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how to prevent a tiny mistake from ruining the whole diet??

So last night was awwwful. I ate cheese fries...yes cheese fries, perhaps the highest calorie, fat, carb combo possible. Today I'm finding it really hard not to 1) continue eating crappy because it all seems ruined now or 2) not eat all together to "repair" the damage. I have a history of binging and starving and I realllly need some encouraging words today guys:( anyone have any?

Sat. Feb 11, 1:26pm

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Just forget about yesterday completely and start fresh today. Yesterday doesn't count at all. It was a small indulgence, that you probably deserved. After being good for awhile, one plate of cheese fries does not ruin everything you've done over a month, or even a week. You have to look at the big picture. Don't let one night side track you from your larger goals. Today is a NEW day.

Saturday, February 11, 2006, 1:45 PM

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Just forgive yourself for being human

This sort of thing will always happen for any number of reasons. Punishing yourself with bingeing/starving will only make you heavier...and you know it.

Several diets recommend having one "cheat meal" a week, when you satisfy any cravings that may have built up. The principle is that it prevents your body from getting "used to" your new habits and stalling/plateauing, while also circumventing feelings of deprivation. So if this principle makes sense to you and your cheese fries were the only 'bad' thing you devoured this week, then you didn't really do any damage to your diet.

Saturday, February 11, 2006, 1:46 PM

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Baby i hope you enjoyed those cheese fries! Everyone needs treats so don't feel guilty!

What you could do on the day after high calorie treats is just plan to have lots of healthy food instead. DO NOT starve yourself! Have breakfast lunch and dinner with snacks if needed. Just focus on lots of fruits and veggies and whole grains. You should be fine!

Saturday, February 11, 2006, 2:00 PM

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Don't be so hard on yourself...

Hell, everybody slips. Like someone else here already said, forgive yourself for being human ( don't tell yourself you're weak) and get right back on your program again. Tell the little voice that's telling you you messed up again, you'll never do it, blah..blah..blah---to shut up already.

I have the same history with the food you do but am having success this time around for the first time in my life; what helps me ( this is awful) is having a photo of someone who was even bigger than I was when I started sitting on my fridge, alongside a pic of where I'd like to be when I reach goal.

Also: eat every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, five times a day. Putting a little something into your body at those intervals a) keeps your metabolism burning and b) makes you feel like you're not depriving yourself of anything. After a couple of weeks of that, I found myself losing the "binge" urge and pounds, as well.

Good luck!

Saturday, February 11, 2006, 2:40 PM

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Definitely! I hope you enjoyed the Cheese Fries. Today is a new day. Just get back on track-- 1 small "slip up" does not mean you've ruined your diet forever! Just do a little extra exercise today and try to eat more fruits & veggies. You'll be feeling better in no time at all! ;-)

Saturday, February 11, 2006, 7:39 PM

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its ok you probably deserved it as a treat. an indulgance once in awhile is fine. so its ok just continue your current plan never ever starve yourself.

Saturday, February 11, 2006, 7:54 PM

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I know it's a daily struggle, but weight loss occurs over time.

If you ate 500 calories too many on Sunday, try to eat 100 calories less each day for the rest of the week. By week's end, it has balanced out. You don't need to punish yourself and try to make up for it in one day.

I also feel like a good, solid workout makes me feel better. Go for an extra long walk and know that you are putting those calories to good use.

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 2:28 PM

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Actually, I hope you didn't enjoy the cheese fries. I find that after I have been eating with portion controls, when I overindulged a couple of times, it really felt awful. I think of it as testing whether my new life style is really worthwhile. My stomach and energy levels really feel better without giving it large quantities of the temptations. So, now, when I am out and really want to taste those temptations, I just ask for a couple from my dinner partners' plates. Three bites of about anything will quench my taste for those goodies, and I can literally have my cake and eat it too! Without the guilt! Good luck! Take your reaction as a good sign that what you do on a daily basis is really good for you.

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 3:56 PM

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If you do poorly one day, be on track the next day. In the end, you'll lose weight more slowly but it will be a consistent downward trend. I think people get disappointed when it's not the 2 pounds a week they expect, but that is a big marketing myth: 2 pounds a week is very difficult to do.

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 5:33 PM

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