are really important ones - thank you for sharing them - I too have dealt with these issues and know that it doesn't happen overnight. Another problem is that as soon as you figure out a solution for ONE problem area, another pops up. It really is hard to control.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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It's a journey, isn't it? Thanks for sharing.



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As a long term binge eater I have sought information from many sources to change this behavior. With these and a lot of hard work I am changing it. Please allow me to share some insight and tools I have gained along the way. Perhaps other binge eaters would also like to contribute.
It seems for those of us prone to binge eating life brings many opportunities to trigger one. A difficult day at work, a fight with our partner or feeling stressed out are only a few things that can set us off. It is so easy to turn to binge eating because it provides quick and easy relief to whatever uncomfortable feelings that life brings. Unfortunately, because it requires so little effort it easily becomes a habit. But because it is a difficult habit to change doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Two of the quickest, easiest and most inexpensive things we can do are to ‘move our muscles and change our thoughts’. This may sound too simple to work but it does. For example, if we start thinking about food we can think about something, anything else besides food. Initially it may be hard but with practice it gets easier. We can also move our muscles by chewing gum, brushing our teeth, combing our hair or even simply walking into another room. I chose these as examples to make the point that we only need to do very simple things to distract ourselves and avoid a binge. This is not to say fun or relaxing activities won’t work too. Playing solitaire, meditating, listening to music or talking to your pet all can help you get your mind off eating. SP motivational articles and SP teams can also help.
Now because it takes practice and more practice to change a habit it is not likely we will change our behavior overnight. So if we do go on a binge don’t let the lowered feelings that often follow one get you down. When that nagging little voice tells you how awful it was that you went on a binge just remember you have the power to change those thoughts. After all weight loss is a journey and we will experience both challenges and successes along the way.




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Often the way to discover the WHY of these out of control moments is to journal about them - ask yourself where you were when it was a problem, who you were with, what was going on around you, how you were feeling, and stuff like that. Then experiment to find out what might help. I call this my "whack a mole" method of figuring it out. Try one thing and if that doesn't work or works only sometimes, try something different. For instance I found that a BIG problem area for me was at the end of a long day at school (when I had skipped lunch especially) - I have a stressful job and sometimes a crisis or a parent call will occur during my lunch and so I created a whole group of healthy grab me foods - I keep some in my purse, in my desk at school, in my gym bag, in my car, etc. Now instead of stopping for a burger and fries, or a candy bar, or ice cream, I have nuts, fruits, crackers, protein and fiber bars, mini candy bars, etc. right at my fingertips. I have done similar detective work on a whole lot of problem areas and found things that work (sometimes at least). I call it whack-a-mole because as soon as I solve one problem area, another one pops up and I have to figure the solution for THAT problem. It takes time but is worth it as I am about 80 pounds closer to my eventual goal than when I started and I have fewer problem areas all the time - a LONG way from perfect but an even LONGER way from where I was.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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There are days that it is easy to stay on track, and other days there is no will-power. when I can figure out why I sometimes give into binging, I will be able to move forward and be more in control. sometimes, the same foods cause me to react differently. I need some tools to stop those occasional binges before they get out of hand... I am yo- yo- ing, and that is not good.



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Ask yourself how do I FEEL after eating such-and-such. (bloated, drained, or energetic, satisfied) "TREATS" are a mental thing, not a body thing.



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