Well said, Kathy. This is a life style, not a diet. That means sometimes we eat less than optimal food, but I believe (and research support this) occassionally it is actually good for us because is shocks our body. If we eat the same all the time our body adjust to it. Then we reach a set point. If we occassionally eat more calories or fund food it keeps our body guessing. The same goes for exercise. We need to mix it up so our body doesn't become comfortable with a routine.
Also, self talk is sooooo detrimental. Instead of berating yourself, tell yourself how pleased you are that you got right back on your program after a "special" day.
If I eat really clean all week my personal trainer allows me one day to eat anything I want as long as I use reason and moderation. I usually limit it to one meal or one snack, but sometimes I go all out. I haven't cheated once since December so Monday we are going out to dinner to celebrate my 50 pound loss (I waited three weeks to ensure I held the loss) and I am going to eat anything I want within reason. I'm really looking forward to the chips and salsa and chile relleno. I'll still give Paul my rice and beans, but I may even have a margarita or flan for desert. We'll see. I can't eat the volume of food I used to. I have trouble getting up to the minimal calories SP recommends for me.
Donna "Shady" Shea
| current weight: 150.8