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catglaw

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Posted: 20 Mar 2009, 19:37
My boyfriend and I are doing Weight Watchers together, and while we don't do a "cheat day", we do have "treat night". Our meetings are on Wednesday evenings, and so after our meetings we allow ourselves to have a treat dinner. I'm still in the habit of tracking my points, but I don't care if I go over. And then the next morning starts off the new week for me. It helps me a lot!
Deserve...

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Posted: 20 Mar 2009, 21:58
I would be careful what you eat anyway. Sitting down with a pint of icecream after having McDonalds for dinner will be horrible on your diet and your stomach. But maybe allowing for treats like Catglaw suggested? I love getting frozen yougurt mixed from Yogen Fruitz. Maybe a glass of wine too?


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Walls

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Posted: 21 Mar 2009, 09:01
It depends. I sometimes fear that if I break the diet AT ALL, then it is all over and I should give up. So if I find myself absolutely torturing myself with want for something*, then I call it an occasional treat and tell myself not to worry. That way I loosen the belt a little and then get back on track.

*Like potatoe chips (crips). Love 'em.
Deana Garcia

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Posted: 21 Mar 2009, 10:05
I don't allow a whole day to be a cheat day. However, if I really want something (like these Whole Wheat Cheddar crackers of my daughters)... I put a serving size, which is 55 little fish crackers to equal 140 calories, in a bag and that is it! Even my bad foods get measured, and I look at their actual serving size, if I already ate "badly" that day, etc.

Eventually I want to be a healthy weight; and that means leaving a whole person behind.

MOM2JEM

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Posted: 21 Mar 2009, 11:16
I follow a diet plan set up by Jillian Michaels' site. She suggests having one "cheat food" a day, but to figure it into the caloric intake for the day. She also suggests one day of the week that you have a higher caloric intake (like 2000).
Deana Garcia

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Posted: 21 Mar 2009, 11:17
Diet plan set up by Jillian Michael's site?? what is that url, if you don't mind sharing?!

Eventually I want to be a healthy weight; and that means leaving a whole person behind.

MOM2JEM

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Posted: 21 Mar 2009, 11:22
Well, the only problem is that you have to be a member of the site and there's a fee. Sorry Sad
It has been really helpful in my weight-loss journey though.
Deana Garcia

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Posted: 21 Mar 2009, 17:20
Are you apart of the biggest loser club online? You can tell me to stop asking questions at any time. Smile But, I would love to know the information, hopefully the membership is not huge?

Eventually I want to be a healthy weight; and that means leaving a whole person behind.

MOM2JEM

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Posted: 21 Mar 2009, 19:16
No, I'm not a member of the Biggest Loser club site. It's just that one day that I had just started watching T.B.L, I was curious if the trainers had a site kind of like this one. Bob has one, but it's not as fun as this one (no disrespect to anyone from his site). Jillian also has one. You enter your height, weight, goal weight, age and gender and it comes up with your daily caloric intake and a meal plan. Say you don't like something that's on the menu, you can go through the recipe lists for that particular meal and change it to one that you like. You also input some info for exercise and depending on what you entered, it comes up with a workout routine for you. I just moved up to Lvl 2. I still have to do some of the Lvl 1 exercises though because the Lvl 2 ones are a bit too difficult for me to do. Sorry for the long response Sad
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Posted: 23 Mar 2009, 09:12
Deana Garcia wrote:
Are you apart of the biggest loser club online? You can tell me to stop asking questions at any time. Smile But, I would love to know the information, hopefully the membership is not huge?


http://www.jillianmichaels.com/index.aspx

What she's talking about is $4 a week.

I don't subscribe to that site, but I do get the free newsletters. I also listen to Jillian Michaels' radio show which shares most (if not all) of the same information. The radio site is here.



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I do eat cheat foods, but I still track the calories and make them fit within my caloric allowance. For example, I eat pizza all the time, but since I track the calories and don't go overboard I still lose weight.

I wouldn't have a full-out cheat day. That's a disaster waiting to happen. I work out too damn hard during the week to erase it all with one days worth of indulgences.

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aletheab

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Posted: 29 Mar 2009, 14:09
I allow a free day. Sundays for me since my family goes to church. I can allow myself the muffin in sunday school and not worry too much if we go out to eat after church or my step dad makes fried chicken sunday loli still keep track that day though. I generally try to stay around 1200 to 1500 cal. On my cheat day I try to stay around 1800 but never any more than 2000. Aldo I still workout that day but only 30 min easy walk on the treadmill insyead of my full daily routine. It keeps me on track but not rigid. I am like you...scared if I allow a total let go I won't go back come monday. It also helps with cravings in the week. If I see a brownie or ice cream or pizza I want I don't have to say no... I just say I have to bwait til sunday. By sunday the craving is gone so I never go for all of it but if I still want that ice cream I can have it. It keeps me on track while allowing for the family dinners or whatever that I would have to avoid otherwise. Also if something special happens during the week I can switch my free day so I can enjoy my kids bday paerty or the womens ministry dinner or whatever.

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DReno

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Posted: 29 Mar 2009, 14:38
Yeah lol! On sunday's, right after I record my weigh in, I have about 500cals that day, and then the rest of the week I'm back down to 300 again. Then the cycle continues Smile


evalicious

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Posted: 29 Mar 2009, 15:40
YES EVERYDAY!!!!!!!!
don't think of it as cheat day. otherwise u will get messed up and end up gorging. for example if i want a cake, i will cut jus a VERY SMALL piece. if u want anything; jus eat very lil jus so that u will savour the taste. even if it's jus for a lil bit. so savour and enjoy.
GOOD LUCK and love yourself
sassychiken

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Posted: 05 Apr 2009, 16:33
If you are following WW then that is what the flexies are for, a little cheat at some point during the week Smile But don't go crazy!!! Personally for me, once I "start" to indulge, I can't stop. But you may have more self control than I do, hahahaha.
Keeper

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Posted: 05 Apr 2009, 21:48
I always allow a cheat day on Saturdays, weigh in day. I don't worry about what I eat that day, but never over 2000 calories. Seems to work really well for me, since I have reached goal weight.

caroldiff

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Posted: 06 Apr 2009, 11:54
With Atkins a weekly binge wouldn't work for me. I do work in a bit of a binge with weight loss increments...a celebration for me. And then I don't go crazy but allow more carbs. That typically doesn't make me fall off of the weight loss wagon. This last weekend my niece got married. I did allow 3 days running, one time during the day, to taste the goodies that were offered. I was very careful the rest of the day. My body responded well to this and I did not gain weight...nor did I lose any this week. In my past if I don't celebrate with everyone and enjoy the goodies in moderation, then I end up binging later. I am much better off celebrating in moderation and getting right back on track. Today my attitude is great and I have meals planned over the next few days that will meet the Atkins loss plan and will make me satisfied and full.
beets_yum

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Posted: 06 Apr 2009, 13:12
Hmm. For me, that would be a disaster. In the past, I have followed whatever eating plan I have during the week but have let go on the weekend. And I never lose weight. Even if I let myself go for a day, I think that seeing the scale go back up would be demoralizing at this point.

When I was doing low carb, if I went off for a day the weight would come rushing back on with a vengeance. (Which I why I'm not doing that this time--not setting myself up for the cycle.)

It seems to work for some people. For me, the idea of a treat night, or a treat food that you figure into your calorie count would probably work better.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.
AlgaeGirl

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Posted: 07 Apr 2009, 22:19
Every so often you just have to have that little "something something." My weakness is popcorn. I LOVE popcorn! And not just naked, air popped corn...oh no! It has to have melted butter and a little extra seasoning. I'm a sucker for Kernels White Cheddar.

But, in terms of a cheat day, I don't think you need a whole day to cheat. Enjoy what you eat, as long as it's in the confines of whatever diet you're following. And if you need that little "something something," make it part of the whole day. (You'll be less likely to crave junk if you're REALLY enjoying all the stuff you're eating day to day...that's just my opinion.)


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Benitez

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Posted: 08 Apr 2009, 09:03
I cheat on Saturdays and Sundays, usually one meal each. It's probably not good for me but boy do I look forward to the weekends!!!!!!!!!!!!! Note: I have been stepping up my daily exercise routine to try and justify my naughtiness. Smile
But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Michituckygi...

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Posted: 16 Apr 2009, 08:31
I agree with yerdua. As a former smoker, smoking a cigarette just one time is completely out of the question. I know, if I did, all these years of being smoke free will be out the window. I'm not a perfect eater and I've fallen off the wagon many times, but it has always been because I decided to 'not care' and throw caution to the wind. Now I'm back to the weight I was at 3 years ago and everything I had done to lose weight was for nothing. On the other hand, there are those that can smoke at the bar on a Saturday night and be smoke-free all week long. You really have to get to know yourself and what you can and cannot do. Quit talking yourself into things that are bad. Now I'm off to practice what I preach.
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