When you are in your lee-way, we maintainers CAN take a day off....but we have to get back on program the next day (or meal, you will need to experiment to figure that one). I have found out that i can take two meals a week off program and loose it back off in two days, but if i fudge more than that, it takes longer to get it off. I haven't found that happy medium of eating and exercising to maintain. It takes work for me to maintain on weekly weigh-in check ups!
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current weight: 139.0
Fitness Minutes: (68,281) Posts: 7,066 7/27/09 6:45 P
Lady_Donkey hit the nail on the ... well I was going to say head, but considering LD has the best Sparkname EVER, how about "hit the nail on the ass!" :-)
When I'm doing my food writer gig, which is always prime time to eat poorly, I follow most of LD's rules, with a few extra:
-- I eat a really high fiber meal with plenty of protein before I go out on a socializing outing. Usually this is a bowl of Fiber One and some whey protein mixed in the milk. With satiety taken care of, I just taste all evening and pay attention to the flavor, not how hungry I am.
-- I'm personally a big believer in eating small meals every three hours. It takes some time/effort working it into the grind, but the best benefits are A) your blood sugar never spikes and B) the portion control, essentially, is built in so you don't have to worry about it. Hard to splurge when you're never all that hungry, I say.
-- I also take charge and start organizing outing's myself (considering I'm actually pretty introverted, it's a good character building "that was then and this is now" moment for me). That gives me the say in where folks meet. I always make sure it's somewhere I know I can eat.
Take one day at a time. If you do mess up just get right back on the next day. We are in this for the long hall and we will have times that we mess up, but that's okay. Try to do do your best 90% of the time and you should be good. One day a week of not counting calories shouldn't do too much damage. Take care!
"Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food."
Romans 14:20a (NIV)
current weight: 155.0
Fitness Minutes: (68,281) Posts: 7,066 7/25/09 2:22 P
From what you describe, it sounds to me like you are dealing with 2 issues: 1. How to deal with a day of overindulgence; and, 2. Worrying about falling off the wagon.
If you are concerned about gaining weight from having a "splurge" -- not a binge; what you described is NOT a binge -- meal when you go out, I would suggest that you: 1. Do not order pasta -- makes you retain water; 2. Do not weigh yourself immediately the next day; 3. Eat only HALF of what you order or share an entree; 4. Drink plenty of water the next day.
You already KNOW what you have to do to stay on track. The day after you go out, return back to your regular pattern of eating (healthy choices, portion control, exercise).
These are my insights and suggestions only. Good luck to you! :-)
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current weight: 183.0
Fitness Minutes: (640) Posts: 1,801 7/24/09 2:43 P
Hi there, when I mean binge, I eat like everyone else is eating, I do still somewhat watch, but I have to say, at 5'1 it seems as though if I eat one big meal (a cup and a half of pasta, dessert and a glass of wine) I am up 2.5 - 3 lbs...
I am not a big drinker, although I enjoy a glass of wine with dinner on the weekend, and if we go out to dinner, I may have a martini and a glass of wine.
I'm a big 'measurer' and I usually journal what I eat. When I cannot journal, I think in my head I say that it doesn't count, or I say..'ah well, I'll get back on track tomorrow...' but then tomorrow turns into next week...
..very nervous of falling off the wagon permanently...
Thanks for the suggestions...let me know if you need more info, if this does not paint a clearer picture...
This maintaining thing has been a struggle for me for as long as I can remember. I can lose weight successfully, but I can also gain as successfully as I lose...I eat reasonably well during the week, my trouble is that when I am out in social situations, I binge, and then it takes me 2 weeks to get back to my happy place...
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