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Today I Cheated or did I?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Today I cheated or at least that is what most people who are dieting would say. However, I am NOT dieting and I didn't cheat, I treated!

This was not a random treat day. I have planned for this day for 2 weeks! My friend, Becky, was coming to visit in Cebu and she wanted to cook a birthday meal for me (my birthday was in October). She expresses love by feeding and believe me, she is a pretty amazing cook! This was definitely worth the planning. There were only two things I wanted on my birthday plate, both southern favorites, so as you can imagine, you wouldn't be finding these on a cooking light menu. But hey, I haven't had either of these foods in over a year and a half!

Oh how I have looked forward to this meal and the company! When I say I planned for this event, I didn't do it by starving myself. I have eaten healthy and stayed within 50 calories of my low range every day. I have also made sure to work out daily.

This morning I woke up with great anticipation! I ate a light, healthy breakfast and lunch, snacked sensibly and worked out. At dinner, I felt like a queen as I basked in the love prepared by my friend and I enjoyed every bite.

Yes, I was over my high range by about 300 calories, but guess what...I am not freaking out because I know it was a treat, and who wants a lifestyle where you can't treat yourself to a homemade buttermilk biscuit and fried potatoes!

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    emoticon We need to keep a right mindset. If we think of ourselves as 'cheating' we then start to condemn ourselves, thereby lowering our confidence & motivation.
    1423 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    That's a healthy way to stay motivated and successful.... not cheating at all. It's living a life worth living emoticon
    1440 days ago
    I see NO cheating here. I see a great day, good friend, good food, and enjoyment.
    1441 days ago
    I'm sorry I don't believe in cheat days. This is not a diet but a way of life. There fore nothing is off limits if you plan and incorporate the food and calories into your daily meal plans. Because once a cheater always a cheater..... then it becomes too easy to tell yourself one more bite won't hurt.


    1442 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/17/2016 5:51:24 PM
    Congratulations . . . This planned time with your friend is exactly what you need. In many ways it helps improve your metabolism by changing it up with what doctor friend might call a cheater day. Enjoy!
    1442 days ago
    Happy "Belated" Birthday to you, Lisa. This is exactly the right mind set, and you absolutely set yourself up for success!!! Thanks for sharing your strategy and story. It's VERY motivating and inspirational. 😊
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    emoticon and Great planning! You are an inspiration!!
    1442 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    When someone wants to cook for me I will enjoy it immensely.
    Good for you for you enjoying your evening with your friend!!,
    1442 days ago
    Good for you!
    1442 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    It sounds like a great meal, and a great chance to visit with your friend.
    1442 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    It all evens out in the end!!! A little planning and a lot of enjoyment!! emoticon emoticon
    1442 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14269091
    emoticon You are amazing, my friend! Good job and GREAT attitude!!

    1442 days ago
    I read something about 50 people that had lost over 50 pounds and kept it off over 5 years. Most of them said a random cheat day was OK if done in moderation and no more often the 1X every couple of months. ALL of them said planed cheat days were OK if done in moderation and no more often then 1X a month. Most said they increased their exercise the day before OR the day of OR the day after.

    All said that if you wanted to give up all parties, going out with friends and life in general, you could go with NO cheat days, but if you intend to have a "normal" life you need to have cheat days and they are best planned.
    1442 days ago
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