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12/17/08 11:44 A

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these are some really great tips! i havent reached my goal weight yet, but almost!

&& even though i havent reached my goal weight, i still indulge in a few things. i try to stay at the lower end of my calorie range 6 days a week & i usually give myself a day to eat something special that might put me slightly above me calorie goals.

i love food & i workout extra hard so that i can eat it. there are a few things that i NEVER eat though because of how bad they are for you.

alot of things were actually pretty easy to give up once i saw how high in fat and calories they were. this is just not worth it to me.

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12/16/08 8:04 P

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I DO pretty much eat what I want - once in a while. Now, I'll grant you that after 6 or 8 months of learning about how many calories are in what, I don't think that I'll ever "want" a Bloomin' Onion again. LOL! But if I have a major hankering for a breaded chicken sandwich at Chick Fil A and an order of Waffle Fries... one meal isn't going to kill me. ;-)

I do still track food about 98% of the time... the only times I don't are when I'm eating somewhere that getting the nutritional info would be more bother than it's worth. If I go over, I don't stress about it, I just try to hit below the upper limit for a few days, and I try to make sure that I don't have more than 1 or 2 "splurge days" in a week.

As a lot of others have said, I weigh frequently, and if I go over my goal weight, I'll get very serious until I'm back under it again.

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12/14/08 10:32 A

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I'm still experimenting, it's only been a few weeks. Now that I'm at goal, I'm sort of trying out having these things that I mostly denied myself while I was losing:

- having a glass of wine or a beer with dinner more often. I had to pretty much give it up while I was losing, not so much because of the calories of the drink, but because the alcohol made it harder to say "no" to seconds and to nibbling.

- bread. I love it but cutting it out -- and making the changes it required, i.e., having a salad instead of a sandwich -- was a simple way to drop a couple of hundred calories from my day.

- One or two pieces of dark chocolate per day -- the best quality.

I guess those are the "things" I am indulging with -- but HOW am I indulging? Well, I'm charting my weight every day and I have a few "rules" that I am using as part of my plan to intervene with incipient weight gain.

For example, if my weight stays above my target for seven days in a row, I will choose to cut back. Or if I get ONE weight that's more than 3 lbs above my target, I will choose to cut back. And there are a couple more rules in the middle, like if I have two out of three in a row in a certain range, or four out of five in another range, I'll choose to cut back.

It's kind of mathematical and nerdy, but so am I (I was trained as an engineer).

Anyway, my point is that I have a plan, based on my weight pattern, for when to STOP indulging and to begin cutting back and attempting to reverse a slight gain. Because I have that plan in my back pocket, I guess I feel free to have "what I want" as long as I maintain my key good habits of portion control, avoiding emotional eating, paying attention to fullness signals, and filling my plate with lots of vegetables.

But it's still scary to eat freely at a meal, let me tell you. The other day I ate out at a restaurant and ordered a big salad and a cup of tomato soup -- a nice-sized lunch. I forgot to have the dressing on the side and the salad came with plenty of this gorgeous creamy-pesto dressing. At first I was kind of horrified and then I thought: You know what, my weight is fine right now, and one salad with too much dressing is not going to make me gain forty pounds back. I have a plan that makes sense, and I need to trust that it'll work... so I ate the salad, and it was fantastic. :-)


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12/13/08 5:39 P

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Lately, I've been indulging in a massage every other week! Heavenly...

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12/11/08 10:55 A

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I indulge a few times a week, but I almost always fit it into my calorie range. I go over on calories once a week or less.

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10/23/08 10:51 A

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I give myself some extra calories on the weekends. It gives me something to look forward to and is mostly easy to delay eating little treats. If I overeat one day it's a habit now to cut back the next to make up the difference. I don't exercise more to burn extra calories (anymore).

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7/3/08 7:37 A

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I have only been maintaining for about 6-7 months, and I allow myself to indulge on the weekends as long as I keep up with my exercise. I have never been very good at practising moderation, and that will be my downfall if I can't get it under control. So working on eating regular healthy meals with moderation is my goal for this year.

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7/3/08 4:41 A

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I definitely agree with NCHOUGHTONSJ about keeping everything in moderation. I'm currently maintaining and i get to indulge every little thing now and then as long as i keep everything in moderation. With moderation, i realized that i enjoy food more.

Personally, i hated calories counting, weighing food and all that back when i was in weight loss phase-it was all about the numbers it drove me insane!! Instead, i listen to my own body now, of course eating healthy, practice portion control and moderation as well as exercising regularly. I feel that practicing moderation keeps me psychologically healthier and happier as i don't have to worry about food calories and numbers. I feel healthier and satisfied by not obsessing about the calorie numbers and at the same time having the ability to enjoy a wide, different variety of foods.

To sum it up, maintaining to me is about eating healthy with exercise, eating in moderation at the same time having the privilege to eat your favorite foods and indulge! Please share your stories guys :)

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7/2/08 10:44 P

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Unfortunately, moderation has never worked for me personally. Instead, I have changed my eating habits. I eat mostly a "clean diet" (about 90% clean), and indulge only on special occasions. My habits have changed, as have my tastes, thankfully. The key was in changing "special occasions" from almost every circumstance (e.g. I'm tired, bored, lonely, stressed, happy, distracted) to truly "special" occasions.

Also, since I have weighed myself daily during maintenance (14 months now), and kept track in an Excel spreadsheet, I know that a 3 lb. gain after a week of vacation is temporary. Back to my normal plan, and poof! the weight is off in no time at all, without any special effort. Best wishes to you.

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7/2/08 12:55 P

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I eat dessert!!

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7/2/08 8:13 A

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NCHoughtons - Great way to sum it up. I eat in moderation as well. I haven't been maintaining as long as you have, but I know that is the key. I try not to eat to that uncomfortable feeling. If I do, I follow it with cardio. It seldom happens though.

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Moderation is the key. You can eat what ever you like just do it in the big "M" word. I've lost over 30lbs and have kept it off for five years. Listen to your body, eat in moderation and any craving can be cured in three bites -- just savor those three bites. Have a great day!!! emoticon

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7/1/08 10:43 P

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I just wanted to pipe up and say that my indulgences fall into a few categories:

- There's a subcategory of foods that I just don't eat much anymore because I found I really enjoy fresh, in-season fruit as a sweet just as much as other desserts. My tastes have definitely changed and I find myself enjoying "healthy" foods much more.

-There's foods that I have found more diet-friendly substitutions for that I am just as happy with as the originals. Examples include "diet" versions of foods, like shirataki noodles instead of spaghetti. If we're talking things like ice cream, I recognize that even the low-fat version is not healthy, just less unhealthy, so I do try to keep it a treat, but when it is time for a treat, I totally don't mind the imitation which satisfies me just as much for lower calories.

-Then, there are foods for me where the imitation will never be as good as the original, and I know I feel that way, so I absolutely don't compromise on those. My big things are probably cheese and chocolate. I definitely don't eat these foods as often as I used to, don't get me wrong, but if do I want some cheese or chocolate, I am going to have it. I will definitely not try to have a lowfat cheese slice, or some kind of low sugar chocolate concoction, because I know from experience that those only serves to make me cranky and/or binge-prone. Instead, I have the full-fat, real deal, and really savor a moderate portion of something which to me is truly worth it. The result is that I have gotten in the habit of sandwiches and salads and shirataki noodles without cheese, but sometimes I will just have a piece of artisanal cheese for dessert with some fruit. Or, if I am going to have chocolate, I make sure it is a really awesome, hand-crafted piece of dark chocolate, and really enjoy it. I find that with these foods, eating less high-quality foods really just makes me try to compensate in volume... so I will eat an entire bag of milk chocolate chips. Since I know that I respond in this way, it makes more sense for me to just have and savor a dark chocolate truffle... which might be more expensive than the bag of milk chocolate chips, but ends up being a bargain in terms of calories.

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6/27/08 9:44 P

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I'm trying to eat "clean" meaning unprocessed, natural state foods for the most part and feel really good when I stick to that for the most part (someone mentioned 90%, that's my goal). I do have occasion to stray from that, and don't deprive myself, or else the cravings will take over, and I tend to binge under those circumstances. But w/ allowing for the occasional treat, I've really done well in maintenance. You just have to watch the scale, and buckle down when it starts creeping up consistantly.

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AMISPERSON's Photo AMISPERSON Posts: 252
6/18/08 4:12 P

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Good advice. I used to go to WW meetings on Fridays. If I was going to splurge it would be on Saturday so I had a whole week to work it off.

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I wish I could tell you with a straight face that we never eat anything unhealthy or high cal. Of course, we most all do indulge in those things sometimes, and then we pay the price and cut back until the scales come back within the range where they should be. The key is to do it before the pounds have a chance to build up.

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6/18/08 10:55 A

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I haven't completely eliminated any food except fast food french fries because they don't taste good anymore. Moderation is definitely the key.

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6/18/08 3:28 A

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Whoa, don't get me wrong guys. When i mean "anything i want", i meant eating smart, healthy and at the same time indulging in food once in a while. For example, instead of eating a slice of cheesecake, having a bite or two will be enough to indulge.

I eliminated all unhealthy foods to achieve my weight loss goal. However, i read that eating healthy is to eat everything but of course in MODERATION and not exceeding your maintenance range. And at the same time having the fulfillment to enjoy different types of foods as different foods have different nutrients. Is this true? Or do you guys completely eliminate unhealthy foods like fries, chips, cakes, cookies and pastries? Please share, i'm still new at this, thanks!

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6/17/08 6:37 P

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I like this discussion. We have some lower fat french silk ice cream in the freezer right now, and it's sooo yummy! I just looked at the nutritional info and the serving size. I decided that 1/2 cup for 130 calories isn't worth it to me today. I can tell this has become my lifestyle because although it sounds good, I can make this decision NOT to have some and it's no big deal. I've come too far to blow it now.

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"'Eating anything I want' doesn't really fit me any more" is exactly my point. It doesn't fit me anymore either.

I think if you start to get to that point of eating ANYTHING, that is a red flag to me.

Besides, at this point, there are things that if I do eat them, would make me so sick to my stomach, namely fast food and too much of dessert, because I've changed my lifestyle.

Good luck, Mellienee...

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I think of maintaining a healthy LIFESTYLE first, and healthy weight as a "side effect". With that in mind "eating anything I want" doesn't really fit me anymore. I've pretty much given up heavily processed food, high-fructose corn syrup and sodas, although I do still enjoy lots of other food!

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I agree with LadyDonkey. We still have to make wise choices. I can go to Wendy's and get a grilled chicken sandwish with no Mayo or cheese, and a side salad and feel completely satisfied. Fast food french fries used to be one of my favorite foods, but now they taste nasty to me.

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Hmm... well I think you still have to make healthy choices 90% of the time. I mean, "anything I want"? What is that? McDonalds? If you've truly made a lifestyle change, i.e. the changes are permanent, you would gravitate towards optimal healthy foods anyways and wouldn't want to eat just "anything".

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6/17/08 12:41 P

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Thanks for sharing guys! I was wondering, now that i am in maintenance phase, can i eat anything i want in moderation and within my calorie range? I mean it's all about portion control and you only live once. I workout 5-6 times a day to maintain my weight. So can i?

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I don't restrict anything. It makes me crave it more. I focus on portion control and eat everything in moderation.

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I measure out my portions for indulgences. Otherwise, it feels too much like a binge.

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When I have a craving (which happens less often these days) I let myself crave it for a couple of weeks. When I finally satisfy that craving I split a dessert w/my fiance, or buy ONE small indulgent (usually chocolate). I don't buy the party size bag, or the jumbo candybar. It's amazing how good something tastes when I don't eat it as often!

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Hi Mellienee!

I am doing the Johnson Alternate Day diet, so I can indulge on any Up Day. This kind of eating works for me.

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HALF PORTIONS!!!!!
Share a dessert........ taste a few bites, not a whole serving........ feels the same, but paybacks are less
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It takes awhile for the body to adjust but I go from week to week, don't worry about a 2-4 lbs. gain over an indulge day. At weigh in day It always gets back down. It's calories In and calories+ exercise out.The important thing is not getting to the bad habit of ramping up the weight each week. Skeeter

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I try not to give up to much. If I really want something I eat it and then cut the calories somewhere else. Then I try to work out a little harder. I find if I don't eat whatever it is (usually chocolate) then I eat a lot more because nothing else seems to satisfy me.

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I occasionally indulge. Then, the next day I get right back on program until the scales say the extra weight is back off. I cannot understand how one piece of pizza raises the numbers on the scale by 1 1/2 lb., but never-the-less, I am back on program this morning, and by mid week the scales will look good again. The problem starts when you ignore the 1 1/2 lb. and go on indulging for several days.

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I eat what I want but with moderation. There are times though when I go overboard, but that happens to just about everyone. I work out hard so I can indulge. I've had people ask me why I work out so hard at the gym, and I tell them..so I can have that occasional bowl of ice cream or just a few more chips or a chocolate bar.

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Hey guys, i was just wondering on how you guys indulge and enjoy food and at the same time maintain your weight. Do you guys still watch everything you eat? Or eat everything in moderation and within your maintenance range? Do you guys indulge? How? Please share!

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