This year my birthday fell on Easter! I carefully planned my "treats" as well as enjoyed my meal with family and friends! I'm at the lowest weight in 30 years! I really enjoyed my celebration of the Risen Lord and my life! I felt renewed!
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I find that if I try to restrict my calories going into a non diet friendly meal (such as a celebration dinner or buffet) I tend to go way overboard because I get into reward mode. I do much better when I eat like normal throughout the day and treat the special meal just like any other meal. The same holds true if I've waited too long between meals, I overdo it.
We need steady energy levels to have willpower.
Plan for treats. It is unrealistic to think that you will never eat any of your favorite foods again. It will often make you crave them even more. Keep moderation and portion control in mind. When you have a birthday party or other celebration to attend, plan you day around it and you can still stay within your goals.
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