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One Meal a Week

Sunday, August 25, 2019

I don't really subscribe to the "cheat" meal since nothing is really off limits for me and the whole idea of cheating harkens back to the idea of "good" and "bad" food or days. Nope, not for me.

However, looking back at my weeks I notice that I am regularly over my calories at least one day a week and the is usually because of Saturday or occasionally Sunday. We go out and even though I don't go crazy, there is just more food and drink that normal.

Last night we went to Grillsdale in Hillsdale, NY. A really fun event where lots of local restaurants served small plates and the wine flowed. Tasted a lot (OK, too much) and had a great time. the band was fantastic and got to dance which I loved.

So on balance, sure I go over one day/week and today and other days, I'm right back on track. My weight is right where I want it to be, and I feel great. Maybe for me, this one meal/week is just what I need?

Do others have this experience? What works for you?
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    I had an expert tell me once that if your weight loss stalls, increase and decrease you calories a few times and it can shake your body up. If you were also dancing, it may offset the increase in calories. Very interesting!
    40 days ago
    I struggle with moderation. I am trying to figure out what that looks like for me.

    Your one meal a week seems like moderation to me! Great job!
    46 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Moderation, not deprivation works best for me. Sometimes I'm over calorically, sometimes I'm right on target. The important thing to me is that I "work my program" each and every day. Here's to you doing what works best for you!
    49 days ago
    Good for you! You have been keeping track. That's a plus. Keep up the good work! emoticon
    50 days ago
    The main gist is that it works for you!
    50 days ago
    I do go over on special days, but like you I stick with it all week. Easier to get back on track.
    50 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    I try my best not to go over daily calorie range, but when I do, I just do better next meal. I don't fret about it, or even think of the past meal. My body now tells me when enough is enough. I don't eat with my eyes, but with my stomach, and finally after all the yo-yo diets I have learned when I've had enough.

    I am doing very low carbs due to diabetes and it's working for me. Went to the doctor and my A1c dropped from 7.3 to 5.9. That means I am in "normal" range for diabetes, and the disease is not destroying my body anymore. Now that I am there, I full intend to keep it there. I never ever want to go back. I've learned a lot from Jeanknee on paying attention to your body. It is so true.

    Also, like you I don't consider anything a cheat anymore, because that mind set just sets me up for failure and a lot of negativity. I want to be positive cause life is too short to be any other way.
    50 days ago
    I tend to go over the limit when I eat out. It's difficult to calculate the actual calories on restaurant foods. But all in all, I'll say I balance out over the week.
    50 days ago
    I've been following the guidelines of the No S diet for a few years' now - and that is based on only having extras at weekends, or sick days, or very special days like birthdays and Xmas. My extra eating has fallen into a pattern of Saturdays mostly. On a Saturday I allow myself extra things. This does, indeed, work well for me. Knowing I can have special things on Saturday helps me through the week. I cannot include special things in my everyday diet without going into a craving cycle. (special being the usual suspects: sugary things, or salty, fatty things, or alcohol)
    50 days ago
    We are all different, you have found a way that works for you!
    50 days ago
    emoticon We all need to relax and enjoy good food and drink on occasion and if we have made an effort to learn about what constitutes a healthy diet and lifestyle we will not lose our overall momentum. Good on you for having a grand time! emoticon
    50 days ago
    50 days ago
    Because you have the one night that you might go over your calorie plan, that's probably why it's easier to follow the plan the rest of the week. We all have to have down time. No doubt dancing helps to burn those extra calories. win/win

    Have a great week!!
    50 days ago
    Your approach sounds healthy in every way--too much deprivation is not good and is what led so many of us to obesity. It's wonderful that you enjoyed yourself at Grillsdale and that you and your body feel so good about it! Good food is one of life's best gifts!
    50 days ago
    Interesting observation.
    50 days ago
    I don't necessarily see it occurring 1 day each week; but, it does occur and I don't sweat it. It's trends over time that matter to me. I've also set a wider calorie range than the Spark Recommended 350 kcal range. I use a 400 kcal. spread and even with the wider range, I go over from time to time. White knuckling it and rigid control do not support my efforts. Trusting my body and inner guidance supports me far more.
    50 days ago
    i am good 90 percent of the time and that works for me
    50 days ago
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