The last 48 hours, I've just kind of been "blah" about food and exercise. I've still stayed w/in my points, but I would have been happier with different decisions. When I have cheese in the house, I eat it. I love me some cheese w/the baked ritz chips. And I had that for breakfast yesteday. That's not a healthy breakfast! Yes, I stayed w/in points... but afterwards, I felt bad about it. I suppose this is a good thing. Guilt is good. It means I'm learning. There were some other meal/snack choices that I made that just weren't as healthy as I would have liked. But, you live and learn.
I'm certainly no expert on weight loss, but it's common sense that what works long-term is changing your habits. Learning to eat healthier overall, and when you indulge in unhealthy items, to do so only in moderation. It troubles me when I see people who are following fad diets... whether that's cutting out carbs, eating minimal calories, or whatever... because all it is is a Quick Fix. Just take a look at the food pyramid. They actually have really good tools at www.mypyramid.gov that include calculations for the amount of food you should be taking in for your height/weight and goals (such as maintaining, losing, or gaining weight).
People are going to do what they want though, and that's why so many fad diets exist, because people want instant gratification. Well let me tell you, if there was some magic pill that was healthy that made us shed the pounds w/no repurcussions, we'd ALL be taking it. But there's not. You had to work hard to get fat (even if it doesn't seem like it was hard work, it was... you put your body through a lot of crap to get heavy!), so why shouldn't you have to work hard to take it off?