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3/27/11 9:09 P

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I'm with Jen, I don't plan a cheat day although I usually end up with at least one once or twice a week. It is hard to get back on my plan for healthy eating and I'd like to get to the point where I can indulge without gain. But like all things, plans can go awry.

The best thing I can do with this is to recognize my shortfalls and move forward. Sometimes it takes longer than others (like this week) but I realize I haven't made it this far by throwing everything out the window. Good luck!

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3/27/11 2:19 P

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I have not purposely implemented this but am beginning to see the benefits of it. I never chose to do it before because I am afraid of going crazy with food and then not wanting to go back onto my health plan.

The reasons I am considering this are twofold: 1. I got back to healthy eating a few weeks ago and dropped a lot of water weight, etc. in the first two weeks, then I began to stray and didn't do very well for about another week. I pulled myself together and refocused on my goals and have dropped a lot again this past week. The results have surprised me, but I feel it has to do with the week "off" -- not binging or going wild, but not purposely limiting myself either. 2. I have a friend who has been on a pretty strict diet that allows her two days "off" and she has done wonderfully (this plan is not for me because I don't want to live on a "diet", but want to learn to eat more healthfully all the time).

Edited by: WATOGA17 at: 3/27/2011 (14:19)
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3/27/11 1:01 P

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This month, I made Sunday's my cheat day and have lost 8 pounds. I used to totally feel guilty after cheat days, but have learned to enjoy them. You have your day and go back to normal for the other 6 days. I personal have made my cheat day into a cheat meal. So I pretty much choose the best meal depending on how I feel on Sunday to eat what ever. Plus, I do not weigh in again until Wednesday/Thursday morning. This way I give my body 3-4 days to get back to normal after all of the extra sodium. One day a week is sooo not going to hurt your healthy plan! You just have to be strong and know to stop. I just keep in mind that their will be another Sunday for me to eat as I wish. Good Luck girl!

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3/27/11 12:45 P

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So, I have heard from so many people that it is very helpful to have a cheat day once a week in order to prevent binging and cheating throughout the week. I understand this idea, but it seems to me that I either put too much weight on this cheat day and spend the day planning on how I can get whatever food I feel that I may crave during the week, basically binging, or I cheat on that day and it ups my cravings for unhealthy foods for the next three days. I still always feel guilty after a cheat day.

Does anyone have any advice, tips, or input about this "special" day?

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