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sararay

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Posted: 14 Nov 2007, 15:46
I know a lot of us are planning a cheat day on Thanksgiving. What are your thoughts on that? Are we being good for the rest of the year so we can enjoy a few holidays a year without guilt? Is that going to throw us off for a few months or can we get right back on the day after? Or should we power through, dieting through the holidays, in order to reach our goal that much faster? How realistic is that?

The free-spirit in me wants to cheat on a few holidays per year, but my sensible side is struggling since I have goals I want to meet. What are your thoughts? What are your plans and how did you come to them?


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jeansie

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Posted: 14 Nov 2007, 15:52
We all have cheat days once in a while, and for some of us Thanksgiving is the perfect time to cheat--an abundance of delicious food, family around, and knowing that it's just one day. If you have the willpower to do it, then by all means do!

For me, I always start out saying I won't cheat, but I always end up doing it. It starts with a bite of this, a bite of that, then "oh well, I've already cheated, so I'll eat whatever I want." Since I know this is how it goes in the past for me, I want to change my Thanksgiving outlook: I'm going to stay on my diet but allow myself ONE cheat dish. Nachos? Okay. A slice of pie? Alright, but keep it small. Mashed potatoes? One small scoop, use butter instead of gravy.

I know it's not the best way, but if I only allow myself to have one cheat dish, then I'll be happy I (mostly) stuck to my diet and didn't ruin all the hard work I've been putting in so far!
sararay

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Posted: 14 Nov 2007, 16:23
I do think planning ahead makes a huge difference.

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Atriel

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Posted: 14 Nov 2007, 18:11
I'm going to be mindful of the diet and I'm not going to go over board on any thing.
Thanksgiving falls with in my once every two week cheat too.
But, I plan on having small amounts of things if I want them.
I think it's mostly psychological. If I go in feeling deprived then I'll likely eat everything in sight.
bnemom

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Posted: 15 Nov 2007, 05:55
Right now I have a once a week cheat day built in to the diet, so I'm just going to move that day to fall on special days through the holidays. This may not result in the fastest weight loss I might accomplish by some other diet, but I feel that I need that flexibility. I know too many times I've completely thrown out dieting this time of year, figuring I'd never be successful and I'd be better off picking it back up in January. This way I can power through it. A few cheat days are a lot better than 2 months worth of cheat days!!
schell

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Posted: 15 Nov 2007, 11:55
I am going to eat what I want to but in moderation and only until I'm full, and that doesn't take so long any more. I'll by pass the seconds and get some exersice in. My husband is from South Ga. and thats where we are going for Thanksgiving so it's southern fried chicken and banana pudding...
sararay

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Posted: 15 Nov 2007, 12:02
bnemom wrote:
A few cheat days are a lot better than 2 months worth of cheat days!!


So true! I think we're all better off wether we cheat on those 2 days or not because we are mindful the rest of the time. As long as you can get right back on the next day, I don't think it can be too harmful in the long run.

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CalorieKille...

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Posted: 15 Nov 2007, 12:35
Having a plan is essential to avoid the one bite, two bite trap.

Many people set goals for the holiday perdiod (Thanksgiving to New Years) to simply "maintain." I think that is a good strategy.

But I'm still going to try to lose, though I've reduced my goal for the entire period to be losing 10lbs.

The tactics I use for individualdays/meals is the following.

1. Plate Distribution: I keep carb and fat portions to 20% each on the plate (of total calories). The remainig 60% of the plate is for lean protein and vegetables. I don't measure, I estimate.

2. Alcohol: I choose between alcohol OR dessert. If I choose alcohol, it's limited to 2 drinks. If red wine is available I drink that because it is the best alcohol for it's antioxidant value. Even a tiny bit of booze stops my weiight loss for a couple days (and makes me hungry) so usually I opt for a small serving of dessert instead. And I never drink more than once a week.

3. What to drink: I notice a lot of gatherings people seem to forget about non-alcoholic options so I bring my beverages of choice (diet cherry coke or even bottled water). This way I always have something I can drink and I'm less tempted to grab what's available.

3. Mental: Visions the holidays mostly include a turkey with all the trimmings (or some sort of food). I've tried to re-associate in my head instead to focus on the people I will be seeing. I set an intention for the event to catch up as much as possibe with people I've not seen for a while, and really find out how things are going (not just chit chat). Games are also wonderful distractions. Before I know it, I'm not thinking about food.
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sararay

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Posted: 15 Nov 2007, 13:22
Thanks CalorieKiller, those are some great points! I especially like the Alcohol OR Dessert policy.

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Not2Late

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Posted: 16 Nov 2007, 13:19
Like that old cliche, "You gotta pick your battles."

I'm also going to try to stick to the rule of thumb, "Eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full."

I don't care if Aunt So and So made the dish, if it's not what I really want, then I'm going to politely pass. I used to eat things because I didn't want to hurt people's feelings. I'm going to save my calories/carbs for the things that I only get at this time of the year...those special family dishes! Very Happy



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