I do give myself a cheat day, Saturday. The strategy has worked well for me so far for this reason; as my body has gotten used to eating healthier food, what I choose to eat on my cheat day has also changed. When I first started I used to have a pig-out fest on my cheat day and feel crappy about myself afterwards, however, I was still losing weight. As the months have gone by I have noticed that what I eat on my cheat day is now pretty close to what I eat on normal days, my cravings for junk food have been steadily fading and at this point I can say that they are pretty much gone.
Despite feeling badly about the free-for-all that I used to indulge in on my cheat day, I am still glad that I did it because it was an outlet for my cravings and has kept me on the diet long enough to get to this point. All week long I would tell myself that if I resisted the cravings, I could indulge on cheat day. Knowing that I could indulge myself eventually really helped keep me on track.
I look forward to cheat day now because it is when I go out for 1 small scoop of gelato with my hubby at out favorite gelato place and maybe eat something cheesy (I try to stay away from cheese during the week), and I have found that I am pretty much staying within my calorie range, maybe 100-200 over. It is also the day that I allow myself a glass or two of wine, something that I don't allow myself during the week.
Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing (Abraham Lincoln)
It takes more courage to dare to do what is right than to fear to do something wrong. (Abraham Lincoln)
| current weight: 150.0