Do you ever cheat?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Are there times when your body feels like it's telling you it needs more calories than what you should put in it? I try to follow Sparks guidelines but I know that the counters are not going to be 100% accurate. Which I do not use as an excuse to overeat. I just use this knowledge to remind myself that my body does communicate with me.

I just need to figure out if it's telling me to *cheat* or if it's telling me that I need more nutrition. What I try to do is to drink some water and then wait it out. Usually for 15-20 minutes. If I'm still hungry I will eat something light and small. Like half an orange or half-a-cup of greek yogurt. If 55 calories is going to ruin my day than so be it.

I'm writing about this for two reasons. The first is that I'm a perfectionist. When I first came to Spark People I was religious about tracking everything. I also was stanch about exercising everyday no matter what. I believe I went a little overboard. I literally wouldn't eat anything unless I weighed it out. Which is what caused me to finally crash and burn. I stayed away from SP for over a year. It overwhelmed me. I felt that if I couldn't be perfect than I shouldn't be on here at all. When I hit a plateau after losing forty pounds and kept standing still week after week I felt defeated.

Which brings me to my next point. I figured out for myself that I didn't put this weight on in a methodical manner. It will not come off in that way either. I need to be flexible and open to having days that are better than others. Life is not perfect and neither am I. If we hold ourselves up to such high standards we are never going to meet our goals. We will make them impossible to attain. We defeat ourselves before we even begin. I hope that other perfectionists will read this and realize what I did. I hope they don't defeat themselves. I'm glad I decided to come back. I just worry about those who won't come back. They could miss out on one of the best places to be.

Just remember to be yourself. The weight will eventually come off. Set small goals. Cheat every once in a while. If you eat a bit more one day eat a bit less the next (yet be reasonable).

We can do this!
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    I don't really consider it cheating. I have days I eat more and days I eat less. I mostly try to stay in range, but if I'm honestly hungry then I will eat. If I really want a food, I'll have it - in a sensible way. If I eat way too much, I'll adjust through the coming week for that.

    I do weigh myself daily and enter it on a site that produces a graph with a trend line. I use that to decide whether I need to adjust how much I'm eating and how active I am.

    For me the real question is always "Is this something I can see myself doing 2 years from now? 5 years from now? 10 years from now?" I don't to spend 2 hours doing cardio 5x a week, so I won't do it now. I do plan to be walking 30-45 minutes 3-4 days and 15-20 minutes 3-4 days, so that's how much cardio I try to get. I don't plan to deny myself foods, so I don't do so now - I just eat sensibly.

    Very much as you say - we can't set unrealistic expectations for ourselves. If setting a cheat meal or cheat day helps us not feel deprived, that's better than ultimately getting frustrated and quitting. Our health depends on us wanting to keep going.
    3365 days ago
    I have decided that I've made a lifestyle change, this is not a diet because diets fail. And if I'm restricted from something then I want it more and tend to over eat when I get it. So I've decided that when I want something I will do a few things. 1. WHY do I want it? 2. Is it worth the extra calories? 3. Can I only eat the suggested serving or less. If I can answer those questions then I allow my self to have it. I follow my spark nutrition planner really well and I don't consider it a cheat if I allow myself to eat something that's not on there or a goodie. emoticon
    3365 days ago
    Very true !
    3365 days ago
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