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HOOSIERNATIVE46's Photo Posts: 173
7/16/13 9:03 A

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For me, cheat = guilt. Guilt = stress or self downing. Therefore, cheat is out of the vocabulary. However, I find that if I crave something, a little goes a long way. Then to the tracker I go. I keep my craving foods (chocolate - Im trading out milk chocolate for dark chocolate) on a high shelf. I know where they are, but they are out of sight. I just don't buy ice cream. I know I have an ice cream maker, and if I really want ice cream, I can make it. That seems to work for me. My 90 cal fiber one bars help alot. That way I get fiber, chocolate, and self respect. Tracking is the important thing.

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7/16/13 7:41 A

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I allow myself the weekend to indulge in small 'cheats' but only if I feel so inclined. I have no craving for anything then I don't. It just allows me the feeling of having what I want in small portions if need be. Keep in mind big cheats equals small or no weight loss. It's not worth it.

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7/16/13 7:03 A

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In the beginning I allowed a few small binges, but I don't crave junk anymore. Once in awhile I have a treat of ice cream or a chocolate bar, but very rarely. I don't deprive myself, I just don't have cravings anymore. Yaaaayyyy!!

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7/16/13 6:54 A

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I personally no longer binge on high calorie foods as I cannot stand the guilt trip I face afterward. A high calorie binge can be over inside ten minutes and the fact that I have done maybe 2000 calories makes me feel guilty for at least a week - I personally do not find it worth it. If I binge I tend to pig out on real low calorie stuff so I get the feeling of fullness without gaining.

I do not deny myself any food as I find the minute I do this I crave that food.

If you crave chocolate try this one.

Get a bar of chocolate and cut it into the individual chunks. Wrap the chunks individually in aluminium foil and put them in the freezer. When you crave chocolate take one of the chunks out of the freezer and suck on it. Because it is so cold it takes ages to melt in the mouth releasing its flavour over 10-15 minutes. You have had the constant taste of chocolate in your mouth for this time and have consumed less than 40 calories. More tasty than knocking a whole bar back in two minutes and 400 calories.

Any high calorie foods you have - wrap them up in small quantities like this - it works for nuts, cake, and crisps too and because you have had some the craving for more instantly diminishes.

Try not to cheat but if you do always maintain control over it - never let it have control over you.



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7/15/13 1:53 P

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no, I just eat what I feel like within moderation

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7/15/13 1:52 P

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right on, as long as you know what you are doing and account for it, I don't consider it cheating !

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7/15/13 12:38 P

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I don't consider it cheating. I indulge every now and then. But the main objective is to not overindulge. Sometimes it just means I need to make my "cheat meal" a little healthier. No one wants to diet for the rest of their life. So the idea is to learn to eat differently. I may have frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. Or I might have a handful of chips but count out each chip to be accountable for that serving. The biggest thing is holding yourself accountable. If you preplan then you will never regret the choice that you made.

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7/14/13 1:18 A

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I have a 6 yr old and we are always on the go. That being said I eat out a few times a week, but I come home and add things on my tracker. I know what I can have at Taco Bell, McDonald's and Red Robins and stay with in my Spark Guidelines. In Fact I ate at McDonald's twice in one day and never went over. It helps that I crave salt more than sweet most of the time so fries over ice cream is what I will always go for. I never feel like I am depriving myself of anything and only have changed a few simple things to keep on track.

A McDouble no Ketchup no bun and a small fry is 470 calories.
McDonald's Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad (no dressing, no croutons) 240 calories
2 grilled chicken taco's at Taco bell 360 calories
McDonalds Fruit 'N Yogurt Parfait (without granola) 130 calories.

I hope this helps someone keep on track.

I also have a birthday party to attend soon, I am sure my calories, fat, and carbs will be over that day but I will be back on track the next day.

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7/13/13 8:34 P

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I do, but just to get the craving to go away. I never indulge or pig out. If its a meal I want I split it with someone. Chips or candy just a little bit. I don't want to say no and over stuff myself later.

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7/13/13 7:27 P

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I think sometimes it happens that we stray from the healthy choices that we know we should be making BUT I try not to PLAN for "bad" choices. If they happen then they happened and I'm not a bad or weak person. I just ate something that I had not planned to eat. I try to stop as soon as possible and go back on my plan. I also try to keep my plan balanced and inside my ranges (daily) so that it keeps the cravings down. I find if I don't eat enough of one thing or another then I crave unhealthy foods. That's just me tho! Don't take my advice if it does not work for you.

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7/13/13 7:24 P

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I don't consider it cheats, either. What I have done is change the pattern of my eating, not necessarily the elimination of any item forever (unless I have a physical bad reaction to it). I do find the more I eat real, lightly processed foods, the less the packaged stuff tastes good to me. I tried a root beer a few months ago, and I had to throw it out because it was too sicky-sweet. I've decided to cut most grains out -- and have cut hamburger buns and pasta out completely (although I think if I am invited to someone's home where they are serving lasagna I'll make an exception for that meal). I do eat good quality bread, but not often, and I don't consider it a cheat. It's a matter of figuring out what works for my body, and having balance.

And when you are suddenly called out of town, to provide company and comfort to a father in assisted living, you do end up eating things you wouldn't normally. I drove him out for meals in accessible restaurants, or brought in take out, and I know these things contained a higher percentage of starches, sugars and fats than I normally eat. However, HE needs to eat more than they serve at the assisted living facility (which after all is geared to women -- women tend to live longer so the population is very much female -- who are a LOT smaller/shorter than either he or I are). We did focus on healthy fish, and well-seasoned veggies most of the time, but one has no control over sauces when out.

I ended up gaining one pound over six days. I lost it shortly after the return home.

So, there is flexibility in our metabolism and what we can do. And I think if we don't consider deviations a "cheat" we will be better able to modulate how we eat, when we do deviate from our usual fare. Think of it this way: A "Cheat" means we are going behind someone's back. Since WE know what we are doing, the only way "cheat" can really be a cheat is if we are doing something, such as "dieting", for someone else rather than us. Me. I. I may need to make short term pragmatic decisions, but when I get back into my own space... the picture can change back. I think working on internal metaphors may help.

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7/13/13 5:01 P

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I am not sure that I would call them "cheat meals" either. That gives them a bad connotation. While my husband was out of town earlier in the week, my daughter and I went into a local pizzaria (NOT a chain) for really good brick fired pizza the other day. I didn't consider that a cheat. I had a large grilled chicken salad for dinner. I stayed right in the middle of my calorie range.

One day this week, I did go over my range, but it was because I am experimenting with adding more protein into my diet. (I am getting no where near where I should be.) So, I had a great nutritious protein smoothie, but went a little over on calories that day. I felt great though!

I like to remind myself when I have something not so good for me that it isn't having that food that made me is having that food ALL THE TIME that did it!

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7/13/13 11:12 A

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I'm with kadeejah1. If I want it, I eat it. I don't panic or call it cheating. I just get back to healthier eating as soon as possible, We took a mini vacation Memorial Day at the beach, I ate all kinds of things I don't normally eat for 4 days. I had indigestion a lot. Haven't been having it much at all since I gave up so much processed and fatty foods. However, the resort we were at had a great gym and I took advantage of DH's desire to sleep late every am and I went to the gym then went walking/running around the resort. I never gained a single pound.

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7/13/13 9:44 A

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I never plan to cheat. If something happens to come to me that I like I eat it if I want it. I try not to make my journey a punishment but a pleasure.

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7/12/13 11:52 P

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Occasional planned treats (cheats) work for me!

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7/12/13 11:25 P

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If I "cheated" and ate without caring of what I USED to eat, it would make me so sick. Because I don't eat a lot of sugar now, I use sweetener. I don't eat greasy food, heavy food, thick rich desserts and heavy meals like pasta. I know if I did that, I would feel so awful and uncomfortable, because of the grease, the sugar overload and salt, etc.

I was stuck on the scale for 3 weeks. So I had a flat bread pizza, with chicken and vegetables on it. It was NOT what I used to put on a pizza before: stuffed crust, 6 meats and vegetables, etc -- and a much smaller pizza. I didn't eat half the pizza. So even though I ate pizza, which I don't eat now, I ate a healthier pizza so I didn't feel sick afterwards. My carbs may have went up and so did my calories, but they weren't that far off than they usually are and it kicked my metabolism, so the scale is moving again.

I do that maybe once every 2 months. I watch these commercials such as Olive Garden or Red Lobster, where you eat the appetizer, unlimited soup and salad and bread sticks, THEN the meal -- with pasta and lots of sauce -- and THEN dessert. That would kill me. I know my stomach has shrunk. AND THEY WONDER WHY AMERICA IS SO FAT??????????? Give us more food for less money??? Bigger portions. It's killing us and making us obese!!!

I would be full on just the appetizer and I would have already been over my carb and calories for the day.

I used to be able to eat like that in my 20's. Could eat anything and didn't gain a pound but was very active. After my 4th child and age, everything changed.

So I don't call it "cheat." It's just eating something I don't normally eat and I still log it in and may gain a pound or two, but b/c I don't jump off the wagon and throw in the towel, the weight starts going down again.

My body now tells me it doesn't want to eat the other way, and I feel so much better for it. So if you were to put thick chocolate cakes and pies, ice cream, pizza with everything on it, etc. in front of me, I would turn it down. I don't want to eat that. If I was craving it. I would have two bites and then the craving would be gone and I would move on.

So I think I've beaten the battle -- FINALLY -- after yo-yo dieting for the past 7 years!! So done with the other lifestyle. Couldn't do it, if I wanted to. My body says, "No way!!!" ;o)

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7/12/13 10:49 P

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I wouldn't even call them cheat meals. If you are dieting correctly you should not be depriving yourself of anything as long as you can have it in moderation. I don't see a problem with having a couple chips or part of a candy bar as long as you aren't doing it daily.

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One cheat meal a month can be helpful for people who need reinforcement to eat well. It reminds you how bad you feel when you stray from healthy eating.


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7/12/13 9:30 P

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I allow myself one per month. Today was the day, so I had a pizza with all the toppings. Now I feel guilty and will work extra hard at the gym tomorrow.

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7/12/13 8:22 P

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For me, cheating is not tracking everything that I eat. That being said, I have read that allowing myself one day every so often (like once a week or every two weeks) to eat more than I have allotted for my goals will help me to keep my metabolism up.

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7/12/13 6:52 P

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I log all my intake of food, and yes some days I go over my allotted calories ( not very often ) That being said, emoticon I don't ever call them 'cheat' days.

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7/12/13 3:19 P

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Oh yes! I have a cheat meal at least once a week. I do that so I won't have cravings and end up overindulging. I may hit Chipotle for a burrito bowl with brown rice, no cheese or sour cream, a cheese-steak on wheat, and today I even had a strawberry shortcake cupcake. I know for the remainder of today that I will decrease calories and get an extra bit of exercise.

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YES! cheat meals are necessary for your body to not get “stuck” it is not necessarily used as an excuse to go all out and eat everything you have been depriving yourself of and as much of it as possible all day, that is not the purpose. IT is to kick start your metabolism and show your body that you are not starving.. just don’t eat an overabundance eat ONE or TWO MEALS of what you really want and don’t count the macro nutrients at all. It will help keep your body losing. As far as the ones that mention they cannot do them because they binge and “mess up” well the cheat meal is a good test of what real-life maintaining is like once you hit goal. You will always have to be conscious of your eating and you will “cheat” that is life, you just have to know that you can let that mess-up go and keep going on in the correct manner, THAT is the key to maintaining, knowing your strength.

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First of all, I think that the mistake is labelling something as a "cheat." It's not a cheat, because we're not on diets!

So that being said, I think it's ok to have a meal where you just don't have to care so much about what it is. I have found the following:
a) I am in such a habit of caring about what I eat, that even the I-don't-care meal is relatively healthier than I would have previously chosen, i.e., with veggies, or a smaller portion.
b) When I do this I feel kind of crappy physically after doing this, so it's not as often.
c) If I can plan it I will - that way I can plan them around specific special occasions and just enjoy and not feel bad
d) I don't "cheat" from my workouts - I still do them no matter what!


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I used to do them but I found they don't work anymore. When I do them now I go on a binge and eat everything in sight.

If I have a craving I plan to have that craving where it fits into my calories for the day.

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yes, but I add salad or large serving of veggies if at all possible!

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7/12/13 9:30 A

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I find that if I let myself cheat it takes a week or so to get back on track. I just can't do it. I have a lot of guilt/self-esteem issues bound up into my eating habits so it's just easier to stick to the plan. I do keep a few 'splurge' foods like dreamwhip, or greek yogurt in the house to give myself something sweet without breaking my diet. I think it just depends on how responsible you can be about going outside your nutrition plan. For me, I just can't do it without wrecking a week or better so I don't.

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7/12/13 9:01 A

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I have a "cheat day" every now and then---usually it'll be a party, picnic, or some kind of celebration. When I know it's coming up I'll try to workout more to have some extra burned calories for the week. My problem is I don't stop....I binge hardcore. This has been my problem my whole life....the reason I got fat in the first place. The next day I am usually overcome with guilt. Currently I'm down 106lbs and I will say that although I may binge at these celebrations I don't do it like I used to. Either way bingeing is bad but I do try harder to make a healthier choice and I no longer let 1 bad day ruin my week. I move on.

I also don't like the term , "cheat day", b/c I hate saying I"m on a diet. This isn't a's a lifestyle change. It's about feeling healthy and enjoying life.

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7/11/13 10:39 P

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What do we mean by "cheat"? If that means NOT TRACKING, I NEVER do that!

However, I do have some days when I go way over my calorie allotment for the day.

For example, yesterday there was a birthday celebration at Olive Garden for a very dear friend.

I ATE 1480 calories for lunch alone! That included the house salad, portobello ravioli, one bread stick and 1/16 of their Celebration Cake! My daily calorie limit is 1399.

My entire calorie count for the day was 2140!!!!!

But I DID log all of it, and since most days, my SP Report for Daily Calorie Differential shows that I have burned more calories that I ate, I don't worry about it!

If fact, since I have been keeping a record of the Daily Caloried Differntials since mid-April, I have eaten more calories than I burned on only 6 days. I am slowly and surely (and healthily) losing weight, but I also have no guilt feelings about splurges from time to time.

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7/11/13 10:16 P

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I just had a "cheat" meal because I taught for the third night this week and was too exhausted to cook. Now I feel awful -- bloated and icky. And all I had was an "appetizer." So, why "cheat" if it's going to make me feel bad? I should have just come home and had some fruit!

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I agree with you about cheat day being negative. Reward is much more positive and making it something to do when you reach a goal.

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7/11/13 10:56 A

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I never ever cheat. as a matter of fact I am always under my calories, that way I make sure.

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DanceMom1970, I think that's an excellent attitude. A healthy lifestyle shouldn't mean depriving yourself of delicious foods. If it's not something you feel you can do for the rest of your life then it's not really a lifestyle. I certainly wouldn't be able to live with deprivation, which is why I'm focusing on teaching myself to eat healthy most of the time and move. If I lose weight in the process it's an added bonus. :)

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I appreciate this comment because I often hear about women saying that it is harder to lose weight after menopause. I am going to remember this.

I agree with the controlled and planned free meals. I have also proven to my self that this method works better for me.

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Right on, JOYFULME!

The trick is to exert control and not allow the cheat meals to become frequent and/or spontaneous. For me, they've got to be planned...but that's just me, and I know what my level of self-control is (or isn't :)...

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Yes but sparingly. You must have self control. A cheat meal a day will derail your efforts in a very short time. If you tend to be tired and don't want to cook, plan ahead and have healthy portion controls meals ready in advance - or at least the fixings for them. I keep baked chicken breast in the freezer so that on a day I don't want to invest a lot of time in cooking I can pull one out to defrost and prepare veggies for a salad and chop the chicken on top. I tend to steer clear of red meat, but you could do the same thing with lean ground beef. Keep portion controls servings of browned ground beef in the freezer and on days that you're short on time you can pair it with pasta and sauce. We also keep canadian bacon on hand to make personal size pita pizzas. They are quick and easy.

For me, the key to a cheat day is planning ahead. My cheat meal is a monthly dinner date with my husband at a local Italian restaurant. I'm familiar with the menu so I decide before I go what I'm going to order. (If you are not familiar with a restaurants menu you can check it out on line. Most restaurants have a website now.) I limit myself to one dinner roll, one glass of wine, and split a dessert with my husband. I eat lightly the rest of the day so that I can enjoy the splurge of eating out.

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only if you have the will power to do them in moderation....otherwise find something that taste great with low cals to oranges some 100 calorie bars, frozen grapes, gram crackers with the hersheys yeah if you can have it without eating the whole thing I say do it....but for me that would be a big gamble...Good Luck

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My lifestyle eating plan requires that I eat higher protein, non starchy veggies and slow carbs 6 days a week. And one day a week, eating whatever I want. It's supposed to reset my body and keep it in fat burning mode. Sometimes I refer to it as a cheat day, sometimes as my splurge day, sometimes as my fun day. But since it's part of my program, I'm not technically cheating, I'm actually complying with the plan. I don't go crazy and eat myself into a coma, but I do take the opportunity to enjoy things that aren't slow carb. My favorite splurges are fruit and dairy and maybe some type of bread product. I have found that even when I look forward to a specific food to enjoy, when it's in front of me, I either don't want it as much as I thought, or much less of it will be enough. Unless of of course it's frozen yogurt and mochi's. But I still eat less of that then I used to.

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My feeling on this is that this "lifestyle" needs to be a way of life, not a "diet" that I start and/or stop. This is why 95% of the time I make whatever I want to eat part of my plan for the day. But life is more than that. When I'm on holidays or celebrating my birthday or Christmas dinner, I make healthy choices while accepting that most people who haven't had to deal with a weight problem accept small fluctuations in their weight and naturally compensate.

I've been here at SP this time for almost a year now. I've never continued any eating plan or "diet" this long in my whole life. And it's because I'm learning how to make it part of my life so that it continues long after I'm at goal. For example, I have an annual trip planned next month to Vegas. I am not planning on going nuts as far as my eating plan goes, but I'm also not going to track while I'm there. This is my one holiday a year and I'm going to enjoy it. Thing is, I also know that I've enjoyed how eating pretty "clean" makes me feel for the past 11 months and I know I'm going to make much better choices than I did in my past. I know how gross eating gross makes me feel and I know I'm going to do ok, but I also expect to put on a few pounds while I'm there and that's ok. That's real life. I will be right back on my plan when I get back and have more control over my meals once again.

So no, I don't really "cheat". I live my life and take responsibility for my choices. I don't expect my perspective to be shared with everyone, but it works for me.

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7/10/13 10:19 P

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LUCIG, that TOM is a real eating hazard, isn't it? I'm postmenopausal now, and I have to admit - it made losing and maintaining a WHOLE lot easier. Progestins are notorious appetite-boosting hormones, which is why TOM brings such intense hunger and cravings, unfortunately.

Good for you, for being aware of this! I wish I had been..

"If you're going through hell, keep going."

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7/10/13 10:03 P

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I have been down this road so many times. I am still just trying to find balance. Cheat meals to me lead to cheat weeks, months etc. I am trying to take a more weight watchery approach where I just try to stay in a certain calorie range. This journey has been really hard for me this time around. I would say that cheat meals are ok just remember what you are working towards and is that second piece of pizza or whatever really worth it. emoticon emoticon

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7/10/13 6:17 P

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Thanks! this matches fairly well with what I've decided. It was nice to have affirmation of my goals. I want a lifestyle change not a few weeks of deprivation!

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7/10/13 5:46 P

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Candicane - I too have a lifetime plan that lets me eat whatever I want, just within my calorie goal. My loss has been slower. 50# over 2 years. When I go over my target, I gain, then need several days to get back. Not worth it.

Let the good times increase as the weight shrinks.

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7/10/13 5:32 P

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I try to keep my cheat days to special occasions only. Birthdays, work BBQ's, etc. As long as I don't go overboard and be good the rest of the week I don't find any problem.

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7/10/13 5:16 P

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I don't have cheat meals until I get to my goal weight...just a personal decision I chose.

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7/10/13 4:37 P

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i find that if i feel like i deprive myself and tell myself "no" to something special it leads to bigneing and craving... if the opporunity arises I find it easier to eat a smaller amount most of the time, have the strength to say no at other times, and then i dont crave or obsess or binge! also, if its that time of the month, your body naturally burns more calories, so you need to eat more anyway. So I usually reserve a couple of days before my TOM where I dont count calories, but try to stay balanced anyway. this has definitely helped me binge less throughout the month.

over all, a couple of "cheat" days a month are not going to hurt you or your goals. In my opinion, they actually help to keep you from the brink of bingeing and getting completely off track.

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7/10/13 3:09 P

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Well, so far I've been going at this for a little over 2 weeks. I've had two "cheat meals" (one was last night, baked cheesy pasta and ice cream) and I make myself, the next day, eat under my calories to try to make up for it. My history is that I'll eat badly one meal, then I'll say "ok I'll make it one day", then one day passes and I make it 2, 3, a week, ok next week I'll start back focused... a month later... So I decided I would NOT let myself go past one day of eating badly, at the most. So far it has just been a meal. I also remind myself that once I am at my goal weight I can have a little more each day or a cheat every so often and it won't do any harm.

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7/10/13 3:03 P

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I too struggle with the word "Cheat". If there is something I really want, I work it into my food log. (Not just balancing the calories, but also the nutrients around that thing.) I've found that now that I know I can have ANYTHING I want, I crave some of them less. I also know that there are replacements. For example, I make a low cal chia seed pudding that I have as a sweet treat most days. I know I can have tapioca pudding if I really want it instead, but the calories and carbs are not worth it to me most days. On the days I want the real tapioca, I have to cut out other things and eat more green veggies. It all balances out.
Besides, if I "cheat", I am only cheating myself. It's me who doesn't lose the weight or even gains it. I can't ever win by cheating this way.

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7/10/13 11:29 A

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I consider my program a lifestyle change. The way I eat, workout, and journal I plan to do forever. In the last 6 months I managed to lose 30 pounds and quit smoking. Since this is my new healthier lifestyle I don't beat myself up if I have an off plan meal here and there. Normally, I cut myself a break on the weekends. I don't go crazy but, I allow myself to have some of the not so healthy foods I enjoy. I am not on a diet, I am on my way to a healthier way of life! When I have dieted in the past I have failed because I considered it a temporary solution. Taking care of myself is permanent! The minute I tell myself I cannot have something, that's all I want. Restricting myself to never, NEVER works for me.

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