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TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
6/2/12 6:29 A

Always treat yourself because you know you will work harder the next day or you worked harder that day....

GRATEFULBOB Posts: 2,756
6/2/12 5:50 A

why beat yourself up , we have been doing all our lives , alittle bit does not hurt , if only done once in a while

FITZYMAX SparkPoints: (12,710)
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6/2/12 5:40 A

It's not a cheat it's a treat and so long as you adjust somewhere else or draw a line under it once you've had it, don't beat yourself up. There's no such thing as good or bad food....I like to think!

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6/1/12 6:19 P

Some real good advice here. My personal view ist that if you THINK your cheating, you probably are. Knowing what is in that "cheat" will allow you to make corrections and then you are OK.

It is a case of mind over matter. If you dont mind, it dont matter.

CJKARDELL SparkPoints: (9,559)
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6/1/12 5:30 P

Thanks everyone! I am glad it's not considered cheating in most people's minds. I can't deprive myself completely or I will blow this whole thing.
Have a great day everyone!

CRYSTALDANCER SparkPoints: (107,830)
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6/1/12 2:15 P

I think as long as we view "bad" snacks as a sometimes treat it's fine. If they fit into your caloric range and you don't eat it all day every day you should be fine!

6/1/12 1:43 P

Nope, you certainly did not cheat as you were in your calorie range emoticon This is a lifestyle change, after all! As long as you fit your treats in and not go overboard, it's all good emoticon

CHOOWY Posts: 4,240
6/1/12 12:53 P

If you ate that way every day, then I would think that you're cheating your body out of some important nutrients. If this is a once in a while dessert that you fit into an otherwise healthy eating plan then I think it's smart!

LISHWA Posts: 900
6/1/12 12:46 P

I'm with MANDIETERRIER1. Very few people,if anyone at all, can eat perfectly healthy every single day. Some people don't have a choice in what they eat, only how much of it they eat. Does that mean they're cheating? Nope.

Don't beat yourself up over a treat. Whether its within your goal or not, it's just that--a treat. Not a daily indulgence that always puts you over.

JEFFGIRL Posts: 11,265
6/1/12 10:37 A

I think an occasional treat should be part of any one's eating plan. Most any of the organized weight loss programs factor that in.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,535
6/1/12 10:30 A

I don't believe it is. As long as you stayed in your calorie ranges. I believe everything in moderation. If I tried to eat perfect 100% of the time, I would drive myself crazy and never accomplish anything

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,617)
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6/1/12 10:24 A

The walnuts & bananas were good for you & some calcium in the ice cream.

SUZIEQUE77 SparkPoints: (9,271)
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6/1/12 8:17 A

This is the part of Weight Watchers that I like...occasionally eating an empty calorie snack is allowed as long as you stay within your "points" (which is really a way to mostly control calories among other nutrients, etc.) IMO it is not cheating at all when you eat something like that and stay within calorie or point allowance (based on the type of plan you are on).

I suppose if you are on one of the strict low carb diets it would would be "cheating" but I am not a fan of the low carb diets anyway.

307MOMMA Posts: 704
6/1/12 7:51 A

I don't see it as cheating if it's w/in your calorie range, however repeatedly eating "guilty" foods will eventually cause you to cheat yourself because "guilty" foods wind up sabotaging the healthy diet we're striving for and our health.

KDSTAP Posts: 664
5/31/12 3:12 P

As long as it is a rare treat, I wouldn't consider it cheating.

DMG7270 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/31/12 2:47 P

I guess I always consider eating 'unhealthy' as cheating, even if it is in my calorie range for the day. I know it has to do with the association I've made with junk food with being overweight. I kind of feel that if I tell myself it's ok to have that bag of chips or scoop of ice cream, it will become part of my daily diet….which isn't very healthy. At least in my history, once I start allow a splurge here or there, it turns into a daily habit. But, that's just me emoticon

5/31/12 2:28 P

If it is within your calories, and you counted it, that is real life. Just make sure tomorrow you use those calories in a bit more healthy way!

BERTIEBERT25 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/31/12 1:38 P

As long as you are within your daily calorie limit, then I think you should enjoy your dessert guilt-free! :)

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
5/31/12 1:22 P

as long as your within your range don't worry about it just don't have it all the time, it should be considered a treat.

MAGTASTIC103 Posts: 588
5/31/12 12:40 P

If you're within your ranges you're good. You have to treat yourself once in a while!

07SOJO Posts: 1,652
5/31/12 12:23 P

Cheating? Overeating or not exercising for me.

5/31/12 12:21 P

I never consider eating dessert cheating -- as long as it fits in my calorie range, and as long as it's within the limits of my carbs and fats particularly. Why deprive yourself? Like others say, moderation is the key.

CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,944
5/31/12 10:53 A

You can cheat on your taxes, you can cheat on your spouse, you can cheat at cards. You didn't do any of those so I think it's ok!

5/31/12 10:36 A

Did you enjoy it? Then don't worry about it!!

I'm a total believer in moderation. If we tell ourselves this food is a "no-no," we may end up bingeing on said food later on.

If most of your food is healthy, then why worry?

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RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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5/31/12 10:36 A

I would not look at it as cheating. Just an occasional, delicious treat.

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
5/31/12 8:28 A

I'd treat it as a treat, and not have it too often.

MLAN613 Posts: 19,048
5/31/12 8:17 A

Desserts are never cheating when you are on a lifestyle change and especially when you have the calories for them. Plus, you got some fruit in the banana, calcium and protein in the ice cream, healthy fats and a little protein in the walnuts. Most importantly, it was delicious, too.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
5/31/12 8:17 A

I'd say if you are in your calorie range and don't do it too often you're ok.

CJKARDELL SparkPoints: (9,559)
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5/31/12 8:07 A

You are within your calories but had a really bad snack. Bad health wise but delicious.
Homemade bananas foster on vanilla icecream.
This consist of brown sugar, butter, bananas, icecream, & walnuts...........................

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