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Ups and Downs

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

This has been one of those weeks. I stay on track most of the time, but have had a few days where I indulged. It may end up being a "wasted" week as far as actual losses go, but that's one of the benefits of keeping a daily log of weigh-ins. I can look back and see that every now and then those types of weeks occur, but don't overall kill the path. It sort of keeps me from getting discouraged and giving up. It's something I've never done before. In the past, I've weighed in daily during times when I've tried to lose weight, but didn't keep a record of it so I could look back on those days that are a little discouraging and take heart that they're "normal".

Spark had a great article in their emails today. Registered dietician Becky wrote about "cheat days." www.sparkpeople.com/reso
It is a really good and interesting article. She talks a lot about her idea of calorie banking. I have to say that doesn't really work for me. Over all, I simply gain weight. However, there can be positive outcomes from the occasional cheat day. It's a bit of a relief and a little fun. A guilty pleasure if you will so long as 1) you don't do it often, and 2) you don't let that guilty pleasure turn into all out guilt that makes you give up.

So I've had my cheat days, and now it's back to business as usual. If this week does turn out to be even I'll take it, but I do still have 5 days to recover from my little guilty pleasure. (Which happens to be peanut butter out of the jar. I could eat that all day long. haha)
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    5 good days far surpass 1 bad day...so don't dwell too much on the cheat day/treat, and start back on track again.
    3237 days ago
    We all of have them. Don't beat yourself up over them just strive to do better the next day!
    3240 days ago
    How great that you're learning to handle moderation - I definitely struggle with that too. For instance, I stopped buying Wheat Thins because I eat them waaaay too quickly. For me, it's usually easier just to avoid a food altogether, though hopefully I'll get better at moderation and willpower with more practice! I'm looking forward to reading the article you linked.

    Here is a tip that helps me battle PB cravings - a dietician told me about it. I mix Greek yogurt with a spoonful of peanut butter, then use it as a dip for apples. It really spreads out the PB flavor, and you get some extra protein and fruit in your day.

    Cheers! emoticon
    3240 days ago
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