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Posted: 12 Dec 2010, 11:45
starting with a new year i will try to loss the last 6 lbs but im going through alot with family plus holidays
so im going to take a break

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Posted: 13 Dec 2010, 13:02
Don't do it!! I understand, I am going through a breakup, it's the holidays and it is pretty depressing. If you stop now it will be so much harder to get back on track. You cant feel bad enough to stop because remember this is ultimately for you. Why put off for tomorrow what you can do today. Hang in there!

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Posted: 13 Dec 2010, 13:41
View the holidays as a time of weight Maintenance istead of weight loss. It will aloow you a little exra room for indulgence with out the guilt of binging!!!

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Posted: 13 Dec 2010, 19:01
If you want to make a lifestyle change, then no breaks allowed! Its suppose to be a forever thing, not something to "start and stop" hang in there, you can do it!

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Posted: 13 Dec 2010, 20:00
There are breaks and there are breaks. I took one today when I popped a piece of holiday cake in my mouth at work...a small one...but still, cake. We all know how hard it is to really make change, especially when the stresses of work or family push us to the breaking point. I'm struggling now with a job that is both unstable and unpleasant -- but it's a pay check, and meanwhile, my mom has been taken off chemo because it's no longer working, so the way forward is dark, to say the least. So I look to this group for inspiration. Look at Cheryl, Sarah -- 74 pounds lost and only 13 to go. And Stacie -- 57 pounds lost and only 33 to go. This site is full of miracles to me. I bet both of them have faced real challenges along the way, but they are nearly there. I want so badly to be able to stand in their shoes and shout "hooray," don't you? And I know I will get there only if I stay strong and focused. Stick with us, Sarah. You CAN do this. I'm proud to say I came home and made a healthy dinner, and I'm still under my calorie count, even with the cake. Now I can start over again tomorrow... and continue to fight the urge for cake because I know that Cheryl and Stacie have managed to do it before me.

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Posted: 13 Dec 2010, 21:43
Nothing wrong with taking a break and maintaining. Just don't go hog wild, you'll end up regretting it if you gain back what you lost Smile So not worth it.
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Posted: 13 Dec 2010, 21:48
Do it. You're accepting that there's a lot going on, and adjusting your choices accordingly. Maybe set yourself a date to start back up again? Good luck.
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Posted: 13 Dec 2010, 21:57
yeah its a maintance break but i have a hard hit stay at a weight idk if its my birth control or what but i retain alot of water at times im 21 idk if i should be holding on to 4 lb of water at the end of the day
but that for another posting Smile

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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 11:25
I agree with the statement - there are breaks and there are breaks - I took a small one for myself over the past weekend. I ate, drank and was very merry! But I had been going through a lot of stress and had an illness in the family. the food comforted me, but the sodium killed me. I felt worse afterwards!! Now I am back to things - in full force. I have resolved that I will not deprive myself of things during the upcoming holiday, but I will not binge eat either. I feel worse after.
And, not sure if it was anything to do with it, but now I have a terrible cold. I think eating healthy keeps you healthy too. And besides, who really needs all the germs we can pick up from fast food joints and other restaurants!!!

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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 11:39
I don't agree with breaks - I have been on diets all my life and have come to realize that when you are considering taking a break - you are setting yourself up for failure. What usually happens on these breaks? You eat all the stuff that you have worked so hard on not eating or portion controlling. It is really hard to bounce back from that. Just my opinion. Normally I wouldn't post a response to this - but this is a lifetime change - something you will always have to do - when you lose weight and want to maintain you have to ALWAYS monitor - never just let go.
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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 12:47
Every Friday I take a "break". I think as long as you continue to control the portions, you will be fine. Make a date that things will get back on track and stick to it. This is a life style change. It is not reasonable to think that you will be able to stay on a specific calorie count every day for the rest of your life without fail. By allowing that sometime you will go over, you don't set yourself up for failure/guilt/throw-in the towel.
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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 12:50
I guess the term "break" is open to interpretation. What "break" means to me is taking time off from managing the way I eat & exercise & that's not an option for me. However, I do plan for & accomodate indulgences so I never feel restricted. I do spike days every now & again for things like Thanksgiving, where I eat what I feel like eating but still require myself to log it all. The accountability piece is what keeps it from being a "break" for me. I'm with Nora, I think the key to remaining successful here is always monitoring what I eat. I may relax my limits from time to time, but I still always monitor it.
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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 13:53
i got comfortable with a treat here and there and did not count calories and things got out of control. i had my co christmas party and from all the wine and treats, i really did it. i had cookies and see's candy on friday too. i had been having ice cream after dinner with the hubs too. so it was gradual but by the weekend, it was a full on, out of control, sugar binge. yesterday am i had to really force my wedding rings on. i thought "oh no what have i done?" instead of coffee and milk i had hot water and lemon. i had 1 cup of coffee at work and drank lots of water. i had 2 egg whites and melon for breakfast, salad for lunch, a pear and yogurt for a snack and chicken breast with steamed veggies for dinner. i had green tea with each meal. i was up 3 times to use the restroom but i awoke feeling so much better!! i had hot water with lemon again today. then coffee after i got to work. tea, and a protein shake for breakfast and an asin pear for a snack. i am back on track and i really do feel so much better.
i will have a treat for christmas still. but i will be aware of it. i will not go overboard again. it feels so much better to be in control.
if you see yourself getting too much out of control, come back. Smile
good luck to you and sorry you are feeling bad

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Posted: 16 Dec 2010, 06:21
The term break is definately up to interpretation - just to clarify my term - break to me is letting yourself adjust to your current situation without depraving yourself of anything you want. EVERYTHING must be in moderation - even the term break! I personally see my weight lose as a life change - but when I take a 'break' it's more on me than on my food. I don't beat myself up over that little helping of dip or an hor dourves that isn't in my plan - I let myself have a day where my calories may reach 2400. But I don't do that every day or every week.
In order for me to succeed in this life change and be more healthy - I need to allow for 'life's situations' - parties, gatherings and the such.

For me - it works. for someone else - it may not. We all know what will and will not work for us by now. I'd say it's working since in December '08 I was a 'stuff my goose' into a size of 26 and weighed 292 pounds. Yes, it's taken me 2 years to lose almost 100 pounds - but it took me a lifetime to put them on.

If your personality and will power allow it - indulge in a treat for yourself now and then. You won't feel depraved and you will learn to 'adjust' for those things. And of course, by no means do I mean to go overboard and into a downward spiral. It's a life change, not a diet.

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Posted: 20 Dec 2010, 23:34
I do agree with letting yourself off the hook occasionally, because I don't actually know anyone who is so completely dedicated that they can spend their entire life on a diet. My approach has been to allow myself a splurge meal once a week. It has a tendency to either be Mexican food with tons of cheese or a healthy meal that finishes with a great dessert. But one of the differences I've noticed from low glycemic dieting is that i feel so much better whenI stick to the program andso awful when I don't that there's less motivation even to eat the weekly splurge meal. I've been to two major holiday parties in the past 2 weeks, and after each I felt like I would never eat again. It was horrible. So I think I probably have the holiday binge eating out of my system, because I don't really enjoy not sleeping well because I've eaten bad stuff.

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Posted: 21 Dec 2010, 11:16
well its hard to diet during the holidays plus i cant be counting calories during a party its unrealistic im just going to have a LITTLE of everything and enjoys the holidays then on the 1st of jan start my diet hardcore to lose the last few lbs to get to my goal which is prob 10lbs now im afraid to weight myself to tell the truth

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Posted: 21 Dec 2010, 13:36
In my opinion, breaks are necessary to stay focused on the end goal and to keep from starving your body. Christmas is one day, just don't binge on every sugary or fattening thing in sight AND/OR all weekend.

This is why I chose to before and follow Weight Watcher now. It allows little detours every now and again and I believe that self-deprivation only makes you long more for that which you deprive yourself. I wrote somewhere else that I am not a huge fan of sweets, but I love main courses and sides dishes (especially when they are both spelled p-i-z-z-a Smile ).

My 3 rules for the next 2 weekends are:
1) Do not limit myself a taste of virtually anything, but do not go overboard either.

2) Stick rigidly to my exercise and food plan during the weekdays.

3) Document exercise and food consumption as best I can.
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