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7/5/13 2:04 P

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Nope. It's not about cheating. It's a lifestyle change. I am what I eat.

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7/5/13 9:43 A

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The term "cheat" sounds like the meal is something to be ashamed of, so no, I do not have cheat meals, as I know this is a lifestyle change for me! I try to eat healthy most of the time, but also do NOT totally deny myself specific foods... although I do limit the amount I eat.... Of course I do sometimes go over my caloric limits; I simply get myself back on track as soon as possible!!

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7/5/13 8:44 A

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The fewer "Cheat Meals" you have, the quicker you shrink!!!



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7/5/13 8:03 A

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I would not say cheat meals; If I want to eat something that I know it must be watched carefully I try to be moderated and to have it occasionally in order to not unbalance the overall diet to follow.



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7/4/13 9:27 P

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If you feel like it , do it or you may eat more calories some other way that isn't very good for you.



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I don't believe in "cheat meals". This is a way of life for us, and we eat what we eat, but don't let it define us or our actions. If we eat the wrong things, we adjust and move on. I think if you plan on cheat meals, it turns into cheat days until eventually the numbers creep up.

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7/4/13 4:17 P

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Goals can include the occasional "treat." I had not thought about it, but I am grateful to the people who took issue with the term "cheat meal." I am trying not to think in those terms now, since I include some of the "less healthy" foods in my general plan. Very few people, including mature adults, can go indefinitely without a single "treat." I can usually eat a bunch of peppers and celery and feel great; but sometimes I really want that mini Snickers ice cream treat. At 90 calories, it is not going to wreck my plan, and I seldom binge now . . . which used to be a big problem for me. The only thing I really need to leave out of the plan completely is soda. For me, another way to spell soda is t-r-o-u-b-l-e! For those who can handle it, drink away!

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7/4/13 3:54 P

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Basically, I just eat what I want, but in moderation. Like I eat breakfast now, used to not. But, I try to make sure it's something healthy. I've been eating more fruit too. But, I always make sure I'm not eating too much, which is why the calorie, fat, carb, and protein counting is helpful. If I find I can still have a less healthy snack or something without going over, I will. If something will put my numbers over really high, then I won't eat it. Only exception to that rule is on holidays or parties. I can still watch what I eat, but depriving myself of that piece of cake will just make me miserable, if I want it.



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No!!!!
If you cheat, you're undermining yourself! I want to reach my goal ASAP. Why would I cheat?

You're not in competition with the Sparks People website, certainly not with your daily food log:

YOU ARE IN COMPETITION AGAINST YOURSELF. If your goals are set properly, and you are mature enough to understand these facts, things will go well.

Set a goal, and stick to it!




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7/4/13 12:26 P

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My new theory for living a balanced, stress-less, enjoyable life is that there is not such thing as a cheat meal. If there is something you want, healthy or less healthy, have one serving or share it with a friend and load up on veggies and fruits to fill you up. How sad would life be if I couldn't eat chicken fingers (now that I've found gluten-free ones!) and some french fries now and again! I haven't stuck to a strick diet yet and wouldn't for the rest of my life ... so why not create something that I can live with?



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7/4/13 10:44 A

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If you have the calories to do so, then do it. However. Somethings simply don't fit into a regular day of eating. You can always skip your other meals to fit it in, though. Next week, when my husband and I go to the Taste of Buffalo, I will probably only eat there for the day. That will also be a tough day to track calories. :( But sometimes, you will come across situations where you can't eat perfect, and that's fine, as long as it isn't every day. I still eat burgers that I make at home myself, but they are the low fat ones, with wheat rolls and pickles. But I wouldn't get a burger out at a restaurant because I don't know how it's made. I've limited eating out, but if I do, I get salad and a healthy option, and I only eat part of it. You should always eat they way you would normally, but limiting calories and making healthy choices. That way, you're never deprived in the first place, but you're training yourself to eat right.

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7/4/13 8:58 A

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I've learned that I have to break out a little every now and then, otherwise I feel so deprived that I just take a day and overeat and it turns out to be much worse than 'cheating' a little bit. If you also never allow yourself to indulge a little bit every now and then, your diet won't be sustainable. I take at least 1 day off a week. That also gives me something to look forward to and work towards. And you can still stick to health options. Eg I was craving hamburgers, so I made my own by using a lean mince patty and a small brown roll. I had one burger with loads of vegs instead of two big burgers with white rolls. The little tweaks end up making a huge difference.

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7/4/13 8:26 A

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Cheating does not work for me. It is better not to even go there.
I have never been completely happy about it afterwards.



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7/4/13 2:33 A

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I'd have to agree - I will occasionally let myself indulge in something a bit higher in calories, but I'll compensate for it with the rest of the day, or the next day. I try to keep a balance, otherwise I fall off the wagon much too easily!!

“If you can’t take a little bloody nose, maybe you oughtta go back home and crawl under your bed. It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it’s not for the timid.” — Q


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7/3/13 6:52 P

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I personally try very hard not to look at it as "cheating." I view it more as enjoying something that I want in moderation. However, I avoid doing this unless I absolutely must have something because my indulgences tend to be the fatty, greasy foods that are just plain unhealthy, such as a cheeseburger or Chinese food. Because these foods are so bad to begin with, I try to only allow myself something like that once every several weeks at best and in only a small amount. I'm also a carb-hound, so I have taught myself to go easy on those as well. But if there is something that I truly, truly want, yes I have some and move on with my life. What fun is it if you can't indulge in something you want from time to time??? Wasn't it Marie Antoinette that said "Let them eat cake!" ? Good luck and enjoy!!



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7/3/13 2:20 P

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I actually learned alot from reading this thread. At first I was hesitant because I didn't want to be talked OUT of my "cheat" day, but my reading everyones opinions, input, etc, I learned that what I have been wanting to do and feeling like we should do... is something that is OK to do, and that is to NOT have a cheat day, to let myself enjoy something I want within moderation and just watch my calorie intake on those days with those meals as well.

Thanks everyone!

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7/3/13 12:50 P

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I've learned how to get out of the "cheat" mindset. If there is something I want to indulge in a little bit, then I do. I try to do it no more than once a week, and I have to be super careful. There's been times where one indulgence turned into 3 days of indulging. And that's not good! I also find that if I work little treats in here and there, it keeps me aligned. For instance, if I have enough calories left for the day, I might have a square of dark chocolate along with some fruit. Or a WW ice cream bar. Something that fits in my calories for the day, and also satisfies my sweet tooth.

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7/3/13 11:28 A

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I agree with the idea of making good choices even when it might not fit "within the plan". It's usually protein I get hungry for occasionally, and agree my body is probably trying to tell me something! I just know I have to be careful to make good choices there too.

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I'm not on a diet so the phrase "cheat meals" has no meaning to me. The word cheating is a negative word to me. How can I cheat from being human and have cravings sometimes. I try to eat healthy and mindfully at each meal. If I have a strong craving I do indulge and just go right back to eating mindfully the rest of the day. I don't let it set the rest of the day for "crazy" eating. If I did not indulge that strong craving, I would eventually binge because I was not satisfied for days because I did not give in to the craving.

I allow my weight to fluctuate three pounds either way at any weight set point I am currently on. My mind and body have to work together on this journey and not fight each other.

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7/3/13 11:00 A

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No, not really....I just portion control.

One day, one meal, one workout at a time.....


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7/3/13 10:41 A

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I agree with BeachBumAtHeart. There is no way to cheat, only choices. Cheat days also set up a paradigm of good food / bad food and make people desire what they "can't" eat. Every time one CHOOSES to indulge, they choose to maintain and / or gain. You only cheat yourself. What do you want more--- weight loss or food treats? There is your answer.

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7/2/13 11:22 P

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There is no way to cheat - the calories are there in the body. It's all choice. If one wants to choose a slower weight loss by having some higher calorie days, that's a person's right. If someone decides to maintain for a while rather than lose weight, that's a person's right as well. If someone chooses to overeat, that's their right to decide. It's your body. You get to decide what you want to do with it. That's not cheating, it's simply making choices.

I was hungry as all get out on Sunday. I wasn't hungry for junk, but for things like milk, eggs and protein. Since I'd had a stressful week, am coming off of fighting off an upper respiratory infection, and had been very active all week, I figured my body probably was telling me it needed a protein and calcium boost. So I ate out of weight loss range. I ate about 400 calories above my BMR that day. I made that choice because I'm trying to learn to listen to my body - and because I knew that it wasn't going to mean weight gain, since I'd had so much activity and a few days on which I'd eaten under range. Now, I may not lose much weight for last week, but I don't consider that cheating. I think of it as an appropriate choice to take care of myself.

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Absolutely. what fun is it to go to a restaurant and pick at lettuce while your friends are eating something decadent? and... what kind of enjoyment would i get from going on vacation and not enjoying a treat meal? Life is for the living.

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7/2/13 4:14 P

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For me, no. I just can't do it and be successful. But it has nothing to do with the healthier attitudes such as "all things in moderation". I can't cheat because I know I won't stop cheating, especially with trigger foods (sugar, grease, etc.)

As PPs have stated, it's good to vary calories to shock the system, and I will do that occasionally.

As always, I think each individual has to do what's best for him or herself. Great question, though, and it's interesting to read all the comments!

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I have to be VERY restrictive about how I eat if I want to lose any weight. Cheat days keep me sane and allow me to relax and enjoy myself a little bit.

For me, "cheating" is eating out at a restaurant or going to a party with friends and eating reasonably but not weighing or measuring everything. Usually I am eating something that is quite healthy but just has more carbs than I can normally consume. Generally when I cheat I am still not having more than about 1800 calories in a day. My most epic cheat was when I threw a party with my friend who is a chef. Nothing we had was exactly unhealthy--fish tacos with homemade tortillas, shrimp ceviche, plantain chips and patacones, carrot cake and lots of margaritas...but I managed to gain five pounds in just one day. :) It was worth it.

One or two cheat days a month is about right for me. Lately I have been much too lax and have been cheating way too often.

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I haven't restricted anything as that seems to make me fail quickly, but I do watch portions. A serving of Oreos is 2 cookies not the whole tray. emoticon However, I've also incorporated more veggies and fruits and I don't eat as many carbs and I found that I don't crave the junk as much anymore. My one cheat if you will and since I don't go over cals I don't know if I can call it that is that I sometimes eat white rice or pasta for dinner and I usually try to abstain from carbs after lunch. If a cheat meal makes you feel better and you can still lose weight, I say go for it.

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I no longer control what I eat. There are no "cheat" meals or foods for me. I find that walking 10,000 steps a day means I am free to eat whatever whenever I like. I'm losing an average of a pound a week, and I feel great. I am eating less than I was, but it has happened naturally, not by "going on a diet" or cutting out sugar. I do listen to my body more and I am not as hungry because of all the walking (and contra dancing), it would seem. But the weight loss has been steady for about 5 weeks now ... 7.5 pounds. It's only a start; my body will be healthier with 50 fewer pounds on it, but it feels easy. I have lost weight successfully before with Weight Watchers and other terrific plans, but for me, right now, my Fitbit One is leading the way. I now walk to the video store instead of hopping into the car; I park at the other end of the parking lot when I shop across town, and I take the dog on much longer walks every day ... it is leisurely, and the most enjoyable way I've every changed my body.

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I just started eating the Sommersizing way again. I was very successful on that and it wasn't difficult to follow. I cook more often and eat very good, heatlhy and delish foods. But for level one they don't allow any alcohol. I do allow myself a little on the weekends or if I'm going to an event, but I'm careful not to overdue it.

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I just came back to Spark People last Friday. I have been pretty good about keeping my daily goals within the range set for me. But I do enjoy my meals when I go to my daughters for a holiday meal. They are both doing WW so they do a lot of vegetables and meat on the grill. Any other foods that might be there that are not necessarily on my plan I enjoy within reason and account for them in my daily plan. And then get back on track. So far it has worked out ok as long as I am aware of my dally goals. So far I have lost 10 lbs within the last month or so. I started with WW but couldn't afford it. So I came back to Spark People. I can do everything here that I could do with WW. As long as I can track my food and keep track of calories, carbs, fat, protein, cholesterol I can pretty much stay on track.

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I do allow myself to indulge a little one meal a week. My sister, nephews, and parents all have dinner with my family, and it's always junk because my sister's family will only eat that. I do the best I can, but since I can't track it exactly and am not 100% sure what is in anything, I consider it my "cheat meal". I do eat mindfully during that meal, and I try to stick with the lower-fat options. Still, I don't cram an entire day's worth of calories in that one meal like a lot of folks end up doing. It also helps to reset my metabolism. I count on it! If I don't have that "cheat meal", I don't lose as well as if I do. It's certainly not for everyone, but it does work for me.

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I finished my comprehensive exams for my master's degree on Saturday, and had a cheat evening after being really careful for a while. It was SO hard to get back on track! Partly because of the celebratory feeling, and partly because I just wanted things. It felt like giving into one craving led to giving into whims.

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My husband and I have cheat meals. One meal a week - we eat whatever we want (including a dessert).
This helps keep us on track. What I do, I eat light during the week. I cut out a few extra calories. If Spark tells me I can have 1500 cals a day, I'll eat 1400 Sun-Friday, eat light during the day Saturday (this is generally the day I do heavy housework too - burn those cals!), and have my cheat meal Saturday night. For me, it's a job well done. A reward. I don't count calories for this meal (I'm not completely opposed to it, I just rather not see the spike). Our method may not work for everyone, but it works for us. We're losing weight and we're happy!

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I, like others on this post have changed my mindset about food. No food is off limits and I put foods I enjoy into my meal plans on regular basis. However, I make sure that I stay within my calorie quota for the day and track everything I eat. Tracking my food has been a hard lesson to learn and consistently do, but it keeps me on track and aware of what I am putting in my mouth. The only thing I do not allow myself anymore is soda because it seems it is my 'drug of choice' and one slip and I am back on squid row again.

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Great question! It is important to recognize a craving, which is really what a cheat meal is about. Cravings for french fries (one of mine!), chocolate, cake, etc. are very normal so be mindful of it, and face it head on. Otherwise we'll find ways to just kind of "back door" it into our diet!

I encourage my clients to do do two things when struggling with cravings:

1) Find healthy substitutes that address the nature of the carving - sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy, etc. Have healthy substitutes ready to go when the cravings come!

2) Maintain a good blood sugar level throughout the day. We are more vulnerable to cravings when we feel really hungry! So be sure to meal plan for 5-6 small meals spaced throughout the day.

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Before when I was losing weight I didn't do a cheat meal, but I'd find a way to allow myself to eat what I wanted. (I did weight watchers, so I had the extra points. To me that wasn't a cheat because I stayed within my point range by using the extra points allowed)

This go round with trying to lose weight I don't know if I'll do a cheat meal or not. For right now I'll be sticking to my calorie range unless I find that doesn't work for me.



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This is something I struggle with! My husband and I had been going out to eat every Friday evening so I wouldn't have to cook and I could get my french fry fix. These "cheat meals" soon turned into "cheat weekends" and now I find myself looking back over the past two weeks and shaking my head wondering what the heck happened and how I let myself gain 5 pounds back!

For now, I am focusing on getting back on track and AVOIDING the "cheat" concept! I am planning on incorporating my favorite foods into my plan and tracking them to stay honest!

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Amen to that, AMGIFF!


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I think one has to understand the role that the "cheat" foods have in the overall plan. If a cheat meal becomes the focus, then it's harder to keep going. You really have to be dedicated to eating better and living a healthier, more active life. In that context, you're not "cheating" you are sticking with the plan.

I don't consider myself to be dieting - I've made a lifestyle change that won't change substantially once I reach my goals. I'm not giving up my favorite foods, but I'm smarter about what I eat and when. So I don't need a cheat meal because I eat what I want. I might not have pizza or chocolate as often as I once did, but eating those foods too much isn't healthy for me, and being healthy is more important to me than having pizza every week. I'll have it every couple of months, and I enjoy every minute, but I don't consider it a cheat.

Everyone is different and we all need different motivators. It helps me stay focused by thinking of every meal as part of a plan and not as going off the plan.



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I do not plan cheat meals. I think when you are invited to dinner -- that is sort of a cheat so I usually do not plan "cheats" but neither do I avoid eating out or turn down invites. When I am out I try to eat sensibly and avoid sweets but I still enjoy food.

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My birthday was this past week, so I gave myself some leeway with what I ate...BUT - then I felt gross! Cheat days aren't so much about eating whatever I want anymore. I pay the price in my energy level, how my clothes feel, and general attitude. It's not worth it.



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6/30/13 9:12 P

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I also don't limit what I consider cheat food but work them into my daily calories and that way I don';t feel like I can't have anything. I have a sweet tooth, but have learned how to control it and make healthier sweet tasting things using fruits and little sugar. That way I never feel I'm missing something. I am also lucky that my grandson is a sharer so if he is say having a ice cream I get one taste and that's it. Enough for me to feel like I've had a treat but not enough to hurt my day .

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Hi Kenzieroo! Great topic. I found that eliminating concepts like cheat/bad/guilt etc. has changed my life. I realize that sounds a bit dramatic, but once I got out of assigning those types of emotions to food, the cravings stopped. I allow myself 1600-1700 calories a day (my goal weight maintenance calories) and eat whatever I want. The difference is accountability (logging the food.) If I go out and eat chips, salsa, have a margarita, that's perfectly ok, I just have to adjust for it some time during the day. By the time I reach my goal weight in 2014, there won't be any "going off the diet!" I AM careful not to "bank" extra calories to eliminate the next day, just a bad idea for me. This journey has been painless and rewarding. My problem wasn't bad food, it was the negative emotions I attached to it (guild/bad,etc.)

BTW - I have lost 52lbs. since Jan. Good luck everyone!!!!

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I think it depends on what works for the individual. When I first started my "get healthy" plan, I was very strict about not going over 1200 calories a day because that was what the group leader said women should do. But after a few weeks, I realized I could not sustain that for very long. It was barely possible to get adequate nutrition if I stayed within those calories every day. It was about then that I joined Spark People. Now, I pay attention to the calorie goal that Spark People sets for me. On my own goal chart, I set a goal to be 100 points below the upper limit of the Spark calories six days a week. That way, I have some calories to "play around with" without messing up my whole week. So far, I have never averaged more than the upper limit of what my Spark calories allow. There are a few things I just need to put off limits because they derail me . . . like soda messes me up royally! But, for the most part, if I deny myself all the things I really like, I am guaranteed to go on a binge.

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Yes. I know they will happen so I try to stay on track as much as possible so they don't "hurt" me as much. I've only been "sparking" THIS time since May 17th, (my longest run on here). In the past if I cheated I just felt like a failure and quit even trying. This time my attitude is completely different. I am "allowing" myself an occasional treat or cheat. And if I go over my calorie limit one day I just get back on track the next day.



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Like I know I am going to cheat on July 4. I make sure I am good the rest of the week. We do not eat out much. So I plan because I know when we will eat out.



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I have a cheat day, and I find I kind of have to force myself to cheat, just because I don't feel that hungry that day. I think it's useful though, because I remind myself during the week that if I'm good I can have that cheat day.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

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I do them. It may or may not be a good idea. For me, it seems one "cheat" leads to another, either the next day or the day after that. In the grand scheme, I figure 2 bad meals out of the nearly 30 I eat each week really isn't so bad. As long as you get back on track and are consistent with eating right the majority of the time, indulgences every now and then won't ruin everything.

Every day is a new beginning, a fresh chance to make great progress! Leave yesterday behind, and focus on what is in front of you now.



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