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2/21/16 8:35 P

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We have to plan for our indulgences and fit them into our plan.


Jane

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I know every single excuse not to eat right or exercise regularly - except for a good one.
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2/21/16 1:48 P

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I don't have cheat days but I do allow myself a treat NOW AND THEN

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2/21/16 8:38 A

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First of all "Cheat" is a negative term. Why are we thinking that way. Being a WW for many years cheat is not part of the WW vocabulary. You have whatever it is and count it. That is why you have extra points. If you don't have the points left over then ramp up the exercise. This is not a diet it is a lifestyle change. You can't stay away from food indefinitely so learn to control your portions that is the key. There is NO food that you can't eat, so NO need for "cheating"

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2/21/16 8:24 A

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I agree some people can have a cheat day and be fine with it, but I know I can't.

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2/21/16 7:45 A

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I'm with you, Joan. It takes 10 minutes to undo a week's worth of work. I don't cheat. Ever. But this is the advantage of having a planner/tracker: I just rearrange my planner, in advance, with something legal I can really look forward to. WW has millions of recipes, so does Spark, and there is always something legal that will fill the bill. And I don't have to kick myself, I don't have to "get back on track". If it's not on my planner for that day, I don't eat it, but I will add it in for the next day or that week, in legal form.

Trying to get back on track is like trying to stop throwing up once you start. You can't. No one can. It has to run its course. By that time the "cheat" has become the cause of the very misery that sent me to WW in the first place. My memory will drop the desire for a cheat if I don't give in. I know I was craving something last week, I don't remember what it was, it passed because I walked on by. If I'd given in, that cheat would be emblazoned in my memory.

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2/21/16 5:30 A

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I have always disliked the term "cheat meal/day". If its part of the plan, how can it be cheating, and if its not part of the plan than maybe you shouldn't be doing it. (and I won't even get started on the weird guilt we put on ourselves for "cheating")

I do have "planned mini splurges" (had one last night. a friend come over and we had wine and popcorn)

and yes I am wide awake at 2:30am

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2/21/16 5:04 A

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'Cheat days' only result in our cheating ourselves."

We are trying to create a new world for ourselves a world of freedom from food. And we know that losing weight and keeping it off requires a change in lifestyle.

The idea of a 'cheat day' comes from that diet mentality we had in the old world.

A 'cheat day' can quickly devolve into a return to our old ways.

So when we find ourselves thinking, "Perhaps I'll cheat a little today," remember that we could end up only cheating ourselves of what we really want the most.

For me I can have a ''Cheat day," or some call it a ''Free day," because the times I have tried this, I struggle to get back on track. So really why put ourselves through that. Now days with so much internet connections we can find recipes to tame that craving we maybe having. I had this one Weight Watcher leader that told us once, ''if you really want something, just go ahead and eat it, otherwise you will eat so many points and still not be satisfied." This is so very true, but for me, I would just wake up that monster that is laying low right now.

Each of us have to make the decision for ourselves, do we have these cheat days or free days or do we just continue to follow our plan and see results each week? To me its such an easy choice.

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